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Meet Fulfill Your Destiny’s New Booster Group “Destiny’s Angels”

During a recent Chari-Tea fundraiser, Karen Mertes, CEO of Fulfill Your Destiny and author of Plaintiff 101, announced the creation of the first ladies booster group dedicated to furthering Fulfill Your Destiny’s work and mission.

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The group, known as “Destiny’s Angels,” is chaired by Pegge Barrier of 21st Century Financial. Members share their time and talent to help the charity serve deserving community members.

What does it take to be a Destiny’s Angel?

There are no dues for membership and new members are welcome. Members share a common desire to help others in big and small ways and meet monthly at each other’s homes for food and fellowship. At meetings, attendees make new friends, network, and determine which individuals (previously vetted by local charities) that the group will aim to help.

Destiny’s Angels uses its collective imagination, talent, and connections to brainstorm ways to provide help for community members who are experiencing unforeseen challenges and need a second chance. These individuals would otherwise fall through the cracks for traditional social services.

Interested in being an agent of change to help others in your community?  To learn more about Destiny’s Angels, contact membership coordinator Carolyn Eastman at carolynanneastman@gmail.com.

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Community Members Accepted Fulfill Your Destiny’s Hero Challenge! Watch the Video.

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny. Now through December 30th, Fulfill Your Destiny invites you to take the Hero Challenge!

The saying “Hands Eagerly Reach Out” (HERO) to help others is a founding credo of the charity Fulfill Your Destiny. The organization even gives out H.E.R.O. awards to those who have demonstrated this spirit to support its work.

Join them as they turn this statement into a community-wide challenge.

Watch a heartwarming example below:

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Participants must register for the challenge (link below), and then share their completed act of kindness (anonymously or using a first name if they wish). Kindness Crusaders may team up with work buddies, clients, classmates, family, and friends and are encouraged to include a photo to inspire others on our social media.

All acts of kindness will be noted on our website and social media!

How do I sign up for the Hero Challenge?

Simply register below for the challenge of accomplishing one act of kindness.

Sign up here

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Tracy and Stephen Weston

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.

Tracy and Stephen Weston, the owners of HydroShield of Tampa Bay, are the recipients of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grant. The grants are awarded to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events and are ready to take their business to the next level—while also giving back to the community.

In 2014, Tracy became legally blind and had to leave her corporate job as a CFO. After being told that Tracy would never be able to work again, the couple decided to start their own business. HydroShield of Tampa Bay is a business that provides protective sealants for surfaces such as granite, glass, tile, and all-natural stones.

This grant will help Tracy and Stephen purchase additional equipment and hire their first full-time employee. The couple also makes it a priority to give back to the community by donating to the Children’s Cancer Society through the Chick-fil-A 5K Walk.

“One of our greatest joys as business owners is the chance to be a testimony to our children and others that when a family works together, you can be greater than the challenges before you,” said Tracy.

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Throwback Interview with Karen Mertes on Fox13

After serving in the Air Force for 20 years, a near-death experience in 2007 forced Karen Mertes to change her life.

She was hit by a drunk driver going over 100 mph and cracked her skull in two places. During her recovery process, she realized the importance of helping others.

“Out of pain comes our passion and we find our purpose,” she said.

Today she runs the grassroots organization Fulfill Your Destiny, which awards $1,000 grants to people who are going through a crisis.

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“I look for people who have survived—whether it be a job layoff and then became an entrepreneur, or an injury, or some sort or illness.”

Now a motivational speaker, Karen has also written a book called “Plaintiff 101” to help raise money for her charity. The book provides answers for people pursuing personal injury lawsuits and gives inside information to help them save time and money.

“By choosing to be better, and not bitter, I’m able to reach and inspire a lot of people.”

You can read Karen’s #1 Amazon Bestseller “Plaintiff 101” by clicking here.

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Shannon Raday

Karen Mertes, author of “Plaintiff 101,” is also the founder of the non-profit Fulfill Your Destiny.

Shannon Raday, the founder of Sweet Therapy, is a recipient of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grant. The grants are awarded to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events and are ready to take their business to the next level—while also giving back to the community.

Sweet Therapy is a bakery that provides delicious, wholesome treats always made from scratch and made without chemicals, processed mixes, or preservatives.

“Before I started my business, I didn’t know how common it was for consumers to have food sensitivity and diet restrictions that limited their ability to enjoy desserts,” said Shannon. Now, accommodating restrictive diets is her specialty.

The grant will help fund her ability to increase mobile refrigeration and allow more fresh baked items to be sold in outdoor settings. As her small company grows, Shannon plans to donate to non-profits serving children and homeless community members.

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Happy Thankgiving!

Remember to give thanks for your life, loved ones, and health! What are you thankful for? Use that list as a mantra when going through hard times.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Fulfill Your Destiny’s Business Builder Grant Awarded to Alicia Campos

Alicia Campos, the founder of Happy Industries Art Studio, is a recipient of Fulfill Your Destiny‘s Business Builder Grant. The grants are awarded to proven entrepreneurs who have experienced life changing events and are ready to take their business to the next level—while also giving back to the community.

After teaching art and art therapy classes to youth for years, Alicia plans to start her own non-profit for Florida children in need. The non-profit will provide art therapy to young people in need of support and enhanced self-esteem, and it will offer many types of art classes.

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“The Business Builder Grant will help us with the $400 start up fee to begin a non-profit organization and help us to increase the number of free art classes,” said Alicia Campos. “I have done art outreach in hospitals and many places where children and adults need support, encouragement and self-expression. Our non-profit will expand this work and help reach many more community members including adults, veterans and others. Thank you, Fulfill Your Destiny!”

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