Magan Luzzi


Loving Yourself



I have lived the majority of my life in a home that was built on faith, hope and love. With that being said, I did not know how to receive these things until very recently.

Before beginning my journey with Ripple Of One, I was a person who believed I could do everything through my own strength and willpower. I unknowingly saw no need for the grace of God.

Yes, I was completely unaware of my lack and in this case, ignorance was anything but bliss. When I came to a place of complete bankruptcy and surrender, I realized that, “when I am weak, then I am strong.”


The volunteers and participants of Ripple of One have empowered me to pursue the dreams I believed were completely unrealistic. I remembered what hope was meant to do in a person’s life.

I look at myself in the mirror and I see who I was as a young girl. I love that about myself. I can genuinely say for the first time since I was 11 years old, I love myself. What greater accomplishment can I display to my friends, family and especially my children than the simple fact that receiving the love and grace of God has equipped me to in turn love myself?

I am no different than anyone reading this editorial. Anyone can surrender and allow someone from a program like Ripple Of One to reach down and grab your hand and pull you out of a pit. Anyone can receive and in exchange achieve.

I have been sober for over two years and I am financially stable for the first time in 10 years. I am not where I want to be yet but because of Ripple of One, I am not where I used to be. Now I know my true identity and I now recognize my worth. I am extremely grateful for everything that the volunteers and fellow Ripple sisters have done for me and my children throughout this last year of my life.

I dare anyone to make the decision to pursue the Lord and ask him to fill their heart’s desires. He will answer you just as he answered me. Ripple of One is just one of the many answers he has given me, and I now wait expectantly for a new opportunity every day.

Billy Bauer