“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid."
Returning to Fashion week after 10 years at this event felt like something that would never come to pass...
The last time I stepped foot in this space ten years ago, I was face to face with the man who raped me. Everything I knew from this city and anything affiliated with that event was tainted with a painful memory.
Fast forward, ten years, one amazing husband and two blessings I call my children I come back to face the memory that stole many of my years in seconds, it took this time to defeat the fear of coming across him; and it was time to take everything back.
I walked in a spirit of JOY like nothing ever happened; I walked and enjoyed my daughter having a great time seeing fabrics and different fashion companies I spoke to.
While at MAGIC I caught up with some friends. One of their mothers, Mrs. Allen, asked why I had stopped working on my line. I responded, "I had been working on my organization " suddenly, I had a flashback of my journey in fashion industry.
In it, I recalled how I started with a dream. A great excitement to have my own collection, and storefront. I got raped during a fashion week event in Las Vegas the crippled me to the point of living in constant fear. I moved to New York in hopes that I'd never see my rapist. I got my feet wet in this new city, running towards my dream while running away from my pain. But while in New York, I nearly assualted again from an aquaintance who I had trusted because he offered to help me with my collection in NYC. Completely turned off by everything I moved back to California; all he while, running from my destiny because of fear.
I gave up...I let go of fashion and let God take over and work on healing me completely to truly walk in my destiny helping woman through fashion and experiences like mine.
....all I could think of was "Wow, what a flash down memory lane...God showed me that I never lost time, yet I had to go through a test to have a testimony.
I had to have some mess to have a message on victory.
I had to go through some stuff in order to allow him(GOD) fully into my life to help me find his true purpose in my life for His glory.
So I share this to say what God has promised you He will allow to come to pass. There are many short cuts to your destination, but when it's not God's will it will not last.
I had to go through a season of humbleness and healing to understand my purpose. While my destiny is in fashion my purpose and mission has changed from an ordinary business mindset to using my gift to help others through fashion based on my life experiences.
My main message is this: don't give up because your days ahead don't look like what you painted on a canvas; keep on going. God cannot lie and He will take you where no man can.
Through my whole experience God gave me a gift of peace, love and living without fear. I can confidentially say-- If he did it for little ol' me He can definitely do it for you. - Cristal Lowe♡♡♡
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