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I am dreamer that knows how to tackle even the biggest and most daunting of dreams.

 

In a conversation with my son a few years back, he asked, “Hey Mom? What if your book doesn’t sell?” I pulled over the car, turned off the ignition, looked him straight in the eyes and told him, “Miles, it’s okay to dream, and it’s definitely not okay if you don’t.”

I’m Tonia Allen Gould - a mom, a wife, an entrepreneur, an author, and more recently, a social entrepreneur with an island venture in Nicaragua. But, life wasn’t always this ideal. I grew-up in rural Indiana, living below the poverty line, and part of Indiana’s foster care system. At the age of seventeen, I was emancipated and on my own. To say I had to figure out this thing called life is an understatement. I broke the cycle through human connections, hard work and perseverance. I learned early on there was a life for me, tangible and within my reach; I just had to want to reach out and grab it. And I did just that.

Since overcoming that adversity, I’ve founded and run a successful consumer promotions and marketing company, wrote and self-published a children's picture book, and founded an island for social good. I’m the proud mom of two great kids, and have a loving husband who has supported my ambitions. Simply put, I never gave up.
 

 

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tonia@findingcortemagore.com

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