Get Up, Dust Yourself Off And Win!


By: Contributing Writer Tammi Durden

In light of the recent natural disaster (Hurricane Harvey) in Houston, TX and surrounding areas, this time of reflection is necessary.  Some are absolutely devastated, while others were spared to be a blessing to those impacted. I must say that it was amazing to see everyone come together from across the country, united for a common cause, serving in love.  However, there is still much work to be done. With all the massive destruction, families have been uprooted and displaced by the thousands. As more time passes, fear overwhelms and hopelessness will begin to plague a number of people. Many will be forced to formulate a “new normal.”  There is a resounding cry for restoration and healing to take place.

Personally, I can relate to where many Harvey survivors are today. Several years ago, I was in a destitute place.  I had my own personal hurricane going on.  I remember it so clearly – just like it was yesterday.  At this time, I was going through my second divorce.  Yes, that’s right…. my SECOND divorce.  The mortgage business that I owned for seven years had recently closed due to the mortgage industry crash.  To add to my trouble, both of the houses I owned were going into foreclosure, and my car had been repossessed. I vividly recall my daughter consoling me as we watched the car being towed away. She hugged me and said, “Mom it’s going to be alright.” I was devastated. I had hit rock bottom. I was bankrupt in every way: financially, spiritually, mentally and materially. I was broke and I was broken.  I recall just sitting and thinking the only thing of value that I had left was my daughter. It seemed as though I was in a never-ending world wind of events – a hurricane, tornado, earthquake and tsunami – all at the same time!

There was a silent scream on the inside. This continued for months.  For a long time, I was lost and did not know how to find my way.  I could not figure out how to GET UP from my mess.

On October 7, 2017, I will share my story and empower other ladies to let go of their history and embrace their destiny. The Get Up, Dust Yourself Off And Win!, Women’s Empowerment Brunch will take place at the HESS Club, located at 5430 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77056 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Come get your fire back, be empowered to push past setbacks and win on your level!  Your setback was simply a set-up for your success. I personally know that you can Get Up and Win!  If this resonates with you and you feel compelled to join us at the brunch or secure a vendor booth to market your business, go to to register.


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