Today we’d like to introduce you to Loveli Brown.
Hi Loveli, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today.
My story began on March 13, 2020. I left my job with the impression that I would be returning in two weeks. As I watched the world as I knew it fall apart, so was my mental health, but I did not know what was to come. Now, mental health is not a new revelation. I have silently struggled with accepting that my mental health had been affected by some of life’s tragic and stressful situations. “Be Strong” was all I’ve tried to be most of my life. “Fake it until you make it” is a phrase we say to most people. Well, what do you say to the person who has had to mask their whole life? Feeling helpless, hopeless, and hesitant, I decided to do what I knew best. I enrolled in several mental health programs. I wanted to tackle the demons head-on. They were chasing me. I don’t care for running.LOL. I wanted to understand what was affecting me.
I took two mental health courses that dealt with learning about mental health from an “I” standpoint and one about mental health from a “we” standpoint. These two classes were so helpful! I wanted everyone to understand that they were not alone. I decided to get certified in mental health as a mental health practitioner and business, relationship, and life coach. I established “LoveliEsteem, LLC” in August of 2020. I wanted to create a community where talking about mental health and living your fullest life was not only acceptable, but it is also free of judgment and encouraged. Through “LoveliEsteem”, I have connected with people who want to feel seen and heard. I am excited about the future. The goal is not perfection; it’s mental wholeness.
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
Some of the obstacles and challenges I have faced are attached to the stigma stimming around mental health. I am a black middle-aged woman in the United States. There is a stigma that’s attached to black women and mental health. Most of us are afraid to admit that there is a problem, especially if we have young kids, are raised in the church or have a high-positioned jobs. Dealing with mental health in public is seen as a scarlet letter. So, many people have lost and can lose everything dear to them for admitting that they need help.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Welcome to LoveliEsteem!! Love + Esteem = Mental-Wholeness. MENTAL-WHOLENESS is the goal. Not perfection. This is a platform where healing through conversation is not only celebrated. It is embraced. Here we focus on connecting through the human experience. Here we learn how to embrace who we are, heal and rebuild the fractured pieces of ourselves. We can create the lives that we want. There’s always a second chance to be authentically you. Let’s do this!!
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Simple. Mental health prevention and treatment is a birthright. We all deserve to be happy and full whole. All of our lives matter. We can rebuild our mind, bodies and spirits so that we can live a fulfilling, flawed, and amazing life.
- Website: www.loveliesteem.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovelibrown/
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8a9pyLRcvLztsxrqqQJvwA/featured
Perspectives by Tia and LoveliEsteem, LLC.