Testimonial from Ida

Volunteer Winter 2019

You know when something amazing happens in your life that seems to happen at the right place and time in your life, that’s certainly what happened to me when I arrived at Chuckleberry. I’ve learned so much here, both about myself and other and also got so much inspiration about living in a community.

One thing I really love about this place is how safe I always feel being around people here. It’s like this place just has a “non-judgmental vibe” that shines through everywhere, making it ok and easy to be vulnerable and exactly who you are. Especially when it comes to feelings. I have always had a hard time expressing and showing my feelings and especially talking in front of big groups is something I’ve been terrified of all my life.

And it’s such a shame since I always had a lot of creative ideas and things to share, but always been afraid to do so, and skipping a lot of opportunities to “speak out” because of my fear. Chuckleberry has been such a great opportunity to practice this in a safe environment and I’ve come to the conclusion that my fear is just in my mind making stories and barriers saying that “I can’t do it”… and I’ve realized that it’s not true at all ! Overcoming this fear and understanding more about my emotions and the mind is something that I’ve been able to do in the Emotional Intelligence every Sunday.

There is so many things I’ve learned by being here, but just to mention some of them that are very important to me, here they are:

  • One of the most important things about successful communities is the way we communicate with each other and showing and talk about our triggers and emotions
  • Insights about past traumas and ideas on how to deal with them
  • Learned that actually I’m a good leader, even though my mind always been trying to tell me that I’m “too weak” or “too sensitive” or “too shy”
  • A way of letting all my creativity out that I’ve been holding on to by singing, playing music and writing…having so much fun <3

And the last thing I want to mention is how grateful I am for connecting with all these wonderful people in this community….you all mean the world for me giving so much love, inspiration and wise words and supportive discussions.

It’s been an unforgettable experience.

Thank you all <3 <3

Sending you all my best wishes and love and light <3