In this time of increased need for healing, many people are rising up to provide that healing space. Listiner Martinez, an Award-Winning Author, Accountability Coach, entrepreneur, mentor, inspirational speaker, and mother of three, created the “Healing is Journey Conference” series to inspire, motivate, and show compassion for others. She was awarded the 40 under 40 young women’s professional league award in 2016 and was featured on several podcasts and radio shows. Being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020 and growing up in an abusive environment on the south side of Chicago, Listiner uses her own healing journey to inspire others to heal.
Listiner’s passion for this work shines throughout this conference as she brings together both experts and participants to discuss and learn more about their healing journey. Nancy Winningham, Author, Motivational Speaker, and Owner of Quotes of Praise Apparel, mentioned during the conference that, “Can’t nobody break you, but you.” While many points were discussed, such as identifying your fear, acknowledging your feelings, and finding others to support you on your healing journey, the theme of using your faith to overcome fear rang throughout the conference. Listiner Martinez mentioned that “fear only has the power that you allow it to have.”
Listiner also gave us additional insight into the “Healing is a Journey Conference,” and her healing journey:
Chante Gamby (CG): What inspired you to create this conference?
Listiner Martinez (LM): Healing Is A Journey™ is birthed from my obedience to God first and foremost. I have overcome some traumatic experiences that could have broken me and killed me, but God spared my life too often. I wanted my life experiences to become a testimony to the Glory of God by providing a platform that allows people to start healing and connect with other individuals who have gone through the fire and are on the other side of it. I believe you haven’t lived your life well if you are not walking in God’s purpose. Healing Is A Journey™ is not just a conference series, it’s a lifestyle and my ministry
CG: What are your hopes for the event?
LM: I hope that by attending Healing Is A Journey™, individuals can find the start of their healing, by letting go of the unforgiveness, shame, fears, anger, guilt, and hopelessness. I want individuals to know what it feels like to live a life full of HOPE, JOY, LOVE, and PEACE.
CG: It sounds like your events focus on healing from trauma-what advice would you give to someone experiencing trauma due to COVID-19 and racial injustice?
LM: Allow yourself to feel what you need to feel, address your emotions, and not suppress them. Then find healthy outlets to release and express them. Here are a few examples:
1.) Seek Help Professionally (talking to someone who can help you gain perspective, understanding, and clarity)
2.) Journaling (writing is a great way to release)
3.) Prayer and Meditation
4.) Unplug (tuning out the noise can help to process what you have gone through)
5.) Self-care: Resting, eating, taking a walk, etc
To connect with Listiner, check out her website: listinerinspires.com and/or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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