I was going through a time in my life where I needed direction. I had recently lost my daughter in a car accident, and I was trying to figure out how to navigate through life without her. I quit my job and started writing, and I was trying to get organized so I bought a planner to help me. I ended up buying three different planners that didn’t quite help me with what I needed. So I decided to create my own. The idea was initially just for me to design my own planner, but after a few friends saw mine, they encouraged me to publish it. I searched for help but eventually published it myself, thus establishing my own publishing company, To Dee Moon Publishing. People started coming to me for advice and help when they wanted to publish their own projects. I helped a few but never for profit. Then in 2018 two friends encouraged me to actually pursue this as a business. One of those friends, Deletria Battle, became my business partner and is a vital part of the company. Together we have been publishing since 2018. I have published over 10 books and four planners. This year I released my first novel, The DeeTales: Hindsight is 2020. Continue Reading Meet Danielle LaVon of To Dee Moon Publishing
As a purpose-driven teenager, I knew I wanted to impact people’s lives. I also knew I would be a foster parent one day. I married my high school sweetheart 3 months after high school. We build a family with three little girls. At this point in my married I did not handle pregnancy well and ended up being on bed rest for three months with my third pregnancy. It was at this point we decided that if we had any more children it would be through adoption. Two years later, we started the adoption process and adoption 3 children.
My six children were well-behaved and was such a blessing to our family. As a mother of six, many mothers would ask for advice in raising children. It was because of this I wrote a book so I can share with millions of mothers.
Once my book became a best seller I began speaking on stages all over the world including Paris, London and Canada. As I graced many stages, people again would come to me for advice on how to become a professional speaker. The demand became so great that I created the “Because I Said SO!” Speakers Academy which is the name of my book.
Today, I empower women to show up unapologetically in Her Brilliance, Her Business, and Her Bedroom through The Bra~less Experience™️ which is a platinum business coaching program for married professional women.
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My name is Gabe Rosales and I am a professional musician and activist of 20+ years. I am the first generation of a Mexican immigrant on my father’s side and 2nd on my mother’s side. I grew up in the Orange County area but when my parent’s divorced when I was 8 years old, I ended up moving to Northern California with my mother when she got accepted to a Master’s program at University of California, Santa Cruz. My father was battling with alcoholism and my mother was also wary about leaving me to grow up with him. In Santa Cruz I picked up the bass guitar at the age of 14 and within a few months, I was playing gigs with my metal band.
My relationship with my mother grew tumultuous and within a few years, she sent me to live back down with my father. When I came back to Southern California, the music marathon continued. I played with 3 different bands, throughout every week, for 4 years straight. I began on a path of substance and alcohol abuse throughout these years. By the time I was set to graduate high school, my band met up with a famous producer and he began working on an album with us. As band’s do come and go, that project dissolved but I was eventually brought onto a record with a national act by the time I was 19. Having moderate success and being so young, I began making some kind of name for myself in the Los Angeles music scene playing with high profile acts from internationally touring with Jennifer Lopez to playing local LA clubs with band members of Cypress Hill.
As the gigs grew more lucrative, the partying continued to get more and more chaotic. To remedy this new crazy lifestyle I tried to balance it with attending a 10-day silent meditation course. I went to the mountains of CA and sat in silence meditating 16 hours-a-day. This lesson profoundly changed my views on existence and impermanence so I remained on a clean path for some months. Within years, the drugs got harder and the drinking became a serious issue, leading to major health problems. By the time I was 25 I had a DUI and by the time I was 28 I was in jail.
I learned about the subculture of jail life as I spent my months working out, reading, and eventually was faced with gang rioting.
Once released I maintained sobriety, released a solo album, dove into community activism and went back to school.
I protested with various movements throughout CA and other states. I worked on an award-winning documentary on Native American genocide. I worked with the US State Department on cultural exchanges with hip hop artists from North Africa to deter youth from joining ISIS. I traveled to impoverished areas of Uganda to provide solar power and clean water. I got SMART Recovery certified, and earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminology from University of California, Irvine.
In 2018 I started law school and began working with the nonprofit Jail Guitar Doors which is a rehabilitative achievement credit bearing songwriting class in state prison. This profoundly changed my life. I withdrew from law school to pursue research opportunities at the prison where I teach and was brought onto a committee to get a bachelor’s program started there. I am now in a doctoral program, I am still playing gigs every weekend, and I am working to get a BA program, help record an inmate charity album, and with my own nonprofit that I created, I am hoping to sponsor a podcast.
Terilisha is songstress, songwriter, actress and native of Dallas, Texas.
She grew up listening to the sounds of some of music’s greatest artists; her strongest musical influences include Aaliyah, Beyoncé, Toni Braxton, Gladys Knight, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, and Donny Hathaway.
Terilisha began her musical journey at an early age while singing in different girl groups and with her church choir and praise teams. These humble beginnings nurtured her love of music, songwriting and dance.
At the age of 17, she decided to pursue her career as a solo artist. Since then she has transformed into a musical phenom and songwriter who has worked and
paved her own way, collaborating with some of the industry’s top producers, DJs and engineers.
Terilisha independently released “Spotlight” (2013), “N.A.S.” (2015), “Naughty Naughty” & “Giving You All My Love” (2017).
In February 2019, she released the hip hop inspired “Sex So Good” from her debut project “The Blue Heart – EP”. Her March 2019 release of “The Blue Heart – EP” showcases her amazing vocals, relatable storytelling, songwriting and personal experiences.
“The Blue Heart – EP” has been streamed over 200,000 times across digital and streaming platforms since its release.
The up tempo, “Sex So Good”, turned up the 2019 summer with its steamy visual. Now, Terilisha is preparing to give her fans the visual for fan favorite and 2nd single, “Jealous”.
“The Blue Heart – EP” can be found on Spotify, Pandora, Google Play, iTunes/Apple Music and all digital & streaming locations.
Terilisha can also be seen as the vivacious and rambunctious “Khloe” in the hit Amazon Prime series #WASHED. Continue Reading Meet Terilisha