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

Hi Lenette, Let’s talk about principles and values – what matters to you most?
What matters to me most? I definitely value remaining true to myself. That’s what #LetItBeGenuine is all about – remaining true to yourself. I feel that honesty is super important and often times we forget to be honest with the person in the mirror. While it’s understandable that the process of that is difficult – it is so important! Once we begin to peel back the layers, we can find the root to the reasons why we operate the way we do and from there make the necessary steps to walking fully into who we are. It is a continuous process. However, once you make the decision to embark the journey it makes it easier to embrace the flaws and to grow. Without honesty, there is no growth. Lastly, I believe it’s important to give yourself some grace and to bestow that same grace to others. We’re human. Everyone makes mistakes but it’s about the bounce back and understanding that you always can.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
It has been difficult for me personally to keep a balance between all of the things I desire to do. I have to take a lot of time out to be kind to myself with my words. Often times we can be our worst critics and so my first step before presenting something is to get out of my way and out of my head. Those are definitely the lessons I hold on to throughout this thing we call life. I am an all around creative. While it is my purpose to reach back to the community (specifically the youth,) I’ve always had a love for the arts. I couldn’t leave if I tried so I combined my passion and my purpose to create #LetItBeGenuine. I got to where I am today by remaining focused on my calling. I would be lying if I said I didn’t want to give up but I just remain focused. I also have a wonderful and loving circle that keeps me grounded and reminded of the goal. Whenever I get blindsided and somehow end up off the course, I remember how far I’ve come, close my eyes and see the vision again – vividly. I’m going to get what I see – it’s a non-negotiable.

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?
This is great. I’m always working but there are some spots I love – most of them have something to do with food (lol) First – Spoon Eastside on Moreland Ave. – literally the best Thai food in the city (trust me I’ve tried them all) Look, after you enjoy some lychee martinis and roasted duck on red curry, you can walk across the street and grab some cupcakes from Endulge Boutique (black owned bakery) or Morellis (black owned ice cream shop.) Of course I love to dance. More than likely, you’d catch me at AREA in Buckhead getting some training in. All of the dance studios are amazing in Atlanta (duh, it’s the A) but AREA is family. Quick shoutout to Beyond Castings as well – I mean who knows we might pop up at a power shoot and be productive while having fun. Now from there, because of how random I am, I would simply keep an ear out so I can know what’s going on. Listen guys – I’m usually at work. My heart has a soft spot for East Atlanta Villages but other than that, the rest of my spots .. I think I’m going to keep them as my little secret. Check out those businesses though – they won’t disappoint you!

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my shoutout to SheBraids LLC where Jelisa Crowder is the owner. She is the epitome of hard-working and hustle. I’ve witnessed her business grow into what it is today and she does it so gracefully with a kind heart and gentle spirit. Her skills are undeniable and customer service skills are top tier. She is my #1 go to for recommendations for hair. She has growing hands and truly cares about her clients.

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