As a small child, I use to dream about what my life would be like as an adult. I dreamed of living in a nice house, having food in the refrigerator, lights, and water. This may sound trivial to some, but for me, these things were (and still are) a big deal. I knew I didn't want to experience hunger pains or eating ketchup sandwiches again because there was no food. I didn't want to experience the lights or water being shut-off, because my Mom couldn't afford to pay the bill. I didn't really realize until I was about 18 years old that those dreams were the blueprint and the start of my life's journey. I was always thinking about how I was going to go to college or get a job. In essence, I was creating a plan of action, and I was determined not to allow anything to stop me from accomplishing my dream. "Purposeful Pathways" is a guide for your life. I want you to see that if I can do it, you can too. Each story is an accurate account of my life - the good and the bad and I pray that it serves to empower and inspire you to do whatever it takes to live your best life!
Sharon Elvira Flowers was born on July 6, 1969, in E. St. Louis, Illinois to Johnnie L. McCray Sr. and Gladys L. McCray. She is the second of four children. Dr. Flowers joined the US Army in 1988 and retired in 2008 after 20 years of faithful service to her Country. In 2001, Dr. Flowers graduated with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a minor in Sociology. In 2007 she graduated with her Master's in Education and a Doctorate in Psychology (2014). Dr. Flowers was involved with New Direction Church in South Carolina working with a group named Widows Connected in which she would facilitate widows on how to move forward positively. She is currently serving with Love Alive Church in Orange Park, Florida as their Director of Education. Dr. Flowers is presently preparing to present workshops at Fayetteville Technical Community College on Empowering Women, and she has previously presented a workshop on Posttraumatic Growth, Trauma, and Christian Spirituality. The author is also working on another book, Taken, But not Forsaken, which focuses on the psychological struggles of trauma and healing using Biblical principles. Dr. Flowers is married to retired (SGM) Nathaniel A. Flowers. Together the couple has eight wonderful children: Nathaniel Jr., Felicia, Ni'Keysha, Fernandez, Steven, Dontel, Gabriela, and Kyndle. You may contact the author via: IG: @sharoneflowers, FB: Sharon McCray Flowers, Twitter: @DrSFlowers Email: email@example.com