This book was written because for many years Dr. White-johnson has been constantly asked how do you do it all? How do you manage your life so it flows so easily? At first, she was a little taken aback by these questions because she didn't think that her life was easy and it never had been easy. She knew what she had gone through to become the woman that she is but she also knew that folks were only looking at the finished product and really didn't kw the story behind the actual process. They were unaware of her personal values and beliefs, the heartache and the sacrifices she endured and they didn't kw about the abundance of blessings that she had received. Dr. White-johnson believed that she lived her life like many others but after receiving so many inquiries about how she managed her life she began to think that perhaps there was more to her story than she realized. She looked at it as just her unique approach to my life...Happiness is her ultimate goal so she crafted a system that works for her. She is dedicated to everything that she does and she commits only to excellence... She takes her mistakes as lessons learned and only stumbles softly from them. She works hard to go hard and this is what this book is all about. This book provides a glimpse into her world...the things that she does daily that keep her on the right side of life. Is she perfect? Hell ! But is she a fighter? Hell yes! With every inhaled breath that she breathes and to the core of her soul she fights for her sanity, blessings and existence every day. These are the skills that have worked for her over the years and she strongly believes that if you give life the best that these can work for you too! In this book Dr. White-johnson shares her personal struggles for significance illustrated with stories of her own life experience about how she has needed to Go Hard and Stumble Softly in her quest for success. She focuses on creating action plans, popcorn responses and self-analysis as she teaches readers that Going Hard is t just doing things, because it is a mindset. It is about believing that you can be hard despite life's circumstances, socioecomic status, race, class and perhaps even gender. And when life is rough and you stumble, you do it softly and you get right back up again. It's all about mind over matter, as much as you mind is as much as it matters and if you don't mind, then it shouldn't matter... The book is divided into unique parts: G: Getting over yourself O: Overcoming your odds H: Hesitancy, Heart, Honesty, Hustling and a healthy balance A: Anger and Artillery R: Remembrance, Resilience, Restoration, Renewal and Righteousness D: Dreams, Depth and Destiny It also includes discussions about Raising Children Hard, Stuff You Need to Go Hard, Mama Musts and Twelve Teasers to Go Hard. Dr. White-johnson's positive perspective of life is consistent throughout the chapters and the book serves as an inspirational and motivational guide for anyone searching for positive change in their lives.
Adair f. White-johnson received her Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She also earned a Certificate of Advanced Studies and a Masters in School Counseling from the University at Buffalo. Dr. White-johnson received a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Education from Daemen College in Amherst, New York. Dr. Adair White-johnson is currently an Associate Professor at Argosy University and a retired Professional School Counselor. A native New Yorker, Dr. White-johnson has lived in the metro Atlanta area for two decades and is the author of Go Hard and Stumble Softly... published in July, 2012. She is co-author of the non-fiction book Smart Girls can be Stupid Too! Stories of Resiliency among the Best and the Brightest scheduled to be published in December, 2013 and has authored several articles in scholarly journals. Dr. White-johnson has also conducted workshops and presentations at professional conferences such as the annual National Youth at Risk Conference, American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting and American School Counselors Association Annual Conference. She has served on the Executive Board of the Cobb County School Counselor's Association, a twenty-nine year member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a 2012 Face of Lupus for the Georgia chapter of the Lupus Foundation where she served as an ambassador of the chapter. Dr. White-johnson has received numerous awards for her professional work as an educator. These awards include awards from the Cobb School Counselor Association, (2010 High School Counselor of the Year Nominee, 2010 Writer of the Year Award Nominee, 2008 High School Counselor of the Year and 2002 Writer of the Year Award). She also received the Woods Wilkins Center Employee of the Month (2005, 2008) and the Marietta City Schools Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Award (2007). In addition to her active membership in professional organization she also serves as a volunteer on several projects with various philanthropic organizations. Dr. White-johnson has been married for twenty-three years and is the proud but tired, mother of five children. She spends her stolen moments of free time watching soap operas, mall walking and writing creatively.
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