We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenesha Cook and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kenesha, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balance has changed over time because I’ve learned to put myself first. We as a society will do everything else to help others to succeed but won’t invest in ourselves, and I’ve finally learned to invest/bet on myself. At this point in my life I only put my time and energy into things that I’m passionate about. That’s why I started my own business. It’s a Lip Gloss line called Kissable By KPC (Letters at the end are my initials). I enjoy making all of my products myself. I make natural ingredient Lip Gloss, Body Butter, Lip Scrub, and a Body Scrub. I also custom color Lip Glosses for my customers as well. It truly makes my day when someone tells me that they love my products and that they smell amazing. I test all of the products myself before the customer gets it. I take pride in providing everyone with the best quality products.
I think about balance as a priority meaning if I’m dead tired from my day job I make sure later that day that I’m still committing just as much time and energy into my business. Someone once told me to not just invest 40 hours a week into a job without working on your personal development as well. I’m proud of myself for starting my business and seeing it through. It’s important to pat yourself on the back and recognize your own accomplishments. Self love is important!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I work for a Media Company in Marketing. This was my first company that I worked for right out of College. I got to where I am because I didn’t give up. I met a guy on a conference while I was a Senior in College, and I knew that I would be in the job Market soon right after Graduation. I wanted to be in the Media World. So during our conversation he stated he knew someone at this Media company, and he put in a good word for me, and the rest is history. Sometimes its not about what you know its about who you know, and networking is very important. I’m proud that my job allows me to have a front row of history being made. I had challenges along the way and I beat myself during my career. But the thing about me is that I’m a resilient woman and I always get through challenges whatever they may be. I want everyone to know that things in life are either a lesson or a blessing, and remember when something doesn’t work out in your career that its just a delay for where your truly meant to go. I learned from each obstacle in my life. My gift to the world is that I have the ability to make laugh even when they don’t to. Laughter is good for the soul.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Atlanta has some really fun and cool spots. For restaurants I would take my friends to Soho Atlanta, Orient Express, Tacos & Tequilas, This is It, Big Daddy’s, and lots of other Atlanta restaurants.
I would take them to Ponce City Market, so we can hang out on the rooftop. Acere Cigar Lounge, Quick Shoot Shooting Range, and Piedmont Park so we can ride bikes.
Lastly, I couldn’t send them home before I cook them a nice meal. I would also make them my homemade Margaritas!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many people that played a very important part in my life that helped to encourage me along the way. My Family, (Especially my Mom) Rebecca Rink, Jim LeMay, Barbara Deeb, Tommy Booras, Julie Dunn, Alison Hashimoto, LySandra Martin, Christi Paul, and KayeAnne Staroscisk, Lisa Klinger. These individuals have believed in me, gave me great career advice along the way, and really helped push me when I was ready to give up. They are all teachers, mentors, and therapists that helped me along the way and I’m forever grateful for all of you.
I appreciate all of these organizations that I’m apart of for allowing me to strength my personal development skills WOW Family (Women of WarnerMedia), WarnerMedia Health & Wellness, and NAMIC (National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications)
My favorite book reads are Search Inside Yourself, and What Happened to You? Reading and learning more about yourself is very important.
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