We had the good fortune of connecting with Desireé B Stephens and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Desireé B, what’s one piece of conventional advice that you disagree with?
The idea that we can do it alone. We are not designed and created to be alone or do things on our own, It is grind culture and capitalism that drives this thought. I fully believe and support having community and working together to achieve a healthy balance of success and support.
What should our readers know about your business?
I want the world and readers to know it OK to NOT be ok. We are constantly told to be happy and that can be beyond toxic. In my healing practice, I try to create a culture of showing up as you are. All you have to do is be ready to get out of your own way. If they come able to do that then the shadow work is ready to be done.
I believe what sets me apart is that I am relatable, I share all of my own struggles and woes and it allows others to see the process that healing is ongoing and never linear.
That shows even on my path to creating this business. While I took the long way who I show up in all I do and it is now that there is some consistent stability that I am able to branch out in this way and guide people in a more direct focused way.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
AHHHHh there are so many great places in and around Atlanta now especially as more diversity is happening but I think I can manage a few places and things to do.
As a native New Yorker, I prefer smaller eateries and not food chains and I love the feel of those spaces more. I would most definitely have to take them to The little tart bakeshop (437 Memorial Dr 30312) they have the most divine and decadent pastries and I love their pear tarts.
For mystical magical needs, I would bring them to Ponce City Market and visit Modern Mystic they have an amazing staff that is diverse and knows their metaphysical shit.
I would also bring them to The Seed to Star Collective(178 Laredo Dr 30030) for some alchemical shifts with awesome sound baths by Corrie, some Reiki with Leah, and acupuncture with Laura. Then after all of that yummy healing head over to Arepa Mia (10 N Clarendon Ave suite a) for a mouth-watering La Sureña.
The APEX Museum (135 Auburn ave 30303) would be a for sure hit, it tells the history of Black people BY Black people and we often get a eurocentric tale of the Black experience so for me that’s an important distinction. There is power in telling your own story.
I’m also in SWATS (South West Atlanta) so we would most likely visit the city of East Point and one of my favorite places there is BGR Grille (1603 white way 30344) and their juicy burgers and tasty fries, plus it’s just such a lovely walkable area.
Aside from that I’m pretty much a homebody so the visit would consist of us connecting over coffee in my backyard. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m am beyond thankful for my Facebook friends and followers who constantly believe in me and the work that I am doing both personally and community-wide. So much so that they become clients in whatever way they can in order to support the vision finacially. I have a wonderful support system and friends that truly pour into me and see me and my vision as bright as I see myself. My family also catapults me to amazing heights and my husband is one of my greatest cheer leaders I can give him any idea I have and he’s like if anyone can do it YOU can, and that means the world to me.