Today I'm turning the tables and putting the spotlight on myself. Many people have told me over the years (like my dad!) that I have a story that embodies resilience. Well, today I'm sharing some of my story.
I'm no different than anyone of you reading this. Some look at my accomplishments and think I must have had it easy. Well, I'm here to tell you the truth - No, I, Didn't! In fact, I had it hard, but one thing kept me going and it was this "You Bet Not Quit!" That was one of my mother's favorite phrases. Basically that was her warning her children that quitting wasn't an option. I hope my story helps you to define your own "Don't Quit" attitude so you can really live your unstoppable life! ~ Namaste
From graduating from college at the age of 32, to becoming a tenured college professor and owner of a brand and soul message that helps millions of people around the world live a better life than they could have even imagined, Denise's life is a testament to her optimistic "Kick fear to the curb" and Don't Quit attitude!
One of four children raised in Omaha Nebraska, by a single mother forced to rely on welfare, Denise knew at a young age, that she was destined to impact and inspire the world but didn't quite know how she would do it. After a lack luster high school experience where she maintained a 'C' average, she was awarded a track scholarship to attend college in her hometown. Uninspired, she spent 8 months as an undecided major, then dropped out.
She spent the next several years paying her bills as a night janitor and working in the food service industry while doing community theatre on the weekends. One day she decided she had to get out of Omaha and figure out what to do with her life. She relocated to Harrisburg PA and visited several major east coast cities. Finally, at the age of 24 she applied to attend Howard University to study theatre, was accepted and received a partial scholarship. For two years, Denise was on cloud nine. She was focused and maintained a 3.6 GPA, however she couldn't afford to pay and her family could not help her pay the balance of her tuition and she was forced to drop out of school, again.
Detered, but not willing to quit, Denise spent the next three years working full time as a receptionist and saving money. During this break from school she gave birth to her only son, then in 1994, using her savings and student loans, she was able to return to school and two years later, finally, at the age of 32, Denise graduated from Howard University, magna cum laude.
For two years, she continued to use her 'Don't Quit' attitude as she commuted to New York for graduate school every weekend and in 1999 had completed her MFA. Shortly afterwards, when her marriage failed and she was on her own raising a young son with an enormous amount of debt and mounting bills, she took on two part time jobs and started performing in theatre.
One of her most uplifting achievements came after contemplating suicide when she was repeatedly harassed because she couldn't pay her student loans, Denise decided that she would do whatever it took to live debt free and never again end up in a situation where she owed someone money and couldn't pay it back.
In 1999 she immediately stopped using credit cards and went on a cash only existence. She eventually purchased her first home in 2002 and in 2005 sold it for double its value and paid off $70,000 in student loan debt with one single check!
In 2005, she once again had to call on her 'Don't Quit' attitude as she faced down fear and stepped up to stand up for her life as she won her battle with breast cancer, but one year later, in 2006, she stood over her mother's grave because her mother lost hers. It was then, that Denise made a commitment to honor her mother's life by not only learning to trust life and live again, but to live well.
Desiring to have a real and meaningful relationship with her father, despite his history of domestic abuse, in 2009, at the age of 45, Denise began the most challenging quest of her life, to forgive her father and build a quality relationship that would rest on a strong foundation of love, truth and trust. The road was not paved with ease but the pay off has far exceeded her desires. She and every member of her family has been transformed as she and her father have become an example of the awesome power of healing, forgiveness, respect and love.
A serial entrepreneur, over the years, Denise started, dissolved and re-started, several businesses before she was inspired to start her soul message company, Mindset Mojo LLC and embark on the journey to use her soul gift to impact the world and inspire millions to KICK fear to the curb and rock their mindset mojo so they can be more, do more and have more of what they really truly desire.
Denise knows that a Don't Quit attitude can't fix everything, but she also knows that if you keep going after what you want despite the fear you may have, you just might end up with something you could hardly even imagine!
Remember, life is precious. Do your happy dance. Enjoy life!