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June 13, 2016

Work In Progress

I was given "Dream" from a friend towards the beginning of a my journey in Los Angeles. I was reaching the end of my 6 month trial basis and unsure if I should stay in LA or go home. She gave me "Dream" and told me to always believe in my God given dream and to always dream big. I still have the card she wrote when she gave me my Giving Key.

Fast forward a few years (I could never find an appropriate time to give it away), I had an old roommate leaving to go to Mercy Multiplied, a residential program dedicated to helping young women break free from life- controlling behaviors and situations. I was proud of her and wanted to encourage her. So, I passed on my necklace and told her the same thing I was told. I told her to dream big, to believe in those God given dreams, to know her dreams that once were broken or forgotten were actually not and they were being restored.

She held onto that necklace and 8 months later, emerged a new and changed person, truly believing she had God given dreams and started chasing them. She's a work in progress and knows that, but is refusing to give up or give in.




  • So I found this necklace in a box. I wore it a few days as I wanted to look up what it was cause it was so odd that I had it but had never seen it and don’t know where it came from. Here I am in an emergency homeless shelter myself doing all kinds of real good stuff since I’ve been here. Now I’m prepping to leave to go do my dreams. Seriously, things I’ve wanted to do in ways I want to do them. For me. All along the way I have have created a friendship with another woman who has been traveling the same path at the same places for almost six months. This same person has had my back at all times and even took care of me when I got sick. We have learned each other as friends in a real good way. I never wear jewelry but began wearing this dream key PA59 cause it was so interesting. Now I’m giving to to her so her dreams will come true also. Love you Kim. I hope we’re friends forever. Love, Andrea
    P.S. Whoever made the key. I hope your dreams came true and stayed true.

    Andrea Tallent on

  • That’s exactly the hope I want to give victims of sex trafficking by opening a long-term restorative home for them…and the name? Reviving Hearts//Renewing DREAMS!!! I hope to one day give each woman one of these Dream necklaces when they arrive at our home❤️
    Susana, what a gift you are to your friend!!

    KAtrina on

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