We had the good fortune of connecting with Corilynn Bailey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Corilynn, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be one that encourages others to be Fearless in their fight for their dreams and hopes whether that is career, education, family or hobbies. Fearless in their belief that they can make a difference in the lives of other’s and that their story means something. Fearless in sharing their story with other’s without feeling ashamed or stigmatized. Fearless in their pursuit to believe that our trauma and adversities doesn’t mean we are broken, it means we are strong. What I want to be remembered for is knowing that every single day that I have been blessed to walk this earth after almost losing my life February 16th, 2016 to a suicide attempt is a gift that I don’t take lightly. After losing my sister Kimberly Neal to suicide 4 years later on September 4th, 2019, it was not lost on me, that I am here for a purpose, a reason and it’s my responsibility to show that appreciation every single day that I am alive by showing other’s how loved they are, and how much they sincerely matter in this world. I knew that I had to share my story of abuse and rape, while also honoring my sister’s memory and fight with mental illness. I want to be remembered for tirelessly fighting for individuals, families and communities affected by mental health and suicide, while also working to change the way mental health is viewed and stigmatized among our society. I don’t want a day to go by without letting someone struggling that it’s okay to not be okay sometimes, and that they are so loved and have so much to offer other’s fighting this very difficult disease. I want Be Fearless You Foundation to be my legacy for generations to come, so that long after I have left this world, my sister’s story, my story and more importantly your story is shared for other’s so that they know there is hope, to never stop being fearless, to always Be You. Do You. For You- Always.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My background is in Information Security & Technology, and Be Fearless You Foundation, is working on some exciting things that will revolutionize the Mental Health Industry, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we are working on advocacy programs for individuals, families and communities associated with mental health and suicide prevention, We are also being featured at this years Portland Fashion Show where they are dedicating a night to honor my sister and raise funds for our cause. Be Fearless You Foundation is not going to be a foundation, but a foundation that will change the lives of so many across the globe.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh goodness there is so many amazing things to do in Dallas, but I would definitely take her to the Cowboys Star in Frisco and walk around and take pictures, followed by some incredible Mexican Food at Mi Cocina’s. I would also, take her to Downtown Dallas to visit the Piano Bar, along with a fantastic dinner at Terrilli’s off Greenville avenue, where the food and ambiance is so wonderful. I would then have to take her to the Shops at Legacy Hall for a girls day of shopping followed by having dinner at Haystack where the food is just incredible! It wouldn’t be a trip without a visit to the famous Billy Bob’s of Texas and Cowtown in Ft. Worth so that is a must! Anyone that visits, always knows a trip to the Dallas Zoo is a requirement, followed by a fun night listening to music at the Truck Yard off Greenville. One place I love to take people too is Amici’s in downtown Carrollton. The food is beyond superb and the environment is so quaint and cozy. Fearing’s Restaurant has to be a favorite of mine and without a doubt the Dr. Pepper braised short ribs. You can’t come to Texas and not have ribs right?! A trip on the McKinney Avenue Trolley if the weather is nice is always fun and a hop over to the Arts District is an absolute must!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, my loving and kind husband of over 17 years Jason Bailey. He is literally my hero and one of the main reasons I am able to answer this question, since he in all intents and purposes saved my life 4 years ago. Without this man’s encouragement, support and patience, I think my road of healing and facing my childhood trauma, would be much more difficult. I have to also thank my 4 beautiful children, for encouraging me to pursue this dream, and for their forgiveness and love during one of my darkest moments in life. I also have to thank Lori Seeds Martin, my co-founder and supporter of this foundation from day one. Lori’s passion, commitment, and steadfast belief not just in our mission but in myself is something I will forever be grateful for. Lori has a deep background in Social work and mental health and I feel so incredibly blessed to be going down this journey with her. I also want to thank some supporters right out of the gate with our foundation. Lori Vann, M.A., LPCS (Medical Advisory Council), Mark Rodgers with Austin Simply Fit and Leander Wolfpack Indoor Arena Football, Jani Rad with JRPW Services, Dean McCurry with DM Auction Services, Laila Marshall, CEO & Founder of Bee Bizy, and Reginald Marshall, Founder of Wool & Thimble Men’s Clothing, Shelly Laine Gorton, McKenna Baxter, Brittany Bridge Rodriquez, Portland Fashion Show, and Marlene Neal, my step-mom and mother to Kimberly Neal. We could not do any of this without your love and support! In all honesty, just a huge shoutout to every single person