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Your Voice is Your Ticket A Letter From The Editor

Everything that will come to us in life is connected to our voice. The word of God shares there is power in what we speak. We can speak about things that can change our outlook and circumstances: greatness, healing, abundance, prosperity, deliverance, victory, etc. With the same voice, we have the option to speak of detriment and destruction. I am reminded of what my mother told me as a young boy, “Be careful what you say”. When faced with adversity throughout my life, the outcome has always been connected to what I said. Whatever thought I allowed to reside in my mind about a situation, my actions would align with it. If I believed that I could win, I won; if I thought I couldn’t, I did not. It all came down to what I spoke to myself. Imagine the challenges and adversity Brain Surgeons face within their profession. They are asked to care for patients who have suffered trauma to their head that involves bleeding, swelling, and ultimately life-threatening conditions. The degree of difficulty in their actions within the operating rooms is off the meter; still, they must remain calm and complete their assignment. If the surgeons spoke doubt and were unable to care for their patients, they would fail. They would fail if they allowed fear and disbelief to dictate their actions. Instead, they must speak with assurance, and by doing so, their confidence in their abilities will arise. It all comes down to what they speak to themselves. God speaks to us, and He doesn’t expect us to be quiet. Whatever you want and need, open your mouth and speak. Your body language should speak for you. How we treat others speaks for how we feel about ourselves. You will only go as far in life as your voice will take you. Terry L. Watson


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Great Food in Louisville

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The Cooking Besties Tyler Williams

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The Cooking Besties By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Tyler Williams There is something about good food that makes one’s heart smile. In regard to Indianapolis, IN, native Tyler Williams is making some moves and raising eyebrows in the local culinary community. Tyler is the owner of The Cooking Besties, a fullservice catering company that specializes in doing just about anything to meet their client’s requests. They primarily cater to small and large organizations within Indiana and provide catering services to private clients. Tyler and his team also offer traditional buffets, private dinners, charcuterie, brunch, and dipped treats. Tyler is the son of Rick Williams and Michele McFarland. He has lived in his childhood home in Haughville, IN, for almost 21 years. He has three siblings, Jessica, Jordan, and Bryce, and one niece, Jalayah, and two nephews, Charles and Levi. Tyler graduated from Cardinal Ritter High School and earned his undergraduate degree in Tourism, Events, and Sports Management with a minor in Business Foundations from Indiana University. In 2021, he returned to school and earned a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Human Resource Management from Purdue University. The Cooking Besties started in 2020, right in the middle of Tyler’s mother’s kitchen. He says, “I was laid off from my corporate job in May 2020 due to COVID, and a former childhood friend mentioned the idea for us to cook, and I instantly was against it. I’ve always enjoyed cooking for my family, but cooking for others and for money kind of made me nervous. I finally gave in to the idea of cooking and came up with the business name by joking and asking, “What are we going to be called…….The Cooking Besties?” On that day, we became The Cooking Besties and started doing bi-weekly comfort food meals. Those meals Indianapolis - Nov./Dec. 2023


became popular, and often, we had a line wrapped around my neighborhood. That’s when I knew we were on to something. The following year, we secured our first large catering contract with Eskenazi Health Center and provided over 700 charcuterie boxes for their employees. The rest is history. Tyler shared that he has always dreamed of owning a restaurant. “I would sit it in my 7th grade Algebra class and map out the design of my restaurant, create menus, and write down my crazy ideas. I’ve always been a dreamer, so I would write it down whenever I had a thought.” Those thoughts would eventually become Tyler’s future, which is the title he gave them. “My Future.”

“I would sit it in my 7th grade Algebra class and map out the design of my restaurant, create menus, and write down my crazy ideas.”

Living out his dreams is what Tyler says he loves most about The Cooking Besties. Every day, he gets to wake up to cater. He says his prayer to be self-employed, successful, and booked has become his reality. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” he explained. He also appreciates his family and friends’ support and the business referrals. His church family has also played a significant role in Tyler’s success as they have pushed him to keep striving for better and offering help anytime he has large events. It takes a village, and Tyler says he is grateful for the one he has. One challenge of running your own business is to ensure that it’s profitable. For Tyler, he manages this kind of issue when he’s pricing catering packages and ensuring they yield the right return. “There have been times where I have walked away with less than I am supposed to earn, but it was simply because the math was not mathing! We now have systems in place to make pricing out our items much easier and accurate,” he says. He also acknowledges his mother for inspiring him. “I am the product of a single parent, and my mother goes above and beyond to ensure my siblings and I have the best. She has helped me scale my business by always finding areas of improvement and ensuring that everything I do in the business has a certain level of excellence,” Tyler says. Tyler’s business journey, he shares, has forced him to trust God, and he says that God hasn’t failed him yet. “God has been extremely faithful to me, and all I can say is thank you.” Looking ahead, he plans to continue running his catering business and even open a brunch restaurant. To learn more about The Cooking Besties, please visit their website. h

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Lydia L. Davis You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Lydia Davis Lydia L. Davis is originally from the West Calumet Development, a demolished public housing community that was located in East Chicago, Indiana. She is the oldest of five daughters of the late Sharon Davis Johnson and gospel singer Daniel Davis. Lydia was raised in the church and always loved going and serving. As a youth, she matured as a youth ministry leader at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church in East Chicago. In 1982, after Lydia graduated from Bishop Noll Institute, she made her way to California, settling in San Jose, where, along with her then-husband, she raised her twin sons at South Bay Community Church under the Leadership of Emeritus Dr. Stanley B. Long. She later graduated from DeAnza College, transferred to San Jose State University, and received certifications in Marketing, Media, Public Relations, and Communications. Lydia became an Ordained Minister in 2018. “God was ordering my steps, and He led me to South Bay Community Church in Fremont, California,” Lydia says. She founded and served for 16 years with the Marketing and Communications Group (MarCom Group), which consisted of numerous ministries. After living in California for 30 years, Lydia moved to Indianapolis. “After pushing through the pain of the trauma of my divorce, I was seeking God for the next chapter in my life. Due to health challenges her mother would face, Lydia found herself living in Indianapolis and has never left. Lydia’s mother was called home on January 21, 2013. Lydia is a woman who wears many hats. She loves family and is a visionary, advocate, preacher, teacher, servant leader, and trainer. Most importantly, she is a woman of integrity and character, has a gift of discernment, and is known for creating positive ripples throughout communities. Lydia is a minister at Barnes United Methodist Church, and since January 2019, she has served as a Board Member of Metro Ministries Inc, which is a Central District Outreach organization that connects ministries to resources and resources to ministries. She also serves as the Missional Food Pantry Network Operations Specialist with Faith Hope and Love Community Inc. This missional food pantry training organization aims to catalyze change by engaging in relationship-building with food-insecure neighbors and organizations on the path to self-sufficiency. Over the past seven years, she has helped preach to teach, train, and launch over 15 missional food pantries across churches in Indianapolis, and she is expanding. She is an agent for Legal Shield and has a Blessings Bag Ministry that helps serve her Homeless Neighbors. Two churches partner with Lydia to provide large purses for women and drawstring bags for men filled with toiletries, snacks, winter wear, and emergency devices.


In March 2017, Lydia launched You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry. Then, in 2021, with the partnership support of Zionsville United Methodist Church, it became a nonprofit organization. She also conducts an Back-to-School Community Resource Day, a Youth Savings Initiative, a Christmas Overflow Initiative, and a Mental Health Awareness Initiative. You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry was founded in 2017 on a vision and inspired by Matthew 14:15-17 NLT “That evening, the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16 But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—YOU FEED THEM.”

“I’ve experienced my own levels of pain, I’ve experienced being without, I’ve experienced feeling unloved or unheard. I didn’t realize that those experiences were formulating my life steps.”


Lydia says, “I was never a recipient of a food pantry, but I remember days as a child my mother struggled to feed my sister and I. I’ve experienced my own levels of pain, I’ve experienced being without, I’ve experienced feeling unloved or unheard. I didn’t realize that those experiences were formulating my life steps.” As of its launch in March 2017, Lydia’s organization has impacted over 24,000 men, women, and children with over 60,000 bags of food, toiletries, and other shared resources. Lydia and her Christ Care Ministers have ministered the gift of salvation to hundreds, having over 565 who have accepted Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Lydia received the City of Indianapolis Mayoral Proclamation for her You Feed Them Missional Food Pantry in April 2019. She was a recipient of the 2018 Urban Servant Leader Award and the 2018 Mayor’s Community Servant Award, where she was given an engraved brick with her name on it located in downtown Indianapolis in the Mayor’s Circle on the Canal. She also received the 2016 United Methodist Men Servant Leadership Award, a 2016 United Methodist Women Special Mission Recognition Award, a 2014 Calumet Star Achievers Award from East Chicago, Indiana, and other recognitions for Ministry, Impact, and Service. Besides every award and accolade, Lydia says she loves experiencing God’s love and seeing His provisions being made for others. “I’m careful about establishing precedence, but I have empathy for those living through varying levels of pain. I love it when I can use what I have and share resources and inspiration with others. My mother served the church and the community, and my dad serves his family, his church and shares his gift with those who ask him to sing. I love to serve those striving to push through their own challenges.” Lydia shares she is inspired by possibilities. She also says, “I am inspired by the positive transformation of lives and by those willing to support and partner with my vision and missions. I am inspired by perseverance, integrity, character, respect, and sacrifices of service.” Lydia also credits her two bonus moms, Theodora “Snooky” Williams and Carol Hall, for having a huge impact on her life. In the future, Lydia says her organization is looking to add a partnership with DoorDash through FHL to make home deliveries to those who are homebound. They are also looking for their own Cargo-wrapped box Truck and an enlarged space to help meet growing and demanding needs and programs. Finally, Lydia seeks funding for at least two paid staff positions to assist her. h

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Eden & Kissi Afro-Carribean Gourmet Cuisine with a French Touch

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There is some delicous Afro-Carribean food in Louisville, KY. A feast of love and family in the heart of a bustling city, there’s a restaurant that’s more than just a place to satisfy your taste buds; it’s a testament to the power of family, faith, and an unwavering passion for cooking. Kissi is the remarkable owner of this culinary haven, where Afro-Caribbean flavors blend seamlessly to create a truly unique dining experience. Kissi’s story is as rich and diverse as the food she serves. Kissi is a wife, and mother of four children and seven grandchildren. She was born into a family of 19 children, and her childhood was a constant celebration of life through food. In their home, cooking wasn’t a chore but a festival of flavors, where every meal was a joyful occasion. Kissi embodies the essence of family. She lovingly speaks of her son David as more than just a child; David is her confidant and friend. He is also the mainstay of their restaurant, Eden and Kissi, located at 3912 Bardstown Road, Suite 101, in Louisville, KY. Kissi’s and David’s bond is unbreakable, and it’s clear that they have each other’s backs in the kitchen and life. Eden and Kissi’s journey began in 2014 when they started selling their mouthwatering dishes at local markets. Four years of dedication and hard work led them to their dream – a food truck. The beginning was promising, but three months into the venture, mechanical issues brought the food truck to a halt. However, this was just a brief setback in the larger tapestry of their story.

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In 2020, amidst the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Kissi and David opened their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. It was a battle they not only fought but also won. This victory was a testament not only to their culinary skills but also to their resilience and belief in their vision and, most of all, God. And speaking of that vision, Akissi, as Kissi is also known, believes it came from a divine source. After relocating to the United States from her native home of Africa, she had a prayer point where she asked God to reveal her path. Through two vivid dreams where she found herself wearing a chef’s hat, she received her answer. From that moment on, she knew her calling was to share her love for cooking with the world. The heart and soul of Eden & Kissi’s restaurant is their Afro-Caribbean cuisine. They skillfully combine the flavors of both cultures to craft unique dishes. Whether it’s the succulent Goat, tender Oxtail, or mouthwatering Fish Curry, their food takes one’s taste buds on a journey of discovery. Everything at Eden & Kissi is made from scratch, a testament to their dedication to the art of cooking. The result is a menu that not only satisfies your hunger but also leaves you yearning for more. “I was fortunate to visit Eden and Kissi while traveling through Louisville. Immediately upon entering the restaurant, I was politely greeted by David. He was professional and knowledgeable about everything. I took food with me as I continued my trek to Indiana, but amazingly, the Red Snapper plate I was given didn’t make it very far up the road. It was so delicious, and I can’t wait to return to try more items from their menu. Kissi was equally pleasant. I wish I had more time to listen to her talk and share stories of her home and food,” says Terry Watson, the publisher of Huami Magazine. The food at Eden and Kissi is not just a meal; it’s a unique culinary experience that transports you to distant shores. But the culinary journey doesn’t end there. Next door, they’ve opened “Delicious Foodies,” a delightful shop where they serve French crepes, delectable desserts, and refreshing natural juices. It’s a testament to their creativity and their commitment to providing a diverse range of flavors to their patrons.


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My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.”


Kissi says, “My passion for cooking shines through in every dish served at Eden and Kissi. For me, cooking is not just a job; it’s a source of immense joy. My love for food is palpable, and it’s this genuine passion that infuses every bite with love and flavor.” In the world of food, there are restaurants, and then there are culinary destinations. Eden & Kissi fall into the latter category. It’s a place where food is more than sustenance; it’s a celebration of life, family, and faith. Kissi’s culinary journey is an inspiration to all, a reminder that with determination and passion, even the most challenging circumstances can be turned into victories. If you’re in Louisville, please stop by Eden & Kissi to enjoy some of the delicious food. You will not be disappointed. Also, please visit their website to learn more about them. h

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Tracy Thompson Speaks By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Tracy Thompson When she opens her mouth, It is a great idea to listen. Tracey Thompson of Houston, TX, is a woman of many talents. In addition to being a wife and mother, she is an author and a woman who believes that knowledge is power. Tracy shares, “My family is indescribable; they are unique. They are often associated with various aspects, including love, support, belonging, shared experiences, and mutual responsibilities. Additionally, they are commonly characterized by a deep and unconditional love.” Tracy is also the face of Tracy Thompson Speaks. Her company offers various business solutions, including virtual office space, meeting facilities, print and promotional materials, marketing and branding, public relations, social media management, business coaching, financial literacy, credit repair, and real estate funding. “My products are designed to propel every entrepreneur,” Tracy shares. “The Thompson Enterprise is here to serve the entrepreneur on the rise. We serve dreamers who simply need to understand the step-by-step process for achieving their next goal.” Tracy says she started her entrepreneurial journey in high school. She was doing hair every weekend and changed courses because she wanted to be a mortician. Then, she changed up again and decided to start a few businesses as well. With her degree in hand, she launched her mortgage business. Seventeen years later, Tracy opened a total of five businesses, and with that success, she retired from corporate America.

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Tracy says she loves the opportunity her companies provide her to help and serve others. “Helping people is what we are designed to do. If I can change one person’s life, I pray they will also pay it forward,” she shares. One might ask what pushed Tracy to be the entrepreneurial force she is today. Her response is very clear. “My financial situation impacted my life. It forced me to be persistent and consistent in changing my situation. Our situations are in God’s hands. If you continue to push through the trials, your situation can change. I wanted to see that change, so I knew I had to make an effort. With prayer and me trusting the process, it was changed.” Tracy says her family, including her husband, kids, and other family members, inspire her to be all she can be. “They provide emotional support, care, and affection. I love getting those morning texts; my kids are my true cheerleaders. My husband always inspires me to push harder and to go to the next level, and with him on my side, how can I not go harder,” she says. Additionally, Tracy acknowledges her mom, dad, sister, and nieces as a constant source of love and support. “My family offers a sense of belonging and creates a safe and nurturing environment where individuals can find love, acceptance, and understanding. We are a crazy bunch, but I wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world.” Building her brand has required a lot of resilience and patience from Tracy, yet, she says, she wouldn’t change how things have occurred. “Trials and tribulation are meant to push your journey. If you didn’t have any hiccups, how would you learn? I look back over the years, and the growth I see now is remarkable; I know God is always in control, so I know there is more to come, and I am ready for it,” she says. Tracy’s plans for the future include continuing her quest to be a bridge for those who might be unsure of their next financial step. From blended families to entrepreneurs, she says her team is working to roll out programs that make accessing those solutions easy. She concludes by professing that 2024 is going to be an amazing year. We concur.


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“The Thompson Enterprise is here to serve the entrepreneur on the rise. We serve dreamers who simply need to understand the step-by-step process for achieving their next goal.” Indianapolis - Nov./Dec. 2023


By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Tiffany Gina Akins

Tiffany Gina Akins of Pensacola, FL, is a seasoned professional. She has over 26 years of experience in business, law, and finance. As the CEO and Founder of De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, she has provided countless clients with top-notch services. De’Jure Life Notes, LLC is a consulting service “Our experienced team of legal consultants offers sound legal advice and strategies to help you navigate the complexities of family law. We specialize in handling various family law forms such as divorce decrees, time-sharing, parenting plans, child support, modification, financial affidavits, and many more,” Tiffany says. Tiffany’s impressive background includes a Degree in Computer System Analysis. She is also an Alumni of PHI Beta Lambda and a nomination for Who’s Who Among Junior College Students in America. She has gained expertise in various areas, such as criminal justice, financial advising, and legal consulting. She has also held internships as a paralegal and IRS tax preparer. She has become a Florida Notary, Certified Remote Notary Public, and Certified Loan Signing Agent under the National Notary Association. Additionally, she is a Certified Mortgage Field Service Inspector, IT Network Expert, and Certified Graphic Designer.


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“I bring an entrepreneurial mindset to every project. With my passion for fashion, and as the owner of a record label, Graphic Design & Branding Studio, I have a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in a variety of industries,” she shares. Tiffany says running a business is hard enough for her business clients without worrying about legal issues. That’s where she comes in. “Our legal consultation firm specializes in a full range of business law forms, including bank forms, business licenses, titles/bill of sale, building permits, real estate closing, travel documents, and more. We also pride ourselves on providing top-notch financial services, including financial affidavits, IRS taxes, financial counseling, and tax preparation.” With her Notary Team, all aspects of notary services are covered.

Moving ahead, Tiffany says her ultimate goal is to help individuals and businesses of all sizes achieve a brighter future. To accomplish this, she offers a variety of resources such as community training workshops, seminars, monthly televised segments, and a new podcast show that focuses on keeping individuals and businesses updated on the legal issues that matter the most to them. Her services are available in West Florida and surrounding states. To learn more about Tiffany and De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, please visit their website. h

In 2022, Tiffany founded De’Jure Life Notes, LLC, to provide practical solutions for individuals and families facing legal and financial challenges. She shares, “My own struggles with these issues, as well as those experienced by my loved ones, motivated me to create an agency that prioritizes education, compassion, and personalized guidance. I understand the difficulties and challenges of going through legal battles, especially when dealing with sensitive issues like abusive relationships and divorce where children are involved. Waiting for years for your case to be heard or starting the process all over again due to lack of finances can be demotivating. Our team strives to rectify problems caused by incorrect, incomplete, or missing information on legal and finance forms. As a dedicated Legal Consultant, I am committed to helping my clients create a better future for themselves and their loved ones.” Overcoming the challenge of obtaining a consistent clientele can be difficult for any legal professional, but De’Jure Life Notes, LLC. has implemented various marketing methods to reach its target audience. Their efforts have resulted in significant growth and a more defined client base. For other aspiring business owners, Tiffany’s advice to you is to remember that every experience is an opportunity to learn and grow. She also says, “Be kind to yourself and take care of your well-being, both physically and mentally. Invest in relationships that inspire and encourage you and pursue your passions with confidence. Keep learning and expanding your horizons, and never stop striving for success. Most importantly, believe in yourself and your abilities, and when the going gets tough, keep pushing forward, because success is just around the corner,” she says.


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StyleStudio Branding By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Style Studio Branding Kristopher D. Williams. of Lavonia, Georgia is a graduate of Franklin Co. High School. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Computer Graphics and Web Development from Westwood College. Initially, he ventured into animation, but it became clear that God had another path in mind for Kris. He is the second youngest among my seven siblings, and he shares his family bonds are incredibly tight-knit. “Our parents always ensured that we never lacked for anything, working tirelessly to provide for us, even when the path seemed uncertain,” he says. Kris says his love for church runs deep, and within his family, a treasure trove of musical talents abounds. However, Kris’s talents extend beyond music, as he has found his footing with an ability to create art. “While I can carry a tune, I’m also known for my comedic antics,” he says. In Kris’s earlier years, he was a reserved artist, gradually finding his voice and honing his verbal communication skills. Kris is also a proud father to a 19-year-old son named Kristian, who recently graduated with top-notch grades. Kris’s journey with his wife, Miriam has a touch of serendipity. He shares, “We were high school sweethearts, but life led us on separate paths for a while. When I first met her, a friend introduced me to her while she was working at Kentucky Fried Chicken in Toccoa. I asked her to be my Valentine. I remember it like it was yesterday. My family and I just got out of bible study. We dated for a while, and sadly, we broke up. Years later, I happened to find her on Facebook, and now, twelve years down the road, we are still going strong, being happily married and living a purposeful life!” Today, Kris enjoys a career as a creative professional and photographer. The name of his company is StyleStudio Branding, and it offers a variety of products and services. In the realm of photography, he provides headshot photography, catering to individuals seeking to enhance their personal brand. He also offers product photography for business owners looking to promote tangible products. His services also include event photography for parties, weddings, or graduations. On the graphic design front, his services include print and digital design services. These services span the spectrum of business branding, event promotion, and sales advertising. Additionally, he specializes in creating eye-catching materials for trade shows and conferences to help his clients’ businesses make lasting impressions. Kris shares that he always had a creative spark within, even though he didn’t fully grasp its extent until later in life. “During my school days, I was renowned for my talent in sketching cartoons and designing names with vibrant, eyecatching letters and colors. As I ventured into college, my peers introduced me to the concept of freelancing. At that point, I was clueless about what freelancers did or how to become one, so I delved into research to gain insight. Little did I know that freelancing often involves working without immediate pay to build up one’s skills and experience. Next, I embarked on unpaid work to refine my abilities and gain a genuine understanding of what it takes to complete projects successfully. That experience marked a significant departure from my previous career in manufacturing, which had spanned nearly 13 years. I was determined to escape the monotonous grind and strive for the lifestyle I envisioned. If I ever wanted to support a family someday, I knew I couldn’t continue just scraping by,” he says.

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Kris says the birth of his son from a previous relationship brought life into sharper focus as I suddenly had the responsibility of providing for him. Fatherhood was uncharted territory, but Kris saw it as a divine push in the right direction. To cope with the emotional strain of adapting to his responsibilities, Kris turned to my artistic talents, sketching whenever I had a moment to spare. Life experiences would take Kris on a journey from different places of employment and even back to living at his parent’s home. While difficult at times, Kris didn’t lose hope and shared he kept praying for a better path. He started surrounding himself with people making strides in their lives, holding degrees, and pursuing the kind of opportunities he had only seen on television. Kris was eventually presented with an opportunity that would change the trajectory of his life. He knew he had to discuss it with his wife, and it also meant sacrificing many material possessions. “Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.” Now, as I embark on my 13th year as a creative, the choice I made has been more than worth it. I have worked with clients big and small, building my career path to what it is today,” Kris says. Kris says his wife and son inspire him. Most importantly, he shares that his mom has played a huge role in his life, as he says he had the gift of art and passed it on to him. When asked if there is anything he would change about his journey in business, he wishes he would have believed in himself sooner and learned how to structure a business in his teen years. As he looks forward, Kris says his plans are to take real chances on opportunities to live even more outside of my comfort zone. “My plans are to go after the desired opportunities that I know are out there. This also includes building lasting partnerships and business relationships.” To learn more about Kris and his brand, please visit his website. h


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“Despite those losses, I held firm in my faith that God would honor His promise to me: “Trust me.”

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Splat Studio By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Monet Dyson Monèt Dyson of Sacramento, CA, is a young and vibrant entrepreneur. At just 25, she has formed a business that is making waves and splashes in the heart of Old Sacramento’s business sector. It is called Dipped N Color Splat Studio. A mother of a five-year-old and an employee of the State of California, Monèt shares the vision for the company was revealed to her after a lifechanging experience of being struck by a drunk driver in 2019. “I was reminded of the fragility of life and the importance of cherishing every moment. This awakening prompted me to set aside my career and embrace the role of a stay-at-home mom, caring for my then 10-month-old child.” While the prospect of being home with her child, she says, was beautiful, it also brought to the forefront the challenges of her personal healing journey. Monèt grappled with anxiety, trying to connect with her child while simultaneously dealing with the physical, mental, and emotional toll of her recovery. Upon returning to work, she found herself caught in a balancing act, juggling motherhood, a full-time job, and the dream of building a business. The demanding schedule left little time for self-care, and the guilt of spending precious moments away from her son weighed heavily on Monèt. “In an effort to spend more quality time with my child, we began painting together. These creative experiences not only provided an outlet for reducing my stress and anxiety but also forged a profound connection with him,” Monèt says.

“Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens.”

Monèt really enjoys the privilege of being a mother to her son. She says, “Without him, I would not have embarked on this journey. Becoming a mom allowed me to return to my inner child and see life through his lens. How he has so much wonder about the small things around him and how excited he gets. As I grew older, I forgot how much the small things around us matter, and I want other families to experience the joy and excitement together through art.”

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It was during one of these painting sessions that inspiration struck. Monèt envisioned creating pop-up paint events for other families to share the joy of art together. The success of her first painting event, which sold out, validated Monèt’s belief that she was on the right path. After organizing several successful pop-up family paint events and emerging victorious in the 2023 ‘Calling All Dreamers’ competition, Monèt seized the chance to establish a unique storefront. Rather than opting for a conventional art studio, Monèt created Dipped N Color Splat Studio, which welcomes individuals of all ages and skill levels. Dipped N Color Splat Studio is a place where messy or experimental art, such as splatter painting or unconventional techniques, is practiced. “Our mission is to inspire every parent and child to connect deeply and create freely. Their vision is to empower parents and children to embrace their individuality and celebrate diversity, allowing them to be their most creative and authentic selves. We focus on bringing people together while fostering a sense of community. We also provide a safe space for individuals to explore and express their artistic talents, which can be therapeutic and stress-relieving, something that is especially important in today’s fast-paced world,” Monèt said. What started as a simple idea born from a traumatic accident has now blossomed into a forward-thinking, creative brand and business.” Monèt says some of the challenges she has faced in business is managing it and wearing multiple hats, from operating the business, taking phone calls, emails, and responding to inquiries. “Those tasks are absolutely amazing but can become overwhelming at times. I’ve managed them by outsourcing, asking for help, and having boundaries.”

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What Monèt loves most about what she does is the smiles on families’ faces when they learn about Splat Studio. “When they come and actually experience it, how much laughter I hear, playing, singing, and families bonding through art, really makes me happy,” she says. In addition to being inspired by her son, Monèt says she enjoys seeing families laugh together and get silly together at Dipped N Color Splat Studio. “We often forget to laugh, due to the daily hustle and bustle of life. Our space was created to provide a space to laugh and connect.” While there have been some tough moments along her way, Monèt says she wouldn’t change anything. “All the ups and downs and mistakes have brought me to where I am today,” she shares. Her advice to others who may follow in her footsteps is to just get started. “Stop second-guessing yourself and worrying about what others will say about you. At the end of the day, it is your life.” Moving forward, she plans to continue to grow her business, spreading joy, laughter, and creativity. If you are in the Sacramento, CA, area and looking for a new and exciting way to engage and have fun with your family and friends, please stop by Dipped N Color Splat Studio. You may learn more about them by visiting their website. h


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Cameron Woodard L ittrell Cammo Cleaning LLC By Terry L. Watson Photos Provided by Cammo Cleaning LLC Cameron Woodard-Littrell was born in Detroit, MI, but was raised in Atlanta, GA. Today, he resides in Little Rock, AR, along with his wife and daughter, and manages Cammo Cleaning LLC. He graduated from Little Rock Central High School and later attended and graduated from Henderson State University. Cameron founded Cammo Cleaning LLC on the fourth day of January 2021 in an unrehearsed or nontraditional manner. He says, “I did not research about starting a business, specifically a cleaning business. I obtained my business license from the Secretary of State, obtained my EIN, and began inquiring about a business logo. My next move was to set up a website, email address, and social media pages for my new business. Once I obtained the company logo, I started to advertise, and with the film content obtained from the jobs we booked, we produced a professional commercial, and the rest of the story is history,” he says. Cammo Cleaning has been recognized as a Best of Northwest Arkansas award-winning Black-Owned cleaning business. Excellence and exceeding every expectation in business are rooted in Cameron’s DNA. He says, “I come from a family of Black entrepreneurs, and I am here to continue the legacy. My mother was the first entrepreneur that I knew. She owned a daycare in Atlanta, Ga, and I saw the drive and passion from her daily. She bet on herself and it paid off,” he said. While Cameron may have launched his company without any script at his disposal, his intentions have always been clear. “I created this business to provide high-quality residential and commercial cleaning services to Northwest Arkansas. One of my main focuses is to bring clean and positive energy to people’s homes and businesses. I call it “Clean Therapy”. Another focus is to show minorities and children in our community that you can create, own, and accomplish anything you put your mind to.” Furthermore, Cameron’s drive is connected to wanting to provide his daughter and other minority youth with the entrepreneurial mindset that was shown to him.

“My mother was the first entrepreneur that I knew. She owned a daycare in Atlanta, Ga, and I saw the drive and passion from her daily. She bet on herself and it paid off.”

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I can grow this business and take the business as far as I want. There is no limit to our success, and I am always willing to provide opportunities for others and show them anything is possible.”

Pictured with Cameron are his daughter, Amy, and wife, Donna Giving back and networking with the Northwest Arkansas community is very important to Cameron and Cammo Cleaning LLC. He has partnered with Walmart and Sam’s Club to advertise their business and expose HBCU students to entrepreneurial passion and mindset. They are a part of the Black-Owned Northwest Arkansas group that displays Black-Owned Businesses locally and via social media. Additionally, they’ve donated cleaning services to help local elementary schools build new playgrounds. Cameron has also mentored other Black-Owned and minority business owners. What he loves most about being a business owner, Cameron shares, is being in control of his destiny. “I can grow this business and take the business as far as I want. There is no limit to our success, and I am always willing to provide opportunities for others and show them anything is possible.” There is always a challenge when a person starts a business, especially a first-time business owner., and that also applies to Cammo Cleaning LLC. Cameron shares, “I’ve had to continuously learn the ins and outs of how to run a business, including hiring people that will treat business the way I expect them to. Along with managing the company’s finances and advertising, it’s been a hard but enjoyable process. The more you learn, the more you grow, and the more opportunities are presented to you and your company.” Cameron says there’s absolutely nothing he would change about being a business owner. The process and growth have been a blessing, and I have learned there are no shortcuts to success. “I appreciate all the ups and downs. Those things make you and your business stronger,” he says.


Cameron shares that in the future, his company is working towards becoming the #1 residential and commercial cleaning company in Northwest Arkansas. They’ve also started a podcast called “Clean Therapy, A Podcast By Cammo” where he provides information about the daily operations of a business and business owner. He also interviews other entrepreneurs and provides business coaching on the podcast. He is also working on starting an all-purpose cleaning product line, with an expected launch date in 2024. In closing, Cameron shares a message that he hopes will resonate with other entrepreneurs, specifically Black business owners. “The world is fueled by people making a positive impact. Black people have positively impacted the world from the beginning of time and will continue to make a positive impact. Black inventors and entrepreneurs have laid the foundation for today’s world. I want to continue to be a part of that legacy and motivate the next generation.”

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Tenacious Moments

Wellness Coaching

By Terry L. Watson - Photos Provided by Takiyah Henderson Takiyah “Coach Kia” Henderson, also known as “Thee Tenacious One!” is the face and founder of Tenacious Moments Wellness Coaching. Her company’s services and programs give busy moms and working women the tools to achieve mind, body, soul, and spiritual wellness and live purposefully to prevent such terminal illnesses. Her experiences in life have inspired her to be where she is now. Takiyah says life got real for her when she became a mother at 15 years old. “It was the scariest time of my life. I was ashamed and embarrassed, but I accepted my responsibility. The hardest part was dealing with people talking stuff behind my back, the baby daddy acting up, tears and loneliness at night when I was alone, and smiling like everything was okay during the daytime. Looking back, I know God had His hand on me. The Tenacious One that I know today was born right along with my beautiful baby boy in August of 1997. At 15 years old and a junior in high school, I had to become “Superwoman.” I juggled a baby, sleepless nights, school work, a job, relationship issues, socializing, and the mental and emotional stress of my new normal. It was exhausting and I was all over the place but I did it. I stayed on the Honor Roll, was inducted into the National Honor Society, and graduated as one of the top 10 students in my class and on time. I accomplished those things by the grace of God, and I promised myself I would not allow my status to define me.” “As a Holistic Wellness Coach, I help busy moms and working women suffering from “superwoman syndrome.” You know, the women who neglect themselves to the point of stress and burnout while trying to be everything to everybody. I empower and support their journey to prioritizing their well-being and creating a happy, healthy, and purposeful lifestyle,” Takiyah says. “Stress is detrimental to our health, and so many women, and men too, are suffering in silence trying to hold it all together. It is a silent killer and affects every area of our lives. It causes anxiety, depression, panic attacks, emotional breakdowns, and other stress-related illnesses like high blood pressure, kidney failure, strokes, and heart attacks. That is why it is so important for busy moms and working women to recognize when they’re shutting down mentally, physically, and emotionally. My focus is to help these women achieve and maintain a well-balanced lifestyle without feeling guilty about prioritizing their self-care.”

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Tenacious Moments Wellness Coaching started as a business without a name. Takiyah says it has been a part of her lifelong journey. “When I was a young girl, as far back as I can remember, people of all ages would tell me their stories. I mean detailed information that a little girl probably should not have known. But I would sit and listen intently to what they were talking about with no judgment and a smile. I had no life experience or advice to help them at the time. All I could offer was a listening ear and a calming spirit,” she says. “Listening to stories has become my norm over the years. If I’m sitting somewhere long enough, a stranger will find me and tell me about their life’s events without hesitation. And guess what? I absolutely love hearing them! Not because I’m nosey or a gossip; I actually have decades of stories and secrets locked in my “secret vault.” The truth is that I am intrigued by people for who they are, what they do, and how they became.”

“I believe in the power of transformation and purposeful living. I’m a ball of intuition. I see, hear, feel, and sense what’s unclear and unsaid when I’m completely grounded and standing in my power.”

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Takiyah is the wife of Ryan, the mother of Isaiah, Andre, Jael, and Xavier; the mother-in-love of Malazea; and grandmother of Zaylin, Zyheir, Zacari, and Zyan. Her parents Gina and Steve, surrounded Takiyah with her siblings David, Braheem, Brandon, Kendrick, Bernard, Terri, and Sophia. She has a Bachelor’s degree in African Studies that she received from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master’s degree in Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching & Community Care acquired from Liberty University. Takiyah is also the 2001 National Winner of the Health Occupations Students of America “Medical Spelling” competition. Takiyah shares that she has been called a healer. “I believe in the power of transformation and purposeful living. I’m a ball of intuition. I see, hear, feel, and sense what’s unclear and unsaid when I’m completely grounded and standing in my power. I believe that endings are opportunities for mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual rebirth and alignment,” she said. This experience cemented Takiyah’s purpose to help others. She says a few years ago, she listened to someone’s story, and it baffled her. “I couldn’t understand it. I didn’t know how to come to terms with it, and as much as I wanted to help, I didn’t know how. I wanted to understand because I truly valued this person, but I reached my plateau of knowledge for these types of situations. So, I did what I do best. Allowing my curiosity to guide me on my next journey, I went back to school to learn. I enrolled in the Human Services Counseling, Life Coaching & Community Care master’s degree program at Liberty University. I learned the information that I needed to listen to those stories, dissect, and reframe them based on the many different factors of a person’s life experiences.” Takiyah says she loves helping women enhance their lives while simultaneously owning the power to show up in integrity and as her authentic self. “I facilitate healing for my tenacious ladies using my natural, God-given gifts and skills to support them in creating awareness around who they are, their purpose, and how to use those things to achieve the life they desire. I also appreciate the opportunity to listen and remain curious about their stories,” she shares. Looking ahead, Takiyah plans to continue to enhance her brand and assist as many people who seek her services. “I am in awe of the power of transformation. I want to continue encouraging my Tenacious Ones to live happy, healthy lifestyles and get in alignment with their purpose. In February 2024, I am launching my Design Your Life for Wellness Challenge. This will be a live group coaching program designed to support my clients in prioritizing their health and happiness and creating the lifestyle they truly desire. Also, I’ll be writing more personal development and purpose-driven articles and blogging about holistic wellness,” she says. Overall, I want to stay open, in love, and in alignment with what God has for me.”

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