The journey of life requires resilience, love and patience, leading to the ultimate self-discovery. It is a tale that captivates the depths of the human spirit. With a pure heart full of unyielding love, you will be able to navigate personal hardships and differences in beliefs without bending to the will of the public. Instead, the journey will transform your life into an inspiring and triumphant symbol of hope for everyone around you.
This journey spans from leaving your comfortable home to creating a better life for yourself and future generations. Although there will be struggles, they will shape you into an understanding member of the family who helps others thrive through trauma and create a unique identity.
In Amy’s life journey, each moment carries weight, from a tumultuous relationship with her mother to the unexpected revelation of her pregnancy. Determined to save her daughter Sarah from neglect and instability, the author navigates legal challenges, secures employment, and embraces motherhood. With the support of a partner and unwavering resilience, she triumphs over adversity.
This intimate account reveals the complexities of family dynamics, the scars of trauma, and the strength found in personal growth. It reminds us that we can redefine ourselves, break free from the past, and create a brighter future. “Saving Sarah” invites readers to reflect on determination, love, and self-discovery. The author’s journey serves as a beacon of hope, urging us to embrace our own transformative paths and unleash our inner potential.
Let’s learn more from Amy’s compassionate, passionate story – in an interview with Insights Care Magazine’s Chidiebere Moses Ogbodo – Editor-in-Chief:
Q: What were the circumstances that led to your decision to leave home and take care of yourself?
A: During my teenage years, I found it difficult to get along with my mother. Additionally, I had the responsibility of looking after my troublesome younger brother. This strained relationship at home led me to run away from home and even skip school to work and make money. I felt the need to take care of myself and create a better life.
Q: Can you share a significant turning point in your journey that changed your life forever?
A: A turning point in my life came when I was working at Labor Ready in Georgetown. On one particular day, while working at a construction site, I felt unwell and decided to visit a clinic. It was there that I received unexpected news—I was pregnant. This revelation shocked me to the core as I was only 16 and living a turbulent life. It was in that moment I realized that I had to save Sarah, my unborn child.
Q: How did you react when you shared the news of your pregnancy with your mother?
A: Upon hearing the news of my pregnancy, I mustered up the courage to call my mother from a payphone. However, instead of receiving the support I desperately needed, she yelled at me and offered to send money for an abortion. The harshness of her response left me feeling alone and abandoned.
Q: What steps did you take after learning about your pregnancy?
A: Determined to provide a better future for my daughter, I embarked on a journey to turn my life around. I walked miles until someone offered me a ride to my boyfriend’s family’s juke joint outside of Taylor, TX. There, I revealed the news of my pregnancy to him, and despite our uncertainties, he embraced me and provided much-needed support.
Q: How did your legal status and probation affect your situation?
A: At the time, I was a ward of the court and on juvenile probation. To prevent my child from being placed in foster care, I made the decision to turn myself in. I was sent to a girls’ home named Nikki’s in Houston, Texas. The authorities at Nikki’s made it clear that I needed to secure a job and demonstrate my ability to care for my baby if I wanted to keep her.
Q: What were your experiences while working at Popeyes Chicken in Houston?
A: I managed to secure a job at Popeyes Chicken on Fannin Street, across from Sears and Jack in the Box in Houston’s Third Ward. Despite the challenges I faced, I worked diligently until the day I went into labor. This job became an essential part of my journey toward adulthood and independence.
Q: Can you share a memorable moment during the birth of your daughter?
A: On the day my daughter was born, my father, aunt, and grandmother were present. However, my grandmother, Rosemary, uttered hurtful words, saying, “Your father will never love a Kaffer baby, you know!” Her comment, filled with ugliness, stood out starkly on what should have been a beautiful day.
Q: How did these experiences shape your understanding of family history, trauma, and identity?
A: My journey through family history, trauma, and identity was challenging and transformative. It taught me the importance of resilience and self-reliance. Despite the strained relationships and negative experiences, I fought to create a better life for my daughter, Sarah. I discovered the strength within me to break free from the cycle of trauma and redefine my identity as a loving and dedicated mother.
“Our past does not define us; it is our determination and resilience that shape our future.” Amy Broadnax
Q: What does “Saving Sarah” symbolize in your story?
A: “Saving Sarah” represents my determination to protect and nurture my daughter, despite the difficult circumstances surrounding her conception. It signifies my unwavering commitment to breaking the cycle of neglect and providing a loving and stable environment for her growth and development.
Q: How has your journey influenced your perspective on family, personal growth and resilience?
A: My journey has reinforced the significance of family, personal growth, and resilience. It made me realize that family is not solely determined by blood relations but also by the support and love we receive from those who genuinely care for us. Through my experiences, I learned that personal growth is possible even in the face of adversity, and resilience is the key to overcoming challenges and creating a better future.
Q: What message do you hope readers take away from your story?
A: Through “Saving Sarah: A Journey Through Family History, Trauma, and Identity,” I hope readers understand the power of determination and love in shaping our lives. No matter the hardships we face, we can break free from the cycle of trauma, redefine our identities, and create a better future for ourselves and our loved ones. It is never too late to embark on a journey of self-discovery and transformation.
About the Author:
Amy Broadnax, the author of “Saving Sarah,” is a Mortgage Loan Originator at Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. With a passion for excellence and a commitment to serving her community, Amy has made a significant impact in the mortgage sector. Recognized as “The Most Influential Women in Mortgage Industry – 2023” by Insights Success Magazine, Amy’s expertise and dedication have set her apart in a competitive industry.
Amy’s influence extends beyond her immediate community, inspiring others to pursue their dreams and excel in their chosen fields. She has helped numerous individuals achieve homeownership, specializing in working with borrowers with non-traditional income sources. Amy is known for her ability to navigate the complexities of the mortgage industry and provide personalized solutions to her clients.
As technology continues to shape the mortgage industry, Amy embraces the power of innovation. Sun West Mortgage Company, Inc. stands out for its implementation of A.I. technology, and Amy recognizes the importance of leveraging technology to improve efficiency and enhance the customer experience. She believes that technology will drive significant changes in the industry, and she is dedicated to staying at the forefront of these advancements.
Amy’s goals for the future include educating the entertainment community on financial literacy and homeownership, as well as building her team of mortgage professionals known as “The Mortgage Mermaid brings you the Home Team.” Her authentic approach and belief in embracing one’s true self-serve as guiding principles for aspiring business leaders.
Through “Saving Sarah” and her professional endeavors, Amy Broadnax continues to inspire others to overcome challenges, embrace their true selves, and create a brighter future for themselves and their loved ones.
“In the depths of struggle, we discover the true strength of love and the transformative power of self-discovery.” Amy Broadnax
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