Best Valentine's Day Gift
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The Best Valentine’s Day Gift

15 years ago I got my first actual Valentine’s Day gift. It was an engagement ring.
That was preceded by a short dating relationship, 11 years as a single mother and a strong desire to have a companion and a father figure for my son. It was followed by a marriage that neither my husband at the time, my son, or I was ready for. And led to divorce less than two years later.
Valentine’s Day in my marriage was hard. Valentine’s Day for a few years after my divorce was hard. Then it was back to like it was before I got married. I was happily single and Valentine’s Day was just another day. Well, I loved on my son a little harder on that day.
But I knew a lot of people who were single but not at all happily so. Valentine’s Day was a painful reminder that they were single or that they were in relationships like my marriage where Valentine’s Day was sad.
So I created the Love Yourself Event as a fundraiser for the nonprofit I started, The S.O. What! Foundation. For four years it has served as a reminder to women and men, single or in relationships that regardless of your status the first person to love and take care of is Yourself.


I’m Summer Owens, and my passion is helping youth and young adults realize success no matter what obstacles they face. As an international resilience and leadership keynote speaker, author, S.O. What! Success Coach, and creator of the S.O. What! Literacy, Life Skills, and Character Education curriculum, I empower people to say, “So what!” to even their greatest challenges.  provide a framework to help people see past their challenges and focus on solutions using the S.O. What! Success System (Overcome Obstacles + Eliminate Excuses + Calculate Choices = S.O. What! Success). Through keynotes, workshops, books, online courses, and workbooks, I use life’s challenges and my own story of resilience as a rape survivor and teen mom success story to help others confidently pursue their dreams.

Looking for an inspiring college motivational speaker? A high school literacy curriculum? A middle school life skills workbook? A great example for teen mothers? A women’s empowerment or single mother’s conference speaker?  I’m your girl and will help any audience say, “S.O. What!”.