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“I am a survivor.”

annette_laughI draw courage from the stories of women who have courage.
I draw strength from learning from women who have overcome the insurmountable.
I transmute when I hear of a woman who has remade herself, cellularly.
The fire in my belly busted into a wildfire when I heard Annette’s story.
And the very same thing will happen to you, when you read it. Grab a tea, sink in.

She is a survivor. She is an Emmy Award winner. She is a powerhouse beautiful woman. Encountering Annette will change you, charge you, challenge you.
Drink deeply of this glorious woman who I am so very proud to call a Mastery graduate.

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Annette, Age 53 Brooklyn NY
Journalist, Television Producer and Entrepreneur


annette_momI grew up thinking that I had to please men.
That’s what my mother tried to do. She was a wonderful, sweet, caring, active, beautiful woman. She had lots of friends, was very active in the church, had a beautiful voice and sang in the choir. She had career success too—she worked at a bank, was great with money and very well-respected.

Meanwhile, my father beat the crap out of her and verbally abused her on a regular basis.

She cooked, cleaned, made sure that we had everything we needed, worked nights. She was one of the most wonderful, hardworking souls – and she got beaten, threatened and mistreated by my dad.

So growing up, what I got from watching that was a fierce conviction: I was never going to be like my mom.

I wasn’t going to get married and have the crap beaten out of me. Oh no sir, not this girl! I knew better.

Then what happened?

I met and married a man who verbally, emotionally and physically abused me. It wasn’t the same as my parents’ marriage, because unlike my mom, I fought right back. I hated my life. I hated my husband, I hated my parents, and I hated myself.

Like my mother, despite incredibly tough times in my marriage, my life looked “successful” on the outside. I had a thriving social life, and excelled at my job as a Community Relations Manager at a public utility in Brooklyn. I bought my first piece of property at 24 years old, attended black tie events, spoke at luncheons, school events and charitable dinners.

annette_sonShortly after the birth of my son (who is about to graduate from college now!) I had finally had enough with my husband, and all the abuse. I asked for a divorce, changed the locks, and left his stuff outside.

I thought the worst was over. It wasn’t.

We went to court for custody and my ex-husband threatened me on several occasions causing me to get an order of protection from the police department.

That same year I was accepted into the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and used to carry the “order” in my bag every day in fear that he would find me and attack me at school.

Finally after a year, the long, hard court battle gave me sole custody of my son. My husband hounded me for years and I stayed strong for my son.

In the years before finding my way to the School of Womanly Arts, despite the ups and downs (lots of downs) with my ex, I fought hard to reach my professional goals. After graduating, I started working at NBC as an assistant producer in the long-form news documentary unit. I got promoted at work, fulfilling my dream of being a documentary producer. The pinnacle of my career was winning an Emmy as a producer/writer on the “Inside the Obama White House with Brian Williams” documentary that aired on NBC in June 2009.

I’m a fighter and I don’t give up. But a few years later, I found myself in the trenches again.

I had gone through the death of my mother and my aunt. I had been laid off, was putting my son through college, and had inherited two houses with debt. One of them had awful tenants who stopped paying the rent. And, the man that I loved had told me I was “too old for him to be with.”

That’s when I first heard about The School of Womanly Arts, when two of my girlfriends were graduating from Mastery and invited me to check it out.

At the time, I thought I was “fine”, but I was a mess.
I just had given up inside – I felt like a walking zombie.

When I checked out Mama Gena and the School, I just knew there was something in this work that I needed—something my soul, my spirit, was yearning for. I had no job and mounting debt with a child going off to college but I signed up for Mastery anyway, with a down payment and a monthly payment plan.

I trusted that the Universe would provide so that I could take the class and make the monthly payments. Lo and behold that’s exactly what happened.

There is no stopping a woman’s desire when she truly wants it. I’m a testament to that fact.

annette_6My experience in class showed me I was still alive in the world. My mojo came back!
Through Mastery I awakened.
I found Annette again.
I found that I wasn’t alone. I found sisterhood.
I found my voice.
I reclaimed my body in all her glory, and reconnected with my sensuality.
I connected more deeply in my relationships with men.
I felt whole again.

Plus, I got my finances in order. I connected with one of the guest teachers I encountered on the second weekend of Mastery, and I worked all the tools I was learning in class. As a result, in the past year, I increased my credit score more than 100 points and just closed on a home refinance which has wiped out all my debt and left me with $30,000 to myself.

I know, this all sounds too good to be true. How could attending four weekends at the School of Womanly Arts have all these things happen? But it did!

Here’s the thing: Mastery just unlocked what was in me all the time.
It tapped into my inner strength; it tapped into my divine energy, and it tapped into my truth: I am an awesome woman and not a victim of my circumstances.

Thank you so much for reading my story. A year ago, I couldn’t have imagined I’d be here sharing it with you today.

No matter where you are on your journey right now, I wanted to leave you with a few of the biggest takeaways from my experience over the past year. I hope they take you higher today!

1. It is time, beyond time, for us to celebrate and honor our womanhood. I’ve learned that my feminine energy is the most powerful energy on the planet. It has the ability to create life and although I had birthed a son, I didn’t fully see my power—our power—until Mastery.

2. Humanity needs the energy of the feminine, in order for this planet to thrive and be made whole. I want to live in a world where each of us know and live this truth. It is so critical that we as women know and live in our true power, our authentic power and our divine power. Humanity needs us now more than ever before. Can you imagine?

3. Shocker: Men want to serve and support us. From my history, you can imagine my reaction when I started to encounter this idea. I had it all twisted and upside down and ass-backwards. I thought it was my role, my dutyand sometimes my calling—to serve men. Oh my, oh my, how I got that wrong. My relationships to all of the men in my life have deepened, and I’m opening up to dating for the first time in years. But one of the most amazing shifts has been in my relationship with my ex-husband. Recently, he texted me that he had been thinking about our relationship. He apologized for all the things he had done. He told me what a great mother I have been to our son, and that I was “the one that got away.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. An apology? What? A miracle!! I’m not interested in a rekindled relationship with him, but I have to say, it feels really good to know that I’m now being acknowledged, and he really sees me as the amazing mother and woman that I am. For that I’m so grateful to Regena and the School of Womanly Arts for turning that relationship around.

4. It is my responsibility to stand in my power, to court my desires, and trust my pleasure. Say what? Game changer. This is how to feel whole.

5. Rupture happens and life will throw me epic curve balls and kick my ass – and that’s okay. I don’t have to wallow in it. I have tools now that allow me to feel the pain, experience the grief and the sadness, but not live my life stuck in it.

annette_south_beachI have had the ride of my life and I’ll tell you one thing: I am just getting started. Right now, I’m in Creation (an advanced course for Mastery grads), and it amazes me how I’m taking the tools even deeper, and finding other edges to push.

I’m so grateful for the chance to share my story with you here today – thank you for reading it!

I’d love to connect in the comments – which of my five takeaways above resonates the most with you? Where are you stuck in your life right now, or in the process of creating something new? Can’t wait to hear from you!

In love and pleasure,
Annette

p.s. I know Mastery starts next weekend, and I think back to where I was just one year ago, making the decision to step into this work. Truly, if you want Mastery, and haven’t given yourself permission yet – go for it. Make it happen. It’s an education like no other and will transform your life into the life you knew you always wanted and deserved.


If you’d like to enroll in Mastery, or have questions, call us at 212.787.2411 X 1 or send an email to enrollment@mamagenas.com. Looking forward to connecting with you!

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  • Samantha Richardson May 24, 2016, 11:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing your story! It is an inspiration to me. I had to leave the U.S due to an abusive ex. It has been heart wrenching trying to start life over again. I know my daughters and I will be ok and we were lucky to get out. It was my Mama Gena girlfriends who showed me warmth and love that gave me the strength to get out.

  • Mim March 3, 2016, 11:50 pm

    Annette, I love you so much! I’m blown away by your story and by the woman you are. You up-leveled the whole Creation Course with your strength, transparency, willingness to go for it and overflowing love. I’m proud to know you, more than I can even say.
    SG Mim

    • Annette March 8, 2016, 7:22 pm

      Dearest Mim! I love you too! You are so beautiful and transparent and real!! I love being in Creation with you!

  • SG Marlyn March 3, 2016, 3:56 pm

    Well Bragged!!
    Every woman who stands in that room comes with a story. Every one of those stories bring us together in solidarity, however, it is through sharing that we truly become sisters. Thank you, Annette for exemplifying the beauty that comes with being vulnerable & for standing for all women with your courage.
    Beautiful!!

    • Annette March 8, 2016, 7:19 pm

      Thank you SG Marilyn. This work is truly amazing, transformative and real!!

  • Patricia March 3, 2016, 3:17 pm

    What an inspiration you are. You are not only a survivor you are a “thriver”. Thank you for sharing your strength and your wisdom.

    • Annette March 8, 2016, 7:16 pm

      Thank you Patricia!

  • Anne March 3, 2016, 1:12 pm

    Incredible story , thank you for the inspiration , gotta embrace joy and thank you for reminding me to not quit ever . Love from Nairobi

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:48 pm

      Thank you Anne!!

  • SG~Oney March 3, 2016, 10:44 am

    Dearest Annette,
    I would love to have you in my Sacred Tribe…as my BFF. What an inspiration you are. Love you Girl!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:49 pm

      BFF’s it is SG Oney!! ????????????

  • SG Jenise March 3, 2016, 12:05 am

    SG Annette, I loved reading and being reminded of the strength of woman. So inspiring and thank you for sharing. xoxo

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:46 pm

      Thanks SG Jenise! Xo

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:47 pm

      Thanks SG Jenise!!

  • Sheri March 2, 2016, 10:44 pm

    Annette, thank so much for sharing your story. It so parallels mine except I’m at the beginning. I walked away from a 13 year relationship that was toxic and abusive in every way you described, shortly after the birth of our son whom Im now raising completely alone. I finally have a bit of reprieve from the courts after a two year battle (which included restraining orders, custody, and child support) but I live with a fear that it is not over. My son is now 4 or as he will tell you 4 and 1/2 and I know that I made the best decisions for both of our lives leaving his father. But there is a grief that is left behind for all the love I wanted and all the dreams that I had attached to that relationship. I will be starting Mastery next week and I’m excited to read what you have gotten out of it because that’s what I want. I want to find me again, actually I want to meet the me that I don’t know but always knew existed inside me. I want to be an even more amazing mother to my son and help shape him into a fabulous young man (congrats on your son!!!!). I want to open my heart to the love and support of men and a man that will be see my worth and love me for me. I want to shine like you do. Your message came at the perfect time! Thank you!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:57 pm

      Dear SG Sheri. First let me commend you for your courage to leave that relationship and the courage to raising your son as a single mother. There is so much power in making that decision for you and your son! It’s the best decision because now you can build an amazing like for yourself and him. Mastery is also one of the fest decisions you made!! You will learn how to access and use your power for your benefit, and your son’s benefit. You are taking Mastery at the perfect time as you venture into your new life. I can wait to hear from you when you’ve completed the course in June! You’ve got a life of pleasure, desire and awesomeness on its way to you!! ????????????????????????

  • SG Eva March 2, 2016, 6:12 pm

    Annette, it’s an honor to know you. You expressed your story so beautifully! Thank you for sharing this, you life us all higher. xoe

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:14 pm

      Thank you SG Eva!! ????????

  • Jasmine March 2, 2016, 5:36 pm

    Annette, your story is so powerful and inspirational. I am proud of you.
    Reading your description of the Mastery program I could not help but wonder what kind of magic and power this program delivers. I am going to start it this month, and I am extremely excited to learn, practice and share it .

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:00 pm

      SG Jasmine! I’m so excited for you that you’ll be in Mastery this year!! You’ve listened to your soul’s calling for your life’s desires. What a ride you’re in for!! Connect with SG’s, use the tools and be open for the enchantment!!

  • SG Heavenly Hannah March 2, 2016, 4:16 pm

    All five resonate with me so much. You are such a gift Annette!! Thank you for sharing your story.

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:03 pm

      Thanks for connecting Hannah!

  • Nadine March 2, 2016, 4:13 pm

    Thank you Annette for sharing your story.
    I was also raised in a family where women’s primary responsibility and duty was to please men. It was ingrained in me (and my sisters) and I (we) did a “good job” at learning and carrying on these responsibilities. At one point, I came to realize that I was being used, taken advantaged of, and abused. It took a long time to undo the programming. I am still working at it. Luckily, I married a kind, loyal, and steady man. He is the mast and I am the sails. During my youth I was literally starved for knowledge and discovery. My husband is providing the strength, the means, and the steadiness I need while I set on numerous adventures to catch up and quench the desire of self-discovery.
    Lately, I have been feeling an immense power and energy within me. I know it has been there since the beginning of time, and now it demands to be released and expressed for the good of everyone ( including me). I don’t know how to release the mounting pressure or how this power will manifest, but I trust that the Mastery course will equip me with the tools I need to express myself completely and courageously.
    I am hyper sensitive and can see people at a deep level. I am a sponge, and I am starving to absorb juicy stuff, to explore who I am meant to be, and to become a creator of my own destiny.
    I love you sister Annette.

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:08 pm

      Hi Nadine. Congratulations on manifesting such an amazing husband !!! He sounds like he treats you like a Queen that you are. I’m so excited that you’ll be in Mastery this year! These tools are designed to take us Higher into the women we always knew we wanted to be. It unleashes our deepest desires and passions to life a life for ourselves as women. I look forward to seeing you in the room!

  • Sara Maynard March 2, 2016, 3:23 pm

    Hi Annette, so high five to that open heart share, I am working with mothers reconnecting and building up their courage, huge stories they all have to tell and they also want to move on. Love to connect with you from across the pond we are in Wales, UK
    Much love Sara

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:44 pm

      Hi Sara! High fives for your work with mothers! Honorable work to be encouraging them towards their greatness and supporting them to be their best.

  • SG Kate L March 2, 2016, 3:09 pm

    Annette! Wow! Wow! Wow! You are one amazing woman! Thank you for articulating this for me . Mastery and Creation have allowed me to get to a similar place myself. I am excited about the further unfolding of my journey. Your list of takeaways reads like a roadmap for me. My favorite is number four, “This is how to feel whole” It IS my responsibility to stand in my power. To court my desires and to trust my pleasure. Brilliant!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:39 pm

      Thank you SG Kate! I so love that you too are a testament to the power of this work!! Xo

  • SG Elizabeth March 2, 2016, 2:42 pm

    Annette, you are so inspiring. You smile is contagious & life affirming.
    I love your story & look forward to becoming the woman I’m meant to be through Mastery.

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:13 pm

      Hi SG Elizabeth! I look forward to seeing you in the Mastery class next weekend!

  • SG Sylvaine March 2, 2016, 1:14 pm

    Annette you absolutely gorgeous and powerful woman – you inspire me. So well bragged! I adore you – thank you for being the bad-ass powerhouse that you are and for taking a stand for yourself. It’s such a gift to have walked the halls of NBC with you 🙂 Let’s connect ~ xoxo

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:20 pm

      Hey Sylvane!!!! My beautiful Sister Goddess and former co-worker. We’ve been through it snd how amazing to be standing in our pleasure and reaching for and manifesting our deepest desires!!
      Xoxo

  • cc March 2, 2016, 12:48 pm

    What a beautiful, sincere and incredible journey you’ve shared with us. You’re so brave!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the part about men wanting to support us, but this is really the kicker: ‘It is my responsibility to stand in my power, to court my desires, and trust my pleasure.’
    I feel like too often we just blame circumstances for where we are or unhappiness, when really, we are the ones who have to take responsibility for all that ourselves.

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:11 pm

      Yes CC, you understand the power of the feminine! Thanks for your comment!

  • Madeleine von Froomer March 2, 2016, 12:32 pm

    Wow, Thank you for sharing your incredible story!! Goosebumps, chills, and a few tears were all definitely present as I read through your journey. #4 particularly resonated with me: It is my responsibility to stand in my power, to court my desires, and trust my pleasure. Say what? Game changer. This is how to feel whole.
    YES PREACH!!!!!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 3:10 pm

      Hi Madeleine,
      Thanks so much for reading a resonating with my story!

  • SG Debra March 2, 2016, 12:19 pm

    Well bragged sister! I am in awe of the woman you are, of the woman who I sat next to at Immersion 2014! Sending you big love!

    I feel that so many seeds were planted in me at mastery. Some sprouted right away, some took root, others didn’t and others I can just now feel breaking through and reaching for light! It is a process, an uncomfortable, joyful process. Enjoy the ride new Sister Goddesses, enjoy the ride.

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 12:23 pm

      DEBRA!!!! Yes!! What a weekend we shared in Miami in 2014! I remember we were nervous about Mastery and didn’t quite know what to expect. And then we both took Mastery in 2015 and Whoa!! Look at us now!!! I’ll always remember you and your courage to make the decision to awaken to your desires, your pleasures and your life. You’re beautiful inside and out!

  • Debi Veninga March 2, 2016, 11:57 am

    I feel scared, I feel excited, I feel shamed for wanting to go to Mastery, for spending all that I have to go and so so scared that I will not have the life changing results that I read here and in other testimonies! I cried reading this and I know it is time for the feminine energy to stand up and create and become the powerful creators and manifestos that we are—but, will it work for me? Honestly, my life is beautiful and I am changing and growing and creating and there are still things yet to conceive…. yet am I too old? No, no no! but the voice is still there taunting me and holding me back.
    Thank you for sharing your story and your vulnerability ..I honor you for your courage!!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:17 pm

      Oh Debi!! I applaud your decision to be on the Mastery class this year! I felt the same way you did when I took Mastery last year. I had the same questions. Trust me, this will be one of the best decisions you have ever made in your life. There is no training, no self-help course, no education that comes anywhere close to what you’re about to experience next week and the months to come. I’ll be there Mar 11-13. I’d love to meet you.

  • Maureen March 2, 2016, 11:14 am

    Annette
    Thank you for sharing your story with me.
    I grew up with the idea that woman is the least powerful and least creative.
    And, when I was in Bootcamp, Mama Gena stated that “men want to share and support us” I was shocked!!! My world was shattered, in a good way. If only I realized that truth earlier in my life.

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:11 pm

      Hi Maureen,
      Exactly! That’s what I thought when I first started Mastery too! Mama Gena has shown me that when we women know and own our power, men will serve us and do so much more. We are powerful beyond measure, let’s unleash that power and shift the dynamics to serve ourselves, which in turn serves humanity.

  • shimoda March 2, 2016, 11:07 am

    omg! i knew you were going through stuff but reading all that you were going through really brought it to light. i’m sooooooo happy that your life has completely turned around. you are very strong and inspiring. you are a bad ass!!!!

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 12:25 pm

      Shimoda!!!! Girl, THANK YOU SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MUCH for introducing me to MASTERY!!! IF it wasn’t for you and KMUR I wouldn’t have a life that I lead today. I’m alive my sister, ALIVE!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! Love you so much!!!

  • SG ABISOLA March 2, 2016, 11:06 am

    WHOA! SG Annette, what a huge magnificent power reclamation to the X+X power off the grid testimony!
    You raise me up with this sharing and I know that you know where you have to go to get this place.
    I salute every woman who can hear you from that place that only they know needs to be nurtured and called into being.
    Thank you for putting in writing the possibility that Mastery can be for every woman on this planet and thank you for your acknowledgement of the SWA particularly Regena!

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 12:32 pm

      Abisola!!! Thank you. When I saw how free and in your turn on you were in Miami 2014, I knew that Mastery was where I needed to be. I always remember you dancing on the speakers in your hot pants and I was like, “I want to be as free as her!” You are my inspiration! Love you!!

  • Erica March 2, 2016, 11:01 am

    Wow Annette, many thanks for sharing such a powerful story. I resonated with your experience of receiving an apology from your ex-husband. I just received an apology from my ex-lover and it takes a lot to receive an apology and be at peace with it. Again, thank you so much for sharing your story.
    Peace and blessings to you,
    Erica

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 10:01 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experience Erica. For those of us that give,’give,give — receiving an apology can be a bit difficult, but It sure has hell feels sooooo good!

  • Kat March 2, 2016, 10:57 am

    Well bragged, Annette! Our mothers were very similar and I used to pretend that my husband had died, when my little girl self played house! Your entire sharing resonates with me. I’m a survivor, too, though my struggle is in learning to thrive. Thanks to exposure to Mama Gena and sister goddesses such as you, I know I’ll make it. Gratitude and love to you !!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 2:03 pm

      Hi Kat,
      Thank you for your comment. I understand how as a little girl you would play that your father was dead. I totally get it. We are survivors and we know how to handle difficult situations for sure. Your willingness to thrive and have more pleasure in your life will bring those situations to you. I don’t know if you’ve done Mastery or you’re thinking about doing it, but I guarantee that the tools taught in the class are the gateway to a thriving and amazing life despite our childhood wounds.

  • Marie March 2, 2016, 10:56 am

    Dear Annette,
    Your story really touched me. I have not attended any mama gena events yet…but have been reading her books.
    Thank you for sharing ….makes it real.
    M????

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 1:47 pm

      Hi Marie,
      Thanks so much for reading my story. I hope to see you at Mastery or at an Experience soon. You’re worth it!

  • Kate March 2, 2016, 10:56 am

    Annette- Thank you so much for sharing your amazing story! And huge congrats for turning your life around. I have signed up for Mastery and wanted to know what advise you have for us newbies as far as getting the most out of the course.

    Shine on!

    • Annette March 3, 2016, 1:57 pm

      Hi Kate! Congratulations for signing up for Mastery!! I’m
      so excited for you! It is destined to be a life changing experience. I applaud you in making a wonderful decision to invite more pleasure and desire into your life. I would recommend that you learn and use the tools starting in the very first weekend. In this work, four months go by so fast and you’ll be so turned on that you won’t realize how much you actually picking up. I would also suggest that you find other Sister Goddesses that you can practice the tools with between weekends. And lastly, have a great time! I’ll be there March 11-13. I hope to meet you.

  • SG Sophia March 2, 2016, 10:50 am

    Annette – wow, this fucking blew me away. Soooooooooooo fucking well bragged!

    And your EX texted you that he was sorry for the things he had done and acknowledged what an amazing mother you are?!?!? WTF!?!?! You are a powerhouse 🙂

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 12:31 pm

      Thank you so much Sophia! Yep, he texted that to me and said it to me. Now he’s texting me everyday and using those heart and kissy face emoji’s!! He’s giving me money every week for our son who’s in college and soooo excited to do it. And this is a from a man that screamed at me and wouldn’t even give me $25 a month in child support. So yes I’ve been transformed, but so has my EX! It’s a great feeling.

  • SG Jules March 2, 2016, 10:44 am

    Beautiful, thanks …or …thanks, beautiful ! either one, either way 🙂

    • Annette March 2, 2016, 12:19 pm

      Thanks Jules! Either way! love that.