My Story


It all began with a pen and a pad as well as a dream of turning negatives into positives…

My name is Renata “Soul” Dillard. I’m a spoken word artist, lover of poetry and soul music as well as a life coach and entrepreneur enthusiast. My former blogs include Pearly Gyrl and Misshomegrownsoul.

Ironically, my first name ‘Renata’ means ‘REBIRTH’ or ‘Born Again’, and I consider it a blessing to say that I’ve overcome many trials in life.

Allow me to explain.

Once Upon a Time…

I got my start in very humble beginnings while growing up in a working class family (tiny Southern TN town) where my mother and stepfather taught me that I could do BIG things in life if I applied myself & worked hard.  Although feeling abandoned by my own dad  presented its own set of issues, seeing my mother (a courageous, multitalented woman) struggle with depression along with a host of other life challenges (& emotional issues) became the fuel for me to look for creative ways to express my feelings as an outlet.  From writing poetry to jotting down rap lyrics in my bedroom, I’ve always been amazed by the power that words can have on the human soul to bring about positive change.

Fortunately while growing up, I was also blessed to have grandparents who served in ministry as well as a large talented family of aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins and some great friends along the way who became that proverbial “village” of love and support which further ignited my passion for creativity and community outreach as well as social justice. I can honestly say had it not been for God as well as for the sacrifices of that village, I know that my life could have turned out much different than what it is today. (Not to mention, I’m also thankful to God for the healed relationship that I now have with my biological father.) Oh and about my parents…despite their individual struggles/shortcomings, which we ALL have, I truly appreciate and love both of them very much.

I believe that God never intended for your or my life to be easy, but He did provide us with tools for the journey. I’ve learned that sometimes we need help navigating our way around. After all…its HARD out here to do it alone.

New Beginnings

Fast forward to the present… I now strive to become the ultimate HOPE dealer… serving up love and inspiration to those who need it most. I would like to encourage other creative visionaries to become hope dealers, too. (Hey…the world needs all the HOPE it can get, right?!;)


Although I have a degree in Technology and love graphic design, social media, and creative writing…nothing brings me JOY like inspiring others.

I have been blessed to have worked in an array of different settings from private companies to social service/nonprofit and government organizations. From these experiences, I’ve witnessed the good, the bad, and the needs-MAJOR-improvement aspects of business and social relations.

Needless to say, my work background has further sparked a never-ending entrepreneurial passion in me as I seek to help others live out their dreams and escape the ruts that life sometimes leads us into. Today, I am on a mission to promote positive transformational change, business success, FITness, hope and inspiration to others who desire to live their absolute best lives also.

I know that it can sometimes seem like an uphill battle, but with faith, action, and determination, I believe that ALL things are truly possible.

So are you ready to turn UP your life and press play? If so, I’d love to partner with you in reaching your goals. Let’s go HIGHER! Success awaits. Never be afraid to let your light shine.

Jeremiah 29:11–For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Keep the FAITH!:)




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