Dedicated To my dad, Pastor William L. Brent, ThD: I will be forever grateful to have been blessed with him, the most wonderful and amazing parent I could have ever hoped or asked for. His words of wisdom: “No excuses. Find a way. Believe for a miracle. Press on till you win. Don’t quit!”
As of today, we WELCOME the birth of Transforming Your Life Through Self-Care: A Guide to Tapping Into Your Deep Beauty and Inner Worth
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To the Global Bloggers & Telesummit Featured Speakers
Andrew Mondia, Jim T. Chong, Andrea Hylen, Amire Ben Salmi, Paolo Ben Salmi, Yasmine Ben Salmi, Mary Paul, Andrew Mondia, Krystalya Marie’ ,Brenda Adelman, Andrea Hylen, Morgana Rae, Kathy Palokoff, Ben Courson, Ruthie Bolton, David Octavio Gandell, Brenda Adelman, Tom Fonseca, Jose Flores, Dr. Stephanie Nielsen,Ruthie Bolton, Danita Sajous, Lynda Nagy, Kirby Delaunay, Tray-Sean, Sabrina Ben Salmi, Nichole Peters, and Dr. Greg Sanders.
Many individuals deserve to be acknowledged for the support they have given me in life and in the preparation of this book. A special thank you to the most exhilarating people in the world whose contributions have broadened my worldview: International Federation of Bodybuilding and Fitness (IFBB) professionals; national thought leaders in the pharmaceutical, science, and political arenas; Dave Ramsey, financial genius; Dr. Wayne Dyer, self-development and spiritual growth leader; and Kathy Palokoff, author, educator, and chief igniter.
I’d like to extend my gratitude to the following professionals who have contributed to my health, wellness, and financial lifestyle journey: Dr. Delia Weiss; Dr. John Webster, orthopedic surgeon; Dr. Perry Bard, chiropractor; Jessa Carter, PA-C; Dr. Nathan Hare; Dr. Oscar Jackson; Dr. Sean Feezell; Dr. Kirsten Fleischmann; and financial professionals Duane Thompson, Kevin A. Guttman, and Gregg Nevills.
A special thanks to the men and women who shared their personal stories or were interviewed for the purposes of this book: Lashai Ben Salmi, Thell Dodd, John Sandifer, Jose Flores, David Octavio Gandell, Beatriz Osorno, Christine Jackson, Ben Courson, Angela James Maness, Zulieth Mendoza-Gayle, Anthony Parrinello, Goldine Eismann, Annthia Phan, Neil Koppel, and Maria Kramer.
Special recognition to my family: Thell Dodd, John Sandifer, and my extended family from Ghana; and my God-sister Philomena Brew whom I’ve never met in person; God-son Martin Brew, daughter-in-law Sara, and granddaughters Josephine and Martina. I have been blessed to have them by my side for many years. They have always offered an illuminating perspective on several subjects covered on these pages. Our lengthy conversations have sparked several ideas and challenged many assumptions. For that, I will forever be grateful.
My sincerest thanks go to those who helped me prepare, package, and promote this book: Suzanne Staszak-Silva, Elaine McGarraugh, Jen Huppert, Leticia Gomez, Kathy Palokoff, and the editorial team whose contributions have helped make the writing and the production of this book a reality. A big thank you to the people behind the scenes, who helped me during my journey to transform my life through self-care by tapping into my deep beauty and inner worth: Val Jaentschke, NPC master of ceremonies; Jocelyn Jean, IFBB Pro bodybuilding champion and bodybuilding coach at FitRx; NPC Dayana Cadeau Classic 2016; Andres Miller, IFBB & NPC Promoter; Carla Dunlap-Kaan, American female body-building champion; Sandi Jackson, life fitness/wellness coach; David and Shaun Nunes, coaches and consultants at Nunes Pro Fitness; Dr. Josefina Monasterio, life coach, weight-loss expert, and female body-building champion; Jeff Jansz, eighty-three-year-old kickboxing and personal trainer; Ernestine Shepherd, American body builder who is best known for being, at one point, the oldest competitive female body builder in the world; Patricia Valenti, IFBB Pro; Roody Exantus, IFBB Pro; Rhonda Spicer, women’s body builder and personal trainer; Mel Peters, makeup artist; Lysia’s Hair Studio; Annthia Phan, Lush Beauty Bar; Jesse Stein, Stein-O-Mite Media; Mel Peter’s Photography; NPC news online http://npcnewsonline.com; Grandpa’s Dream Productions; Andrew Mondia, Jim T. Chong, and Pastor Johnny White; Carol Staab, anchor/reporter, and Roni Lewis, cohost on NTV’s Good Life, in Nebraska; Cheryl Miller, cohost, Bill Bevins, former cohost, Greg McQuade, host, Jessica Noll, executive producer, and Torri Strickland, producer, on Virginia This Morning, WTVR CBS 6; Janelle Wang, anchor, KNTV; Dr. Brenda Wade, author and national TV personality; Margaret Larson, former anchor and reporter at KING 5; Janice Edwards, host and producer, Bay Area Vista; Perry Atkinson, president, the Dove TV; Jacqueline Hayward Wilson, former anchor, WUSA 9; Cynthia Butler, former producer, ABC News, Sacramento & Company; and Mary Nicholson, president for Healings In Motion.
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