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Girl From The Hood Gone Good: One Woman's Mission To Help Others Overcome A Pain Filled Past Paperback – November 15, 2011

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About the Author

Ana Maria Sanchez holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology and is a Holistic Counselor, she is the founder of Free the Light Within, www.freethelightwithin.com. She worked 10 years within the San Mateo County Office of Special Education and the Mental Health Department specifically with the special needs and probationary population. Within that period, her duties ranged from substitute teacher’s aide to case manager, counselor then bilingual therapist. She transitioned from that role and went on to embrace all forms of spiritual and personal development in order to release herself from her own emotional pain and lack of self worth. She is now a Licensed Heal Your Life Educator, Workshop Facilitator, Author and Public Speaker.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Bush Street Press (November 15, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193744516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937445164
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,643,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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V. Lynn Hawkins "The Money Girl" is a speaker, funding strategy development muse, business mentor, entrepreneur, President and CEO of Skyhawk Enterprises Business Coaching & Consulting and the P3 Academy of Social Entrepreneurship. Lynn is an innovator, a co-creator, the Founder of the B.I.Z. Info Zone Shows on Google Hangouts on Air, and Founder of the Permission Guide Books, a series of empowerment books whose inaugural book publication is: [I'm Giving Myself] "PERMISSION to BE POWERFUL!", where 20 co-authors assembled to share their journey to a place of power and grace in business and life... Find out more at: http://skyhawkenterprises.biz and http://p3academy.biz ... 408-758-8868 and lynn@skyhawkenterprises.biz... As a business mentor, business development strategist, multiple entrepreneur, published author, and public speaker, Lynn serves heart-centered, purpose-driven women entrepreneurs. She focuses on teaching business building strategies based on the premise of a completed business plan with a marketing plan supporting sales, operational, and revenue generation goals that includes positioning for potential outside capital funding sources, i.e., business credit, business loans, grants, private investor funding, and collaborative social giving, as well as through co-creative and collaborative efforts.

Having spent more than 3 decades in the commercial real estate lending arena, with more than 2-1/2 decades in executive management and leadership positions with major mortgage banking firms, including Fannie Mae, Lynn gained direct business and organizational development, team building and individual development strategy expertise managing high-energy, high-engagement, highly productive teams. Lynn has also been a major contributor in the non-profit sector as an active member of the boards of directors of several non-profit organizations over the years. She has assisted in organizational strategic development, as well as developing funding strategies and has been hired by various non-profit organizations to lead the boards in developing short and long-term strategies for growing their organizations and the number of constituents they serve, including new and innovative fundraising strategies.

Lynn has been involved in the grants community for more than 40 years having written her first grant at the age of 17 that helped raise over $1.5 million, while helping her mother secure funding for the 1st of its kind program for the elderly in the City of Baltimore, MD. Portions of the program are still in existence today. She's witnessed many innovations that have occurred in the grants world, making funding more accessible with online applications. She has seen the grant funding community look more favorable at helping small business which has opened the door for more strategic partnering and funding being obtained for a for-profit enterprise to use for training, in empowerment programs, equipment purchasing, and more. She has helped build the funding strategies to pursue more than $10 mil in the last 5 years alone.

Lynn's heart has expanded to take the message of access to grant money to for-profit enterprise owners. She teaches how to partner with non-profit organizations in capital fundraising efforts that provide triple-win opportunities. She assists non-profits in identifying an additional stream of income by acting as Fiscal Agent for the for-profit business endeavors that align in core values and service.

Lynn's business mission is to empower individuals and businesses to succeed, while pursuing her business purpose and vision to improve the success of women entrepreneurs while they build business, change lives, and contribute to make thriving communities, cities, and nations across the globe.

Another major business initiative soon to be be launched is a non-profit, the Skyhawk Philanthropic Ventures enterprise, an arm under the Skyhawk Enterprises brand, specifically supporting the for-profit businesses engage in the world of philanthropy. Read more here: http://skyhawkenterprises.biz/skyhawk-philanthropic-ventures/

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Shining a light on a subject that has until recently been taboo and shameful, Ms. Sanchez's raw account of child molestation and the all too familiar subsequent downward path toward further and greater abuses is to be commended. With candor and honesty, Ms. Sanchez allows the reader to see how these cycles of violence and self-destruction can be perpetuated seemingly indefinitely. However, this book is not about despair, but rather that of hope. She shares her rocky, "zig-zagging" path out of the darkness into her healing journey of body, mind and soul. I give her 5 stars for shining the light and showing others a way out.
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For those who have suffered atrocities in their lives and are still caught in shame and blame, this is the book to empower you to go forward in your life joyfully. For those whose lives have been more blessed and have not had to endure the horrors that the author did, this book will open your heart and fill you with gratiitude for the beautiful holy divine spirit that is accessible when ever we make ouselves available to her. As it is said in jewish writings, " words of the heart enter the heart.; This book enters the heart of the reader.
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Ana Maria has traveled a dark and rocky road, struggling with a difficult set of circumstances. It is inspiring to read how she has emerged a wiser and more joyous human being. She does not spare herself, and her honesty about the difficulty of staying on a positive path is refreshing & persuasive.

This book is more than an autobiography, though; it also serves as a guide to the reader by supplying "Action Steps." As Ana says, not all the activities she suggests will resonate with everyone, but I believe everyone who reads this book will find something of value to them. I personally took up her suggestion to create a daily gratitude list, and doing so has had a positive impact in my life. She also supplies many thoughtful questions for you to ask yourself.

Something I especially liked about this book was the natural, honest tone of the writer. You can tell that even though she may not know you, she wants the best for you.
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