Hello! My name is Brie and I’m the founder of She Cared. Allow me to introduce myself and tell you a bit about why I started this blog and what I hope to create here.
I grew up in South Florida in a conservative, Christian family. Unknown to most of the outside world was the fact that our family suffered decades of emotional and verbal abuse from my Father. The perfect exterior of our family – six healthy kids, a beautiful wife, all of us active in our community – hid the ugliness and pain my siblings and I were experiencing daily. As I was growing up, the church was unfortunately never a place that advocated for women. We had no women pastors, women were encouraged to constantly submit to male authority, and marriage was always complimentarian.
Years later, while I still strongly believe in Jesus and his saving grace and love, I’ve walked away from the abuse and neglect that so often is perpetuated in the evangelical church. My journey has been shaped by authors like Jen Hatmaker, Rachel Held Evans, Austin Channing Brown, Nish Weiseth, and Glennon Doyle. Women who advocate Jesus love for all people. Women, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, people of color, and any other group that the mainstream church has alienated.
After I got married in 2014, my husband and I moved to San Francisco. During the past several years I’ve felt a strong pull to change my career and pursue becoming a therapist. However just as I was applying to grad programs, I found out I was pregnant with our son. I decided to put off school for a few years to be fully present in this new experience of becoming a mother. And I’m so glad I did. Becoming a mom is such a life changing experience that, while beyond incredible, can at times feels extremely isolating and lonely. Eighteen months after having my son, I felt as if I woke up from a fog, and was becoming myself again.
This experience solidified my decision to go back to school, and now my focus was clear: I wanted to focus on mothers and their experiences. So, here we go! I’m currently registered to start class at the California Institute of Integral Studies in August to pursue my Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology. This will allow me to take the MFT exam when I graduate and become a licensed therapist.
My hope for She Cared is for it to be a safe haven and resource for women as I share my story and what I’m learning about. It is possible to have children and pursue your career. It is possible to change your career. It is possible to have a family and follow your passions. And it’s not only possible – its necessary. Our world needs strong, self-possessed women who fight as fiercely for each other as they do for their families.
Create the space you need in the world.