My Two New Babies
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My Two New Babies

Did you know that last Sunday was Grandparents Day?

At 40 years old, I am in a pretty unique position. I still have two grandmothers in their 90’s.

And I am a grandmother. Five-year old, Kailey and one of my new babies, six-week old Jordan.

My life has been an interesting journey. Far from perfect. Far from what I expected or wanted in many cases. It’s been full of up’s and downs, high highs and low lows. When I reflect on my life and all that I’ve been through in only 40 years, I think of my beautiful grandmother’s- 97 and 93 and all that they have experienced and still continue to endure.

Last year, I published my oldest grandmother’s story- Look Who Done Come Up the Slip. Last month I birthed another special baby, my 93 year-old grandmother’s story, Hey, Girl!.

As a parent, I understand the love, sacrifice, pain, pride, guilt, and hope parents feel, have and do for their children. Being a grandparent is different, but all of those feelings are often magnified. And I just hope that I’ve made my grandmother’s proud by sharing their stories and that I will be as great of a grandmother as they have been to me.

How can you honor your grandparents or someone else’s?



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!”.