Bree is the ‘Disruptor of Dysfunction’ committed to helping leaders and professionals create healthier lives by creating healthier relationships. As author of Black Coffee, she brings a message of peace, healing, and purpose for the woman on a journey of disrupting unhealthy relationship patterns. After seeing the “aha” moments and transformation of women who’ve read Black Coffee, Bree founded Black Coffee Culture. Black Coffee Culture was established to guide women beyond the pages to take actionable steps at forming healthier relationships, and recognizing signs of unhealthy ones.
With over 14 years of experience serving clients in the transportation, education, and tech industries combined with her passion to break the stigma attached to mental health, Bree has expanded the mission, message, and movement of Black Coffee Culture to empower, equip, and educate leaders and professionals about the importance of prioritizing their mental health and forming healthy relationships in and out of the workplace.
Who or what inspired you to start your business?
My journey started with me at one of the darkest points of my life smelling like ‘breastmilk and desperation’ at my first therapy session with my then four-year old daughter and my eight week old son. I made a decision to walk away from a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive relationship that had been killing me from the inside out for ten years. The journey of healing unresolved trauma showed me that there were so many women who were like I had been: slowly dying in their dysfunctional relationship. I wrote Black Coffee to document my journey of recognizing the differences between love and dysfunction and the power of speaking up to get help.
“I made a decision to walk away from a dysfunctional and emotionally abusive relationship that had been killing me from the inside out for ten years”.
What do you attribute to your success?
My relationships play a critical role in my success: my relationship with God, my relationship with myself as a WOMAN first and foremost; and my relationship with my family and friends. I truly believe that relationships make the world go ’round.
How do you manage your work/life balance?
I no longer believe in the term ‘work life balance’. I think it was Lisa Nichols who talks about the importance of creating a ‘harmonious life’, which is what I strive to have. As long as my values align with my life, I believe I have a better chance of living a life I love, and one that is sustainable for my family.
What motivates you, when you are faced with adversity?
The legacy I want to create for my children, and my children’s children motivates me when I’m faced with adversity. I want to be remembered for helping a generation of people to live better by refining what it means to love better.
“The most important lesson life has taught me is that everything starts with me”.
What is the most important lesson life has taught you?
The most important lesson life has taught me is that everything starts with me: the good, the bad, and the beautiful. I have the power to turn my mess into a message and my tests into testimonies.
How can readers find out more about you and connect with you online?
You can connect with me at www.breejgordon.com
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