Meet Liz J. Simpson, “Self-Discovery Diva”
Author. Speaker. Coach.
From young, single mother living in a battered women’s shelter for nine months to global advocate for women survivors, I know firsthand what it’s like to go from “fighting for survival” to living a fulfilled, abundant life. There are so many times that I look back and stand in disbelief of how much my life has evolved. That younger me- who lived in shelter, feeling rejected and alone, would have given anything to see the blessings I now experience today.
I spent my years after shelter climbing the corporate ladder in sales. I watched my yearly salary exponentially increase while somehow my joy, inner satisfaction and self-value were not. I was miserable. I wrote numerous journal entries expressing a longing for something that I couldn’t quite put my finger on.
I was chasing everyone else’s definition of success and looking outside of myself for approval and validation. I was “keeping up with the Joneses”. When I reached the pinnacle of my career- a six-figure role that supported having the big house and nice things, I found myself disappointed. It felt shallow and unfulfilling. I thought having money and a title would wash away the shame of once having been a single mother in shelter. I thought it would redeem me from my past. Yet I learned the hard way that money does not equal fulfillment nor does it define success for me.
The lightbulb went off when I realized that I had traded my own fulfillment and joy by settling in a life that appeared to be “successful”. I committed to the journey of self-discovery and came to know and love my essential authentic self, the woman within.
I can not say enough about the power of knowing and loving your true self. When I fell madly in love with me- accepting me for me and committing to live life on my terms, according to my own personal definition of “inside-out” success- I became unstoppable!
I stopped keeping up with the Joneses and went on to train with some of the world’s thought leaders on peak performance, life coaching, neuroscience, mindset, fear, spirituality and neurolinguistic programming.
I was handpicked and personally mentored by Delatorro McNeal II, rated as one of the top 30 speakers in the world! I have been featured as a cast member on Season 2 of the reality show, The Keynote. I am the author of the book, “The Puzzle Pieces of Me: How to Find Yourself, Love Yourself & Live the Life of Your Dreams!” I am the creator of the global domestic violence awareness series, “He Hit Me!” which attracted hundreds of women survivors from around the world and spotlighted 13 guest experts & speakers. I am an award-winning speaker with clients ranging from Metropolitan Ministries to Allstate. And I have been featured in media outlets around the world including NPR, NBC and CBS.
What am I doing when I’m not coaching and serving survivors?
Well, as an introvert, I spend a lot of time in solitude, deep in thought. I love the beauty of nature, the sound of water and the smells from a garden. In my previous sales career, there was not a lot of time to “stop and smell the roses” so I make time to be in the present. I often cry tears of joy, just in gratitude for the life that I’ve chosen for myself. There was a time when I didn’t think I deserved to choose to be happy.
Vinyasa yoga, meditation and journaling are part of my daily routine.
I love reading, writing poetry and I am a “research-aholic”!
But I’m not always so “zen”
I love travel, language (I studied French & Spanish!), MAC cosmetics, a good set of lashes and dresses that hug my curves. I love how my legs look in the right pair of 4 inch stilettos (especially if they are open toe booties – I live!) My signature fragrance is Rock ‘N Rose Couture by Valentino. I take pride in my personal style and have no problem pampering myself- often.
I don’t like hard liquor- but I do like shots of tequila, glasses of moscato & my domestic beer in a wine glass. I find heaven in a hot cup of soy, Caramel Macchiato from Starbucks. I am also a pescetarian who loves food. My parents sware that my first word was “eat”. I’ve been guilty of planning whole days around meals…but anyways, I digress.
I a-dore my girlfriends! I’m the friend that is always there when you need a shoulder to cry on- but if we go out to the club, you better shut up and dance your life away. (No talking on the dance floor!)
I am a music feen. I play music 24/7. Seriously. Johnny Coltrane, Smooth Jazz, Erykah Badu, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jill Scott, Lauryn Hill, Drake, Rick Ross, Al Green, Beyonce, Rihanna….ok, so I can’t name them all. But I’m that person where if you played the first 3 seconds of a song and said “name that tune”…I would win. Hands down. My music game is on lock.
I was raised with a “family over everythang” mentality and to this day, I cherish my family as my highest priority. Most days you will find me wrapped in the arms of my beloved hubby and playing with my two children in San Antonio, TX.
These are just some of the many pieces of me. And in #DivaSurvivors, I am committed to helping other women discover, celebrate and share their complicated, sometimes contradictory, pieces with one another!
Thank you for being a part of this vision. I can not wait to hear from you!
Click the “Contact” tab to send me a message or once you join, you can simply introduce yourself in the #DivaSurvivors Chat.
Remember that all that you seek, resides within.
My deepest love,