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Special Guest on Kim Talks
Sylvia O’Connor is a self-employed motivational speaker who specializes in discussing the art of moving on, sharing her story of resilience of leaving her southern home for a better life up north.
In this video, you will learn:
1. How Sylvia decided to move out of her comfort zone in order to have a better life
2. What it was like for Sylvia to turn in her resignation and start her new career
3. How Sylvia’s faith has helped her through difficult times
Here is an overview of everything in this video:
[00:00:56] – Sylvia won a large financial settlement for exposing financial fraud after spending 30 years in healthcare.
[00:04:51] – In order to do something better, sometimes you have to move out of your comfort zone.
[00:06:57] – In order to leave her family for a better life, she enrolled in college and met lots of friends.
[00:09:16] – After 30 years of working as a public speaker, seeker Swim quit her job in health information, and she’s been speaking for six months.
[00:11:17] – Sylvia has been on the journey for 6 months.
[00:11:50] – After 30 days of retooling herself to become a public speaker, she met with you at the National Publicity Summit.
[00:12:59] – What do you offer that’s different or unique to you?
[00:13:43] – John Maxwell gave a speech on Moving On in Buzz with Steve Harrison.
[00:15:04] – Sylvia wants to leave a legacy for women who are 20 and 30 years younger than her.
[00:19:19] – As a self-employed person. The biggest challenge is working for yourself.
[00:20:10] – This Thanksgiving is going to be a tough one for families coming out of that hate funnel.
[00:22:22] – Two years ago, she was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and she had her thyroid removed.
[00:25:47] – Sylvia believes that poverty is a state of mind, not of economics.
[00:27:06] – Sylvia O’Connor has a website for women looking for leadership.
[00:29:22] – Kim talks. Resilience is a podcast and monthly magazine
Podcast with Dr. Allen Lycka starring Sylvia O’Connor
126: Pursue Your Passion
Sylvia O’Connor knows a thing or two about poverty, loneliness, and job stagnation. She joins Dr. Lycka today to offer her unique insight on how to overcome these troubling situations. Unhappy with the fraud and corruption in the health-care system, she became a whistleblower where she won a financial reward that became the beginning of her journey from “poverty to prosperity.”
Guest Bio: Sylvia O’Connor is an author and Motivation speaker with a master’s degree in Administration. She gave up a 30 plus year career in health care to pursue her life’s mission of helping others.
Manna House seeks donations to feed influx of children during summer
Melinda Martinez, Alexandria Town Talk
Manna House is looking for monetary donations for their “Summer of Love” campaign. The local non-profit, located 2655 Lee Street, provides free meals every day regardless of income and with no questions asked. They operate o local contributions.
But donations of any amount are welcomed, stressed Viator. “No donation is too small or too large,” she said.
“And all these are tax-deductible,” said Viator. “Your support helps break the cycle of poverty for children, families, seniors, and the homeless.”
“I think they are doing a great service,” said Sylvia O’Connor who lives in Baton Rouge but is originally from Alexandria. Even though she doesn’t live here anymore, she makes it a point to donate to the Manna House now that she is in a position to help others.
In a letter to Viator, she recalled when the building the Manna House occupies used to be a grocery store owned by Nick and Olla Rae Chicola.Read More
“I grew up in Alexandria Louisiana Sonia Quarters. I am the youngest of five children. Nick’s Chicola Grocery store was a staple in the community when I was growing up,” she wrote. “I fondly remember Mrs. Nick (Olla Rae) as a very loving and kind lady. I grew up poor and I remember her letting my mother have credit at the store so that we could have food to eat to last us for the remainder of the month. My mother would pay Nick Chicola Grocery when she received her check.”
In 1990, Manna House opened up in the same location as the grocery store. O’Connor’s mother and sister were on a limited income and used to eat there. O’Connor thought it was just a place for homeless people but realized later that it wasn’t. Her mother and sister told her the food was great and they knew others at the Manna house.
“One of my passions in life is to help those who are less fortunate in life for whatever reason that may be,” wrote O’Connor. “Nick Chicola Grocery came to my family’s rescue when we were in need. I am now blessed to be a blessing. I told my sister that I donated to the Manna House, and she said that was good and reminded me that the late Mr.s Nick cared about people and was a blessing to many. I became compelled to donate regularly.”
Mrs. Nick, wrote O’Connor, used to let them get food on credit. Many people had it hard during the pandemic.
“The prices of food has gone up,” she said. And she’s grateful that she is now in a position to pay it forward.
She urges others to try to get on a system where they can regularly donate.
“If someone is helping you, just remember to give back,” said O’Connor.
To view entire article, please visit: https://www.thetowntalk.com/story/news/2022/05/13/manna-house-seeks-donations-feed-influx-children-during-summer/9719784002