Summer Owens Speaker, Author, S. O. What! Success Coach
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Blasts (Blogs) from the Past. Gifts for the Present.

As we round out 2018 and I finish the update of my new site (stay tuned), I am reflecting on just how long I've been blogging and sharing my life in hopes of helping others with theirs. Very few people saw my initials blog posts, but the information…
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20 Years of Sisterhood, 20,000 AKA's in Houston, and 20 Lessons Learned

This past May I celebrated 20 years of being a member of a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. About half of my line sisters flew into Punta Cana, DR from all over the country to celebrate the momentous occasion. We reconnected, reminisced,…
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Going Places...A Life-Changing Trip

When we started the S.O. What! Foundation's STEP-OUT (Self-esteem, Teamwork, Exposure, Personal development-Overcome, Understand, Triumph) program, I knew I wanted to take the special kids in our program on a flight to Washington, DC. Why?…
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Daddy, Do You Know?

Several years ago I nervously left my son at home alone in my new apartment for the first time since my divorce. When I came home from the birthday dinner I had gone to, I didn't know whether to be proud or sad. With a tie sloppily hanging…
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Chapter 39- Celebrate Your Life While You Have It

If you've been following my blog for any amount of time or just know my story, then you know my birthdays are "special". Yes, everyone's birthday is special, but my birthday is also the anniversary of the day I got pregnant by someone I did…

Proud to Be a Memphian #MLK50

Today is a huge day for the city of Memphis. I am with my 96-year-old grandmother in Jackson, but she was living in Memphis on this day 50 years ago. She recalls being at the laundromat the moment Dr. King was shot and killed. She talks about…

Maybe You're Broken to Heal

When I quit my job at ServiceMaster, I had about two months before I started my new job at FedEx. I opted out of the COBRA insurance which would have provided me with coverage in between jobs because it was so expensive. So I told my son who…
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Unlucky or Just Making Bad Choices?

Minimizing our place in life to be about luck simply relieves us from responsibility for our circumstances. It says we think we have no control over our situations, and that we don't feel accountable to or powerful enough to change what we don't like.
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The Most Important Person to Love

I can remember being in high school seeing girls getting flowers and stuffed animals at school on Valentine's Day. In college, more of the same. My friends often got gifts and went on dates, but I didn't. Sometimes it bothered me, but most…