Valari Jones-Butler was in the middle of an exclusive interview Thursday afternoon.
Toward the end of a dialogue that lasted approximately an hour, Jones-Butler consequently was overcome by emotions.
“It is important that I try to inspire others because of the opportunities I have been given to succeed in the mist of trouble, disappointments and turmoil,” Jones-Butler told longtime journalist Andre Johnson. “I could have given up a long time ago, but I am not a quitter. I want others to know that with a determined heart, a map of truth — the Bible — and a made up mind, we can overcome and have successful lives.”
To grasp a thorough understanding of why Jones-Butler, a native of Lexington, Kentucky, essentially had unleashed tears for all the right reasons, look no further than that hurdles and obstacles about which she had to clear in recent years.
For starters, Jones-Butler was raised in a mostly Christian-oriented environment without arguably one of the most influential persons in her life — her mother, Fannie Mason Jett, who passed away when Jones-Butler was eight years of age.
Add to the fact that this vibrant, resilient, devout woman of faith had to work diligently in her desired field to greatly position herself to thrive and excel and flourish, and it’s no wonder that by the time her interview had culminated on Thursday, she was left reflecting on the goodness of Jesus and all He’s done for her.
Come to think of it, it’s no wonder her soul essentially had cried out, “Hallelujah…thank God for saving me!”
“My inspiration, first and foremost came from God,” Jones-Butler explained. “He directs my path, and has great plans for me to prosper.”
Indeed He does.
By all accounts, that practically sums up why come Saturday afternoon, Jones-Butler will achieve yet another monumental milestone when she and a gallery of well-wishers will witness the much-anticipated birth of Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators, the business established for which she founded.
Jones-Butler’s newly-erected business venture will provide basic and canine CPR training sessions at extremely afforded rates.
In addition, Butler Boot Camps/Medical Educators offer Babysitter’s Bootcamp, during which clients will customarily partake in CPR and First Aid Educational sessions.
For Jones-Butler, the inception of her business had been in the works for some and is suitable for her, in large part because she is a veteran registered nurse, one who holds a Doctorate Degree in Nursing Practice.
Interesting enough, she also earned a Master’s Degree in nursing education and she has had the luxury of becoming a fixture in a nursing industry that spans more than three decades — 36 years to be exact.
A Lexington Henry Clay High graduate, Jones-Butler has been a well-established medical expert for Cardinal Hill/ HealthSouth in Lexington for nearly 23 years.
According to Jones-Butler, her business caters to individuals ranging in ages eight years old and up. Moreover, she said clients must be at least 16 years of age to earn a healthcare provider CPR card.
“I will teach them the heart saver version,” Jones-Butler said. “I am just starting this business, so I have not traveled much with this, but I did have the opportunity to go to China with my school to work on an educational project.”
Besides having traveled abroad to acquire more knowledge, Jones-Butler’s mission for starting her business was connected in part to the untimely demise of her mother.
“She died when I was only eight years old,” Jones-Butler explained. “I wanted to help her, but couldn’t. I don’t want anyone to feel that helpless emotionally. I work as a nurse and strive daily to make a difference in someone’s life. I am entrusted to care for someone’s mom, wife, husband or child. It’s a great honor.”
A rather distinct honor, of sorts, that was also fueled by the influential impact of several of her close friends, most notably Sherry Penson-Hamilton, a longtime medical expert who runs a similar business in Texas.
Now that she’s blessed to start her own business, she realizes today more than ever before that even when she faced with what were seemingly the darkest, yet discomforting times of her life, God had a divine purpose for her all along.
How else to explain why she appropriately was overcome by emotions as the midday approached on Thursday?
“We can overcome and have successful lives,” Jones-Butler said. “I believe God wants others to see we don’t have to throw in the towel when times get tough. We just hold on and, like my granny used to say, ‘This too shall pass.’ The only other thing is, sometimes the difficult times makes us stronger.”
This, to her credit, will make Saturday’s long-awaited grand opening of her business much more relishing.
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