Photography by Wild Prairie Photography
Meet Juanita. She is Beauty Revived.
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade. Juanita and her three babies have done just that. Uprooting your life and starting over somewhere new comes with stressors of its own, but doing it out of safety poses its own trials and difficulties. After a miscarriage in the early part of 2016 and yet another act of domestic violence against her by her children’s father, Juanita needed a fresh start for her and her children. In the spring of 2016, she made a journey that would give her the chance she needed to be the person she knew she could; moving from Texas to Colorado.
Battling the court system along the way, Juanita has fought long and hard to be able to provide her children with the stability and comforts of life that every child deserves to have. Her love for them is obvious. You can see it in her smile when she talks about their accomplishments and goals. They are what drives her to do better. To be better. Her children forced her to step outside the bubble she had been living in and see her life in Texas for what it really was; unhealthy. When you have children, you do it and you do it for them. You make those changes regardless if you are scared of making them.
Juanita’s faith has given her strength to make those changes and given her the courage to move beyond the not so nice parts of her life and strive for something more. She quickly obtained employment at a local attorney’s office as a paralegal and is currently soaking up all the knowledge she can to better her career and provide security for her kids. Her drive to protect those who have experienced similar circumstances as she is what motivates Juanita to give her all to each and every client that walks through the doors of the law office.
Juanita has big plans for her future. She wishes to attend law school i and focus her studies in protecting those who are survivors of domestic violence. Eventually, she plans to open her own practice and cater to women who need legal representation for domestic violence crimes but may not be able to afford an attorney. Through grant funding and other resources, Juanita knows this is possible. She also has a goal that her practice will allow her to provide counseling services and shelter for these women as well. It is a statistical fact that it takes 11 times for a victim of domestic violence to leave their abuser. One of the major reasons is lack of a place to go. Juanita wants to aid this issue in a tangible way.
Starting over in Colorado has allowed Juanita to get back to the person she was before it was all striped away. Singing and playing guitar is something she enjoys in her down time and her kids love to listen to their strong mother give it all she has. Recently acquiring a space of their own, Juanita and the kids have started a garden in their yard, a compost area and they recycle; all of which the kids enjoy helping out with.
When asked what her favorite about life is, Juanita will always beam a smile and answer the same way; when her children share their three favorites things that happened that day. Each night they sit down as a family and each of them share three things about their day they were thankful for. She holds faith, that even if the day did not turn out as planned, there is always a rainbow at the end for her. Her children, like most children, bring the sunshine back in ways that we as adults just don’t understand. They are our rocks, our solid foundations and the motivation we need to carry on.