Michelle A. Dowell-Vest is a writer, community reporter, and random ranter. She is the creator of A Gurlz Guide and Podcaster with The Back2Us Radio Network. Both of these organizations are rooted in the belief that healing happens in community rather than in solitude, and that having space for our voice is liberating to both self and community.
In January 2016, she is launching CitiNOOKS.com. CitiNOOKS marries what she loves, what she wants to do more of, and what she is passionate about: Writing, travel, and inspiring others. CitiNOOKS.com is an online travel agency and magazine focused on inspiring others to travel more and often. Afterall, the world is expecting us.
More important than what she does is who she is. Michelle is the wife to Terésa Dowell-Vest, mother to three adults, and nona to six perfect grand babies. She strives to live a life of transparency, compassion, and intersectionality.
Michelle has always been an overcomer. Her life started with the adversity of, being born to an absent father and a drug addicted mother and having to face the unique challenges that came with being tossed from one foster home to another. Triumphant over physical, sexual, and emotional abuse, she learned she has the power to heal and transform her life. When she grew tired of repeating the same destructive patterns of toxic relationships, she committed to the difficult road of emotional healing and declared that she was not a victim.
In her healing, Michelle learned that life is a constant flow of change, and that in order to overcome adversity in a healthy way, one has to understand the ebb and flow of loss, grief, love, and joy. Life’s a balancing act that can be amazing if we make the choice to invest in our healing, to harness the power of our intuition, and to understand the value in the collective energy of the community around us.
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