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In 2015 we are highlighting people who are changing the world. Penny is the first person we are highlighting as someone who is CHANGING THE WORLD. She is one of the Queen Bees of The Paper Studio at Thistle Farms. In 2008, she graduated from the Magdalene Program, a program for women in recovery from addiction, prostitution and sex trafficking founded by Rev. Becca Stevens. 

Penny with her partner, Karlee and baby, October Sky

When you hear Penny speak with her voice that has been described as sounding like "burly wood", you might feel intimidated. But after a few minutes with Penny, you quickly feel at home. Penny accepts herself and others and changes the world with her comfortable way of being and sharing her story of healing, hope and change. Similar to a lucky penny one finds, much of Penny’s story come from the streets.

Penny’s story is one of healing without shame or apology about being an addict who lived under a bridge in Nashville for a decade. In her story is truth – the truth of human suffering we all have in common – and the miracle and triumph of change. There is a long history of injustice in the world of sex trafficking and while Penny can not change history, by sharing HER-story, she is making a difference in the world with her unconditional acceptance of herself and others and her paper made with love.

Thanks for keeping it real, Penny and for making our bee-u-tiful packaging. We should all be so lucky as to have a little of YOU rub off on us. #luckypenny #loveheals

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


To hear more of Penny’s story, click here to view a NPR segment about Penny and Thistle Farms.

We are now publishing blogs on our website so if you would like to see past Bee Attitudes blogs, click here.


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