The Night Blooming chronicles the harrowing experiences of authors and competitive Taekwondo athletes, teenage twins Sally and Jonah Ismael, as they navigated a traumatic childhood filled with abuse, bullying, and rejection. The twins faced immense psychological, emotional, and mental distress, ultimately grappling with chronic PTSD while seeking to uncover their true identities amidst society's stereotypes, labels, and stigmas.
The book is a reflection of the journals they kept over seven years of solitary training in their garage, where they were isolated, rejected, and abused. As they struggled with their pain and watched their childhood slip away, the twins began a journey of self-discovery, eventually unearthing inner strength that guided them towards a new path and a sense of purpose.
The Night Blooming serves as a testament to the healing power of resilience and determination in the face of adversity. It tells the story of two teenagers who bravely defied their abuser and overcame the many challenges that threatened to define them. More About the Book..
Seperate Introductions by Sally and Jonah on their perspectives of their journey.
Who are we? Our behaviors, our dreams, and the way the world views us.
How their story began their first steps.
We saw rejection as a trigger to redirect our conduct back to the right path .
Learning to train alone in a garage. What it was like to be alone.
There will always be obstacles, adversity, challenges, doubters, and setbacks
along the way of achieving a person's life quest.
Pain is a contradictory term. Pain can exacerbate grief and magnify depression.
Encountering obstacles is essential to mental development.
Positivity is the quality of having an optimistic attitude while living through an endless series of battles with darkness.
Healing is a difficult process that we had to go through to heal.
We believed in our message, our purpose, and our dream.
Find your passion, develop your vision, arm yourself with discipline, and
focus on your goal.
““ Sally & Jonah's story is one which resonates with all kinds of people. Their resilience & determination is a great example for anyone who has ever dealt with adversity. Rather than allow themselves to be beaten down by challenges and obstacles, they were able to find a new path forward while keeping their spirit and positive outlook intact. By supporting each other and harnessing their inner drive they have truly unlocked the power within!””
“I am honored to be able to work with Sally and Jonah Ismael as their wrestling coach. They joined wrestling as freshman, right as Covid-19 changed the world. They immediately made an impact on our program with their work ethic, dedication, and we were coaching wrestling via google classroom aka zoom calls. I have worked with athletes from toddlers to world team members and their focus is unmatched. I have never met young adults with the dedication these two have. Then when I found out their story of overcoming insane coaches and adult egos doesn't surprise me. I have had the honor of knowing them for 4 years. In this time, I have seen them win awards that I didn't know exist, start a non-profit, help people around the world, all while juggling college level coarsework and their teen years. They are truly a motivation to all that know them. Sally and Jonah- Keep Suplexing anything that gets in your way!.”
“My first encounter with Sally and Jonah was during my mentoring training for the Peer Assistance and Leadership program. Their selflessness was on display right from the start by making everyone feel welcome no matter what school they attended. They both competed in every activity showing me and all the students what leaders looked like, not just on the outside but on the inside. I have a quote that I say "many people know how to act like a good person, but very few know how to react like one" Sally and Jonah have the healthiest reaction of any teenagers I've seen in quite some time. Their mentoring efforts were life-changing for the younger student and the community. Students didn't have to audition for their friendship, and that gift helped them remove weaknesses in the lives of many. I've seen their powerful work ethic and the mental strength to use struggles in life as a stepping stone and not a tombstone. Goals.”
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Jonah and Sally