Has a Voice and it Deserves to be Heard
Lynne was sitting in the Waseca County Library one morning when she overheard a woman ask about the Life-Work Planning Center Workshops. She did not know what the workshop was about, but heard the words “self-esteem” and “confidence.” These were topics of interest for Lynne. With an eagerness to learn more about herself, she decided to attend.
Throughout the workshop series Lynne saw herself changing, and because she changed, her relationships had changed. Lynne said she had grown due to the workshops she had taken. She learned the importance of expressing herself and saying what she wanted. Lynne now understands that it is okay to ask for help, especially if she is unable to do something. She also expressed that she is now able to say “no” to her children.
Lynne said the workshops helped her build confidence. “The handouts were creative, they did not belittle me, they encouraged me and empowered me.” She said in the past she was more of a follower than a leader. She expressed she had a “big fear” of saying “no” to her friends. Lynne said it was such a relief to know that she can say “no” and her family and friends will still love her.
Throughout the workshop series Lynne expressed a sincere gratitude towards the other women in the workshop. “They have laid a fingerprint on me. Hearing their stories and being able to relate made me think if they can overcome it, so can I. Sometimes we feel like the only ones going through a situation and sometimes our stories are so similar, being able to share has made a great impact. It has been great getting to know them.”
Lynne believes that taking the workshops over helped her grow as a person and reminded her that she is important. She said, “It is okay to take things more than once. We need repetition it helps solidify convictions.”
Lynne says “I am now more comfortable saying what needs to be said.”
– Sarah Torvick, Peer Counselor