Please join me in welcoming a fellow author and high school mate, Mary Banos.
Mary, it is a pleasure to have you here. I won’t date us by saying when we went to high school together, but Mary and I graduated from the High School of Performing and Visual Arts at Booker T. Washington in Dallas, Texas. She recently published her first non-fiction book titled, Uplifting One Life at a Time. I am excited to share your encouraging message!
Thank you for having me here, Kary.
“Each of us has times of needing encouragement in our lives. We also can each find opportunities daily to encourage others around us. It can be easy to get lost in our day to day lives, neglecting ourselves when we could be finding ways to help ourselves, and missing opportunities of helping other people.
I first suggest that you take an inner look at yourself, your goals in life, how you feel about reaching those goals, and to recognize ways which you can encourage yourself in obtaining each of your goals. Think about the decisions which you make during day to day activities. Are they choices that are healthy for you emotionally and mentally? Are you uplifting yourself? And are you finding ways to obtain the goals which you desire?
Next think about the people who you encounter day to day: family, friends, co-workers, acquaintances, and others. Who could you reach out to each day? A compliment to be given? A word of encouragement?
Each of us can make a difference in lives, our own as well as those around us. We can make a true difference.”
Mary has worked in financial aid in higher education for over 16 years, assisting students with the financial means to achieve their goal of a college education. Mary was fortunate to overcome a troubled childhood, plagued with times of depression, resulting in random thoughts of committing suicide. In her adulthood, Mary overcame the pain that was her past. This past developed within her the life long passion of helping and encouraging others. Mary is working on a Masters of Science degree in Family Studies. Her goal is to be an author and motivational public speaker ,while her collective passion is to encourage others, help others overcome obstacles, and to reach their goals and dreams.
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My publishers are still working on my website. Once complete, we will have chat rooms and discussion forums. It will be a social network, with the goal of creating a “community of encouragement.” I want it to be a place where people can come to talk and encourage each other.
“George Barnard Shaw stated, “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating you.”(12) Within you is the ability to be the person who you desire to be and to have the life which you deeply desire. When your past is one that would lead in a direction other than your desired future, then it is completely in your hands and control. You can shift the path that your past would dictate for you.
If your life started in a direction that would hinder your success and happiness, then it is up to you to change the road that you are on. For some, counseling is needed. For others, it makes a difference to have people around you who give you encouragement and support. Regardless of whether or not you need help from others, you will most definitely need to become able to encourage yourself.”