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Danielle Nottingham has traveled the globe covering pivotal stories of our time as a CBS correspondent. From the death of Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama's run for President, debates, primaries, NFL coverage, red carpets, and hosting entertainment news and lifestyle on NBC--she's done it all.

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  1. Your story resonated with me! When I was a little girl, I told everyone who would listen that I’d be a teacher and sure enough, I not only became a teacher but an award-winning one to boot. I want to be a writer, next, so your piece gave me the swift kick I needed to get going. Bless you and thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Whitney! Sometimes we forget how powerful we are. Can’t wait to hear where your writing will take you!

  2. You are a great example for young girls who see you and believe they want to do what you do. Also know, your presence exemplifies what a woman of color can achieve. In my day I was close, but had no real plan. Your idea for a plan is a winner. I may go for a re-do. Thanks!

    • There’s nothing wrong with a re-do. I need a lot of those too! I appreciate your kind words. I decided I can’t leave things to chance…plan plan plan. Thanks for reading!

  3. Outstanding! I have a similar story of a similar path claiming my success. It’s been a minute, and I’ve forgotten. This just reminded me. Thank you.

    • Thank you for reading. When I was writing this, I had to keep reminding myself that I have the power to claim what I want and do something about it. Here’s to a great 2023!

  4. This is a great reminder for me to go for what I want. I’ve done that in the past and it should be something I continue. I almost died last year, and I’ve let that set me back when it comes to writing my books. I have always wanted to be a romance author since I was ten. I succeeded in that but this last year it has been hard for me to kick back into gear. That stops now and I’m naming it and claiming it. Thanks!

    • Nikki, I’m so sorry to hear about the set back but I’m encouraged that you are ready to step forward! Thank you for reading and I’m so honored that I can be some sort of inspiration. What I’m learning is we are not alone! Go get it in 2023!

  5. I am so very proud of you!! I was telling your story to Ariana two days ago!! I remember those days in the living room. Your hard work paid off!! I hope to see you soon. Keep being an inspiration to all. I love you!!

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