Courage Factor was born after years of just “thinking about it”.
For years friends and co-workers came to me for advice on just about anything that was going on in their life. I would happily give it to them and they would always tell me that I said something profound to them or that those words really changed their life. But as much as I was helping them, my own life was falling apart.
I was dealing with devastating marital issues. I wondered for a while if God was even real. I “jumped the fence” and walked the atheist walk for a while. I was very angry. I felt like my life was going nowhere and I felt trapped. It seemed that everyone else was pushing my buttons and I reacted to all of it.
In 2007, I decided to take CONTROL of my life. I decided that I would finish my college education. I decided that I was worth it. I decided that I controlled that vehicle called “Linda’s Life”. And I decided I wouldn’t sit in the passenger seat anymore. I decided that I really enjoyed helping others and I decided that no one could make me feel anything I didn’t want to feel.
In 2010, I experienced a devastating divorce. That experience literally brought me down to the lowest point in my life.
I don’t come from a family of successful people. Sure, my parents both owned their own businesses and they were in ministry. They both preached the Gospel. But I have relatives that are not the most law abiding citizens. At home, my super strict parents reminded me of how my life was ruined because I was a teenage mom. For a long time I settled in life because I believed I shouldn’t expect much and since I got pregnant so young I should be grateful I was married. That belief kept me stuck and I didn’t make the best decisions for myself. I wasn’t ready in any way, to go through a divorce. I didn’t have my own place to live. I didn’t have a job. I didn’t have any money and I felt lost and scared. How could this be happening to me? The child of a man and woman of God? A child of successful entrepreneurs who grew up spoiled? Yes. Me.
But the power of God is a force to be reckoned with and I’m full of gratitude over it. Today, that divorce is a memory. What I thought was the worst situation of my life was actually the best thing that could have happened to me! Today, I hold a Bachelors degree in Psychology, a minor in Sociology and I am currently working on a Masters in Mental Health Counseling. I speak, coach, inspire and motivate women, men and young people to live life to the fullest. I do this in women’s groups, churches, schools, and in seminars and workshops.
I MUST acknowledge that it was God’s mercy and love for my life that brought me through and sustained me. Without HIM, I would not be writing this. I love my life and I can’t wait to see what the future holds because He promises my future will be greater! (Job 8:7 and Isaiah 43:19)
I’m not telling you to get your Courage Factor because it sounds cool. I’m telling you to get your Courage Factor because if I DID IT, YOU CAN TOO! I have a passion for TAKING ACTION and LIVING COURAGEOUSLY! I’m living my life out loud and on purpose and YOU CAN TOO!
I’m a real person, just like you. I want to connect with you. I want to inspire you. I want to tell you that giving up is NOT an option for you. And I want to show you just how you can unleash the Courage that is lying dormant inside you.
FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY! It’s EXCITING and so much fun!