Being Encouraged Team
David Daniel Simons
C.E.O (Chief Encouragement Officer), Founder, and Digital Marketing Specialist
BIO:Encouragement was something that wasn’t among the household of David Simons as a child all the way into his adolescence. He grew up raised in a African household in which he and his brother were more noted for what they did wrong and were rarely encouraged for what they did right. This void caused a deep desire for hearing encouraging words, motivation and anything that would inspire him. Since it is something David could not get at home, school, or among his peers he had to find a resource of encouragement and he found that in his relationship with God. After giving his life to Jesus he realized that if he had this lack of encouragement in his life there might be millions of other people who are void of inspiration, thus Being Encouraged was born. It started by sending out inspirational text messages to friends, leaving custom made voicemails for family and friends who called, then to uplifting Facebook posts on the walls of many, and now Being Encouraged is alive and well today. David seeks to provide an outlet to inspire those who need to receive some encouragement as well as those who want to pour inspiration into others. David believes that a lot of media outlets seem to discourage people with doom, gloom, and negativity that’s why he strives so hard for Being Encouraged to be the light in the dark bringing hope to all people.
“Life is what you make it” – Joanna Simons (Mother of David Simons)
“ I haven’t learned anything from my success. I’ve only learnerd from my failures” – J Paul Getty
“A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping-stone to the optimist.”- Eleanor Roosevelt
“Success in the future is promised to those who see themselves as a success today”- Dj Prophetic-
“Your understanding of something is proven through not repeating the same exact mistake.” -Dj Prophetic-
“Every external problem is really an internal problem” – Dj Prophetic-
Personal Blog: www.DjProphetic.com
N. Nathaniel Simons
C.F.E (Co-Founder of Encouragement) and Editor in Chief
BIO:While Nathaniel believes inspiration comes in many forms, he is a strong advocate of personal testimonies because they encourage the soul. His leadership experience has allowed him to recognize that motivational leaders are developed through their efforts to humble themselves and form relationships. Nathaniel graduated from the University of Southern California as Business Administration Major with a joint emphasis Entrepreneurship and Marketing and a Minor in Cinematic Arts. At USC, Nathaniel anchored a show for Trojan Vision Television, served on Undergraduate Student Government, was a Resident Adviser, an active member of Delta Kappa Alpha Cinema Fraternity, among other activities. Nathaniel believes in living life with purpose, irrespective of financial or social constraints and for the past six years has been pursuing acting in Los Angeles. As an actor, Nathaniel is currently represented commercially, theatrically, and for voice-overs. He feels blessed to have the opportunities he does and in the future will travel back to Ghana, West Africa to open a production company dedicated to portraying the African continent more holistically. Nathaniel’s hobbies include poetry, spoken word, traveling, indoor rock-climbing, and eating mint ice-cream straight from tub.
One of the most common causes of failure is when one is the habit of quitting when one is taken over with temporary defeat. –Napoleon Hill
Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’ has solved and will always solve the problems of the human race. -Calvin Coolidge
Happiness is not an end; it is a by-product of a life well lived. – Eleanor Roosevelt
Riches do not respond to wishes. They respond only to definite plans, backed by definite desires, through constant persistence –Napoleon Hill
It is a fool’s error to labor over justifying that which he does not believe in rather than seeking and fortifying that which he does. – Nathaniel Simons
Becoming Healthy is a process that requires us to strengthen every aspect of our body, mind, spirit & soul. -Nathaniel Simons
A vacation is a state of mind- choose to live with the intent that your life should not be vacated but rather lived, revitalized, and refreshed with the complexity that is existence- Nathaniel Simons
Destiny ordains one to follow the path that challenges him the most in the manner for which he has been prepared- Nathaniel Simons
BIO:Experiences that have transpired thus far in Sonia Harris’ journey have left her to believe there’s no such thing as a coincidence; everything that happens is by choice and divine purpose. For years Sonia struggled growing into her own not feeling confident, accepted, and unsure who she was called to be and what’s her purpose in life. In the mist of being lost, she was fortunate to be introduced to a friend who shared with her the stories of Christ. Inspired, she has made it her personal mission to pay-it-forward! Sonia often says, “she’s just girl who was broken, but placed back together and made whole by believing in whom first believed in her, (Jesus).” Now embracing everything she is and who she is called to be, Sonia has embarked on her journey to achieving a B.S. in Nutrition and Herbology. Just as a friend inspired Sonia, through Being Encouraged she hopes as your friend she can also spark the light in you.
“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.” Lao Tzu
“There are many who’ll bring a few things to the table, and there are those who’ll bring the table, put it together, and put something on it.” (Revised) -Jermaine G.
“The ends you serve that are selfish will take you no further than yourself, but the ends you serve for all will take you into eternity.”- Anonymous
“Sometimes, you have to pull back to bring out the peace in you and incorporate it into your reality.”- Tera Hodges
-Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you’ve never received.
-If you need something from God, all you have to do is ask. But 1st you gotta ask Him to teach you how to take care of what you’ve asked for, and if you begin to stand in the space of hurdles, just remember He is preparing you for greatness and it takes practice to become great!
-Trails are bound to come, so no matter what happens or what your heart goes through, reject the notion of becoming bitter. Forever be gentle-in your speech and deed. One day you’ll understand the goodness behind the trial.
Mannie Ramos Jr.
Director of Community Encouragement
BIO: Mannie Ramos Jr. hails from New Jersey. Despite coming from a rough upbringing, he uses his life lessons to write articles for Being Encouraged. He believes that happiness is choice and Jesus is his savior. The things he wants most in life are to be close with God and to inspire future generations to lead with love. He loves to do community work and plans on starting his own non-profit in the future. He is a Los Angeles-based actor and has an associate’s degree in fine arts from New York Film Academy. He wants to encourage everyone to take responsibility for their journey and put their faith in God.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power the world will know peace.” -Jimmi Hendrix
“If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments.” -Zig Ziglar
“My faith helps me understand that circumstances don’t dictate my happiness, my inner peace.” -Denzel Washington
“Don’t let anyone else be your reason for your own happiness.”
“Faith is only thing we have when we are broke and all alone.”
“Finding the light in every situation can make us see the beauty in the ugliest things.”