We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Y. Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim Y., how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
My work life balanced has changed dramatically due to the Pandemic because I am now working from home and it is sometimes hard to concentrate on my work when I have other things in the home distracting me. The balance is very challenging at times.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I am the founder of K.Y. Smith Coaching Solutions, a Certified Empowerment Coach/ Philanthropist, Motivation Speaker and a Breast Cancer Warrior. My mission is focused on helping women overcome life’s obstacles, understand their identity, and tap into their true power by removing the negative thoughts of a confined mindset. A Virginia native, I also lent my leadership skills while educating and empowering incarcerated women at the Fairfax County Adult Detention Center in Fairfax, VA and the Prince William Adult Detention Center in Manassas, VA.
I understand first-hand how sometimes we can let our past enable our future. I have witnessed this myself growing up in a dysfunctional family as an only child seeing my parents’ abusive behavior towards one another. This paved the way into my early adulthood, it was the only thing I knew and it was very normal behavior to me. Then I began to realize, something is not right but my mind was incarcerated from the behavior that I witnessed as a child. I knew I had to change my mindset to a no-nonsense approach before I could even began to heal my mental behavior. That is when I began my journey to take back control of my mindset. But first, I had to experience transformation in my own life. Through my journey the most important thing I had to understand is that I had to be transparent with myself before I could start on my journey of healing. Staying true to myself allowed me the power to heal and move forward, to become a woman with a vision and a purpose.
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.
Monday Morning: Go eat breakfast on the Occoquan River shore in Occoquan VA. Then do some shopping on the waterfront.
Tuesday: Go into Washington DC, to visit the African American Museum and other tourist attractions. Take a rooftop tour bus of the city. Stop by the Capital Grill restaurant for lunch.
Wednesday: Eat breakfast and go to the Red Lane Spa at the National Harbor and take a boat ride to Old Town Alexandria.
Thursday: Eat breakfast and head to Tyson’s corner for some luxury shopping and have dinner at Ruth Chris steakhouse.
Friday: Eat breakfast, relax at my house and cookout while listening to some Jazz.
Saturday: Eat breakfast and go to a R&B concert in the park.
Sunday: Eat breakfast and take my friend to the airport.
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?
First of all, as a breast cancer warrior, I am very blessed to be here today. I would say most of my support and encouragement comes from my family, especially my husband who has always shown me love and support no matter what.
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