Founder's Story

From Homeless to Hopeful

I have experienced first-hand what it means to have everything and then lose 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.  

In the recession I went from having it all to losing it all, almost overnight. The dismantling humbled 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 while taking small steps forward.  I followed and learned from every life coach who resonated with me to help guide me to get out of my own way; to get me out of the darkness and onto a path of purpose. 

I'm grateful to family and friends who showed up when it was hard to show up for myself. It wasn't overnight, and the journey wasn't easy, but it was well worth the lessons I learned along the way. 

I count my blessings and do my best to see the silver lining in everything.
Being and staying positive is a choice.

I created Good Gangsta with that in mind— to be positive, to remain positive, and to do the right thing. 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? What can I give vs. what can I get? 

A portion of our profits goes to causes we believe in, including eradicating homeless with the National Coalition for Homelessness.

How can we all be Good Gangstas in our own lives? 

Because Doing Good and Being Good makes you Feel Good