Updated: May 19, 2020
Speaker | Advocate | Coach | Author
Sometimes you have the borrow the love for another until your self love catches up - Carolyn Colleen
Carolyn was born and raised in the Midwest and is a self-described FIERCE mother, daughter, sister, friend. While her past has a permanent stamp on her life, it doesn’t define her. Her past trauma and abuse has positioned her to develop and leverage her grit so that she can serve other women who want to transform their lives, too. You can read all about her whole story in her book: FIERCE: Transform Your Life in the Face of Adversity 5 Minutes at a Time
As a proud mom, corporate leader, and life & business strategist, she knows it can feel impossible to add yet another thing to the task list. But she's living proof that you can transform your life in the midst of all that’s going on in your life and on your to-do list.
She spends her days guiding women like you to make bold moves to ignite their fierce evolution and soaking in quality time with her kids at every possible moment – both are a journey in worthiness, self-love and lifelong purpose. She loves to travel, and schedule in time with her friends and mastermind brothers and sisters because she's committed to her own growth and development as much as her clients’.
Listen – the truth is, if you have even 5 minutes at a time, you can start your evolution today. And really, there’s no better time than right now.
What advice would you give someone wanting to pursue a career similar to yours?
See a need fill a need, observe where help is needed and be willing to put in the work when others won't, be flexible, be curious, leverage your adverse advantages
What are the best resources that have helped you along the way?
Curiosity, Tribe of Powerful Women, Willingness to try and fail
She who is the most flexible, Wins - Carolyn Colleen
In her book, F.I.E.R.C.E., author Carolyn Colleen powerfully shares a personal story that is simultaneously riveting and heartbreaking. To come out on the other side of her experience smiling, happy, a great parent and spouse, educated, and fulfilled is nothing short of amazing. She has graciously shared with us, her readers, her personal model of resilience, and how one can approach becoming resilient one step at a time. For those, like Carolyn, with childhood abuse histories, there is no need to try to answer the question she was often asked, “Why didn’t you leave?” But for others, whose lives were spared the horrific nature of childhood abuse, the answer is relatively simple: She couldn’t. Leaving has nothing to do with an unlocked door, access to car keys, or even someone who would take her and Eve in. Carolyn was bound by a powerful, unimaginable prison that someone else created. It left her powerless. When one is powerless, one cannot leave. That’s why the pages devoted to what happened to her during the years she was abused create an accurate and, for her, unchangeable scenario, until that moment of clarity when hope appeared. Carolyn had several people who deeply cared about her, and those few relationships were enough. Relationships are life-changing. Being in relationship with someone who truly cares, someone we can trust beyond any doubt, can eventually lead us from darkness to light. That’s what this book is about. I suspect you will not be able to put it down until you learn what F.I.E.R.C.E. meant for Carolyn and what it can mean for you, too, or for someone in your life who might benefit from knowing her story.
Rana Limbo, PhD, RN Consultant, author, speaker, and researcher in grief and bereavement and former psychotherapist When you purchase F.I.E.R.C.E., you are donating to a good cause. All proceeds from the book sales are donated to the Mental Health and Social Services Fund at Gundersen Medical Foundation.