Keen and Chary know they are created to do something BIG, but what in the world could it be? They have so many questions and so few answers. Why are they here? Who can they trust? Is it ok to be different? Journey with Keen and Chary as they discover more about themselves than they ever imagined.
Have you ever felt like everyone around you knew exactly what they were created to do…except you? That’s how I have spent much of my life. Surrounded by teenage friends who knew they were destined to become attorneys. Surrounded by adolescents who knew they were created to be doctors. Not only did they know and believe, they achieved. For me, I spent years and years doing things “on” purpose, but never “in” purpose. Until now! Why Are We Here? was written to help children understand that they were created to do something great in the world. As I speak to female audiences, I realize that so many function each day without a realization of their purpose, but I believe true fulfillment can only be attained when one taps into who they were created to be.
My desire is that the eyes of children would be opened as they get to know each character and that they would begin to seek their purpose. But in an even greater way, I pray that the hearts of parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends would be flooded with light as they read this narrative to the children they love.
Keen is fearless. He is not afraid of the known or the unknown. He believes he is on earth to do something great, and not knowing what that is doesn’t bother him a bit.
Chary is softhearted. She fears the unknown and is very cautious. She thinks there is something special for her to do on earth, but having no idea of what it is, is very scary to her.
Sunniva is a ray of hope. Her patience and willingness to share her heart help everything begin to make sense.
Grant is a finger pointer. He points out things that are different about others without considering how he makes them feel.
A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Tijuana J. Williams was born to write. From childhood poetry to communicating teenage struggles to her parents through letters, Tijuana, known to family and friends as TJ, has always found comfort in a pen. Today, Tijuana provides that same comfort and confidence to others. She galvanizes women to passionately pursue their purpose, encourages children to confidently be themselves, and crafts content for websites, press releases, social media engagement, and more. These opportunities are the evidence that reveal this wordsmith’s passion.
Having matriculated at two well-known universities, Tijuana obtained a Bachelor of Science from Clark Atlanta University and a Master of Business Administration from Alabama A&M University. Currently, she is responsible for Marketing and Content Writing at a vibrant ministry in Birmingham, which serves more than 4000 people each week.
With an unquenchable thirst to help women find security in their past, be productive in their present, and focus on their future, Williams began blogging in 2015. Her willingness to share her heart openly and honestly has been the fire needed to empower, inspire, and uplift females of all ages. Due to the relevance of her blog, sharingmyheartblog.com, and her ability to connect with women everywhere, Williams continues to secure speaking engagements and was honored by having her first article published on al.com titled, “Dear Hurt.”
In 2016, Williams’ column in the Birmingham Times titled, “Sharing My Heart,” was a favorite of all readers.
With the release of her first children’s book, Why Are We Here? Williams believes true fulfillment can only be obtained when one taps into their purpose. Tijuana is focused on motivating individuals to discover what they were created to do and pursue it with all their heart. Mrs. Williams resides in Trussville, Alabama with her husband, Dale, and their two elementary-age children.
I am so excited to get a chance to read this awesome book to my kids! Congratulations TJ!Anonymous
TJ would love to share her heart with your organization as well as have you share your heart with her. Request TJ to speak at your next event. Offer a book review. Tell her if you and your child enjoyed “Why Are We Here?” Let her know which character you/your child liked most and why. Or simply say “Hello!”