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Speaking Engagements

"Because leading by example is still leading."
~Christy Hughes
Strong Roots, Wayward Soul
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My name is Christy Hughes and as a first-generation farmer, I've learned to take life by the horns. I'm on a mission to help others find the courage to reach for their dreams, while using tenacity and boundaries to overcome any obstacles that stand in their way. 

Until I stopped drinking in May 2018, I'd followed through on very little in my life. A recommitment to my health prompted my path to sobriety. Along with that and a career change at 40, I tapped into two powerful traits: courage and tenacity. I'd never been described as tenacious in my life and scored ridiculously low on Angela Duckworth's "grit" scale. Since conquering my alcohol addiction one day at a time and learning to successfully stand in the spotlight, it's one of the tops ways people describe me. I've used courage and grit to pursue and fulfill my dreams of becoming a published author, retreat leader and yoga teacher. None of it would be possible without setting firm boundaries around my time and energy. I'm now committed to helping others keep their best life from passing them by!


I help audiences see what is possible to achieve, whether tenacity and grit come naturally to them or not. I help people confidently say "no" to time wasters, energy vampires and distractions so that they can say YES to what truly lights them up!

The story resonates with so many who struggle with self-doubt and living up to self-imposed expectations regardless of any dependencies. I was inspired by the level of honesty and vulnerability.

lindsay s.

Christy’s story is an inspiration to all that progress, not perfection is the better path to realizing our dreams. Thank you for bearing your soul for the inspiration and courage for all of us to become our best selves!

nicole n.

Touched my heart in places that have long been dormant, encouraged me to look inward and challenged me to dream. 

angela h.


Tenacity: Why you need this unsung hero of achievement

Key Takeaways:

  • The role of optimism in developing grit

  • Plan B: Be brave, be resourceful, be determined

  • Role models pave the path you will help pave for others 

  • How to find gratitude in every outcome

  • How to push past seeds of self-doubt 


The Power of No: How two letters can create more time, energy and joy

Key Takeaways:

  • Defining boundaries and their importance in avoiding burnout

  • How to set physical, emotional and mental boundaries

  • Tips for bravely speaking up 

  • How saying "no" to what's not okay means saying "yes" to what is


  • Mentor, Big Brothers Big Sisters Tarrant County

  • Volunteer, Hamilton Community Center Meal Program

  • Author, Strong Roots, Wayward Soul

  • Nine-time podcast guest (links

  • Retreat Host, The Brave Kind Retreats at Part Time Pastures

  • YouTube Personality, Part Time Pastures

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