Born in Washington, DC, Dianne still lives in the DC Metro Area. She grew up surrounded by a large, supportive, fun-loving family who instilled in her the keys for living with fortitude, integrity, fairness, a sense of self-worth, and giving from the heart as she saw the need.
Her early life was a clear path filled with expectation, having everything she needed and half of all she wanted. As a young adult she had a career in the federal government and after several years there she landed a job on Capitol Hill, rising to the post of Executive Assistant to Members of Congress. She moved around in that arena for many years, LOVED it, and it showed. And then LIFE happened! She was hit with Sudden Impacts falling so closely together that conflicted all she had been taught to believe. It was a hurtful rude awakening, such that with each episode of hard truths she found herself having to re-evaluate, recalibrate and find reason to believe. She couldn't. Too much ground had been lost, and she even blamed God.
From betrayal and divorce, the hardship of material losses despite her efforts, and finally the deaths of three close family member (Mother included), back-to-back within three weeks, despair set in. Worse yet, she suffered so that she could not work and found herself displaced (homeless). She watched her life fall from the wrecking balls that shattered what ground she had managed to build. She shut down, and went to a place she calls "The Valley."
What she found out in "The Valley" is the substance of her book, which was birthed from writing about her pain, and grief as a way to find the Self she lost in her personal storms. Surprisingly, new vision came as she wrote. Instead of pain and grief being points of reference for writing, an entirely different focus emerged as she wrote. She learned some new truths. She learned that Soldiers Are Made in The Valley. It is there that you find out what you're made of, what you can endure, and what you can survive. She found the Champion inside who wouldn't let her blow out the flicker of hope. Where the heck was Champion when I was falling?!! she asks.
She found new perspective as she reflected on where she was, how she got there, the unfairness of it all, whose fault it was (hers, the other party, or both), and did she really want to lock her life in Park. NO. Pause Only. You heal as you reflect. You recognize that where you are now in your life is not the end. Her book carries a series of messages that will help others who have suffered a Life Impact that has spiritually, mentally and emotionally killed their will to survive.
It is vital that you suvive...and you CAN. She gives readers a piece of her Life Story to prove not only that you are more than your present circumstance. 'You have a Future' and then asks 'Don't You Want It? She promises that after reading this book you will see that you can rise from your ashes. Don't see this page in your life as the end. See it as a strengthening tool. A wisdom tool. Learn the lesson. Heal Thyself. Turn the Page. Reset your compass. Restart your engine. Mark your new path and Walk It Out. You've got a Future and you deserve to have it.