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Letitia Scott Jackson’s DFW-based Keeping Families Connected nonprofit organization becoming a national fixture


“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me.” (Matthew 25:40 NIV) 


DALLAS — Letitia Scott Jackson took to the airwaves over the weekend for all the right reasons.

Appearing on Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat, Scott Jackson wasted little time offering some rather profound, spirited words of encouragement to the station’s thousands of listeners across the Metroplex.

ALL IN THE FAMILY 

WELCOME TO YOUR NEW SEASON — A Dallas/Fort Worth-based non-profit organization that Leititia Scott Jackson erected approximately four years ago, the strategic mission of Keeping Families Connected is centered in large part on enriching the lives of young people, most notably through events, as well as by way of providing educational resources, mentoring, and counseling services.
Said Scott Jackson in a rather forthright suggestion. “If you woke up this morning and didn’t thank God for waking you up, you are out of order.”
To grasp a thorough concept of why the opportunistic Scott Jackson deems it essential to embrace virtually every opportunity that’s afforded to her, look no further than how God has gone about moving on her behalf during a time when it seemed countless of others had written her off.

Wrongfully convicted only to wound up emerging victorious during her case that unfolded in the Texas Fifth Circuit Courts, Scott Jackson had become greatly inspired to establish Keeping Families Connected.

STAY CONNECTED: https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/

A DFW-based nonprofit organization that Scott Jackson erected approximately four years ago, the strategic mission of Keeping Families Connected is centered in large part on enriching the lives of young people, most notably through events, as well as by way of providing educational resources, mentoring, and counseling services.

“We believe that family matters most,” said a spokesperson for this thriving, flourishing nonprofit organization in a detailed overview at https://www.keepingfamilyconnected.org/.

A native of Houston who was raised in Shreveport, Louisiana, Scott Jackson is thoroughly convinced that her organization is steadily becoming a fixture throughout the region but, most importantly, she’s convinced it aligns solely with the purpose for which she was created.

DOING IT BIG IN TEXAS — Appearing on Dallas/Fort Worth’s 97.9 The Beat over the weekend, Scott Jackson wasted little time offering some rather profound words of encouragement to the station’s thousands of listeners across the Metroplex.

“My mission is for Keeping Families Connected to become a household name worldwide and eventually be able to provide free prison transportation in other states as the need is so great,” Scott Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

In order to better aid and promote her organization — particularly on national platforms — Scott Jackson has announced that she and her staff  will be launching a Keeping Families mobile app, which is scheduled to go into effect as early as June 1, 2019 during its Third Annual Creations of Fashion For A Cause Runway Show.

This yearly event, Scott Jackson said, is designed for children from various walks of life, particularly teens and young adults from Keeping Families Connected, during which they will participate in modeling, as well as meet and interact with professional models.

In order for better aid and promote her organization — particularly on national platforms — Scott Jackson has announced that she and her staff  will be launching a Keeping Families mobile app, which is scheduled to go into effect as early as June 1, 2019 during its Third Annual Creations of Fashion For A Cause Runway Show.

For Scott Jackson, the startup of her organization comes amid arguably the darkest chapter of her life.

“I couldn’t see my kids, because they were left with caregivers, who couldn’t afford to bring them to see them,” said Scott Jackson, recalling the tumultuous developments that fueled her desire to establish her nonprofit. “My daughters were in Louisiana and I was in Texas.”

Still, after the dust had ultimately settled and Scott Jackson had emerged victorious by winning her case, it wasn’t long thereafter that God had emphatically showed her why He had entrusted her to endure, yet conquer so much heartache and pain, both of which she emphatically outlasted.

Look at her today, walking fervently in her purpose as an accomplished businesswoman, who’s also widely known as a published author, public speaker, musician, and humanitarian.

To her credit, she birthed Keeping Families Connected out of “a personal desire,” one that would enable her to customarily make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated while being separated an extended period time from family members.

MAKING MUCH NOISE — Interestingly and to her credit, Scott Jackson’s Keeping Families Connected is, by all accounts, an effective institution, considering it’s also committed to rebuilding families and fostering life skills in youth and young adults from broken homes, Scott Jackson emphasized.

“Ever since (she was wrongfully convicted), she wants to spread the hope of redemption and connection one interaction, a letter to an inmate, and one prison visit at a time,” said a spokesperson for Scoot Jackson’s organization. “She also has a passion for speaking to youth and young adults about making the best choices now based on her own past experiences. She has been blessed to build several businesses and mentor students and members of her church to define their own success.”

“My mission is for Keeping Families Connected to become a household name worldwide and eventually be able to provide free prison transportation in other states as the need is so great,” Scott Jackson told Making Headline News this week.

Interestingly and to her credit, Scott Jackson’s Keeping Families Connected is, by all accounts, an effective institution, considering it’s also committed to rebuilding families and fostering life skills in youth and young adults from broken homes, she emphasized.

“For four years, we have been providing free breakfast, lunch, and transportation to prison facilities throughout the state of Texas for (people), especially kids that have incarcerated parents and individuals that have incarcerated loved ones,” Scott Jackson said.

Talk about being in total alignment with the purpose for which she was created.


COMING FULL CIRCLE 

SEASON OF THE REBIRTH — To her credit, Scott Jackson birthed Keeping Families Connected out of “a personal desire,” one that would enable her to customarily make meaningful contributions to the lives of those who are incarcerated while being separated an extended period time from family members.

“My life’s trials and tribulations set me up for this journey,” Scott said. “I lost my mom, my dad, and my only son to death, and I really feel that God was removing all of my leaning posts so that I could find my connection and my calling in life and, more so, to help me maximize my potential.”

To her credit, she’s doing just that.

And, what’s remarkably astounding is that she’s nowhere out of order.

Not by a long shot.


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For more information about Dallas/Fort Worth-area Businesswoman Letitia Scott Jackson of Keeping Families Connected, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/tetiascott. Also, send email to: keepingfamiliesconnected2015@yahoo.com.


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Nashville businesswoman Tamica Ross’ organization helping people ‘make their dreams a reality’


Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (Galatians 6:9 NIV)


DALLAS — Just before 10 p.m. CST on Sunday, Tamica Ross took to her Facebook page, where she shared with the masses a rather spirited, blissful announcement.

Said Ross to her gallery of social media followers: Hello FB Friends and Family! I am so excited to announce my upcoming news article. I’m making headlines. Thanking God for this awesome opportunity.


WOMAN OF EXCELLENCE 

DESTINY STEPS — A native of West Tennessee — most notably the Jackson area that is housed in Madison County — Tamica Ross is the Founder and CEO of Lanese Empowerment, a Nashville-based company that is centered largely on inspiring and aiding individuals, particularly youths, as well as young adult men and women.
For Ross, a Mid-South-area businesswoman, she has every right to share of some favorable news that, much to her delight, is a pivotal reminder of just how much God is using her for His glory.
“This business was birthed by (my) own deep desires and determination to live my best life despite the challenges of growing up in an underprivileged environment, where I became a teenage mother at the age of 16 years old,” Ross, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said of her quest in establishing what has emerged as a credible endeavor.

WHAT ABOUT TAMICA’S ORGANIZATION? www.laneseempowerment.com

A native of West Tennessee — most notably the Jackson area that is housed in Madison County — Ross is the Founder and CEO of Lanese Empowerment, a Nashville-based company that is centered largely on inspiring and aiding individuals, particularly youths, as well as young adult men and women.

As Ross specifically acknowledged, amongst her coaching venture’s strategic objectives is to empower individuals to live their best lives and, most importantly, to make all their dreams a reality.


“Tamica is on a mission to touch over a million people by empowering them to turn fear into faith, passion into purpose, confusion into clarity, gain self-confidence, and the tools needed to take action now, one step at a time on a journey well done,” said a spokesperson for Ross’ Lanese Empowerment. “She is determined to help those with deep desires to help themselves, reach their full potential, and have fun doing it while living their best lives and making all their dreams a reality.”


For Ross, establishing her coaching organization didn’t merely come easy. Not by a long shot.

According to the Chester County High School graduate, arguably the greatest challenge she faced was attracting sustained support from people she sensed had endured similar hardships with which she once struggled.

DREAMING BIG — Interestingly and to her distinctly unique credit, Ross’ venture has come full circle, courtesy of her resiliency through life coaching, free tools and resources, speaking engagements, writing books, providing scholarship funds, summer youth programs, yearly conferences for men and women, and through D.R.E.A.M.S.

Not to be outdone, though, Ross’ thought process was such that if she would persevere long enough, she’d ultimately reap and possess and results she so desperately sought.

The rest, as they say, was history, considering she did just that.

“I refuse to be that person who was afraid to help others succeed,” Ross said. “Therefore, I have dedicated the rest of my life as a life strategist for others with the mission to empower all people, including men, women, and youths to be the best they can be and help make their dreams a reality.”

Interestingly and to her distinctly unique credit, Ross’ venture has come full circle, courtesy of her resiliency through life coaching, free tools and resources, speaking engagements, writing books, providing scholarship funds, summer youth programs, yearly conferences for men and women, and through D.R.E.A.M.S.

HARVEST SEASON UNFOLDING

An academy that’s comprised of a six week training program D.R.E.A.M.S. is designed to walk people through the steps needed to make any dream a reality and live their best lives one day at a time, Ross emphasized.

Having resided in Nashville for the past decade-and-a-half, Ross holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee.

Consequently, she earned a Master’s in Organizational Management from Nashville’s Belmont University.

As for her coaching organization, she said such inspiration arose from the wide counsel of her mother, whom she says was “strong enough” to beat a drug addiction.

According to the Chester County High School graduate, arguably the biggest challenge she faced was attracting sustained support from people she sensed had endured similar hardships with which she once struggled.

“My grandmother and stepfather have always seen the very best in me,” said Ross, paying homage to others to have paved the way to her success. “My godfather, who has always been a transformational leader in my life, my godmother, who taught me how to love God with all my heart, my children, whom I am dedicated to showing how to live your best life, and some wonderful mentors and leaders in the industry such as Tony Robbins, Valerie Burton, and even Oprah (Winfrey)…as an African American successful women, who started from the bottom and now look at what she has become.”

Given the immeasurable strides Ross has made since the startup of Lanese Empowerment, it’s safe to assume her best and brightest days are well ahead of her — days that will include, among other things, the forthcoming release of her starting lineup of books.

“She is looking forward to releasing her new book series,” said a spokesperson for Ross’ organization.

All things considered, Ross is giddy in that she can finally profess she’s walking fervently in her God-ordained purpose.

Having resided in Nashville for the past decade-and-a-half, Ross holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Leadership and Communication from Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee. Consequently, she earned a Master’s in Organizational Management from Nashville’s Belmont University.

“I was told when I started this business that I needed to define a niche,” Ross said. “Well I did and that’s all people who have the desire and passion to live an extraordinary life despite the challenges of bad credit, debt, failed marriages, loss of a job, low self-esteem, terrible childhood, underprivileged environments, or lack of joy in their hearts, confusion about their path in life, bad grades, teenage pregnancy, drug addiction, and even those who need clarity on their career paths.

“God didn’t put me on this earth to help everyone, because I know there are some they I may not be able to reach. However, there are more that I can reach, and I am looking forward to giving it all I got.”

That, to her credit, is worthy of making headlines.


For more information about Nashville-area Businesswoman/Author Tamica Ross of Lanese Empowerment, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook at:  https://www.facebook.com/tamica.ross.75. Also, send email to: laneseempowerment@gmail.com.


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Andre Johnson is the award-winning Founder and Publisher for Making Headline News. A 2000 graduate of the University of Memphis School of Journalism and a former staff reporter of sports for the Memphis Commercial Appeal newspaper, Johnson covers the NBA Southwest Division from Dallas, Texas. To reach Johnson, send email to andre@makingheadlinenews.com or to memphisgraduate@yahoo.com. Also, follow him on Twitter @AJ_Journalist.

 

Arkansas author Andre’anna Hampton continues to make her presence felt with yet another new book

Andre’anna Hampton has something she wants to get off of her chest.

That is, she wants the whole world to know that every woman is powerful.

In fact, this Mid-South-area author thought it necessary to reinforce this intriguing notion in a soon-to-be-released book entitled, “Every Woman Is Powerful 2.0.”
An empowering and informative written document that is scheduled to hit the market in the coming weeks, Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful 2.0” is an extension of Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful,” her very first book that was published in August 2017.
Upon making her authorship debut roughly a year-and-a-half or ago, Hampton — a then 25-year-old stay-at-home-mom — stressed, among other things that, “Every woman is in fact powerful.”

MAKING MUCH NOISE 

ARMED WITH POWER — An empowering and informative written document that is scheduled to hit the market in the coming weeks, author Andre’anna Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful 2.0” is an extension of Hampton’s “Every Woman Is Powerful,” her very first book that was published in August 2017.

“We have a success story ourselves, and we have a great movement,” Hampton told Making Headline News during a July 2017 interview, or approximately one month prior to the release of her first book.

Then earlier this week, Hampton — an accomplished Little Rock, Arkansas-area businesswoman — explained in great detail what fueled her desire to assemble an appropriate follow-up to her first book.

“It can be hard, though you’ve got to stay true to yourself,” said Hampton, when asked what is the divine message she’s issuing to her reading audience by way of her forthcoming new book. “Take those L’s, take those ‘No’s.’ If you don’t honor the acceptance of it, you will never know the sacrifices or the climb.”

Oh, and here’s one other thing, this brilliantly gifted author is quick to point out about a book that’s available for presale orders at:

 


WHAT’S DA 411?

As for Hampton’s upcoming book she said could hit the market sometime in late April, she’s appreciative the fact that even before its release, it’s already creating an international buzz.

“And lastly, claim your power, sis,” Hampton says without hesitation. “You are strong. You are everything. You owe that to yourself.”

For Hampton, a young, gifted, and resourceful businesswoman, she has made some pretty immeasurable strides in recent years, all the while functioning fervently in her calling in the process.

With “Every Woman Is Powerful 2.0” set to make its ceremonious presence on the market in the foreseeable future, Hampton has made her presence felt as an international bestselling author, considering she recently announced the forthcoming release of another project entitled, “Loving Thoughts: Compiled Letters,” an informative and awe-inspiring written work that will be constructed under the character, “Grace,” which is Hampton’s pen name.

PURCHASE ANDRE’ANNA’S BOOK HERE: https://www.amazon.com/Every-Woman-Powerful-Andreanna-Hampton/dp/1944486151

As for her upcoming book she said could hit the market as early as April 25, she’s appreciative of the fact that even before its release, it’s already creating an international buzz.

“I’ve had people from Singapore applaud what my message has done for them,” Hampton said. “Still to this day, I have people paying attention that I never knew would give me the time of day…True Examples: Essence, Vincent Ward (actor from the Walking Dead) and Steve Harvey’s Producers. It’s a blessing.”

And, if things continue to take shape for this brilliantly gifted author-turned-businesswoman then chances are, she will continue to silence the array of critics and naysayers who once ruled and counted her out.

So much for all that chitter chatter now.

Because if the past couple of years are any indication, then it’s safe assume that Andre’anna Hampton is well on its way to becoming a household name — and for all the right reasons.

“God has given me so much,” said Hampton, adding that she will be open to speaking engagements after giving birth to her third child in the coming months. “So much, I ask myself if I’m even deserving. He’s an awesome God. He gave me this gift (of writing). He gave me the heart and pain to go through all at the same time.”

Now we know why she has something she wants to get off of her chest.

Amongst those things: She wants the whole world to know that every woman is powerful.

Just like she is.

DON’T BELIEVE ME, JUST WATCH — If things continue to take shape for this brilliantly gifted author-turned-businesswoman then chances are, she will continue to silence the array of critics and naysayers who once ruled and counted her out.

 

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For more information about Mid-South-area Author Andre’anna Hampton, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via Facebook under Andre’anna Hampton and Author Grace (Author A. Hampton), or via Instagram: @grace_x_here. Also, send email to: authorahampton@yahoo.com. In addition, support her via http//www.babylist.com/baby-baby-grace, or send monetary donations via Zelle by calling 501-257-0351.


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In celebrating six years of marriage, Texas businessman Andrew Landry salutes his bride, love for Kansas Jayhawk hoops


LOVE AND KU BASKETBALL 

IT’S A ROCK CHALK THANG — To grasp a thorough understanding of how Andrew and Katrina Landry have been blessed to commemorate six years of marriage as of January 26, look no further in part to Andrew’s fervent desire to become an avid fan of the tradition-rich hoops program that’s house in Lawrence, Kansas.

DALLAS — Andrew. Katrina.

Katrina. Andrew.

Together, this Humble, Texas-area couple is virtually inseparable.

Never mind that as it pertains to their love for college basketball, their team preference essentially is seemingly unparalleled.

Well, at least that certainly appeared to be the case when the two met at Mount Rose Church Of God In Christ in Crosby, Texas.

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS — Because the State of Texas does not honor destination marriages, the couple tied the knot on January 19, 2013 in Negril, Jamaica, but officially changed nuptials on January 26, 2013 in Humble, their current place of residence.

“A house divided will fall,” Andrew Landry, during a weekend interview with Making Headline News, said, reciting the familiar, thought-provoking words to the Biblical verse that is Mark 3:25.

To grasp a thorough understanding of how the Landrys have been blessed to commemorate six years of marriage as of January 26, look no further in part to Andrew’s fervent desire to become an avid fan of the tradition-rich hoops program that’s house in Lawrence, Kansas.

The owner and chief executive officer of Renewed Hope Counseling Center, Katrina Landry is an alumna of the University of Kansas, whose men’s basketball program on Monday checked in at ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 10 in the coaches poll.

Upon meeting Katrina, Andrew admittedly was a devoted fan of Georgetown basketball, primarily because of former Hoyas star and NBA Hall of Famer Allen Iverson.

For what it’s worth, it didn’t take him very long to switch to “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk,” a popular chant customarily uttered at Jayhawk sporting events.

“I was Georgetown fan, because I like Allen Iverson, but didn’t follow anyone particular,” Andrew Landry said.


KATRINA UNIVERSITY 

Interestingly, his unyielding love and support for his wife, he said, in many aspects is synonymous to his love for Katrina’s college alma mater.

An accomplished businessman and author of the book entitled, “Overcoming The Addiction That No One Has,” Andrew Landry is a native of Raywood, Texas.

Katrina, meanwhile, is originally from Lincoln, Nebraska.

Because the State of Texas does not honor destination marriages, the couple tied the knot on January 19, 2013 in Negril, Jamaica, but officially exchanged nuptials on January 26, 2013 in Humble, their current place of residence.

JAYHAWK REUNION — The owner and chief executive officer of Renewed Hope Counseling Center, Katrina Landry is an alumna of the University of Kansas, whose men’s basketball program on Monday checked in at ranked No. 9 in the Associated Press Top 25 and No. 10 in the colleges poll. Katrina posed for a photo recently with for KU basketball standout Frank Mason, who currently plays for the Sacramento Kings.

“When we met, I saw how important Kansas was (to her), so I adopted and adapted to the culture,” Andrew said.

Now through six years of marital bliss — and a lifetime to go — Andrew Landry is especially appreciative of the notion that love and basketball have given way to he and his wife forming the kind of love that God had commanded believers to exemplify.

“The same basic principles applied in marriage, my love for her helps me to adopt some of her ideas and thoughts and adapt to some of the areas I’m uncomfortable in,” Andrew Landry said. “She pushes me to be the best in life. Her progressive thought process moves me and pushes past my places of comfort and convenience. When we originally started dating, I only had my high school diploma.”

Upon meeting Katrina, Andrew admittedly was a devoted fan of Georgetown basketball, primarily because of former Hoya star Allen Iverson. For what it’s worth, it didn’t take him very long to switch to “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk,” a popular chant customarily uttered at Jayhawk sporting events.

Andrew’s desire to advance his education had become a reality as his courtship with Katrina progressed, something for which he thoroughly appreciates his wife to this very day.


“With the inspiration of her, I now have my Master’s degree,” said Andrew, who holds a diploma in Christian Ministry with an emphasis on Pastoral Counseling. “And I’m proudly watching her work through her dissertation for her Doctorate.”


Because after all, team work makes the dream works, as Andrew Landry often says when discussing his close-knit relationship with his wife.


SIX YEARS AND COUNTING…

BEHIND EVERY GOOD MAN — Andrew’s desire to advance his education had become a reality as his courtship with Katrina progressed, something for which he thoroughly appreciates his wife to this very day.

“I would like to say thank you for hanging tough and having the character and strength to endure six years (of marriage),” Andrew said of Katrina. “And that I don’t ever promise to love you forever, but I promise to love you every day…six years and counting.”

Andrew. Katrina.

Katrina. Andrew.

Together, this Humble, Texas-area couple is virtually inseparable.

To be continued…


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Connecticut businesswoman Lieutenant Shelly Carter bringing awareness to ‘lack of females in the fire service’

 


CHANGING OF THE GUARD 

PRESSING FORWARD — To her credit, Lieutenant Shelly Carter is empowering girls and women to build their confidence, courtesy of her annual Girls Future Firefighters Camp, an event that is centered largely on bringing awareness to what this firefighter-turned-businesswoman describes as a “lack of females in the fire service.”

For a 19-year-veteran of the City of Hartford Fire Department, Lieutenant Shelly Carter has learned, seen, and discovered a lot.

Still, even to this very day, Carter doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s clinging to one crucial concern.

“What I realized was there are few women who know about becoming a firefighter, because no one never presented the idea to them,” Carter told Making Headline News during a weekend interview. “My goal is to empower girls and women and to build their confidence.”
To her credit, Carter is doing just that — and much more — courtesy of her annual Girls Future Firefighters Camp, an event that is centered largely on bringing awareness to what this firefighter-turned-businesswoman describes as a “lack of females in the fire service.”

HERE’S MORE ON GFFC: https://www.facebook.com/girlsfuturefirefightercamp/

“My girls will leave my camp knowing that there are no obstacles that they cannot handle,” Carter, 49, said.

A credible, community-wide event that is entering its fourth year of existence, Carter emphasized, among other things, that while a date has yet to be determined for a Girls Future Firefighters Camp that customarily takes place during the summer months, now is still an ideal time to promote it as a strategic way to create change in one of the world’s most respected industry.

A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Carter began her fire service stint with the City of Hartford Fire Department in July 1999, during which she was assigned to what is known as Engine Company 9.

Interestingly, she assumed responsibilities as a structural firefighter until she was promoted to Driver/ Engineer in December 2011, this after having turned in a masterful display while functioning diligently in a predominately male role.


SETTING MAJOR TRENDS 

WE’RE ALL IN — A credible, community-wide event that is entering its fourth year of existence, Carter emphasized, among other things, that while a date has yet to be determined for a Girls Future Firefighters Camp that customarily takes place during the summer months, now is still an ideal time to promote it as a strategic way to create change in one of the nation’s most respected industry.

As it turned out and much to her delight, one favorable effort had ultimately given way to even more sustained success for Carter, who holds Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Charter Oak State College and is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College.

That’s because Carter was eventually assigned to the role of Driver/Engineer for what is known as Engine Company 10 and 16.

MUCH RESPECT — A native of Hartford, Connecticut, Carter began her fire service stint with the City of Hartford Fire Department in July 1999, during which she was assigned to what is known as Engine Company 9.

Then in August 2015, P. O. Carter was installed as Lieutenant in the Fire Marshal’s office, where she is currently working as a Fire Prevention Lieutenant, Arson Investigator, as well as a Fire Code Official.

In addition, Lieutenant Carter has been detailed to the Special Services Division, as well as the Training Division as an accomplished instructor, a development that has benefited her mightily, thus sums up in large part why her annual Girls Future Firefighters Camp is absolutely essential.


A MASSIVE IMPACT 

SHE GOT THAT RIGHT — “My girls will leave my camp knowing that there are no obstacles that they cannot handle,” Carter, 49, said.

“My personal mission is to show girls and women that they are strong and very, very capable,” said Carter, a devout woman of faith who’s also an accomplished minister. “My hope is that they will begin to think outside the box and explore non-conventional careers such as firefighting, which is so rewarding.”


Given how Carter has been blessed to move up the ranks in an industry that is dominated by her male counterparts, and it’s no wonder she has appropriately assumed the illustrious role as a spokesperson for ladies who aspire to delve off into the fire fighter arena.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — All things considered, Carter doesn’t shy away from the notion also that it is her civic duty to give back in a big way and, most importantly, inspire other women to become empowered about one of the world’s most respected industries.

“The people that inspire me to do this camp are the faces of the little girls that I see when I step off the fire truck,” Carter said. “And they are amazed that I am a woman.”

All things considered, Carter doesn’t shy away from the notion also that it is her civic duty to give back in a big way and, most importantly, inspire other women to become empowered about one of the world’s most respected industries.

HATS OFF TO HER — “The people that inspire me to do this camp are the faces of the little girls that I see when I step off the fire truck,” Carter said. “And they are amazed that I am a woman.”

“(I’m doing this) for all the women who are in the fire service who have been looked over or pushed aside and treated unfairly,” Carter said of an annual camp that’s geared mostly toward girls ranging in ages 13-to-18. “For the women who’s shoulders I stand on that have paved the way for me to be here…for me to be a firefighter.”

All the while deeming it essential to reach back and help others follow suit.

“To God be the glory for the things he has done,” Carter said.


For more information about Hartford, Connecticut area Businesswoman Shelly Carter and her Girls Future Firefighters Camp, connect with him via Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/girlsfuturefirefightercamp/. Also, email him at: girlsfuturefirefightercamp@gmail.com.


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Dallas/Fort Worth entrepreneur LaTambria Smith carries on her son’s memory through her thriving baking business


EDITOR’S NOTE: This story on Dallas/Fort Worth businesswoman LaTambria Smith was originally published by Making Headline News on October 11, 2017. Since the release of this story, Smith, a Dallas Skyline High graduate, has announced that she will be releasing a book that will recall her assortment of emotional testimonies, as well as host an empowerment conference that will take place at a date to be announced. 

DALLAS — Back on February 8, one day before her 33rd birthday, LaTambria Smith staged to her Facebook page a rather descriptive and touching image that detailed a timeline of arguably the most challenging and tear-jerking moments of her young life.

For starters, Smith underwent surgery to have her cancer cells removed from her cervix in 2007.


DEFYING ALL ODDS 

SHE’S STILL STANDING — Dallas-area businesswoman LaTambria Smith is owner of Tam’s Sweet Treats And More, a professionally run DFW-based professional baking business in which Smith specializes in preparing a variety of delectable, mouth-watering desserts.

Approximately a year later, she had a pre-eclampsia, or an emergency C-Section performed, a procedure that gave way to her child being 25 weeks prematurely and weighing just one pound, six ounces.

Two years later, doctors removed cancer cells from her cervix only to have a similar procedure performed the following year.

Then in 2012, Smith had to have another emergency C-Section performed, during which she had given birth to her baby at 23 weeks, a child whom weighed 14 ounces.


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THESE CAKES ARE LIT — A business Smith established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.

Consequently, things would become even more somber in the life of a young woman whose faith undoubtedly was on trial unlike never before.

That’s because later that year, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section. Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

Then in 2015, Smith was hit with more disheartening news when she got word that she had a leaking heart valve due to high blood pressure.

ALL OCCASIONS CAKES AND TREATS — You name it and chances are Smith — this professional baking guru — will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

As if those slew of obstacles weren’t enough to try Smith’s faith, she learned some time last year that the nerves behind both of her eyes were swollen twice their normal size, in large part because doctors discovered excessive fluid around her brain.

While such a heartbreaking sequence of events would bring even the strongest of persons to tears, Smith deemed it essential to end the timeline image with four words that, despite an assortment of potentially fatal occurrences, practically explains why she’s the blessed woman for whom she is widely known.


REMEMBERING AMARI 

In 2013, doctors had discovered a softball-size tumor in Smith’s stomach during the C-section.  Unfortunately, Smith’s baby passed away three weeks later after a month-and-a-half stay in the NICU. Consequently, she underwent successful surgery, during which she had the tumor removed.

“AND I’M STILL STANDING,” Smith staged to an image that was accompanied by three exclamation points.

All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process.

“To me this is not only a business, but a passion,” Smith told Making Headline News.


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You name it and chances are this professional baking guru will hook you up regardless of the occasion.

A business she established approximately three years ago, Tam’s Sweet Treats And More is widely known for providing consumers with a variety of sweets, most notably cakes, teacakes, chocolate covered sweets and its famous cupcakes.


TAM’S TEXAS TWO STEP

HER REASONS — All things considered and because of what she had to survive, Smith doesn’t shy away from the notion that while she’s yet breathing, she might as well live life to the fullest — while walking in purpose through entrepreneurship in the process. Pictured with Smith in a recent photo from the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis are her daughters: Amaiyah  Ross, 11 (left), and Mariah Ross, 10.

“I started in the kitchen with my grandmother as a child and learned as much as I could. I took all that knowledge and carried it over to my adult life. I first thought I would just do it for my girls, but the more I tried and accomplished, the more I pushed myself and here we are now.” — Dallas Entrepreneur LaTambria Smith


Talk about a dramatic comeback to ultimately start and manage a business amid a rash of agonizing setbacks.

“To have my girls watch and encourage me pushes me even more, because I know my passion and drive is a lesson for them as they grow,” Smith said while flashing her big, signature smile.

How befitting to put on display a well-deserved smile, this after having conquered and outlasted and defied arguably the greatest of odds time and time again.


For more information about Tam’s Sweet Treats And More or to place orders, call Tambria Smith at 469.223.3928 or email her at latambriasmith@gmail.com. Also, reach her via social media at: Facebook.com/Tamssweettreatsandmore and Instagram @tamssweettreatsandmore.


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Thanks to a former NFL player, Duncanville’s Barak Gurnell has found his niche and passion in football


TEXAS CLASS 6A FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW


DUNCANVILLE, Texas — Tamara Gurnell was going on and on Wednesday morning about how her son, Barak Gurnell, doesn’t routinely watch football.

“He doesn’t watch a whole lot of football,” Tamara Gurnell told Making Headline News. “I could turn it on a game and he’ll go in another room. He’s just not into watching football like that.”


EYE OF THE PANTHER 

HEART OF A CHAMPION — A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p.m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

That certainly isn’t the case for her son on the field.

A little more than two years removed from having become thoroughly active in competitive football, Barak Gurnell has made some pretty immeasurable strides for a Duncanville High team (15-0, ranked No. 8 nationally by MaxPreps.com) that has re-emerged as a national standout and will square off against Houston’s North Shore (15-0, ranked No. 10 nationally by MaxPreps.com) for the Texas Class 6A championship Saturday at 7 p. m. CST at AT&T Stadium.

Led by former Dallas Skyline coach Reggie Sample, Duncanville is ranked No. 1 in Texas Class 6A, according to MaxPreps. North Shore is ranked No. 2.

A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win in the state semifinals.


“Football has become a very important part of my life in a very short period of time and I honestly can’t see going to college without it. It pushes me to be a better version of myself every day.” — Duncanville senior defensive tackle Barak Gurnell 


STOCK IS RISING — What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

Football alone isn’t the only factor that has greatly inspired Gurnell to maximize his potential as he continues to lobbies for a full ride scholarship as a member of a nationally-ranked Duncanville team that’s loaded with Division 1-caliber players and is back in the state championship for the first time in two decades.

Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis.

A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

PIVOTAL EXTRA POINT — Amongst those who essentially spearheaded Gurnell’s quest to consider football is former NFL player Roderick Lewis. A former Dallas Bishop Dunne Catholic and University of Arizona star, Lewis, 47, played four professional seasons for the Houston Oilers and Tennessee Titans from 1994-1997.

As Tamara Gurnell recalled, Lewis was rather direct when suggesting that her son — who already exhibits the size of an NFL defensive lineman — should serious consider giving football a try.

“My friend, Rod Lewis, hadn’t seen Barak for some time until his daughter’s 17th birthday party,” Tamara Gurnell explained. “Rod’s face lit up with excitement and he began to pat Barak on the back and chest, commenting on how big he had gotten.”

As it turns out, it seemed that divine intervention essentially couldn’t keep Barak Gurnell off of Lewis’ mind days after the two had crossed paths.

MOM KNOWS BEST –— Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

“A few days later, Rod called me to discuss Barak’s future, highly encouraging (him) to consider football as a viable option to add to his high school portfolio,” Tamara Gurnell recalled.

And the rest, as they say, was history.

That’s because not only did Barak Gurnell heed the pertinent advice of Lewis but, much to his delight, it’s safe to assume that competitive football, by all accounts, has become an integral part of his life.

Come Saturday night, amongst the things that will likely come to mind for Gurnell when he sets foot on Texas high school football’s biggest stage is how his willingness to embrace some wise counsel has ultimately allowed his gift to make room for him.

Yep. What a difference two years have made for a young, gifted kid whom, to his credit, has managed to attract interests from a host of college, a trend he expects to increase much sooner than later.

“I have spoken to Lyon College over the phone and Texas State University (scouts) in person,” said Gurnell, adding that Oklahoma State and SMU have expressed interests in his services.

REMEMBER THE NAME — A 6-foot-3, 285-pound senior defensive tackle, Gurnell has practically held his own and made a name for himself as a marquee player for a Panther defensive unit that denied perennial power Allen of a second consecutive state title with a 44-35 win.

Surely, Gurnell’s short list of schools, in all likelihood, will expand, considering just this past summer, he attended camps at SMU, OSU, Baylor, TCU, the University of Houston, Rice University, and Texas A&M Commerce, among others.

“There will be no problems off the field,” said Gurnell, when asked what direct message he’d like to send to college scouts and recruiters. “I always make sure to conduct myself in a respectable fashion and that my grades are never a problem. Right now, I’m preparing for the state final game against North Shore, and I plan to continue to lift weights through the winter and do some conditioning once it gets warmer.”

If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential for landing an athletic scholarship.

“The coaches give honest feedback,” Tamara Gurnell said of her son’s constant progression to the sport. “Essentially, Barak is a diamond in the rough. Because he is so new to the sport, the learning curve is massive.”

All things considered, one would be hard-pressed to discover just how “massive” of a curve it is, given the sustained success Gurnell has enjoyed in such a brief timeframe.

“He is a quick study, and in football, intellect is key,” said Tamara Gurnell, sounding very much like a prep football insider. “(The Duncanville coaching staff) believe he will be offered a (partial) scholarship, if not a full one, mainly because there is limited film due to his late start in the sport. They believe he will surely be an asset, because of his character and great grades.”

PUTTING IN WORK — If nothing else, for a youngster who’s a relatively newcomer to football, Gurnell certainly has become knowledgeable of the prerequisites essential to landing an athletic scholarship.

Something even a former NFL player had recognized at a birthday party.

Speaking of party, expect the Gurnells to host one if the Panthers upend North Shore Saturday night in Arlington, which is roughly two towns over from Duncanville.

Heck, expect them to throw an even bigger party if Barak Gurnell pulls off the unthinkable by signing a National Letter of Intent in the foreseeable future , which undoubtedly would be a massive, remarkable feat for a relatively newcomer to the sport.

“I will be proud (if he earns a football scholarship), because he is one step closer to his independence,” Tamara Gurnell said. “I am enjoying the man he is becoming.”

A youngster who already exhibits the frame of an NFL defensive lineman.

Talk about impressive.


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Recent NFL Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis amongst Florida businessman Dr. Casuel Pitts’ grandest supporters

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES DR. CASUEL PITTS  


For Dr. Casuel Pitts, it was undoubtedly the most memorable 500 bucks someone had ever given him in his entire life.

“When I was 11 years old, my father put $500 in my hand for work that I did for his business,” Dr. Pitts recalled. “His entrepreneurship (endeavor) is what drove me to be my own boss.”

And the rest, as they say, was history.

THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR — A native of Kankakee, Illinois who was raised mostly in Brooklyn, New York, DrCasuel Pitts, 33, is owner and chief executive officer of Ultimate Discount Services INC., an Orlando, Florida-based company that was created with the everyday consumer in mind, particularly with regards to focusing on what is known as everyday unforeseen incidents that many most likely don’t plan for, according to detailed breakdown Dr. Pitts’ venture at https://udsinc.us/.

And just like that, it was — much to the delight of Dr. Pitts — a nice little stash of cash that would essentially change his life forever.

That’s because after more than 22 years removed from such a memorable exchange between Pitts and his father, this young, vibrant, progressive businessman has gone to great lengths to not just establish his own entrepreneurship ambitions, but to tackle them head on.

A native of Kankakee, Illinois who was raised mostly in Brooklyn, New York, Pitts, 33, is owner and chief executive officer of Ultimate Discount Services INC., an Orlando, Florida-based company that was created with the everyday consumer in mind, particularly with regards to focusing on what is known as everyday unforeseen incidents that many most likely don’t plan for, according to detailed breakdown Dr. Pitts’ venture at https://udsinc.us/.

ALL STAR LINEUP — A company that went into full operations four years ago, Ultimate Discount Services INC. is widely known for accommodating consumers with things such as car accidents, dropped cell phones, traffic violations, and medical visits, just to name few.

A company that went into full operations four years ago, Ultimate Discount Services INC. is widely known for accommodating consumers with things such as car accidents, dropped cell phones, traffic violations, and medical visits, just to name few.

Former NFL star and recent Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens is the company’s President.

And now for this extremely vital disclaimer.

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DAD KNOWS BEST — After more than 22 years removed from such a memorable exchange between Pitts and his father, this young, vibrant, progressive businessman has gone to great lengths to not just establish his own entrepreneurship ambitions, but to tackle them head on.

“Now, let’s clear up one major misconception. We are not insurance,” said a spokesperson for Ultimate Discount Services (or USD). “We offer a unique membership platform comprised of 16 powerful services that give you that extra piece of mind when life unexpectedly happens and you’re not financially in a place to accommodate certain situations.”

During an interview this week with Making Headline News, Dr. Pitts emphasized that USD headlines one of his companies.

“The core of UDS is reimbursements,” Dr. Pitts explained. “Our goal is to help people save money while educating them on how important credit, investments, and entrepreneurship are. It is important for consumers to realize that UDS is not insurance and, although we have similarities, our focus is to make sure reimbursements are received on things you cannot control.”

Former NFL star and recent Hall of Fame inductee Ray Lewis of Baltimore Ravens is the President of the Orlando, Florida-based Ultimate Discount Services INC. (Getty Images Photo)

Interestingly, this notable businessman raises questions many consumers customarily pose daily.

“Ask yourself: When was the last time you or someone you know damaged a cell phone?” Dr. Pitts said. “What about the last time you or someone you know received some type of traffic ticket? What about medical, dental, and vision co-pays? These are just a few things that we reimburse on.”

An entrepreneur tenure that spans more two decades, Dr. Pitts’ featured business venture caters mostly to those whom he refers to as the “millennial drive with the wisdom of the baby boomers and Generation X.”

MORE THAN QUALIFIED — Having earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Dr. Pitts earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising, and Doctorate Degrees in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Organization.

Interestingly, Dr. Pitts’ company accommodates people nationwide and, according to him, USD is steadfastly devising ways to become a globally-acclaimed venture by the year 2020.

Having earned an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Dr. Pitts earned a Master’s Degree in Marketing and Advertising, and Doctorate Degrees in Business Management, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership and Organization.

“My personal mission for this business is what God hires me to do and that’s to make this brand, Ultimate Discount Services INC, a ministry and to help as many people as I can save money, build credit and invest smarter,” said Dr. Pitts, adding that aside from God, his grandest inspirations are his wife, Lewis, as well as the marketing consultants who play a major roll with helping build his brand.

GIVING BACK BIG TIME — An entrepreneur tenure that spans more two decades, Dr. Pitts’ featured business venture caters mostly to those whom he refers to as the “millennial drive with the wisdom of the baby boomers and Generation X.”

“I love God. I love people. I promote positive energy only,” Dr. Pitts continued. “My excitement about knowledge is similar to a kid in the candy store, and I always made myself accessible to it. The passion that I carry about business is like no other. I tend to get a bit animated and engulfed in a debate or conversation that develops on how to start, structure, or build a business. We as the human race lack more knowledge than we are aware of, and that’s why I feel that God is putting me in the position to mold me in order to help organize that category, but that is another story.”

What a difference 500 bucks have made.

For more information about Orlando, Florida-based Businessman Dr. Casuel Pitts of Ultimate Discount Services INC., call 224.656.1767. Also, connect with him at: www.udsinc.us; www.myempire.club; https://form.jotform.com/udscredit/credit-vs-wealth-book.


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Ex-spouse of NFL player, author Angela Marshall’s autobiography inspiring others to ‘get in the game of life’

MAKING HEADLINE NEWS WELCOMES ANGELA MARSHALL 


Every so often, Angela Marshall fields the question as if she expected it.

“After being asked numerous times about the supposed lifestyle of the rich and famous, I decided to pen my truth about reality, rags, and riches,” Marshall said.

During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

GAME CHANGER — During a recent interview with Making Headline News, Angela Marshall, an Augusta, Georgia-based author and former wife of a professional athlete, spoke at length about her assortment of experiences as a devoted spouse to a wealthy NFL player in her latest book entitled, “The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife: Reality To Rags To Riches.” Reality To Rags To Riches: The Story And Life Of An Ex-NFL Wife.”

A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

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FIRST QUARTER — A book that was officially released in November 2017, Marshall’s autobiography depicts what she appropriately describes as “this football life,” a life-changing trend that had afforded her extraordinary opportunities, exposure to life’s options, and blessings untold, according to a detail breakdown of her book at Amazon.com.

“Yes, I observed the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat from the stands and sidelines,” Marshall continued while sharing a synopsis of latest book. “Most importantly, I beheld strength, courage and purpose. And those qualities molded me into the person I am today. I got off the bench after merely existing and got into the game of living.”

A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

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PERSONAL SUPER BOWL — As Marshall vividly explained, such a unique life had filled what she has dubbed her “personal playbook,” one that was accompanied by the wisdom to call what she refers to as “an audible, pass, run,” even a proverbial “go for the two-point conversion as I lived each day,” she explained.

While some of the immediate feedback has been favorable, Marshall also acquired her share of backlash since the release of her second book.

“A handful of people have criticized me, saying I am exploiting my ex-husband’s former pro-career to make money,” said Marshall who, in November 2016, made her authorship debut with the release of Lust, Lessons, Love and Life. “A few had no idea that I was suffering in silence during that period in my life, and others have said they still want money, fame, and the experience.”

Despite the array of mixed reactions surrounding her latest book, Marshall doesn’t shy away from the notion that she’s undoubtedly fulfilling her divine purpose through a newly-erected project, one that is accompanied by God’s endorsement.

After all, if God said it, that settles it.

“The Biblical scripture says that tables are prepared for us,” Marshall said. “I’m exhorting folks to feast daily from the tables of promises, potential, power, and prosperity from God. Also, to get off the bench and get in the game of life.

“Without giving too many details from the book, I had quite a few lessons that I needed to learn as well as continue growing through my struggles to strength,” Marshall continued. “Being able to tell my truth has and is setting myself and others free.”

FIRST AND 10 — A book Marshall began composing sometime in October 2016, this accomplished writer needed just shy of a year to complete an informative written document she says is a thorough perspective of how she felt while living what she describes as a “life of lack,” particularly through the public’s thought whereby she was, by all accounts, living a life of lavish.

Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

“I have speaking opportunities or have author appearances at least three times a month for various businesses and organizations,” Marshall said.

In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Said Marshall: “Life has taken me on a journey, which took three major turns, each leading to a road of exploration and discovery, each crafting me into the person who would become skillful at using life’s compass in navigating new directions and negotiating what’s best for me:

IN THE RED ZONE — Having announced that other books are forthcoming, Marshall describes her itinerary as mostly steady, thanks in large part to what she labels her “transparent platform” about her life.

Reality is a place that forced me to face life early on as is. The seeds planted during that period are directly responsible for my growth. All of my core values were established. No matter how far I strayed, the experiences throughout that time, prepared me for rags and riches.

Rags taught me humility, agility and possibility. I learned to be grateful when I am served, but more importantly, to be willing to serve others. The events during this period instilled fearless faith that grounded me and prepared me for true Riches.

AFTER FURTHER REVIEW — In all likelihood, the possibility exist that more opportunities to share of and promote her book could very well come to fruition, especially considering the 2018 NFL season officially begins in the coming days.

Riches are not about what, it’s about whom. For me, that means family, friends and moments. They are true riches, which are irreplaceable. If I can replace it, it is not a true treasure.”

Well said by this brilliantly gifted author, fielding the question as if she expected it.

Once again.

For more information about Augusta, Georgia-based Author Angela Marshall, or to schedule her for a public appearance, a book signing or speaking engagement, connect with her via social media under: Facebook: www.facebook.com/ wisewordswoman; Instagram: www.instagram.com/inotherwordsbystone; Twitter: www.twitter.com/wordsbystone.


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Accomplished Chicago Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves’ private practice becoming a fixture for professional athletes

Natalie Graves owns a Chicago-based mental health therapy practice, one that much to her delight, is steadily attracting a national presence.  

SAVORING THE FRUITS OF LABOR — Chicago-based Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves, 47, the founder and chief executive officer of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, has worked tirelessly to help construct her practice to what it has become to this very day: one that undoubtedly turning heads, particularly throughout the world of professional sports.

For that very reason, her practice is starting to attract exposure through the mainstream media, a trend to which Graves essentially is trying to become accustomed.

“Sounds good,” Graves told Making Headline News during a weekend interview when word spread of her latest coverage through the media. “I’m nervous.”

While Graves admittedly was gripped with a few jitters, the mere fact that she is garnering the exposure she deserves is surely warranted.

Amongst the reasons is that Graves, 47, the founder and chief executive officer of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, has worked tirelessly to help construct her practice to what it has become to this very day — one that is undoubtedly turning heads, particularly throughout the world of professional sports.  

A Chicago-based private practice that Graves established in 2012 and is located at 155 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 633Graves boasts a wealth of experience in the social work industry, considering her expertise spans close to two decades.

Not only that, Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling is widely regarded as a credible venture, in large part because Graves specializes in working with athletes, most notably those who are hampered by an assortment of challenges on and off the field.

MORE ON NATALIE GRAVES ATHLETIC COUNSELING: www.nataliegraves.com 

“The service I provide to athletes is unique in that not only do I focus on improving performance, my perspective also considers factors like family structure, social economic-status, ethnic and cultural diversity,” Graves explained. “I gain a complete profile of the person I am working with.  As a clinical social worker, I view athletes in a holistically way. It is important to understand all aspects of the individual. This is even more important with athletes.”

Interestingly, Graves witnessed her immeasurable body of work soar to immense heights when, just last month, she was on hand in New York, during which she was afforded the golden opportunity to consult with the NBA 2K League representatives on a variety of topics centered on the health and the overall wellness of their players.

THE NBA…WHERE AMAZING HAPPENS — Interestingly, Graves witnessed her immeasurable body of work soar to immense heights when just last month, she was on hand in New York, during which she was afforded the golden opportunity to consult with the NBA 2K League representatives on a variety of topics centered on the health and the overall wellness of their players.

Talk about basking in the glory of her element on one of professional sports largest stages.

CHECK OUT GRAVES’ 1 IN 4 PROJECT: www.1in4project.org; Twitter: @1n4project

“I want to be viewed as a sports psychotherapist, a sports social worker, or therapist who specializes in working with athletes,” said Graves, adding that amongst her primary objectives is to give athletes with what she labels the winning edge or, as she specifically puts it, changing the face of sport psychology. “That’s my thing…being a girl in boy’s world of sports and helping athletes win.”

DESTINED FOR GREATNESS — A Chicago-based private practice that Graves established in 2012 and is located at 155 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 633, Graves boasts a wealth of experience in the social work industry, considering her expertise spans close to two decades.

Credit her profound passion for sports and, most importantly, her commitment to helping people from various walks of life as the key factors that have greatly inspired Graves to connect with her God-given purpose.

“I have always loved helping people and I grew up watching sports,” Graves said. “You could call me a sports fanatic. What is special about my practice is that I get to combine my two loves. Assisting athletes to overcome obstacles that have impacted their game gives me such a high.

“Oftentimes, when athletes first come to see me, they have never worked with a therapist before,” Graves continued. “The best feeling in the world is when someone says to me, ‘I feel better,’ or their coaches see a change in their performance. That never gets old. It’s so inspiring.”

KNOWLEDGE IS POWER — Having earned a Bachelor’s degree from the historic Chicago State University, Graves received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

To her credit, Graves has certainly put in the work to be able to function mightily in her element for such a time as now.

Having earned a Bachelor’s degree from the historic Chicago State University, Graves received her Master’s degree from the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.

Consequently, she was a visiting student at the University of Maryland, where she studied abroad in the United Kingdom, where she became knowledgeable in the Sports, Commerce, not to mention the Culture in the Global Marketplace Program.

Interestingly, Graves completed an Addictions Studies Program at City Colleges of Chicago Kennedy-King College.

“I have been very fortunate that I have been able to travel through speaking engagements all over the United States and as far as to England and France,” said Graves, adding that her parents and husband headline her solid supporting cast. “My mentor, Greg Harden of the University of Michigan, has been very impactful in my professional life. He was the first social worker that I found that was working directly with athletes. Seeing what he did reinforced that I could make a career in sports.”

A TRUE SPORT — Credit her profound passion for sports and, most importantly, helping people from various walks of life as the key factors that have greatly inspired Graves to connect with her God-given purpose.

The rest, as they say, was history.

Today, unlike never before, Graves is not only savoring the fruits of her labor as an accomplished sports psychotherapist, but she’d be the first to admit that she’s literally having fun with it.

Which, fortunately for her, was all a part of God’s plan all along.

“My story started when I was a young girl, growing up in Chicago,” Graves recalled. “I remember rushing home from church to watch the (Chicago) Bears and Bulls games. That was our thing as a family. We watched Chicago sports together. My dad taught me the rules of the game and I loved it. As I got older, I started not just following football and basketball, I developed an interest in all sports.”

A trend that has ultimately given way to her basking in the glory of her element on one of professional sports largest stages.

Ask the NBA 2K League crew.

 

For more information about Chicago-based Sports Psychotherapist Natalie Graves of Natalie Graves Athletic Counseling, call 773.294.3903. Also, connect with her via:

Website: www.nataliegraves.com

Email: socialworkandsports@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook/Nataliethesocialworker

Blog: nataliethesocialworker.blogspot.com

Twitter: @natalie_graves1 

 

 

 

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