Beautiful Changes was born out of a beautiful friendship! It all started several years ago...
THE AMAZING AFRICAN WOMEN FILM SOCIETY (2010):
In 2010, Julie Ostrand, an American who had moved to South Africa, started an after school program in Ocean View for grade 10 girls. It was called the “Amazing African Women Film Club” and the girls learned how to interview and film a guest speaker, who shared an inspiring story.
Speakers, successful women from South Africa (including a doctor, hair designer, social worker, CEO, and fashion designer), told stories about overcoming abuse, with the help of God, and achieving success and breakthrough in their life.
DANCE CLASS (2011):
Julie instantly loved these amazing girls and was inspired by their beautiful friendship, constant laughter and big hearts for each other. For years they met together weekly! After the film club ended, the next year they took dance lessons and studied the Bible together.
DINNER CLUB (2012-2015)
Later they enjoyed a “dinner club.” The girls would come to Julie’s home every week and make a fabulous meal while laughing and talking. As they sat around the dinner table they became family…sharing about everything from their cultural differences, what was going well, difficult spots along the journey of life, and how God was speaking to them.
EACH OTHER ALWAYS
LEARNING A SKILL & STARTING A BUSINESS (2015-NOW)
By 2015 these once sweet 15 year old girls grew into amazing women turning 21 years. It was time for Julie and her family to return to America…but she knew these women were smart and hard working – capable of running their own business!
She taught them how to “stencil a wall” and the basics of running a business. They learned quickly and soon were running the wall stencil business completely on their own!
Julie is incredibly proud of them and considers them to be among her greatest friends! She is happy that she can still connect with them across an ocean...talking about ideas for the business and catching up on life. She loves them deeply and is grateful for how they impacted her life with Beautiful Changes.