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Tenille Livingston, originally from Toledo, Ohio, recently moved to Georgia as a leap of faith. She has persevered through many trials and learned to never give up. A mother of a teen son and twin girls, Tenille leads an active lifestyle, but uses her life experiences to inspire others. At the early age of 7, Tenille’s parents learned that she had a learning disability, but she did not allow it to stop her from believing in her dreams. Tenille believes that every obstacle is a stepping stone on the ladder of success that was created to empower you so that you may one day empower others to live the life they were destined to live. As a child, she found inspiration while watching "The Oprah Winfrey Show” and desired to share inspiration with people from all walks of life. While in high school during her senior year, she would use the choir room at Robert S. Rogers high school in Toledo, Ohio as center stage to inspire the young women around her and that’s where she received the nickname “Granny.”

Tenille recalled an episode where Oprah said it was cathartic to write and that day she was inspired to pick up her pen. Tenille has written and directed a stage play called “The Letters in His Closet: A Young Man’s Journey to Freedom" that was performed at the Black Spectrum Theater in Queens, New York on June 18 of 2011. In 2011, Tenille was given the position of drama teacher in an after school program at P.S. 116 in Queens, where she was then able to inspire children through theater. In 2012, Tenille moved to Georgia and while unsure of what she would do for work, Tenille was given Adobe software and was inspired to teach herself graphic design. Within three months time she had her first client and was well on her way.

In Tenille’s journey to inspire others her graphic design caught the eye of Tammie Shaw, the mother of actor Doc Shaw of “Disney XD” and “Tyler Perry’s House of Payne.” Tenille has also had the privilege of creating graphics for “Brely Evans” of the motion picture Sparkle and Xavier Lewis of “America’s Got Talent,” who was also featured on “Good Morning America.”

Tenille is known in social media for her magazine covers inspired by Tyler Perry, which have caught the eye of people from as far away as Africa.

Tenille dreams of working with Tyler and Oprah in the near future and believes that great success takes great preparation. You must take the first initial step toward your dream, write the vision down and believe.

In life, we face many challenges. Despite life’s obstacles, success requires that we keep the faith, remain consistent in the pursuit of our dreams, and adapt to change. There is nothing too impossible in which you can’t achieve. Stay focused, work hard and always believe.

Entries by Tenille Livingston

It All Starts With You -- #RehabTime

(0) Comments | Posted February 5, 2015 | 10:34 AM

Trent Shelton is a man with a message who desires to promote positive change in others. He was born in Little Rock, Arkansas and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. At the age of 5, Trent Shelton dreamed of one day becoming a professional football player. After graduating from high school...

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Passion Meets Purpose With Ruth E. Carter

(0) Comments | Posted January 27, 2015 | 11:41 AM

Ruth E. Carter is a four-time nominated African-American costume designer of Los Angeles, California. Carter is known for her work in films such as Malcolm X and Amistad, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Costume Designer.

Ruth's roots began in Springfield Massachusetts. As a...

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'No Not Me' -- Anastasia Richardson's Campaign to End Bullying

(2) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 4:20 PM

Every day parents across the country send their children to school to receive the best education possible yet never imagine their children being taunted and teased by their peers. This became a true story for Anastasia Richardson of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

One day in her 8th grade English class as...

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(0) Comments | Posted January 4, 2015 | 7:03 PM

March 7, 1965 in Selma, Alabama, Blacks, Whites from all walks of life and age groups joined together with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in solidarity to protest for their constitutional right to vote. They were warned and told to return to their homes and churches, but refused to be...

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Let Love Arise

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 3:24 PM

From protest to brutal killings, this is not what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had in mind. The tragedy of two New York City cops losing their lives makes me question, "Where is the love?" Senseless crimes are destroying families and taking innocent lives, yet today we live in a...

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'Every Success Starts With the Decision to Try'

(0) Comments | Posted July 16, 2014 | 6:14 PM

I have never heard of a professional boxer who steps inside a ring expecting to lose the fight he had trained to win. If you harbor the feeling of defeat then you'll fall victim to your circumstances. We have the power to change our lives and regardless of what it...

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You Are Not Defeated: There Is Still Hope

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2014 | 11:59 PM

From the outside looking in many households have it all together, but yet many are living above their means. Families all across the country are struggling to make ends meet even though some make a good living there are times when their funds don't stretch from one pay period to...

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Finding Your Purpose in a Dark Place

(0) Comments | Posted May 16, 2014 | 6:00 PM

I never would have imagined that I would find my children and myself facing homelessness. At the time, I was just barely making ends meet and in the month of December 2013 I was finalizing my divorce and was laid off from my job. I felt hopeless and uncertain of...

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Kick Cancer's Butt

(0) Comments | Posted April 1, 2014 | 1:16 PM

I write this for those all over the world who are experiencing cancer and those who are cancer survivors. As many of you are in search for a cure to wipe cancer off the face of the earth and defeat this ugly disease that has left families all over the...

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A Mother's Prayer Answered

(0) Comments | Posted March 16, 2014 | 11:52 AM

He made his grand entrance into this world on September 13, 1969 and during his adolescent years he faced abuse and many difficulties, but yet he survived the nightmare and has become a living testimony for people all over the world. There are people to this day that are still...

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Live Outside the Box

(0) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 2:01 PM

Are you living up to your potential? It is important that you surround yourself with the right individuals that can help you reach your goals and dreams in life. There are many of you that have big dreams, but somewhere along the way something or someone told you that it...

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Redefining Success

(0) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 1:21 PM

I want to see you reach higher heights and dream big dreams, but first you must have faith and believe in your gifts and talents. Know that you have the ability to bring forth greatness in this world because it's who you are. Never allow someone's limited vision of you...

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