We had the good fortune of connecting with Kenya Simmons and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kenya, do you disagree with some advice that is more or less universally accepted?
We’ve become obsessed with the concept of hustle, hustle, hustle, grind, grind, grind. When I started my business, I was working a 9-5, and putting 4-5 additional hours into my business. So, two things here, firstly, don’t allow fear keep you stretched thin. I was unable to work smart due to fear of leaving the “security” and of my 9-5. Secondly, in the beginning stages of business, eagerness to succeed can convince you to overwork, and lack focus. The goal is to work smart: plan (but leave room for change), be strategic and consistent with every move you make.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am a personal health and wellness coach, teaching others how to center the habits, behaviors and routines that promote optimum health. I am most proud of the community that has taken shape from the inception of my business. I’ve met many amazing women, and be in connection with so many more. Women that self-prioritized, and made incredible strides in their personal journeys. How did I get to where I am? Courage and faith! Courage to reclaim time for my purpose, and faith to stay steadfast when uncertainty comes around. You won’t get far without the right people, so mentorship, and always keeping your student hat on are crucial to business growth. STAY CURIOUS. Business is a bit like a rabbit hole, meaning there is always something new to learn to contribute to your acumen. I want the world to know myself, and my brand S(H) Fit are growing, and learning daily whilst running a business. You don’t have to have it all figured out, just courageous enough to always find the answers.

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.
I’ve traveled, and Atlanta is still one of the most colorful cities I’ve been in. Let’s get right to it, there’s so much to do: I’m big on truly experiencing the culture of a city, so let’s do a unique Airbnb in the west end, or Decatur to start. After, let’s shop. First stop is The Village Market PCM, a market highlighting amazing, black-owned businesses. We would explore the rest of Ponce City Market, and also check out The Avalon up north, and Atlantic Station in the city. We would visit Kaya Winery in North Ga for impeccable bottles of Red and port wines. Cycling the city is a must, taking in the locals, murals, random eateries and sun. Brunching and dinner in ATL are a thing, my favorite thing. My favorite restaurant, The Consulate, is the first stop. Featuring a menu from different countries every 90 days, the food and drinks are unmatched. Then Apt 4B for good music and even better food. We would also have to try RockSteady and Breakfast at Barney’s together. Couldn’t come to ATL and not workout, Saturday at EFFECT Fitness is a MUST. This is the LIVEST workout experience in the world. Post-workout, it’s smoothies and eats from Spreading The Health, fitness gear from Beast Gang ATL, and lounge were from ImperFIT Body.

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?
Of course! Keundric Lucious of EFFECT Fitness. I met him, and he not only saw the spark in me, but also created opportunities for me to shine. He’s very much a big brother/mentor figure from me, and also an example I have always watched in terms of business.

Website: Www.stronghersociety.com

Instagram: @Kennisimmons

Twitter: @generalkenni

Youtube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCs4dYIeam2RpCvEQzgQc7hg

Other: S(H) Apparel Shop: http://www.shopshfit.com/

Image Credits
Simeon Kelley Jr. Ameer Linthcum

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