We had the good fortune of connecting with Courtney Bridges and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Courtney, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I have always wanted to start my own business to the point I end up getting a Masters in Entrepreneurship. I started FromPainToPeace during the start of the pandemic, in a way to keep up with writing, so I could increase my comfortability level with it as well as prepare to write a few books. I always wanted to help those similar to me, those who have experienced sexual trauma in their life.
FromPainToPeace is meant to help people release from their trauma and start a life journey towards peace, a peace they define regardless what decade of life they are in. It provides tips each month, food recipes to help you start a guilt free way to a healthier lifestyle and drink recipes, to remind you to still have fun and enjoy yourself. We also provide clothing, affirmations, books and conferences related to helping create your own sense of peace.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
FromPainToPeace is unique, as I share tips I learned through out my own journey being a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence. Not only do we provide blog posts, we have a podcast available on all streaming services and can be listened to directly on our website. I am excited not only to bring more content each week, but an in-person conference and book in 2022.
The biggest challenges that are hard to over come are 1) the stigma around the typical sexual trauma cases and 2) having someone who is a survivor to understand they don’t have to let their trauma define them. I wouldn’t say I have overcame these challenges, but I am making steps to help them being achieved for others.
Starting this particular business has not been easy, as I have had to be very vulnerable with my life especially having to relieve my past years. I have learned from this experience that revisiting your past, does allow for you to see the growth you have made but also the lessons you have learned that help you in future situations.
I want folks to know that FromPainToPeace is not only for survivors of sexual trauma, but anyone that has experience some time of pain/trauma and are looking for ways to get back to a sense of peace.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Restaurants – The Backstreet Cafe, Rice Box, Xochi, Hillside, Local Foods, Pondicherri, Vino & Vinyl, Tobiuo Parks – Buffalo Bayou, Memorial Park, Terry Hershey
Coffee – Throughgood Coffee, Pearland Coffee Roasters, Campesino Coffee House
Wellness – LaRue’s Touch, Milk and Honey, The BodyMax
Others – The Commoner & the Boulevardier, ZFT Run Group
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My success wouldn’t be without the people in my life that have supported me. My husband, Darian, has always been supportive of me finding a way to help others and letting me discover what makes me happy. He has been supportive in all directions of my life and is always willing to help me achieve my dreams. I also credit my therapist for helping navigate through the years of anger and my family for always being supportive and not giving up on me.
Tariq Paskel – Headshot photograph