Black Voice Spotlight with Yolanda Minniefield

522755_374467945909125_200888834_nThe Baby Momma Journals- Volume 1, is a Prayer- Driven Guide book, geared towards raising the bar and expectations of Single Parenting by eliminating negativity. Uncut, Straightforward, and Edgy, author Yolanda Minniefield delivers the factual, honest truths about being an urban, single mother and all the drama it entails, yet inspiring and encouraging positive changes within her peers. Controversial? Yes. But told from first-hand experience, The Baby Momma Journals will leave readers questioning stereo-types and place them on a fervent journey to positive parenting.

            Readers will also have an opportunity to receive their own journal with purchase of ‘The Baby Momma Journals’ ‘The Diary’ is an official journaling diary complete with Daily Personal Testaments and Affirmations to help motivate and support the great effort of single parenting.

 

 

Authored by Yolanda Minniefield

The Baby Momma Journals- Volume 1

And, The Baby Momma Journals- The Diary

Release Date: May 11, 2012

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Meet self-proclaimed, ‘Not Your Average BM’ (baby momma!)

 

Mother of seven, Single Parent/Youth Motivator, Inspirational Author, are only a few ways to describe this writer of True, Urban storytelling.

20130809_090136-1‘Life, Love, Liberation’ is the powerfully penned Memoir from this Humble, Honest Author. Born in Pittsburgh, Pa but now residing in Atlanta, Yolanda has shared her life-changing experiences, from Molestation by her father to battling Depression. From Suicide Attempts to being a High School dropout. In this book, Yolanda even details how she made the selfless, ultimate decision to place her disabled child for adoption. ‘Life, Love, Liberation’, is an honest depiction of one women’s tainted journey into womanhood, and refusal to accept the stereotypes.

In 2012, troubled by a decreasing generation of strong parenting, Yolanda began writing ‘The Baby Momma Journals’ by volume. She has also created ‘The Diary’, a journaling book filled with personal prayers and daily aspirations that gives readers the opportunity to write their own experiences. Now in its third Series, ‘The BMJournals’ are giving not only single parents, but youth alike, the inspiration they need to be a more vital part in the uplifting of today’s generation. Soon to be released, are ‘The Baby Momma Journals, Vol. 2- Confessions’, and Yolanda’s 1st Novel. ‘Tougher’.

Today, the young, proud mother of seven uses her life story and positive outlook on parenting to speak to middle-school aged youth & single parents across the states, determined to be the change she hopes to see. You can also find Yolanda Blogging regularly on her Blog, or follow her Daily Discussion video post on YouTube.

Get to know Yolanda:

*Your Stories are based on reality, why expose the truth?

            I write my life. I decided to share so that my life experiences, my past, nor my purpose will be in vain. I’ve struggled so much with trying to find my own voice in writing, to the point where I realized that I couldn’t be anyone else. More importantly, I’m a living witness to Survival. I couldn’t keep that to myself even if I tried.

*What is your goal when it comes to bringing these stories to life?

My goal has always been to create, what I like to call ‘Chains of Change’! If my writings and my words can stimulate change in anyone, then I’m grateful. I write from the core of my soul, I can only hope that I reach the core of my readers.

 

*What is your own personal struggle you use to motivate others?

It’s been a long journey for me to get to this point of being able to get words out, to share my stories. What I learned is that you have to go through some things to get to some things. Worrying, and doubting ourselves will not get us any closer to our dreams. I had to learn to first accept my circumstances. That is the most crucial step in any situation because you cannot move on from a place until you’ve fully completed what needed to be done there, and accept that it is whatever it is! What I’m most grateful for is that my life is my bet source to motivate others. I was molested by my biological father, emancipated by my mother at 16 for getting pregnant, dropped out of High School school and still managed to graduate College twice! I tried to take my own life & battle Depression to this day, but I know that I have seven reasons to live even if I never get another reason. Living will always be the greatest motivation.

 

*Tell us about your latest book?

My latest book is ‘The Baby Momma Journals, Volume 1’. This Inspirational Guidebook is the first installment in a series that I’m writing. It gives readers a real, honest look at what it’s like to be not only a single parent today in this new generation, but also gives parents themselves a chance to put a mirror in front of themselves and take a look at what needs to be changed in their lives. Living up to Societies disastrous expectations and feeding the negative stereotypes are our biggest downfalls. We are failing at raising this current generation and if we don’t make some changes soon, these children won’t stand a chance. With it I’ve also created ‘The Diary’, which gives readers the opportunity to write their own experiences in a journaling style. This journal is filled with Daily Aspirations and some of my favorite Prayers and Quotes.

 

*What can we expect from you in the future?

            I am currently putting the finishing touches on ‘The Baby Momma Journals, Vol.2- Confessions’ Readers can be excited for the content of this book because I took to the streets and had conversations, received numerous emails of personal stories from people of all walks, and compiled these stories into one big, public Diary! So these are Your Stories! No filters, not too much editing, other than for publication sake!

Also, I am writing my first Novel, titled ‘Tougher’ which I plan to have released by the Spring 2014!

I will continue my blog, as well as my discussion video uploads via YouTube.

 

*For those in the current struggle for which you have fought through, what would you tell them?

Know that God doesn’t bring us anywhere to leave us. My favorite saying is, “You can Complain that Roses have Thorns, or be Grateful that Thorns have Roses”, Keep your heart and your will on the prize!

 

*Your Stories are based on reality, why expose the truth?

            I write my life. I decided to share so that my life experiences, my past, nor my purpose will be in vain. I’ve struggled so much with trying to find my own voice in writing, to the point where I realized that I couldn’t be anyone else. More importantly, I’m a living witness to Survival. I couldn’t keep that to myself even if I tried.

*What is your goal when it comes to bringing these stories to life?

My goal has always been to create, what I like to call ‘Chains of Change’! If my writings and my words can stimulate change in anyone, then I’m grateful. I write from the core of my soul, I can only hope that I reach the core of my readers.

 

*What is your own personal struggle you use to motivate others?

It’s been a long journey for me to get to this point of being able to get words out, to share my stories. What I learned is that you have to go through some things to get to some things. Worrying, and doubting ourselves will not get us any closer to our dreams. I had to learn to first accept my circumstances. That is the most crucial step in any situation because you cannot move on from a place until you’ve fully completed what needed to be done there, and accept that it is whatever it is! What I’m most grateful for is that my life is my bet source to motivate others. I was molested by my biological father, emancipated by my mother at 16 for getting pregnant, dropped out of High School school and still managed to graduate College twice! I tried to take my own life & battle Depression to this day, but I know that I have seven reasons to live even if I never get another reason. Living will always be the greatest motivation.

 

*Tell us about your latest book?

My latest book is ‘The Baby Momma Journals, Volume 1’. This Inspirational Guidebook is the first installment in a series that I’m writing. It gives readers a real, honest look at what it’s like to be not only a single parent today in this new generation, but also gives parents themselves a chance to put a mirror in front of themselves and take a look at what needs to be changed in their lives. Living up to Societies disastrous expectations and feeding the negative stereotypes are our biggest downfalls. We are failing at raising this current generation and if we don’t make some changes soon, these children won’t stand a chance. With it I’ve also created ‘The Diary’, which gives readers the opportunity to write their own experiences in a journaling style. This journal is filled with Daily Aspirations and some of my favorite Prayers and Quotes.

 

*What can we expect from you in the future?

            I am currently putting the finishing touches on ‘The Baby Momma Journals, Vol.2- Confessions’ Readers can be excited for the content of this book because I took to the streets and had conversations, received numerous emails of personal stories from people of all walks, and compiled these stories into one big, public Diary! So these are Your Stories! No filters, not too much editing, other than for publication sake!

Also, I am writing my first Novel, titled ‘Tougher’ which I plan to have released by the Spring 2014!

I will continue my blog, as well as my discussion video uploads via YouTube.

 

*For those in the current struggle for which you have fought through, what would you tell them?

Know that God doesn’t bring us anywhere to leave us. My favorite saying is, “You can Complain that Roses have Thorns, or be Grateful that Thorns have Roses”, Keep your heart and your will on the prize!

 

Find the author:

 ymfieldbmj@gmail.com

Yolanda.Minniefield@facebook.com

https://lilolib.wordpress.com

thebmjournalsbooking@gmail.com

Twitter: @ymfield & @TheBMJournals

1 thought on “Black Voice Spotlight with Yolanda Minniefield”

  1. I would like to know who did you get to publish your books and what is the process. I really enjoyed seeing you on friends and neighbors. Thanks God for your grandmother instilling in you that God is inside of you and He loves you. I hope to share your story with others and in time purchase some of your book. welcome to the atl, I am a native atlantan, wife, mother,grandmother,caregiver to father and husband,51 years old and you inspire me to dream big and act on it. To God be the glory. Amen!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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