Believe for More: Kaneshia Clifford

FullSizeRender.jpgWhat comes to mind for you in your own life regarding EveWithin? In other words, what would you like to share about the progress you’ve made as a woman of God over the past few years? 

Within the last 6 months, I have started 2 businesses.  This is no easy feat.  Up until recently, I had several passions that had yet to be actualized and I decided to step out in faith and create the life I want.  The moment that I realized my own creative power, I was able to muster up enough faith to take the first step and God provided the people and resources that I needed.  In addition, I have spent the last 6 months focusing on my own personal growth and development.  As a wife and working mom, I had to find a way to center myself and make time to do things that are fulfilling to me. Growth is an ongoing process, but I am excited about the season I am in.

How important to you are your dreams? How do you tie your pursuit of dreams into your daily life?

My dreams are extremely important to me.  I can honestly say that in many ways I am living my dream life with the knowledge that there is more for me to do, see, and accomplish. Every day, I do one thing that propels me forward.  I always try to incorporate something into my daily life that is personally fulfilling and professionally rewarding.  My ultimate goal is to strive for balance.  I make time for my family while also making sure I am accomplishing my professional goals.

Can you share one revelation you’ve learned as it relates to not losing your passion? (Perhaps, particularly in the face of disappointment.)

I am not sure if it is truly possible to “lose your passion”.  To me, passion is a burning desire. We can suppress it but I am not sure if I truly believe we can lose it.  Many of the reasons I started my own businesses is because the passion has always been there and I got tired of not living my truth.  I have never felt more fulfilled. Disappointments will come but I think they serve as an opportunity to reflect on what is working and what is not working.  The goal is to replicate what is working and chose to shift away from what isn’t working.

What’s a little bit of your background? How’d you get to be here doing what you’re now doing in 2017?

I have been a New York City educator for 10 years. My educational background is in Sociology (B.A), Teaching (Master’s), and Divinity (Master’s). I have found ways to incorporate each of my degrees into my professional life.  My passion has always been social justice, education, and my faith in God.  I like to believe that my faith is the guiding factor for my desire to seek justice.  Additionally, I love being an educator because education is a social justice concern particularly when it comes closing the achievement gap for black and brown kids across America. I love working in the inner city and have never felt called to any other place.

Recently, I incorporated my lifestyle consulting business, Redefining Life LLC.  The purpose of this business is to empower women to tap into their God-given potential and become intentional about living a balanced life. I engage in public speaking and personal consulting.  In addition, I host special events centered around empowerment, spirituality, and entrepreneurship.

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What is a common fear you believe women have? How can they overcome this?

Many women struggle with social comparison.  I think this comparison leads many to believe that they are not good enough, not pretty enough, not smart enough, etc.  As a woman, I want to be wanted and needed so I may venture to say that many women fear being alone (single).  I think women can overcome this fear by focusing on seeking their passion and learning more about who they are.  When we get to the core of what drives us and get connected to God as creator, it frees us up to attract things that are in alignment with our core values.

Please share a scripture that has motivated you. What did God reveal to you about himself? What did He reveal to you about yourself?

“We know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love him and are called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 This reveals to me that God has my back no matter what. I can trust that all things will turn out for my good and God’s glory.

“Let your light shine before others in such a way, that they may see your good works and glorify God.” -Matthew 5:16 My prayer is that my life would reflect the glory of God and that when people see me they see him.

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