"You sense something is wrong, but then when you know it for sure it rocks your world," said Jennifer, a local real estate agent.
As Jennifer faced a devastating divorce, however, she managed to find strength through God, counseling, friends and herself -- she found her way out of a nearly debilitating situation and wants to help others going through hard times.
She's starting the Empower Women's Movement.
Jennifer will lead the group, which kicks off with its first session at 9 a.m. Sept. 24 at MG Fitness in Shelbyville. While the first meeting is on a Saturday, those that follow will take place on Thursday evenings.
"When I was going through this horrific time, God brought so many women into my life," she said. "Ever since that time, this has been on my heart and I want to be able to help other women."
Through weekly sessions, Jennifer hopes to "empower" women to be the best they can be physically, spiritually, emotionally and socially.
"There are so many issues affecting today's women," Jennifer said. "We contend with weight issues, body image, parenting, caring for aging parents and balancing the work place and family. Then comes empty nest, hormonal issues, health issues and aging, along with insecurities, broken relationships and the world implying that we don't measure up."
Empower will help give new perspectives and helpful ways to care for mind, body and spirit. Each class will start with a 30 minute emotional wellness component. Then, the last hour of the session will be a physical activity such as pilates, yoga, cardio that will vary week to week.
"We have a loving Creator who tells us we are 'fearfully and wonderfully made,'" Jennifer explained. "He affirms, validates and loves us despite all of our imperfections. In Him we find peace and joy for our life journey. Whether we are 20 or 90, all we have is today, right now. It is never too late to start nurturing and improving this amazing body we have been given."
Empower will also have a social wellbeing component, helping women to learn to ground their social lives into who they are, letting others around them add to their happiness, not be a source of it, she says.
In the mental component, women will learn to value themselves. Motivational speakers, readings and learning positive mental exercises will be a part of this part of Empower.
"We will include goal-setting exercises, journaling exercises, makeovers, outings, community outreach and other resources for help along the way," she said. "Empower will introduce women to comrades and tools for all aspects of a whole woman's journey."
The first class is free. To learn more call Jennifer at 703-0667.