Lifestyle Reinvention Strategist. Social Change Leader. Grief Coach.
“There is life worth living beyond the pain, disappointment, rejection and failures. There are things that matter and they begin with YOU,” notes Dawgelene.
Having survived abuse, homelessness, being a teen mom, being broke, widowed, empty-nester, struggling and spinning in circles, she is a real example of a survivor and over-comer.
“If we never discover the real value in us; our worth, we will continue to be devalued and lose all sense of self,” notes Dawgelene.
It took her 8 years to do it, but she obtained her undergraduate degree, while working full-time, taking care of her children and then meeting the love of her life. She then went from being broke to making six figures running a global Information Technology department in a major consulting firm, obtaining her masters degree, authoring 3 books, becoming a celebrity life-style journalist on business and women’s empowerment, producing and hosting an internet radio show, and starting a non-profit! Life was good!
“Life will happen and when it does, we sure as hell better be ready to embrace it and continue to live,” notes Dawgelene.
In 2009, a shift took place: Dawgelene lost her half-brother to a brain aneurism, her 6-figure 10-year senior management job in 2010 and her struggling to lose 70 pounds of weight she had gained. To add to the challenges, she was trying to complete doctoral studies and experiencing problems in her marriage. The final blow came when her husband was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer in 2011 and given a few months to live, so she thought.
She became a caregiver for her husband to help him live out his final months, during which time her son was sent to boot camp and stationed overseas, her sister died in June of 2012 from an illness; her son was sent to Afghanistan mid July of 2012 and her husband succumbed to cancer July 21, 2012. Dawgelene was devastated and numb.
“I believed God had something specific from all of this to change the world, but I was trying to understand why he chose ME; but then again, why not ME,” notes Dawgelene.
Now? Dawgelene is down 65 pounds and living her Reinvented Life! She is a dynamic entrepreneurial force who works with clients on living Authentic lives through effective leadership development, empowerment, fitness motivation, artistic expressions, education and social change. As a college professor, she works with universities designing and teaching business psychology courses to graduate students and is “continuing to live” by moving beyond recent pain, to further the purpose of educating and uplifting the masses.
HOW DID SHE REINVENT HERSELF AFTER THE PAIN?!
Dawgelene says, “My husband was a man of powerful words. Some of his final words to me were (Life isn’t a do over, it is a do differently. You now have a chance to do some things differently and get IT right, what ever IT is. You have a chance; you are forced to take IT so make the best of IT– James E. Sangster 1950- 2012). So I am getting IT right and making a positive impact on the world with IT daily by living a REINVENTED life”.
Dawgelene is based in Chicago but has a global heart for helping individuals, businesses and brands REINVENT themselves. She can and will travel. Dawgelene’s clients value her for her amazing results, authentic personality and leading them through the rough.
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