Alright – so today we’ve got the honor of introducing you to Eboni Vasser. We think you’ll enjoy our conversation, we’ve shared it below.
Eboni, appreciate you joining us today. Can you talk to us about serving the underserved.
My passion is to be one of life’s greatest cheerleaders. I am a natural exhorter & want to see wounded people overcome their obstacles & win. As Founder of Abba’s Heart Inc., we strive to help children who are negatively impacted by a parent or parents who are substance abusers. We are a small non-profit with a big vision & are still in our developmental phase. In addition to serving the children of substance abusers, we also support substance recovery centers quarterly with hygiene, paper & laundry products. This passion stems from my own childhood in which I was a child of a substance abuser. In addition to Abba’s Heart Inc., I am also a published author & speaker. My book Crooked Trees & its study guide is a self help book that focuses on the family dynamics of dysfunctional families.
Great, appreciate you sharing that with us. Before we ask you to share more of your insights, can you take a moment to introduce yourself and how you got to where you are today to our readers?
My passion stems from personal struggles that I’ve successfully overcome. Being an adult child of a recovering addict set me on a journey of emotional recovery throughout my childhood that, though tedious, came with its share of positive rewards. When writing, I like the material to be relatable. When speaking, I love transparency & my non-profit (which focuses on children of substance abusers) is my way of giving back to my community in an area that is definitely needed.
I am most proud of seeing my dreams fulfilled. When the support we provide to children puts a smile on their faces, we know that we’ve been a positive impact during a challenging time. We were also amazed once when we provided products to an all male recovery center & they gave us an equal response. They smiled at the fact that they weren’t forgotten and that we thought enough to provide them some much needed personal supplies. Staff even followed up to let us know how we encouraged the men with our donations.
Our assistance is generated through donations & fundraising. We are in the process of building our website & hope to have it up by the first quarter of next year. This will definitely help us to bring awareness to who we are & what we do. Lastly, as an author, I give back by providing a copy of my book for free to an incarcerated individual. If anyone has an incarcerated family member or friend, they can request a book to be shipped to the prison by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. In everything we do, individually or corporately, we strive to be a positive influence to those who are struggling in life.
We’d love to hear a story of resilience from your journey.
The most difficult part of my journey came recently. My book Crooked Trees is a series & while working on the 2nd book to the series, I picked up a ghostwriting client. During COVID it seemed that business, personal & professional, picked up. I was getting consultations even from other writers who needed me to assist them as a consultant on their journey. In the midst of deadlines I became a caregiver to a love one who first suffered a stroke which was followed by three surgeries. This put me in a position to have to roll up my sleeves while being accountable to deadlines. I had several close calls on deadlines, but because of resilience, I was able to do what I promised. This is why working on things you are passionate about is so important. When you love what you’re doing, even with obstacles, you desire to make things happen. After all, you gain additional clients by avoiding reputational risk. When you are a new creative or entrepreneur you have to make sacrifices in order to build your brand. The building phase is not for the weak, which is definitely where that passion will step in.
What’s a lesson you had to unlearn and what’s the backstory?
A lesson I had to unlearn was self-taught. It was very difficult for me to treat myself fairly in terms of the fees I was charging my clients. I wanted my services to be affordable, but found myself in a hole with the number of hours I was putting into a project. This happened when a few of my clients who needed ghostwriting services were procrastinating & not following through. Eventually the projects became a bust. I felt if I made it extremely affordable it would cause clients to stick with the process. Shortly after, I had a client that, based upon the hours I was working, pretty much get a book processed for almost nothing. I vowed to myself that this would not happen again. If people truly want a service, they will definitely be willing to pay. After all, they will be receiving revenue from the sell of what they used my services to create.
- Website: ebonivasser.weebley.com
- Facebook: Abba’s Heart Inc.
- Other: Email: email@example.com