Broken • Overcome • Faith
Monique Pettaway’s marriage began as most do, she and her husband were in love and planned to build a beautiful life together. Unfortunately, they only enjoyed eight months of happiness. Unexpected tragedy struck less than a year in.
After returning home from a vacation, Monique received terrible and shocking news – – her husband was wanted for murder.
Confusion, disbelief, and worry consumed Monique and her family. Monique and her husband watched in disbelief as the media destroyed his character. Her husband staunchly denied any wrongdoing. Monique firmly believed in his innocence and remained steadfast.
Life in Prison
Ultimately, Monique’s husband was convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison. He remains incarcerated and continues to fight for justice and freedom, from behind bars.
Sadly, he is a victim of Alabama’s Three Strikes Law. This means his prior convictions (for petty crimes) influenced his immediate case. Year after year, Monique stood by her husband’s side and they continuously appealed to the court.
Eventually, Monique's husband convinced her to file for divorce so that she could move on with her life, without him. However, they remain close friends and she will always continue to fight for his freedom.
Unsurprisingly, Monique fell into a deep, all-consuming depression.
She functioned at a bare minimum and she was broken.
Rededication to Life
Monique finally found hope, with her mother’s encouragement. First, Monique rededicated herself to their church. Then she found a renewed faith in God. Finally, she began to feel whole.
Monique is now a minister to others. She coaches women to overcome their past hurts and trauma and strengthen their lives. Her recently published book, Incarcerated But Free, is a wonderful example of how to break mental prisons and find freedom.
Monique’s story is, without a doubt, one of overcoming.
Monique has a peaceful yet electric energy that shines through in all she does. As a coach and speaker, she teaches others to grow beyond where they currently stand.
Lastly, Monique hosts her own podcast, Life Strategies With Monique. It’s a beautiful show and we hope you’ll check it out!
- You don’t have to stay where you are.
- It doesn’t matter what your experience is, we all feel the same emotions.
- There is joy found in sharing with others.
- You are strong enough to overcome!
- No one has to do it all alone.
Sadly, Monique’s grandmother battles Parkinson’s disease. This close connection lit a fire inside Monique to join the cause. She fully supports the Parkinson’s Foundation through participation in local fundraisers and events.
The Parkinson’s Foundation works to improve care and further research a cure for this devastating disease. Learn how you can get involved here.
Monique is currently fundraising for the Parkinson's Moving Day Walk.
The walk takes place on April 13, 2019 at Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama.
Will you help her reach her fundraising goals? Just click here to support.
These days, Monique approaches life head on and ready to create impact! She promises that all of us can overcome.
Monique's book, Incarcerated But Free: How to Find Freedom from your Mental Prison, is set up like a devotional. It's a resource full of real experiences that provides spiritual nourishment.
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