We had the good fortune of connecting with Makatelyn Shepherd and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Makatelyn, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my success would have to be my faith in God. I say this because faith has a lot to do with, not just believing in what is unseen, but believing in everything that he gives in order to achieve success on another level. Faith has carried me before I even knew what the word meant. It is a solid foundation, like confidence that has grounded me in and through life. They are also synonyms of one another which also adds to the success of my brand. Closet confidence started as a vision, a name that was written down with no idea of what it would turn into, just faith. Many years later the same name and vision came back again. Through the realization of this, I understand that faith in God, vision, prayer and confidence all work together. With those coupled together, success is not just success, its victory in all things.
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.
As far as my professional career, I have been working with kids for the past six years. What started as a summer job for me in 2014 turned into a passion of mine. It is what I do in my daily 9 to 5 and I have the extreme pleasure of working with pre-K. Getting where I am today professionally has not been easy. I began working in daycares throughout my undergraduate career, so I had to quickly learn how to balance a full-time job while getting my education. All this to further the success of my career. Along the way there have been many lessons, smiles, trials, and tribulations, but the most important thing is I am waking up doing something that I love every day. So, along with being an entrepreneur, this has poured into my brand because I realize confidence does not just begin when you’re older or when you’re in the middle of life, but when you are young and growing into who God cretated you to be.
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?
If a friend were visiting my area and I had to show them the best time of their life, I would take them so many places!! Being that I live in a big city, Atlanta, Georgia there are so many things to do around our city. We would probably go to eat at some places like Seasons 52 within the city, visit main attractions like the CNN Center or the Ferris wheel that has a beautiful view of the city! Honestly there is so much to do I would mainly take in the people, the life, the love that is within the city of Atlanta, Georgia. There are so many beautiful things and people to do the experiences are limitless! Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Success is definitely based on the effort, support, mentorship, love, and encouragement of others! For myself, I grant that success first and foremost to God! Without him I have no idea where I would be! Next would have to be my BIGGEST supporters, my mom, dad and entire family!!!!! Without my family I would not be half the woman I am today. Also to those who have pastored me over the years, they know exactly who they are and I love you all! To all of my educators from Pre-k up into college- I get it and understand now, thank you! Finally to everyone who has poured into me in any type of way, whether in friendship, encounter or encouragement you are appreciated because encouragement, love and light takes on many different shapes and forms. THANK YOU!
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