Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Never Would Have Made It

I can not continue this journey without getting this off my chest, and I am honestly almost in tears thinking about the blessings that God has bestowed upon me.  There have been many times when I have not understood my struggles and my trials and tribulations,but it is all starting to become crystal clear.  I would not be who I am or be able to write some of the things that I am able to write without the things that I have been through... And through it all God has placed some phenomenal people in my life... Even the ones that only made it for a season were here for a reason.

Since I have actually started to focus on publishing my first book, I have received so many thoughtful emails, text, phone calls, words of encouragement, comments on social networks, etc., and those are the things that keep me going.  On the days when I doubt myself, those seem to be the days that I receive the most support.

I don't care what anyone says, I am nothing without my support system of family, friends, and even acquaintances that have given me the courage to keep striving to reach my goals.  When I post #nonewfriends it is not because I don't value the entity of friendship, it is because God has blessed me with friends that have been there through hell and high water when I thought I wasn't good enough, strong enough, wise enough, brave enough...

Whether you have sent a text or email, said a kind word, read or edited a draft (there are so many of you), plan to buy a book, or simply just liked or commented on a social network, just know that I never would have made it without you.



  1. A little cliche, but that's what friends are for. I'm proud to call YOU, MY friend! A beautiful, talented, successful business woman and author! Through God, anything is possible! Keep working, dreaming and writing, because honey your story has just begun! Love you!

  2. Aaww Cousin, You got me in tears. I'm so proud of you, this is definitely your passion. I remember as kids, you would rather read books all day than go outside with us and I couldn't stand it, Lol...Keep doing what your doing and God will continue to bless you as you walk into your devine purpose that he as designed for your life. It's just the beginning, The Best is yet to come. Love you

  3. You get what you give and you are one of the most constant friends that I can count on in my life. You have been there for me through so much... my tradgies and my blessings. I am so thankful to call you a friend. And I am proud of you for all you have accomplished, which is a lot. I'm especially proud that you stuck through this journey and now have something else to add to your ever growing accomplishments. Great job Tonia, I can't wait to read your book in print! Love you!

  4. Congratulations! Today is your day. You’re off to Great Places! You’re off and away!
    You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes
    You can steer yourself any direction you choose…
    Out there things can happen, and frequently do, to people as brainy and footsy as you.
    And when things start to happen, don't worry, don't stew.
    Just go right along, you'll start happening too!
    In the words of Dr. Seuss: “Oh! The Places You’ll Go!”

    I always said whatever you set your mind to do you would achieve it, by any means necessary and you continue to do that with each and every one of your goals. I truly admire your drive and your passion, and you inspire me. I’ve watched you grow from a feisty little girl into a phenomenal young woman. I can't speak or think of you without feeling like you are mine, I didn't give birth to you but I feel like you are an extension of me. You have an extraordinary gift, a great heart, and an amazing spirit. I can't put into words how proud I am of you, and how proud I am to be your Auntie. Be thankful, be prayerful, be blessed, reach for the stars, and follow your dreams because they do come true. Love you until the end of time!