We had the good fortune of connecting with Conscious Coore and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Conscious, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I think that if you’re not already given the life that you want, then it will take risk to even begin to figure out what “the life you want” looks like. I met my husband on Twitter and then married him after 5 months of cyber-dating – risky. My first experience on an airplane was a 20+ hour trip to South Africa to live with about 8 other strangers for two weeks – risky. I retired from a well paying job with benefits at 20 weeks pregnant to start a freelance career and focus on a nonprofit organization – super risky. I think living in this world is a risk for everyone (leaving the house, driving a car, etc.).

Risk-taking has made life a lot more worth living for me. I get to see things that I wouldn’t otherwise see and learn things I wouldn’t otherwise know.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
The most exciting thing that I do is all about creating therapy access for women of color and underprivileged communities. I founded a nonprofit organization called Flamingo Trauma Recovery that is all about removing the stigma associated with therapy and healing for women of color. Flamingo Trauma Recovery addresses socioeconomic, cultural, and religious barriers that prevent people of color, particularly women, from living an abundant and healthy life.

Our program is about 16 weeks where we partner with mental health professionals who teach on various topics that connect to mental health. We hold support groups on Mental Health + Culture and meetings on Faith and Suffering which are safe spaces to discuss experiences with judgement, doubt, personal history and culture. Another initiative that branches from the organization is our book clubs where people who may or may not have gone through the program can gather with others in their cities to process pain with the guidance of a book I wrote called Heartsick: Connecting the Dots Between Hope, Disappointment and Healing.

I was a teacher for about 5 years before I left the classroom to focus on my nonprofit organization. I think that the time I spent as a charter school educator was very challenging, but it prepared me for high levels of productivity. I might even attribute my success as a freelance writer and author to all the time spent teaching fifth graders how to write Feature Articles and other nonfiction works. When I started out as an elementary school educator, what I enjoyed most was relationship building and classroom management, but as time went on, I gained more interest in standards mastery and being more efficient with time. All of those things shaped me professionally for what I do now as an entrepreneur and writer.

The entire experience as a teacher was challenging. There’s the long hours, endless emails and deliverables, deadlines, and of course the desire to see children with severe learning gaps grow closer to being on grade level. I think every teacher who is invested in their work will agree that the easiest part is lunch. When I first started as a teacher, I was also a newly wed, a new mother and a new resident of New York City, and all of those things had their own special learning curve.

I think the only way I could overcome the challenge was to embrace the challenge. Everyday is a new day and taking each moment one at a time was so important. I had to figure out what my own personal systems were going to look like instead of trying to adapt to what anyone else said being a teacher, wife, mother, etc should look like. I’ve learned that my life and story is just as valuable as anyone else’s and I have to lean all the way into it.

Learning more about my personal shortcomings, traumas, desires, and abilities has changed the way I see moments. I want people to know that my brand and story is built on embracing our weakness without shame and seeing powerful things come from it.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Wow, let’s see. Up to this point, for as long as I’ve lived in New York City, I’ve worked long hours in a school building. Since the COVID pandemic and leaving secondary education, I have been inside the house for much more time than I have been outside. Doing my best with imagination, I’d say the first place we’d go is Hamilton’s Cafe for breakfast. Leaving the house to go have breakfast at a restaurant feels so special to me. Then, we’d go to Rockaway Beach. The beach is an awesome, convenient and mostly affordable getaway. We’d go to Target, which is a lot more fun than it might sound and end the day at Shine Nail Spa on Broadway.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have to recognize the people who encouraged me to believe in my vision and encouraged me to take the risk! My husband, Jermaine, has been a loud voice of motivation and believes in the effectiveness of the work that I do. Those that I have mentored continue to encourage me to keep going and words can’t express the difference it makes when people come back to say “Please don’t stop doing what you’re doing”.

Website: flamingorecovery.org

Instagram: instagram.com/flamingotraumarecovery

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/conscious-coore-85363931/

Twitter: twitter.com/flamingorecover

Facebook: facebook.com/flamingotraumarecovery

Other: For questions about our program, email care@flamingorecovery.org

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