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I WROTE LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM and COMPANION WORKBOOK FOR YOU. 

SEE WHY…

But, first of all…

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WHO IS LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM and ITS COMPANION WORKBOOK FOR?

Youth who are at risk… teen parents… drug-and alcohol-addicted parents… family members or friends of families battling drug and/or alcohol addiction… family services counselors… educators… foster home/group home staff and administrators… mentors… youth advocates… community outreach programs… those who work with disadvantaged youth… 

WHY DID I WRITE LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM?

I wrote my story, LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM, to show that it IS possible to leave behind a disruptive, destructive, going-nowhere life… and succeed at building a good life, a better life, a great life!. 

Like countless others, I grew up in a home where my parents regularly abused drugs and alcohol. A home where there was physical abuse, emotional abuse… We lived in an impoverished community where this lifestyle was common. 

My brother, sister, and I often didn’t have enough, or any, food to eat. 

We were frequently left to look after ourselves. Sometimes, for days at a time.  

We moved frequently, because there was no money to pay the rent. No money… because our parents were smoking up or drinking up what little money we did have. 

My birth father went to prison not long after I was born. My stepfather and mother abused drugs and alcohol and separated many times. Tough, rough times for us all.

My brother, sister, and I were separated and sent to live in group homes or foster homes. 

Know what?

This was not the life I wanted for us.

Then I became a mother when I was 15 years old.

I dreamed of a better life for my son and me. And, since no one in my life could hand me a better life, I knew I had to do it on my own. 

I learned how to set goals that I could achieve. Every day, I worked on themand I succeeded in living that better life I had always dreamed of having.

I wrote my story to inspire you to help yourself  -- to plan for, to work for, a better life, a life you deserve to live. 

That’s the story of why I wrote LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM..

WHAT’S INSIDE LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM?

Twenty-five chapters that will inspire you and show how it CAN BE DONE… You CAN take yourself out of a life of poverty, where drug-and alcohol-addictions are a part of your everyday existence. 

Chapter titles from 12 of my book’s 25 chapters. Do the titles remind you of similar events going on in your life?

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Chapter One:                 Where It All Began

Chapter Two:                 Coming of Age Too Soon

Chapter Three:              Things are Forever Changing

Chapter Six:                   Co-Ed Group Home

Chapter Seven:             Nine Months Later

Chapter Eight:              Him

Chapter Ten:                  Living Together as Parents

Chapter Seventeen:      Role Model

Chapter Twenty-one:   Lessons My Mom Taught Me

Chapter Twenty-three: Having Something to Believe In

Twenty-four:                  Determination and Willpower

Twenty-five:                   Reflections


*** Highly Recommended: First, read Life In Its Rawest Form…Companion Workbook. Then, read and thoughtfully work every exercise. * **

WHY DID I WRITE COMPANION WORKBOOK?

After writing LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM, I knew there was something more I wanted to do for you.

I wanted to put the tools I had used to break out of poverty into your hands.

That’s the story of why I wrote COMPANION WORKBOOK.

Each chapter has exercises – your “toolkit” -- to guide you in setting attainable goals and creating plans and strategies that give you power over your past. 

Use these tools, and watch how you’ll be making better decisions that will lead to a brighter future.


WHAT’S INSIDE COMPANION WORKBOOK?

Seven chapters that will inspire you, uplift you, and improve your life 

Chapter 1.  Families Battling Addiction  

Chapter 2.  Families In Transition 

Helps you be aware of how transition will affect you and your family. 

Chapter 3.  Teenage Pregnancy

We talk about opportunities to get help and support. 

  • Preventive Measures
  • Acknowledgment
  • Defeating the Odds
  • Breaking the Cycle

Chapter 4.  Setting Goals

The main goal is to define goals – short- and long-term – and develop a plan for executing them. 

What goes into achieving goals? Hard work and sacrifices. We also talk about that aspect.

Chapter 5.  Choosing The Right Role Model For You 

It’s vitally important to your future that you choose the right role model. 

Chapter 6.  Leaving The Past In The Past

Learn how to effectively identify and manage your past. 

Chapter 7.  Managing Your Emotions

Create opportunities to manage your emotions. You’ll improve your life and the situation at hand.

The best part of owning Workbook Companion? You can 

  • use it regularly as a reference guide; 
  • use it to track your progress; 
  • use it to share with others… so they can see and know how they can help you.

WHERE CAN YOU BUY LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM and COMPANION WORKBOOK?

You can order your copies from the following:

  • On Amazon
  • CreateSpace 
  • Barnes & Noble


©2017 Qiana Hicks /  Author • Speaker • Youth Advocate • Minneapolis-St.Paul, Minnesota /www.qianahicks.com