After the last gathering, our first official Red Tent here in West Michigan, we have some announcements to make. First, we have a guest blogger this week. Nikki Ashendorf will be leading our discussion at the next Red Tent which will be on December the 20th from 3-6 pm. at 1885 Manz st. Muskegon Mi. 49442. Second, We are having a design contest for artwork to put on a T-shirt for fundraising. We are having a Women’s Empowerment Expo in May, and the fundraiser will pay for the event space, and our guest speakers. For more details on our design contest or the fundraiser, e-mail Jessica Necamp at email@example.com , find us on facebook at Red Tent West Michigan, or on the website at http://www.redtentwestmichigan.com (old info now in 2016)
Meet Nikki Ashendorf:
My name is Nikki Ashendorf.
I am always seeking ways to better myself, connect to myself and become a stronger person.
One way I do this is by learning all I can about myself, even the hidden dark, deep and sometimes scary parts. How do I do this? By traditional means like, therapy. But also other ways such as self-help books, meditations, attending workshops, etc.
One book that I read is called “Discover the Gift. It’s why we’re Here” By brother and sister team; Shajen Joy Aziz, and Demian Lichtenstein. Like many of us, they went through some pretty tough hardships in their lives but through learning about themselves, by attending workshops, meditations, etc., they learned many important things on how to become strong and to be thankful for the hardships they had gone through because it taught them many lessons.
One important lesson is how, in finding your special Gift or Gifts, one becomes whole and exponentially stronger. One also becomes complete when you share those Gifts to the world, thus fulfilling your special purpose. Your reason for being here. There is a reason for your life, even those hardships.
This book helped to change my thinking in regards to my life and the numerous hardships I have gone through and still go through. It helped me realize my Gifts, some of which I knew I possessed all of my life but for some reason, never thought of as Gifts before.
So, in December, let’s talk about these things. And I encourage everyone to bring in or show us their Gifts, be it a little story of your life, a poem, a piece of art (whatever it may be), a song or just a loving smile and warm hug.
I encourage you to check the book out at the Library. There is also a movie that they made, which, unfortunately, I haven’t been able to yet see. I know you’ll find it fabulous. And if you can’t get a hold of the book, no matter, because I will teach some things that I learned, and briefly share a couple of my hardships that I can even be thankful for because they helped to shape the person that I am. And I love who I am!