Who I Am
Artist, Inspirational and Empowerment Speaker, Storyteller, Author/Writer, Psychologist, Preacher, Teacher, Student,TV Personality, Panelist, Friend on the journey.
What I Value – Being Authentic , Real, Compassionate, Compelling and Relevant…as a Lover of Truth, and a Seeker of Wisdom, while being Humorous, Tender, Sensitive, Resilient, Flexible and Strong. I cry at the drop of a hat with others, for others and for myself…I have no shame or inhibition sharing or showing my vulnerability and audiences connect with me because while I am the “expert” I am quick to remind them that I am on the journey with them as a fellow student and traveler…trying to find my way “home” to my truest and fullest self and voice. I desire to be humble, approachable, direct, honest, warm and kind. I am fearless in a soft way and learn daily to love and live with the questions that I grapple and wrestle with, remembering that surrendering is a more gentle and effective way to live into the answers of life I so hunger for.
What I Do – Help People reconnect with their truest identity and remind them of their divinely appointed value and virtue in living a soul-guided life. By creating a safe and sacred space, that I call “the No Harm Zone,” I facilitate the inner healing that leads to outward manifestations of a life well lived. It is my calling and mission to assist people in finding their way back home to their true and real self.
My Toolbox – Techniques, interventions and skills, celebration, inspiration and meditation that invite compassionate inquisitiveness about many of life’s questions, using tender accountability with the understanding that pain and suffering may be meant for a season to teach a lesson, but not as a lifetime destination.
My Mission and Call
To point people in the direction of personal freedom in order to seize it.
To re-engage people with an understanding of their virtue through Powerful, Practical and Passionate messages.
To promote wholeness, hope, liberation from shame and blame, inviting compassion for the self and others wrapped in tenderness and gentle accountability. I believe that beating oneself up never leads to lasting change and transformation, but kindness and gentleness allows a person to see the parts of themselves that need work, care and attention. Self-compassion and self-discovery are the beginning of true liberation, understanding and transformation. In the words of Ralph Ellison, “When I Discover Who I Am, I’ll Be Free.”
The courage to be authentic is an essential ingredient to harness inner peace and wellbeing. You can’t succeed at living someone else’s life. You can only succeed at living your own. My mission is to help people find their “lane,” their life, their authentic voice and not get trapped by trying to be who they are not.
Who Influenced Me -My Parents as Role Models
My father and mother were loving participants in my life. I watched them as they marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and committed their lives to the message of love and justice. My father, Warren E. Smith, M.D. was a pioneer and trendsetter in the medical and civil rights communities. As an African American physician, who ultimately made his home in the field of psychiatry, he devoted his life to quality medical and psychiatric care for all people. My mother, Rosa Lee Smith, over fifty (50) years ago, was one of the first African Americans to graduate with a master’s degree from Bryn Mawr School of Social Work. Trusted by all races, ethnicities and faiths, by men, women, and children, those with an education and those without, the wealthy and the poor, my parents were a bridge between diverse communities that knew only them as their shared common bond. It was on their shoulders that I came to see the world. I watched how my parents lived their lives, knowing that I wanted some of what they possessed. They had the ability to Inspire and Influence, and they had the capacity to be Inspired and Influenced by others.