Cutting-edge program helps spirits soar

Photo by Tanya Fry.

Photo by Tanya Fry.

Suzy is one of the first women to complete the Women’s Spirit Project, which was founded by Frankston South resident Jodie Belyea in 2018. She talks about her experience with this cutting-edge health and well-being program.

What was your life like before joining the Women’s Spirit Project?

I was feeling quite lost and unsure about what to do with my life. I haven't worked for quite a long time due to mental health challenges.  I was lacking purpose and meaningful connection to people in my community who were actively participating in their life and working toward some of their dreams.  

What made you decide to apply for the Women’s Spirit Project?

I was very attracted to the fact that it had a big focus on physical health and well-being because it is an area of my life that has needed attention for quite some time.  A four-day, three-night trek is something I would never have done on my own, so being presented with the opportunity to do something so unique as part of a large, supportive group was something I didn't want to miss out on. I also really wanted to connect with women in my community who have also faced adversity and be part of a group that supports, understands and encourages each other.  It has been hugely beneficial for me.

How do you think your life has changed now that you have completed the program?

I feel much more inspired about my future.  Being surrounded by amazing, capable, resourceful women can't help but have a positive impact on me and I really feel like my involvement with the project has helped to pull me out of a rut and put me on a much clearer path.  I've recently started some volunteer work, which is something I have wanted to do for a while. 

What is your goal now?

To continue with my fitness journey.  Even though I have come a really long way, I would love to keep making great improvements for my overall benefit.  I will continue with my volunteer work and next year I would like to enrol in a Diploma of Community Services. And I really hope The Women's Spirit Project is able to run again next year, which I'd love to be involved with to help and support the new women who are lucky enough to do it.

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