Ebony L. Hill is a woman who has been built on faith! She lost her mother to illness in her early twenties and Ebony found herself entering the corridors of adulthood without her rock. Although her path was riddled with self-doubt, self-sabotage, financial explosions and horrible relationship decisions, she ultimately found her way. With the support of a loving family, a dedicated praying grandmother and unshakable friends, she learned how to trust and rely on the Lord for all things.
Ebony is an ordained minister at Dayspring Family Church, a natural born encourager, a professional trainer and entrepreneur. Ebony’s passion for people, and the use of creativity, organizational skills and commitment are evident in everything she does. She can always be found in the time of need to be a friend and lend a listening ear.
Ebony loves to travel and recently achieved one of her dreams to visit Paris and tour the Eiffel Tower. She is happily married to the love of her life, Kwa, and just celebrated one year of marriage. She is an aspiring author and is enthusiastically anticipating the release of her first book “From 45 and Single to 45 and Married”, which focuses on the key points that helped her transform into a woman that was prepared to be a wife.
Ebony, what are you most passionate about?
I am most passionate about encouraging women and girls to love themselves and reach their dreams.
What inspires you to do the work that you do?
What inspires me to do the work that I do is, I believe in the scripture that says “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.” My life has been blessed beyond measure and I realize that although I have had my challenges and obstacles, I have been blessed to be a blessing to others.
What was one of your biggest challenges and how did you overcome it?
One of the biggest challenges I overcame was discovering how to love myself. I achieved this by first establishing a relationship with God and allowing Him to slowly but surely change my thoughts and my desires. This process was not easy as it took over a decade for me to fully walk in true love for myself. I discovered that my self-love journey had to take place before I was in position to become the wife I desired to be.
What advice do you have for women who are inspired to follow in your footsteps?
The advice I have for women who inspire to follow in my footsteps is to first be honest with yourself about the life you desire to have. Then, decide what you are willing to do to get that life. I would also advise women to spend time in prayer and listen for God’s leading as you plan out your steps to achieve your goals. If a woman is over forty, single and still desires to be married like I was, these steps are essential on the road to marriage.
Are there any women who have inspired you along your journey?
I am so thankful that I have always had women in my life that have inspired me along my journey. In my desire to be a better woman who serves God faithfully, my grandmother, Callie Mae Williams would be my inspiration. She was a dedicated and loving woman who instilled in me to always trust God and lean on Him during challenging times. My grandma showed me how to have standards and not conform to the convenient ways of the world, but to trust God’s ways even though they may be difficult. The reward far outweighs the sacrifice.
What helps you to stay motivated?
What helps me stay motivated is never taking for granted what I have been given. I may slow down or get distracted, but I always come back to my goals because I know that other women and girls are depending on me for support and encouragement.
What have been your biggest accomplishments so far?
Some of my biggest accomplishments so far have been changing my life around and living for God, waiting to marry the right man for me and not settling before he arrived, writing my first book and touching the lives of so many ladies along the way.
What is one way that you support other women?
One way I can support women is by being available to listen to their stories and being a sounding board and friend. I have found that being real and honest is often the best source of sisterhood that I can offer. Too often as women we find ourselves being available for our family and friends, but never having enough support when we need it.
What is your definition of winning?
My definition of winning is seeing that light flicker in another sister’s eyes. I know that we are both better off from having shared our time and our stories. I love the small wins and I get so many of them when I connect and invest with other women.
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