We had the good fortune of connecting with Patrice Meadows and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Patrice, let’s talk legacy – what do you want yours to be?
I want my legacy to be a life lived in service to others. Everything I build is to make the lives of people better. Whether through ministry, coaching, mentoring or education, my mission is for people to reach their full potential. I want people to remember that I loved hard, served passionately and enhanced the lives of everyone I came in contact with.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a pastor, author, coach and the founder of a charter school Atlanta SMART Academy. I think what sets me apart is that I am bivocational, creative and entrepreneurial. As long as I can remember I’ve been a hard worker, not afraid to push my own limits and take a leap of faith. I remember when I was a junior in high school I worked two jobs, I would go to one job during the day selling cell phones at the mall and then go to work at a grocery store in the evenings. I earned commission at the cell phone job and was constantly pushing myself to sell more. I hung out with friends after work and occasionally on the weekends. That’s how I spent my summer. This work ethic and desire to achieve was instilled in me by my parents and continued through college and my career. As an undergraduate I also often worked two jobs, while taking the maximum 19-21 credit hours per semester and being involved in extra curricular activities. Up until my senior year I didn’t miss a single class. Fast forward to my career after shifting to education, I worked full time and earned my masters degree in education all while getting married and having my first child a month after graduation. I try my best to pursue everything I believe God has called me to do. I don’t think I’m special, I just think that I have the faith to match my assignment. I tell people all the time to just go for it! If you fail, try again with the wisdom of your last attempt. But this hard work is not all good. I eventually made the connection between my obsession with work and the loss of my father at a young age. When the pandemic forced me to put my plans to the side, I learned to really put my trust in God and not in work or my own abilities. I call this season of my life breaking up with the work idol. I want people to know that I want to see people grow in faith and their relationship with God as they pursue His plans for their lives. I am a living testimony of how God can change the course of your life for the better and use you to impact the lives of others. I push my clients, students, and friends to take leaps of faith and live their lives to the fullest. I help people articulate their vision, develop a plan to pursue it and then launch out.
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 the Beltline. I think this is one of the most unique features of Atlanta. As a major city, you don’t expect to see much greenery but the opposite is true. Piedmont Park is a major site with a pool, tennis and basketball courts and a dog park. You can play in the park then take the beltline trail on foot or scooter for miles trough East and then south atlanta. There are plenty of sites to see like a photo bridge with the skyline in the background. You can also stop by Ponce City market for a bite to eat and visit the roof for games and great view. .Then, proceed back to the Beltline to find dessert or rent a scooter to finish off the walk. There is another area on the Beltline called Krog street market with local eateries and businesses. You can’t leave the city without visiting Sadie town home to the aquarium, World of Coke and Centennial Olympic Park. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have so many people to thank for where I am in my journey. First,God my savior then my family, ministry and friends for their continued prayers and support.
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