Serving and inspiring while making a difference in the lives of others and creating
content that will outlive me is what I'm most passionate about.
Sometimes, numbers do lie! Statistics say children, who are raised in domestically violent homes and/or homes filled with substance abuse and poverty, are less likely to succeed and more likely to become products of their environment. However, this wasn’t the case for Rahkal C. D. Shelton, author, speaker, mental health advocate, and inspiration enthusiast. Those were her statistics; however, the self-proclaimed “rose from concrete” triumphed over them.
Born on the Southside of Chicago to a 19-year-old drug addict and high school dropout, her tumultuous childhood should have guaranteed future failure. But she persevered, proving that “your past doesn’t have to dictate your future and manifestation is the product of action,” as she boldly states.
Rahkal not only desired to overcome adversity; she put in the work. Fast forward: She is a first-generation college graduate and HBCU alum, whose resume is lined with accomplishments and work histories with well-known corporate entities.
In 2009, Rahkal’s passion was ignited. She found her purpose while working for the Chicago Public School System as a mentor and organizer.
This discovery led to working with disadvantaged youth and coaching employees within elite corporate structures. Rahkal holds a Master’s degree in Media Communications and has over 12 years of experience working for major conglomerates, including CNN, Warner Media, iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel Communications), Fox Chicago News, and WGN. Simply put, she started from the bottom; now, she’s here…and determined to motivate others along her journey. Using her voice as a platform to educate and empower, Rahkal passionately serves culture through sharing her story and teaching personal and professional development strategies.
She is the author of Dreams Bigger Than Texas, Blackbird, and Woosah: A Survival Guide for Women of Color Working in Corporate. Her heart beats to the rhythm of her life’s mantra: Be the Inspired You.
Be The Inspired You is my personal mantra.
My mission is to challenge individuals to be the best version of themselves.
I help people tap into their full potential, through affirmations, supporting development, coaching, and motivating!
I believe affirmations are SEEDS for the mind. When planted frequently mindsets evolve producing a harvest of positive beliefs and changes in behavior. 2017, I lost four of the closest people in my entire life within eight months. If this wasn't challenging enough, I took in two children as a result of one of the deaths becoming an instant mom. Battling grief, the stress of instant single motherhood, work, life, and anxiety, my health declined rapidly. I found myself in an extraordinarily difficult dark space and clinically depressed. Through that experience, I learned my capacity and began to change my thoughts and perspective. I learned that if you can change your mind, you can change your life.
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