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As a vivacious little girl from Louisiana, I can remember knowing what my name meant: to bring light to, to enlighten. As I got older, I became motivated to help others find their light. Together, my first husband and I were going to change the world, help people and impact life. We went down this path for twenty years before I found out I was living a lie. The marriage—the life I had known, quickly fell apart.

It was painful, humiliating and debilitating.

And while my marriage had fallen apart, I believed my health, my family, and my faith could sustain me. But then, everything changed. While going through the daily routine of life as I prepared for my next chapter, unexpected illnesses took hold. I was a single mom, broke, and hit with health blows. My whole world view was crumbling. The crisis in my life ignited my passion and promise to find joy amongst difficulties and to help others do the same.

Nelda is a bold visionary and a pioneer. She is this grand mix of hilarity and sage wisdom rolled into one.

—George Lynch, CEO, Traffick911


Nelda loves people with a kind of love that causes one to be encouraged to new heights of achievements.

—Dr. Wayne D. Spears, Abbie Lane Retreat

I’ve encountered many failures, but through it all I’ve learned that we are stronger & more capable than I ever dreamed.

My journey began in Texas. I had to face the adversities in my life. Some emotional, some spiritual, some physical. I learned how to lean on my community of friends and family and slowly discovered the power of trust and accepting help. I went through lessons that taught me vulnerability, humility even. I became immersed with finding my purpose, healing my life, and becoming whole. And I cultivated relationships—eventually even finding love again.

Since then, I have experienced the power of women’s voices, and projects supporting such causes. In India, I witnessed women and children learn vocational skills after being victims of human trafficking and slavery. I’ve visited countries across the world to become part of a larger community. I’ve met with women who are changing the narrative on the stories we tell onstage and off. Along the way, I have become passionate about women’s voices, self love, and coming of age.

Since then, I have experienced the power of women’s voices, and projects supporting such causes. In India, I witnessed women and children learn vocational skills after being victims of human trafficking and slavery. I’ve visited countries across the world to become part of a larger community. I’ve met with women who are changing the narrative on the stories we tell onstage and off. Along the way, I have become passionate about women’s voices, self love, and coming of age.

So, how does my journey help you?

Through my journey and all of its chapters, and my life as a mother, wife, advocate, philanthropist, and friend, I have had to overcome self-doubt, embrace acceptance, and battle stereotypes. I’ve learned that through failure you find success, and that difficult times and joy do not have to be mutually exclusive. I have learned that it’s great to reach back, reach down and pull up, and help each other. And If you allow me, I would love to have the honor of being part of your journey as well. I want to share with you what I have learned as we take the next step in this journey together.

Nelda working in her Austin studio.

Nelda Interviewing.

The Nelda.com crew.

I believe that you have the power to change your life. That you can truly change your world. I believe that it’s the ordinary everyday moments of life that when put together, they make us whole. I want to share with you the tools I have discovered for continued empowerment and growth. Ways for you to find your light again-so that you don’t just survive each day, but thrive with passion and purpose. I want you to lead an extraordinary life. Together we are more powerful than we are alone.

I believe that you have the power to change your life. That you can truly change your world. I believe that it’s the ordinary everyday moments of life that when put together, they make us whole. I want to share with you the tools I have discovered for continued empowerment and growth. Ways for you to find your light again-so that you don’t just survive each day, but thrive with passion and purpose. I want you to lead an extraordinary life. Together we are more powerful than we are alone.

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