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- Tonya D. Latney, MS, RN, BSNE Editorial Assistant - Zakiya Parson, BS

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Writers: Audrey Washington, Linda Hampton, Lisa Landry, Janet Autherine,

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Watts, Naomi Studevan, Wendy Dartt, Aleshea Johnson, Tamika Grier, Nala Latrice,

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

T R A I L B L A Z E R I N B U S I N E S S - L I S A L A N D R Y

16

P A N D E M I C P U S H

30

A U T H O R S P O T L I G H T

25

2

Tonya Latney

Editor's Note

27

Karen Southall Watts

ARE YOU OK?

5

FINANCE

Audrey Washington

30

pandemic push

Wendy Dartt, Alesha Johnson,

Naomi Studevan

16

Lisa Landry

TRAILBLAZER IN BUSINESS

34

Nala Latrice

the heart of a teen mom

25

Janet Autherine

AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT

43

Colena Brown

I SEE LOVE IN THE MIRROR

Photographer- Kahlil Jackson “Gobbana”

Colena Brown


NOTE

EDITOR'S

LATNEY

TONYA

word that I want to use for this year and this article is “push.” There are two types of

The

— planned and unplanned.

pushing

I think about planned or unplanned pushing, it takes me back to being a teen

When

When I became pregnant as a teenager, I was not ready to have a baby;

parent.

the result of the decisions that I made meant I had no choice but to push the

however,

I was carrying into the world. An expectant mother is given a due date and she

child

on pushing her baby out into the world on that date. However, there are times

plans

that push goes from planned to unplanned, such as early labor, etc. As I was

when

about this COVID-19 crisis, I wondered how many people have been pushed into

thinking

new way of thinking and doing things. So, for this edition, I have focused on things that

a

this edition, I share two stories of mothers who had to deal with the unplanned push of

In

and how they got their victory from their unplanned pregnancies. I also

pregnancy

feedback from some of our viewers on how the pandemic has pushed them in

received

or professional areas in their lives.

personal

COVID-19 crisis has been an unplanned push for our society, and we have been

The

in ways that we never could have imagined. Although we may not want to

pushed

it, sometimes an unplanned push can be positive and great things can come out

believe

it. of

PUSH

women have had to do because of this unplanned push.

3


ositive pressure – This pandemic and the pressure it has caused has resulted in some

P

pressure for many. New ways of doing things were created and there have

positive

inventive developments such as the use of Zoom and the rise of tele-health.

been

this was an unplanned push, there have been technological improvements

Although

– As a nation, we may never understand why the pandemic had to

Understanding

But you should take a personal look at yourself and try to understand how this

happen.

has caused you to change, perhaps mentally or financially, in either your personal

push

or your business.

life

or stress – You have the option — you can either stress about all the changes from

Shift

unplanned push or you can shift your mindset to how you can benefit and grow

this

– As with anything in life, seek help if you are unclear about how to change or

Help

to this unplanned push. There are people you can seek out such as personal,

readjust

L Latney, MS, BSN, RN

Tonya

Dream Coach

The

that have had a positive impact on us.

from the changes.

financial, or business coaches.

I would love your feedback, so send me an email to sowbo12@gmail.com.

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people are facing financial challenges due to the impact of Covid-19 on

Many

current economy. As a result, there are many people who are struggling with their

the

Here are a few tips that can assist you if you find that your credit is taking a hit

credit.

a result of Covid-19:

as

#1 – Get a free copy of your credit report.

Tip

to Covid-19, you can now get a free copy of your credit report each week from all

Due

the 3 major credit bureaus until April 2021. After this time, you will be able to get a

of

copy once every 12 months. Visit: www.annualcreditreport.com to obtain your

free

copy of your credit reports. Review your credit reports carefully for any errors and

free

attention to any unauthorized inquiries.

pay

#2 – Ask your creditor for a temporary lower payment.

Tip

you can't make the full payment, ask your creditor to lower your payment temporarily.

If

#3 – Try not to increase your credit card balances.

Tip

you can, try keeping your credit card balances below 30% of the credit limit. Even if

If

CREDIT COVID

YOUR

Washington, Money & Credit Coach

Audrey

This will help to keep your payment history current and in good standing.

you can only make the minimum monthly payment, try not to add to your balance.

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#4 – Add a consumer statement to your credit reports.

Tip

you are experiencing a financial hardship due to reduced income or no income, add

If

brief consumer statement to your credit file for each credit bureau. Generally, the

a

should be no more than 100 words. This can help explain the hardship that

statement

#5 – You can get your credit back on track.

Tip

financial challenges can be stressful, remember that this situation is temporary

While

things will turn around. Once they do you can begin working to get your credit

and

on track.

back

is so important during this time not to lose hope. Covid-19 has affected almost

It

in many ways and most especially financially. Please try to keep your focus on

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BSN, RN, Certified EFT

MSN,

Certified Life Coach

Practitioner,

Do It Tomorrow

I'll

To Stop Procrastinating And Get Things Done

How

goes without saying that procrastination is about avoiding. What are you avoiding?

It

are you afraid to find out? What are you not wanting to do? What are you not

What

to face? What is so fearful that you choose procrastination over

willing

stagnation over forward movement and progress.

accomplishment,

you ever told yourself you would begin an important project by a certain date

Have

and

habit of procrastination hurts your productivity more than any other bad habit.

The

it’s one of the most difficult to break.

Unfortunately,

have intentions of following through, but our negative emotions make us feel

We

We find ourselves avoiding the dreaded task for as long as possible.

uncomfortable.

A fear of failure is the most common cause of procrastination. You fear the

1.

of failing. So, in your logical thoughts, if you don’t attempt to take

consequences

procrastination.

LINDA HAMPTON

time and you find yourself putting it off. Well that’s procrastination.

I know I’m not the only one. Everyone procrastinates.

What Is Procrastination anyway?

Top 3 Reasons You Procrastinate That Might Surprise You

action, then you are guaranteed not to fail.

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You are excessive about perfection. You find it difficult to take action unless and

2.

you know you can do the job to your total satisfaction. It can be a problem

until

You are experiencing low energy levels. You lack the energy, so you don’t feel

3.

doing much. This can come from having an unhealthy lifestyle, insufficient

like

or any other unhealthy cause. You’re tired and sluggish so you want to curl

sleep

on the couch.

up

been talking about why we procrastinate. So far, you've seen that

We've

comes from fear, from perfectionism, from your energy levels. But

procrastination

isn't a character flaw. It's not some mysterious curse on your time

Procrastination

ability either.

management

is your way of coping with challenging emotions and negative moods when faced

It

certain tasks. We might be bored, anxious, and insecure, have self-doubt, be

with

can lead us to think that putting off the task and doing something like cleaning

This

closet is a better idea.

the

this leads us into a vicious cycle. We think that delaying the task will make us

Instead,

better. But what happens is that we feel blame, disgust, regret, self-loathing,

feel

delayed working on a task a few days ago. I knew it had to be done but I kept

I

myself the excuse that if I didn’t do it, I wouldn’t make a complete mess of it.

giving

not that I couldn’t do the job. In fact, I’m good at it. It’s just that I had so many

It’s

things to do at work and home I couldn’t give it my best effort.

other

when you aren’t familiar with your task or it’s different from what you are used to.

Your Mood Is Causing Procrastination

what about your mood? Are your emotions keeping you from taking action?

frustrated or any other type of emotion towards the task.

and all kinds of other emotions when we finally get back to the task.

Ding. Ding. Ding.

10


rears its cruel head. Like many procrastinators, I am a perfectionist. If I don’t

Perfectionism

I can do the task to my exacting standards, I delay starting. When I do tackle it, I end

think

you’ve seen, procrastination can have a huge impact on your success in life. It can also

As

a big impact on your physical and mental health.

have

is linked to mental health problems like stress and anxiety. By putting off

Procrastination

it leads to stress over having to get it done at the last minute. This can lead to

tasks,

stress can then lead to physical symptoms that can be deadly such as cardiovascular

This

and hypertension. Too much and continual stress is bad for your health as it can

disease

to insomnia, chronic headaches, stiff muscles, chest pain, fatigue, low sex drive, upset

lead

and obesity.

stomach

moods, resulting from procrastinating, can lead us to overeating, exercising less often,

Our

withdrawal, angry outbursts, and drug, alcohol or tobacco abuse.

social

might end up postponing health checkups that would catch problems early or not

We

care of ourselves in a healthy way.

taking

all know that life can be stressful. And many of us procrastinate which can lead to

We

more stress.

even

is a leading cause of many health-related illnesses like high-blood pressure,

Stress

insomnia, and headaches.

stroke,

up cramming a 2-week project into a 2-day work fest that isn’t my best work.

coined this practice of self-serving excuses as self-handicapping.

Psychologists

a strategy of intentionally sabotaging our own efforts. We do it to erect our

It’s

barriers to success that protects us from the consequences of failure that

own

crush our egos.

can

I postpone a task, I fear it is beyond my capabilities of my best work, I am

When

an obstacle I can point to as the reason for flopping.

creating

The Link Between Health and Procrastination

anxiety, fear, lack of focus or feeling overwhelmed, and feelings of depression.

Negative Effects of Procrastinating

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Procrastination can be a self-defeating behavior. It leads to a lack of making

1.

progress.

Procrastination results in a poor product. Cramming to write that important

2.

or business presentation at the last-minute means you won’t be doing your

paper

You get things done, but they’re the wrong things. Procrastinators shove the

3.

tasks to the bottom of their list. They focus instead on the easy and quick

important

way to do this is to create a procrastination log. This allows you to evaluate what is

One

and begin developing ways to prevent it. A procrastination log is simply a

happening

can use an old-school pen and notebook, an app on your electronic device, with a

You

journal or diary. Here is what to include in your journal:

fancy

or describe what you are putting off-task, project, goal

Record

what you were feeling and thinking when you started to delay

Include

you are doing instead-non-important tasks, watching TV, reading

What

results-what happened, how you felt

The

or not you have heard of EFT or Emotional Freedom Techniques tapping, this is

Whether

effective method for many different situations. It works by using

an

on specific areas of your body. You physically tap yourself in a

acupressure

pattern while repeating a phrase. This tapping allows your body to

rhythmic

energy and emotional blockages so you can relieve stress and become

release

healthier.

the title suggests Emotional Freedom Techniques Tapping involves you tapping your

As

and body while you repeat words and phrases. It may look a little strange to others

face

you may even feel self-conscious at first. Once you realize that it actually works you

and

care what others think.

won't

But did you know procrastination can harm you in other ways?

best work.

to do ones. They have a false sense of accomplishing a lot.

Put a Halt to Procrastination

journal or diary you record in whenever you catch yourself putting off a priority task.

Use Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to Halt Procrastination

How EFT Works

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is a technique that allows us to change dysfunctional beliefs and emotions on a

EFT

level. It involves making a statement while tapping different points

subconscious

general principle behind EFT is that the cause of all negative emotions is a

The

in the body’s energy system. By tapping on locations where a number of

disruption

different meridian flow, you are able to release unproductive memories,

the

and beliefs that cause the blockages.

emotions

an EFT session you’re tapping on various points around your body while

During

on the specific thing you are procrastinating on. This sends vibrations

concentrating

your energy paths and these vibrations get to work by unblocking or in other

along

rebalancing our energy system. The process removes excess irrational

words

by looking at the real reason you procrastinate. Next time you catch yourself

Begin

you’ll do it later, stop, and really examine why you are.

saying

you afraid you’ll fail because you always have in the past?

Are

procrastination something you saw growing up in your family?

Is

you allowed procrastinating to become a habit because you are lazy or

Have

not interested in the task?

just

it’s due to your self-esteem level, confidence in our abilities, or your

Maybe

thoughts that keep you from taking action.

negative

Hampton MSN, BSN, RN, Certified EFT

Linda

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Practitioner,

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along meridian paths.

Think of it as acupuncture without the needles.

reactions but leaves the rational normal reaction. If this sounds like magic. It is.

Next Steps

Thinking it has to be perfect before you can finish it can keep you stuck and

constantly putting off a task until you can do it perfectly.

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the last few months, Americans have been given the opportunity to stay at home

Over

rest. However, as the months have continued with the COVID-19 pandemic and a

and

war dominates the media, this rest has turned into restlessness. It is one thing

political

the option of doing activities outside of home, but when your freedom to go out

having

limited, you begin to feel like a prisoner in your own home. Loss of freedom, work,

is

money has caused many people to experience stress. This stress may have pushed

and

individuals into what I call a “home depression,” a feeling of depression or

many

due to the stay-at-home orders. Although sadness can be a healthy emotion,

sadness

we continue to deal with the pandemic crisis and the political war, here are some

As

tips:

self-care

Care ‒ Try to maintain a daily routine of going for a regular walk or

Physical

an exercise routine. Also, catch up on needed rest and relaxation.

completing

Care ‒ Try some different stress management routines. Positive subliminal

Emotional

and Zen music are great for your emotional well-being.

messages

Care ‒ Distract yourself from the ongoing news about the pandemic and

Social

Try joining a positive group on Zoom or Meetup.

politics.

Care ‒ Find ways to express daily gratitude. Meditation techniques, praying,

Spiritual

daily journaling are great for working on inner peace.

and

staying in that state can be dangerous to overall well-being.

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saying something like this, “Honey, I need some eggs for this recipe. I’ll be

Remember

back?” Or how about thinking to yourself, “I’ll just run to the bank on my way; it’ll

right

be ten more minutes?” Two big realities have changed in my life since the corona

just

pandemic began. One, there are no routine chores or quick errands any more,

virus

two, I like many others, have become a reluctant front-line practioner in mental

and

health.

April 2nd I set out on an adventure—a trip to the bank. A week after I texted my

On

to tell her I was setting up an electronic rent payment, she informed me, I

landlady

use the internet and told me I needed to make payment with a traditional paper

don't

draft. I stood in line, a line of folks, socially distanced, two plus city blocks long,

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for

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As

let an elderly woman come in and sit to await her turn. The woman behind her

to

came in and began complaining about line jumping and someone being

immediately

out of turn. Man I hate it when those textbook things I've discussed in my

served

classes happen in person. They are much less fun off the page. The tellers

business

all polite, but looked a bit shell-shocked. Perhaps it was due to people asking

were

routine questions, requesting months of statement printouts, or maybe they

myriad

just worn out from plastering a helpful smile on their faces and working from

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Are

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behind their new plexiglas barriers.

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returned home two hours after going out--paper payment in hand--and went

I

to the landlady's door. I figured once I came in and went through my

immediately

routine I'd be in no mood to hike up her steep front stairs. She asked

decontamination

if I was okay? And before I could formulate an answer asked me. "you still have

me

Relieved when she found out I was not yet destitute, she started in on what

money?"

for small talk with us. Mentally exhausted, I quickly ended the conversation to go

passes

you read the previous paragraph right. I have a decontamination routine. Shoes

Yes,

outerwear get stashed in an area by the door and sprayed with disinfectant. There’s

and

procedure for unpacking, washing, and storing groceries. I’ve practically washed the

a

off my hands, and I wash my face as well when I come in from the outside world.

skin

I’m physically separated from it, the outside world, more specifically its people,

Though

my thoughts all the time now. I have already attended the first of three April

occupy

on stress, anxiety, and mental health concerns related to the pandemic and

webinars

education. Everyone has suddenly become a front-line worker in the realm of

higher

health. Whether you’re an online educator like me, or a mom stuck at home with

mental

sullen teen who’s going to miss graduation, the question “Are you okay?” has taken

a

out the memes online, and you’ll see that the prospect of being holed-up at

Check

with a pile of books or movies isn’t really a hardship for introverts. Yet, even innies

home

me need community. Our communities give us the connection, strength, and support

like

live our lives and achieve our goals. We get collective wisdom from community, and

to

get joy. Now the way we connect is being dictated by a public health crisis. It’s no

we

a matter of wanting to stay in, it’s a requirement – one that’s more painful for

longer

I look into the Zoom video conference, am I see you for the first time without

When

or are those dark circles because you aren’t getting any sleep? Are those

makeup,

humor Facebook posts the result of boredom, or have you, my friend, slipped

gallows

depression? Do I hear tears underneath your voice when we’re on the phone? It

into

never been more important to pay attention, even if we are doing it from a

has

And it’s never been more important to ask, “Are you okay?” and really listen to

distance.

back into isolation.

on new importance and weight.

some than others.

the answer.

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am a mental health advocate. Luckily, this isn’t truly new territory, as I’ve incorporated

I

concepts of self-care and mental health into my work for years. And in some ways

the

a shame that it’s taken a global pandemic to get mental health and community wellbeing

it’s

into our daily discussions. Empathy and compassion are now mainstream topics,

all of us are more aware than ever that every connection has the potential to

and

someone’s day or life.

change

there’s no substitute for professional advice and helplines, and mental

Remember,

professionals are making adjustments to provide assistance online and over the

health

in our new Covid-19 world. All of us need to keep this information at hand to pass

phone

as we take seriously the charge to be full members of our communities giving

along

for Disease Control page on stress during a pandemic

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inspiration and care to others.

Oh, and I have checked in again with the landlady…we are both okay.

alone

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have pushed me in multiple ways. At the top of the year one of my goals was to

Both

at least 3 networking events per month. When the pandemic hit I initially felt

attend

because my plan was to make a ton of connections to grow my business via

defeated

my network. However, after about a week or so I decided to reach out to my

growing

connections and do IG LIVEs with them in which we each offered advice and

current

based on our professions. Because my focus is education, I always made sure

tips

the conversation was geared toward education and supporting students and

that

families. Eventually I found a unique connection with one of my newer

their

Kelley. Kelley and I went from doing a LIVE on the Monday after

colleagues,Coach

shut down the schools, to creating a weekly series called Wisdom Wednesday

they

break conversations. We started with discussing the transition to quarantine

Lunch

we went on to speak about the history of HBCUs, we had a conversation entitled

then

Their Names' and many more thought provoking conversations that had our

'Say

encouraging us to start a Podcast. Although we didn't decide to do the

supporters

we are transitioning to a Zoom format where we can provide more

Podcast,

and resources and present visuals to better engage our audience.

information

Kelley and I barely knew each other when this pandemic began and now we

Coach

built a great partnership with our businesses and as we speak weekly we are

have

much more. While many people feel that this time was a complete loss, I

building

gained so much during this time.

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middle school, I remember how many of the girls didn’t like

In

and always seem to be starting stuff so they could fight

me

I didn’t understand why then, but I realized now two

me!

One, I allowed them to, I never took that stance of

things,

them know who “I AM” (because, who does at 13) and

letting

they were “jealous”, even though they too, didn’t know

two

day after being bullied the whole day from a group of girls, they had a boy to finish

One

dirty work for them. However, that day of 7th grade, in 1996 in front of the Boys and

their

Club in Omaha, NE, I showed them just how tough I was. I remember walking home

Girls

school and a crowd of kids who didn’t walk my way were strangely walking the

from

way as I, LOL! (I can laugh now). Next thing I know, this boy picked me up and

same

me on the ground and we were all of a sudden in an all-out brawl. Although, I

slammed

somewhat caught off guard, I was not going out without a fight! Let’s just say, they

was

a different girl that day! A few months after that fight, my mom got a job offer that

saw

we got to Scottsdale, AZ, I was amazed at what I saw. It was a stark difference

When

Omaha. Big. I felt like I was seeing Vegas for the first time, even though, Scottsdale

from

nothing like Vegas. I quickly realized a different way of life and 3 years after

looks

my life took a turn of no return. I was now 15 years old (3 weeks away from 16)

moving,

sitting in the bathroom in shock with tears rolling down my face. I had just taken a

and

test and it returned positive. I had so many thoughts going through my mind,

pregnancy

first being how to tell my mom. I was so scared, I had no clue of what to do, or what

the

meant for my life now. How was I going to afford a child, I’m still in high school. I

this

eventually realize, the father wanted no parts of me or my baby. I felt so lost and

would

with no one to talk to.

alone

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would move us from everything and everybody me and my siblings ever knew.

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months into the pregnancy, I went for a routine checkup, when the Dr. asked me if

Four

had a parent I could call. Looking confused, they reluctantly began to tell me, that

I

could not find a heartbeat and that my baby girl was no longer alive. I was

they

and emotional. After hearing this news as a now 16 year old, I had to leave

devastated

Dr. Office and get on the city bus for about 2 hours from N. Scottsdale, back to

the

Phoenix. I had nothing but time to think. Here again, I felt lonely with no one to

Central

to, but I had to stay strong and keep it moving because, what else was I suppose

talk

do. My mother was not involved much, which left me to figure things out on my own.

to

was tough, emotionally, physically and mentally. I did have a few good friends that

This

me encouraged, but they too were in high school and couldn’t do much. Before

kept

the doctor's office that day, I was informed that I would not only have to

leaving

an appointment to induce my labor but that I would have to have a proper

schedule

the day came for me to give birth, I remember laying in the hospital bed, when I

When

myself needing to go to the restroom, so I thought. The nurses helped me to the

felt

and next thing you know I was giving birth. I delivered a baby girl named

bathroom

who fit in the palm of my hands. Oh how I remember holding her and hurting.

Netanya

being released a few days later, with no time to process any of the events taken

After

in my life, I had to begin planning a funeral for my daughter, all by myself, at 16

place

of age. I made phone call after phone call until I was able to find the just so

years

to have a program for teens in my situation, however they did not provide

happened

I had to travel by city bus over an hour with my daughter in a casket

transportation.

fit on my lap. I can’t begin to compare the emotions I felt during that bus ride I’m

that

for my best sister friend who showed up for me in my time of need. She was

thankful

there by my side at the funeral. Thanks Lauren! After the funeral, I was back to

right

a few days later as if nothing had happened. I was hurt, but life was moving

school

than I could keep up. One year later, I am a senior in high school, having fun and

faster

hard to graduate. I had always kept up with my grades so as a senior I had an

working

schedule and only had half a day of classes.

easy

you would think that after all I had been through, I would have learned my lesson,

Now,

as a young girl, with no relationship with her mother or father and no family around,

but

was unhealed and wanted to “feel loved.” My now boyfriend had already graduated

I

was in the Navy. According to us, we were so in love and had our entire lives

and

burial as well, because of my gestation.

In the room with me, were only my daughter and the nurses.

planned out. Those plans took an unexpected turn, when I found out I was pregnant.

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time around, I was not as scared. I guess because I had experienced the worst

This

and felt this time I had more support. At 17 years old, I walked across the

already

8 months pregnant and received my high school diploma. A month or so later, I

stage

a healthy baby boy, who is now a 17 year old senior, getting ready to walk

delivered

the stage in May 2020. Wow, the uncanniness of the timing of me being

across

to write this article!

blessed

my life is peaceful and happy. I am now a Motivational Speaker and

Currently

Development Consultant. I have a total of 4 kings ages 11, 13, 16 & 17.The

Personal

of being a teen mother and a single mother are difficult and it can be

struggles

I highly recommend a different route. Life happens, I understand, but if I

avoided,

go back and tell my 15 year old self anything, it would be that I AM ENOUGH,

could

I am now. I don’t need a boy to make me feel loved. I would tell myself to love

where

in the way that I want that boy to love me, because If I don’t know how to love

myself,

I can’t expect anyone else to. It was hard, I didn’t have the support of my mother

me,

will throw you for a loop, but if you put on skates you can keep up. No matter if

Life

have the support of parents, family & friends or not, as young girls and women,

you

must build our OWN confidence, by setting life goals and affirming ourselves with

we

qualities we desire. We must then surround ourselves with those who help build us

the

and move forward toward our goals. We need people encouraging us, now

up

us to make excuses for the not so good choices we make. We need

allowing

are so many details that could not be told through this writing, however I hope

There

article pierces the heart of anyone going through and needing encouragement.

this

is not over, you will make it, you have no choice. Stay strong and know who and

Life

you are and begin to MANIFEST YOUR LIFE! I LOVE YOU!

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day my 22 year old asked me, mom when you were

One

did you want any children? My reply was HELLLLLL

young

shit I barely wanted you!!! We both cracked up

NO,

because since my daughter and I are just 15 years

laughing

we can joke like girlfriends because we basically

apart,

up together. I was 14 years old when I got pregnant

grew

15 when I gave birth to this beautiful big brown eyed

and

girl who I considered everything from abortion to

baby

Because being 15 in the 10th grade the last thing

adoption.

are thinking about is becoming a MOTHER.

you

out I was pregnant was one thing but telling my mother was another. I could

Finding

fix my lips to tell my mother I was pregnant which meant I had sex which

not

I hooked school to have sex. So telling my mother was a No No. So I did like any

meant

teenager and I hid it from her until I went into labor, no my mother never

other

even took me on doctor's appointment to do a urine test which I kindly

suspected,

up some water from the toilet and closed the lid and handed to the doctor,

scooped

right. Not really but it did buy me some time to get up my nerves to tell her, which

smart

finally did after my water broke on the bottom bunk bead I shared with my sister. The

I

had come, this was it .I’m about to be a mom at 15. It was all so surreal, I pushed 3

time

4 times and boom there she was, oh and by the way labor was not at all like the

or

stories women tell of being in labor 18 and 24 hours, when your young your body

horror

much more flexible, no epidural, all naturalize had toothaches worse than labor.

is

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now I have a whole baby, my mother is in complete shock, as was I. Still...I

But

the nurse helping me to name my baby girl because I hadn’t even thought

remember

a name. Bringing my baby home was another aspect I didn’t even think of, wow

of

I have to tell my friends and family and what about school was studying acting in

now

performing arts high school that I literally had to audition to get accepted into the

a

school.

brand new life I wasn’t the least prepared for, so ultimately I dropped out in 10th

A

and literally just stayed home with my baby. I felt hopeless, I wanted so much

grade,

for myself, so one day I picked up the yellow pages and found a place where I

more

take my GED. I was able to walk in a graduating class the same year I was

could

to be graduating. I walked that stage and received my diploma and did not

supposed

a soul in that graduating class. I was inspired, I soon moved out at 17 and stayed

know

my aunt and uncle’s house, got a job at the mall, completely got off welfare, and

at

moved into a 2 bedroom apartment with my girlfriend who also had a daughter

then

same age. It was perfect. I would not allow the stigma of being a teenage mom

the

me from my goals and dreams i also wanted my daughter to see she could do

stop

she put her mind too, I ultimately started taking classes and decided hey I

whatever

be a NURSE. If I can take care of a baby I could take care of a patient.

could

I found an accelerated nursing school that allowed me to receive my diploma in 21

So

I still remember graduating with my daughter next to me holding my diploma.

months.

didn’t end up a statistic, people already thought she’s going to have another one or

I

never get off welfare or even how is she going to become a nurse with a GED.

she'll

I did it. I am proud of myself, but most importantly my daughter is proud of me.

But

up mommy is definitely not for the faint of heart but it will surely grow you up

Growing

am now 44 years young and my daughter is 29. I must admit I love when people say

I

HAVE A 29 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER? But having a child close in age has so many

YOU

We get each other, I understand where she may be in life because it wasn’t

benefits.

long ago that I was there too. I meet many mother's that have daughters having

that

young and my advice to them is be supportive, present but let them make their

babies

decisions even when you disagree. Allow them to learn from their mistakes. Do

own

and everything with love and support and they will do their best raising their

anything

while growing up mommy.

child

fast and have you reach higher in life.

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hear the term self love all the time, almost everywhere we turn. However, how

We

of us have never stopped to really examine what self-love means to us? In this

many

we would first have to have a very clear definition of what love is.

examination,

a word that is used and in my opinion miss used in today’s society. As we

“Love,”

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love

recognizing trauma in your life, most commonly trauma in your early

about

This trauma is usually unrecognized and goes unresolved. However, left in

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unresolved space, trauma, shows up in our definition of self-love. I’m not going

this

the precious time that we have to talk about what trauma could possibly look like

use

a definition of self-love, I will just talk about what I perceive a healthy sense of

in

all the readers, you can decide how close or far away you are from what I think a

To

sense of self-love looks like. With a healthy level of self-love, you have the

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to introspectively assess your life. Introspection deals with looking inside of

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self-love should look like.

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nisaa.jhellenbrand1@farmersagency.com

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Franne@SignificantYouC.com

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Relationship & Life Coaching, LLC

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Phone:

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Email:

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- @Nia_Talks

Instagram

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Coach, Certified Financial Literacy

Life

Certified Travel Consultant, and

Specialist,

Life Coach.

Spiritual

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Office

Cell Number: 267-596-4636

Direct

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Holmes

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owner@jlwholesalerealty.properties

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Kay Sales Director

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Dr.

whole Practitioner, Inner Smile Health Coach

A

Health Coach, Oral Health Specialist

Certified

855-643-3911

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info@sevalife.net

Email:

www.Sevalife.net

Website:

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Erica

N Lansdowne Ave

31

PA 19050

Lansdowne,

ericabooth01@gmail.com

Email:

Sigler, M.EVS., P.G.

Tracee

Partner/Owner

Principle

Engineering & Consulting

IAGE

505.506.6060

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Products, LLC

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Monument Road Suite 207

150

Cynwyd, PA 19004

Bala

855-771-2069

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Website: www.zipmyself.com

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Event Planning & Catering

Experience Elegant

Experts in producing elegant weddings,

whimsical and floral designs.

Email: experiencethis@comcast.net

Phone: 215-422-2972

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TENNESSEE

McClain

Anna-Vija

Marketing

Piccolo

TENNESSEE

strategies, business development

marketing

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Nashville,

annavija@piccolomarketing.com

615-348-7768

Delk

Laurie

and Graphics Designer

Web

and Marketing Expert

Branding

Box 251 Po

TN 38402

Columbia,

931- 380-8811

Telephone:

931 -626-0280

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Relationship & Life Coaching, LLC

Nia’s

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Phone:

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Email:

www.niambarnes.com

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@Nia_Talks

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info@powerforwardwoman.com

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www.powerforwardwoman.com

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& Health Insurance Counselor

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& Associates

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Priester

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Relationship & Life Coaching, LLC

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niabthecoach@gmail.com

Email:

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IG-

FB- Nia_Talks

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Power

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469-877-2255

Telephone:

dholmes@marketingsensellc.com

Email:

Holmes, CEO

Dana

Marketerpreneur

Marketing That Makes Sense And Money

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VERMONT

J. Simon

Helen

vtwriter@comcast.net

VERMONT

Telephone: 802- 999 7224

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Gilot ,CEO

Christy

Boutique LLC

Caress

VIRGINIA

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info@caressboutique.com

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www.caressboutique.com

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Sims

Rachael

De Soi Cosmetics

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Telephone:215-678-7931

www.lamourdesoicosmetics.com

Website:

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BOTSWANA

BOTSWANA

Gofaone Company Director Maupo

Ms.

Organics

Michigolire

O. Box 53012

P.

Botswana

Gaborone,

of natural cosmetics and green

Manufacturer

products

household

267 71511232

Cellphone:

address:michigolireorganics@gmail.com

Email

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Ethel Komlaga

Anne

Director

Executive

International

SOWBO

Sucess

Sisterhood

ETHEL KOMLAGA is a high spirited

ANNE

an Educator and an International award

Polymath,

Humanitarian with over ten years

winning

in the field of Education, Leadership

experience

Personal Development. She holds MA

and

Leadership and Management from the

Educational

of Ghana and also a fellow of the Young

University

Leaders Initiative (YALI) West Africa RLC.

African

the Executive Director of Quantum Ideas

As

Anne stands out for her kindness,

Ghana,

and initiative. Together with her

commitment

of professionals, she has been able to

group

a lot of lives through Advocacy, Donations,

impact

Skills Training, Tree Planting and others.

Economic

Ideas Ghana is a Non-Governmental

Quantum

duly registered and validly existing

Organization

the laws of Ghana. We are hardworking

under

in motion impacting our communities with

youths

Ideas and Actions. The focus of Quantum

great

Ghana is Economic Skills Training for the

Ideas

to bridge the unemployment gap to achieve

youth

1, 2, 8. SDG

has a high passion for promoting quality

Anne

and gender empowerment issues and

education

an ambassador of 1district, 1library initiative of

As

National Readers Association, she works hard

the

collaboration with relevant bodies towards the

in

of SDG4 and 5 by providing libraries

attainment

other learning resources and Programmes to

and

the girlchild in school, i.e Ghana Girls Mission

keep

loves to read and engage in intellectual

She

that promote peace and development

discourses

loves to volunteer her leisure time for

and

development projects. Anne has the

community

ability to build rapport and trust quickly and

proven

an enviable record of walking her talks.

has

Auantum Ideas Ghana

and Community Reading Projects

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GHANA

is also a great Contemporary Writer and an

Anne

a Social Entrepreneur, an avid Advocate

Editor,

the SDGs, a Young Enterprising Youth Leader

for

a Quantum Agenda for a changed society.

with

loves to read and engage in intellectual

She

that promote peace and development

discourses

www.quantumideasgh.com

Quantum Ideas Ghana

Fb:

Anne Ethel Komlaga

LinkedIn:

fb: Coms An Eth

Personal

No. +233207032025

Tel.

annethel.kea@gmail.com

Email:

loves to volunteer her leisure time for

and

development projects. Anne has the

community

ability to build rapport and trust quickly

proven

has an enviable record of walking her talks.

and

is also a great Contemporary Writer and an

Anne

a Social Entrepreneur, an avid Advocate

Editor,

the SDGs, a Young Enterprising Youth Leader

for

a Quantum Agenda for a changed society.

with

an Executive Member of a number of

As

organizations across board

humanitarian

Reocomm Foundation Ghana, She has

including

number of projects in the capacity she serves,

a

her credit. Her recent success was in the area

to

hosting an Awards Ceremony to Recognize

of

with Ingenious Ideas bringing Change and

Youths

to communities. Anne is ever ready

Development

render her selfless services to any individual or

to

that offers genuine opportunities to

organization

girlchild, the less privileged and for social

the

and progression.

change

QUOTE: ‘Small acts, when multiplied by

FAV.

people can transform the world’-Howard

millions

Zinn

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CANADA

Rath Jyoti

WILLIAMS REAL ESTATE ASSOCIATES

KELLER

West Credit Ave,Bldg 1#100,Mississauga ON

7145

: 647-824-1034

Direct

: 905-812-8123

Office

www.buyandsellmygtahomes.com

Website:

Media, Owner

Allana

Main Street East, Suite 496

420

Ontario L9T 5G3

Milton,

647-377-8445

Telephone:

Website: www.allanamedia.com

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Karen Southall Watts, a professional encourager. I’m also an author, speaker, coach, and

I’m

educator. My recent books include Ask and Achieve: Questions in the middle of a

adult

life and The Solo Workday: Manage your time and gain new clients while working

woman’s

I have worked in higher education for two decades, and for the last five years I’ve

alone.

the unique Humanities 101—I am the humanities course for Bellingham Technical

taught

where I encourage students to explore their own creativity while studying the human

College,

I offer individual and small group coaching as well as interactive workshops and

experience.

I’ve used face-to-face, phone, and digital communications methods, so no matter your

talks.

me online:

Find

on Twitter

@askkaren

www.askkarencoaching.com

on LinkedIn

www.linkedin.com/in/karensouthallwatts

KAREN SOUTHALL WATTS

Professional Encourager, Author, Speaker

preference we can connect.

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