Inspirational Conversationalist & Life Strategist
Author of Speak with Chic: One woman. Ten truths. its companion God, I've Got Questions: 10 Bible Studies for Women Workbook, When I Met Him and its companion, My Thoughts, My Words, My Voice - A Journal, I am the mother of four fabulous humans, an inspirational conversationalist, author, and international educator. I have twenty years of experience as a teacher, coach, and advocate for underserved and diverse populations. Although I have worked within state, federal, and international arenas, it's forty years of life experiences and lessons lived and learned as a daughter, mother, wife, sister and friend that have better prepared me for my life’s journey. My story mirrors so many untold stories of little girls who survived and thrived despite growing up in the projects of Georgia. I survived childhood sexual abuse, life with a single-parent mom who battled drug addiction, and so much more.
After marriage, motherhood, depression and divorce, I discovered my life's purpose while driving down Deans Bridge Road in Augusta, GA sobbing and asking God all the questions for which I had no answers. I did not know who I was or what I was supposed to be doing in this life. He reassured me through my tears that there was more for me. I realized at one of the lowest points in my life that my pain had purpose, and I resolved to help those women whose voices had been silenced. I knew I would one day help a woman to find her voice who had lost it while taking care of everything and everyone else before herself.
I know I just made that sound super easy, but it was far from easy. I had to do what I call "the hard work of heart work." Before I could help myself or anyone else, I had to deal with and get rid of guilt, shame, low self-esteem, self-condemnation and limiting thoughts and beliefs. It took some time and a few good coaches and mentors to help me learn to be vulnerable, transparent and honest with me and others. Now, I share my personal story of resilience, faith and heart work in order to help other women to do the same. I also mentor women and utilize kingdom principles to help them to get unstuck, make better life decisions and take the best, next steps to begin living a purpose-filled life.
The "Sis" in Speak Up Sis is ME too. I created for others what I needed for myself - a safe space to open my mouth and talk - real, raw, and authentically. Speak up Sis, LLC creates spaces for everyday people to acknowledge, own and give voice to truth, so they too will give voice to their stories in their own, unique way. We create and provide programs, workshops, courses and services that allow genuine conversations, connections, and help women to open their mouths and speak up everyday, everywhere and about everything that matters to them.
Love & Light,