Monica Gary was born in Clarksdale, MS. At a young age, she has had a firm foundation in things of God. Growing up in a household where her father was a pastor, it seem like there was not much of a choice. So, around the age of 18 she began to develop her own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. In addition, she began to think about what she wanted to do in her life, beyond high school. She always saw herself doing something in the healthcare field. As a result, she began to pursue a career in nursing.After two years of junior college, she attended Delta State University and was accepted in the nursing program. Her journey had begun but after a year, it was quickly put to a stop. After some disappointment and being undecided for a semester, she knew she had to keep moving forward and make a decision. After getting accepted back into the nursing program, her heart went another way. She began her pursuit in the field of dietetics. She believed that this would give her an opportunity to be in the health field and at the same time provide a way to help others. One day while in one of her classes, she was asked to do a business plan. She named that business, “STEPS”. She knew that it wasn’t going to be something just for her class, but that one day it would be her reality!

After graduating from DSU with a degree in Family & Consumer Sciences emphasizing Nutrition/Dietetics, she began to work as a dietitian in the community setting with the WIC program. She currently still works with the WIC program and has been doing so for 8 yrs. Along the way, she has seen so many people go through so many problems as it relates to their health and their state of mind. God desires for his people to prosper spiritually, but also be in health. She believes that God is a healer, but that (we) have to do our part also. We can’t just expect healing and continue to live lives that promote otherwise. She believes that God has given us the power to take charge of our health, well being and our lives. She believes that we are to be people of purpose and that small “steps” can lead to big change. As a result, she began to start nutrition classes at her father’s church once a month to help encourage and motivate people to start making steps that will lead to success nutritionally through providing tips for healthier eating, recipe ideas and how to include small changes in your everyday life. It has been a slow start but she realizes that one step is better than no steps! Not only do she want to promote physical heath, she also wants to encourage people to take the necessary steps needed to live the life God has called them to live-that includes obedience to God’s Word. She adds, “What we eat spiritually is more important than what we eat naturally.” She believes that true success can only be found in God’s Word. The bible declares, “This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”

Now being married and a mother two, Monica is ready to step out on faith, believing that she can do as her father always says, “blend your vocation with your calling”.