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

Hi Lovely, how do you think about risk?
I truly believe the greater the risk the greater the reward but it’s about calculated risk. Faith without works is dead, so with faith ANYTHING is possible. Just have to be willing to bet on yourself at ALL times.

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.
My art is holistic healing methods of health and wellness. Body work/massage, Reiki(energy work), yoga practice, guided meditation, aroma therapy, stretching/mobility, and breath work are a few I particularly like to specialize in.! I began to study holistic health after my tour in the US Navy and being diagnosed with some mental disorders myself. The craziest thing I learned was that most had developed from my life before the navy. After being surrounded by so many different people from many different backgrounds I analyzed and noticed a lot of us shared many of the same traits at the root of our actions, but I knew I wanted to get to a better place mentally, spiritually, emotionally, and physically. I then realized it would take work in all of those aspects. I couldn’t just work out my body and not my mind. On this journey I quickly realized I couldn’t rehab my body without my mind and I couldn’t rehab my mind without working on my soul, and to heal my wounds I must embrace my scars. It takes a lot of hard work and determination. Many late nights and early mornings of frustration and cries. Self realization is excitingly scary. Its painful, but it hurts so good. I took the risk to even start my business after losing my Nanna(My grandma). I felt like I had lost my entire world. I felt empty and hopeless. I dropped out of school and I couldn’t even see my purpose anymore. That probably was the hardest and most traumatic thing for me. Losing my best friend in the physical. I now know it was all apart of the plan. That feeling pushed me to start something amazing, because I was determined to not let all my hard work go to waste. I couldn’t just let her death send me back to a dark place, so I took the last of what I had and started the establishment of Holistic Healz LLC. I got my first location, painted, prayed, decorated and stayed focus. I did my research. I took every tool, skill, and all knowledge I had accumulated over the years from every job and experience I could remember and figured out how to transfer those skills to make me into a better business woman. I embrace a student/Teacher approach to everything I do. I’m not afraid to learn more. I ask questions. I never stop pouring into my own cup because I now know my calling and know I’m here to pour back into the world making it a better place. I express extreme gratitude and I stand on faith at ALL times. Faith is what has truly seen me through because I started this business January of 2020 after Nanna’s transition in December 2019. COVID hit and I was still able to sustain and make way my first year open. It wasn’t easy, but I made it. I’ve always believed in me. I’ve learned to always remain humble, learn from the greats, and study your mistakes. Don’t fear failure, it’s really just an illusion and you have to get out your own way. You can be your own biggest downfall. I want the world to simply see and truly know without Trails and tribulations, there’s no testimony., but go and be great. It’s only one of you for a very special reason. The world doesn’t have to remember me or my brand once I’m gone, I just pray to leave a forever impact on every soul I encounter and make this world a better place by healing me first. As so within, so without.  I’ll be opening my new location on May 15th. Peace && Blessings
-Lovely

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?
I love to eat, so lots of GREAT FOOD will be involved, but I enjoy the simple life for the most part.

-Chef Aleem’s Plated lounge
-Chef Kodak at Ghost Bar
-Wadada Market
-The bomb ass Food trucks at Triton Yards
-A variety of parks and trails
-A night at VVS ATL, revel, SPIN pizza or some local hood spot Cuz I like to get a lil ratchet with my ratchet friends.!
-We gotta have a euphoric session on Stone mtn
-The zoo or aquarium because I love animals
-A night at the drive in with lots of snacks
-Laughs, LOTS of laughs ANYWHERE && EVERYWHERE Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My Tribe. I don’t want to get too personal and list every name, but the souls that genuinely love and support me, my dreams, and all I stand for. I’m beyond grateful for them ALL.

Instagram: @Holistic.Healz & @A.Southernbelle

Facebook: Lovely Hodges

Image Credits
Faheem Muhammad

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