We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristin Hemingway and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristin, can you share a quote or affirmation with us?
The main one that comes to mind is the following, “I am a little pencil in the hands of a writing God that is sending a love letter to the world.” It’s a reminder that I am supposed to be a conduit for spreading love in this world. I want to be known for how well I’ve loved those that I’ve been privileged to encounter. Love is my baseline and remembering that has guided how I function in my career.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I work in two parts! I am a nonprofit professional that works to empower kids in under-resourced communities to live their best life through academic support, character development and exposure activities. This career path feels as if it was created specifically for me. It has not been an easy journey, but I am definitely proud of the journey that I am on and where it has taken me. I am also an entrepreneur as an author, speaker, coach and trainer. This career came to me as an outpouring of my nonprofit work. When the way I ran my programs was observed by outsiders and partners they solicited my expertise and asked me to develop and conduct training, coach staff members and clients, and participate in their staff and client development practices. That’s what started me on my entrepreneurial path. Neither of these things are easy, but they have all been worth it. I am motivated by the results that my students and clients and are able to obtain. It keeps me going on the hard days when I would rather throw in the towel. I have learned that I can have whatever I am willing to work for and the importance of putting myself out there. Currently, I am a smaller name/brand in this space and people don’t automatically know what I have to offer. As a result, I have to be willing to pursue what I want, share who I am and what I am doing, go after opportunities that may not always come after me at this point in the game. I also know that once I get the opportunity to show up and show out, I have to make sure that I show up and show out. What I want people to know about The Black Girl’s Guide to Self-Care is that it has been birthed from both research AND experience. I know that my strategies work because I have and continue to use them. I know what is possible because of my experiences with my clients. This is not just theoretical but it is practical and foundational to overall well-being and success.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Hmmmm…Forever I Love Atlanta and I love exposing people to some amazing spots around the city and some of my favorite places to eat. Places to Visit – Dr. King Memorial Site – I am History Nerd and this series of Museums and Exhibits that include the birth home of Dr. King are a must see/do in the city. The Center for Civil and Human Rights – Again this is my nerdy side coming into to play. I absolutely love learning so I love exposing people to places where they can learn. The Atlanta Beltline – A great way to get in some exercise and see different aspects of the city including some of the dopest street art. You can literally spend an entire day on the beltline and have an absolutely varied and amazing experience. Piedmont Park – Great for walking, playing other sports and games and just laying around and kicking it with your friends. The Chattahoochee Nature Trail – peaceful trail that flows along the Chattahoochee river. You can walk, run, bike, jog your way to happy while seeing some absolutely beautiful parts of Atlanta. Museums and Nature are two of my absolute favorite things which is why all of my recommendations include one of those things. Places to Eat – all really good food that will make your soul happy. Many of them have options for Vegan, but I highlighted the ice-cream spot and the completely vegan restaurant specifically so that people can know on the front end what they’re getting into. Gocha’s Breakfast Bar, The Real Milk & Honey, Sweet Auburn Seafood, Morelli’s Ice Cream (Vegan options), Le Petite Marche, Atlanta Breakfast Club, Virgil’s Kitchen and Bar, Slim and Husky’s, Plant Based Pizzeria (Exclusively Vegan Eats that are SOOOOOOOOO GOOOD), and Tom, Dick & Hank
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 want to give a huge shoutout to my Sister Friend, Talitha Anyabwele, founder of RISE Educational Consulting. She is a master educator and has influenced me and supported me in so many ways. I honestly wouldn’t be where I am today without her mentorship and just true love as a sisterfriend!