Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on positive people power.
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Why you need positive people around you

If you aren’t spending time with positive people who uplift you and motivate you towards achieving your goals, you are doing yourself a big disservice. As a 15-year old, I was careful to make friends who have similar priorities to mine. That…
Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on how to make a good impression.
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5 Easy Ways to Make a Good Impression at Work

Make a good impression! Put your best foot forward, and be respectful. That’s how I might summarize my life lessons on how to show up well at work. And my time volunteering at my mother’s job – the mental hospital, taught me those life…
Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on how to show appreciation
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How to show appreciation beyond thank you

Show appreciation for others, no matter what your job is. My job as a volunteer at the mental hospital wasn't necessarily the most exciting. My work involved lots of filing, shredding papers or doing deliveries across the hospital campus. Yet…
Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on how to make a difference.
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7 Simple Ways to Make a Difference at Work

Your work, no matter how small, can make a difference. At this point in the story from my memoir, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother, I was volunteering at the mental hospital where my mother worked. I was…
Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on overcoming your fear of the unknown.
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3 Ways to Overcome Fear of the Unknown

Can you overcome fear of the unknown? Absolutely. This lesson came alive for me while still volunteering at my mom’s job at the mental hospital where she was working. The campus, in my opinion, was huge with several buildings all over the…
Summer shares lessons learned from her memoir on appreciating life.

One Often-ignored Key to Having a Healthy Mind and Body

When I was a teenager, I learned first-hand to appreciate having a healthy mind and body. I was privileged to volunteer at my mother’s job. At the time she was working in a mental hospital. The hospital had a volunteer program for teenagers.…
Summer shares a lesson learned from her memoir on how to learn from the past
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Learn from the past. Don’t dwell on it.

“Learn from the past and don’t dwell on shortcomings” has been a major lesson for me throughout my life. As I continue sharing the lessons learned that I wrote at the end of each chapter of my memoir, Life After Birth, I reflect on…
Young Summer Owens now on a mission to stop bullying
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They Called Me Boy and Beaver: 3 Tips to Stop Bullying

When I decided it was time for me to share my story of how I became a teen mother yet beat the statistics, I began to reflect on my life. And how I got to a place where my self-esteem was so low that I felt that just because this boy told me…

Celebrating an Anniversary – 10 Years After Sharing My Secret Story

When you think about celebrating an anniversary, we usually think of happy occasions like marriage anniversaries or work anniversaries. We also think about anniversaries we don’t necessarily celebrate but do remember like the loss of loved…