Motivating Stories from Local Women
Every woman has a story to tell, and no two stories are alike. Meet the women who have persevered through challenges and tribulations and come out the other side stronger than ever.
These unique individuals have seen their fair share of adversity but continue to inspire those around them with the lessons they have learned and their love of life. Read on for a motivating story by a woman who experienced them firsthand.
We all have a story, and as a Chattanooga native, I would like to share mine. I am the first person in my family to become an attorney, and with hard work and dedication, I am now the proud owner of Geeter Law Office.
I think it is important for you to understand that I am not very much different from you. I’ve faced personal struggles, parenting, full-time work, and illnesses. These life circumstances led me to commit to my goals, to be determined to make it in life, make a difference in the lives of my children, and along the way, be an agent of change for others.
There have been many challenges on the road, yet I stayed the course. I became a divorced mother of three and commuted to night law school for three nights a week for four consecutive years. I am proud to say that even while juggling motherhood, working full-time, being married, birthing two children, and severe pregnancy complications, I was able to graduate from Nashville School of Law. It definitely took a village. Statistics show that just 5% of lawyers in the United States are black, and only 2% of lawyers in the United States are black females. Although the odds were stacked against me, I still persevered to make my dreams come true.
The mantra at my law firm is to treat every client just like extended family and with respect. The people I represent come from all walks of life. Attorneys typically deal with clients at some of the worst times in their lives, and I deem it an honor and a privilege to serve them.
I share all of these things to be transparent in hope that you will understand that by staying focused, working hard, and remaining passionate, you CAN achieve greatness. I want anyone reading this to know that you can be anything you want to be despite the obstacles you may face. The sky is never the limit; you can shoot for outer space!
Johnika Everhart, East Brainerd