Asa-Mari Thompson is a Case Manager, entrepreneur and author. Her career in Human Services Professional began seven years ago when she was introduced to The WorkFaith Connection in Houston, Texas, during her journey out of homelessness and into a life transformed by work and faith.
One day while facilitating a workshop for clients, Asa-Mari had an epiphany that changed the course of her life. One of her lessons struck home- “Don’t let the world tell you what you will become. If you believe you can do it, go out there and do it. If you fail, that’s fine. At least you will know that you tried. And there’s an entire team of people supporting you so you will not fail. Love never fails.”
Since that moment, she made up her mind to return to New York City to pursue her dreams of becoming a lawyer. She’s an author for the Wine Out Of Water Personal Development website, dedicated to journaling personal development successes, and to continuing to encourage and inspire others to pursue their dreams despite life’s challenges. Her joy and strength comes from helping others identify their dreams and personal goals and access resources to make those dreams come true.
More than anything in life, she wants to leave this world knowing that somehow, she has helped to make it a better place for her children and for their children, for generations to come. As a Philosophy major, that comes to her in the form of searching her thoughts, looking for truth and sharing her love and light and truth with others.
Wine Out Of Water was born out of the idea that we are all miracle makers- that we all have the power to turn water into wine. This blog is dedicated to finding the extraordinary in the sacred ordinary, and turning barren spaces into blessed oases.
More about Asa-Mari
Asa-Mari blogs in an intimate fashion on philosophy, anxiety, minimalism, sensuality, health and wellness, and anti-consumerism, lives in Rosedale, New York, is a self-professed anarchist and is passionately curious.
How can I get stuff to Asa-Mari?
- firstname.lastname@example.org but just a little request: please respect Asa-Mari’s desire not to clutter her life with “stuff” before you send her your wonderful product/press release? Thanks. (No spam)
- Asa-Mari posts and interacts daily for Wine Out Of Water Facebook and Twitter. We’d love to see your avatar pop up some time!
From Crisis To Clarity- Life Coaching Series
If you feel as though you’re going through constant storms and you’re trying to find the will and the strength to hold on, this is for you. From Crisis To Clarity will take you from the storm to the rainbow, and help you focus in such a way that you will be able to face any storm that life sends your way with calm and happy confidence!
Work one-on-one with Asa-Mari over the course of 12 weeks. An expert in the art of all things positive, Asa-Mari will walk with you through your present crisis to identify barriers, correct your mindset, problem solve and connect with resources to help you move from crisis to clarity by providing advice, support, friendship, community agency resources, and positively life-altering materials that you will be able to use after you have completed the course to achieve personal success.
Why should you work with Asa-Mari?
Career highlights include:
- Working with the THRIVE Team at TWC and The United Way Of Greater Houston to develop the THRIVE Pilot Program
- Speaking at The WorkFaith Connection as a highlighted graduate. See video here.
- Her grant writing internship in NY as an Adelphi University Community Fellow…where she was caught sleeping at her desk because she was working two full time jobs to pay for school and had been homeless at the time. Luckily her boss was really sweet and let her leave early so she could get some rest.
- Being published in elephant journal. Read article here.
Speaking, trend forecasting & consulting
Asa-Mari advises clients on identifying their dreams and life goals, accessing community resources to build a support base, and challenging themselves to reach and dream even higher. She is also a sought after guest speaker and event MC.
Here’s what some of her clients had to say:
“With Asa-Mari it is just not the wisdom God has blessed her with but it the love of Christ she embraces you with that gives you a sense that all is well.” ~ Steve, 2010 graduate, WFC.
“I actually worked with Asa-Mari twice, once when she was one of the Employment Support Specialists instructing me, and once as a colleague when I did IT work for the firm. Both times, she was professional, responsible and, most of all, amicable – the kind of bright and friendly personality that made her a pleasure to work with and certainly made energy levels rise in those that she coached.” ~ Christopher, 2009 graduate, WFC.
And some other things
- “I grew up in Trinidad and Tobago on the island of Trinidad with three other siblings. I miss the beach. I can never live somewhere that I feel is landlocked. Also, I believe in the quality of farm-to-table foods. I love to eat but I can’t eat half of what is out there. Let’s get away from the grocery stores and back to growing our foods fresh and whole!”
- “I realize the importance of encouraging others to pursue their dreams no matter how absurd it may sound at the time. As a child I dreamed of TiVo and DVR
(although I didn’t call it that. I just wanted to watch what I wanted when I wanted and thought of ways to do it) and rooftop pools, but there we were living in the Caribbean in the late nineteen eighties. No one could picture it with me. So many years later after I gave up on my dreams, here we are. I could have been an architect or an engineer if I hadn’t been shut down so many times for being a dreamer.”
- “I began writing poetry when I was six years old. My first poems are tucked away between the pages of an old family cookbook in the kitchen of my childhood home.”
- “I’m 33, living in Rosedale, New York. I am a mother of two and a Case Manager to homeless men and women in the DHS Shelter System. My life consists of telling children who act like adults when to eat, when to shower, and when to sleep, and telling adults who act like children when to eat, when to shower and when to sleep.”
“One, remember to look up at the stars and not down at your feet.
Two, never give up work. Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.
Three, if you are lucky enough to find love, remember it is there and don’t throw it away.”
“Pay attention to the relationships you cultivate in life, and do not miss the chance to tell those you love how very much you love them.”~ Brittany Maynard