We had the good fortune of connecting with Valerie Wade and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Valerie, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My best-loved quote can be found in The Bluest Eye, the debut novel of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. It goes thus:
“Love is never any better than the lover. Wicked people love wickedly, violent people love violently, weak people love weakly, and stupid people love stupidly, but the love of a free man is never safe. There is no gift for the beloved. The lover alone possesses his gift of love. The loved one is shorn, neutralized, frozen in the glare of the lover’s inward eye.”
To me, this quote means when you love yourself, it’s hard to deal with a lover. Even after undergoing intense therapy, healing, and self-accountability session(s), which can lead to making peace or settling with someone, I don’t mind taking the path of being single for the rest of my life. This is my take on this quote, and I am very sure someone else would have a different outlook and interpretation.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In the words of Toni Morrison; “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
These words have been like a force and fire shut up in my bones. The drive has led me to write simple, exotic, and thought-provoking Literature Fiction. It’s okay to be different from the norm and stand out from the crowd. I do hope those that read my books would love it, hold themselves accountable, and allow themselves to heal. Just do what makes you happy. My happy place is in living and enjoying my own time, traveling, writing, and trading.
On a final note, I would like to encourage and give a shoutout to every dreamer out there, to every heart that has been seeking answers to the question; How do I find a place to fit in? How do I achieve what my heart desires? I would like to let you know that the road to success is filled with many hurdles. There is really nothing like ‘instant overnight success.’ Every successful man or woman out there are people who refused to give up, and who saw their challenges as a ‘meat for champions.’
Having said that, please know that success is attainable. Your commitment and dedication to what you love doing can lead you to the world of your dreams. Finding and connecting with someone that’s already doing and living it and allowing them to teach you is a vital key to success. Network with the ones that can teach, cater to your learning style, and diligently learn the ropes from them.
I am thankful that I’m coming to the realization of why I was born. As a writer, I am not going back or down. Even when I don’t know, I am careful not to allow the unaware trauma of others to trigger me into depression. Be the nerd, that lame-quiet multi-millionaire, and allow your imagination to soar, explore and create.
It is my desire to be creative enough to enlighten and entertain through a sarcastic sense of humor. I look forward to the day I can travel the world, seeking a place where I can say; I do belong here and feeling even more proud and relevant as I rock my hoodies.
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?
There are no dull moments with me because I am a lover of fun and the beautiful things/places of life. We would check out a WNBA Atlanta Dream game, the Nouveau Bar & Grill, where DJ Zayweezy does his thang, and the National Center for Civil & Human Rights, to have a feel of how the US Civil Rights Movement connects with human rights challenges today.
Other awesome spots like Flying Biscuit Café and First Watch would not be left out. I won’t forget Meko’s, for some mouthwatering Drip Rolls. A stroll through Atlantic Station, Piedmont Park, and Ponce City Market would be perfect on a weekend. I would also give them a download of some 2 or 3 smashing strip clubs and take them to any that they desire. It is called “Hot Atlanta,” remember.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Looking at how I started, and where I am presently, I am absolutely delighted and grateful to have some amazing people in my corner. Indeed, I am a product of many bits of help.
My first shoutout goes to the phenomenal Janay White. Janay is someone that is dedicated, passionate, and addicted to everything ‘credit.’ Her revolutionary credit program was an eye-opener and a game-changer for me. I am more than thankful for learning about the dark side of credit and being taught how to utilize credit. This knowledge and passion have helped usher me toward the route of acquiring more wealth. Knowing that I am now more financially responsible, is something that I cherish, and am grateful for. All thanks to Janay White for her help and guidance.
I also want to give a shoutout to Teri Ijeoma. Teri is a fantastic and tremendous teacher. When I chose to focus on my trading plan, I was determined to learn, stretch myself and soak up as much as possible. It is one thing to be knowledgeable, and it is another to have teaching skills or the capacity to impart knowledge. Teri is a different breed. For my kind of person and learning style, it was convenient to learn from her. Her personality makes her teaching super easy and understandable.
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