A dynamic speaker and author, dedicated coach, and skilled make-up artist, Kristie Kennedy is a powerhouse whose energy and enthusiasm to inspire others is unmatched. Having dealt with an assortment of issues that may sometimes bump others off course, Kristie chose to take her life experiences as lessons and use them to fuel the fire of motivating others through her company, Kristie Kennedy Empowerment Enterprises. As she continues on the path to helping women become all they can be, she took the time to share with us how she works to inspire others and why refuses to be stopped.
Rashida: Before we get started, thank you so much for taking the time out to speak with AFIYA Magazine!
Kristie: You’re welcome and thank you for having me!
R: On your website you share a story about you speaking up during a college class which was a big moment for you. What do you think helped you to find that confidence in yourself and start you on the path to being confident in who you are?
Kristie: There is a quote that sums it up, “And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more than the risk it took to blossom” by Anais Nin. You can have fear and courage, and both will be battling one another, but when the courage is greater than the fear, then you become someone else and begin to do something different. I believe at that point, courage rose up in me, and I thought, “Okay, you know what? I’m not going to live in this prison of my own fears anymore. If I fail, I’ll just get back up.” Part of the process of growing is making mistakes. So we shouldn’t see the mistakes as failure. It’s all about our perspective.