“We don’t get to totally choose what happens to us in life, but we can choose whether we allow such circumstances to make or break us.”–Qiana Hicks

A Message of Hope for A Brighter, Better Future

You can Live the Life of Your Dreams!

Would you be surprised to know that you’re not alone in your struggles, living in a home where drugs and alcohol are a part of your daily life; where you’re at risk every day; where you often don’t have enough food to eat; where you frequently have to move to a different house in a different neighborhood, because there’s just no money to pay the rent or the electricity bill, heat bill, and water bill? All because the money is being spent on drugs or alcohol, instead?

ARE YOU LIVING IN A FOSTER HOME OR GROUP HOME?–Would you be surprised to know that you’re not the only one to have to live in a foster home or in a group home, away from your loved ones, because you can’t live at home since your parents’ addictions have put them into drug rehab or prison?

Would you be surprised to learn that my brother, sister, and I grew up in that kind of home, in those kinds of circumstances? And that we were physically and emotionally abused?

MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO HAVE A BETTER LIFE.–Early on, I made up my mind that I was not willing to settle for a life like that. I dreamed of a life where I would have all the food and water I wanted…  a lighted and warm home… a home I bought and paid for… the kind of car I’d always wanted and could pay for.

I dreamed of getting an education, and then a job, a career, with a wide-open future. So that I would never again worry about where I would be living next month, or if there would be food on the table tonight and tomorrow … next week, next month.

BEING A TEEN PARENT DOES NOT HAVE TO STOP YOU FROM BECOMING SUCCESSFUL.–Would you be surprised to know that I became a mother at age 15, and that I refused to be just another statistic – another teen parent with no hope for a worthwhile, successful life?

I AM LIVING MY DREAM LIFE.–Would you be surprised to learn that I now live my dream life? And that you can live your dream life. It doesn’t matter what your circumstances are, even if you’re a teen parent – you CANhave a bright, successful future.

The truth is, it’s not easy, and it doesn’t happen overnight. It takes hard work and lots of sacrifices. But it’s also true that this journey is so worth every bit of hard work, and every sacrifice. 

I know, because I did it. 

And if I can do it, you can do it.


I felt I had to write a book about my growing-up years, because I wanted my past to help you… and teachers, and foster home and group home staff, anyone who works with disadvantaged, at-risk youth, and families who live with the many forms of addiction.

I call my book, LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM.

I wanted my story to inspire you to want a better life for yourself… and I wanted to show you exactly how you can do that.

I call my second book the COMPANION WORKBOOK.

Many of us need a helping hand until we can help ourselves. Some of us – and I was one of them – need a mentor to care about us, and to support us in improving our lives. 

But you need to know how to choose a good-for-you mentor.

You’ll find these kinds of help in both books… and so much more.

Why I Wrote This Book

To acknowledge pain I may have been harboring from my past, and to start healing. By sharing my experiences, I hope to inspire others, no matter what your background, to overcome obstacles, and to not allow your past to dictate your future.

I wrote my book also for the family members who may be the source of abuse and neglect of children, and for school and family services professionals, and for others in the community who come in contact with children of dysfunctional families, abuse, and neglect.

My goals for my book Life In Its Rawest Form are:

  • Give youth of similar circumstances hope and inspiration–if I can survive and rise above my circumstances, so can they
  • Enlighten parents on the aftermath of their choices and how their choices can affect their children
  • Provide insight to professional service providers on effective ways to help children and families who are going through transitions in an attempt to improve their overall health and welfare.

Helping yourself… 

Now that you know there is someone who is genuinely interested in helping you survive the tough times of a less-than-perfect life, I have to ask: Isn’t it time you took your first step to a better future, a better life?

I can help — but you have to help yourself, too. LIFE IN ITS RAWEST FORM and its COMPANION WORKBOOK will show you how.

Qiana Hicks, MBA