We had the good fortune of connecting with Karria Lawrence and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karria, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
I always knew I would be apart of the philanthropy world due to my calling to want to help young girls who have experienced trauma. I just was unsure of when and how it would happen. A few years ago I found myself forced into the world of entrepreneurship ,and never wanted to go back to building someone else’s dream. Everyday I wake up thinking what ways can I improve to reach more people & help the people who are currently my clients that I serve.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My journey over the last few years have not been easy. I’ve experienced quite a few lows & some extreme highs as well. I am a consultant and coach who believes in challenging & holding my clients accountable to the goals they have set for themselves. While I don’t believe all stories having to be traumatic, I know I am called to a group of women who lives have been altered by circumstances outside of themselves that have a hard time with mindset, getting their business ideas out of their head, & living a happy life. When it comes to my non profit we are currently working with middle & high school girls in the city of Atlanta monthly. We just acquired our first international school in Kenya that we are looking forward to renovating this year.
I went through a process of rewiring my brain that forced me to temporary limit all communication, & completely separate myself from everyone. I focused on meditation, prayer, & positive reframing words to unlearn & undo all negative trauma. I believe I am still learning, growing, & healing into a better human being everyday.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My favorite eating spots in the city would be Hattie’s B Hot chicken, Slutty Vegan, the Garden Room, & King Crabs. A weekend Day would look like eating breakfast at Gocha’s on Cascade, then hitting up lunch at Hattie Bs and dinner at King Crabs or apt4batl. We would go to the High Museum, Aquarium, & visit the Belt line on a Sunday. My favorite spots are the unique coffee spots you can find either on the water or on a small quiet street.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Yes, I would like to shout out to God, my old sales manager, son Joe’von Lawrence, Tina Bonner, & a host of people who have helped me on my journey. I am an avid reader and I believe that there have been many books that have contributed to my growth, but the #1 thing has been taking a leadership attributes assessment. This assessment gave me the confidence, & confirmed what I innately knew for years ,but couldn’t put in language. This assessment changed my life so much that I became certified as behavioral science consultant.
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