2016 On Purpose Conference!

clemson3Come and join us at the 2016 On Purpose Conference” this Friday, February 26th at the W Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia. I will be speaking on purpose. Of course, my purpose is to be the voice for fatherless daughters all over the world.

I will also be speaking the following day on Saturday, February 27th in Athens, Georgia at the one year anniversary for The Wish Dish.”

Come and join us!

Next Podcast Series: Married or Single, Who Has It Better?

IMG_5735Andi Hill, author of the “Screaming for Eden” blog, and Jan O’Shaughnessy, author of “The Shitty Housewife” blog, join Keeping It Real with Denna to discuss the laughs and challenges of married and single life.

Denna gets up close and personal in Andi and Jan’s experiences both in and out of relationships. Thirty, flirty and thriving Andi Hill reveals some of the most awkward and funny experiences she’s had on dates. Then, Jan O’Shaughnessy tells all- the good, the bad, and the shitty reality of married life. You’ll just have to listen for yourself to find out who really “has it better.” Read more

The Fatherless Daughter Project is in FULL EFFECT!

IMG_1091On February 16, 1984, my dad was killed. I usually dread this time of year, but this year is different. It is different, because the countdown to our book release is happening now. The Fatherless Daughter Project: Understanding Our Losses and Reclaiming Our Lives will hit stands on June 7, 2016, right before Father’s Day.

I have felt called to be the voice of fatherless since I was 13 years old. It will have taken 32 years to see my purpose come to fruition on bookstands, but every moment was worth this wait. It is my heart’s biggest desire to see this book act as a guide for fatherless daughters from every walk of life. It is what I wish I had as a daughter growing up without her father. Read more

Are You Heart Healthy?

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Because I started my life off as a Registered Nurse, I can’t help but want to educate people around health. February is heart health month. Thereis a myth that heart disease mainly effects men, but the truth is 1 in 3 women die from heart disease each year.

We have come a very long way in the fight against breast cancer. I commend all of our strides in bringing this disease to the forefront, but the fact is, heart disease is robbing us from our families at a much faster rate. It is a silent epidemic in women. Read more

Meet 11- year-old Fatherless Daughter, Amanda-Grace

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How did you get connected with The Fatherless Daughter Project?

I learned about TFDP from my Mom who went to high school with Ms. Denna.  My Mom shared some things from the website with me last year. I told her I wanted to be a part of the project because I am like Ms. Denna. I am also a fatherless daughter.

Can you tell us in a few sentences about your personal story of father loss?

My parents divorced when I was just a baby so growing up I never knew my father.  My father picked me up one day for his visitation and brought me back home several hours later.  After that visit, he made the choice not to see me again and not to be a part of my life.  I was just a year old.
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Give and Take

Do you know someone who is hurting and in turn hurting you too? Sometimes friends or family can become self-absorbed or stuck in the victim role because they just need more…more love…more time… and even more understanding during a painful season in their lives.

If you are at a healthy point in your life, the universe me be drawing on you to give more of yourself to someone in need. Being selfless is a lesson only learned by experience. Givers have been takers, and takers will undoubtably be called on to give.

Lead with grace. Give back what was once given to you. The universe will thank you for it.

GET OFF THE ROLLER COASTER

IMG_0326Where does the time go? My sweet little Sophie turns 5 this week. I can hardly believe that it has been 5 years since she came kicking into this world. Seeing this picture reminds me of just how precious life is. We have to remember to get off the roller coaster and just be. Be with the one’s we love. Work will always be there, but our time to make an impression on our children is fleeting. Choose where and how you spend your time with your heart. Do what you love, and love the one’s you are with. Being unsettled is just as bad as settling. Get in alignment with what makes you feel good. When you do, all of your time will have meaning.