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Meet Bree Gordon of Black Coffee Culture in East Atlanta

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bree Gordon.

Bree, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
My journey started with me at one of the darkest points of my life smelling breastmilk and desperation as I sat face-to-face with my therapist with my four-year old daughter and my eight weeks old son. I had made a decision to walk away from a dysfunctional relationship even though we had ten years of history and two small children.

The journey of healing and peeling back layers of unresolved trauma showed me that so many women are walking around not knowing what healthy relationships look like. I wrote Black Coffee: From Empty to Overflowing With Peace, Healing, and Purpose to bring awareness about the differences between love and dysfunction and to break the stigma attached to seeking help.

Growing through my own transition inspired me to start a movement providing women with the space to have the hard conversations and to be enlightened and educated about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships. I now create stories where I hope women can see themselves and have the hard conversations. I help women on their journey of refilling their lives with peace and joy, refining their definition of love, and rediscovering who they are.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There were several challenges along the way. I was going through a divorce while writing my book, so there were times that dealing with the emotional and legal aspects of divorce seemed to get the best of me. But, having a strong support system was pivotal.

I had also been laid off from my job two months after my divorce was finalized, which posed another set of challenges, ultimately pushing me to grow through instead of go through that chapter in my life.

Then, of course, being on a journey of healing and recovery while raising two small children challenged me to release my need for control and allow myself to feel. I gave myself permission to grieve and to deal with my feelings knowing that what I was growing through would allow me to change the narrative of what healthy relationships looked like for my children.

Please tell us about Black Coffee Culture.
Black Coffee Culture is my brand/company based on the premise behind my book, which is about having conversations that lead to a new level of awakening about healthy and unhealthy relationships. When reading my book or experiencing my brand, it is my hope to provide my audience with the similar experience of enjoying a cup of coffee, which can be twofold. A cup of coffee can be consumed alone while having a moment of reflection. Or, a cup of coffee can be shared during an intimate moment enjoying a conversation with another person.

I want my platform to provide women with the opportunity to have those reflective moments about their lives, relationships, and their purpose and to have those important conversations.

At heart, I’m a storyteller so I use my stories to invoke change, heal, empower, and educate. I host workshops, webinars, and live events teaching women and young girls about the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships and about the importance of prioritizing their mental health. I’m a clarity and confidence coach who helps women get clarity about who they are and to regain their confidence after leaving a toxic relationship.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory from my childhood was spending Saturday mornings at the breakfast table with my family eating hot pancakes and bacon.

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