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Meet Olivia Imade of ‘Undress Your Mind’

Today we’d like to introduce you to Olivia Imade.

Hi Olivia, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
A first-generation Nigerian American in my family born in Atlanta (yes, I am a Grady baby) and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina. I attended college at North Carolina Central University and changed my major several times, first I attempted to be a nurse and I immediately got discouraged with all those maths and sciences I had to take and I was not ready to be challenged on that level. Then I changed it to public health which I felt was a good fit at the time due to so many benefits of educating people about living a healthier lifestyle. I did so well in this major that I even got into the honors society in that department, I had a moment that showed me that the public health system in the US is very contradictory. I would try to help people stay healthy and avoid fast food but how can you avoid fast food with McDonald’s on every corner? The temptation is real and I felt that the system was made for people to eat this unhealthy food, get sick, and eventually pass away so the healthcare system could financially advance. Trust me, It’s too deep and I started to lose interest.

Fast forward to 2021 – I am now pursuing my BSN in Nursing which I plan to become a Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner opening my own practice, I started a mindset brand that focuses on growing your mindset, surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, and catering to your authentic self, and I am also a real estate investor. My mom and brother relocated here to Los Angeles which has been a complete blessing and I am on the path of following my dreams of becoming the woman I’ve been called to be.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
My entrepreneurship journey has definitely been a ride. The drive really came from my mother, she is very ambitious and always had a strong entrepreneurial spirit that manifested in me. I started with a strong, natural interest in fashion from my youth days but did not realize I actually had a talent when it came to styling others. It came so naturally and it also helped me realize that I was a people person, people gravitate towards me because of my personality and the good energy that I bring. I always wanted to live in Sunny California, the trees, the beautiful views, and the weather always brought smiles to my face, so I got up and drove across the country to Los Angeles without a plan, my stuff in my car, and hopes of pursuing my styling career. I was assisting many stylists for free, the experience was great but I needed money, so I had to find a job that shifted me from focusing on styling. I was still in the same relationship and both of us ended up being homeless, with nowhere to stay because there was no solid income coming in. We slept in my car for five months and got a corporate job that would help us become stable and then eventually found a place to stay. It was the roughest time I’ve ever experienced, but It showed me how resilient I am. I used to bring my work clothes to the bathroom to change and still look like I came from home. Nobody could ever tell what I was going through, I kept a smile on my face remaining positive. I had a few breakdowns because being financially responsible for two people was very challenging.

Moving to Los Angeles was the best decision I could have made for myself – I love it here. Los Angeles is very much cutthroat and showed me that you really have to build tough skin to survive out here. It’s expensive, the homeless population will change your views on life, and the culture is very different from the east coast. I had to adjust fast especially when I became pregnant, the emotions that fluttered when I got the news was too much for me to handle. I knew I had to have the baby, not knowing I would end up being a single mom. I went through postpartum depression and it kicked me down as I was trying to adjust to motherhood.

Appreciate you sharing that. What should we know about ‘Undress Your Mind’?
My brand “Undress Your Mind” focuses on adopting a growth mindset in every situation, surrounding yourself with like-minded individuals, and catering to your authentic self. I created this space because of what I went through mentally for several years that held me back from being who I am. I help entrepreneurs grab their grit in their journies and keep their minds focused on positive energy to become successful, happy individuals.

What matters most to you?
What matters to me the most is my relationship with God. He has been my rock and my protector while I’ve been here in Los Angeles and He continues to give me the strength and courage to handle everything I have on my plate today. Without God, I do not know where I would be today. It’s important for me to keep a close relationship with Him to take me to the levels he has for me, to fulfill my true purpose on earth.

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