PediPocket Founders Katherin and Matt Miller are Today’s Honoree

In everything you do, put God first, and he will direct you and crown your efforts with success.  Proverbs 3:6

PediPocket was born out of a fundamental need and a visionary shift in a long-held standard for the basic throw.

What I found was that a throw blanket was a part of my family’s daily routine, but we all had a similar issue – either cover your toes or your shoulders, but not both. So I thought, why compromise? I told my husband I was going to design a blanket that would cover both comfortably. To which he replied, “make me one, too.”

I began working on PediPocket with no formal sewing training, using a machine that my mother had given to me the Christmas prior. After five or six attempts, I was onto something. I made one for both of my boys, my husband, and myself. We all loved them so much, we decided to give them as gifts for our friends and family at Christmas.

And now we want to share PediPocket with you. Our patent pending plush fleece blanket with the perfect foot pocket will embrace you after a long day, keep you comfortable at your tailgate, and enhance any decor. With 10 different color choices, there’s a PediPocket for every member of the family. And no matter your need, PediPocket always has you covered.

We stepped out in faith to create our little business and God has walked with us every step of the way.  We have seen doors open and mountains move that we never thought possible.  To God be the glory!  Ten percent of our profit goes to impacting the lives of others through our church and missions.  Help us enhance the lives of others while delivering warm feet, cozy moments, and many smiles.

Visit https://pedipocketblanket.com/pages/about-us for more information.

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Hair Restoration Surgeon Dr. Daniel Danyo is Today’s Honoree

Like other guys, I wasn’t happy about seeing my own hair thinning out in the mirror every morning. At the rehab and pain management clinic I was running a few years back, many of the patients had the same issue, and of course I knew how they felt about it.

So I did some research. I learned about the new FUE method of hair transplantation, which didn’t require surgically removing a strip of scalp to ‘harvest’ hair follicles. Intrigued, I acquired the necessary training and equipment to begin offering the procedure at my clinic.

I couldn’t help but notice how much happier and more confident guys were when their new hair grew in. Something inside me clicked, and I knew I had found my new calling.

As the science of hair restoration progressed, I wanted to progress along with it. Knowing that becoming great at something requires a full-time commitment, I closed my clinic and opened North Atlanta Hair Restoration.

Ironically, all the while, my own scalp was showing through more and more. Like others, I yearned for the long-term benefits of a hair transplant, but I wasn’t looking forward to the short-term impact.

Finally taking the plunge myself, I found that the recovery, combined with having to shave my head, was awkward, almost traumatic. Everyone would know, I thought, and I didn’t particularly want them too.

I got past it, but wondered if there wasn’t a better way. Then in 2013, I attended a lecture that introduced ‘Shaveless FUE’. I knew that not having to shave their head, combined with the quicker, easier recovery I could offer due to my pain management experience, would give people less reason to put off what they so dearly wanted to do.

I attended educational seminars, participated in workshops, and met with hair restoration surgeons from around the world. I applied, combined, and tweaked the latest techniques. Before long, I found that others considered me to be on the cutting edge of Shaveless FUE innovation.

The word spread, and people started flying in from up and down the east coast, entrusting their heads to the stealth hair transplant specialist they had heard about. They seemed to like the idea that I performed every transplant myself, instead of the standard practice of using staff technicians.

I’m continually touched by the trust that men – and women – put in me, as my ‘no one will know’ approach turned their reluctance into confidence. Because, believe me, I know exactly how they feel.

Visit https://nahairrestoration.com/meet-dr-danyo/ for more information.

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Relationship and Intimacy Expert Tara Davis is Today’s Honoree

I am a Relationship and Intimacy Expert, Podcaster, Blogger and Speaker. After many incredible ups and downs with my partner I realized it was up to me to create the marriage and relationship of my dreams. In overcoming all my own objections (aka  finger-pointing and blaming), changing my beliefs of what I thought a marriage was suppose to look be, and learning how to effectively speak and be heard, I rekindled the intimacy I thought was lost.

I  work with successful working couples who are exhausted and overwhelmed by family, marriage and commitments. I help them bring back the intimacy, create more personal time for fun and create more intimacy with their partner.

I’ve created The Relationship Playbook for Marriage not only to give my clients the tools to bring intimacy, connection, and playfulness back into their marriage but also to create precious me-time for each partner.

Visit https://therelationshipplaybookformarriage.com/meet-tara/ for more information.

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Charles Oakley is Today’s Honoree

Charles Oakley Interview took place at the Selah Freedom event in Atlanta, Georgia during Super Bowl 53 Weekend. Charles Oakley who is an American former professional basketball player was a member of the National Basketball Association’s Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Washington Wizards and Houston Rockets. A power forward, he consistently ranked as one of the best rebounders in the NBA. In 2017, he was confirmed to both play and coach the Killer 3’s for the debut of the BIG3, a new basketball league focusing on 3-on-3 basketball.

Born and raised in Cleveland, Oakley attended John Hay High School and Virginia Union University, a Division II historically black university in Richmond, Virginia. As a senior in 1984–85, Oakley led Division II in rebounding with an average 17.3 per game.

Visit charlesoakleyshop.com for more information.

Encouragement Speaker Derrick Hayes gives a DERRICK Interview by asking 7 questions through each letter of his first name to give you an insightful perspective from other experts, entrepreneurs, celebrities and up and coming super stars.

Get a DERRICK Interview by answering the questions below including a 50 word bio at the top and your contact information with social media contacts at the bottom. Also attach a photo and link to a YouTube video if you have one. The DERRICK Interview will be featured on http://www.encouragementspeaker.com. Please send all information to info@derrickhayes.com.

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Weight Loss Warrior Chad Dean is Today’s Honoree

Since the release of I’m In Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict (Jan 15, 2019), the memoir of Chad Dean (the weight loss warrior behind My 600-lb Life’s biggest success story), as told to and written by Celeste Prater, we’ve seen Dean share his story with The Today Show, NY Post, In Touch Weekly and more.

I’m In Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict

Weighing in at 701 pounds, Chad Dean was dying. Or rather, killing himself. This big man was gleefully traipsing down the road paved with chocolate and lined with donuts while steadily committing food suicide. It’s an ugly word chock full of sadness and heartache, yet the scrumptiously delicious things he continuously shoved into his mouth on a daily, sometimes hourly, basis might as well have been a loaded gun.

Then, something clicked. He saw the light—and woke up. Dean got his act together, lost 400 pounds, and is now a proud member of the five percent club. Only five out of 100 people succeeds in keeping the weight off after gastric bypass surgery.

Through Prater, Dean relays his own personal journey with obesity beginning from childhood until two years after his gastric bypass. I’m In Here Somewhere spills out intimate details of Dean’s life. Readers will witness as Dean fights hard, stumbles, gets back to his feet, and battles like a warrior to right the wrong he’s done to his body. Dean also comes to terms with personal demons that led him to this predicament in the first place. Audiences will see the one thing that Dean never lost in this epic battle was his irreverent humor, positivity, and strong confidence.

Though most of the book is told from Dean’s point of view, his wife and “better half,” Ayesha, is also given a voice. The banter between the couple gives an intimate look into the depths of their love as the pair recount meeting at a truck stop where Ayesha worked and Dean frequented on his drives as a trucker, what it was like for Ayesha as an African-American to date a white man for the first time, and the moment they both realized Ayesha’s daughter and autistic son were truly Dean’s children, too.

As one of the few weight-loss journeys documented from a male perspective, I’m In Here Somewhere is a refreshing look on a demographic that doesn’t often show weakness and failure.  Dean’s blatant admittance of his failures remains positive and uses humor to keep the light on something normally left in the shadows. This book focuses on the continuous denying, lying, and excuses of the obese. Dean also notes the hard and intangible cost of his indifference.

“I got to look at my life as if a movie was playing out on the screen,” says Dean. “It’s so easy to watch the deadly patterns building all the way from childhood through the moment I began screaming for help. The future is the opposite of my beginning. In the beginning, I was killing myself. So as for the future…I’m just going to live.”

Connect with Chad Dean on Facebook.

Connect with Celeste Prater on Facebook @CelestePraterAuthor, Twitter @Celeste_Prater, Instagram @CelestePraterAuthor and visit https://www.celesteprater-romanceauthor.com/non-fiction.

I’m In Here Somewhere: Memoir of a Food Addict is available in print at BookBaby and ebook on Amazon and other retailers.

 

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ProActive Budget CEO Ryan J. Clark is Today’s Honoree

Ryan J. Clark began his career in the real estate market, flipping 5 houses at the age of 18. Later, as a mortgage broker, he found that his true passion was in teaching people about money.

In 2004, Ryan entered the financial services industry, and in his first 3 months set a new sales record. Since then he has qualified for MDRT 5 times, and in 2011 he qualified as a Top of the Table producer putting him in the top 1% of advisors in the world. He’s achieved the Centurion and Guardian Hero awards and most recently was added as a Wall of Fame producer.

In 2014 he authored his first book, The Order of Wealth, which explains a simple process anyone can use to create and keep wealth.

Ryan’s Goal is to provide better tools, systems, and training to clients allowing them to achieve real financial freedom long term.

Visit https://proactivebudget.com/about-us for more information.

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Success Guru Sheryl Grant is Today’s Honoree

After winning Ms Olympia while also managing to be a top performer in my Silicon Valley career (a job that was draining my spirit by the day), I discovered that I only found true happiness and performed the best when I was FIT not only physically, but mentally and spiritually as well.

So I quit my job and went to the drawing board. All 2018 we were hard at work here at SGE building our products/services with the goal of helping women find and conquer the barriers that hold them back from their dreams; From aspiring Entrepreneurs to those looking to simply find purpose.

Over that time we’ve developed the FIT program, to help women retrain their minds, bodies and spirits to prepare them to march forward and deliver their own unique and priceless gift to the world!

FIT, standing for (F)aith: How to visualize and BELIEVE in your dream, (I)ntuition: How to develop your inner compass to easily find what is for you and what isn’t, and (T)enacity: How to construct systems and networks that allow you to overcome ANY adversity and make “possible” dreams INEVITABLE dreams.

Visit https://www.sherylgrant.com/team for more information.

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