Author, Entrepreneur & Self-Care Advocate
During her divorce, Vick Breedy decided to take all of the emotions that she was feeling to pen and paper. She was a new mom dealing with the challenges that a failed marriage brings. Writing became therapeutic. Breedy created characters out of the strongest emotions she felt during this difficult period of her life. It was at this time that she self-published her first novel “Bitter”.
Breedy understands that often times we have to be our strongest, when we feel our weakest. While dealing with divorce and becoming a single parent, Breedy worked seven days a week for five years straight to survive financially. She is no stranger to adversity.
Vick Breedy grew up in Massachusetts. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts and her Master’s Degree from Anna Maria College. She also holds her LSWA. Helping others during their most vulnerable and challenging times sums up Breedy’s entire work history.
Breedy created the “Bitter Movement” as a means to get the word out about her books. She established a group of supporters that she refers to as “Team Bitter” to help create awareness and develop a marketing strategy. The word “Bitter” has a negative connotation. The “Bitter Movement” isn’t about being bitter. It is about creating something positive from something negative. Breedy’s books are a positive response to a negative situation. They have been described as relatable, unpredictable, juicy and page-turners. In 2016, she self-published “Still Bitter”, the sequel to Bitter.
Vick Breedy completed the final book of the Bitter Series, “Bitter Family Secrets” in February 2017. She also launched Genetically Resilient apparel. GR apparel honors those that have gone through adversity and bounced back from it. According to Breedy, “Genetically Resilient” means that you have #BounceBackMagic. Her apparel is an affirmation that you can proudly wear. She believes that resilience is in your genes. You just have to tap into it. Find GR apparel at https://www.vickbreedy.com/genetically-resilient-apparel-1
Breedy knows the importance of self-care and how easy it is to lose sight of it. She created Selfish Women’s Group to provide a space for women to address the issues that threaten their ability to practice self-care. This women’s group meets quarterly for group sessions. Groups are led by SWG facilitators that help women understand the importance of self care, explore ways to practice it and identify behaviors that make it difficult for women to lighten the load they carry. Breedy believes that we all have #BounceBackMagic! If we don’t take care of ourselves (self-care), we can’t tap into it. We can’t heal. We can’t recover. We can’t be RESILIENT.
Vick Breedy completed her fourth novel Stereotyped. A story about Black men and the challenges they face as a grossly stereotyped group. This is Breedy’s first novel with all male characters. Stereotyped was released in July 2018. Two years later, in 2020, Vick Breedy was inspired by her self-care group to write her novel Selfish Women's Group.
It is a story about three strong Black women attempting to heal through self-care during a pandemic and traumatic racial tension. This is hard to do when you suffer from Strong Black Womanitis. Selfish Women's Group highlights the importance of practicing self-care and how easy it is to lose sight of it. This novel ends with a bonus. Breedy gives the reader an opportunity to review self-care tips that she collected from real people!
She doesn't stop with novels! Vick Breedy also created The Selfish Women's Group Journal to serve as a record of your resilience. The journal is a tool for self-awareness and reflection. It's a place to process your emotions. Breedy believes that journaling is self-care.
In 2021 Vick created the Stereotyped* Men's Group. It is a self-care group intended to be a safe space for Black and Brown men to be vulnerable and explore ways to implement self-care into their complicated lives. The Stereotyped* Men's Group Journal is specifically for Black and Brown men. Similar to the Selfish Women's Group Journal, this journal centers self-care.
“It is when we feel our weakest, that we must be our strongest.”