When I turned fifty years old, something deep and undeniable stirred inside of me…and I knew. The time had finally come. It was time to tell my story.
Made For More is an autobiographical novel, and the scene unfolds in a hospice ward where my cantankerous elderly patient, Leah St. John, “forces” me to tell my story. This tete-a-tete was initially a distraction for her, but she soon shares something with me so compelling, that I have no choice, but to continue sharing the rest of my story with her.
Made For More reached 8 countries within a few months of its release and I am humbled by the moving feedback I’ve received from men and women from all walks of life – and age groups. What I hear most often is that through my story, people feel seen, and no longer feel alone.
Yes, our individual situations may be different, but we all share the same heartstring of courage, resiliency and hope – we all want to know we belong to (and are a part of) something greater.
When we hear how someone else “just like us” overcomes adversities and hardships, our own spines stiffen and we find the tenacity to try again. We realize that maybe hope is a strategy, that tomorrow will be a better day, and that we are braver, stronger and smarter than we think we are.
Sometimes the best (and only) way to give someone hope is not to give advice, but to simply share our story. We learn from one another and boost each other’s faith in this way. If someone else can do it, then I can too.
So, for those of you who have always felt like an outcast, who have never felt like you belonged, or who have felt unworthy of life, may you not only come to understand and resolve some of the events that have shaped you, but may your purpose, your calling, and the fire and passion of your heart be ignited again through this book.
No matter how heart-wrenching your past may have been, I want you to know you were Made For More.
“You make a difference, my friend. You’re not too young and you’re not too old to do something amazing for yourself—and for others.
You are more than what happened to you.
You are more than what others have said.
You are more than what others have done to you.
You are more than what you have done to others.
And you are more than what you have done to yourself.
You are more than all of this.
You are Beautiful. And it is time you know this.”
-Made For More
Manna began her career as an entrepreneur in the 1980s in Canada, and within a short time, her work became nationally recognized. In the late 1990s she and her son moved to the United States, where she used her giftings and expertise to help others in the marketplace, providing progressive marketing concepts, effective office systems, integrative team building curricula, personal and professional leadership consulting, and strategic partnerships to businesses around the country.
After a life-altering event in the early 2000s, Manna went back to school to learn as much as she could about the deeper dynamics in relationships, health and healing. With herself as living proof of miracles happening to everyday people, she earned an MA in Psychology, a PhD in Philosophy, and graduate certificates as a Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP), a Certified Clinical Nutritionist (CCN), a Certified Clinical Herbalist (CCH), among many others. Upon completion of her studies, she opened up her own wellness center to help others.
As an Author, Speaker, Leader, Visionary, CEO and Founder of several companies, and Strategic Partner to many others, Manna platforms extraordinary businesses and individuals who have inherent values, intentions, and alliances congruent with socially responsible, sustainable and impactful missions and causes. She is passionate about helping people step into their calling, live extraordinary lives, prosper through chaos, be a forerunner with unseen opportunities, lead under pressure, and deliver results.
Manna’s own calling is to teach, challenge, stretch, and equip others to live-out their gifts in a world hungry for authentic, honorable, and meaningful leadership and relationships. Conventional models teach us to seek more information; Manna teaches us to seek wisdom. This way, not only will the individual prosper, but the entire community will prosper.
Now with almost thirty years of entrepreneurial experience, she has spoken to over 40,000 people, worked with hundreds of different businesses and organizations, and guided even more individuals seeking personal excellence. She has clients in 8 countries, has contributed to numerous educational, disciplinary and advisory boards, and is an Ordained Leader with Third Day Churches. She is also a marathon runner, a health and exercise enthusiast, an avid reader, is conversant in four languages, plays tennis and the piano, studied martial arts, loves animals, and is active in her community.
Returning from an extended sabbatical where Manna served on mission trips, she also took quiet time to dive into her writing again. While she had already written numerous books, articles, curricula, manuals and programs in the past, her writing now extended to deeper levels – she shares her own fascinating life’s journey in her recently published autobiographical novel.
Manna’s background is all at once unusual, unimaginable, diverse, extensive, and rich. She suffered great and inexplicable adversities throughout her life, and as an overcomer of childhood physical and sexual abuse, spousal abuse, anxiety, eating disorders, and depression, she is living proof that living happily ever is possible—even against all odds.
Manna and her family live in San Diego, California.