We had the good fortune of connecting with Natriece Spicer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Natriece, is there something you believe many others might not?
“Follow The Rules,” they say. But it’s never quite worked out the way they said it would. As someone who is a multi-learner, visionary dreamer, and creative at heart, the rules have always had a purpose, but they have not always been effective. Life has taught me that living is very different from merely existing. Some of us get caught up in the web of struggle because we conform to others’ opinions of what we need to do and become successful, valuable, or live well. I don’t like boxes, and therefore I am always seeking ways to express myself beyond those limitations and then display that being to the world. I feel like we see a lot of dramatization around this topic, but the truth is that many of us are just shifting society by doing the quiet and unseen things. Simple stuff like being black and loving country music, being old and loving rap, or being a hood-educated urban Black woman building an upscale wellness enterprise. If I’m gonna do something (in any facet), it’s gonna be intellectual, good-hearted, culture-keeping, authentic, innovative, and fun! That mixture of pizzazz is one this country still isn’t ready for, and I am okay with that because my clients are sick of what we’ve been fed and refreshed by my enrichment and perspectives. I think a great deal of what has made us unwell as a society has come from just following rules without understanding. I want to change that. I want us to develop lives of substance based on principles that feed our well-being. I want us tuned in to the conversation. I want us consistently think about who we are and how that person’s purpose fits into the world. I don’t think boxes and rules allow us to do that.
What should our readers know about your business?
My skillsets are wrapped up in one amazing business I own – The Inspired Life. This allows me to engage in performances and speaking while also supporting others’ growth with courses, books, and consulting when feasible. TIL4Ever is a sounding board for all of the enrichment opportunities I provide, but it’s also something so much more. I got into this business because I did not see a place to be incubated, groomed, and then monetize my expertise. Being a creative professional can feel alienating and lack the holistic investment required to sustain on your own. The work I do now is changing that. My team and I are developing the master toolkit for the next wave of front runners and business owners to thrive. Big business is changing, and the once micro-companies are gaining capital and presence fairly quickly. I believe as technology grows, this will continue, and more people with creative contributions like mine will be more aggressive about monetizing their skills and about teaching others what they know. These two things keep me driven to continue building something that can become a launchpad for others as it has for me, with fewer hiccups, of course. It has not been easy – I am not a marketing professional, and I am a first-generation business owner. Like many women where I come from, this all started with having a need and feeling quite stuck, to be honest. I know that if you can make a way out of no way, you can make that way work. I also know that your intuition and imagination have all the answers to who you are, what to do in life, and how much of a life you can have – the hardest part is learning to trust them. I’m learning that even these two lessons become irrelevant over time. The only real wisdom knows we do not know what we do not know and, therefore, always be learning, always be changing. Ahhhh – the impending question everyone asks these days (it seems): “what do I want the world to know?” I supposed I want them to know I am here, for starters. It has been an ongoing audible, almost yell to the world to hear me out, and that’s all I really need – to be heard on platforms where I am actually seen and listened to. The Inspired Life is about embracing the journey of being YOUR best, so there is tons to be said, but first, I need them to really lean in and stop and recognize that I am present. And we have no plans of stopping or slowing down until it’s all eyes on me.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well if they are coming to see me I am most likely either in Cali, DC, or Atlanta!
Gotta stop in SF/Oakland. Two cities, two vibes, one great bridge with the views and the drive. SF is posh, very contemporary and Metropolitan, with lots of shopping, upscale restaurants, and tons of historic culture down 3rd Street Corridor – plus they have April’s Cafe, a must. If you can catch a game at Chase Center do it. Oakland is rich with authentic foods and spices from Africa, Haiti, India, and other countries. Known for its beautiful flat land views and Oakland hills drive. The Town is an aesthetic fave. It is also home to The Flight Deck Theatre, Smoking Woods BBQ, The Black Literary Collective, and The Black Panthers. There are tons of locally owned businesses such as Queen Hippie Gypsie, and The Art Gallery Bar all located in the heart of downtown Oakland.
Venture all through the Northwest, spend some time at some of the establi9shments, dive bars, and restaurants. You’ll find Cork Wine Bar easily situated for a tasting or snacks to go. Also check out ‘Howard Hill’ located along with Howard University where some of the college houses, cafes, and other businesses regularly host open mics and creative events.
Kat’s Cafe and The Apache Cafe are two must-try spots for creative events, spoken word, slams, and other indie outlets. For food go to Harold’s for a good downtown Atl time if you like an urban/college social mix. Eat at Hattie B’s for good chicken sandwiches, try Pappadeaux’s seafood, get a late-night burger from Midtown Diner, and then check out J.R. Crickets and judge the wings for yourself. Go to Staples for a concert if you can and be sure to drive out a little bit and visit Sisters Soul Food Cafe – probably the best food you’ll have in ATL for that price and free parking!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to give a shoutout to Tamika Harper aka GeorgiaME for being someone who continues to help myself and other Black women take up as much space as we need to be our best. She provides leadership, advice, and is an honest voice of reason in artistic and creative development. As an Atlanta legend, world-renouned author/poet, and keeper of black culture she has been named a scholar, a healer, and life-changing wordsmith. I admire her creative and technical skill. She is an adept spoken word artist and writer. Her visionary mindstate and vibrant personality make her someone engaging and impactful to be around. Tamika is the founder and honoree of The Annual Tamika Festival, a week long celebration of arts, culture, and music held in Atlanta. The events are centered in the Wet End area of Atlanta and feature a myriad of performances, workshops, expose’s, shopping events, and cutlutral spotlights. This year the festival is back LIVE! post a pandemic digital overload. The festival typically runs from end of April through the first week of May. Tamika is a Tony award recipient, broadway notable, and internationally acclaimed spoken word artist/performer. She is also co-producer on the recently released documentary titled The Story of The Yin Yang Cafe (2021/starring David Banner) and avid supporter of black enterprise. But above all else, Tamika is a mother, a daughter and a servant to others – she helps relentlessly and gives freely. With such a kind heart and so much service to youth and the creative arts, I am always grateful to gleen from her and to simply be in the presence of someone who shows up because they really care.
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