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

Hi Jodie, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I think being an author of color is significant to my community and the world because I’m giving a voice to those of us who are often unheard and underserved. I represent not only people of color, but also people who battle depression and anxiety. If no one writes about our hurt, happiness and or healing, how will anyone ever understand our hearts? Being an author of color will always be important because people want to read about what they can relate to and our perspective has purpose. We give a voice to those who are often too afraid to be vulnerable.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been an avid reader and writer. When I decided to publish my work I found it difficult to see the virtue in my vulnerability. I was afraid to give a voice to my thoughts because I feared the judgement of my truth, even though I was speaking for a population and not just a person. As I learned to live in my truth, I started writing in it as well and that is how I have been able to connect with my readers. People can respect the truth, good or bad because they can relate. I want people to know that my brand has a foundation of honoring hearts. My brand is of God and from God, I’m just the vessel being used to be a voice of light. People can trust that there will always be truth in my work whether it be via my literature or life coaching. I overcame numerous life challenges by living in spirit and functioning less in self (ego) and my goal is lift everyone I encounter to do the same as well.

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?
As soon as my best friend arrived in Atlanta, my first stop would be to take her to Bugaloo to sip a Hennessy Margarita while sitting on the swings. For lunch, we would would go to Tassili’s Raw Reality Cafe and have one of their wraps, with kale chips on the side of course. Dinner would be at Harold’s because they have great chicken or STK because they have great steak, we might even do both because we love to eat. I love museums and gardens, so a Sunday afternoon would be spent at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens or possibly doing some hiking. I love the authenticity of poetry lounges, something about the energy in that environment is very highly vibratory so that would be a weekend must.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to recognize Terri Staten as a great mentor. When I was writing my first book Staten allowed me to pick her brain and because she was already a published author the knowledge she shared with me was not only beneficial, but also priceless. Beyond the literature, she introduced me to many practices I still partake in today such as yoga, meditation, healthy eating and reading books to fill my spirit, not my surface.

Website: Theauthorjsmith.com
Instagram: @bobbyjamesss @theauthorjsmith
Twitter: @theauthorjsmith

Image Credits
Cris Laniese (Book Cover)