In her own words Kristie says, “We all have a unique story to tell but not all of us have the courage to tell our unique story.” She grew up as an only child and was considered a miracle baby after her mother had previous medical complications. As a young child she was known to be quite loquacious and after experiencing painful events in life began to hide her voice like a turtle retreats inside his shell.
One day during her senior semester in college, Kristie was sitting in the back of her Criminology class when the professor asked a question she believed she knew the answer to. Her heart was racing, with fear confronting her once again as a merciless tyrant. The only other time she recalled speaking aloud in college was in her freshman year as she opened her mouth to recite her speech in front of her communications class. As she stood there frozen not one word would come out of her mouth. She was so petrified that she asked the instructor if he would allow her to give her speech in private.
As she pushed passed her anxiety Kristie raised her hand to provide the teacher with what she thought was the correct answer. Unfortunately, it was not the correct response yet it was the perfect timing for the butterfly to break forth from that cold and dreary cocoon. As tears began to fall down her face it was in that very moment she realized that she possessed the power to unlock the prison door that held her in captivity for so long.
It is now her personal mission to speak words of inspiration and empowerment to help others who feel trapped in the crevices of their mind to help them conquer their fears and unleash their magnificence!
In the heart of Maya Angelou’s most poignant literary works, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Kristie identifies firsthand with the bird’s reason more than most. The theme of her melodic and inspirational messages center around fighting for her own personal freedom in addition to the liberation of others.
As a young child she had a natural gift of singing and shared it comfortably in public as long as she was able to blend in with the masses allowing it to remain undiscovered. Kristie often speaks of a time where she used to be extremely afraid of outsiders hearing her voice. She was a caged bird in her own home and before she opened her mouth to sing, a quick glance through the peep hole was a must to ensure that no one was nearby.
Music for Kristie is more important than awards and trophy’s it has literally been a lifeline during seasons of perplexity and hardship. Every gift that she has the privilege of being a steward over is a reminder of how gracious God has been to her. One of her favorite scriptures is Psalm 32:7 “You are my hiding place; You preserve me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance.”
In this new season of her life she has decided to step out of the shadows of obscurity to share sounds of love, hope and joy to all who desire to experience the heart of God through song.
In the sixth grade Kristie’s English teacher gave her a book filled with empty pages that would become a private refuge. As a child, writing was her way of escape from a tumultuous world of confusion. It was a healing garden for a restless soul and a comforting blanket in the time of sorrow.
As an evolving woman Kristie still possesses tender journal entries that reaffirm this truth, one’s divine purpose is developed and strengthened throughout the corridors of time.
There were many years that she lived in a cocoon of fear and kept her thoughts hidden between the lines of her diary. The benefit of that season of silence was the power to cultivate keen listening and observation skills, a rarity in our noise driven society.
Many individuals are being led by strange voices because they have not become intimately acquainted with the sound of their own. It takes great courage to speak your truth with firm conviction in the midst of opposition or differing opinions.
Kristie has spent most of her life writing thoughts on paper and now she is bold enough to share with the world words of hope for the hopeless and strength to the feeble knees.
The Jewelry Designer
Nava Jewelry Collection was inspired and created by Kristie Kennedy as a therapeutic outlet to express herself artistically. The word Nava is Hebrew for “beautiful”. Her design motto: “Someone Beautiful, Deserves Something Beautiful.”
In 2006, after experimenting with the integral process of bead selection to harmonizing color schemes it soon became a delightful addiction. Kristie was born into a family of entrepreneurs and seamstresses. She is fully aware of the fact that her gift of creativity is a divine grace from God. Her classic design style is influenced by the resilience of South Africa, the serenity imbedded in Asian culture and the eloquence of European nobility.
After honing her craftsmanship, women from all walks of life began placing a demand on her unique and exquisite works of art. What started as a mere quest to explore a new hobby, later evolved into a mission to beautify countless lives. Ecclesiastes 3:11 states, “God has made everything beautiful in His time.”
- Classic designs created with successful and affluent women in mind
- Timeless, exquisite, stylish, elegant and highly fashionable creations
- Original designs and quality beads hand selected by the designer with long lasting durability
- Aesthetically appealing to reflect a woman’s inner and outer beauty while capturing her unique personality
- Created by an artist with a keen eye for color combination and extensive beauty industry experience
As a young adult Kristie was very low maintenance when it came to fashion and beauty. One of the main reasons for this was probably due to the fact that she spent most of her childhood as a tomboy with a love for climbing trees and exploring the beauty in nature. It was not until she was hired as a modeling instructor for one of the oldest modeling schools in the USA that she discovered another creative outlet to express her artistic ability.
After teaching makeup artistry for a couple of years Kristie decided that she wanted to obtain further knowledge to develop her skills as a beauty educator in multiple facets of the beauty industry.
In 2008, she completed the Aveda Beauty Institute Full Specialist program and was licensed as an Esthetician. A whole new world of opportunities opened up for Kristie as she began to clearly see that she had a gift for beautifying women and making them feel good on the inside in addition to looking great on the outside. It is Kristie’s desire that every woman she encounters whether on a personal or professional level is that she leave an indelible impression never to be erased.
Her beauty philosophy is that we all have flaws in some form or fashion and makeup is only a tool used to conceal that which is less appealing to the natural eye while enhancing that which is hidden.
It is essential to understand the essence of true beauty lies in that which cannot be perceived by the naked eye but is beheld by the spirit that resides within our internal being.
Living beyond external beauty challenges us to focus on developing our character more than our physical features, that in reality, are bound to fade away.
MAKEUP ARTISTRY DESIGN PURPOSE AND INTENTION:
1) To inspire you to live beyond the norm, the expected and every self perceived limitation.
2) To unveil hidden beauty through the application of creative makeup artistry and design.
3) To reinvent current image and produce a fashionable look that complements your natural features and personal style.
If you could describe Kristie Kennedy in one word it would be UNSTOPPABLE! One of her favorite quotes from the famous Mother to Son poem authored by Langston Hughes is “Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair” and yet she continues to climb higher one step at a time. She is a unique woman who is known for motivation, inspiration and women’s empowerment. As a young lady she had many challenges in the school system and found out early in life that one has the power to create their own destiny in spite of societal labels.
Kristie understands in the words of Marva Collins that, “Success doesn’t come to you, you go to it!” It is this entrepreneurial and enterprising mindset that has led her to achieve many of her greatest accomplishments. She considers herself to be an eternal optimist, which is an attitude essential to the life of a dreamer. Many of her peers are amazed at how she continues to pursue dreams in the midst of adversity. Kristie is grateful to her mother for instilling the spirit of excellence in everything she does and her father teaching her how to fight for the future no matter how dismal the present may appear to be.
She is a woman with BIG dreams who refuses to allow anything or anyone stop her from accomplishing her life mission on earth. She has cultivated a lifestyle of pursuing her inner passion to empower individuals with the motivation necessary to conquer their deepest fears and inspire them to take courage to live magnificently in the face of adversity. Kristie has made a conscious decision to convert her pain into power, pressure into pearls of wisdom and problems into unlimited possibilities.
Kristie Kennedy is a motivational speaker, personal development coach and established author who has a rich treasury of insight and knowledge for women who are challenged in three areas: self-worth, self-starting and self-growth. We each are born with vast potential that is often undermined, undeveloped and underutilized.
Ms. Kennedy is intimately acquainted with the effects poor decision making skills, emotional imbalance and the lack of self-confidence has on one’s ability to excel to extraordinary heights of achievement.
She is a passionate entrepreneurial leader who is unafraid to take calculated risks. Her gift of motivation, inspiration and empowerment infuses individuals with the courage to move in the moment, take success by the horns and dare to own it!
This “CAN DO” coach helps all who are stuck in a sea of sameness to open their eyes to SEE beyond the present into the future, SAY what they want without reservation and SOAR beyond self-limiting beliefs.
Kristie Kennedy, Women’s Empowerment Speaker, Small Business and Leadership Development Coach provides simple success strategies to overcome everyday challenges, internal conflicts and confidence killers. www.kristiekennedy.com
Mid Length Bio
Kristie Kennedy is a visionary leader, who serves as a women’s beauty, business, brilliance and body image coach that operates in a multiplicity of gifts with a passion for empowering individuals to live magnificently in the face of adversity.
Ms. Kennedy is a Notary Public and in May 2012 was appointed as the Tallahassee Ambassador for Heal a Woman, Heal a Nation, Inc. Served as 2012 Ms. Tallahassee, Fl. for Ms. Corporate America. She was crowned in September 2010 as the 2010 American Image National Woman.
She is a Licensed Esthetician/Beauty Advisor (Graduate of Aveda Beauty Institute), Freelance Makeup Artist/Educator for Motives Cosmetics and Extreme Lash Stylist. Her industry experience ranges from Larinem Cosmetics, Fashion Fair Cosmetics, Birmingham Premiere Beauty Expo Make up Educator, Orlando Premiere Beauty Expo Eye Lash Extensionist and Former Makeup Artist/Educator for Mirabella Cosmetics and Borghese Cosmetics Songwriter, Poetess, Recording Artist, Author, Jewelry Designer, Fashion Model, National Spokes model for Fibroid Tumors, Modeling Instructor and beauty pageant judge.
Her how to makeup videos are currently showcased on www.ehow.com. She is a daring woman who is unafraid to take calculated risks. Her gift of inspiration brings a pure delight to anyone she meets. Ms. Kennedy believes it is essential to remain steadfast, unmovable and always abounding in the work that is set before you in order to achieve lasting success.
Introduction of Speaker:
**It gives me great pleasure in having the honor of introducing today’s guest speaker.
**Kristie Kennedy, Certified Professional Life Coach is a native of Sarasota, Florida and graduate of Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.
**She is an only child who spent a majority of her life battling fear of public speaking. After breaking free of her own self-limiting beliefs Kristie made a decision to dedicate her life to empowering others to do the same.
**Ms. Kennedy has a special gift of motivation and infuses the spirit of CAN DO in the heart of her listeners and challenges individuals stuck in complacency to shift from mediocrity to magnificence!
**Upon delivering a presentation at a women’s business networking event one of the audience members said, “I feel like I CAN GO OUT AND DO anything after hearing you speak!”
**If you are ready to move in the moment, grab success by the horns and own it -show it by offering a round of applause to the Queen of Possibility, Ms. Kristie Kennedy!