Brave Stories: ‘I Had to Live a Life With Purpose’
Leading up to BYC2015 (YAY!), we’ll be featuring stories of bravery from the gorgeous models that grace the Beautiful You Conference website. If you recognize any of these women, we aren’t surprised. They live in our communities, serve at our churches, and they always rock the prettiest nail polish colors.
Occupation: Homemaker (currently)
Hometown: Bolinbrook, Il.
What brought you to D.C.? My husband is in the U.S. Airforce.
My three favorite things are… food, fashion and laughing.
When I was five I wanted to grow up to be a…fashion designer and a nurse.
My must-watch-whenever-it-is-on chick-flick: The Holiday ( w/Cameron Diaz)
The nail polish shade I could wear everyday: OPI in Pandemonium Pink
A perfect day in D.C. would include…spending time with my family at the National Mall.
BYM: Can you tell us about a time in your life when you had to be brave?
Carlisa: The day I was told my current fiancé was killed in a motor accident, which was less than 24 hours of me seeing him for the last time and two days before his birthday. I had never attended a funeral before. I had to pick myself and my life up and continue to live a life with purpose.
BYM: Can you describe what you were feeling during that time?
Carlisa: My whole entire world was rocked. I felt like I could not breathe and I was completely empty. I was alone and had nothing. Waking up everyday, having to go through entire days without the one person that you had shared and planned your entire life with left me feeling empty.
BYM: How have you seen your act of bravery affect those around you?
Carlisa: When I picked my life back up, I knew I had to continue to follow some of my passions. I put all of my free time into giving back to my culture and community. I started a NPO for young Ghanian Americans who’s mission was to educate the youth about the Ghanian culture and provide for our community. I also was the voice to people all over my community about being able to overcome, being strong, and staying encouraged after a relationship issue. I would get phone calls from men and women asking me to give them encouragement about what they were going through. It was amazing how just by talking to others, I was able to help them get their lives back on track.
BYM: How has your relationship with Jesus changed since you made the decision to be brave?
Carlisa: He has become my HERO! I say thank you everyday to HIM for my life. I can honestly say that I know I would not have this relationship that I have today, if I did not go through what I went through then. I truly believe that God wanted my attention. I was allowed free time to learn about God in my alone time. I opened the book of Matthew and read it from page to page. Today God has blessed me with a new life that I would have never imagined—the most amazing husband and best friend and two beautiful and smart children. Being brave is a choice that I made that ultimately changed my entire life.
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