Learn How Founder of Don’t 4get Me, Simone Goss is Helping Teen Moms.

Simone Goss is on a mission of empowering teen moms through her organization Don’t 4get Me. After becoming a mom at an early age, she realized that something was for missing. However, instead of complaining, she took a leap of faith and created an organization that was geared toward teen moms. Let’s find out more about her journey to motherhood but also her organization.


Don’t 4get Me is a clever name, what was your thought process when deciding the name?

Being a mother is not easy, and while there are many support groups and services for pregnant woman, there seems to be a lack resources towards teen mothers. These young ladies are no different, in fact, they need the support more than you can imagine. That’s why I wanted to make sure the girls knew that they aren’t forgotten and that there are people are willing to support and help them become successful individuals.

Why is it important to you to help young teens moms?
I was a teen mom, I know first hand the obstacles teen mothers face, from the snide remarks to the stares and the whispers. So I wanted to create an organization that could guide and help encourage them every step of the way. For me, helping them become successful individuals would complete my life but also help with my goal of transforming them from “Statistic” to Success.

We all stumble at some point in our lives, was there ever a time during the creation of your organization where you wanted to give up?
Absolutely!! When I first started out I wanted to put together a Christmas event for teen moms in foster care. I reached out to 100 shelters, sent emails but the response rate was surprisingly low, calls were ignored and one shelter told me, they couldn’t work with me because I wasn’t a 501 c 3. I remember being devastated and couldn’t understand why it was so difficult to help people in need.

What did you learn from it?

I learned that persistence is key. Just because one door closes or never opens doesn’t mean you can’t get in! You just have to try another door.

What does my freshman year of life mean to you?
To me it means the very beginning of my life, and that there are other chapters to be discovered.

How are you ensuring young girls that they can be successful?
By sharing my story and arming them with the resources they needed to be successful.

What do you want people to know about the challenges of being a teen mom?

Being a teen mom is not easy, besides caring for a child we also have to balance caring for ourselves, finishing school, securing a job and making time for a social life.

How many young women have you helped since starting your organization?

We have helped at least 20 girls so far since starting in June 2016.

How can others help the mission of the organization?
They are many ways you can help. We’re always looking for mentors, volunteers, and sponsors. We need people who are passionate about helping our young ladies.

What is your favorite quote that motivates you?

It is by Mahatma Gandhi “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”

If you were to write a letter to your younger self about pursuing your dream what would you tell her?
I’d say my love ,this won’t be an easy journey. There will be days that you will feel like the world is against you. You’ll question and second guess yourself , BUT God is building your endurance so you can help a million girls like you become successful.

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Here’s How Danielle Fontus is Helping Women Live a Daring Life

In light of women’s history month, I wanted to shed light on an amazing individual who created a platform for women to lives their best social life. Danielle Fontus is the creator of She Dares, a women’s adventure community, where she helps women step outside of their comfort zones through experiences, from happy hour to horseback riding. Let’s find out more about Dani!

Tell me about yourself 

I may have also been spotted in a few adventures myself like Carnival in Trinidad and jet skiing in Tobago. I love to travel, eat, dance, play and indulge in whatever tickles my fancy.

Since graduating from Emory University in 2007, I have found a home in hospitality. I am now transitioning into the area of retreat planning while building my personal brand as an adventure influence.

Where were you 6 months after graduation?

I graduated on May 14, 2007 and started a job at a tutoring center in September thanks to a friend. It seemed like a good idea – I went to school with the intention of being a child psychologist. So the position made sense. For my first job, it was decent. I lived at home with my mom, and my loans were in deferment, so bills were minimal. In some ways, I was living my own piece of the post college dream. Yet there was a little piece inside of me that was restless and unsatisfied. I didn’t LOVE what I was doing, and I was craving more and starting to feel stifled. Come November 2007 (6 months after graduation), I was trying to figure out how to get out of my job and didn’t have a plan for what was next.

Fast forward to December 2007, I was laid off because the company downsized, which was such a serendipitous blessing for me. At the beginning of 2008 I spent 6 weeks in Trinidad that absolutely changed my life.

What prompted you to start She Dares?

During my time in Trinidad, I was so awestruck that I really wanted to share it with those who had never experienced anything like it. That year I started Her Journey travel magazine, which was an enhanced rebirth of the newsletter I used to send to my college friends to motivate us through those days when college life got real.
After doing that for a while, I wanted to CREATE these experiences instead of just writing about them. After doing a lot of these experiences alone, I realized that I wanted to find more daring women like me, I created She Dares to help form genuine connections in the best way I know how through fun and adventure. I LOVE meeting new people and finding out about them and I LOVE a good adventure. Putting those two things together, She Dares was born.

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On The Rise: Lilas Mia

When Lilas started her blog Hello I’m Mia fresh out of college she had one goal;  to enlighten her readers with the wisdom she’s received along the way and share her experiences through writing and photography. Three years later, keeping this aim in mind, she’s been able to build a successful brand centered on authenticity and transparency. Let’s find out more about Lilas!
Could you start by telling us a bit about yourself?
My name is Lilas, and I run the blog, Hello, I’m Mia.” After several years using various platforms and changing my blog name, I finally chose Mia because it was my nickname used only amongst family members and I wanted to treat my readers as close friends.
mark3767Where were you 6 months after college?
I graduated with an Environmental Studies degree and fortunately found a job with an amazing environmental non-profit organization that aimed to beautify our neighborhoods and teaches students as well as New Yorkers about our city. I did a lot of outdoor work because of my studies which only increased my appreciation for nature.
How did you first get into blogging?
My blog started as a public online diary about anything you can imagine: heartbreaks, friendships, rants, adulthood, school, careers. I still try and treat it as so to this day. I’ve loved writing although I never imagined to still be doing it nearly a decade later.
What do you want your audience to get out of your blog?
I want to keep sharing knowledge and ease people’s minds and hearts through my personal experiences. I’m all about reliability and I want my posts to be open conversations between my readers and I.
You have a way with words, always inspiring others to be their best. How do you stay positive or keep your peace? 
Thank you ! My faith has taught and brought me a long way in terms of keeping my peace. Negativity will never be fruitful and can become the biggest impediment to your potential if you allow it (I’ve tried sulking and being a Debby-downer, which are equally exhausting). Staying positive is an acquired discipline, and I’ve learned that in life what you focus on magnifies.
Your skin and hair are always on fleek! Can you share with us your secrets?
Less is more and water is your friend. Your skin, like your hair, needs to breathe ever so often. Become comfortable in your skin, those who matter won’t care for your minor blemishes, and those who do care do not matter.
 
You’re also a photographer, how does it help your blog?
My hobby in photography has been a blessing to me. In addition to connecting me to other artists, I have been able to incorporate visuals and do more creative projects when drafting content because of this passion.
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We all stumble at some point of our lives, was there ever a time where you wanted to give up? What did you learn from it?
Stumbling is a constant visitor in our lives and we have to stay ready. When I decided to get serious with my blog, I was going through the post-grad blues of living away from my best friends (my roommates), being thrown in a whole new environment and “adulting.” Blogging was the safe, familiar zone. My biggest advice for when you feel like you’re in a low phase of your life is to recall the places, people and things that brought you happiness and gave you inspiration. Mine are my siblings and nephews, earl grey tea, finding new music and traveling to a new place. You have to remember to take care of your soul if you don’t feel right within !
 

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