Overcoming the Nevers Giveaway with Teri Johnson

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You are in for a treat! I met my new friend Teri Johnson when she was a client of mine over at our Proverbs 31 Next Step Speaker Services where I coach women with various aspects of their speaking ministry  or help them start one.

Teri and I hit it off right away and, when she wrote a book, I wanted to feature it here on my site. (Pssst…she is giving away two signed copies of the book, each with a $10 Starbucks gift card!)

Now, meet Teri and hear how we can overcome the “nevers” in our lives.

Teri Johnson is an inspirational speaker, a sought-after personal growth expert, and the author of the newly released book, Overcoming the Nevers. Her unique strategies have helped transform the lives of her clients, enlightening, guiding and motivating them to achieve even their most deeply desired goals.

 

Teri is the President and Founder of Keeping It Personal (www.keepingitpersonal.com) a company that specializes in self-development training and discovering your life purpose and The Refine Conference for Women (www.therefineconference.com)

 

Great conversations while sipping coffee and soaking up as many sunsets as she can, make her tick — along with running and taking pictures.  She’s passionate about helping others; an encourager and a cheerleader to many.  Teri lives a joy-filled life deeply devoted to her husband, her two boys, and her relationship with God. (www.terijohnson.com)

Teri is social.  You can find her on Facebook: http//fb.com/keepingitpersonal and http://fb.com/terijohnson.writes Twitter:  http://twitter.com/keepitpersonal  Pinterest:  http://pinterest.com/keepitpersonal  LinkedIN:  http://linkedin.com/in/terilynnjohnson

 

Why did you write this book?

Honestly, God placed a message on my heart that I knew I had to share to help others who might not have the tools to move forward, or who are stuck — circling the same mountain like I had done for many years.

 

I responded in obedience even though I felt unequipped.  I had not been a writer, so I was not confident in my ability to write a book.  But, God gave me every word for every chapter.

 

My primary goal for the book was to impact just one person’s life.  I thought, if that can happen, then writing the book was worth it, it was a success in my eyes.  I’m amazed by how many lives have been touched and blessed by the book in just a few short months.  God’s plan was and is bigger than mine.

 

What are some of your own “nevers” you have had to overcome?

Let me preface this question.  The interesting thing about “The Nevers” is this; they are personal and unique.  What might be a very big deal in my life, may not be in another’s life.

 

The nevers can be experiences or feelings.  They could just be — life on life’s terms — but opposite of what we anticipated our life to look like.  If something is significant in your life that you never thought you would experience or feel — it’s a “never”.

 

So, for me — in no specific order, let me just share the external “negative-experiences” that I never thought I would have to go through: rape, divorce, alcoholism.  But, there is more.

 

I have experienced being treated in ways I never thought I would be treated.  I’ve had emotions and feelings and fears I never thought I would have.

 

Everyday life presents us with new challenges, new gifts, and circumstances.  Some of these things are “negative-nevers” the key is, being equipped to face them.

 

As I’ve implemented and lived the tools shared in the book, I’ve experienced healing and restoration.

 

I’ve overcome.

 

As I continue to move forward picking up the tools daily, I experience joy in living.

 

What do you hope women gain from reading this book?

My hope for every person who chooses to walk with me is that their heart would be touched in a powerful way by God.  That they would be willing to not only learn new tools, but actually apply them into their lives.

Okay–to be entered to win a signed book and a $10 Starbucks card, tell us a “never” that has happened in your life. 

I have a few light-hearted ones—swore I’d never be a June bride and I’d never have three kids (was worried about the oldest, middle, baby syndrome) and I did them both!

And, a more serious, every time I get down to the goal weight the doctor sets for me, I swear  I’ll never gain back an ounce. Sometimes I gain it all back, other times it is just that annoying 15-20 pounds.

Now, how about you? What is a “never” you have experienced.

Winners announced Monday.

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  • When I began my teaching career with 1st and 2nd graders, I said, “I will never teach Middle School.” God continues to place me with 6th -8th graders now for the fifth year…. It is very rewarding. They grow so much during that time and I get to watch and try to contribute somehow. :)

  • I never, ever thought I would be divorced. But God, indeed, is good, and I’ve had a wonderful life and have grown much, much closer to the Lord. Praise God!

    • I share that never with you. I wouldn’t want it for anyone else, BUT I agree, we can grow and have a wonderful live as we move forward embracing God’s grace! Thank YOU Elaine for sharing…

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson

  • A few of my nevers: being in a management position, going through financial crises, having a difficult time being patient when kids were little, being disrespected by my hubby, and gaining weight as I have matured. These are negatives, but I have an awesome prayer group and hope for my children in the Lord. He is stretching and helping me to grow. Taking my eyes off me and turning to him.

    • I love your last statement — taking my eyes off me and turning to HIM! That is so so POWERFUL and His deepest desire for us! Thank YOU for sharing…

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson

  • This morning when I opened my email, I never thought, 4 hours later, I would be leaving a comment. Teri–I have spent the last 4 hours reading your site and checking out your conference. YOU GO GIRL!! I love how you are partnering with God to inspire women!
    PS. I am hoping to download your book today, so please don’t include my name in the contest.
    PSS. My serious never is…3 1/2 years ago I was diagnosed with an invasive and aggressive breast cancer and 30% chance of survival without treatment…at that time .I never thought I would still be here–but here I am~celebrating and embracing every day!

    • Thank YOU Kim for your kind words and encouragement! Your comment makes my heart SMILE! I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on the book as you journey through it. What a miracle God is doing in you — I’m celebrating LIFE with YOU and embracing each new day too! Continue to SHINE! =)

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson

  • I never thought motherhood would be so hard. . . so hard to keep my cool and not get frustrated! So hard to feel joyful in the midst of “those” days or weeks!

    • You are speaking to ME! I’ve thought and felt those same things! I’ve thrown up my hands, locked myself in my room and wept, it can be SO SO difficult! Each day, I ask God to give me enough…He’s faithful when I surrender and turn to Him for help. Thank YOU Yvonne for sharing, you are not alone…it’s a never I believe many of us mommas have. Sometimes I wantan easy button! lol

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson

  • This is silly, but I was “never” going to live in the suburbs! I dreampt of living in the heart of the city, in the midst of all of that life and excitement. Now I find myself in suburbia but, guess what? God knows best. We have the most wonderful neighbors and I am convinced that we are where He has placed us to live in community and raise our boys.

    • He definately knows what’s best for us, right? He knows every need and all the details…HIS plans for us are for good! Love HIM and the depth of His love for US! =). Tank YOU Amy for sharing…I’m a suburb girl!

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson

  • My serious never would be: When my husband’s family lost his brother to suicide, I said I would never have that happen in my family and then 6 years later, my grandmother was murdered by my grandfather who then took his own life.

    My silly never would be that I would never be married to a police officer..(husbands brother was a police officer). After 14 years of marriage, my husband became a police officer. LOL.. Isn’t it funny how God uses our nevers to teach us something.

    • I agree Angie — I love God’s sense of humor. Not always when I’m going through the difficult time, but when I look back and I see His hand all over it! Thank YOU for leaving your comment.

      Keeping it Personal,
      Teri Johnson