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Check Out Jamila Alfred’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamila Alfred.

Hi Jamila, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
It’s been about six months since my last interview and much has happened since then.

To get you, the lovely reader, up to speed: I’m Jamila, a vegan advocate, goth, horror, and metal culture enthusiast, and intuitive healer in the Baltimore, MD area. These things all seem unrelated but I can guarantee that they all meld well together when it comes to my authentic living journey.

I’ve always been a dreamer, expressive, and passionate about justice, so I can say that my journey started by acting on my unique interests as a child. We can fast forward to when I went vegan in May of 2013; this is where I had a rebirth moment in my adulthood that truly made a mark.

That time is where I fully explored my passions and curiosities as a young college student, and it brought me to a place now where I deeply value living my truth and doing what I feel despite the approval of others. That might sound like an easy task but it’s a complete lifestyle that comes about through critical introspection, growing pains, and listening to your intuition.

Obtaining my career, lifestyle, and self-expression all came from working through my past pain to allow myself to take the necessary risks for personal growth. Without the intense desire for growth and personally challenging experiences, I wouldn’t be anywhere near where I am today.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has not been an easy feat for so many reasons.

As I mentioned before, I wouldn’t be where I am had I not taken certain risks to challenge myself to be better, and that truly comes from doing some super intense inner-work. It’s a process commonly known as Shadow Work (something I heavily touch on on my social media platforms). where you figuratively look at yourself in the mirror; acknowledging your dark side and how it affects your unsavory behaviors.

That is a complete lifestyle within itself, and let me tell you that the unending results from the practice are glorious despite it being quite painful. Although it requires you to confront your demons and come to terms with your past, it eventually teaches you to trust yourself and allows you to turn your emotional pain into motivation to be better.

I’ve also had the typical struggles most people face: Financial concerns, family issues, and lack of confidence; but my inner work has helped me to see these things as neutral, fleeting events rather than situations that’ll ruin my life. Perspective always matters, and we suffer less when we stop labeling things as “good” or bad” and just see them as the neutral happenings they are.

As you know, we’re big fans of you and your work. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about what you do?
I’m the proud Multi-Media Marketing Director for the Baltimore-based national non-profit Afro-Vegan Society! I basically oversee the social media and marketing operations of our organization, which mainly includes me trying to spread the word about what we do and how we can help our communities.

I would say I’m best known for my vegan (amongst other causes) activism and enthusiasm for holistic health, wellness, and spirituality. That makes my career perfect for me because I’m able to use my true interests and strengths in my daily work.

On the more personal end, I can also be familiarized as someone who’s passionate about and expresses themselves through alternative cultures, such as horror, metal, and goth-type stuff. One of my favorite activities is creating makeup and outfit “looqs” within these themes, which I truly see as my art.

It just gives me life even though it might seem strange to some, but it’s whatever because I do it for me and not them.

What are your plans for the future?
The future is bright yet uncertain for me!

All I know is that I look forward to continuing educating my communities about plant-based living and social issues, offering uplifting and empowering words to those who need them and advancing my abilities for my personal and professional work.

I do want to try my hand more at public speaking, being published in alternative or vegan magazines, possibly making more YouTube videos, and safely traveling with my awesome partner of 8 years.

There definitely will be more coming up, so those who are interested can follow my updates on Instagram!

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Image Credits
Seth Vail of Vailhouse Studios and John Wardell of Wardell’s Photography

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