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

Hi Nicole, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
This is some thing my grandfather taught me before he was gone. Luck does not exist, but Hard-work will get you where you want to be.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My story is not a pretty story. I had an alcoholic father figure and turbulent home life that I am very thankful to have gotten myself out of. I made the very hard choice at a very young age to leave home and make a way for myself. I only just recently found my biological father, who happens to be Tanzanian, and it was such a powerful moment. Finally learning my ancestry was very important. I don’t say this so everyone can feel sorry for me. I share this to encourage people. In the words of Barack Obama, “it doesn’t matter where you start, it matters where you end up.” That is one thing you have complete control over. Knowing where I come from keeps me fueled. Knowing what the worst looks like keeps me moving forward.

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?
Surfrider hotel in Malibu Venice Beach Hamburger Mary’s West Hollywood Then we would take a flight over to New York City and catch the SLAVE play on Broadway. Check out the lower Eastside. As well as Buevett my favorite French restaurant in NYC Is that over the top??? I have to say I’m just absolutely in love with both LA and New York City!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I am an ambassador for the Bite The Bullet Stories (BTBS). BITE THE BULLET Stories, is a social justice initiative. We work in the community to amplify stories to create meaningful dialogs about mental health, ending excessive force and racial discrimination by law enforcement. We feature people ‘biting the bullet’ to share a personal story of struggle and how they overcame it.  I wanted to make sure that I was working continually and long-term for the movement with an Organization so that my activist work would continue no matter what happened. INSTAGRAM instagram.com/bitethebulletstories.

Website: www.nicoleleier.com
Instagram: @nicolegleier
Twitter: @nicolegleier
Facebook: Nicolegleier

Image Credits
Brendan Uegama

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