We had the good fortune of connecting with Keri Steward and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Keri, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
The most important thing I’ve done as a parent was work on my work life balance. Before children, I was a slave to a job and worked on their terms. After children, I took more control of my work life balance and began negotiating the terms of my work life balance. I wanted to ensure I did not miss out on critical years of my daughters lives. My goal has always been to create memorable experiences for them. My daughters have been traveling locally and internationally since the ages of 5 and 6 years old. We’ll spend school breaks, family vacations, quick weekend trips and holidays out of town. We are not traditional when it comes to how we choose to spend our time. I’ve always wanted my children to expand their minds through diversity by embracing other cultures, places, languages, etc. I believe that opens more opportunities for them to grow but also gives them a sense of empathy towards others that are different from them and that is what is needed in this world today. I will also say my independence has impacted my daughters as well. They have a “do it” yourself attitude because they see mommy get up and do it everyday no matter what is going on in my life. They understand happiness lies within and adding people, places or things to it only enhances it but they are not responsible for our happiness. I have a free-spirit and I’m spontaneous, I allow them to try new things at least for the experience. I don’t force my wants or desires onto them, instead I help them navigate through my own experiences or sound advice but it’s up to them to choose what they want to do and I allow them the freedom to do so.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Keri Steward is a native of Jacksonville, Florida. Born and raised there she found a love for reading, speaking and sports. She used the gift of gab and her athletic abilities throughout her high school career and graduated from Jean Ribault Sr. High School in 1997. In the fall of 1997, she moved to Tallahassee, Florida to attend Florida State University, where she became assistant editor for the Florida State Times Newspaper while pursuing her college education. During her time on campus she joined a modeling troupe that would later birth her modeling career from 1999-present. Keri graduated from FSU in 2002 with a Bachelors of Science degree in Exercise Science/Sports Medicine. In 2007 she birthed one of her greatest achievements, her daughter Nalani Steward. Thirteen months later her second greatest achievement was born Kennedi Steward in 2008. In 2015 Keri graduated from the University of Phoenix with a MBA and concentration in Human Resources Management. Keri currently resides in Atlanta Georgia where she works as an author, part-time model, and full time HR professional. Keri’s most recent accomplishment is an author, she published her first book in April 2019 titled “Life Interrupted”. discover her journey and let it help you in your own path. Life Interrupted is sold on amazon, barnes and noble, books a million and her website www.keri-so-very.com
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.
We would start Friday night with a dinner at a black owned restaurant such as Old Lady Gang, Hattie Mae Barbeque and Restaurant, Slutty Vegan, The real milk and honey cafe, etc. Saturday we would head over to a day party at Cafe Circa Lounge. The rooftop vibes are amazing. Then we would look for a night life spot such as The Brownstone, Suite Food and Lounge, Seven Sports Bar and Grill, etc. On Sunday we would brunch at one of my favorite brunch spots such as Sage Woodfire and Grill in Buckhead. If they want to do some shopping we would head to Atlantic Station, Lennox Mall and Phipps Plaza. Additionally I think it’s important for them to see the history of Atlanta such as the old braves stadium at Turner Field, the Mercedes Benz Stadium, Auburn Ave, Stone Mountain and little five points.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The only people that deserve credit in my story would be my mother. She set the example that I follow.
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