" I refuse to be a victim of my circumstance. No matter what life throws my way. I'll use the road blocks and disappointments as stepping stones until I reach the peak of my mountain as a conqueror."
Born and raised in Westchester County, a suburb of New York City, I have always been in love with the art of writing. Even as a child. Now as a published author I have made it my life’s mission to inspire and motivate others through my gift of writing and speech.
Through my books, articles and speeches I encourage others to find the power within themselves to overcome adversities. To not only survive but to thrive. And to find a way to be comfortable in their own skin.
After getting married right after college I was left to raise two infant sons on my own with no money and no home. With help from my extended family; my friends; my own perseverance; my sheer stubbornness; vision; prayer and most of all the grace of God I was able to turn my life around for myself and my sons. I was determined to prevent the three of us from becoming a statistic. It was not easy. I suffered from financial stress, self-doubt, fear, self-sacrifice and loneliness.
Then before I knew it my sons were graduating from college and had grown into two fine young men. I thought now was the time to do something for me. I met and married a wonderful man. I thought he was the love of my life. And that we had a wonderful future ahead of us. For almost ten years we were truly happy. I thought life couldn’t get any better.
But then my husband passed away suddenly and I was left feeling alone and abandoned. I was left to pick up the pieces and to find a way to go on with the rest of my life. At first I thought I had dreamed the years with my husband and that they had never happened. After the initial shock of his death was over I was left with a grief that at times was so overwhelming I wasn’t quite sure I would make it. But with help from my family and friends who refused to give up on me and the Lord who would not let me forget the vision He had instore for me I finally became determined to not only be the Sylvia I used to be but even better. More self-assured…more empowered.
For the first time in my life I had to only take care of me. I had no one else to take care of; to worry about; or to put first. For someone who spent their entire adult life “in survivor mode” this was a new and difficult place to be. I decided it was time that I begin to heal and get to know who I really was. While trying to navigate this new chapter in my life I realized that there were others who needed to find themselves as well. And maybe they could benefit from watching my journey. So I invite my readers to join me in finding self-love and self-empowerment.
It is a long road I still continue to travel but I am determined to enjoy the journey and I hope you will too.