A Note From The Editor…
“Most people aspire to be something great in their life whether it be a doctor, lawyer, my dream was to become a teacher; yet life had a different plan for me, God has a different plan for me.”- Rochelle Johnson
I was born in Rantoul, Illinois and raised in Gary, IN. Growing up in a city like Gary, you are marked with a stamp of failure, but for me failure was not an option. I did grow up privileged with a silver spoon in my mouth, it was a struggle that would ultimately impact he woman I have become. I had no direction, had no idea where I would end up or how I would even make it out. My mom and grandmother kept us in church, I understood early that I had a special calling on my life so I moved forward with life fearlessly; eventually with strong faith I would be aligned with my purpose and insight to fulfill my destiny.
Being a teen mom having my first born at 17, I didn’t let that stop me. I got married at a young age and went thru many obstacles I don’t care to disclose right now, understand it is part of the reason I developed such a strong will stay determined. After having my first born I found out I was pregnant almost four years later with my who was born June 12, 1999. I gave birth to a 8lb 14oz perfect bouncing baby boy who was diagnosed w/ autism by the time he was 9 years old. The birth of my son taught me valuable lessons that can only be learned by experiencing. Becoming a mother in my teen years and enduring all the things that I had in my life from molestation to rape, I grew tired.
As women, especially women with children we believe our lives are over when we give birth to children but its not it’s an adjustment period, a learning and strengthening phase. My son was strong enough to adjust despite of the challenges he has faced with Autism. He faced them fearlessly everyday, so who am I to feel sorry for all that I endured. I decided I’d give hope to the world; I’d become the teacher that I always dreamed and developed a platform to deliver a positive message and educate the world on the positive things that we miss, that moment of realization is when Six Twelve Magazine was born!
There is so much negative going on in the world and very few sources that deliver a positive image of the things that are good going on; so I began to evaluate the sources that delivered information to us. I realized my children had few options that I would be comfortable with them reading, few options that inspired or educated people to live despite of the obstacles they had or may face in their lives.
Six Twelve is a voice, a voice for those who endure and overcome something in their life and overcome against all odds. Six Twelve is my autistic son’s voice; enduring all that he has endured with test and living his life under a “microscope” I owe it to him to become his voice and the voice of many others who wouldn’t otherwise have one. I owe my son a fight to give back a voice that was taken away from him by Autism. My 3 sons will forever be my motivation and inspiration behind what the world knows as Six Twelve Magazine. Six Twelve Magazine represents strength, endurance and survival!!
Six Twelve Magazine is positive, entertaining, trendy and inspiring!
Thank you to those who read my story and inspired to live, it means more to me to inspire one to live than all the riches the world can offer! Thank you to those who have continually supported Six Twelve’s Magazine’s journey your support is greatly appreciated. Keep watching, keep supporting, keep believing!
Founder|Editor in Chief
Six Twelve Magazine