Founder's Story


I have experienced first hand what it means to have everything and then losing it all.  I went from a six figure income to being jobless and homeless, sleeping on sofas while my kids slept on air mattresses beside me. Because so much of our identity comes from our jobs and what we own, I struggled with a lack of self-worth, severe depression, and even suicidal thoughts. It took a huge shift in my attitude, and the helping hands of my community, good friends, life coaches, and therapists, to get me out of the darkness and on to a path of purpose. It wasn't overnight, and the journey wasn't easy, but it was well worth the lessons I learned along the way.

I now use my talents of art and writing for good; I'm here to lift people up. How can I make a positive impact in the lives of every person I meet? I’ve always tried my best to remain optimistic. I created Good Gangsta with that in mind— to be positive, to remain positive, and to do the right thing. How can we be Good Gangstas and where can we be of service?

Our first initiative is to be a part of the homelessness conversation. Everyone deserves a place to put their head, to be treated with love, respect and kindness. We are all 100% human. 

With that in mind, Good Gangsta is donating 10% of the profits of the majority of our products to the National Coalition for the Homeless.

Much Love,
Lisa Courtney