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Meet Brian “B” Stewart

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brian “B” Stewart.

Brian, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
My story began in a small town in south Georgia. Quitman, GA., a town that nearly borders the GA/FL line. My story is one of love, abandonment, and life lessons. I like to believe that my upbringing played a major part in who I am today. Much of what I know concerning love, faith, consistency, family, consequence, hurt, betrayal, denial, perspective, and perseverance came from my bittersweet upbringing. Let’s just say I had to grow up pretty fast. After the age of nine, it was only me and my maternal grandmother Erma. It was at this age that my mother was murdered and my father’s inconsistency, which would later be him leaving for good, began to take place. I grew up as normal as one could have dealt with all I dealt with in my youth. I experienced a great deal. Much of which I either kept a secret or buried not to have to deal with. Regardless, I pushed through. My grandmother did all she could to make sure I grew into the man I was supposed to. I love that woman with everything in me. Eventually, I fostered a love for writing and music, much like my parents had when they were my age. These gifts would ultimately purchase my ticket to an opportunity for higher education and present me with many new opportunities.

After high school, I left home and attended Georgia Southern University on a full music scholarship. But something didn’t feel right. After my first year, I forfeited my scholarship and transferred to Fort Valley State University. The writing was my true passion, so I changed my major to Journalism with a minor in English. Life was good. I was at a new school with a new major, new friends, a new job, and dating the girl who would eventually be my wife, Dariea. However, secretly I was struggling. I suffering from extreme depression and my mood swings made me not like who I was was. Risky behaviors were also major symptoms of my struggle at the time. I had several thoughts of suicide and cried myself to sleep many nights. I wore a big bright mask all the time and acted like everything was fine. In reality, it wasn’t. I had many unresolved issues. But again, I pushed through with the help of God. I graduated, moved to Atlanta, and dived head first into adulthood. I got married, got involved in my church, and life seemed to be going well. So, I did life.

In December of 2016, I was almost 300lbs and the heaviest I’d been in my life. Extreme fatigue, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, regular migraines, sore joints, etc. all had me one step closer to the grave. I was also STILL secretly dealing with bouts of depression, low self-esteem, and suicidal ideations, all directly related to the “weight” I carried. I was at my worst. My family life and my personal life were all starting to suffer at the hands of this weight gain. I was tired. I was frustrated. I was out of options. I’d had enough.

I decided that 2017 would be a very different year for me. Like most, I’d said this many times before. This time I meant it. I set a physical weight loss goal of 70lbs and began the process of changing what I ate, how much I ate, and how much I exercised. I woke up daily to exercise. My “one-a-days” became “two-a-days.” I changed my eat- ing habits. I stopped eating late at night. I started running more and drinking more water. I began doing all I could in an effort to see a better me when I looked in the mirror. I saw little change. Then one night, I prayed to God for a sign. Hoping he’d hear the urgency in my prayer, I bore all and asked for anything he’d be willing to share with me on how I could become better. The next morning around 5 am, all alone in the dark as I walked on the Chattahoochee Trail, I heard. “Change your thinking.” Then silence. I stopped and looked around. I knew exactly who it was. All I could utter back was, “Thank you.” I’m not sure if, at any point in my initial exercise regimen I had ever considered believing in myself. I was solely focused on the goal. I didn’t know how closely related my thinking patterns were to my goals.

After that, I decided that training my mind would be just the catalyst I’d need for a complete lifestyle change. I dropped 60 pounds and I haven’t looked back since. It was there my mission began. I created the “#MissionDropTheWeight” Facebook group in June of 2017 initially as a way to stay encouraged and a way to encourage regular people to foster an attitude geared toward overall generational health and wellness. I have watched it grow to more than I could have ever imagined, and I have grown with it. In August of 2018, I released my first book, “Drop The Weight”: A Guide to Improving Mental Fitness in order to Recognize and Achieve Your Goals. A book aimed at helping people realized their true potential by simply changing the way they think and letting go of anything that is a hindrance to accomplishing their goals.

I could ‘t have imagined that my journey would bring to where I am today. This was only small portion of what I went through. I could write another book on the full story. However, I’m blessed beyond measure. I’m now working in foster care, pursuing my MSW at Clark Atlanta University, I’m a motivational speaker and entrepreneur, and 2020 is looking brighter than ever! I dropped my weight and haven’t picked it up since.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Oh absolutely! As I stated before, there were many obstacles. But, I found ways along the way to deal and keep going. I believe we need obstacles. They help us to see our shortcomings and work to prepare us for what lies ahead. Without them, how would you ever know what we were truly capable of?

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I’m an author. I’m an entrepreneur. I’m a motivator. I’m a witness. I’m a client. I wear many hats in this business. Above all, my favorite thing to do is INSPIRE. My book “Drop the Weight” has helped many people recognize areas of their life where they’ve piled on years and years of “weight” that has had detrimental effects on their success. I have people tell me all the time how grateful they are for my encouraging words. It truly means a lot to me. I created “#MissionDropTheWeight” to be more than just a Facebook group but for it to be a safe place for regular people who desired a wellness change to be around others who also desire the same thing. Speaking is a major part what I do. It’s also a vital part. The success of my business is centered around helping people see their best selves. I take it very seriously.

Contact Info:

  • Email: authorbstewart@gmail.com
  • Instagram: @b.stewart_mdtw
  • Facebook: @bstewart.mdtw
  • Twitter: @bstewart_mdtw
  • Other: Brian Versa Stewart (Facebook)


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