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Today we’d like to introduce you to Jewel Guy.

Hi Jewel, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself
For most of my life, I’ve wanted to help people. I was often a person that people would confide in, find comfort, and get advice when needed. That seemed to begin in high school and has followed me throughout my life. With that knowledge, one may think that I would dive headfirst into the human services industry when I attended Morgan State University, but that’s not what happened.

I studied Electrical Engineering. A decision I had made subconsciously after visiting the engineering department in sixth grade on a field trip. I had a serious curiosity for how things worked and how I could be a part of that world. Outside of the technical information, the greatest lessons that I learned were to seize opportunities outside of my comfort zone and build relationships.

These lessons carried me to the other side of the country (with my one year old) where I would receive my first engineering job after graduating from college, moving back home and teaching pre-engineering in a Baltimore City public school, and working for one of the top power tool companies in the world. Electrical engineering opened up the world to me. It allowed me to collaborate and build relationships with people from all over the world. It showed me the possibilities, yet, I still had the desire to reach people in a very different way.

In September 2016, after being married for almost a year, I left the field of electrical engineering to begin to find my way on my own terms. I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do. I had just released an EP and had been performing and selling CDs. I was also exploring my love for photography while driving for Uber and Lyft in between.

Fast forward to now, I have created my own path in various areas that allow me to connect with people on a deeper level. I am a visual storyteller (telling stories through photography and videography), I’ve been published with National Geographic, created my first feature-length documentary (Dis-Placia: Vacants In the Village), and worked with various organizations across the city.

I am a life coach, mediator, and three-time published author of the revolutionary and therapeutic prompt journals: “Dear Black Men (Women): Affirmations, Questions, & Apologies You May Not Have Heard” that allows Black women and Black men to have a safe space to share their feelings and experiences without judgment. It is their exclusive place to unpack, find closure, heal, and grow. I couldn’t have imagined this life but I am grateful for it.

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?
Two of the greatest obstacles that I have faced while transitioning from the corporate world to being an entrepreneur were shifting my mindset and managing my emotions.

When I was growing up, I was taught how to work hard for companies and help them achieve their goals. I wasn’t taught how to live life on my terms, create what life could look like for myself outside of the normal structure and what it would feel like as I transitioned from one world to the other.

It took a toll on me for a little while but I am grateful for the support of my husband who would encourage me and help me get back into alignment with what I wanted to manifest in my life.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am most known for my visual storytelling skills and for being the author of Dear Black Men: Affirmations, Questions, & Apologies You May Not Heard (DBM) and Dear Black Women: Affirmations, Questions, & Apologies You May Not Heard (DBW). I initially thought that DBM would be a documentary in which we would look at Black Men through the eyes of empathy. Instead, it was birthed out of a conscious effort and desire to learn to love and communicate differently with my husband.

The first year and a half of our marriage was challenging for me; being from a family that did not communicate with each other well and where we suppressed much of our feelings and emotions. Gratefully, at the same time that we were having some of our communication challenges, I was training to be a mediator with Baltimore Community Mediation Center.

That training taught me what it really looked like to listen to understand and how important it is for us as human beings to be heard and understood. I realized, after having several conversations with my husband, brothers, and other Black men in the community, that many Black Men were having similar experiences and emotions but didn’t have a safe space to unpack. Learning that made this endeavor much bigger than just my marriage, it was also about beginning to heal our community, one person at a time.

I am most proud that there are no other therapeutic prompt journals that are so keenly tailored to the experiences of Black Men and Black Women. I am proud that when readers open the book they feel seen. I am proud that these books are being used around the world individually, in therapy groups, book clubs, and premiere resources to assist in the healing of Black people. There is no greater feeling.

Where do you see things going in the next 5-10 years?
In terms of mental health in the Black community, I see a greater awakening happening. People are seeking therapy, coaching, and counseling at higher rates. They are thinking more for themselves and moving away from things that no longer serve them. People are taking control of their lives and adding tools to their toolbox in order to navigate life in the best way possible. My goal is for my books to be an assistant in the healing of Black people all across the world.

Pricing:

  • $20 for each book

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Image Credits
Dr. Bridal Pearson

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