I have spent my entire career of 35+ years working with women and their families. I have worked in community social services, education, as a clinical psychotherapist, and as an entrepreneur. My most recent work as an entrepreneur has led me to believe that many of the women that I served had personal, family, and mental health issues. Some were open about it and others just live in pain, shift, and put a good face on their challenges and pain.
Because both of my companies Warm Spirit and Soul Purpose were focused on self-care, wellness, and pampering, I felt that I had the product lines to address self-care and wellness but I was not able to provide the dearth of services that many needed. We began offering weekend retreats, serenity sanctuaries, and spa weekends to help women find a space to get together, talk, share, rest, and heal just a little. They were extraordinarily successful and I knew that we had hit on something… a place and an opportunity for many women to work on their mental health issues.
First, I created the Be Well campaign, which is a line of products for stress, pain, and relaxation.
During COVID we expanded our model a little and started providing support groups or 0nline/virtual sanctuaries for women to get together and talk about their challenges. These groups were not designed to be therapeutic in the clinical sense or to replace professional mental health treatment, but it was a support group designed around the AA model, providing a safe place for women to talk and share what ails them.
In 2020, I also created the Entourage line of CBD products, to provide some additional products to address self-care and wellness for our customers. The cost of CBD has made it unaffordable for many people in the black community to afford CBD. The Entourage CBD line makes it possible for them to afford it, but also provides an entrepreneurial opportunity for those who want their own home-based businesses to sell the product.
I have also been profoundly inspired by Audre Lorde’s work and her writings on self-care and its importance, particularly for black women. Her quote, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare,” Lorde wrote in A Burst of Light and Other Essays, which inspires most of my work and my commitment to self-preservation for women of color.
I invite you to take a look at Soul Purpose’s self-care and wellness products, as well as, our Be Well and CBD product lines as well. If you think that you can benefit from one of our support groups, simply sign up here.
We are honored to welcome you into our community.
Nadine Thompson, MSW
Founder and CEO of Soul Purpose Lifestyle Company