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Meet Liana Sims of Freedom2LIVE in South LA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Liana Sims.

Liana, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I’ve struggled with food addiction and obesity since elementary. .At the age of 20, I committed to “no longer exist, but to live.” As a result, I lost a total of 180 pounds naturally. During my weight loss journey (of 4 years) I began to write my book, “Monday Never Comes.”

One of the themes that was birth from my book was as my understanding or perspective on courage. “Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the decision to move forward even when afraid.” I realized that the message of courage was such a key component in my plight and that others could relate to this concept regardless of what they were faced with and needed to overcome and/or pursue.

As a result, I launched a courage apparel line. I have definition shirts, hoodies, crewneck and backpacks with the phrase, “Courage: the decision to move forward in the face of fear.” I also have dad hats with the word courage on them. My goal is to inspire people to remember they can move forward in life even with their fears. I don’t believe in fearlessness. I honestly don’t think it exists and if it requires fearlessness to move forward in life, many of us, if not all of us, would be disqualified.

Monday Never Comes is more than a weight loss journey. It is a story of triumph and victory in the face of what seemed impossible. Even if your battle isn’t against obesity, we all face battles in life, and it’s good to know that those battles don’t have to stifle us. In the book I share that I learned my fight against obesity wasn’t won in the kitchen nor in the gym. I conquered the fight that was in my mind. We all have something we need to conquer, and like my obesity it may seem impossible, but they are not! I share my story and the principles learned along the journey to help others overcome the seemingly impossible.

Just before my book was released, I started my apparel line, initially to help me pay to print copies of my book but it then turned into its own leg of the business as people were gravitating to the Courage Merch. So I travel as an author, speaker, and a motivator using the message of Courage and Monday Never Comes to remind people that everything they need to conquer in life, they have it today, right now!

Has it been a smooth road?
It’s one thing to produce what you love and believe in but the hard part is marketing and the funds to consistently market the book and business.

So, as you know, we’re impressed with Freedom2LIVE – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
I am the business, my journey, and the life lessons that I have received along the way. I take the lesson and I turn into a message. I’ve done so primarily through writing, speaking engagements and merchandise. I am most proud of being a woman of authenticity and transparency. My message is my life and sometimes that can be difficult because it’s not always glamorous but it’s true and I think people need truth over glamour so that they can see themselves in your story and therefore in your triumph. The message gives others the permission to live their authentic life.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I love LA. I was born and raised here. What I like best about my city is that beyond the “Hollywood” nature of it it all it’s a place where real people find authentic community. It’s HOME! What I like the least about my city is the cost of living.

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