Jessica Larche, a New Orleans native, struggled with obesity issues her entire life. In her mid 20s, the 5’3 news reporter hit her highest weight of 267 pounds. In the summer of 2012, a scary high blood pressure diagnosis made her realize that her life was at stake and she had the power to make a lifestyle change to save it.
Jessica says health and fitness is a lifelong journey, and the best motivation is found in the courage to love yourself to healthy. Jessica’s 100 pound weight loss was recently featured on Woman’s Day Magazine.
Jessica Larche, who is also an Emmy Award-Winning Broadcaster and Healthy Living Champion, kicked off our first Courage Speaks Series last month. Courage Speaks is a part of our new virtual masterclass made available through Courage University, our new educational platform. The goal of Courage Speaks is to expose our audience to women who excel in breaking down barriers and societal norms in any facet of life.
Hear what five courageous steps she took to lose 100 pounds after her scary high blood pressure diagnosis. Click here to watch the live broadcast on YouTube.
Name: Tevyka Heyward (pronounced Ta-vee-ka) or Tee for short
Lip Color: Chocolate Kisses lip lacquer and a bit of pink and nude pencils to give her lips a bit of a pop.
We are pleased to highlight Tevyka Heyward as this weeks Woman of Courage. We first met T during last years Blogalicious conference and she’s been one of our most loyal Liquid Courage customers.
T says, “Courage is following the path set forth in one’s heart and mind, regardless of what obstacles may stand in your way.” The most courageous thing T did this year was pursue her passion for event planning by starting a certification program and training for her 1st Spartan Race which she completed on August 1.
T offers the following advice for others who are need in courage, “Don’t dwell on past negativities, use every experience as a tool for learning. Don’t be afraid to step outside the box and be different. It’s easier said than done but once you accept what you really want to get out of life, walking away from the norm is the most courageous thing you can do, for yourself and others.”
T has taken this motto literally over the past few years from her experiences in the military to her current education and employment goals. “I’m willing to walk away from something that doesn’t fit my needs or at least approach it on my own terms.”
Thanks for sharing your Courageous story T.
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Name: Barika Williams
Age: The fabulous 33
Occupation: Municipal Government/Program Manager
Lip Lacquer: Take Me Out
Liquid Courage Cosmetics recently sat down with Barika Wllliams to hear her courageous story. Barika became a Liquid Courage customer on January 3, 2014 with her purchase of the Take Me Out lip lacquer.
When asked how she defines courage, Barika says, “as the ability to say “no” with a smile.”
What has been the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? The ability to grow despite the situation. As I beautifully mature in life, I learned to let go and let God handle all of my setbacks. Besides, a smile is worth a thousand words.
What advice would you give another woman who is need of courage to deal with a difficult situation? Be your own voice and find other champions that will support you to overcome your challenge. Always, keep a strong village of like minded friend’s to ensure you have a consistent and positive mental mindset. Remember, trouble doesn’t last always! Be encouraged, as pressure produces diamonds.
The purpose of Everyday Woman of Courage is to celebrate our customers and share their courageous stories. These women are mothers, wives, entrepreneurs, glass ceiling shatterers, pioneers, inventors, visionaries, and dreamers. Women like you. This week we are highlighting, Cara Paige, the owner of Haute Paige Public Relations.
Name: Cara Paige
Cara says, Courage is going against the grain; exceeding the expectations that others have of me, but mainly its discipline, fortitude and willpower to exceed the expectations I have of myself. Whether it’s embracing or working on my flaws, shattering arbitrary limitations, or being a #girlboss and entrepreneur. Courage is the drive to BE and DO more!
What is the most courageous thing you’ve done this year? “Going full-time with my own business. My company, Haute Paige Public Relations was always a side job, but now it’s my full-time grind. Appreciative of all of the things it’s taught me (about myself and the world of business). I have to thank Tionna Small, whose words constantly resound in my ear “the grind will never fail you”. And it hasn’t. I love the courage and faith that’s grown in me while on this journey.”
Cara offers the following advice for women who is need of courage to deal with a difficult situation. “You can do it… just take one step at a time, one day at a time, one thing at a time. (If you even look back) you’ll be astonished at how far you’ve come.”
Blogs were born out of the necessity to spark courageous conversations and create communities of people with similar passions, experiences, challenges, and triumphs. One virtue connected all of these realities: courage.
-mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty
Wear Your Courage
Knowing that studies have shown women wearing make-up feel it gives an advantage at work and made them feel more in control, Liquid Courage Cosmetics is debuting the “Blogalicious” lipstick at the upcoming Blogalicious Conference in San Antonio, TX from November 6-9, 2014. The mission of Blogalicious is to be known as the go-to destination and resource for influential multi-cultural women social media enthusiasts from all over the world to collaborate, connect and uplift one another. To further this commitment, Blogalicious is teaming up with Liquid Courage Cosmetics to help you wear your courage with the #couragetowrite movement.
Your Voice Matters
The courage to speak your piece and boldly live your truth is the most fundamental human right. And, with this courage, blogs were born, and revolutions were ignited.
The #couragetowrite movement is designed to encourage writers that have either stopped writing or considered the thought of muting their voice. Now is your moment to wear your courage well. Now is your moment to wear your courage well. To date, the movement has had a social reach of over 100K people. Join the #couragetowrite movement by visiting our Thunderclap link. You do not need to be a writer or blogger to join the #couragetowrite movement.