I love my "job."

I love what I do. Sometimes, the travel gets tiring, and leaving my home for days or weeks is very hard. However, I wouldn’t trade my “job” for anything else.
There are weeks like the one I just had that let me know I’m doing exactly what I am supposed to do. It started at TN Teen Institute at Austin Peay State University. What an amazing group!! Watching 400+ students from every part of my state come together and declare (very loudly!) that they are drug free made me very proud. Before it was my time to present, I loved watching the energy from the sound booth. My son and nephew were with me, and they were overwhelmed with the noise (I said it was LOUD!), and they were also intrigued at what this large group of students was doing. My son, Andrew, is used to these conferences, but he has never attended one that had as much energy as TTI. Thank you, TTI, for allowing me to be a part of your conference. I expect great things to happen in my home state—and with the amazing energy and desire I saw in each one of you, I have no doubt great things will happen!

After TTI, I went to Florida Southern College to be with one of my favorite groups, S4TL. I can’t even describe how I feel about them. It was so good to see so many returning staff members, and even though I didn’t get to speak to each of you, I noticed you were there. This was the third year that the group got to hear about my son and all his craziness. For the first time, they also got to meet Andrew, and they really made him feel very special. Heart-felt thanks to Catherine, Chris, and CJ. I really appreciate you hanging out with Andrew. He loved showing off his jumping skills. ☺

Finding what you love to do in life is so important. I’ve “tried out” many professions, and while I’ve enjoyed parts of each one, there’s nothing like the feeling I get after speaking to groups like TTI and S4TL. Thank you for being so wonderful to me, thank you for your desire to make a difference, and thank you for encouraging others to live their life to the fullest.
Life IS Great!


  1. Marena. (S4TL) on June 28, 2011 at 10:50 pm

    Ms. Turk you are a awesome speaker plus, much more. I can not put put in words how motivating you were. And your son Andrew (Spidermen), is so adorable. “This aint yo dream” is a quote that everyone from S4TL will always remember said by you. “Just Be Real” love that quote. Thank you so much for you motivating words. -Marena (S4TL 2011)

    • hturk on July 27, 2011 at 2:01 am

      Thank you! I love S4TL– y’all are so amazing. I really appreciate your post. Thanks again. ( Andrew is adorable, isn’t he?). 🙂

    • Aaliyah Hayes on May 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Ms.Turk , I really enjoyed you this weekend at the Lousiana SADD Confrence.

      • hturk on May 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm

        Thank you! I had a great time with y’all!!

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