How long have you been doing what you do, and how did you become a Bodacious Life Coach?

To answer this question, it’s probably best that I share with you a defining moment and a resulting “compelling story” that brought me to where I am today – coaching women like you on exactly what to do to catapult their confidence and get their mojo back. That defining moment happened 7 years ago on my 49th birthday.

I remember waking up thinking, “Is this IT for me?” I was unfulfilled, feeling washed up and invisible. There I was almost half a century old and all the boxes that society said should be checked off at this stage of my life were empty. I had no husband, no kids, no investments and I wasn’t a homeowner. Don’t get me wrong. I lived in a nice high rise loft community, drove a luxury car and made great money.  But I knew I should have accomplished more in my life given the gifts and talents I possessed. Even after being a hairstylist for 23 years, I still hadn’t opened my own salon and continued to rent space in different beauty shops.

In other words, life was passing me by and I felt like my best years were behind me. To top it off,  my AARP card arriving was the nail in the coffin. Blazoned on the front of the envelope were the words, “You have earned the right to carry this card!” as if the American Express Black Card with the unlimited credit limit was inside. It was a great marketing strategy, but I still felt like I was now an official card carrying member of the old folks club and it made me go into a funk. 

Less than a month after my 49th birthday, I was asked by several people what plans I had for my 50th. Was it going to be an extravaganza, dinner, theme party or maybe on a yacht? I didn’t have the courage to tell anyone that I wasn’t going to have a party. As far as I was concerned, I didn’t have anything to celebrate and honestly saw the big Five – Oh as a liability not an asset. 

I couldn’t shake the feeling that I was too old and it was too late to really make any major change in my life. Why couldn’t I just grab life by the horns and ride, baby, ride!! Why was I dreading getting older and living my life through the rear view mirror? Why was I using my age as an excuse instead of living up to my fullest potential?

I was at the crossroads. Either allow my negative self talk to convince me that I should be downshifting my life at this stage of the game or give myself permission to live a life on fire!! I didn’t want to end up on my death bed full of regret and missed opportunities. I didn’t want anyone saying at my funeral, “Here lies Linda Husser. She was a good woman, but she never had the guts to be great!”

I made the decision right then and there to no longer view getting older as the beginning of the END, but the beginning of ENDLESS possibilities! I was going to figure out this whole “aging with excellence” thing even if it killed me! I made a commitment to break through my baggage, activate my awesomeness and rock my radiance! That meant immersing myself in absolutely everything that had to do with boosting my confidence

and pursuing my purpose, passion and potential. I took personal inventory of my life, identified how I was sabotaging my success and started on the path to my next best life..

During this time of introspection,  I came to grips with the fact that I was a “dabbler” and not a “doer”. I had tons of unfinished projects and ideas that I had put on the backburner over the years and never completed. Like opening a salon. I thought back to January 1990 when I became a licensed hairstylist. My plan was to open a salon within 5 years of graduating beauty school. Which now meant that I was 18 years behind on my dream of salon ownership. 18 years!!

Then I got the craziest idea: why not open a salon as a birthday gift to MYSELF for my 50th birthday? Nah.. maybe not. Who does that? Open a business at this age? Isn’t this when we should be downshifting in life and thinking about contributing more to our 401 K’s and investments preparing for retirement? 

I kicked that stinkin thinkin to the curb and got busy planning for my salon opening! Whenever my negative self talk would whisper in my ear, “Why would you want the headache of salon ownership? You don’t even know how to manage people. Do you realize how much it is going to cost? Everyone is going to think you are crazy for doing this. Just have a big 50th birthday party and call it a day”, I would roar back and say, “Shut up! You are not the boss of me!” 

The truth is, I was scared. But I was more scared of not trying than failing. This was my last hoorah. It was now or never. To keep myself motivated, I didn’t tell a soul about it. I continued working and would check on the progress of my new place of business on my days off. It was the best feeling to walk in and see my dream materializing before my very eyes.

About a month  before I opened my new salon, I sent out a notice to clients, friends and family that I was moving to a new location. Little did they know that they were coming to my new place of business! It wasn’t until they saw the sign Linda’s Hair Affair on the outside that it dawned on them that this was MY salon! My clients were stunned and my mother and family were floored as well. The biggest question everyone had was why didn’t I tell anyone I was opening a salon? I said, “Because I thought that I was too old and I didn’t want anyone talking me out of doing it.” 

Opening those doors to the salon also opened my mind and spirit to my desire for more. No more living my life by the status quo’s terms. I wasn’t too old and it wasn’t too late for me to become the best version of myself.   I realized that I had been choosing the most traveled road for my life as opposed to blazing my own undiscovered trail. Fearlessness and freedom came along for the ride.  I unearthed the badass that I had buried so long ago!

I cleaned up my past and started teaching Black women over 50 how they can do the same: I watched their confidence and zest for life go through the roof as it dawned on them that dreams and desires don’t have expiration dates.  I have since made a commitment to dedicate the rest of my professional life to helping other bodacious and courageous women break through the baggage that has them bound, get their mojo back and have the FREEDOM to live their life by design and not on autopilot..

Since then, I’ve worked with many private clients, spoken in front of countless groups: created an event “Passport to Freedom” where women learn how to free their “fierce”, say “yes!” to their dreams, release their negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs.

Because of my journey from stagnant to spectacular, I created the Ignite Your Midlife Mojo: 60 Days to Radical Breakthroughs and Unshakeable Confidence program. A series of life changing steps that will transform every woman over 50 who is ready to stop playing small, own her power and discover her most confident self in record time. 

Who are your clients?

I work with amazing women just like you who want to push back limitations, gain clarity in your vision, goals and create a tangible shift in your mindset, behavior and actions. They see the value in working with a coach who can take them by the hand and lead them down the path to their next best life.

  • Black women over 50
  • Who feel like life is passing them by
  • Who want to regret proof their life
  • Want to reinvent themselves
  • Who are determined to disrupt aging
  • Who Feel Invisible
  • Who Live life through the rearview mirror
  • Want to break out of their rut
  • Who dare to dream again
  • Tired of being “normal” and want to be “on fire!”

Some examples of my clients are:

  • Consultants
  • Business Owners
  • Speakers
  • Sales Professionals
  • Real Estate Agents
  • Photographers
  • Image Consultants
  • Teachers
  • Health Professionals
  • Creative and Spiritual Entrepreneurs
  • Courageous woman ready to activate their fullest potential

What makes you different from other “Women’s Life Coaches?”

My process requires that you and I go on a journey together down the freeway of life. We will identify your detours and roadblocks in order to blaze a new trail that allows you to stop playing small and stand in your phenomenal power. By doing a deep dive into your negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs, I will be able to guide you through a transformative process that will not only free you from your past, but allow you to create the passionate and purpose filled life that you desire and deserve. I know from personal experience that radical change can create anxiety and fear, but rest assured that you will be fully supported by me as your coach. As long as you are ready and willing to do the work, I will help you become the best version of yourself. I listen intently to your hopes, wishes and dreams so that you can tap into your gifts and talents and make them come true. My job is to help you own your power and build upon your greatness and become the woman you have always dreamed to be! Because I’m not delicate, you’ll always get a straight to the point quick and honest response from me. 

I’m concerned with how to get your radical breakthrough and unshakeable confidence QUICKLY – to help you get off the emotional rollercoaster, stop wasting time, energy and your power where it doesn’t belong and get you focused on getting your mojo back. I don’t sugar coat things or baby you. You may not like brutal honesty – but rest assured the truth will set you free. The truth about why you can’t seem to release what is no longer serving you so that you can create your next level life PRONTO! Only then will you be able to start getting results in record time (and I throw in a healthy dose of humor and inspiration, which always helps!). 

What type of personality do you work best with and what is expected of me?

The Ignite Your Midlife Mojo workshops, products and programs were created for people who are absolutely excited and dead serious about punching fear in the face and showing it’s who’s boss, breaking free from societal norms on aging, snatching your power back and getting in alignment with who you REALLY are.  In other words, forgiving yourself for not having the guts to stand up to your negative self talk saying, “You are too old and it is too late!” They were created for you to get tips and tools on how to uplevel your belief system, overcome doubt, connect with your gifts and talents and experience the peace, calm and joy that come from living a purpose driven life. That’s what I call FREEDOM.

Being driven to make the rest of my life the best of my life,  I’m known to work best with other people who want to maximize the second half of their life and are determined to release their inner blocks in order to do so. People who are committed to their success no matter what, who are ready, willing and able to get going and just want the blueprint to their breakthrough. My clients often tell me – “just take my hand and show me the way!” Working with me, you will learn how to tap into your internal GPS system so that you can drive towards your goals and desires with ease. Keep in mind that there are no shortcuts and you must show up for yourself consistently and take action. Playtime is over! Put on your big girl panties and let’s do this! It’s a different way of thinking and full support while you achieve this incredibly exciting breakthrough: unwavering confidence, remarkable clarity on your goals, consistently and in record time.

For what type of professionals are your programs NOT going to work?

Please know I’m very selective in who I work with and I cherry-pick my clients, choosing to (gently) turn away people who aren’t suited for my programs and won’t get the results for which they would have signed up for. (It wouldn’t be fair to them.) The Ignite Your Midlife Mojo programs are NOT for those who aren’t financially able to invest in coaching at this time. It’s also not a good fit if you aren’t ready to do a deep dive into your life. We won’t be brushing over the surface in this program. Lastly, if your life is such that you don’t have the time to devote to your transformation, you shouldn’t take the program until your life levels out. It would be unfair to you and a waste of your money and time to do so under these conditions. 

I am also not the right coach for you if you are not good at receiving direction. Keep in mind that feedback is a vital part of coaching and sometimes it may sting a little. Know that it is given in love and that I only want the best for you. 

Lastly, if you know that now is not the time for us to work together, it’s OK! At least you know that I am here for you when you are able to participate in the program. In the meantime, I have 3 resources that I want to share with you:

  1. Join my Facebook Group Bodaciousblackwomenover50.com. A thriving community of mature women of substance and style who are aging with excellence.
  2. Sign up for my free guide: Bodacious Affirmations for Black Women Over 50. bit.ly/freegiftfromlinda
  3. Like and follow my Facebook page where you will find tips and tools on how to uplevel your mindset, regain your clarity and increase your confidence. 

Doing these three things will really help you get primed for our work. When you’re ready, call me and we’ll get you started. (I’m in no rush and will be here when you need me.) Other types of personalities I won’t work with (without exception) are the whiner or the chronic skeptic, as well as individuals who consistently make excuses for not getting their assignments done or challenging every aspect of the program. If you are one of these people, I gently and respectfully ask that you not call and I hope you understand why. We’ll probably just not work well together and I wouldn’t want you to waste your time or money. Is that fair?

What exactly is Ignite your Midlife Mojo: 60 Days to Unshakeable Confidence and Radical Breakthroughs system and what does it include?

Ignite your Midlife Mojo begins with understanding your true value, where your confidence and inner goddess really come from, how to use your mind to manifest what you want (including more zest and zeal for life) and activating your intentions so that you can finally get the results you desire and deserve. This is where you give yourself full permission!

Here’s what the system gets you to do:

1). Set Your Intention: What is your ideal life narrative? To deepen this process, put yourself in the energy of abundance. What do you really, really, really want? How would you FEEL if you had what you want? 

2). Get Back to YOU – It’s time to remember who you are. Remove the mask that you show to the world and reveal the authentic, vulnerable and transparent you. I will help you snatch your power back through a personal assessment, various mindset activities and proven techniques for breaking through your inner resistance, self doubt, fear, anxiety and all of that “stuff” that keeps you stuck in regret instead of happiness. This is your “Woman in the Mirror Moment!”

3). Follow the M.A.P. (Morning Action Plan). Believe it or not, a daily mindset practice is essential to your success. By developing an inspiring morning routine, you will set the tone for your day and  increase your vibration and abundance. Affirmations, Mantras, Prayer, Daily Gratitude Journaling and Creative Visualization are some practices that we will explore to help you tune in to your inner G.P.S. (GOD Placement System).

4). Quit Your Stinkin’ Thinkin’- Remember that you get what you believe. Learn how to turn your inner critic into your inner coach. Discover the lies that have kept you in bondage and how to break through the shackles on your mind. What are your core beliefs? Are they empowering you or keeping you stagnant?

5). Build a Bodacious Belief System: Out with the old and in with a new and improved belief system that actually supports your dreams and goals. By reprogramming your subconscious mind, we will tear down negative thought patterns and limiting beliefs that have had a chokehold on your mind, body and spirit. The freedom that comes from this will allow you to be in alignment with your NOW vision of success.

6). Midlife Mindset Makeover: It’s time to install new empowering beliefs, behaviors and connect to the energy of your vision. Our thoughts create our reality. By sowing the seeds of confidence and clarity in your mind, you will reap positive life changes and set new goals that reflect your new state of being.

7). Activate Your Awesomeness: Armed with your new mindset, you will feel more empowered to make positive life changes and set new goals that reflect your expanded consciousness and transformation. Now that you are aligned with your authentic self you can live a life by design and not by default. You will no longer second guess yourself and will trust that you are enough and more than capable of stepping boldly into your phenomenal power.

8). You Go Girl!: It’s celebration time! Congratulations! You have done the work and created a rock solid foundation that will serve you for the rest of your life. As you blaze the trail to your next best life, know that you never have to worry about the fork in the road. You got this!

Does this really work?

Yes! The result of our work is an approach to shifting your mindset and creating tools and practices so that with time and consistency, you’ll ignite your super powers and catapult your confidence.

What results can I expect?

You can expect to

  • Learn how to stand in your power
  • Define your goals and stick to them
  • Set healthy boundaries and learn that “no” is a complete sentence.
  • Breakthrough the baggage that has you bound
  • Reduce anxiety and feelings of overwhelm
  • Fill your cup first and serve others from your overflow
  • Create a new belief blueprint
  • Release blame, shame and the pain of past disappointments
  • Have a Passionate and Purpose driven life
  • See aging as an asset and not a liability
  • Feel empowered & excited about the future
  • Become your biggest cheerleader
  • Tap into your gifts and talents
  • Vibrate as a loving being, and become truly unconditionally loving with all your relationships (even the most intense ones that normally trigger you)
  • Live your life like it’s golden (Not just sing along to the song!)
  • Be clear concise and honest in your communication
  • Regret proof your life
  • Have more ease and grace in your life
  • Truly love the version of yourself that shows up to play this game called life
  • Trust yourself and your decisions
  • Find your happiness
  • Create the path to your next best life
  • Connect with your intuition and trust it
  • Create DEEP intimacy and meaning in your personal relationships
  • Understand how your soul is awakening and developing
  • End the drama cycles and patterns
  • Learn to stand ON your story and not IN your story
  • Open your heart and expand into your TRUE being
  • Learn how to speak your truth 
  • Gain unshakeable confidence in yourself – (a lot of my clients tell me that is worth the investment alone).
  • Be unapologetic in all that you do

How quickly can I expect results?

That depends on how quickly you can make those inner shifts. Some clients are ready to go and have outstanding results rather quickly, sometimes even a few weeks, while others find that they need more time. It also depends on if you have done mindset work in the past. Because of the deep dive we will be doing, it may take some getting used to initially and you may find the pace needs to be adjusted. 

How can I guarantee myself that I will get more radical breakthroughs and unshakeable confidence in record time?

Show up consistently, be present and open to the process and leave your ego and pride at the door.  Be totally committed to your success. Understand that this is a process, a proven one, that works if you take action and implement all of the steps. All my clients who have diligently applied every step of Ignite Your Midlife Mojo: 60 Days To Unshakeable Confidence and Radical Breakthroughs have seen remarkable results in much less time than they would have on their own AND have a mental blueprint that they can refer to as needed. 

Linda, based on everything I’ve read and heard about you, I know you’re the one I want to learn from. What are my options for getting started with you?

Congratulations on making a decision for success! I’m happy to work with you to achieve your goals… The best way to work with me is in my Ignite Your Midlife Mojo: 60 Days to Unshakeable Confidence and Radical Breakthroughs program. Here’s some of the results you can expect:

  • Learn how to stand in your power
  • Define your goals and stick to them
  • Set healthy boundaries and learn that “no” is a complete sentence.
  • Breakthrough the baggage that has you bound
  • Reduce anxiety and feelings of overwhelm
  • Fill your cup first and serve others from your overflow
  • Create a new belief blueprint
  • Release blame, shame and the pain of past disappointments
  • Have a Passionate and Purpose driven life
  • See aging as an asset and not a liability
  • Feel empowered & excited about the future
  • Become your biggest cheerleader
  • Tap into your gifts and talents
  • Vibrate as a loving being, and become truly unconditionally loving with all your relationships (even the most intense ones that normally trigger you)
  • Live your life like it’s golden (Not just sing along to the song!)
  • Be clear concise and honest in your communication
  • Regret proof your life
  • Have more ease and grace in your life
  • Truly love the version of yourself that shows up to play this game called life
  • Trust yourself and your decisions
  • Find your happiness
  • Create the path to your next best life
  • Connect with your intuition and trust it
  • Create DEEP intimacy and meaning in your personal relationships
  • Understand how your soul is awakening and developing
  • End the drama cycles and patterns
  • Learn to stand ON your story and not IN your story
  • Open your heart and expand into your TRUE being
  • Learn how to speak your truth 
  • Gain unshakeable confidence in yourself – (a lot of my clients tell me that is worth the investment alone).
  • Be unapologetic in all that you do

OK, I’m ready to do this for myself. I am always giving to every one else and it is time to invest in ME for a change!! 

I can’t wait to see you succeed and am honored to be the one to help you. Let’s get going!