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Meet Author Ebony Davis

Author Ebony Davis is a single mother of a boy named Prince, who recently published a book, “Gift of Pain”. Helping single mothers recover mentally and emotionally from an abandoned pregnancy.

An abandoned pregnancy occurs when the child’s father has decided to not be a part of the pregnancy with the mother. Ebony’s sister encouraged her to write and publish her first book. While Ebony began writing her story is when she discovered the process and power to heal. Leaning on the expertise and encouragement of her sister, Ebony was able to persevere and seal her deep wounds.
The book, “Gift of Pain: Persevere Through an Abandoned Pregnancy”, is a story about a young woman who once had aspirations and planned to attend law school until she became pregnant. Who became a single mother months before entering graduate school. 

This book provides readers with an inside look in the unfiltered good, bad, and ugly surrounding the vulnerable experiences of an abandoned pregnancy. With an opportunity to be inspired no matter the circumstances when faced with emotional distress. There is always a gift in everything that we’ve experienced.  
It can be challenging to re-live some of the memories that were suppressed, certain incidents that had taken place. There were times that Ebony had to simply set the pen and paper down, walking away. Until she remembered who she was writing the book for, to help individuals overcome. 

Being a huge fan of Desiree Lee, Ashley K. Pittman, James Cornelius, Latrice Ryan, and Celicia; They have all played an intricate part in Ebony’s life, providing her with inspiration, wisdom, and tools to help other to improve life decisions. 

Author Ebony Davis is currently in the process of launching a health and fitness apparel for women. Soon, spots will be made available in December 2020 to participate in the mentorship program. She is also excited to open the doors to the non-profit organization.
It is important for Ms. Davis to influence authors and individuals to commit to the process of healing. “When you do it with love, inevitably will create a recipe for success. Remain grounded and rooted in the word of God and keep it close to your heart.” -Author Ebony Davis

Meet Author Dr. Andrea Jeffress

Author Dr. Andrea Jeffress is board certified, Ob/Gyn physician from Erie, PA.   

One day our son,  William, the McDowell High school all-time leading scorer and a member of the 2019 Team USA U16 Basketball team, brought his phone to us and showed us his inbox. It was full of kids asking us to talk to their parents about different advice on how to become great. 

People were always asking us for advice on how to achieve great things with our children. So we decided to share the blueprint in the book to keep from typing the same message over and over because as you can imagine – we are pretty busy. 

1) What is your book “SMART JOCKS” all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?

SMART JOCKS – 10 Lessons Along Our Journey to Raise #1 Draft Picks On and Off the Court focuses on actionable steps to follow to set the foundation for an individual and their support system to build a foundation and create a path for greatness. 

2) What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?

I wrote the book and self-published it together with my husband. Each child had a chapter so getting everybody to turn in their chapter was challenging. Lol. However, the self-publishing process was daunting but definitely made it easier by joining the #AIB Authors in Business community. 

3) Who are some of your literary inspirations and why?

I love the imagination of fiction writers like Toni Morrison and Octavia Butler, but 

I am most inspired by autobiographical book authors like Michelle Obama or Veronica Chambers (my college mate) or Desiree Lee (my self-publishing guru) 

because I am motivated by real things that I can see. I am always grateful my path is made easier and lighted by the experiences of someone great who came before me. 

4) What other projects are you working on along with your book?

Building Smart Jocks Media which focuses on editing, video content marketing, and launching the Smart Jocks On Air Podcast launching in the fall of 2020.  

5) Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors. 

Books – both reading and writing them – are the gateway to the future and are our way to leave our legacy on the earth. 

My message in Smart Jocks serves to motivate youth and adults to focus on using higher education, sports, business, and health to build a plan for a brighter future. 

BIOGRAPHY: Andrea Jeffress, MD 

Growing up in the inner city and leaving high school to enter college at the age of 14, Dr. Andrea Jeffress knows what it means to have a hand up and not a handout. A graduate of the Yale University School of Medicine, she is a board-certified OB/GYN, practicing general obstetrics and gynecology with an interest in advanced minimally invasive surgical techniques, such as hysteroscopy, laparoscopy, and robotic-assisted surgery.

Besides medicine, she is an entrepreneur and small business owner, distributing Raineater Wiper Blades, Zenedge Energy Drinks, and Blade Doctors LLC which pivoted to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. She also co-founded Smart Jocks Media which focuses on editing, video content marketing and launching the Smart Jocks On Air Podcast launching in the fall of 2020.  

She is also a member of Our Global Vision, Next Level Leadership, and several health and wellness organizations. Finally, she is co-founder and CEO of SMART JOCKS, where she helps guide scholar-athletes, parents, and coaches via speaking engagements, personal coaching, digital education and training, and writing and self-publishing. She is on the board of the Kingdom International Economic Development Corporation, Mercyhurst University Board of Trustees, Greater Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Board, and the Advisory Board of Erie Bank. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. In 2019, she was selected as the Athena Leadership Award winner in Erie, Pennsylvania to honor her commitment to excellence, business leadership, and community.

She is a #1 best-selling author of the book entitled: “SMART JOCKS- 10 Lessons Along Our Journey to Raise #1 Draft Picks On and Off the Court”, which she co-wrote with her husband, William, and children, Adrianna, Jasmine, & William Jr.  She is also contributing author and/or editor in the following book titles: “Women All Over the World ~ It’s Your Time: Unleashing the Untapped Reservoir of Entrepreneurship Inside Women Worth Trillions of Dollars”, “On Becoming”, “Passages from the Pit”, and “From Glass to Stone: 10 Transformational Stories of Resilience”.  

A sought-after workshop and keynote speaker, she enjoys sharing her experiences as a physician, mother, and advocate of healthcare, business, education, and sports. Her message serves to motivate youth and adults to focus on using higher education, sports, business, and health to build a plan for a brighter future. 

You can connect with Dr. Jeffress and Smart Jocks on Facebook (@Smartjocks), Instagram, and Twitter (@smart_jocks), Vimeo, and YouTube (Smart Jocks) and https://www.smartjocks.com/.

William “King” Hollis Releases Life Changing Book On Overcoming Suicide and Depression To Becoming One of the Top Motivational Speakers

William King Hollis is an international motivational speaker, author & coach. From being homeless to quickly becoming one of the top motivational speakers in the world, he has truly spoken his way to success. That same passion, authenticity and his unique gift of connecting to the hearts of people everywhere led him to accomplish something no speaker has ever done. In 2019 he made history by becoming the first and only paid motivational speaker featured at the highly prestigious “fashion week” held in milan italy. This proved to be a turning point and solidified him as being one of the greatest young speakers of our time. From every day listeners to celebrities, actors , professional athletes and leading corporations, his speeches continue to make him a household name in personal development.

Five hundred million views on youtube, the number one high school football speech,  and tens of thousands of subscribers later, he still continues to pursue his mission with a hunger for inspiring tomorrow’s leaders  within every community. Additionally, he has currently released his new book “The Best Gift Comes From The Bottom” which is quickly becoming a best seller and is now available in multiple languages through his website www.kinghollis.co

VEU Magazine had the opportunity to speak with William about his new book and his upcoming business ventures

What are some of keys to success that you used to come from the bottom to where you are now?

I had total  belief in myself and I knew that I was meant for something greater than my circumstances. It’s a feeling so deep within you and it drives you never to give up. I held on to that feeling no matter how hard things were at the time. I knew I had a message that could inspire people, transform my life and transform the lives of others.. I never lost sight of that. This is why I can honestly say I spoke my way to success.

Words of advice for anyone struggling right now, especially during these times now

No matter how hard things may seem, you must never give up. You have a gift within you that the world needs and it’s up to you to tap into that gift.. If you don’t know what that gift is use this time to focus on finding it. We all have something we do that is easy to us and extraordinary to everyone else. So, take this time to really look at yourself and your life. Determine what you want to accomplish and go after it. Never stop thinking or dreaming big.

You’re always working on a new project. What can we expect next from you ?

I’m working on several new major projects, but I am incredibly proud of my first book being released October 4th called “The Best Gifts Come From The Bottom” . It’s really special to me because I know it’s going to help educate, inspire, and empower people to transform their lives. It’s not just a story about how I spoke my way from homelessness to being the top motivational speaker in the world. They will learn the what and the why too. Also this book is not just for aspiring speakers or people looking for motivation. This book really has something for anybody that wants to tap into their full potential. This is why everyone needs to get a copy because i’ll be sharing some things in there that will help you take your life to the next level. Aside from that I have a clothing line, several motivational speaking albums in the works and I’m in talks for movie deals as well. There’s a lot going on over at Will Smiles LLC.

Author Gregory Cox on Overcoming Substance Abuse in His Book Promising The Moon

1)Give us a little bit of your background, and what inspired you to write your story

There is a history of alcoholism, drug addiction, domestic violence in my family, I fell into the same pattern, I started drinking and using drugs as a teenager, as I got older things got worse I started using more drugs more often. I became homeless, jobless, my children were removed from us by child protection agency here in Chicago, IL. After several years of addiction, I admitted myself into a substance abuse treatment center, got sober in March 1991 have use drugs and or acholic sense. I was inspired to write my story because no one in my family has ever written a book, I wanted to create a new road map for my children, I wanted to tell my truth without anyone else interference.    

2)What is your book all about, and what can readers expect from reading it?

“Promising The Moon” is about how a young man became addicted to drugs and alcohol lost everything, he was willing to get the help he needed to change the course of his life. PTM is a book about a young man who lost his children to child welfare, he got clean regain custody of his children, and now he is helping others do the same.    

3)What has been one of the most challenging things throughout your writing process?

The most challenging thing for me was revisiting the family trauma, and then putting it on paper, as I understood it. my solution for this was I had a support team, people were supporting me as I was getting through my writing.

4)Who are some of your literary inspirations and why?

Reading books about other people story, like “The Desiree Lee”  how they overcame their challenges has been a great sense of inspiration, spending time with my aunt (Hattie Davis) listening to how she overcame the challenges she faced in life, has also been a great inspiration for me to write PTM.  

5)What other projects are you working on along with your book?

I have just recently released an online course “Check Your Baggage” this course is designed to help others get started in writing, and telling their story. gregcox.thinkific.com  

Also, I have a Podcast “Check Your Baggage” the goal is to encourage others to monitor your personal growth and development. 

6)Leave us with some final words of encouragement to your readers and aspiring authors 

Everyone has a story to tell, your story is just a valuable then anybody else, your story has the ability to help someone, if you don’t write it who will, and if someone else writes it chances are they will get paid for it, so why don’t you write it and get paid for you own story, and help someone else along the way.    Gregory Cox Author of Promising The Moon.

5 Mistakes Entrepreneurs Can Avoid

Entrepreneurship is known for both risks and rewards. You don’t need to worry about your traditional work boundaries. No one is going to tell you when to work and how to work. Thus, there are millions of advantages of entrepreneurship. 

But, there are also many risks associated with entrepreneurship. Most times entrepreneurs will think that they are always doing the right thing. In this article, we are going to talk about the 5 common Entrepreneurial mistakes that you should avoid.

1. Don’t chase the wrong success 

Many people associate success with certain material items. They think that they will be successful after earning some amount of life. These people are mostly chasing a certain lifestyle. They will think that they can buy their way to happiness and success. After doing all the hard work they will realize that they never wanted the thing that they were pursuing.

There is a simple trick to conquer this trap. All you need to do is think about what success actually means in your world. After that, you need to write it down. This will ensure that you will know about your aim.

2. Poor communication 

Many founders assume that they are communicating properly with their mentors, contractors, and employees. However, most entrepreneurs don’t actually communicate with their employees. You need to ensure that you are always using the right words when you are talking to your staff. 

You should always use facts while speaking to your staff. Make sure that your employees have taken a personality test. This will ensure that you know about their personality. Some employees will need more detail when compared to other employees. Thus, you should know how to communicate with your employees.

3. Servant Leadership

Most founders still don’t know the meaning of Servant Leadership. It simply means that you are not allowing other people to walk over you. You don’t need to create an environment that is dependent on you. It means that you are trying to do best for your staff. This might actually include firing your employees. You should always hold your employees to a high standard.

4. Customers can be wrong sometimes 

Most business leaders think that all of their customers are right. If you are thinking about this while operating your business, then it will only lead to confusion. You might lose the majority of customers due to this. 

It is important to always honor your customers. But, this doesn’t mean that your customers are always right. You need to treat your customers with respect and honor. However, sometimes your customers are going to be wrong. Make sure that you know about your target audience and always try to serve that audience.

5. Chasing money 

You might think that freedom and money are synonymous. However, this thinking can actually lead you down to the wrong path. You will have an unlived life if you are only chasing money. It is important to ensure that you are only chasing the right things in life. Money is going to be a byproduct of your business. However, you should never make it the main focus.

Your long term goal should be freedom. If you are focusing on short-term monetary gains, then you will only chase money. It is important to focus on the growth and strength of your company. If your business is strong, then you will automatically earn money. 

Conclusion

These are the common pitfalls that you will face during your entrepreneurial journey. This article will help you in avoiding these mistakes. You might need to reevaluate your strategy. However, these changes will help you in the long run.

How to Create a Lifestyle Brand

There are millions of sales-focused businesses operating in the market. The main aim of these businesses is to sell stuff and make money. However, many entrepreneurs want more from their brand. They want to impact their customers and the world. This is the main difference between a lifestyle brand and a normal brand. 

A lifestyle brand is offering a successful way of living to their customers. This brand must have its own soul. You need to give core principles to your brand. After that, you need to build its features and give it a voice. You also need to help it in speaking. If you are providing the right guidance, then your lifestyle brand will automatically have a unique style. In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help you in creating your own lifestyle brand.

1. Give your brand a face 

You need to first identify a market for your business. Make sure that you know about the market needs. Write down how your target audience feels and what they prefer. You need to understand the lifestyle of your target audience. This will help you in becoming a part of their local culture. 

You need to find your brand’s vision. What will your brand achieve for the community? What will be the core principles of your brand? 

It is important to define these values and principles. These values will provide a backbone to your lifestyle brand. It will help you in amplifying your message. 

Identify the colors that can represent your brand. You should use these colors for designing your logo. Work on a plan that will help you in targeting your audience. Your company logo should connect with your target audience.

2. Give your brand a voice 

The principles and personality of your brand are going to decide how it will speak. It will decide if your brand will be playful, bold, intelligent, or compassionate. These features will help you in defining the messaging channels that you can use. You can use static, social media, print, video, and dynamic channels for communicating with your target audience. 

Your headlines, words, copy, and text must have energy. The words you choose will affect your brand. We are always thinking about our words and tone when we are communicating with your friends and family. Apply the same principles when you are dealing with your lifestyle brand. 

3. Choose your brand activities 

You need to find out your brand activities. Also, these activities should align with your style and mission. Choose actions that will help you in improving your relationship with your target audience.

You need to find channels that will support the personality of your business. These channels will help you in connecting with your targeted audience. 

4. Pick your friends wisely 

A simple association can also damage your brand image. However, you can also create a good brand by working with good companies. Thus, you should look for good brand partners. The best way to solve this problem is by defining your brand’s mission. This will help you in navigating through the thousands of options available. You can find the best brand partner. 

The most important key to a lifestyle brand is quality relationships. Your brand will be judged by your partners. Check the companies that are working in your target market. You need to check if they are good for your brand. These partnerships can help you in growing your brand.

Conclusion

These are some tips that will help you in creating a lifestyle brand. A lifestyle brand is not limited to selling products only. It has a voice and personality. You can impact your customer’s life by creating a lifestyle brand. Make sure that you are true to your customers.

5 Myths vs Reality of Entrepreneurship That you Should Know Before Starting Your Business

The number of entrepreneurs is increasing in the world. More people are trying to convert their dreams into realities. However, there are many presumptions that are associated with entrepreneurship. Many young aspirants never start their entrepreneurship journey due to these myths. There are currently more than 590 million entrepreneurs in the world. However, only half of them have managed to defy all odds. Most people fail because they are trying to follow the standards. This can limit their innovation. In this article, we are going to talk about some myths that you will face during your entrepreneurial journey.

1. You can do whatever you want

Many young entrepreneurs think that they can do whatever they want. However, this is not true. You are going to be a slave to your business for many years. If you want your business to be successful, then you need to sacrifice a lot of things. The outside world still doesn’t acknowledge the sacrifices that entrepreneurs make. It is not easy to create a big brand. The outside world is only attracted by the glamour. They don’t understand the brutal life that entrepreneurs live to become successful. 

2. Entrepreneurs life is always exciting 

Many people think that entrepreneurs are always living an exciting life. However, not every entrepreneur is sitting in a luxury yacht. Every entrepreneur needs to perform thousands of little tasks. They need to manage their employees, customers, and business. This can be a very tiring task for them. Hence you need passion and perseverance if you want to succeed. You need these things if you want to face all the challenges of entrepreneurship. Get ready to get your hands dirty as you need to do many tasks in your business.

3. Entrepreneurs are born

This is another myth that is associated with entrepreneurs. People don’t start their entrepreneurship journey because they think that they are not gifted. Thus, they miss a big chance. Talent, intelligence, and even family blood can’t guarantee you success. Entrepreneurs are always self-made. You need courage and willpower if you want to become successful in this word. The greatest entrepreneurs always come from very average set-ups. They don’t get any fortune from their family. In simple words, there is no substitute for hard work. 

4. One good idea is enough 

Many people think that they become successful entrepreneurs just because they have a good idea. Ideas and strategies are not the most important thing. It is all about the execution and the product that you are delivering to your clients. Execution is always going to be the biggest challenge for entrepreneurs. You need to find the right people for your team. They are going to play an important part in your success. Also, you need to remove the wrong people from your team. All these little things are going to differentiate between successful and mediocre businesses.

5. It is all about the service and product 

You can’t win the market just by a good product. It is important to ensure that your clients are actually willing to pay for your services and products. You need to add value to their lives. Many young entrepreneurs get excited just because they have a good idea. However, this is not going to help you. You need to create products that your client wants. It is important to regularly communicate with your potential customers. This will help you in improving your product and services. If you are providing a product that customer wants, then you will automatically make a profit.  

How to Take Control of Your Personal Brand

Entrepreneurs need to create their own personal brand. Many people think that they are selling their products or services to their employees, partners, and investors. These things are very important for your business. However, people are always going to invest in you. If you are taking the right actions, then more investors will invest in your company. Personal branding will help you in expanding your customer base. In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help you in creating your personal brand. 

1. Define your goal 

First, you should try to identify your goal. Make sure that you know about your goals. You might be thinking to release a new product that will help you in expanding your footprint. Some companies are looking for more financing. You might want to create a team that will help you in transforming your local business into a global franchise. Thus, you should first define your goal. This will help you in taking the right steps. 

2. Understand your current scenario 

You should analyze your current scenario. This will help you in identifying gaps in your brand. Also, you can do changes that will help you in filling this gap. The best way to analyze your current scenario is by talking with the five people that are close to you. They can describe your brand. Also, you should extend your pool to your employees. They can provide you valuable information which will help you in identifying gaps. You will learn about the things that you need to change. If your close friends think that you are standoffish, then you need to work on your self-presentation. This knowledge will help you in improving your attitude.

3. Recognize your daily habits 

Daily habits can have a major impact on your personal brand. Your manners and attire will determine your first impression. The right presentation strategy will help you in winning the hearts of your investors. For example, people that are physically fit presents themselves as disciplined and committed. People can feel their energy. Little things can leave a big impression on other minds. 

4. Use technology to reinforce your personal brand 

Most people will find you first by using the internet. They will search for you on Google or visit your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profile. Anyone can check the videos and pictures that you are posting on your social media profile. They can check what interests you. You should use these tools for creating a professional picture. Make sure to include your website link in your social media accounts. Try to always post good things on your social media accounts.

5. Be Yourself

If you want to develop a personal brand, then you need to be authentic. Many people try to create a fake image. If other people find out about your fake image, then it will hurt your credibility. Try to be creative and original. Show a sincere and accurate version of yourself. Don’t try to become what people want you to be. You should show an authentic version to your customers and investors. They also want to do business with an authentic person. 

Conclusion

Every entrepreneur is a brand. You are branding yourself by your interactions and social media accounts. However, you need to invest some effort and time into your personal brand. This will help you in achieving both professional and personal success. If you want to beat your competitors, then you need to stand out online. Optimizing your personal brand will help you in creating a successful career. 

Entrepreneurs need to create their own personal brand. Many people think that they are selling their products or services to their employees, partners, and investors. These things are very important for your business. However, people are always going to invest in you. If you are taking the right actions, then more investors will invest in your company. Personal branding will help you in expanding your customer base. In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help you in creating your personal brand. 

1. Define your goal 

First, you should try to identify your goal. Make sure that you know about your goals. You might be thinking to release a new product that will help you in expanding your footprint. Some companies are looking for more financing. You might want to create a team that will help you in transforming your local business into a global franchise. Thus, you should first define your goal. This will help you in taking the right steps. 

2. Understand your current scenario 

You should analyze your current scenario. This will help you in identifying gaps in your brand. Also, you can do changes that will help you in filling this gap. The best way to analyze your current scenario is by talking with the five people that are close to you. They can describe your brand. Also, you should extend your pool to your employees. They can provide you valuable information which will help you in identifying gaps. You will learn about the things that you need to change. If your close friends think that you are standoffish, then you need to work on your self-presentation. This knowledge will help you in improving your attitude.

3. Recognize your daily habits 

Daily habits can have a major impact on your personal brand. Your manners and attire will determine your first impression. The right presentation strategy will help you in winning the hearts of your investors. For example, people that are physically fit presents themselves as disciplined and committed. People can feel their energy. Little things can leave a big impression on other minds. 

4. Use technology to reinforce your personal brand 

Most people will find you first by using the internet. They will search for you on Google or visit your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn profile. Anyone can check the videos and pictures that you are posting on your social media profile. They can check what interests you. You should use these tools for creating a professional picture. Make sure to include your website link in your social media accounts. Try to always post good things on your social media accounts.

5. Be Yourself

If you want to develop a personal brand, then you need to be authentic. Many people try to create a fake image. If other people find out about your fake image, then it will hurt your credibility. Try to be creative and original. Show a sincere and accurate version of yourself. Don’t try to become what people want you to be. You should show an authentic version to your customers and investors. They also want to do business with an authentic person. 

Conclusion

Every entrepreneur is a brand. You are branding yourself by your interactions and social media accounts. However, you need to invest some effort and time into your personal brand. This will help you in achieving both professional and personal success. If you want to beat your competitors, then you need to stand out online. Optimizing your personal brand will help you in creating a successful career. 

How Entrepreneurs Can Combat Depression and Anxiety

Entrepreneurs are also susceptible to depression and anxiety. According to a 1997 Canadian Study, self-employed people are more susceptible to mental health issues when compared to traditionally employed people. Depression and anxiety are rising with time. If you ignore anxiety and depression, then it will escalate to serious conditions that can affect your health. Every entrepreneur should give importance to their mental health. You need to effectively deal with depression and anxiety. In this article, we are going to share some tips that will help entrepreneurs in addressing these issues.

1. Give importance to mental health 

Many people still think that mental illness is some kind of weakness. This stigma can cause a lot of damage to your mental health. For example, you might not seek out medical care if you think that mental illness is a weakness. You won’t talk to other people about your depression. However, this stigma is fading away with time. People can talk with each other on social media without sharing their identities. 

Mental health is very important for entrepreneurs. If you think that you are not in a state of good health mentally, then you should immediately seek medical care. It is important to be proactive when it comes to mental health issues.

2. Understand the cause of depression and anxiety 

Most entrepreneurs are surrounded by some environmental factors which make it harder for them to practice good mental health habits. You need to work for long hours and need to deal with poor nutrition and sleep deprivation. We take too much caffeine every day for boosting our efficiency. Thus, entrepreneurs are more susceptible to higher mental health risks. 

3. Recognize the risks 

If you want to boost your company productivity, then you should first ensure that the mental health of your employees is good. However, this becomes more important when the boss is struggling with mental health issues. For example, the most dangerous persons for your business are narcissistic perfectionists. They are considered to be toxic and can decrease the productivity of your team. If you are suffering from anxiety, then you might be creating a toxic environment for your employees. You can lose the best talent that is working for your company. Also, it will be very difficult to find replacements.

4. Acknowledge depression 

Depression has become the most common mental health condition that is faced by entrepreneurs. If you are in depression, then it will affect your focus and decision-making ability. You might experience an overwhelming sense of guilt. Sometimes you will also experience a change in your appetite. You might overeat which will affect your physical health. Depression symptoms also include headaches, muscle cramps, aches, and sleep habits. If you are feeling sad for some reason, then you might be suffering from depression. It is different from chronic depression. However, you should still seek medical help. Regular counseling sessions can help you in beating depression. 

5. Know your options 

If you are suffering from anxiety or depression, then you should seek medical help. Most people will first go for traditional counseling. You can also go for online counseling options like BetterHelp, Breakthrough, and Talkspace. Make sure that you are giving importance to nutrition and exercise as it will help you in maintaining your mental health. You should try to recognize symptoms and try to restore balance in your life. 

Abner Jackson III Releases New Book About His Journey with Sickle Cell Anemia

Abner Jackson III was born and raised in Sanford, Florida. He is a proud graduate of UCF (University of Central Florida) with a BA degree in Sociology and AA degree in Journalism. He moved to the Atlanta area, 12 days before his 31st birthday for better Sickle Cell care. While on a family trip in Atlanta, Abner became sick and with the treatment facility there, he would eventually move to the Atlanta area to be treated at that same hospital. He started writing more once he got there and recently started his own website. He has appeared on Oxygen Snapped, other movies and TV shows as an actor or background talent. Go on a journey with him and what he went through to become healthier. Moving to Atlanta was the best decision he ever made and God placed him somewhere with better doctors. God saved him, made him healthier in a new city for his mental well-being

How has having Sickle Cell affected your everyday life?

It can change my plans or me missing work at times. I have missed trips, gotten sick on trips, and it took me about seven years to graduate from college. I just try to live like everyday is my last and I don’t take life for granted. It has made me one of the toughest people on earth.

How do you stay so motivated as a person?

My goals in life that I still want to accomplish and my never give up attitude. I published my first book last month, so that was another milestone in my life. That and graduating from UCF are my two biggest accomplishments in life.

Words of Encouragement for others who may be going through the same thing 

Don’t give up, you never know the outcome of your story and life. I moved to Atlanta for better healthcare in 2011. I expected to go see the Hawks, Falcons, Braves or Dream every now and then and other events. I never thought I would go from writing 30-35 articles once I moved here to over 400 articles since I moved here. I started doing background talent and I currently have four IMDb credits. I started my website in 2018 and I get to cover events as media and meet celebrities all the time. None of that wouldn’t have happen if I didn’t take a leap of faith to move here. God opened other doors for me.

Tell us about your media company AJ3 Report

I started my website back in March of 2018. I had been the lead Sportswriter at Stacks Magazine and a Media Correspondent with VEU Magazine. VEU didn’t cover sports and sports was my passion. I started it and eventually got to cover sporting events. I have a Shout Out Sunday and Working Woman Wednesday section, where I have interviewed chefs, musicians, athletes, business owners, reality TV people, authors, actors/actresses, wrestlers, etc. On my Abners Angels section, I interview models and I have an Abners Good Eats and Sneakerhead Saturday section. Good Eats section is a paragraph about a restaurant I ate that I enjoyed, and Sneakerhead Saturday is a paragraph about upcoming shoes coming out. You can follow it on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter @aj3report.

What are some other projects you are working on?

Not much as of now, due to most stuff being closed. I have a second book I plan on releasing within the next month. A book about getting more traffic and growing your business online. I’m just promoting my book as of now and sharing old content that I covered as media. Would like to write another Sickle Cell book eventually, not about me. Something for kids, a children’s book. I will accomplish it one day. Thanks for opportunity and platform to share my story.