I love helping people live bold, courageous, and uncommon lives. In my own life, this passion has allowed me to overcome systemic barriers, limiting beliefs, and achieve unusual success in a short amount of time. I believe everyone deserves to live an uncommon life, which is why I love what I do. You are extraordinary, you are powerful, you are unusual so don't settle for less.
Growing up in a single-parent home did a number on me. It played on my confidence and worked silently to strip me of my identity. For a large portion of my life, I looked through the color-stained window of my reality, wishing that I would wake up in another’s storyline. So much so that I despised my life, and I struggled with self-esteem, which as a result, caused me to settle more times than not. I was never the cool girl, but somehow I was always positioned around the “in” crowd. Never fitting in but desiring to be recognized caused me to morph into someone I am still working to unbecome today. I didn’t realize it then, but what I was trading for the acceptance of my peers was far more valuable than what I would receive from them.
Why This Matters
Like many of you, I understand what it's like not to have a mentor. I know the loneliness of being the first person to do something in my family and the frustration of being misunderstood. Yet, I also know the joyful feeling that comes when things begin to change for the better. I'm just like you. I'm consistently (re)building my life, and it is an active happening because I discover new things about myself every day. Becoming is not an isolated event.
The Classroom Experience
I’ve spent my whole life in the classroom. Whether in the school of life or the academic class, I’ve been a student for over 20 years. This means that I’ve consistently had to adjust to various teaching styles, preferences, and ideologies. Many people don’t realize that when you stop learning, you stop growing. And, when you stop growing, you die both spiritually and physically. With this in mind, I encourage people to stay in the classroom. Though I frequently hear people say that “school isn’t for everyone,” and that might be so, but you will be schooled by something. So, in whose classroom are you enrolled? Is it the classroom of love? The classroom of vision? Purpose? Have you adapted to the teaching techniques, or are you resistant? The overarching question is, “are you succeeding?” If not, why?
“The classroom is the stage on which I stand to influence thought.”
As an educator, I take the souls of people seriously. Far too often, I hear the traumatic stories of people mishandled by teachers. Whether through the careless articulation of a critique or just the teacher’s shortcomings, we can leave wounds on the hearts of our students. Let’s not forget that we must provide productive feedback on papers and exams. (Whew!). Remembering my positioning as a student, seeking the validation of my teacher, and trying to stay confident in school, my approach to learning and teaching differ. I believe, as bell hooks posits, that facilitators “must teach in a manner that respects and cares for the souls of our students,” which is “essential if we are to provide the necessary conditions where learning can most deeply begin” (Teaching to Transgress). And it is in the “deep” learning model that I work to speak to the soul while challenging the mind.
Why This Matters
My academic instructional approach informs how I structure my Writer's On-Demand Coaching Program and 5-Week Writing Program. Caring for a person is of the utmost importance to me, and I coach and mentor with respect, honor, and enthusiasm. Are you ready to birth that book?
I am a writer first by design and second by training. When I was younger, I used to write not very good stories and write in a journal. I attribute this to my frequent and long stints on punishment for misbehaving, but it helped me develop my gift. Then, when I was in high school, I started to write a book, which I can no longer find, that never saw the light of day. There was always something missing in the story—character development. In retrospect, this taught me that I wasn’t a writer of fiction but that I am a writer of a different kind.
As a scholar, I write journal articles and book chapters on various topics. Some of them are about themes in literary books, digital projects, social issues, and anything that I deem significant to me. My job as a scholar is to uncover and critique; to provide insight and new paradigms through which to view a thing. Though laborious, I love it.
My publishing pursuits prepared me to pen my first book, Woman of Royalty: Rule from a Place of Authority, in 2018. The long-term papers and scholarly journals assisted me in teaching women how to find their identity in Christ. Honestly, I was irritated with hearing people say, “you have to find your identity in God,” without telling me HOW! As a result, my book walks women through 10 practical steps on finding their identity using the biblical story of Esther as a model. I also intertwine my own story on how God arrested me and enrolled me in heaven’s identity rehabilitation program within the pages. Since publishing WOR, I’ve penned over seven ebooks available in my shop.
To use my life as a small portion within a larger plan that will encourage you to realize your significance and the necessity of your unique ideas. You are not what you’ve been through or even the story to which you were born. You are more than that. You are inspiration. Love. Power. Authority.
To equip you with tools that will uplift and assist you as you move through your journeys.
To stop you from believing the threadbare lie of any institution or prevailing mode of thought, and encourage you to create your own model for how success looks.
To help coach you into destiny.
To assist you in leaving a long-lasting legacy.