We had the good fortune of connecting with Abriel Farrow and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Abriel, as a parent, what do you feel is the most meaningful thing you’ve done for them?
I have a two-year-old daughter and the most important thing that I actively engage in that has an impact on her is creating space for toddler autonomy. As a parent it is my goal to do away with the, “It’s my way or the highway” mentality. For instance, although I consider myself to be a perfectionist, I allow my daughter to choose her clothing and shoes even though some of the combinations that she decides makes me question whether or not we should go out in public. In this, it is my hope that my daughter will continue to gain autonomy, self-confidence, decision making skills, and self-validation.
What should our readers know about your business?
God gave me Women In Transition, Inc., or WITness, as a graduate student in 2016 before I even knew or anticipated WITness becoming an organization. It all started when one woman became curious about the Christian faith. I couldn’t resist offering to assist her in cultivating a relationship with God. Another friend joined along to continue to grow in her personal relationship with God. Weekly we would find ourselves in places like Olive Garden and Panera Bread to study God’s word. The trio became what is now 35 active members. Women In Transition, Inc. is currently a non-profit organization that is centered around helping women cultivate a relationship with God and helping them to navigate life through the Christian faith. The name “Women In Transition” was inspired by me literally being in mental, physical, and spiritual transition as graduation was approaching. It’s currently my truth that during any transition (good or bad), a level of vulnerability sets in which could lead to susceptibility to becoming spiritually distracted. In turn, this could lend to spiritual stagnation. It is the mission and purpose of WITness to help women protect and maintain their faith through the promised seasons of transition (Ecclesiastes 3). WITness embodies members that either have no current relationship with God, a stagnant relationship, or a thriving relationship. To help sustain our relationship with God we meet virtually for weekly Bible Study. This is where we study Biblical facts and discuss our revelations to make it applicable to our lives. We also connect members with one another to assist in maintaining spiritual accountability with what we call their “purpose partner”. Lastly, we are an organization that believes in reflecting the heart of God through giving back in any capacity within the community. Honestly, as WITness began to expand I have had multiple conversations with God that started with something like “Lord, what are you doing? ”. The larger the group became the more anxiety I felt. I realized that I had become a spiritual mentor to more than just my girlfriends, but to women I’ve never met in-person. It is also mind-blowing that some women are located outside of Georgia. Talk about impostor syndrome and anxiety provoking! However, I overcome those feelings by knowing that this organization isn’t about me but about being used by God. God gave me permission and that’s enough. I am most proud to witness (no pun intended) the spiritual growth that the members display in their personal lives and through their thought processes. It is always reassuring when members compare who they were before joining the virtual Bible Studies versus currently. I am so excited to learn what Women In Transition, Inc. will become in the future.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I am from Savannah, Georgia so it’s a no brainer that you would find me anywhere that involves seafood. Currently, I enjoy eating at the The Optimist for a few rounds of oysters as an appetizer. Afterwards, I would head to The Juicy Crab to get messy with king crabs. Outside of eating seafood, I would ideally enjoy anywhere that offers a scenic environment. Realistically, relaxing in my home and watching reruns on Netflix (while eating seafood) is my go-to.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to the dedicated members of Women In Transition, Inc. These women continue to believe in the vision that God has given me concerning the organization. They constantly allow me to get to know them in the most sacred way, spiritually. Their continued “Yes” to God and spiritual transparency has cultivated such an authentic environment for the sisterhood and bond that we share. I would also like to dedicate my shoutout to my husband and mother. My husband motivates me to continue to be a “go-getter” and to be about my father’s business even if it includes sacrificing. My mother pushes me to see a greater vision for WITness and prepares me to make room for what’s to come. For them, I am truly grateful!