Single Mom Touching Lives
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I am Marlene Dillon, author of I’m Proud to Be Natural Me! Through my book and free children's empowerment workshops, I teach children to believe in themselves and empower parents to raise confident children. I need your help to continue this work. More ...

"I want to spend the rest of my life loving my daughter and inspiring others. That is what I was created to do." —Marlene Dillon

If I see a sad cashier, I'm in her line trying to encourage her. If I see a little girl with curly hair, I have to stop and give her a book. Empowering others is not just what I do, it's who I am. I wrote I'm Proud to Be Natural Me! to give children an opportunity to learn that they are beautiful as is. Many parents don't think to teach their children to be confident in themselves. It doesn't happen automatically. My book is an amazing tool for starting that conversation.

I am very proud of the work I've done with little to no money, and I know I could have a much greater impact, if I had the resources. I wrote, illustrated and self-published I'm Proud to Be Natural Me! with no money in my pocket and my little girl sleeping across my lap. I am recently separated, sleeping in my parents' basement, but the message is so necessary, and there's no more time to waste—children need to know who they are and parents need to know how what we say and do impacts their self-worth. My book has provided me an awesome platform to hold workshops at public libraries, speak in schools and meet the most amazing people at networking events. Thanks to my current job as a teacher's assistant, I have been able to purchase books, 25 or so at a time, to present at fairs and various events. Although, the lack of funds has caused me to turn down numerous opportunities to share my message, I continue to share, network, and speak where I can. 

I believe in my book. For all the children who require their parents to read I'm Proud to Be Natural Me! to them every night, for the little 4th grade girl I spoke to in a classroom who said, "I use to believe I was ugly, but now I know I'm beautiful," for the child who's likely never seen someone who looks like her on the cover of one of her book, and for the countless times parents have come up to me at events thanking me for writing it, I know it is necessary. I know it is a message that needs to be shared. And I know I cannot do it by myself.  

As I sit here with tear-filled eyes desiring so desperately for the resources to reach more children, to visit other states,speak and hold workshops, and even to continue to give books to those who can't afford it, I ask how you will you help me accomplish my dream? You can share, you can give, you can ask others who know have the resources to read this for themselves. However you can help, I ask you to because this is bigger than me. This bigger than a single mom who wants to give her daughter her own room and a puppy. This is about the lives I was created to affect for positive change. Will you please give a small (or large) donation and tell others of the work I'm doing?

Thank you for your time and thank you in advance for your support.

With much love and inspiration,


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