Tabitha H. Wilson
Special Needs Advocate
Youth Mental Health First Aid Certified
Physician Assistant Certified
CEO - No Cross No Crown Publishing, LLC
Like many of you, I wear a lot of hats inside and outside of my home. Always making myself available for everyone, while putting my needs on the back burner. I'm sure that sounds familiar to some of you. Where's the fun in that you ask? Well, I'm a giver by nature, so when it comes from the heart, it never feels like I'm short-changing myself. Besides, I'm a child of God, and that's just what we do. Give...
I'm also the mother of Elijah and Niamya (nee-ya-my-ya), who are now ages 20 and 17 respectively. Being a parent is never easy, but I love being their mom more than anything. Trust me, those two have put me through the wringer over and over again, but to me, there's no excitement in having a perfect child. There's so much time and energy absorbed when raising a child with autism and a child who has experienced depression from the residuals of bullying, but advocating on their behalves was an honor, and it made me a much stronger person. Truthfully, being a mom is the greatest and most rewarding job I've ever had, with the greatest benefits. Even though there's no paycheck, I wouldn't trade in my mother's card for anything in the world.
I'm a strong advocate for education and I have a lot of it. I even taught at Howard University as a clinical medicine instructor in the early 2000s, but I embraced society's view on success for far too long. Life situations had a strange way of forcing me into a unique position where I now call all the shots in my life. I must admit I was nervous about stepping out on faith and starting a new career, but over time I realized that no one is going to ever enjoy working harder for me than me. I'm the queen of creativity, but I wouldn't have known the depth of my talent if it weren't for the challenges that put me in this unique position. I love making things and trying new things. I even created my own website. But trust and believe, life is all about trial and error, you'd know what I mean if you saw my original website. LOL!
My greatest inspirations are my grandmother, my mother, and my children. When I recognized I was battling spiritual warfare, Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts was with me in spirit through a good portion of my journey. Even though I have never met her, I know that God brings key people into our life at specific times. There are many other local and distant pastors who have inspired me and I am so thankful for them all. Many God-fearing leaders have shaped my spiritual life making it possible for me to discover my purpose. My mission in life is to "open eyes and change lives" by doing everything that God has sent me on this earth to do for His glory.
I love nature and I love to write, especially during the winter which is my favorite season, maybe because I'm a winter baby. Nothing beats being curled up on the sofa near a roaring fire while sipping hot chocolate and indulging in junk food, engaged in writing about memorable life events. In all honesty, it doesn't take much to make me happy, just give me a pen and some paper and I am completely satisfied.
I look forward to spending time with God daily, it's one of the most satisfying things that keeps me mentally grounded. My genre is nonfiction. I have far too many exciting and dramatic real-life experiences to even think about writing fiction. Matter of fact, some of my life events were so crazy, they sound fictional, so many of my books will appeal to readers of many genres. I believe, that capturing the essence of my experience will serve as a source of encouragement to others going through similar challenges. It's always refreshing to know that the author can relate. I'm not afraid to add a little humor, even in the most serious scenarios. Life is already stressful enough, sometimes it helps when I search beyond the serious and look for a spark of humor. Besides, it takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown, why overwork?
A Little More About Me...
I'm a small-town country girl born in Trenton, NJ, and raised in the heart of South Jersey. I grew up in a tiny town called Elm, between Atlantic City and Philadelphia. The town is so small with the slightest blink of an eye, you would miss the entire Elm experience. Our home was small but filled with so much love that it was a joy to call home. There weren't any kids in my neighborhood, which forced me to develop a creative imagination. Excitement for me was receiving a new Highlights Magazine. I would sit for hours under the big oak tree in our front yard completing all the activities and reading children's books that took me to places I had only dreamed of, and writing poetry that flowed fluidly from my heart. Writing was my great escape from the world. I could write about anything I imagined. I must have climbed that oak tree hundreds of times. I trusted its thick branches with my life as it supported the back of my knees while I fearlessly hung upside down far above the ground. That tree and I have a history deeper than the ocean. It was like a best friend that knew all my innermost thoughts. I would whisper aloud my deepest secrets that the tree still holds silently in its roots. I often reflect on the memories we shared. Although I've grown up and moved on, that big oak tree still stands strong. I wonder if my favorite tree remembers me.
Young Adult Years
My biggest dream as a teen was to get out of that tiny little town where I was deeply hidden, and to one day see the world. After graduating from a small catholic school, the only way I could imagine this ever happening was to go away to college, so that was my plan. My first choice was Howard University. My mom didn't make much money and I didn't have two dimes to rub together or a nickels worth of change, but I was determined to go to Howard. I'm grateful to have been raised by two dynamic women of God, who always filled our home with positive energy. A place where the word "can't" was a foreign language. My mom would always tell me, "Anything the mind can conceive and believe, I could achieve," and my grandmother's prayers confirmed that. Through it all, my upbringing was built on a solid spiritual foundation. The power of prayer was engraved in my spirit, so no matter how far I was from home, I knew that I was not alone because God would always be with me.
Wow! So many amazing and distinguished people are a product of the world-renowned Howard University and guess what... I'm one of them! I remember when my mom and I met with my advisor, I looked like a homegrown country girl straight from the fields, working on a tumbleweed farm. I was sporting my blue jean overalls and skippy white sneakers, but I had a rude awakening when I observed the Howard fashion show on the main campus. My advisor assured my mother that with time, I would make a total transformation and when I went back home, she wouldn't even recognize me. Sure enough, when I went home for summer break, I was unrecognizable with a new look and confidence that exuded from within me. I had blossomed into an entirely different person. I was now officially one of the Bison's best, a Howardite! Without question, there is truly no experience like the Howard Bison experience. "You Know!" (a Howard saying) It was simply AMAZING and a true honor to be a graduate from "The Mecca!"
My twenty-five-plus years of experience as a dietitian includes work with AIDS research. I also worked in geriatrics, and with the women infant and children program. I have an extensive background in medicine including anesthesiology, correctional medicine, general surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, neurosurgery, internal medicine, gastroenterology, mental health, emergency medicine, urgent care, and pediatrics. Of all my experiences, pediatrics is my favorite, but my shadow is of a larger dimension from every work opportunity.