We had the good fortune of connecting with Linda LaBeaud and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Linda, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I pursued a creative career because it felt most in alignment with the person that I already am. I wanted to create a life for myself that I didn’t need a vacation from so I had to figure out what that would like like for me. I grew up around the arts. Both of my parents were singers/songwriters and my grandparents also had a great appreciation for the arts. My grandfather was a poet and a songwriter. My grandmothers on both sides can sing and really enjoy it. Growing up around art in this way really made an impression on me and I felt most happy creating whether I was writing songs, singing or creating jewelry. The arts always bring me back to my center and I feel it is what connects me most deeply with my ancestors.
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. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way.
I am a singer/songwriter, a self taught yogi, a jeweler and a curator I like to identify as a creative because it encompasses all of the many mediums from which I express myself. I really enjoy creating things and I also enjoy serving as a reminder to others of their own divinity and creative ability. I got to where I am today by fully accepting myself for all that I am and choosing to put the power of my belief into my own ability to create wealth for myself through my artistic endeavors. It has not been easy considering that I have a lot of reprogramming to do. There are a lot of people who believe that if you’re going to do the arts, you have to have a back up plan because otherwise you won’t be successful. I definitely internalized this belief for a very long time and it took me a while to finally take the leap of faith and fully bet on myself instead of depending on institutions and businesses outside of myself to support my livelihood. I’ve learned a lot on my journey of creative entrepreneurship and the number one thing that I’ve learned is that you can not waste your precious life force energy worrying about what other people are going to think of you when you begin being your authentic self. There are people out there who will support and appreciate you for all of who you are as well as what you bring to the table. I believe that what sets me apart from others is that I am me. There is no other me in the world and that is my super power.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love being in nature. It just brings me peace and grounds me which is my idea of fun. I don’t really like to party or drink. I would also say I’m introverted so I need time and space to recharge so places like Cascade Nature Preserve, Piedmont, Arabia Mountain and Stone Mountain would be good hang out spots for me. I also enjoy spending time with others at my own home because I create a space that is really welcoming and peaceful which sets the tone for the interactions that I have with others in my space. As far as food is concerned, I’m Plant Based so if I’m taking some out to eat I‘d go for Bole or Ghion (Ethiopian food), Sevananda, Soul Vegetarian, Viva La Vegan or Tassili’s Raw Reality, If I’m cooking for them, I’d make Coconut Curry because thats my go to and all time favorite meal. Its also the meal that everyone in my house enjoys every time I cook it. I shop at Sprouts, Whole Foods, Dekalb Farmers Market and Kroger for my produce. I always try to go for organic & non gmo foods or produce because it is healthier and more beneficial for the body.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to my parents who believed in me every step of my creative entrepreneurial journey. My parents love & passion for music really inspired me to embrace my gifts and to find a way to create a life where I can have more time to be my creative self. I would also like to dedicate this shoutout to the authors of the following books: The War of Art, The Highly Sensitive Person, The Science of Getting Rich, Think and Grow Rich, The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success