We had the good fortune of connecting with Imani Hines and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Imani, how does your business help the community?
I stand firmly behind the purpose and mission of Exalt The Light (ETL), as it was formed because of my passion for healing and fostering healthy relationships with one’s self and others. I have learned through life experiences as well as my work with people, that the most impactful change is the change someone can make to grow and heal for themselves. The ability to love oneself, ultimately extends to those in their home, their jobs, and within their community. Furthermore, when someone chooses to model and represent self-compassion and show up authentically, it creates opportunity for those around them to be inspired to grow and in their personal lives.
I have a passion for mental health, and I believe in the importance of prioritizing one’s personal needs, learning how to create emotional safety, and having a place to feel seen and heard. The more people learn to prioritize their mental and emotional health it makes room for a physically healthy lifestyle, healthier relationships/ families, and a more informed and healthy community.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
Exalt the Light (ETL) is definitely much more than just a counseling private practice to me. When developing the business it was important for me for the name to reflect both what I represent and what a desire for my clients to hope for. ETL was a dream of mine for many years before it even had a name or a full vision. I have personally almost always had a passion for helping others around me and wanted to understand what makes people make the choices that they make specifically looking within my family and in my community. It was that inquisitive spirit that led me into the field of mental health.
Similar to most careers, the journey continued with starting college and eventually completing my graduate degree. As you could imagine, college its self, both undergrad and graduate school had its own set of challenges and setbacks.
I’ve taught myself over the years to look at challenges and or failures as opportunities for lessons to be learned. Meaning, learning to reevaluate situations and consider what could have been done differently. Also, learning to pay less attention to what you don’t like about the situation and learning to embrace what you can take away from that situation. I also learned the importance of focusing on the light at the end of my tunnel and not the tunnel that’s next to me. I learned early on that focusing on what others have going on around me takes away from what I am called to do and be, in my life. Staying dedicated and focus on what I feel is my life purpose, has helped me to move forward in reaching my goal to start Exalt The Light.
The vision of ETL is to empower individuals to be emotionally free in who they are, and to love themselves and all of life’s transformations through insight, acceptance, and empowerment.
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?
Atlanta is full of so many gems and places I’ve been here for about five years and don’t even feel like I’ve had opportunity to visit all of those places. However I think at this point I have found some spots that I enjoy. If I had a friend coming in town, you of course have to pick few good brunch spots with have great dinner option as well. I would take them to BQE which has good vibes and the food to match, Roc South, Atlanta Breakfast Club, Twisted Soul Cookhouse, and Two Urban Licks, and 5 Church.
I love music so I would definitely be on the lookout for a concert/festival or an opportunity for live music somewhere like Apache for an open mic night or a lounge with a live music. The High museum often has some dope exhibits and is also something cool to do on a Friday night.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is definitely often a challenging question because there is so many people that have been instrumental in my journey. I have had a number of mentors along the way, however my greatest mentor has been my mother Katrina Hines. My mom passionately worked in the school as a student assistance counselor throughout my childhood. I often participated in a number of her groups and student activities. Seeing my mother give back and help change so many lives definitely sparked my interest in wanting to go until the field of mental health and become a Licensed Professional Counselor. Because of what my mother model to me as well as what she poured into me I am able to confidently stand in my own light. For that I am truly blessed.