Summer shares how to do your part, and the blessings will come.
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Do your part and the blessings will come

If you’ve been following my story, you know I say to do your part often. In my case, that included working hard in college to get a good job after college. Shortly after I started my first job after college, I set myself a goal to buy a house. At the time I was working for the Memphis Grizzlies. I wasn’t making too much money. But by saving something small each month, I managed to save enough for a downpayment on my first house. I was 22 years old.   

I bought a house in a new neighborhood. And it was an exciting time for me and my son to have checked off that line on my do your part checklist. Now I had a new challenge, I had no one to keep my son Jaylan after school because we moved too late for me to sign him up for any after school programs.

When I say to do your part, that includes talking to people and helping them as much as you can. In my case, those two actions opened doors for me which would otherwise have been closed to me. A friend knew about an after-school program at a church which I didn’t even know existed. It was full but with my friend’s help they made a way for Jaylan to join the program. I worked hard, lived right by helping others and God sent an angel to help me with after-school care for my son.

I appreciated the program and the experience ended up being an even bigger lesson for me later in my life. Let’s talk about you: Are you working hard? Living right? Doing the best you can? Yet you’re still struggling and feeling people aren’t helping you? Have faith – the blessings will come if you don’t give up and do your part.



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!”.