“This book started as a way to share lessons learned about living with my niece, Joi Michelle Payton. While each person has to find his or her own way in life, we can all learn worthwhile things from each other. The goal of each essay in this book is to share ideas about addressing life’s challenges.

The book draws from my experiences and the experiences of others. Lessons learned through those experiences include: how to overcome barriers, establish your place in the world, be your true self, and be proud of your heritage. These skills are just as useful today.

I hope you find these essays helpful, encourage you to share what you learn with friends, family and others, and wish you a long, productive, satisfying life that leaves the world a better place.”

- Shelia Payton