Coach Delisa Deavenport’s Biography #1 (Short Version)
Delisa Deavenport is the founder of Healthy Evolutions, LLC, a coaching company that focuses on learning quieting techniques to tap into your inner strength and develop your intuition or self-truth. Coach Delisa believes that once you develop your inner truth, you find your direction in life, your purpose and your joy.
When Coach Delisa is not coaching, she is speaking at civic groups, conventions, conferences and other events, sharing her message to “Find Your Direction in Your Quiet”. Coach Delisa talks about how to use life’s struggles as empowerment to gain wisdom and experience and help other’s through such difficult times.
Coach Delisa published her first book n March 2019, “Find Your Direction in Your Quiet; Sharing My Experience Living with Anxiety”. She describes her life with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder and how she used alcohol to self-medicate. She writes about how she, in her fifties, learned to manage her anxiety, quit drinking and find joy and purpose in her life. She is currently writing a book titled “One Man’s Courage, One Mother’s Strength; Their Story of Fighting off the Severe Consequences of Addiction and Anxiety”. She writes how she found her 39-year-old son, on his bedroom floor in early 2018, barely alive due to severe malnutrition, dehydration and detoxing on his own and how, together, they fought to restore his life over a two-year period stunning the medical profession.
Before devoting her life’s work to coaching and public speaking, Delisa worked in the nonprofit finance world including United Way, Texas Trees Foundation and Catholic Social Services. Working with at-risk teenagers and young women, to instill confidence, inner strength and direction is a cause, dear to her heart, and she continues to be a part of this most critical cause.
“When life gets tough, find your direction in your quiet. It is then, that your heart will tell you exactly what to do.” – Coach Delisa Deavenport
Coach Delisa Deavenport’s Biography #2
(Longer, more interesting Version)
Delisa Deavenport was born in Amarillo, TX in 1959 where she created memories of climbing trees and making mud pies when she wasn’t locking her little sister in the closet or sending her baby brother out to look for spiders in the garden. In fifth grade, Delisa began her life-long ritual of moving, every year or two, as she reinvented herself over and over. In her early teens, she was either cheerleading on the field of the Sylacauga Comer Bulldogs or racing her Honda 125 motorcycle down the Alabama dirt roads or jumping off the tire swings into the cold waters of Wind Creek.
She often brags that her best friends are the trees in the woods, which stills holds true as she enters her sixties. On those rare occasions she found herself inside the house as an early teen, she would lock herself in her room where she listened to Donny Osmond, David Partridge, Carole King, and the Jackson 5. She would write beautiful poetry about love and pain, pretending she was the leading lady in the movies that ended with a romantic, happily ever after.
Her happily ever after found her celebrating her nineteenth birthday, blissfully married and taking Lamaze class as she prepared to be a mom for the second time. Her husband was the first father at Stephens Memorial in Breckenridge, Texas, to be allowed in the delivery room to witness the birth of his son. Big news back then. Fathers were used to pacing in the waiting room during delivery.
Delisa, not wanting to leave her children to work at a J-O-B, opened a daycare. One day, as she ate pizza with her friend, who owned the pizza place, they decided to take a H & R Block tax course to help them better understand business processes and her accounting future took seed. Delisa’s youngest child soon started school. She closed the daycare and started college to become an office manager at a CPA firm. After class one morning, her professor asked her why she wasn’t going after the CPA goal, herself. She had never thought about it. She just assumed she was not good enough or smart enough for that high of a dream. She had perfect grades. She decided, why not?
Delisa had a tumultuous journey through her 25-year academic adventure, experiencing a debilitating divorce, on again – off again college and picking up an addiction to alcohol along the way. Years of anxiety attacks, drama fueled by alcohol, numerous accounting jobs, and continuous failed relationships, including family and children, finally drove her into recovery. After treatment, she put her black lab puppy (the love of her life), Captain, in the passenger seat of her blue Buick Regal and drove across the country, “right into her miracle”, as she describes in her keynotes. In Texas, Delisa finished her bachelor’s online from Troy, MI’s Walsh College and went on to receive her MBA in leadership from Argosy University at age 51. She never did take the CPA exam as she refocused her sights for a more rewarding career, becoming a motivational speaker.
Delisa found “her person” in a good-looking, funny, Orthodox Christian widow named Larry Deavenport. They often tell people they had their first date about 2 months after they got married. They were best friends for years and then, decided right out of the blue, to get married at the JP office. It was a surprise to everyone, especially the two newlyweds. She eventually came into the Orthodox faith “kicking and screaming”, as she describes it, because it is so different than what she was brought up believing. Now she loves the beauty, discipline, conservatism, and authenticity of the faith; being able to trace its beginnings back to Christ and His disciples through historical documentation and continuous teachings from those that have laid hands on priests beginning with Christ’s disciples.
Delisa spent years listening to motivational speakers, Zig Ziglas and Marianne Williamson, on cassette tapes. Just as she daydreamed as a teenager about being in movies, she now envisioned herself as a motivational speaker, standing on stage, in front of hundreds of people. She would bring hope and direction as she delivers her inspirational speech to people struggling through life, as she once did.
As she graduated from the grueling Ziglar Legacy class, she realized that she was indeed, good enough to do anything she wanted. She wants to be a public speaker and author like Zig, so she soaks up Zig Ziglar’s teachings from his son, Tom and daughter, Julie, among others. Wanting to make a difference in people’s lives like Marianne Williamson, she become a coach certified by the Professional Coach Academy.
As she hones her speaking skills through Toastmasters and working towards her Distinguished Toastmaster level, she became a certified speaker at the Ziglar Speaker’s Institute further building her relationships within the Ziglar family of successful speakers and coaches. Now with her first book in hand, “Find Your Direction in Your Quiet”, she gives Author Talks and Motivational Speeches each week remembering Zig’s voice on those tapes, “True joy comes when you inspire, encourage, and guide someone else on a path that benefits him or her”. – Zig Ziglar.
Delisa lives in Capac, Michigan with her husband, Larry and their cats, Tiger and Lily Star. When she isn’t coaching, speaking or writing, she enjoys making “granny” memories with her adorable little grandson, DJ and her grown children Jeni and Jarred.
Coach Delisa Deavenport’s Biography #3
(Media and Speaker Introduction Version)
Delisa Deavenport is the founder of Healthy Evolutions, LLC, a coaching company that focuses on learning quieting techniques to find your direction, purpose and joy.
Coach Delisa shares her message to “Find Your Direction in Your Quiet” and authored a book by the same title, published in March 2019. She describes her life with an undiagnosed anxiety disorder and how she finally learned to manage her anxiety, quit drinking and find joy and purpose. She is currently writing a book titled “One Man’s Courage, One Mother’s Strength”, the story of fighting for her son’s survival from alcohol, malnutrition, dehydration over a two-year period stunning the medical profession with his complete recovery.
Before devoting her life’s work to coaching and public speaking, Delisa worked in the nonprofit finance world after obtaining her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Walsh College and her MBA in Leadership from Argosy University. She is an active member of Toastmasters, a certified speaker and Legacy instructor from the Ziglar Corporation, a certified coach from the Professional Coach Academy and her proudest accomplishment – “granny’ to a precious little boy named DJ.