Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks to Comebacks and Lessons Learned Tells the Remarkable True Story of a Strong Woman of Color Triumphing over Adversity

In Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks To Comebacks and Lessons Learned, author Lorna Blake invites you on a journey through her tumultuous childhood, revealing how she triumphed over tragedy and found the courage to believe in herself and achieve success. The book offers suggestions and ideas readers can use to grow into better versions of themselves and achieve a life of happiness and fulfillment.

Lorna Blake is an international speaker, success coach and author.

Born to a poor teenage mother in rural Jamaica, Lorna overcame poverty, abandonment and abuse in her formative years, to become a world traveler with a powerful success story.

Her passion for learning and helping others has led her to work in 5 different countries, where she’s taught and inspired thousands globally. For her dedication to helping people transform their lives for the better, Lorna received the Presidential Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award.

A powerful example of what it means to defy all odds and achieve success, Lorna’s story was featured in the anthology No More Chains and the film documentary of the same name. Her first stand-alone book, Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks To Comebacks & Lessons Learned, is an autobiographical account of her early life. This one-on-one interview shares Lorna’s background and experience in writing the book.

Tell us about Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks To Comebacks and Lessons Learned.

Born To Rise chronicles a young woman’s journey from abandonment, abuse and rejection to empowerment and success.

The main lesson in the book is that even if you have been counted out, discounted or knocked down by life, you have the ability to get back up. The secret is to let go of the backpack of shame and guilt for who you are, where you’ve come from, and what you’ve experienced.

It’s an inspirational story that deposits hope and promise to anyone willing to look inside and do the work necessary to create a more positive outcome.

What inspired you to write Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks To Comebacks And Lessons Learned? 

As a featured author in several anthologies, I received several requests from readers who encouraged me to share more of my story. My aim in writing Born To Rise was to free myself from the voices of fear and shame while inspiring readers to change their own lives in a proven way.

How did your background and experience influence your writing?

For a very long time, I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer. As a child growing up, I was an avid reader. Reading books was my escape. No matter how difficult my life was, I could find a way to experience something different through learning about other people’s lives.

I was always drawn to reading or listening to stories of people who overcame the odds. Maya Angelou and Nelson Mandela are some of the people whose life stories were a powerful influence on me.

After I became a young adult and moved to Canada, I became inspired by Oprah Winfrey’s talk show and came to realize that I too have a story to tell that could make a difference in someone’s life.

Now, I have provided thousands of people with simple, practical tools to reset their mindset, redesign their responses to life’s challenges, and rekindle their sense of purpose.

What is one message you would like readers to remember?

Trust your own process, follow your own guidance and believe in yourself—even if your life seems like a total mess, you’ve been knocked down in the dust and you feel like a total failure.

Next, it’s important to recognize that you are more powerful than you think. What you tell yourself is a self-fulfilling prophecy so speak, believe and visualize what you want for your life.

As you begin the work of nurturing yourself and what you desire to experience, you will find yourself rising up like a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

Rise up and keep on rising!

Purchasing the Book

In these times of unprecedented change and uncertainty, Born To Rise: A Journey From Setbacks To Comebacks And Lessons Learned offers proven insight on how to break free from limiting beliefs and behaviors to grow into a better version of yourself. Lorna is able to tell her story with clarity and thoughtfulness, taking deeply painful, deeply personal experiences and turn them into golden nuggets for readers to enjoy.

The book is available for sale on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Readers who are looking for a renewed sense of hope when facing life’s daily challenges are encouraged to purchase their copy today:

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