Want to Learn to Be Resilient? The Bounceback Queen Can Help

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Being resilient is second-nature to LaNika Nichelle "Shelly" Williams, who has overcome many obstacles in her life. But this coaching professional knows that resilience is a skill that can be taught and learned, so she founded The Bounceback Queen. The Bounceback Queen is a personal-coaching service to create and implement customized goals to help people with life challenges.

“I help people build resilience, problem solve, overcome challenges, become their own cheerleaders, and learn the art of bouncing back,” she explains to CircleAround.

I help people build resilience, problem-solve, overcome challenges, become their own cheerleaders, and learn the art of bouncing back.


By 12 years old, Williams was separated from her mother in Baltimore, where Williams was born and raised. More recently, Williams also underwent brain surgery. “My childhood definitely shaped who I am because I know the pain life can bring,” she says. “I know how to bounce back from those experiences even stronger.”

Sprinkling 'Shelly' Dust

Williams also leads Positive Inspirations, a side branch of The Bounceback Queen that functions as a mentorship program. She tells CircleAround that she’s successfully mentored over 100 kids single-handedly, taken in 10 of those kids to keep them out of the system, and adopted three who could not go back to their homes. “My life experiences gave me a radar for kids and people who need me. I love to help people and help kids to understand that, no matter your situation, you should still strive to put good into the world. We go to nursing homes, feed the homeless, make pandemic bags, etc."

Sometimes life is really tough and you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel.

Currently, Williams is writing a memoir detailing how she overcame her obstacles and is working on a podcast and YouTube channel to provide supplemental coaching.

“We all have three things in common,” she tells CircleAround. “Gifts/talents, challenges, and a purpose. We have to enhance our talents, overcome our challenges, and find and walk in our purpose. I just always wanted to sprinkle my ‘Shelly dust’ on the world and make it a better place. But sometimes life is really tough and you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel. If so, then keep walking, it's definitely there.”


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