From Rear View Mirrors to Vast Horizons: A Journey of Resilience, Reinvention , and Hope

The day of my 2020

bankruptcy filing...


In the journey of life, the rear-view mirror often reflects the trials we've overcome, the triumphs we've celebrated, and the unforeseen detours that have shaped our path. For me, this metaphor couldn't be more apt. My story is one of reinvention, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of purpose amidst life's unpredictable twists.

From a young age, entrepreneurship coursed through my veins. At just 14 years old, I embarked on my first business venture, igniting a passion for innovation and creation that would define much of my life's work. Over the years, I went on to establish a total of six businesses, each one a testament to my unwavering determination and entrepreneurial spirit.

At the age of 40, I found myself standing at a crossroads, ready to embark on a new entrepreneurial venture. With unwavering determination, I poured my heart and soul into building a business from the ground up, witnessing it blossom into a thriving enterprise generating multi-million-dollar revenues.

Yet, just as I reached the pinnacle of success, fate dealt a cruel blow, and in the blink of an eye, everything I had painstakingly built crumbled before me. The year 2020 marked the devastating loss of not only my business but also my financial stability, leading me down the path of bankruptcy. But in the depths of despair, amidst the rubble of my shattered dreams, I discovered an unyielding spirit within me—one that refused to be crushed by adversity.

At the age of 50, I found myself once again facing the daunting task of starting anew. This time, however, I chose to channel my resilience into a different avenue: the nonprofit sector. With humility and a renewed sense of purpose, I embarked on a journey to make a difference in the lives of others, driven by a steadfast commitment to giving back to my community.

The day of my 2020

bankruptcy filing...


In the journey of life, the rear-view mirror often reflects the trials we've overcome, the triumphs we've celebrated, and the unforeseen detours that have shaped our path. For me, this metaphor couldn't be more apt. My story is one of reinvention, resilience, and the relentless pursuit of purpose amidst life's unpredictable twists.

From a young age, entrepreneurship coursed through my veins. At just 14 years old, I embarked on my first business venture, igniting a passion for innovation and creation that would define much of my life's work. Over the years, I went on to establish a total of six businesses, each one a testament to my unwavering determination and entrepreneurial spirit.

At the age of 40, I found myself standing at a crossroads, ready to embark on a new entrepreneurial venture. With unwavering determination, I poured my heart and soul into building a business from the ground up, witnessing it blossom into a thriving enterprise generating multi-million-dollar revenues.

Yet, just as I reached the pinnacle of success, fate dealt a cruel blow, and in the blink of an eye, everything I had painstakingly built crumbled before me. The year 2020 marked the devastating loss of not only my business but also my financial stability, leading me down the path of bankruptcy. But in the depths of despair, amidst the rubble of my shattered dreams, I discovered an unyielding spirit within me—one that refused to be crushed by adversity.

At the age of 50, I found myself once again facing the daunting task of starting anew. This time, however, I chose to channel my resilience into a different avenue: the nonprofit sector. With humility and a renewed sense of purpose, I embarked on a journey to make a difference in the lives of others, driven by a steadfast commitment to giving back to my community.

But the entrepreneurial fire within me still burned bright, and soon, I found myself venturing into new business endeavors, each one a testament to my unwavering belief in the power of perseverance and adaptation.

Drawing upon my years of experience in the hospitality and event industry, I embraced change

as a constant companion, navigating through life's uncertainties with a sense of agility and grace. However, my journey is not defined solely by professional achievements;

it is also marked by personal triumphs and profound revelations.

Having moved an astonishing 51 times since graduating from high school, I have become

intimately acquainted with the concept of change.

Rather than fearing it, I have learned to embrace it as an opportunity for growth and transformation.

Yet, perhaps the most poignant chapter of my story is one marked by silence and survival.

As a suicide survivor, I carried the weight of my pain in silence for 23 years, until a dear friend and colleague succeeded at what I couldn't. This forced me to confront the stigma surrounding mental health.

Through my own journey of healing and self-discovery,

I have come to understand the profound impact of reaching out and speaking up, of turning scars into sources of strength, and of offering hope to those who may feel lost in the darkness.

Today, as I stand at the precipice of a vast horizon, I am filled with gratitude for the lessons learned and the wisdom gained along the way.

My experiences have shaped me into a passionate advocate for mental health awareness,

a resilient entrepreneur, and above all, a beacon of hope for those who dare to embark

on their own journey of transformation.

From the small rear-view mirror of my past to the vast expanse of possibilities that lie ahead, my story is a testament to the power of perseverance, the resilience of the human spirit, and the enduring belief that even in our darkest moments, there is always light to be found.

As I stand on the cusp of a vast horizon, I am filled with an unshakeable optimism for what lies ahead.

The sky is the limit, not just for me, but for all those who dare to believe that with the right mindset, unwavering drive, and the support of a community, anything is possible.

Together, we can achieve greatness, defy expectations, and leave an indelible mark on the world.

This is not just a story of overcoming adversity; it's a testament to the enduring power of hope, resilience,

and the unwavering belief that our best days are yet to come.  

Starting over with a renewed

sense of purpose

Explore the links below to learn more about my endeavors...


Go here to learn more about Deana, her courses,

"The Shower Genius" and "The Genius Equation",

her books and speaking topics


Deana is the Founder of The Realize Foundation,

which is a 501(c)(3) organization.
The mission is suicide prevention and the avenue

is conversations, community and personal story.

#youmatter #youarenotalone

Highlighted Podcasts

Coming Soon...

Get Authentic with Marques Ogden

© Deana Brown Mitchell ~ 2024 All Rights Reserved