Today is my birthday. I purposely chose until the very last minute to write my blog because I wanted to be present in this newest season. Coming out of my personal #YearOfThriving, I found myself really considering how do I continue the momentum I’ve gained over the past year.

As I reflect on the year, I totally am proud of myself for thriving with my health and wellness. Being consistent with working out has been one of my greatest personal joys. I’ve never been so aware that I needed to workout than over this past year. I started changing my mindset around it. What once felt like a chore, has now transitioned to a choice. And I choose it because I needed to identify a way to add more flexibility to my lifestyle, minus the excuses. Over this past year, my 5a and 7a classes, 4 out of 7 times a week, have given me life. It’s been a way to release stress and a place to find community while I’m on the journey to a long term, lifestyle adjustment. I identified this as a success for myself.   I was indeed thriving in consistency in one of the toughest areas for me to commit.   Even getting it in at 5a this morning for my birthday, which also was a milestone achievement with 300 classes at Orange Theory.

Thriving for me also showed up via family as relationship renewal revealed itself via my in-laws.  While I wrote about the experience on my last blog One Day or Day One…I Decided, I totally considered this a thriving moment. And now that another year is upon me, the word truth continues to reveal itself as my new season has arrived.

#YearOfTruth for me is the culmination of six years and six seasons of evolving myself during my personal #YearOf…And now the irony of entering this seventh season is that I have arrived to honor all the work I’ve done years prior.  Last year with #YearOfBecoming, I chronicled the story leading to my Thriving year.  Now, here I stand excited to honor the awareness, acknowledgement, honesty, confrontation and faith that exist when you honor your truth(s). 

My truth is anchored in a heightened awareness about the spaces I occupy both personally and professionally.  I’m now here to take up space and not just exist in it.  My truth honors experiences, in collaboration with my routines.  I need to make time for both.  My truth will exist in honoring the boundaries I have set and the power of no. I want to celebrate the joy, smiles and happiness that develop based on the life I am creating.  I want to sit in the uncomfortable truth space too.  They are temporary on the road to the other blessings God has in store.  I want my truth to be healing – for myself, my family and my relationships.  I pray my truth increases my confidence to unshakable faith levels.  God has never left me or forsaken me, and I know he won’t now either!  And for these reasons, I celebrate entering my #YearOfTruth as one that will heal and reveal the next phase of my journey, because I have a lot more life to live.  Happy Birthday to ME!

KK is an energetic storyteller, creative marketer and servant leader with a kaleidoscope of professional pathways in music, print publishing and television.  Currently, KK is a marketing executive at a major media company. Faith and family anchor KK’s ambitions, and she believes Luke 12:48 hold true, “from everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.”  KK leverages her gifts, talents and abilities in support of advancing others, particularly in motivating her 9 year old son CMK.  

Passionate about education and inclusion, KK is a graduate of New York University with a MS, Integrated Marketing and she supports her undergrad alma-mater Wesleyan University with dual, alumni volunteer leadership roles.  As a Trustee on the Oliver Scholars board, preparing high-achieving African-American and Latino students for academic success is a priority.   Through her writing and in her relationships, KK continues to unpack and explore life transformations the only way she knows how – with unconditional love, raw honesty and a touch of humor.

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