Empowering and Inspiring One Life at A Time

A multiple best-selling author, publisher, speaker, and “Empowerologist,” affectionately known as “Dr. Adair,” is a leading authority on motivating, inspiring, and empowering individuals to move toward positive change, become resilient, and to bounce back after hitting rock bottom. Dr. Adair specializes in helping women and teens build their confidence levels to become equipped and empowered to pursue their passion and persevere in their purpose.

Four years ago, Dr. Adair decided to leave her six-figure income job as a Professional Counselor after 26 years so she could “follow her next dream.” She then created The Empowerment House where she coaches women, teens and parents through life changes. She teaches them how to operate and thrive in spite of their circumstances and shares techniques that empowers them to “push through the pain”. As the creator of The Resiliency Formula she imparts strategies that focus on overcoming odds, controlling anger, creating healthy balances, forgiving techniques, building dreams and reaching destiny points. What’s Going On sat down with Dr. Adair to discuss her secret to success and how she can help you achieve your dreams!

 After 26 years as a professional counselor, how did you build up enough courage to follow your next dream?

What helped me was having a plan. I wrote my very first book that summer and the feedback I received propelled me that this is the direction where I really wanted to go. My interest as a school counselor started to diminish so I created a plan of action to take the right steps for me.

 What is your next step with the Empowerment House?

My next project is on teen dating violence. My partner and I created a Teen Dating Violence curriculum which targets high school and college students; talking about abuse which can be verbal or physical. I plan to work with a lot of teens through youth programs and speaking engagements making them aware of the issue and teaching them about creating healthy relationships and so much more.

The Johnson Tribe Publishing House was the first business you created and then it was the Empowerment House. How was transition from one business to another?

I found the transition to be very smooth. I realized the messages in my books could transform into programs that could help many teens. It was in my heart to tell my story and with countless great feedback from by book and presentations I knew I needed to create a program that can inspire many more women and teenagers.

Did you find it difficult running and branding both businesses at the same time while also being involved with many other things such as speaking engagements? 

 Of course, there can be times when it seems hard to run a business, especially two, simultaneously at that; but I am not one to give up. I keep going because I know this is my purpose and you should never stop living out your purpose.

 You’ve self- published and written 9 books in total thus far. What are some of your best memories from publishing your very first book to your last? How was that journey? What have you learned?

 Honestly, I didn’t know what I was doing. Now, I know the ins and outs. I’ve done a whole a lot of things right when I published my first book and I also  did a whole lot of things wrong but at the end of the day it didn’t matter because I had a published book so that’s the key. It’s much easier now because I know the process, and like with anything the more you do it the better you get with time.

 Dr. Adair you have a plethora of titles and accomplishments under your belt. What is your secret to success?

 I am not someone you give up.  Most people don’t achieve their goals because they are afraid to. I achieved all my goals because my FAITH was much bigger than my FEAR! It’s ok to be afraid but you should never let that stop you from living out your purpose in life.

This is why I love what I do because I get to inspire people to just start which is always the hardest part to anything.  Faith + Action = Results

 Do you want to learn more about Dr. Adair? Dr. Adair would love to connect with you through her website at www.dradairspeaks.net 


10 Restaurants in Atlanta That Won’t Break the Bank


Moving to a new place can be stressful thing. Outside of the physical strain of moving it’s often your social life that’s impacted the most. After the moving trucks have left and you’ve located the closes food market, pharmacy and other essential locations, the reality of a new location can sink in. It’s exciting to have a new place to explore, sure, but it can also be a little confusing and intimidating.

After you settle in a little at your new place, consider a trip around your new hood to locate these places that will make your transition into a new area a lot more enjoyable. If your part of the 53% of millennials that eat out once or more a week, finding that go-to restaurant will probably be at the top of your list.

Am I a foodie? Nope! Am I a restaurant critic? Definitely not! But I do know a thing or two about moving to a city, having to re-establish my social life, and “balling on a budget”.

So I decided to take some of the pressure off of you and provide you with 10 restaurants in Atlanta that’ll help ease your transition. I’m sure most locals may disagree with me but ‘ehhh’ it’s just my 2 cents (leave your suggestions below in comments).

ONE. midtown kitchen

ONE. midtown kitchen  is the perfect place for a romantic date night. It’s located merely seconds away from the historic Piedmont Park and has an incredible view of the Atlanta skyline. The building is a renovated ware house. There light fixtures are beautiful and they are sure to catch your attention when you walk in the door along with the beautiful decor. Something to note is they have smaller portions of food, but you won’t be disappointed! 

Lovely night for a stroll and a glass of wine. Join us at the bar!

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JCT. Kitchen & Bar

Located in the West Provisions District on the Westside of Atlanta. The perfect place for lunch with the girls. If you like southern cuisine and seafood you’ll love there menu. The food potions are fair and they never disappoint with quality. You’re sure to make a full day out of this trip being that it’s surrounded by premiere shopping locations, great views and outdoor entertainment.

Six Feet Under Pub and Fish House

I’m alway’s on the hunt for fresh and authentic seafood. I’ve been to this location (West Midtown) a few times for lunch this past summer. I’m a true southerner so I feel like I’m instantly attracted to outdoor eating areas with a good deck lol. They have a breath taking few of the city on from the upstairs deck and I always seem to squeeze my way in some how or another. There buffalo oysters charmed me over and there Six Feet Under Steamer is definitely worth it.

Sweet Auburn Seafood

Located in the heart of historic auburn, Sweet Auburn Seafood in engulfed in the culture of it’s surroundings.  Located in walking distance of many business (including Open For Business Co-working space) this is a great spot for lunch or more casual business meetings. Not to mention there superb customer service.

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Another Broken Egg – Vinings, Georgia

Another Broken Egg is a chain located in several states across the U.S. but it wasn’t until I moved to Georgia that I visited this restaurant. More specifically I fell in love with the Vinings location. The best way to describe it is that, “It feels like home”. Every time the I visited this location was for more causal brunch meetings. Again, there out door seating caught my attention, It’s very comfy, heated and for pet lovers – yes they allow pets.

Thai 5 and Sushi Bar

Nothing about me is normal. It was no surprise that I fell head over heels when I found out about Little Five Points Atlanta. It’s what I call the eclectic area, just minutes away from downtown. Thai 5 & Sushi Bar is a cornerstone in the Atlanta community and has been recognized for its outstanding Thai cuisine, excellent service and friendly staff.

BQE Edgewood

The combination of excellent food, great surroundings, and beautiful decor make bQE Restaurant and Lounge an Atlanta landmark and a place where people want to come eat again and again. There philosophy is that it’s essential to feed the mind, body, and soul. What started off as a quiet after work meeting in an ambient environment transformed into a comedy show with with ambient lights and lots of laughter, fun and great drinks.

Dinner served until 2am!!!!#blackenedsalmon#atlpics#foodporn#atlhotspot#atlnightlife

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Hops Chicken

I consider Hops to be my on-the-go getaway. Perfect quick stop after I take a bike ride around the Atlanta Belt Line which overlooks the city. Located inside the Ponce City Market, it’s surrounded by small shops and great sceneray. Expect long waits at certain points because there friend chicken is amazing, simply put! But, its worth any wait. You be the judge!

Del Frisco’s Grille

New place, new things. This holiday season was mentally noted as being my first non-traditional Thanksgiving away from home and family. I had the pleasure of spending with the Del Frisco’s Grille family. This has become of my favs. Great place to have dinner with a loved one or a posh night out with the crew!

Wednesdays never tasted so good. Meet the new Wednesday Daily Dish, Slow-Roasted Pork Pot Roast. #DelFriscosGrille

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Rosa Mexicano

I’ve heard bad reviews about Rosa Mexicano but I only speak off my experiences.Located in Atlantic station it’s definitely a one stop shop for tourists. From restaurants, to clothing store, hotels, housing, YOU NAMMMEEE IT, they have it at Atlantic Station.  Initially I did notice long waits on weekend at Rosa Mexicano but I had an ah-hah moment the first time I went during the week day for lunch! There was no wait, even better prices, quick service and as always great eats. I’d suggest this place if your looking for a new place to have lunch or drinks with friends.


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