Valley State Prison ch ch ch Changes….

Lorelei at Valley State Prison Project11/22 – 11/24 : I am on my way to the Valley State Prison for Men in Chowchilla, California. As I may have shared with you in the past, they moved the women out of Valley State last winter because there was not enough room in the prisons that already existed for men. This is a sad state of affairs for reasons many of us cannot fathom. Not only is it challenging to think that so many men are imprisoned, but it also displaced many women who may not have been ready for this enormous change. The women were unsure of where they would be sent and what their new living situations would be like. As if having 8 women in a prison cell 200 square feet small isn’t challenging enough, they would now have to learn to live with 7 unknown women, in a new space, and a new place. Change is hard, especially when you are not the one deciding on the change.

We all go through changes, most times unexpectedly, and even when we consciously decide to make changes in our lives, it is sometimes scary and hard. I am learning to trust that Spirit is always working behind the scenes to guide us through the many changes we all go through and so I lean into them with more grace and ease. I encourage you to flow through your own changes, no matter how scary they may seem, with the knowledge that everything is for your highest good. You will be ok. You already are.

Please send your love and light to those whose life circumstances or choices have a brought them there to learn in the only way they know how. And please send your love to our Freedom to Choose volunteer team. It is our first time going in to work with the men, so this is a change for us too.

You are beautiful,

Freedom to Choose home page screenshot - Valley State Prison


Love, Lorelei

About Lorelei

Lorelei Shellist brings new meaning to the definition of "super model." Drawing from her own experiences as a runaway teen who followed her dream to travel the world and become an international couture model. Lorelei's delightful wit and sense of humor (as well as her "perfect fit" measurements) enabled her to serve as a graceful and spirited muse for top designers such as Karl Lagerfeld, Yves St. Laurent, Christian LaCroix, Bob Mackie, Geoffrey Beene and Giorgio Armani. Lorelei writes candidly and boldly about life as a runaway, model, and her struggles with her fiancé’s addiction titled, "Runway RunAway A Backstage Pass to Fashion, Romance & Rock 'N Roll." Her life experiences have enabled her to pursue her passion to inspire others with her story of survival and success. Her intrinsic connection with others has led Lorelei towards counseling Women in Prison and At-Risk Teens, teaching critical “Life Skills.” As a fashion expert, Lorelei encourages women to attract appropriate attention though Conscious Dressing while having fun expressing themselves with what they wear. A graduate of the Masters Program in Spiritual Psychology at the University of Santa Monica, her appeal crosses many demographics and is particularly appealing to the baby boomer generation who have grown up inundated with confusing and contradictory mass media messages.

One Comment

  1. I can not imagine what these ladies are going through.
    What a great opportunity you have by being there
    For them. May you be blessed as you help those who
    are in this situation. We take so many things in life
    for granted everyday. Be blessed friend.

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