"Illuminative provides a community for women to come together to share stories, laugh, cry, and make true connections. Everyone has a story and every story is different. And if your like me, you don’t always like to share your story. But through Illuminative, it has allowed me to open up and become vulnerable and share my story. I’ve made connections with women that I may never had that opportunity to if I had not become part of this amazing movement.
Growing up I always thought of myself as a confident, strong, independent person. But one day it happened - I became a victim of domestic violence. Everything I thought about myself flew out the window and I thought of myself as weak, not good enough, and ugly. Even though I knew deep down this was not my fault, I always wondered, “how could I let this happen?”. It has taken me years to finally feel that I was enough, that I am beautiful, I am brave, I am strong. Through Illuminative's clothing, their affirmations, these ‘I am” statements stay with you throughout the day. Why? Because they are on what we wear every day, clothes and accessories.. These clothes are a powerful vehicle that constantly remind me to be what I believe."