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Summer shares lessons learned from her memoir on appreciating life.
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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…
Summer Owens on fox 13
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Your Happiness Your Choice

I've been working on a new keynote, and I'm so excited about the impact I believe it will have on helping others to be more resilient. And even happier with life. It comes down to two choices- Accept it (SO What!) or Change it (So NOW…
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Scarier than Ghosts and Goblins…

The scariest moment of my life was how and when I became a teen mother.  Almost equally scary (upsetting, embarrassing, devastating...) was when I learned that my teenager was about to become a father.  As Halloween approaches, I want…

20 Years Later. 4 Lessons Learned as a Teen Mom High School Graduate.

May 23, 1997 marked the end of my high school career and the beginning of my adult life. I was armed with a high school diploma...and a two-year old son. I had no idea that what had been the hardest part of my life up to that point would define…

Grandma's Hands

I was 15, pregnant, scared and didn't want to be in my mother's house with my stepfather another day. Remember in my book the time when he got mad at me about the ironing board, and I ran away? Well, walked because I was very pregnant. Very…