We had the good fortune of connecting with Rachael Royal and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Rachael, have you ever found yourself in a spot where you had to decide whether to give up or keep going? How did you make the choice?
When you think about your goals and your dreams it can seem like nothing in the world will stop you from attaining your sucess. However, life happens. The things that we desire to accomplish can come with their own set of obstacles and challenges. So how do we know whether we should keep going or give up? This is a question that each person has to answer for themselves. The reasons that I find to keep going may not be what motivates you and vice versa. What we can do is ask ourselves these standard questions and come to our own conclusions based on our individual answers. The first question is – What is your why? Why are you pursuing this particular goal or dream? Who will benefit from it if it comes to pass? Secondly, ask yourself- What will be the outcome if you don’t achieve this goal? Who and how will this affect others? Thirdly, ask yourself- What do you need to do to stay accountable to the tasks and obligations that are going to get you where you are going? Lastly, ask yourself- What will I feel if I walk away from this? Will my concious be free or will I experince regret? After going over these questions you should be able to come to the conclusion of whether you should contniue on or give up. Sometimes giving up just means that you have to revist your pursuits at a later time when your circumstances might be different. Delay does not mean denial.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I currently work at Dallas One College El Centro campus as a Workshop Facilitator and Lifeskills Presenter. I have worked with the college district for the past nine years. I have a passion for working with young people and am currently attending school at the Universtiy of North Texas at Dallas pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. My educational goal is to obtain my Masters degree in Counseling so that I can work with children in fostercare and Detention centers. I grew up in fostercare and understand the challenges of growing up in that kind of enviroment. It is what motivates me in all of my endeavors. I feel like one of the things that sets me apart form others, is my positive outlook on life even through some troubling circumstances. I expereinced sexual abuse, physical abuse and mental abuse in the fostercare system. As a teen I felt very depressed and misunderstood. When I gave my life to Christ and gained a better insight into what my purpose and passion in life was, I began to turn every obstacle that I faced into opportunites. I enrolled into school and began working with several non-profit organizations that work with children. I have been a volunteer for the Dare to Dream Children’s Foundation for the past eight years. DAre to Dream helps children in fostercare, orphanages and Detention centers to be guided through the challenges of life by teaching lifeskills and is based on biblical principles. I am also on the Board of Director’s for Interfaith Family Services which helps low income working families to gain sutanable lifeskills by providing temporary housing, financial coaching and mentoring and accountabilty. Although life has had it’s challenges and comes with it’s highs and lows, one thing I would like the world to know about me is that I never give up. I feel that the quote by Walter Elliot puts it best- ” Perservance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I love museums! So some of my favorite places to visit in the city are the Perot museum, Dallas Museum of art, Nasher Sculpure Center, The Sixth Floor Museumand the Dallas Holocust Museum. As far as restaunts I would take them to The Porch, Fridays, Cheddars, Saltgrass Steak House and Pappadeux.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to thank my ministry and Pastor Melvin Brown and Evangelist Aaron Brown for giving me the spiritual foundation to pursue my dreams. I would like to thank Jan Tennyson of Dare to Dream Children’s Foundation for allowing me to be a volunteer for an organization that helps children in fostercare and orphanges all over the world. I would also like to thank Kimberly Williams who saw something special in me and elected me to be on the Board of Directors for Interfatih family Services.

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