An Escape Story—the Message Behind the Mohawk With Liz Valdez – 044

She went from a caught in a cult to finding her courage.

I was drawn to Liz because of her spunk and humor. Then she went and chopped her hair into a bold mohawk and I had to know why. I couldn’t have known how much her story would remind me of the power of pursuing truth when you know something is “off”, embracing your life journey (even the hard parts) trusting that nothing is wasted by God.

My guest, Liz Valdez, shares about being raised in a cult, escaping to the Navy, and finding and growing her faith as a young woman who’s no longer hiding (in all the ways). She tells me why her mohawk matters more than you might think—even though it’s obviously v cool.

Learn more about Liz

Elizabeth is a Jesus follower, Navy veteran, world traveler and entrepreneur, a wife for almost 18 years and mom of two. Her wisecrack style complete with skillful self-deprecating humor is a survival tactic she developed in her childhood growing up in a religious cult.

Her current labor of love is her new business “Driven Foodie Tours”, chauffeuring foodies throughout Southwest Florida on guided flavor-seeking experiences.
Follow her on Instagram @drivenfoodietours or you can just “call for a good time” at 1-866-EAT-SWFL.

Here is the book Liz recommended in the episode:
Sacred Marriage: What If God Designed Marriage to Make Us Holy More Than to Make Us Happy?

Speaking of marriage, have you started #prayingforyourhusbanddaily? Want to start the habit? Begin here:

Word of the show:

antithetical [ an-tuh-THET-ih-kul ] adjective

  1. directly opposite of or opposed

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