We had the good fortune of connecting with BRILEX and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi BRILEX, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The single most important decision that I made that has greatly contributed to my success was to embrace the uncomfortable. Sacrificing comfort for growth has led me to some incredible opportunities, that I’m not sure I would have had otherwise. One quote, in particular, has helped me with this, “if you can’t beat the fear, do it afraid.” This quote continues to inspire me, as it encourages people to take action regardless of if they are uncomfortable or afraid.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a writer/podcaster and musician, I am constantly learning the power of voice. Each of us has a voice, and one important decision is how we choose to use it. I’ve had to be very intentional about choosing to use mine to uplift others and speak authentically about my experiences. This isn’t always easy, but it is something that I find to be the most rewarding.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
My ideal itinerary begins with spending the morning at the High Art Museum, I love checking out the impressionists’ pieces. After that, I would head to Brunch at Barneys, I recommend the soul rolls as a starter. I would end the day with some thrift shopping. Little Five Points is always a fun time, you can eat and shop till you drop alongside local business owners.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to give a shout-out to black women everywhere! Everyday black women inspire me to be innovative, determined, and unapologetic when taking up space. To black women, I owe everything.

Website: https://brilex.home.blog/

Instagram: instagram.com/yobrilex

Image Credits
Eric Ford, Tommy Flanagan, and Desto the Artist

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