We had the good fortune of connecting with Khalliah Grace Bryant and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Khalliah Grace, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I’ve pretty much always dreamt of starting my own counseling service. Although I had to discover my niche over the years, I know my overall calling is to help others with their mental health. More Life Wellness started out on a vision board back in 2016, which was a year before I graduated with my masters degree. I knew I had to put in a couple years working agency jobs while I figured out how to do my own thing and also while I completed post-grad requirements. Everything came together in the most bitter-sweet way in 2020 as I passed my licensing exam, completed my clinical hours, filed for my business license, AND was let go from my salary job a month into the pandemic -all at the same time! I knew it would all happen, I just NEVER expected it to go like this!
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
More Life Wellness, LLC, is a mental health private practice, where I provide counseling and wellness services to those transitioning through a major life change. Such changes could include phase of life challenges, divorce/new relationships, graduating school, first-time parenthood, -including the stressors that come with it all. I work with individuals including adolescents, to couples and families. I hope to normalize therapy, especially for Black people, because we are the driving force of society, yet we go through so much with so little support.
My personal journey of overcoming some of the wildest obstacles and adversities one can face while still keeping mental health and success the motivating drive is the main reason why I’ve been able to help so many others level up themselves. My purpose is to help clients overcome the limiting beliefs that make them believe they are somehow incapable of reaching the life that is their birthright.
What sets me apart is my unique ability to normalize the things that make people hide themselves, and I shine a light on it, providing empowerment and that bit of hope that we all need to keep going. Because I know it isn’t easy -by any means… but it’s worth it given the right encouragement and support. I spent some of my darkest days in the major shifts of my life and in those growing pains, something in me just would not let me quit because I knew I had a responsibility to fulfil: to be a beacon of hope for others like myself who may be feeling like giving up too. I knew that meant I had to take care of the most important thing: my mind.
I want the world to know that when we take care of ourselves and heal, we are also taking care of our brothers, sisters, friends, and communities. With More Life Wellness, I hope to continue pushing Us forward so that we can embrace our journeys and look forward to “more life” and be well in it.
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?
Now I’m no Atlanta native (229 born and raised) but whenever I do come to the city to visit my family, I make sure to pop up on whatever plantbased/vegan eateries I can find. The OneMusic Festival is my must-go-to event. Every time I visit ATL, I’m inspired by something new. I appreciate the culture and spirit of Atlanta overall.
Now if y’all are ever in MY neighborhood of Jacksonville, FL, I highly recommend our Riverside/Five-Points and all of its restaurants and shops. I know when you think of Jax, you think of the beach but I promise you’d also enjoy other parts of town like Springfield and San Marco for good drinks and date night vibes. There’s a Black Arts Market that happens here, as well as the monthly Art Walk, the weekly Riverside Arts Market, and Annual festivals. Jacksonville is definitely growing!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Where do I begin?! With the most highest praises to God, I would not be where I am today without the prayers, guidance, and love from my parents, my ever-growing family, and my collegiate peers. I’d also like to shoutout the special teachers and instructors I’ve had in school; besides my educator parents, they are the reason why I enjoyed school as much as I did. I can’t forget my alma mater, THEE Valdosta State University, where I spent all of my collegiate years growing and evolving. Charles Russell (Chuck Raging), Ashley Young, and Kiara McNair -the best friends one could ever have prayed for. And most significantly, my fiance Dominique and son, Ari. They are all truly the driving force in my life.
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