Santa Barbara Women’s Festival Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards 2014 – Video

Finally, here’s the video of the Santa Barbara Women’s Festival Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards. I was at the festival and awards events because I was nominated for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me Awards for 2014. I did receive an award in recognition of overcoming childhood abuse and psychological adversity to become and author and inspirational role model as a Gutsy Gal.

In the video, I’m featured around 27:00. I had the privilege to speak about mental health and raising awareness and what we can do to help loved ones who are suffering from depression.

Please check out the video and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Read about my experience at the awards and about all of the inspiring women who were also nominated and won:

Also, my novel “Her” is nominated for Georgia Author of The Year Award. The awards ceremony will be held on June 7, 2014. I’ll post more about it soon!

“Her” is available on Kindle through for only $2.99!!! Check it out here!

You Can Help Me Spread Awareness About Mental Health!

Hello friends! 

As you probably know, I have been invited to attend the International Women’s Festivals March 7-9 in Santa Barbara, California. I have been selected as a nominee for the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me! Award, and I must to be present in order to receive the award. See my nomination by clicking here. I have also been given the opportunity to speak at the festival about child abuse, my work in behavioral health, youth mentoring, and my novel Her.

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Here’s where you come in. I’ve estimated the total cost of the trip to be around $1700. With your support, I’ll be able to afford to make the round trip from Atlanta to Santa Barbara, and have transportation, meals, and a place to stay during the entire festival.

Can you help? Please follow the directions below to make a donation today to my PayPal to help me get to California!

Donation directions:

Go to and click Send in the top menu. Enter my email address (, along with the desired donation amount. If you have not already, it will now prompt you to login or create a PayPal account. Any donation will help, and it is also possible to donate anonymously.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for taking the time to read this and donate to this cause. With your help, I will be able to reach more people and spread the message of understanding and hope for people with mental illness, depression, and histories of abuse.

International Women’s Festivals and The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Awards in Santa Barbara California

From The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards Facebook Page:

“Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® award recipients are incredible role models for all. Their stories, once told, become the foundation for possibility,” said Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® founder, Deborah Hutchison. “By giving our awards at the Women’s Festivals and other events, we hope to launch a movement to inspire girls and women across the world to be courageous, confident, and have the desire to drive their own destinies. The Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® awards are presented to inspirational and gutsy women.


“We’re highlighting Gutsy Gal award nominee Felicia “Fee” Johnson today! Fee overcame tremendous physical and psychological adversity to become an inspirational author, mental health worker and child abuse survivor (and ice cream lover) who strives to empower others, particularly youth.

Fee’s debut novel, “Her,” is a survivor’s tale of endurance that illustrates the complex illness of Borderline Personality Disorder. The book currently has a 4.5/5 star rating on and a 4.6/5 star rating on

‘Despite every curve ball life has thrown her, Felicia remains stronger and more gutsy than anyone I have known and she inspires me to do my best every day,’one nominator says of Fee. ‘…she lovingly gives of her time and effort to help children who may have no one,’ says another.

To learn more about the phenomenal and fabulous Fee, come to the Gutsy Gals Inspire Me!® Award ceremony at the 2014 Women’s Festival on March 7 & 8! We’ll be honoring her and our other amazing nominees. Thank you for all you do, Fee! We’re proud to call you a Gutsy Gal.”

Come see me in Santa Barbara, California on March 7th through March 9th for the International Women’s Festivals: Building a Better Future for Women and the World. Check out: for more information.

Announcing the 2014 Gutsy Gals Inspire Me! Award Nominees

ImageI am so excited and honored to have been invited to Santa Barbara, California to attend the 7th Annual Women’s Festival from March 7th to 9th. I have been nominated as one of the 2014 Gutsy Gals Inspire Me! contestants.

I do the best that I can every day to inspire, uplift, teach, and share the power of courage, survival, and hope with everyone I come into contact with. I never thought that this work would lead me to nominated alongside such phenomenal women!

Please follow me on my journey to the West Coast! I’ll be Tweeting, Pinning, and blogging, and Facebooking all of the awesome people I meet on my trip!