Summer shares her lessons on why single moms need to keep their dreams alive.
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Single Moms: Keep Your Dreams Alive

Single mothers out there, keep your dreams alive because God fulfills them.

By the time I went to graduate school to study for my MBA, I had already achieved a lot in my career and life. Now, I wanted a relationship for myself and a father figure for my son. I had dated in high school, during college and after college. But it was always a challenge balancing dating with bringing up my son. The other challenge was limiting what he was exposed to from my relationships. While I had dreams of a successful relationship which could potentially lead to marriage, I was patient and careful with my son. Dating as a single mother was a journey. But I can look back and say God blesses us with our desire. The key: do your part, stay faithful and keep doing what is right.

I would later get into a new relationship with someone who wanted to be with me and a role model for my son.

How that story ends is a tale for another day. My brand is S.O What so that should give you a clue. Or you can read my first book to learn more. Regardless of how the story ended, during that time in my life, I learned why it’s important to keep your dreams alive. And there is hope no matter what the situation you find yourself in.

There is hope:

  • for your career even when progress is slow
  • for your children when you seem to be sacrificing so much for them
  • for romantic relationships which seem to elude you at all turns.

As always you have a part to play in experiencing the desired transformation. In this case, keep learning, keep developing yourself, practice self-love, and keep hope alive. Keep your dreams alive because God fulfills them.



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!”.