I’m Coming Out

I’m Coming Out

I’m coming out! I want the world to know…

 

Hi there! Terri here.

I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to be true to myself and my inner passion—against all odds.

Read further if you’re so inclined to hear

what I’ve discovered about myself,

what I’m doing about it,

and most importantly, what this means for you!

 

For the past 20 years, I’ve been a ghostwriter, helping individuals write their non-fiction publications—primarily consisting of memoirs, motivational rags-to-riches-life-transforming stories, how-to books, and business material. It’s been as rewarding for me as it has been for each of those authors!

In January 2020, after bidding farewell to my father, and just prior to that, spending the last four months of his life observing, from close proximity, the trials of one’s final stages of life, I felt a nudging. So, I afforded myself a six-week self-exploration venture, traveling and visiting with friends from the West Coast to the East Coast. During that time, the nudging was confirmed.

 

NOW What?

I’m very sad for this moment but very relieved at the same time. I’m leaving a comfort zone that, as of late, had become a huge weight—mainly because the writing (no pun intended) was on the wall but I chose to ignore it. The “IT” is the fact that after 20 years, I’m hanging up my GHOSTWRITING hat!

One of the confirmations I received along that recent trip was that I love researching to connect the dots to get answers; perhaps more than I love writing. It’s probably why I did so well in law school (3.98), with its plentiful writing and research requirements. I feel I can help many people with my thirst for researching and my passion for sharing advantageous information from a bioethical, patient advocacy and elder-care standpoint that I don’t see addressed enough. Also, now is the time for me to dust off the dozen or so half-written books of my own that, due to writing other people’s books, were kept on the back burner for later. Well…

 

LATER is NOW

Later is now! And now is what I’ve coined as “4th quarter living.”

Who’s experiencing 4th quarter living? Baby boomers! That market-driving, influential group of people who are 72 million strong here in America. Born between the years 1946 and 1967, we were the reason sales of Gerber baby food spiked when that influx of births started after World War II. From there, the wave resulted in a boom in Buster Brown toddler shoes when we started walking. Then, Radio Flyer, makers of that classic red metal wagon, benefited from us pulling our siblings and playmates up and down the street. In 1964, after we began turning 16, the muscle-car, Mustang, came onto the scene. Several years later, dorms on college campuses became filled to the brim and overflowing with record number admissions. And who can forget the housing boom of the ’80s, as we began to marry and settle into our first homes?

I say all that to demonstrate the power of this group of people. A group that is now retired or reaching retirement, and more than ever, experiencing loved ones dying; heightening the reality of their own mortality with a need to get their “final wishes” in order. Sadly, from my on-going non-scientific research, too many are choosing to “wing it” when it comes to getting their life in total order—physically, financially, economically, mentally and spiritually. Some boomers remain on the sideline benches of life and still others have not even suited up for the game!

Yet, it’s already 4th quarter.

 

LIFE by DESIGN not by DEFAULT

When the death of a loved one occurs, grieving family members and friends are often faced with a barrage of questions and decisions—from legal and financial information to final wishes and funeral arrangements. Their loved one’s desires are being addressed posthumously and decisions made quickly, all while under great emotional duress.

In today’s society, we operate at such a constant rush that typically, people do not stop to ponder the importance of this information until it is too late. Death is an inevitable event, folks, none of us are getting out of here alive. So, why continue to NOT be adequately prepared simply because it’s a sensitive subject? Too often, not addressing the financial aspect of these matters is leading families to resort to crowd-funding for the funeral needs of their deceased. This shouldn’t be the new normal! Someone has to help the masses prepare properly—and it might as well be me.

The resources I’ve put together for the benefit of everyone—particularly baby boomers—constitute essential needs. I’ve become an affiliate with some of these organizations, certified and even licensed with others, as the best way to offer you, and millions like you, a road map for living your life by design, not by default.

 

At Your SERVICE

Visit my website, The Law of Raw Institution for Balanced Healthy Living. It is still under construction, so a few of the resource buttons may not be linked up. I apologize upfront for that inconvenience. Right now, as I’m starting this new venture, I’m still working on the last of my clients’ books, so my time is crammed. But I couldn’t hold back on sharing this information, finished website or not, because of this coronavirus pandemic. It’s heartbreaking seeing people not prepared to fight this thing with vital information, organic remedies and such, as well as capital to come out on the winning side.

The life-changing information I provide will help you master your ultimate lifestyle–but only if you take action. Whether protecting your health or building and preserving your assets (for you to use while living, or for your heirs down the road), the answers are here. I will be blogging on a regular basis to bring you FREE educational and inspirational insight on matters to help you on this journey. I will continue to vet and add new resources as they become available to me. I will be compiling a book about YOUR experiences caring for a loved one in their final stages, so you can help educate and inspire others, letting them know they’re not alone.

Finally, if there are topics relating to 4th quarter living that you are interested in but don’t see covered, feel free to request it. I’m here for you to R – A – W: Reach And Win!

I am an essential needs-based business and I’m OPEN to serve you in the best way God and Mother Earth have prepared me to do. Here’s to a life of abundant peace, self-love, wellness and prosperity!

You deserve it! Ase.

Blessings, peace & peas,

Terri

How you do anything is how you do everything: Vintage Les Brown

How you do anything is how you do everything: Vintage Les Brown

Chicago, 2007.

You’ve heard the old axiom about how people come into your life: for a reason, a season or a lifetime, right? Well, I have known Les Brown, one of the greatest motivational speakers of our time, throughout many seasons; for various reasons; and through it all, I believe both our working relationship and friendship will last a lifetime.

Las Vegas, 2018.

Working in the Chicago office of Les Brown Enterprises, LLC., as his Executive Administrator and Senior Writer in 2007 and 2008, and still today as his Writing Consultant/Ghostwriter, has certainly not been a chance arrangement by this Universe.  No, it was definitely a destined occurrence along my life’s journey; an occurrence, no doubt, orchestrated by God. How do I know this? Because out of all the people in the world, I was the one purposed with delivering a piece of vital information to Les that would literally change the dynamics of a portion of his personal life. That’s all I’m going to say about that right now. If you  haven’t heard me or him tell the story then you’ll just have to wait for me to share it in one of my books down the road.

Right now, in honor of Les’ 74th solar return on February 17th, I wanted to share a little “Vintage Les.” The time period: early to mid 1970’s. The location: Columbus, Ohio. As a high-schooler, I woke up every weekday morning to pink bedroom walls and the trendy hip hop sounds of R&B amplified through my alarm clock radio. Disc jockey Les, and Columbus’ soulful radio station, WVKO, were synonymous back in the day.

We knew and loved him as Les Brown, The Man About Town; that Platter-Playing Pappa who didn’t just deliver great tunes for our enjoyment but “spit” a great message of hope and determination into our ears as well. A message that took him all the way to winning a seat in the Ohio State House of Representative, where he passed more bills than any other junior state legislator.

However, there was one very brief message of his that I remembered most as a teenager: “Get up, up, up!” It reverberated daily, in a rich baritone manner. He said it often, between his cajoling and song playing. As a morning DJ one would think he was saying “Get up” as in get out of bed and get to school or work. After following him from afar and up close for 46 years now, I know for a fact, “Get up” was a message that was bigger than most of us at that time. Who knows, maybe even bigger than Les, himself? Either way, it was a message every young black boy and girl needed to hear to prepare for solid footing in that great big unjust real world awaiting their arrival. Every black adult needed to hear it as encouragement to stand strong, stay knowledgeable and remain uplifted knowing.

Those words were telling us that when life knocks us down–and it will–we had to learn how to fall on our backs because if we can look up, then we can get up. Those words assured us to stay in the game and know that it ain’t over until we win. Oh, those old messages just keep on giving! He’s still hitting us with new profound quotes today.

If your day, today, hasn’t been instantly made a little happier and a little brighter, it’s because you haven’t heard Les Brown’s voice. Give it a try right now–even for just five minutes. Google any of his books, CDs, or his PBS specials, “You Deserve” and “It’s Possible.” Check out his multitude of videos on YouTube. And if you’ve not had the privilege of hearing him at all (BTW, where have you been? Living under a rock?), you will be blessed to listen to his Georgia Dome speech from back in the 90’s where he spoke to a crowd of 80,000 people. Wow! And a cheering crowd at that!

There are also many famous and motivating quotes by Les. One only has to put in the words “Les Brown quotes” in a web browser and a multitude are at your fingertips. One that sticks out to me is one that I’ve heard him say often–not from a stage but directly to me, or to someone else. That is, “How you do anything, is how you do everything.” To this day, I strive to live by that powerful statement.

Here are some photos I gathered off the Internet of Les back in the day: 1970’s and 80’s–his early days of making his indelible mark upon this planet. When all seemed impossible–given his poor and humble beginnings as an infant; the crippling mislabeling of educable mentally retarded cast upon him as a child; and his supposed disadvantaged non-college-degreed start into the business world–he made it possible! Was it hard for him? He answers that in his speeches with a resounding “Yes!” Was it necessary? He would say with even more fervid compassion, “Yes!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s to you, Mrs. Mamie Brown’s Baby Boy.

Happy 74th birthday!!

 

 

 

 

You are right, Les… there were none before you and there will certainly be none after you,

so please stay HUNGRY and stay around with us for a long, long time.

 

Writefully yours,

Terri  (T’Eileen) Liggins

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