COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Women throughout Columbus are feeling inspired after hearing from a woman who has endured serious tragedy.
Elizabeth smart spent her morning in Columbus at the Women Helping Women Luncheon with a goal to inspire and encourage others.
Smart was abducted at the age of 14 in 2002, by captors who controlled her by threatening to kill her and her family if she tried to escape.
She was held prisoner for nine months before being rescued.
She explains that, even in the darkest moments, there is always a way to overcome.
"No matter what it is you face whether it's abduction, kidnapping, whether it's family problems, health problems, financial problems - whatever your problems are there's always hope that you can overcome it through counseling or medication or just through life - you can find a way, and you can overcome it," Smart said.
Smart says that recovery is different for everyone, and since her abduction, she has proved there is life after tragedy.
She is currently a senior at Brigham Young University studying harp performance.