We had the good fortune of connecting with Raven Holmes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Raven, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When beginning my own business I just thought about my two biggest passions, which are traveling and mental health. I’m a Social Worker/ Therapist and I LOVE to travel! I use my travel outlet as a way to help me reset and unpack as my profession and workload can be very heavy load. So why not intertwine the two and begin my own Travel Agency, hence the name “Melanin Minds Travel”. It was important to share one of my therapeutic outlets with others and make their process as perfect as possible while doing so.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Within Melanin Minds Travel there is a connection of either a travel consultant or a mental health consultant. To me that’s literally the best of both worlds , as I’m able to provide my clients with great resources from both sides. I attended Clark Atlanta University for my Bachelor’s and continued my education at LIU, Brooklyn to obtain my MSW. While I didn’t have much time for the travel I was used to.. I promised myself more commitment to pour into what I loved after completing my MSW. I began to do just that and was later approached by my travel mentor to begin my own travel agency. This definitely wasn’t an easy journey, it was one filled with many great sacrifices, financial instability, relationship concerns and was very time consuming. I’ve learned to be very kind to myself and measure my goals big or small because what’s important to you is definitely worth those sacrifices. I want the world to know that my brand fulfills me because I’m able to pour into others in the most positive way possible.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Anytime someone visits the city i instantly think about any memorable thing I’ve done within my undergrad years , which is so much ! I’d definitely make sure to visit blue cantina, stone mounting for outdoor adventure and probably papi’s because i know the food is always going to be a hit !
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to give great recognition to my Mother and sister, first and foremost. They were my first examples of what sacrifices looked like and pouring into those you love to become greater. My community of Roosevelt, long Island have always supported me and instilled so many goals in me such as my biggest one of attending and achieving my BA, of Psychology at the illustrious Clark Atlanta University. Attending an HBCU was a dream of mine since being a little girl. I definitely appreciate all my friends and family who continuously shower me with love during my highs and lowest moments