Angela Davis Schaefers is a coach, workshop facilitator, speaker and writer.
Angela has interviewed people around the globe to share their inspiring stories of overcoming challenges and living successfully. She writes various articles on motivation, self improvement and inspiration, often sharing her own experiences or those she has learned from. She authored her memoir Grief to Grace.
She published her book, ‘Your Story Matters, You Matter – A guide to healing, learning from and sharing your story‘ and is completing two additional books, ‘Cancer Doesn’t Come Wrapped In A Pretty Ribbon‘ and ‘Unlocking Grief’.
In Angela’s words…
I spent most of my life in southern California. Growing up in southern California, in a small town with a diverse culture in surrounding cities, gave me a sense that there was much more out there in the world. That feeling was, in part, what sparked my interest in various countries, people and places. Perhaps I was born an explorer. I have certainly been called an adventurer!
Outside of being an adventurer, I always knew I wanted to be a mom. My children, two daughter’s (now adults) and my son have been my biggest inspiration and source of happiness! We have shared many happy times enjoying the world around us despite life’s challenges. We have created a family unit built on trust and love.
I married my high school sweetheart at the tender age of 18 and became a mom the following year. My life seemed complete, yet changed from what I expected, including separation from and the eventual death of my beloved spouse when we were in our late twenties. Everything I thought my life would be, even though it probably would not have ended up how I thought, was forever changed. I lived life as a young, single mom waiting and hoping for something better. Eventually, I found the courage to go back to school to obtain both my Bachelor and Master’s degrees and became a professional counselor.
Later, re-married and mom to three and living in beautiful Tampa Bay, Florida life had its struggles. None though as heart wrenching as the unexpected shock of being diagnosed with stage IV cancer. I had already overcome so much in my life; abuse, poverty, loss, it seemed so unfair. After spending the first year from the diagnosis preparing for my death, which included writing my memoir, Grief to Grace, I woke up one day and decided the prognosis was not going to dictate my life. The best gift I received with cancer was the gift of gratitude. I used to think I was grateful for certain things and people in my life. Nowadays, I am truly grateful for each moment, each person and every opportunity. Facing death has a way of putting things in perspective! I learned to appreciate the here and now and to live in a way wherein I feel that today was the best day, as tomorrow may never come.
My intention, when writing my life story, was solely for my children, who at the time were ages 3, 12 and 16. Being diagnosed with stage IV cancer and told my life would not last long I felt leaving behind my story was a way for my kids to understand who I was and how I became the person I was through my life experiences. I mistakenly believed that no one would want to hear my story of what I had lived through and had overcome. Yet, as I shared my story of living a life of grief to grace, I realized many people wanted and needed to hear about my life challenges and the many blessings despite impossible odds. It created an incredible connection to others around me who had also suffered and many who needed hope.
Being encouraged to share my story publicly was life changing!
Over ten years later since my fate was determined, I live my life to it’s fullest and make each day count by living authentically and encouraging others through my story. I was in awe at the realization that my story was of value to others. When others communicated to me that my story and my survival was one of encouragement, hope and inspiration to them, I felt a sudden, deep in my heart and soul, healing. I knew then that all that I endured and overcame was for a reason.
Sharing the wisdom I had gained through my challenges to help others in their journey of life struggles was humbling. To have a positive impact on others lives made everything I had been through worth it!”
Your Story Matters!
I founded Your Story Matters with the intent to share my story, and those of others from around the globe, and encourage and inspire those who may feel discouraged and hopeless.
You too can discover the power of your story and learn how to use your story to create the live you desire and deserve! Your Story Matters Coaching is a solution.