We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenya Johnson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
It’s funny because, for years, I swore I wasn’t going to be an entrepreneur. Growing up, I saw my mom as a business owner for almost all of my life and I really got a full glimpse of the ups and downs. And the DOWNS made me never ever ever ever ever want to be an entrepreneur. It felt like too much of a risk for me.
There was a time in my life where I reveled in the security of knowing I only really have to work from 9-5 and that every other Friday I’ll get my check for doing that. But something stirred up in me that created a fear bigger than financial insecurity: living an unfulfilling life. That seemed like a way worse reality than being broke. So my thought process shifted from being afraid of not being able to survive to being afraid of never actually thriving.
Well, my business, Auclare Vision, is a human resource consulting firm focused on making work enjoyable for everyone. I named it Auclare Vision based on the idea that Au-thencity + Au-tonomy + Clar-ity gives us the recipe for our Vision of our lives. This means that the janitor, manager, and CEO all have an enjoyable and satisfying experience at work. At this current moment, we’re not seeing that in most organizations. Workers are tired, undervalued, and overworked. Fundamentally, I believe it is absolutely insane for people to spend 8+ hours a day at a place they hate. So I decided to change it.
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?
If my best friend came to Atlanta, we are getting a hotel room at the Crowne Plaza Ravinia in Perimeter because the ambiance matters.
Honestly, even before the pandemic, I’m more of a sit and talk kind of girl, so anywhere we would be quiet enough to enjoy each other’s company and have some good food. So we would check out the Beltline and take a nice walk or ride around to see the scenery and have a little conversation. Then we would go to Ponce City Market to grab a bite and maybe look at some shops. The next day, we would HAVE to do brunch. One of my favorite spots is Twisted Soul Cookhouse. Seriously, it’s some of the best food I’ve had in a while. Then we could go to the Georgia Aquarium because I heard they have sharks now, and I absolutely LOVE sharks. In between all of that, we’re going to take a lot of naps and kick it.
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?
I would have to shoutout my mom, Bernadette Harris. She has been such an incredible inspiration on how to carry myself as a woman and entrepreneur. She consistently supports me and shows up for me in ways I could never imagine or fully describe. There have been a number of times where I was ready to quit and she just showed me that either you win or you learn. There are no real losses in life. For that, I am forever indebted. But more importantly, she is truly my best friend. We can talk about everything from business to my relationship to a cute mug I saw at Target. She is hilarious and authentic and I just strive to be like her when I grow up. I also have to shoutout my friends. They always support me, listen to me, and help me get my vision together when it’s a little fuzzy. I appreciate them so much and am constantly in awe that I get to know and love them.
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