Dare To Dream Series Featuring Nakeia Homer

Hi my name is Nakeia. I’m a social worker, turned award-winning songwriter, turned
inspirational writer, speaker, and mentor, and copywriter/writing consultant for creative
business owners. That sounds like a lot, because it is. And once I tell you how my life
started, you will see why I am compelled to list it all.

When Ruthie asked me to share my story as part of a series that encourages women to
dream with God and believe in the impossible, I was like of course- because I love her.
But, I also said of course because sharing my story in a way that encourages aspiring
women is my thing.

Dare to Dream: You could settle. You could ignore the desires of your heart, and keep it safe and comfortable. Or, you can chose to believe and dream with God- and watch your beautiful life expand right before your very eyes.

My life started with a 15 year old mom and a 16 year old dad. I grew up in a public
housing development (affectionately known as the projects.) Obviously parents were still
babies, themselves, when I was conceived. So, my paternal grandmother stepped in to
raise me. She did the best she could, but without much money and still raising three
children of her own (including my father,) it seemed we always came up short. My
environment was very difficult to navigate. I remember being around 9 years old when I
came to understand the nature of my upbringing. I was so young, but I felt like I had lived
through a couple of decades. I knew more than I should have, had to handle more than I
should have… I found myself constantly fighting this inner battle between who I was in
reality, and who I was in my heart. (ever felt like this in your life?) Even as a kid, I knew
there had to be more to life than what I was experiencing. Although I had no real grasp
on what life could be, I knew that whatever it could be would be better than what it was.

So, I chose to believe.

I was just a kid living in the projects, day dreaming in my corner bedroom, when I started
to believe life was bigger than what I could see.
I was working as a social worker, with absolutely no music business experience, when I
believed I could write songs, negotiate advances, work with great artists, and help my
husband run his production company. We’ve been blessed to work on Grammy
nominated albums and even top the Billboard Charts, as writers and publishers.
I was diagnosed with kidney failure, told I needed to take medication that would render
me infertile and on dialysis in a few years time, when believed I would have a son and
name him Chase. My son, Chase, will be 7 years old this year and I’m down to one medication for maintenance.

Dare to Dream: You could settle. You could ignore the desires of your heart, and keep it safe and comfortable. Or, you can chose to believe and dream with God- and watch your beautiful life expand right before your very eyes.

Faith is: believing it before you see it.
It’s looking at your circumstances, your conditions, your upbringing, your color, your
age, your gender, your excuses… and believing anyway.

When you have a burning desire to be better, do more, and have what you want the most,
hustle up whatever faith is left inside your heart, even the tiniest amount, and believe that
you will have it- until what you believe is what you see.
The faith walk is not an easy one.

Life will happen in a way that makes you think you are totally crazy to believe.
In fact, people who believe are often frowned upon. Big dreamers are told to be more
realistic. Visionaries are told they are being unreasonable.

Stay-at- home moms, who dream of becoming business owners, are told they that they
should just be grateful they get to stay at home. Working women, who dream of starting
families, are told they have to settle for either/or because both is impossible.
At every turn, there is a box to burn, a ceiling to breakthrough, and a ladder to climb.
But it’s worth it to believe- to think that you can have it, and to support your faith and
belief with action.

I make no huge claims. I am a girl from the projects who decided not to settle. I chose to
believe that I was who God created me to be and nothing less. And I have prayed,
hustled, failed, and succeeded along the way.
If God placed it in your heart, it’s already yours- and your journey to obtain it serves a
purpose.

You could settle. You could ignore the desires of your heart, and keep it safe and
comfortable. Or, you can choose to believe and dream with God- and watch your beautiful life expand right before your very eyes.

As for me, I’m a believer…

XO- Nakeia

You can follow Nakeia on her blog here and her instagram here! She is a DAILY source of encouragement to me and many others! be sure to follow her!!

Wow, you guys! I hope you enjoyed reading that as much as I did!! Such an awesome way to kick off the year and start this series! Nakeia is so filled with immeasurable wisdom and insight, it was an honor to have her guest blog for me today.  Just to give you a little bit of my heart behind this… I only do a series when I feel really strongly about a certain topic. I  like to gather other like minded individuals and go after it for a few weeks!  My first series ever was about Women Empowering Women.  The second series I did was geared toward new moms.  Why new moms? When I was a new mom I was so lost, afraid and lonely that I wanted to make sure I could provide a resource to women entering motherhood.  SO, here we are with Dare To Dream.  This has been stewing in my heart since early December.  I attended an annual friends giving and we were asked what our “word for the year” was.  Without hesitation I said, “Dare To Dream.”  I had an epic 2017 and I am feeling like why can’t 2018 be that much better?  Over the next few weeks you will continue to hear from some of my favorite bloggers and influencers.  They will share bits of their story just as Nakeia did, and encourage you, urge you, challenge you to Dare to Dream.

  • Comments ( 50 )

  • avatar
    Penny

    Nakeia is a wonderful example of faith. But i think, even if she didn’t reach her heart’s desires, she would have had a better time of it – – – belief is *everything.*

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    What a great story and such a fun feature series!

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    Gladys parker

    Ruthie, thank you so much for this, well it’s more than a guest post it is huge. I needed to read this, I needed to let it sink in. I have to BELIEVE in faith, even the small amount I have. It only took a mustard seed …

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    Tanvi Rastogi

    Nakeia sounds like she has her thoughts clear and a direction. Love her Positivity.

    ❥ tanvii.com

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    Claudia

    Awesome! Loved hearing more of Nakeia’s story, faith is truly everything.

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    Kate

    Your story is so inspiring! Thank you for sharing, Nakeia!

    • avatar
      Nakeia

      Thanks so much 💕

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    McKenna

    This totally encouraged me TODay!! Thank you for sharing!

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    Danielle

    What an inspiring story. I absolutely love this series idea Ruthie!

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

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    Briana Anderson

    Such a great story! This series is a wonderful one! Keep it up!
    x, B || http://www.brianaanderson.com

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    Annie Fairfax

    This brought tears to my eyes, thank you so much for sharing such an inspirational story, Nakeia. It’s so awesome that you followed your dreams and made them your reality!

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      Nakeia

      Thanks for reading.

      The Journey has been more meaningful than any of the “success.” I am graTefUl.

      Stay in belief 💕

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    Kirsten

    Chills on chills every paragraph! Thank you for sharing your journey. This is my fav… “I found myself constantly fighting this inner battle between who I was in
    reality, and who I was in my heart. ” Been there and encouraged by this today. Lots of Love to you and Ruthie for this series!

    • avatar
      Nakeia

      So happy you can relate.

      I know now that it was more of nudge or a push to keep going than it was a battle. If it’s in your heart, it truly is already yours.

      You just encouraged me!

      Thank you 💕

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    Annie

    I loved this post. Your faith is so inspiring!!

    • avatar
      nakeia

      Thanks so much for reading.

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    Natalia Loren

    First of all thank you and Nakeia.so much for sharing this! I can relate to how she felt and Her positivity is inspiring. I often find myself struggling between who i am right now and who I want to be and for some reason it’s hard to shake off the feeling that I must have it all figured out because i I am a mom! Thanks for reminding us that we gotta have faith x

    • avatar
      Nakeia

      I call this “great people problems” lol

      Those of us who have been blessed with vision, often find it difficuLt to live in the “beTween.” that space between where we are and where we want to be is so important. It’s where we find out what we are really made of.
      you Don’t have to have it all figured out, you just have to keep going. You will get there if you don’t give up.💕

  • avatar
    Cathy Mini

    Nakeia seems like an incredible woman! Such a great story–totally drawn in. Thanks for sharing!

    • avatar
      nakeia

      Wow! Thanks for reading and for your kind words.

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    January Rizzo

    I love this post!! Always so inspiring to see women who empower and encourage other women!

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    Jessica Hughes

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story with us Nakeia! I too believe we have to have faith, even in situations that seem impossible.

    • avatar
      nakeia

      Thank you!
      So happy to be among believers!

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    Amber

    Great story. Amazing that you had no musical background and made in song writing! I think one thing successful people have in common is that they never settle… they always want more and to do better.

    • avatar
      nakeia

      I know right?!
      That’s when you know that someone greater is working through you.
      Thanks so much for reading.

  • avatar
    Anna enGlish

    What a Beautiful and inspiring story!

  • avatar
    Maggie

    What a wonderful story! I loved reading this and can’t wait to follow along with this series!

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    Emily Wilkinson

    Such an inspiring story & can’t wait for more of the series!

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    Becca Wilson

    having faith in things is so important. There is seriously so much that can happen if you just believe in yourself and what you can accomplish. Even if it doesn’t come right away or the way you planned, faith will lead the way.

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    jessica

    I love her stury! She persisted through a lot and is so incredibly successful! such an inspiration!
    xo Jessica
    http://www.whatsfordinneresq.com

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    Cindy Gordon

    I really like the way she thinks! I love seeing your journey.

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    Whit

    love to see other women highlighting inspiring ladies! great feature babe!

    Britt+Whit

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    Laura Leigh

    I am so excited about this series and already loving it! What a great story!

    xo Laura Leigh
    http://www.louellareese.com

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    stephanie

    Wow! SO inspiring! I’m impressed by her drive and faith. Thanks for sharing!

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    Jolene

    What aN inspirational story! I just followed the both of you on ig. Looking Forward to more !

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    Nellwyn

    Thanks for sharing this inspiring story. I’m looking FORWARD to reading more in this series.

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    Rachael Musser

    Wow, this story is so encouraging and exactly what I needed to hear! What an inspiration! God is seriously using her and her story in mighty ways. Thank you for sharing!

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    Laura || Walking in Memphis in High Heels

    Wow your story just touched me so deeply. I have tried to believe more beginning in 2018, that I don’t need immediate results and believing is so much better than seeing. Thank you for sharing your story, and I love this series.

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    ron leyba

    inspiring indeed! Thanks for giving me hope AND INSPIRATION nakeia. Love your positivity in life!

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    catherine

    Wow, Nakeia. You have overcome so much adversity and so insipiring. Never lose the faith!

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    Kileen

    Wow, this is such a beautiful and inspiring post!! She is amazing and i really enjoyed reading this.

    Kileen
    cute & little

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    Stephanie Whitman

    I have actual goosebumps right now. Reading this story brought tears to my eyes and joy to my heart. It’s incredible to hear how someone turned their “can’ts” into “cans” and made dreams reality despite umpteen challenges. Thank you so much for sharing!

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    Our Family World

    Nakeia is one inspiring woman! AFter all those bumps in the road, she managed to pull herself through and succeeded in her endeavors. What I found so inspiring is that she never lost her faith.

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    Candace

    Nakeia seems like such an inspiration! Praise God for allowing her to overcome all her obstacles and share her blessings with us 🙂

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    Jake Smith

    My mom is actually a social worker so i know how you are. You have abeautiful life story. Keep inspiring.

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    Morgan

    What a powerful and encouraging woman you are!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

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    April

    Nakeia is such an inspiring woman! Reading her story brought tears to my eyes. Those who dare to dream really can see those dreams fulfilled.

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    Steph

    This is an amazing sTory! What a journey. Such a great series. Thank you for sharing and empowering.

    Xo,
    Steph
    @trendyinindy || trendyinindy.com

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    Mindy Thompson

    Love this look! and what an amazing journey!
    Xo Mindy amixofmin.com

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    Ken Smith

    You’re such an inspiration, thank you for having courage, for being fearless, for not settling. For sharing with us. So powerful. I’m happy I have you to look to for daily inspiration.

    – Ken #siddyinthesity

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