Stand Up, Speak Up, Because Your Time's Up: Restoring Hope in the Time of Adversity

Ananda was a shy, small town girl from Alabama, but had some big city dreams. She was the younger sister and always leaned on her big sister for guidance and support. When she got older she realized her sister, who she loved dearly wasn't always going to be around, and had to learn how to allow her voice to be heard and become independent. She was raised with a good upbringing from her parents, and sheltered from the evils of the world, but after persuading her parents to work during her teenage years, she experienced discrimination on her very first job, which truly scared her heart. This motivated her to do well in school, graduate from college, look for job opportunities, and move far away. Ananda soon realized after she moved that ignorant people lives everywhere. Her life is an emotional rollercoaster as she experiences childhood bullying, death of loved ones, lasting friendships, happiness, infidelity, forgiveness, health and safety, hardships, finding true love, harassment in the workplace and cherishing marriage and family. As she gets older she realizes that the ups and downs of life can be exhausting and sometimes a little ME time may be just what the doctor ordered. Ananda discovers that the power of prayer and having a voice to speak up is essential to her everyday life's journey, as she takes control of her destiny.


--LaWanda Lewis Burrell