Unity Is The Remedy

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Unity is the remedy for division. It is the pathway to peace. My experience working in strip clubs was completely opposite of unity and peace. It was an environment of hustle and chaos. A place where women were required to be in competition with one another. Fueled by desperation for money mixed with insecurity, and jealousy, even friends were rivals …

Don’t Look Away

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“You may choose to look the other way but you may never say again you didn’t know” -William Wilberforce. When the truth and reality of a matter hits my heart in a significant way, I am moved to action. I cannot look the other direction. The reality of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation is difficult to face, and yet we …

I AM NOT MY STORY

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I AM NOT MY STORY by Jessika Fuhrmaneck   “Your story matters.” At Treasures, we say this often and it is true. Our stories are what inspire others and bring them hope to keep moving on when they don’t have an ounce of strength left. More than once I have been able to put one foot in front of the other …

When Hope Waits

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By Chrissy Woodward While I’m thinking about how to start this blog, I’m contemplating how honest I want to be with you. I could write a really uplifting story on how beautiful my relationship with Jesus is, how everything in my life is falling into place, or how awesome it is to be 25 and living in Los Angeles. However, all …

Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry

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Helping Women Leave the Sex Industry   Walking away from the sex industry was HARD! Stripping had become more than a job. It was my life.   I spent several years, creating this character, Monique. Monique had her own set of friends, norms, and survival methods… I hid behind her and eventually, lost sight of who the real Harmony was. …

gratitude

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I see it on my newsfeed on facebook. A post about thankfulness. As I read what my friend is grateful for, my mind starts to wander to my own sense of gratitude. And I think back to where I was eight years ago. My world was small. My life had caved in around me. After working in the sex industry …

The Stages of Grief are a Myth

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The Stages of Grief are a Myth by Dee Roman   I’ll never forget the day I stood over my surrogate mother, staring at her bruised and lifeless body. Just hours before, I had picked her off the floor and helped her get back into bed, not realizing it was the last time I would see her alive.   She had …

Confessions of an “Unsolicited Advice-Giver”

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Confessions of an “Unsolicited Advice-Giver” I am a recovering “unsolicited advice-giver”. If you had a problem, I was going to tell you exactly how to fix it… passionately and emphatically.   And, lucky you, I usually had a book recommendation to go along with my input. If you were a good friend, you would probably receive said book as a gift …