I recently met Cindy Marks in the Mad Creatives Group on Seth Godin’s Tribes. I had posted a discussion, “Do You Have Soul Appeal?” Cindy responded by telling me a little about her passion and sending me a link to her e-zine, Artizen Magazine.

Cindy definitely has Soul Appeal and she’s doing a great job with Artizen - a hip magazine with lots of fun articles. The piece that had the greatest Soul Appeal in the June issue was an interview with Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers by Christina Ritchie Rogers. Here is an excerpt:
Terry Grahl is an interior designer who not only revamps rooms in shelters for abused women and children, but also beautifies the residents on the inside, replacing feelings of fear and worthlessness with those of hope and self worth.

Grahl believes people’s surroundings have a direct impact on their spirit and their healing process, and feels that shelters often reflect and perpetuate the residents’ feelings of despair and sadness. In 2007 she founded Enchanted Makeovers, a 501 (c) organization that transforms shelters for women and children.

“It’s really going back to your own home - how would you feel if you were getting beaten, and you finally ran, but then you had to live in a place that was so depressing, and the energy was so negative that there was no hope? How would you get through that?” said Grahl.

“They’re just as worthy as you are to have a beautiful place to sleep at night and to have a hand-made embroidered pillowcase,” Grahl said.

Embroidered pillowcases, hope chests, slippers and sculptures are just some of the many items that transform the shelter rooms, along with the new paint and furniture.

Grahl said shelters have received donations from artisans all over the world, in places such as the Unites States, Malaysia, Singapore, and Japan. “I believe that when an item is made by a human, their love and positive energy is placed in that item,” she said. “That’s what’s left in the room for the woman and child.”
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