Friday, 30 January 2015

JOAN'S HEART: The author and activist on surviving, thriving and impacting women's lives

BY THE BOOK: "My life has come full circle," declares the  41-year-old author and businesswoman.

Joan Good pushed herself to the limit to complete her two praiseworthy books the motivational tomes From Brokenness to Victory and You Are Different for a Reason but if you think she's done with her life-and-love truth-telling, think again. "I have about ten to a dozen books in the pipelines," she confides to TALLAWAH, as we catch up at the recent Lifestyle Change Conference for Women at Eden Gardens, where, alongside her husband Deane, Kenrese Carter, Pastor Ryan Mark, Dr. Carla Dunbar and other speakers, she offered her hard-won inspirational pointers for better living to the scores of women who came out to be empowered.

"I think now is such a crucial time for us, as women, to really get in touch with what our true purpose in life is. And I want my books to play a role where that is concerned. So I am going to continue to write." She pauses and smiles.

You see it on her face and hear it in her voice. Life has been good to Joan Good in recent times, considering the rocky terrain she had to traverse to get to this point overcoming a failed marriage and countless other setbacks. Currently based in Boca Raton, Florida, where her business endeavours and marriage ministry are thriving and keeping her busy, the self-proclaimed "serial entrepreneur" had to learn to let go of the emotional baggage that so often weighs us down and instead focus on counting her blessings, seeking inner peace and sharing her testimony. 

"I'm very satisfied, very happy. My life has come full circle," the doting mother of two says, later emphasizing her newfound passion for making a difference in the lives of others by imparting, first of all, the tough life lessons that have helped to make her the success story she's become. "I want others to see me as a living example of what it means to go through unimaginable circumstances and survive to tell the story. I want them to know that there's hope." 

And her message, she hastens to add, is not just for the female ear. "I have a lot of men coming up to me, saying how the books have helped them, and it really makes sense," the 41-year-old author reflects, "because if you want to be a real boyfriend, a good husband then it's best to learn from the women." 

So far, Stateside promotional stops for her books have taken her to New York, New Jersey, Philly and Maryland, but Good prefers to divide her time between her beloved Kingston and her adopted Florida, where the weather is as unpredictable as it gets. "I've always teased my fellow Floridians that the weather is very menopausal," she jokes. "So think of a woman in her mid-40s, and you'll get an idea of what it's like in Florida these days." 

> FOR THE GIRLS: Empowerment, fellowship abound at women's lifestyle conference

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