Hello My Story! My name is Dr. Crystal Lewis. I am a motivational speaker, author, and mentor with a mission to inspire & impart strategies to overcome mental obstacles and fully walk in the destiny God has in store. I love to writing as a result I recently authored my book, “The Diamond Formation,” where I discuss the difficulties in my life that brought so much joy in the end and what tools we can apply to move beyond the challenges life presents.

The highest point in my life would have to be the day I graduated with my PhD! I was walking down the aisle about to be hooded by my Advisor there were so many emotions taking place. By this point my journal articles were approved and I received many awards for the research that gave me so much pain! It was a day of praise to God for the victory that He won! My heart was filled with gratitude and joy knowing that God is truly who He says He is. A waymaker and a miracle worker! The lowest point of my life took place in my third year of graduate school. In my book, I mention a time where I was under a lot of psychological pressure. I was constantly being told that my communication skills were horrible, that I wasn’t a good writer, and I should just give up and finish with my Master’s. My spirit was being weakened due to the negative criticism on a daily basis. So by the time I broke a $500,000 microscope, I felt as though God had truly let me down. I had been trying to fight feelings of depression for a while, though I cried every Sunday night at the thought of going to school the following Monday morning. But the day I broke the microscope, I felt that I broke mentally as well. In that moment, I said out loud "Life would be better than this" and instantly my body began to cringe. I've had many turning point experiences in my life, but one that remains most prominent was the day I realized I couldn't attend medical school due to low MCAT scores. While I was at an internship at Ohio State University, I had a dream. In the dream, I was in the Provost's office where he told me that I wasn't accepted into the medical program. When I asked him why he said that my MCAT scores were too low. The next day, I would receive my MCAT scores and indeed it was low scores. It was a turning point because it led me to explore PhD programs in Chemistry. At this point, I was developing a love for this area of science and ultimately it would lead me to work for the cosmetic industry. There are so many influential people who have inspired me so it's certainly hard to pick only one. Women such as my mother, Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama and Pastor Sarah Jakes Roberts have all been very influential role models. By far my mentor Tera Carissa Hodges who provided me with so many key strategies that helped me solidify my vision and ultimately publish my book has played a huge role in my life. I've learned that life may not go as planned, but as long as God is in control His plans will far surpass even your dreams for yourself. I'm learning to trust Him even when I can't seem to trace his footsteps. I'm most proud of my book "The Diamond Formation" as it has provided healing for myself and others. It is a testament to God and how challenges have made me stronger as the Diamond God has called us to be. What motivates me is my passion for individuals finding their purpose and living out that purpose. When you are in alignment with what God has called you to do, it will have struggles but it also brings unspeakable joy! Run your race, don’t look to the left or to the right. Silence your inner critic and speak up if need be. Don’t use the energy you have to focus on negative situations. In my experience, the more I focused on the negative the more frequent negative circumstances became. The more positive I became, the more my life reflected that change. In terms of my career background, I have a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry and currently work as a Formulation Scientist for a personal care company in Massachusetts. I've also co-founded the movement God's Investors that is geared to helping young men and women to have a deeper relationship with God through blog writing.

Right now I will be hosting a Prayer Conference for the women in the New England region (The Verve Hotel Natick, MA) this year. It is our goal to come and petition to our Father believing that by His power all bondage and strongholds are broken! If you would like to join us you can register you can on my website.

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Instagram @ms_cslewis Thank you for inviting me to share my story on your platform! This interview has reawakened my vision to inspire men and women to pursue their dreams and live their life as God intended for them.

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My name is Shalon Barnett. I am a reinvention specialist, inspirational speaker, and an author. I help women transition from hopeless to hopeful through renewing your mind, transforming your life, and living your purpose. I am co-owner of a retail pharmacy. I am married with four children and I enjoy living a purposeful life.

My high point in life is this very moment. I truly understand the scripture Jeremiah 29:11. Thirteen years ago, when I was accused of a crime and arrested in the public eye. I lost all my material possessions, but I did not lose my life. I truly wanted to give up, but I had a snapshot of what my life could be and I trusted God to mend all my broken pieces. I am so grateful that I have a God that loves me so much that although I felt alone he showed me signs along the way that he was there.

Several years ago I found myself in a low place. I had recently been accused of a fraud and arrested in a public way. When my mugshot ended up on the local news channel I just knew I could not survive that. I was from a very small town and all it took was one person to see and it and then it was the talk of the town. That happened in that order. All my insecurities that I was masking with fancy clothes and shoes came to the surface and I was left to deal with on my own at least I thought. I remember choosing the day I would end my life and being so sure that it was no other way. As I sat on the floor with tears streaming my face, my eyes full of water I saw plain as day a vision of myself standing a stage. As I saw the people I realized I had a child I would leave behind if I went through such selfish act, but I also saw God’s face showing me a glimpse of my purpose.

The turning point believe it or not was when I spent 19 days in jail. At first I thought it would be a quick in and out. I was use to that. I realized I had been so busy trying to create a life I desired that I never once sat down to really consult my maker. For the first time I was not in control of the situation therefore it forced me to learn some valuable lessons. While learning the lessons I was able to really see myself. My real self. My flaws, my mistakes, my decisions, and most importantly my character. That was the beginning of my journey to make some real lasting changes in my life.

I have a few influential people in my life that have guided me through the early chapters of my life story, my son has to the greatest influence. He gave me hope when I could not see it for myself.

That every situation I found myself in that I was the root cause. We all have choices and there comes consequences from the choices we make. So when life seemed extremely hard it was a decision somewhere down the line I made to get me that hardship.

How God turned my pain into purpose to help other women thrive through giving them hope and providing housing. God preserved me for purpose.

What are your motivations:

My children.

Map of survival:

Renew your mind, Transform your life, and Live your Purpose.

I have a Non-profit organization named Shalon’s Hope where I provide residential services to women in transition.

Do you have any present or future projects?

I have a quarterly luncheon called “Platform for Hope” where I provide a platform for women to share their stories of Hope.

How can we connect with you on social media?

FB: shalonbarnett

Instagram: @shalonbarnett

Linkedin: shalonbarnett


PLEASE BRIEFLY INTRODUCE YOURSELF, SO THE READERS CAN GET TO KNOW YOU? My name is Brooke Thrupp I am a 21 year old psychological science student who will be graduating end of 2020, I also am studying equine assisted therapy planning to be done by end of 2020 and currently working as an equine therapist assistant in Tamworth NSW. While being put on hold with work due to Covid 19 I started a mental health and wellness platform called Btsbms. This platform is a blog that aims to educate people on mental health and wellness through my personal experience living with depression plus my training in psyc science. I also allow people to share their stories through a feature page to encourage others to do the same. I have just introduced online life coaching as a part of btsbms and already have interested clients. Btsbms is a place where we make mental heath exist together.

HIGH POINT I have had many highs in my life and many lows as does every other human being. I was only 14 yrs old when I was introduced to a man named Tony Ernst. Tony is a world class horseman and is known for his communication techniques between people and horses using his Thai chi experience to do so. Tony introduced me to the idea of equine assisted therapy at a young age when I volunteered at one of his clinics where he had a group of juvenile justice kids participating. I also in ways got to help and participate as tony was using some of our horses for the clinic. I had never seen anything like this work done before and it really opened my eyes and broadened my thinking about psychology. This is the moment I knew exactly what I wanted to do in life. The feeling of seeing such confused and aggressive filled individuals progress through a two day program and come out at the end seeming like complete different individuals was the most inspiring moment to this date.

LOW POINT As mentioned I am a survivor or a mental illness myself. I was diagnosed with depression twice in my life. Once as a young child as the result of my fathers death and then only recently as a young adult for what reasons triggered it I am still unsure. I first began feeling physically ill but after numerous doctors appointments and blood tests I was diagnosed with depression for the second time. I was soon medicated a week after diagnosis and the side effects period made me feel worse than what I already was. Some days I couldn’t remove myself from a fetal position because I couldn’t do anything but cry. The fact of being depressed made me feel more depressed. I started worrying who would stick around and who it would all be too much for.

TURNING POINT Slowly i started integrating my own strategies into my recovery and each day got easier until I felt completely myself again. During the depression period this is when I began making the plan for btsbms. It wasn’t until I had recovered and lost my job that it became a reality but my overall picture for it was to give to those what I wish I could of had during my mental illness. I started thinking about my future where I was headed and what I really wanted to do. My end goal is to start my own equine assisted therapy business when I eventually own my own property but in order to fund this I plan to make btsbms my full time business in the near future.

WHO WAS THE MOST INFLUENTIAL PERSON IN YOUR LIFE? During all of this I had many people who surrounded me with love and support there is not one person I can single out that was there more than others but my mother and best friend were a big part in helping me through the tough days. They saw me and helped me through my worst. I also have an extremely understanding boyfriend who lives away from me but helped where he could and stood by me the whole time.

WHAT DID YOU LEARN FROM THESE LIFE EXPERIENCES ? From these experiences I’ve learnt that giving yourself time and love is honestly one of the most important things. I don’t ever think that things shouldn’t happen, everything happens for a reason. Sometimes what happens is horrible and unbearable but the outcome that is made is supposed to be the reason for it all. Maybe my reason was Btsbms.


I am most proud of myself. Without my own encouragement everyday and pushing myself to do things that I thought were impossible sometimes I wouldn’t of recovered so quickly or had the mind frame that I do now.

WHAT KEEP YOU INSPIRED AND WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE UNINSPIRED? I find little things every day that keep me inspired. My end goal, my horses, my family but really it’s me. I inspire myself.


If I had to offer others a piece of wisdom as a survival map I would say if you don’t have a goal or a healthy routine you NEED to make one. These are the things that drive us to get up everyday and continue through our day with a purpose at the end.


I am a student still, but I am currently life coaching/ blogging with a goal at the end of 2020 I will be a qualified equine assisted therapist.


My present project of btsbms is something that is going to hopefully help me find my end project of starting my equine assisted therapy business.

EMAIL: Btsbmsblog@gmail.com

WEBSITE: www.Btsbmsblog.com

INSTAGRAM: @btsbms

FACEBOOK: btsbms

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