A Sioux Falls author is using her own life challenges to inspire others to overcome obstacles.
While her experiences have helped various people for more than two decades, she's hoping her newly released book pushes others to become better individuals.
Surrounding her dining room table, Melanie Brown is leading an inspirational group.
The Sioux Falls mother of four started her career as a nurse, where she thrived while helping others. When her husband suffered a major heart attack, she felt first-hand what her patients and families went through.
"When you hear a couple words like Code Blue, it really makes you look at life differently," Brown said.
Feeling helpless while her husband battled for his life, she says this was the lowest time of Brown's life.
"I wanted my husband to live on forever. He was way too young to have a heart attack and it's at that moment in time that is a defining moment and those are moments that happen to everyone," Brown said.
It was then when she realized she could use her experience to bring light to others during their struggles. After years of executive coaching, she took her own leap of faith and put her pen to paper. Believership: Ignite the Power in You was born.
"When that happens, we lose our confidence, we lose our character, we lose our strength," Brown said. "And it takes all of the energy out of our lives. That's what I wanted to do by writing this book: to have people believe in the power of themselves."
While becoming empowered to grow both personally and professionally, Brown's clients say her principles work. Matt Sapari says he's grown his catering business faster than expected.
"If you remove the limitations, then the skies the limit, that's when you're going to grow fast," Sapari said. "My original plan for building an event center was 10 years. I got it done in less than 2 years."
Heidi Schooly says she teaches Brown's principles to her coworkers at National American University in Watertown.
"I am very purposeful in what I do," Schooly said. "So it is important that we stay focused and we make an impact and change people's lives."
And Schooly herself is finding the bright side of tragedy.
"That's what everybody is looking for in their lives: their purpose. I had a brother who passed away here almost five years ago. He was a son, a brother, a father, a husband, and he knew his purpose," Schooly said.
That's exactly what makes Brown continue to work, she says, even while her husband has most recently suffered a stroke.
"That was a horrible traumatic day for us when Dennis had his stroke but that is really what put us here today," Brown said. "So out of everything bad, comes something good. We just have to keep on keeping on, and find a way."
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