And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10 NIV)
When Brandi Sholar initially married, she sensed she was on the road to living and savoring her best life.
Then, one day, all hell broke loose, thus leading to a terrifying and unlikely crossroads for the young mother of five.
“During the time, I was homeless,” Sholar, during an exclusive interview this week with Making Headline News, said, recalling the tumultuous development that led to the destruction of her marriage. “The abuse I suffered — from verbally to mentally and physical abuse — with my children being there to watch it and my son being the age of six years old, fighting to get my ex-husband off of me, had a major effect on my babies’ lifestyle. They were (witnessing) all of what I was going through at that time until (I said) enough was enough. I sat down and I (told myself) to go. I was tired of all I wanted better years down the line.”
Much to her delight, “better years” is what Sholar and her children had ultimately possessed amid arguably the darkest season of her life.
A Southfield, Michigan businesswoman and accomplished author, Sholar has been afforded the golden opportunity to add to her entrepreneurial repertoire as she has announced that she is a rising motivational speaker.
For Sholar, her latest endeavor comes in the wake of her weekly platform entitled, Motivational Monday, her newly-erected empowerment segment that airs weekly on Facebook Live and YouTube.
Sholar also hosts Rags To Riches, which aires on Detroit’s WHPR 88.1 FM during which she customarily share of her life’s rash of obstacles.
Also, Sholar announced that forthcoming debut of The Brandi Sholar Show, a platform whereby she will greatly empower her viewers and listeners of the importance of clearing arguably the toughest of life’s hurdle that will, in turn, enable them to savor the abundant life that Christ came to give us.
“God freed my mind,” said Sholar, alluding to the array of hardships she’s conquered throughout the years. “He cleansed my body and soul mentally and spiritually. God said my purpose is the transform lives, change the mindset of some of these (negative) thinkers and to let them know what I’ve been through and how I overcame all my trials and tribulations.”
As Sholar acknowledged, she owes it to herself to routinely share with the masses her dreaded season in the wilderness, in large part because that through which she’s endured didn’t kill her.
And, for that reason, she’s thoroughly persuaded that God’s divine purpose is yet connected to her life.
“Speaking (about my journey) is what my purpose is,” Sholar said. “I love to talk and tell people my story because my story will help someone. There are people in the world today going through what I’ve been through, so I love being a motivational speaker. It’s my job is to motivate people, inspire people and push them to the next level of greatness.”
To her credit 2020 has been a year of an overflow of blessings for Sholar, who witnessed the release of two books: The Darkness From Within and The Steps I Took To Get Where I’m At Today.
“I had been through a lot in my life, and God said one day, ‘Write about it,’” Sholar, who has since remarried, said during a July 2020 interview with Making Headline News. “It’s very heartfelt and inspiring, and I just want people to know that no matter what, we go through in life and it’s always a brighter day coming if you follow and listen to what God is trying to tell you. You will see the light of day.”
For Sholar, her much-anticipated “light of day,” she recalls, was essentially jumpstarted by a $3,000 loan.
“I don’t know how I was paying $581 a week to live in the Extended Stay (hotel) and paying $352 a month for storage, gas, food,” Sholar recalls. “We lived on microwaveable foods for a while, so I borrowed $3,000 and had to pay back $6,000 when I got my tax money, but I was okay with that.”
As it turned, such a substantial loan was accompanied by an unlikely silver lining, of sorts, for then-divorced mother of five who was in dire need of a breakthrough.
“I used that $3,000 to invest in myself and I created me a website,” Sholar explained. “I didn’t have a clue of what I was doing. I used Big Cartel, but all I know is my website attracted people and I started selling them clothes like never before. I started learning how to sale and resale and dropped my business started blooming.”
And, the rest, as they say, was history.
Sholar hasn’t merely looked back ever since she ceremoniously launched her clothing line. If nothing else, she’s devised ways to enhance her entrepreneurial mindset with God, her Helper, leading the way.
Talk about a dramatic comeback for the ages in the life of a then-single mother who was determined not to take defeat lying down.
“When I got my very first storefront, I changed the name to Uptown Fashionwear and my business started (generating) $1500-to-$2500 a day,” Sholar recalls. “God had my back I had to be obedient and listen to Him and let Him guide me. And then, I got into speaking I became a certified life coach through Trulife Coaching.”
Which, much to her delight, is a far cry from that terrifying and unlikely crossroads she endured years ago.
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