Katie Ford is all in but it took her reaching a defining moment in her life where she could no longer wear two uniforms. One uniform was her 20 year career as a Writer, Editor and Reporter for numerous high level magazines and newspapers and the 2nd uniform kept her awake at night. It gnawed at her night and day until she knew that this was to be her life’s mission.
How does someone’s life mission turn, just like that?
Everything changed for Katie in 2010 when she stepped into a woman’s prison in Lockhart Texas, and she started listening to the stories of these women. Up to this point she had been mentoring children of incarcerated inmates and had built up a lot of blame towards these people.
These inmates were the ones that had made the mistakes which meant that they had abandoned their kids in the world outside of prison…right?
Katie’s anger and blame melted away one traumatic story at a time. From that moment on, she knew what she wanted to do. It became her life’s mission to help these women break a lifetime of trauma by sharing their stories but Katie didn’t know the how.
How she was going to do it. How was she going to pay for it and turn this into her new livelihood and career.
She held the panic at bay, took the biggest chance of her life and left that first uniform behind.
In this episode we discuss…
Listening to these incarcerated women’s stories about a lifetime of trauma including physical and sexual abuse.
Realizing that these women were ‘largely invisible’.
Leaving a 20 year career as a Writer, Reporter and Editorial Director with multiple magazines and newspapers.
What event led up to her ending her entire livelihood in the summer of 2016.
Why not telling anyone gave her the courage to stick with her decision to resign.
Holding her initial panic at bay and embracing the freedom, relief and opportunity.
Developing the Healing Trauma program that heals through storytelling.
Partnering up with American Youth Works to cut through the red tape of starting a nonprofit.
Becoming the Executive Director of Truth Be Told.
“I realized that one of the uniforms that I was wearing didn’t fit anymore so I had to leave it behind.”
Thank you to Jessica Cox for bringing Katie’s story to the Go Hunt Life podcast.
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