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

Hi Shakkari, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I’m always nervous to take risks but curious enough to do it. Taking risk has changed my life tremendously. It has helped me personally and professionally. I’ve grown from the inside out because I take risk and get uncomfortable. I’ve become comfortable with migrating and new beginnings. It also has led me to be a better creative/ writer with experiences and lessons that could help so many people.

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I started very young competing in speaking contest as a kid. Writing my speeches, practicing and then sharing to masses (it was a lot of people to me back than.) Communications has always been apart of my life. Along the way I lost my self expression through public speaking and begin to write my inner thoughts and feelings. I’m becoming more comfortable with calling myself a writer. For many years I journaled all my feelings, experiences and cycles of life. It has been very transformative for me. Speaking and writing are my thing and I’m still figuring out what form to share is best for me. I started writing for myself as an outlet, then I begin my spiritual journey and journaling became apart of my daily routine. Still is today. I started a blog a few years ago but I struggled with consistency when unexpected circumstances came in my life. Consistency is key. I learned no matter what’s going on I needed to stay true to myself and continue to write and share despite what my circumstances were at that time. Over the years I learned through different encounters with others that my experiences could help so many others. My intentions are to inspire, uplift and spark transformation through my self expression and creativity.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Well Richmond, Va is up and coming. I love to go out to eat. Mexican is my favorite. I love this spot called Don Pepe Grande. It’s about 20 mins outside of Richmond. Since friends would be visiting I would stick to downtown/ Scott’s addition area. Which is close to VCU (college town). We have several restaurants, bars and rooftop vibes would could do. Top gulf, museums and some scenic views around the city. We also have beautiful parks and trials for some sun and exercise.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
God and my family deserves a shoutout. They have carried me all this way. With great support, love and guidance I thank them. God is number one in my life and none of this would be possible without my creator.

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