Taking Action + What’s New?

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We skipped the New Year’s resolutions this year, and turned to action.
On 1.11.2020, I packed two bags, and made my way to the mecca of the Southeast – Atlanta, Georgia. In the most quiet way, I prepared for this journey only three months prior to actually leaving what was my home of three years, Charleston, SC. Aside from living in Japan in 2014, I had never not lived in South Carolina. Having access to a close knit community, my family and getting involved in helping to shape and transform the creative scenes in the Holy City and Columbia made me very comfortable with that choice for a long time. But after awhile, something clicked: It’s time to step out on faith, see the world, and get closely aligned with my purpose.
It sounded so out of the blue at first. I mean, nothing was perfect about my journey in my home state, especially these past few years, but given the good and the bad, I wasn’t unhappy. But I later realized, it wasn’t unhappiness that made me feel that way, it was being and feeling unfulfilled in certain aspects of my life that only I could really change.
I push myself very hard., and I work even harder. But given what this past year has taught me, I’ve got to move with a whole lot more intention. What is the purpose? Why do the project? Does this work align with your purpose and end goal? Is the work helpful or hurtful to your brand? What is the cost (to your mental health, physical health, and financial health) of doing the project or partnership?
I love telling stories and showcasing the journey of others. I didn’t feel at first that it really even needed a price attached to it – I just desired to do the work. But 2019 granted me a number of valuable opportunities that shifted my focus from just moving, to moving with intention. And being CONSISTENT.
In a previous blog post, I discussed my happenstance opportunity to work the REVOLT Summit with P. Diddy in Atlanta. Being surrounded by his knowledge and great work, along with the knowledge of other celebrity guests really opened my eyes to seeing the massive impact I could also create with the visions that I have for my company, Conqueror Movement, and my personal story telling avenue through Life Through Art Media. It wasn’t that I was ever blinded to the opportunity, but I definitely had my focus set on what was the modern day way of thinking about success and sustainability. I worked in news for 6 years, and had a great background in producing content. I always thought about solely taking that world by storm, and that my other talents were just a bonus of the craft. But given how much of a direct impact my brands have made on my community, and surrounding areas, it was time to rethink that plan, and have a little more confidence in ME.
After discussing the possibility of a move like this with my SC support system, and new relationships in Atlanta, I had no choice but to go for it.
Not seizing this opportunity would only lead to regret, and that’s not the life that I want to live for myself. In 2019, I told myself that 2020 would be very different. No longer are we being afraid to step into the forefront. We will not be afraid to take chances. We will embrace failure and learn from it, and be thankful that we even tried. We will honor ourselves and our work. We will be proud of the legacy that we are creating.
With this move comes some very intentional changes to this blogging platform, and my brain child, The Conqueror Movement.
Here at Life Through Art Media, I will be making it a point to get more community involvement into my writing. I don’t just want to let out my feelings and share my advice with you on tough topics, but I want to bring in the voices of those you look up to in your community and have genuine conversations with them, and expand how we tackle those tough topics as a community. You will see a lot more behind the scenes of what this journey for me here in Atlanta looks like – the good and the bad! We’re not holding anything back. And lastly, expect some pop up events all across the Southeast.
Actions speak louder than words. Welcome to my world.

 

 

Here are just a few photos from my Atlanta experience so far. As you can see, we had a lot of foodie ventures. I’m also now even more in love with Ponce City Market and will be a regular visitor. Cheers to new experiences!

In and Out – The Sacred Way to Love Yourself

The idea of self care is a universal foreign language to the busiest of entrepreneurs, worker bees and career enthusiasts. But in the past several years, it has also become somewhat of a trend. You see it everywhere. From aromatherapy inspired products (heck, they have an entire stones inspired section of Bath and Body Works!), to health and fitness and what the best products are to consume and spend your dollars on.

It’s through these rising conversations that I was able to connect with a person who is not at all a stranger to self care, or taking care of others.

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Khet Waas Hutip is the owner of Sacred Rootz, LLC, housed in the same facility as several other equally amazing Black owned businesses (such as Third Eye Lounge and Central Station’s Official Mixtape Headquarters) at Grand Central Station in North Charleston. We were introduced by my fellow client, Ikeoma Divine, who owns Third Eye Lounge. During our conversation, I was amazed at how often I was around his business, but never got an opportunity to peek inside.

He broke down his story, sharing how he got started at a very young age through his upbringing. Hear how he was able to turn something that is a natural way of life into something that was able to help others around him.

Lights, Camera, Glam – Beat To A T

Makeup is often described as a cover up for women and their natural features. But to a woman themselves, it is often described as an enhancer. The finishing touch that completes a look. And maybe on a not so tip top, energetic day, it’s a huge confidence boost.


Years ago, MoNique said it best on her talk show: “When you look good, you feel good, and when you feel good, you look good.” Jasmine has become a vessel not only in the beauty industry, but for Black women who utilize her services and know her best as “Beat To A T”.

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Beat 2 a T Beauty Services is a brand that caters to every aspect of beauty.  From make up and hair, to mink lash extensions, it is the one stop shop beauty service.

When asked what Jasmine’s desires are for her business, it centered around being able to go above and beyond for her clients, providing spectacular service, but also stepping outside of her own comfort zone and getting herself out there.

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You can find Beat 2 A T beauty services on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/Beatme2aT/ 

In my element

When you enter inside Grand Central Station, located on Remount Road in North Charleston, you’ll instantly feel drawn to many places. One of which you’ll find tucked away to your left with a beckoning aroma and soothing tunes.

3rd Eye Lounge becomes your home away from home.

It becomes hard to drop in for five or ten minutes when you’ve become curious about the beauty inside. Ikeoma Divine, the creator, welcomes you in with a smile. Though mostly introverted, the conversations you will have with her will place you on higher ground.


One of the first things she will tell you is that the answer lies within you. She provides the tools to help you acknowledge what you’ve already known to be true. I guess that’s why there’s a level of comfort within her dwelling. Creating a space of authenticity. That is what she provides by doing it all flawlessly.

Are your chakras aligned?



Over the next seven weeks, Ikeoma will lead others a journey of self transformation. Through her Rootwork for Self Transformation course, she will help others remove blockages and stagnation of 7 energy points all connected to one’s emotional and physical body. This will all be done through rootwork rituals helping you to explore the imbalances of seven chakras.

For more information, visit https://oriinstitute.com/course/rootwork-for-self-transformation/ to explore and sign up today.

You can find out more about the safe space Keke has through 3rd Eye Lounge here:

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