Chapter 24

Take Ownership of All That Happens—It's All an Awesome Challenge


My grandmother Fannie Mae Gillis, who I rarely saw as I was growing up, had a profound effect on me. Regardless of where she was, you felt her power. Everybody in my family called her Momma. She was very spiritual, intuitive, and positive. I remember one particular life-changing moment we had when I was a little girl. Having noticed that I was not happy, she came up to me as I was lying in bed and said, “Gina, regardless of what happens, everything is going to be all right, baby; everything is going to be all right.” She said it twice. Nothing else. Her words penetrated me. I have held onto those words my entire life. No matter what trials, tribulations, valleys, ...

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