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"Activate Right Thinking"....DENABILLUPS 

 Dena Billups, MHS, CPLC, Founder 
Certified Christian Life Coach
John Maxwell Certified Trainer and Coach
Certified DISC Behavior Analysis Trainer
Certified ACE Trainer 
Trauma Healing Facilitator
License DEI Trainer
Member of International Coaching Federation
Certified Brain Health
Certified in Strengthening Families- Protective Factors Frame Work


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My Story


Have you ever heard the saying, "Life be lifing"? Life can often resemble a rollercoaster, full of twists and turns, like a vibrant quilt that continually surprises us. We frequently find ourselves at a crossroads, faced with a fundamental choice. Do we set our sights on the stars, demanding the best from life, or do we simply go with the flow and accept whatever life serves up? As I've engaged in deep introspection, I've contemplated the contents of my wishlist and what I'm content with, essentially delving into the inner workings of my own mind.

Now, let me be candid; I've taken on various roles throughout my life - wife, mompreneur, author-artist, motivational speaker, beauty consultant, trainer, and life coach. However, I wasn't always adept at navigating life's ups and downs. It wasn't until I wholeheartedly committed to personal growth, made it my mission to embrace life to the fullest, and recognized the importance of self-compassion that things began to shine truly.

One Saturday morning, I recall vividly as a single mom,  I had to bring my 5-year-old daughter to my art class. I was determined to complete my class session in pursuit of admission to an Art program in Philadelphia. Though things didn't unfold as planned, a remarkable moment occurred: my 5-year-old, clutching a paintbrush, transformed a blank canvas into a vibrant flower.

It was an epiphany of sorts. I realized that I could be the artist of my own destiny, discarding the labels society had imposed on me and embracing the boundless potential I had witnessed in my daughter's creativity, allowing her to lead the way. Twenty-five years later, I've cultivated transformative practices and proven strategies that have not only worked in my life but also for those I've trained and coached.

So, what's my current narrative these days? Well, I'm on a mission to bring crucial perspectives of freedom, liberating ourselves from the rusty old cycles that have held our families and communities hostage. We're achieving our goals, dismantling barriers that no longer serve us, and paving the way for a brighter future through coaching and training. Because, let's face it, life is a grand adventure, and it's even more extraordinary when we embark on it together. My ultimate vision is to witness the holistic healing of our most vulnerable communities and develop leaders to coach from a trauma-informed lens. 


How do  we
Activate Right Thinking?

Our Vision is to nurture leadership development and provide education on growth principles for those working alongside our most vulnerable communities.

Our Mission is to eliminate poverty mindsets and dismantle limited and implicit beliefs through coaching and training.

We create safe and supportive environments for healing, laying the foundation for inevitable transformation. By collaborating with like-minded individuals who share our Vision, we expand the opportunities for people to make empowering choices.

We all possess the ability to transcend our limitations as we listen to our inner wisdom in the face of discomfort and environmental conditions. Success is achieved by sharing our personal stories, holding onto our childlike faith, and embracing the transformative qualities of forgiveness, love, and hope. It is our resourcefulness that guides us to the essence of our true selves and empowers us to (ART)Activate Right Thinking ®


Why take our courses?


We embrace the idea of engaging with communities in a creative and organic manner because we firmly believe in the uniqueness and inherent wealth of each individual when they can recognize their own value. Consequently, we actively immerse ourselves in our communities, understanding and investing in their growth. Rather than imposing programs on people, we place our faith in the transformative power of being present, listening to the desires of our communities, and acknowledging their needs, knowing that this is the path to opening hearts and finding purpose.

I am the author and illustrator of "Naked: Stripping to the Core in 40 Days." This devotional and creative companion is designed to help you enhance your self-awareness by integrating reflective practices and Biblical principles. We strive to create safe and courageous spaces where individuals can embark on a collective journey. Our curriculum framework in our different programs is evidence-based, and our practices are practical and engaging.


"When you succeed, we all succeed; together, we find liberation."

Dena Billups

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Coaching Leaders, Healing  Communities 

We believe in engaging communities creatively and organically because we believe people are unique and wealthy at their origins when they can identify their worth. So we see our communities, learn about our communities, and invest in the growth of our communities.

 "When you win, we win; together, we are liberated."

- Dena Billups


Our values are our F.A.C.T.S

Freedom -to fulfill our full potential 

A.R.T-Activate Right thinking

Connectivity-Join with others for a collective change

Truth-Keeping integrity during the process

Stewardship-manage resources diligently


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