I’ve been through a lot of changes in the last year. I bet you have too. So for my old friends, and my new ones as well, allow me to reintroduce myself. This is who I am, and what I stand for.
Do you ever feel like–
Life is fine–
And that sucks?
I’ve been there. In 2013, I was a newly-minted PhD teaching Freshman Composition–feeling as if I’d done the thing, reached the goal, achieved the accomplishment, and–painted myself into a corner.
You see, when I’d committed myself to this path over a decade earlier, I thought a PhD in English would mean I’d write novels and occasionally consult with bright minds who were in love with literature.
Instead, I was spending my days grading essays, showing up for committee meetings, planning composition classes–
It’s a good life for many!
But it wasn’t a good life for me.
Not only that–
The pursuit of my doctorate…
Had been about more than my education.
It had also been about my insecurity.
I craved the trappings of “respectability” because my past had left me feeling like a low-life. As a teenager in a small Southern town, I had been sidled with a bad reputation my heart couldn’t shake. And so I did the “right thing” by committing myself to the academy. Anyone with a PhD must be worthy of respect, I reasoned. I took out my lip ring and put on a blazer. I pursued doggedly the “Dr.” in front of my name as much as the education itself.
However, the more I tried to plaster over my inner self with outward manifestations of respectability–suits and and scholarship–the more I felt like I’d assassinated the most vibrant parts of me in exchange for the approval of the world.
I didn’t know exactly what I was going to do with my life, but I was at a crossroads: the academic fellowship which I’d landed when I’d graduated was up for review–would I reapply and redouble my energies towards finding a professorship somewhere, anywhere, they would take me–or–
Would I start over?
That -or- called to me.
And so, in what would be the boldest move of my life yet, I quit the academy without a safety net other than my skills as an exotic dancer to sustain me financially.
I was in my thirties, had three degrees, and still didn’t know what I was going to be when I grew up–
I had an idea.
Over the course of the last few years, my Lux ATL online presence had picked up some steam. As my pole dancing videos and other posts began to go viral across the internet–and as I looked around me, and saw other folks leveraging social media as a way to generate a living–I thought:
Why not me?
And thus, I turned down the fellowship, and returned to dancing full-time to generate investment funds to pour into Lux ATL, my budding online business specializing in riling up nasty women.
This was a leap that few people in my life supported, and who could blame them? It isn’t the usual course of action for a woman to start a family, earn a PhD, and then go back to stripping on the hopes of building a business.
Yet I felt up for the challenge.
And so, I invested in myself.
By my second year incorporated, my business had already exceeded six figures–more money than I ever thought I’d make in my life–doing the greatest work of my life.
I understand it’s taboo to talk about money and I deliberated sharing that accomplishment with y’all, but y’all do need to know: this ain’t no empty talk here. I never had money in my life. I made $600 a month when I met my husband. So did he. My first home in Atlanta got shot up because our next door neighbor sold crack. Otherwise, great guy. That was less than ten years ago. I started from the bottom, dedicated myself to the actualization of Lux ATL, and within a year of incorporating, had not only established a way to support myself and my family, but hell–I bought a home. I changed my life. I don’t want more than this. But I did want this. And I did it.
I can help you actualize TF out of your highest self as well.
I started as a stripper, graduated to a university instructor, only to hit the club again, hustling for a dream. My career as Lux ATL began as an internet personality funded by the labor of an exhausted mom (me!) walking the strip club floor until 4 a.m. My career then took off as a world-touring teacher and orator. From there, I began hosting epic retreats for women worldwide that exceeded my own wildest fantasies. I’ve written books, hosted online workshops, produced video tutorials in countless number and variety, and have amassed a following of tens of thousands across social media outlets.
At last, I am pushing myself. Doing my best. Stretching my potential. And it ain’t over yet.
I want the same for you.
I want you to unleash that wild women you’ve kept locked inside. I want you to celebrate what you’ve been taught to repress. I want to love yourself enough to be exactly who the fuck you are. It’s okay. You’re allowed.
This is my work, and this is my life’s mission.
My name is Lux ATL, also known as Dr. Lindsay Byron. I am a teacher, a preacher, a cheerleader, and a catalyzer of communities for women.
You’re looking for permission to ignite your badassery?
I give that.
You’re looking for instructions on how to get from ho-hum to hell-yeah?
I provide that.
You’re looking for friends to join you on this journey?
I’ve got the hook-up.
Over the next few months, I’m going to reacquaint y’all with exactly who tf I am, what I stand for, and how I can be of service to y’all. I’m switching some shit up to give y’all more options for working with me!