“If you stand for nothing, you fall for everything”

We asked the community to tell us about the values and principles that guide their lives and businesses.

Sydney Kohl | Business Owner & Yoga Instructor

KEEP LEARNING. If someone would have told me four years ago that I would have my own yoga business, I would have actually laughed out loud. Not only because I had no idea what starting a business entailed, but uhm hello, I’d never even done yoga. I didn’t even really know the direction I wanted to start in. I kept myself open to anything, I experienced new things and kept learning about myself. Keeping an open mind and a desire to learn has taken me down a path I never would have gone down if I would have kept myself closed off. Read more>>

Crystal T. Ash | Author | Speaker | Youth Mentor

Without a doubt, authenticity matters the most to me! It reveals truth, cultivates self-awareness, and yields freedom. For many years, I spent a lot of time performing life without actually living it. Authenticity awakened me to a greater version of myself. I am now able to operate on a higher level of purpose, calling, and being in every moment. In my book, Letters from My Grandma’s Table, I share different life experiences that caused me to hide within myself in an effort to protect myself from future hurtful moments. Read more>>

Rebekah Uhl | Social Media & Visual Marketing Manager

The most valuable principle to me is grit. This kind of determination is interesting especially in contrast with an ever-overwhelming “hustle culture”. I used to think that grit meant pushing through every obstacle. I thought it meant being an actual superwoman – pushing boundaries and making the most of every moment at absolutely any cost needed. Here’s what PsychologyToday says. And I totally agree: Grit is “both passion and perseverance in service of a long-term goal. It’s a marathon, not a sprint, as they say. [People with grit] put in sustained effort over time to achieve a high level of success in their chosen domain.” Read more>>

Lakesia Phelps | Owner

I value my family and work life . They both go hand and hand to me. I grew up in Kirkwood Atlanta GA,down the street from my business of 8 years now. I am surrounded by a big family that still currently live in the Kirkwood area.. My business allows me to almost see them every day . My parents and grand parents taught me to value my family and love them unconditionally. I Spend a lot time with them because they are all I have ! Then come work which is apart of my family . My business has allowed me to employee my parents and my children..My extended family are the big supporters-of my business.(Anna’s BBQ)….. Read more>>