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

Hi Monique, how do you think about risk?
There are two quotes that come to mind when I think about risk. “If it excites you and makes you nervous you probably should do it” and “The best things in life are on the other side of fear.” These quotes best describe how I think about risk. Some of the risks that I’ve taken consist of investing financially into my passion and purpose which encompasses my career and podcast. I’ve reached out to well known people in the media to be special guests on my show, one of them being Amanda Seales. I reached out to her back in 2020 with faith as tiny as a mustard seed & to my pleasant surprise, she and her team responded back saying that she was accepting the invitation to be on my show. This was a risk that turned out to be a game changer for my reach and the building of my audience.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am a digital creator, best known as a podcaster. What sets me apart from others, I believe, is my professional background as well as the content of my podcast. I am a Mental Health Therapist and my podcast content is solely, centered around Mental Health topics and discussions. I got to where I am today by following my calling. I know it sounds a little cliché but I truly do feel like I was called to be in the Mental Health field and reach a wide range of people through my podcast. 7th grade was the first time I said I wanted to be a therapist. Since then, I took the necessary steps to get there. It was not easy by any means . Coming from a Caribbean background, and a single parent household, the odds are already stacked against you. My resilience and determination got me through college and grad school. Grad school was tough, I was in my masters program during the pandemic which was challenging at times and pretty stressful. I also was in an on and off relationship that added another layer of stress to an already stressed out me. I overcame the challenges by crying it out when I needed to, by talking to my mom when things got heavy, and by spending time with myself, being reflective + self care. Two of the lessons I learned along the way is that everything that I need to be successful is within me and I am capable of overcoming any situation with the right perspective and mindset. I want the world to know that I am not perfect by any means I’m a mess sometimes and struggle just like everyone else but I take inventory when necessary and make sure that mentally I’m ok. The purpose behind my brand is just that, to normalize conversations around mental health and to break stigma through healthy and transparent dialogue. The more these conversations happen, the easier it will become for people to share their lives, without the fear of judgement. The world will become safer because there will be more emotionally and mentally safe people. There will be more safe spaces and people will receive the help and support that they need.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If my best friend was visiting NYC, I would take them to the Brooklyn Bridge. I say the Brooklyn Bridge because it’s a nice walk across (about 20 minutes) & during our time walking we can chat and catch up on life while also enjoying the amazing views! After the walk across the bridge we can get some grub, either pizza, because New York has the best pizza or some Caribbean food. I’m a Jamaican and Haitian gyal so Caribbean food, I believe, you can never go wrong with, especially in New York because of the melting pot we’re in. Some other fun things to do would be to check out a museum, do a little shopping in the soho area, or see a broadway show.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
First I want start off with my MAMA! My mom has been my # 1 supporter and encourager since day one. If I didn’t have her support I don’t know if I would’ve made it this far in life or my career, honestly. I also want to thank everyone who has supported the podcast in any way, or form, whether that be a listen on Spotify or a watch on YouTube or a like, comment, share, or repost on instagram. Those things do not go unnoticed and help to grow the community and audience. I consider my audience my friends. Thank y’all so much!

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Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/@yourmentalmatterspodcast5283

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