It was good. And it was hard. | Philippines Update

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Our trip to the Philippines was good. God had his way, and we believe we made a tangible impact during our time there. And, it was also hard. Holding both of these truths and finding a way to share them with you, has proven challenging for me personally. (And part of the reason it has taken so long to write this.) …

Significant

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The manager was on the fence as she opened the gift. After thinking about it, she decided that she would not allow the gifts into the club. As she handed back the gift she had opened, the volunteer said “That one is for you”. On Treasures’ outreaches, there is often a trend that unfolds throughout the night. This outreach, I noticed …

Will You Open the Door?

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Recently, we received notice from our building manager that we needed to move out of our current space. This decision was made by the manager to accommodate a tenant who will pay the current market rate. The abrupt news put Treasures in a predicament, but we decided to use this as an opportunity to move Treasures to a place where …

Despair, Faith; Discouragement, Hope

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I wanted to savor every moment of my last outreach with Treasures, but I showed up distracted by a heavy heart.  It wasn’t a sorrow for parting from Treasures, for although I certainly shed tears, this change of season in my life is joyful and Treasures will always be a part of my story.  Rather it was a sorrow for …

My Tribute to Prince

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I have been in denial about Prince since I first heard earlier this afternoon. So much to process. His music was a part of two major defining moments in my life; the night I began working in the strip club and the night I left. Purple Rain was the song I auditioned to, and it was the song became the …

Scars and Stilettos: The first pages

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For those of you who haven’t read it, I am sharing the first few pages of my memoir, Scars and Stilettos. It took me 7 years, several writing classes and at least 3 complete re-writes to write this book!  Hearing the stories of women (and youth) who have been inspired to escape unhealthy relationships or walk away from the sex industry/the life …

Who Cares?

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Dressed in a black, sleek suit, Cody* lit up when he saw us enter.  An open smile spread across his face, setting him apart from the other men who congregated at the entrance of this City of Industry club. “You’re back!” he said.  No introduction was needed.  Cody had been managing the club for several years and always welcomed us …

Desecration Dance

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Defense mechanisms: We all have them. They make it possible for us to survive in our own skin when it hurts, when it is burned and scorched and stretched tightly around us in such a way that we feel immobilized. Somewhere, deep inside, we find a way to carry on with our daily lives when nothing around us makes sense. …

MY STORY: THE PARTS FORMERLY UNTOLD

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On Friday, I had the opportunity to share my story at Saddleback, including parts of my story I don’t usually share. It was a very special night for me because I used to drive in 74 miles of LA traffic with my 10-month old daughter in the back seat every Friday for 2 years to attend Celebrate Recovery at Saddleback! I …