Octavia Bradley was born in the Bronx city of New York and raised in Harlem. She was raised in the foster care system of New York City where she learned to survive life’s most difficult obstacles. When Octavia dealt with the ups and downs in her life, she wrote many poems and short stories about how she felt and how she wanted her life to be. She continued to add to those poems and stories until one day she decided to tell people the truth about who she was and what she had been through. Octavia wrote her first book, Leaked…Spilling Secrets of Trauma in her late 30’s.
Octavia decided to share her story hoping it would leak stories from both male and females who has gone through the same, similar or worst situations than herself. Octavia has always been addicted to helping others in their life’s journey. She has worked in the social service field for over 15 years because she is passionate about serving people and working to help individuals heal by overcoming their obstacles.
Octavia teaches Introduction to Psychology at several Colleges and Universities where she teaches individuals about the basic principles of Psychology. She teaches how to explore the history definitions and ideas relating to a wide range of issues to many aspects of daily living. Octavia teaches students to think critically as they become familiar with the sub areas of psychology. She also teaches about the psychological effect Trauma has on the mental, emotional state of a human being and how it causes harm to the human body. Octavia always informs those she encounters through speaking or teaching “the healing process can only begin when you give a voice to what is trapped”.
Octavia did not allow her teaching to stop at the University level. She has also studied dance and leadership in religious studies. She teaches individuals the purpose of praise dance and teaches those of all ages to expand in bible study, their prayer lives and worship. Octavia is a member of New Salem Baptist Church under the leadership of John K. White and she is the founder and Leader of Forever Faithful Dance Ministry, whose mission is to help those who are willing to minister before the Lord discover the dance that dwells within them by connecting the flow of the body, mind, heart and spirit.
Octavia is constantly in a leading, educating, advocating, or mentoring position and being married with 5 children will remain in those positions. God did not allow Octavia to go through the tragedies and victories because He wanted her to suffer. She went through the storm because he created her strong enough to bare it all and be a testimony to help someone else. “WE then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not please ourselves” Romans 15:1. Octavia will continue to do God’s will and remain obedient to His every word.