Hey love, my name is Terri Lomax. I’m a Blogger, Speaker, and Brand Strategist and I empower striving women of color, to make peace with their pasts and pursue their goals, all while becoming their best selves. I also teach women who struggle with tech to leverage social media and personal branding, to grow their audience and impact. I love my life, but I have to be honest with you; my life wasn’t always this fulfilling. Have you ever looked in the mirror and been sadly disappointed by who was staring back at you? Have you ever cried yourself to sleep at night feeling as though the weight of the world was on your shoulders? Were you ever insecure about your weight or physical appearance? If you answered yes to any of these questions, we have a few things in common. My Passion Was Birthed From a Place of Hurt and Pain… I’m sure I look pretty happy in the picture to the left, but my desire to empower women to achieve their goals and overcome low self-esteem, was birthed from a place of hurt and pain. I grew up in an abusive household where my mom was physically and verbally abusive. As a result, I developed a deep seated self-hatred that negatively affected every area of my life. Often times I walked around with a smile plastered on my face, but on the inside, I was in turmoil. It took almost 20 years for me to learn the value of self-love and to realize my worth as a human being, let alone a black woman. I thought I Was Alone… The most discouraging part of my journey was that I thought I was alone. I thought I was the only girl who hated herself and her body. I didn’t see women on TV who looked like me, discussing depression, low self-esteem, or how to overcome the enemy within. There weren’t many productive outlets for me to talk about my negative self-image, or my struggles for that matter. I didn’t believe in myself and my self-concept contributed to a lot of self-defeating habits. The Light at The End of the Tunnel… Despite what I’ve been through, I was able to overcome; but I can’t take all the credit. I attribute much of my success (if not all of it) to supportive family members, selfless mentors, my dynamic pastors, and my “WHY” or my 7 siblings. By the time I was 23, I graduated with my Master’s degree and self-published my first book. I also started my own company, Terri Lomax Productions, LLC, which has a mission to equip marginalized teens and black women, with practical tools to actualize their potential. I don’t list these accomplishments to brag, instead, I want to show women who are on the verge of giving up, that anything is possible with persistence and a commitment to resilience! I created Mocha Girls Pit Stop to be a supportive online community where like-minded women can share their stories and inspire one another. To read my official bio please click here. Thank you for visiting! If you like what you see here at Mocha Girls Pit Stop, feel free to subscribe below for my inspirational newsletter and don’t forget to check out the Start Here page to get properly acquainted.