As we approach the launch of our third (THIRD!!) print issue, we want to take time to recognize the amazing Kickstarter supporters who funded our very first issue in September, helping us make our dream a reality and ultimately get to where we are today. Today we’re featuring Allie Marie Smith of Wonderfully Made, who is not only a financial supporter but also one of our regular print contributors! Read on to learn more about who Allie is,
what Wonderfully Made does and how you can get involved.
Hi Allie! Can you tell us a little more about what Wonderfully Made is?
Wonderfully Made is a faith-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping young women know their true value while inspiring them to live-outward focused lives. Through our young women’s conferences, college chapters, films and resources it is our desire to help girls live lives of freedom, worth, significance and true beauty.
How did Wonderfully Made begin?
I started Wonderfully Made as a campus club my sophomore year at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California. However, it really ignited and took off at Santa Clara University and continued to organically expand from there. We now have four college chapters in California and have since become somewhat of a nationwide organization as our blog reaches readers all over the world and we recently hosted a conference for 400 girls in Oahu, Hawaii.
What is the vision and purpose behind Wonderfully Made’s?
The first part of purpose is to help young women know their true, God-given value and worth. The second part of our purpose is to inspire girls to live outward-focused lives of lasting significance. We are counter-cultural movement of women who are committed to helping other girls discover their true value and passionate about living abundant, joyful lives of impact that go far beyond themselves. We accomplish this through our college chapters, conferences, films, books, blog and resources.
What about you—what’s your background story and how did you end up at Wonderfully Made?
WM was birthed out of my own personal struggles as a young woman. At the age of 18, I hit rock bottom when severe clinical depression almost took my life. I was as broken as a girl could be. But, it was in that trying time that my faith in God become real to me as everything I had placed my value and identity in was stripped from me. One day when I was reading the Bible for one of the first times in my life, I stumbled across Psalm 139. The words of verse fourteen penetrated my heart “I will praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” As I read that, it was like I had been waiting my entire life to hear that spoken over my life: that I wasn’t an accident; that I was of value; that I wasn’t the mistake of something crazy that happened in the cosmos, but that I had been lovingly and intentionally created for a beautiful purpose.
What a powerful experience, and a beautiful story of something difficult being used ultimately for something good. How can other women get involved with or participate in Wonderfully Made?
There are so many ways! Watch & share our videos, start a Girls Group with our bible study series, explore our website and show it to your friends. You can also read and comment on our blog, add a link to us on your blog or website, grab & share our buttons. We are on Twitter and Facebook, and we sell encouraging and inspiring products through our wmBoutique, which is perfect for gifts (for friends or just yourself!). Above all, the best way to be part of Wonderfully Made is to encourage the women in your life to know their value!
Learn more about Wonderfully Made by visiting www.wonderfullymade.org.