Embracing the Valley

Author: J. Nadia Headley BS MA


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Embracing the Valley is a journey through the ups and downs of life with a reminder that there is purpose to it all. As leaders we often use analogies about life on top of the mountain, not realising that life happens in the valley. When we use these profoundly simple tools to recognize the evil, see the good and focus on the beauty our stories change from victimisation to victory. Nadia takes readers through the transformational process of shifting defeatist mindsets into powerful determinants of the future. These steps are punctuated with stories that dynamically illustrate the guidance provided. Treat yourself to her personal Memoirs from the Valley through her poetic expression of love, pain, joy, isolation and victory. Allow yourself to renew, rediscover and relaunch regardless of the hard paths of life so you can define your vision, find your voice, determine the version of your story that you want to be told and live a life of victory.



Nadia is deeply empathetic, kind to a fault, highly energetic and hopelessly optimistic. She has been through so many phases of life. There have been exhilarating highs and unimaginable lows. Somehow, she always manages to see the good in moments when the bad is overwhelming. Those small glimpses of hope empower her to withstand and fuel her to continue. It all boils down to the immense support she has been fortunate enough to receive from so many people. At the end of the day, it’s all about people. When she was graduating as a member of the President’s Society, the highest honour society at St. John’s University and when she was battling breast cancer; when she was traveling the world and when she lived in fear of a psychologically abusive ex; when she was enjoying the beauty of her family and when her family was at the food bank; when life was high or when life was low, the right people were always in place to help her enjoy the feast and endure the famine. Hailing from the most easterly Caribbean island, Barbados, she named her business Twenty One Fourteen Consultancy Services to commemorate the dimensions of her island: 21 miles long by 14 miles wide. As a proud Caribbean woman of African descent, she has also lived in St. Vincent, USA and Canada and has studied in Rome, Italy, sharing her light and bubbly spirit everywhere she goes. As a Social Development Practitioner, having served as the youngest United Nations Coordination Officer in Latin America and the Caribbean, she is diplomatic, poised and operates with the highest level of professionalism. As the founder and trustee of Small Enterprises for Education and Development (SEED) she has seen the ins and outs of nonprofit start up and intimately understands the challenges faced on the impact level. She has added many transferable skills to this breadth of experience, making her service offering to clients surprisingly comprehensive with a one-stop-shop boutique of services for her highly focused niche. Nadia believes in creating space for others and employs a roster of consultants who support clients, providing them with meaningful work and opportunities to develop themselves personally and professionally. Most of all, Nadia just loves to laugh and is determined to pass a better world on to her daughter. Nadia’s big audacious dream is to build an environmentally and economically self-sustained parallel school system in the Caribbean. Until then, she continues to focus on youth development and education in the Caribbean and on a global movement to encourage more visionary women to tell their stories and unleash their own power.

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Must Read for Women on a Journey!

Embracing The Valley really gave me a new perspective on life! I have been constantly just working towards the "mountains" in my life that I generally never considered the paths I took through the "valleys" and what could be learned there. As I read, I was able to reflect on different times in my life and derive new meaning from some of the challenges I faced. The stories of the women in the book...wow. Through the struggles and pain, hope to come out on the other side for the better is so important. I think readers will have their own mind-shift experience while and after reading this book. We all could use a moment to reflect on purpose.

by Asantie Murrell

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Pages: 146 | Trim Size: 6x9

Genre: Self-Help

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