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Summer concludes sharing the lessons learned from her memoir with how to be successful in life.
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Persevere to the End

Today as I celebrate my 42nd birthday, I also reflect on my 15th birthday when an incident that happened so fast changed everything about my life. And made me question if I would be successful. What I learned in my journey, 26 years after…
Summer concludes sharing the lessons learned from her memoir with her five lessons from her life.
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10 years later. 5 More Life Lessons from My Story

Ten years ago, I shared my story and life lessons in my first book, Life After Birth: A Memoir of Survival and Success as a Teenage Mother. I had no idea then what would happen when I told it. A new chapter in my life started back then. And…
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…
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Graduating Against the Odds: How I Made it to My 20 Year College Graduation Anniversary

It's graduation season, and many students are graduating against the odds. Financial challenges, lack of support, illnesses, competing priorities, too many responsibilities and so many other obstacles keep many people from completing college. But…
Summer shares her lessons on how to stay focused on your goals when you feel like giving up.
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Remember this when you feel like giving up

Before finding out that I was pregnant, I had dreams. I wanted to go to college. I wanted to be successful. I wanted a career. Then at 15 I got pregnant by a guy I didn’t know and was soon a single, teenage mother. If you have found yourself…
Summer shares her lessons in exploring relationships as a single parent.
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Exploring Relationships As A Single Parent

At some point I was exploring relationships because I wanted my son to have a father figure in his life. I had been a teenage mother from the time I was 15-years old. I’d also been raising my son alone as a single mother for years. I wanted…
Summer shares her parenting tips for single parents from her experience in raising her son alone.
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Parenting Tips for Single Parents

Being a single parent comes with its unique challenges. And the parenting tips for single parents I picked up along the way, really helped me learn and grow in my role as a mother. My son Jaylan spent a lot of time with me at work. He had been…
Summer shares her experience with making sacrifices today so she can enjoy the benefits later.
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It’s Just Temporary

Making sacrifices today with a hope to reap the reward later can be hard. John Maxwell the leadership expert, coach and world-renowned speaker is quoted as saying, “You can pay now, and play later, or you can play now and pay later. But either…
Summer shares her keys to beating working-mom guilt
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The Key to Beating Working-Mom Guilt

There’s no doubt I had to work at beating working-mom guilt early in my career. My son had been part of my life through high school, college and even my MBA. One of my goals for my life, and his by extension, was to work hard so he could have…