Hello LIPTalk Nation!! This week I had the awesome privilege of interviewing: Entrepreneur, Chef and Motivational Speaker, Kania Burnette. YOU really need to know who she is and her story. I get goose bumps every time I listen to her episode. Did you know she helped VITAMIN WATER LAUNCH??? Well, Kania has done a lot more since then.
I met Kania a couple months ago at a business seminar and there was an instant connection between us. In fact, I really thought I had met her before. Which led me to want to get to know her and her story. So, I am excited to share my takeaways from her episode and believe they will inspire you to BUILD A LEGACY.
IF YOU WANT IT, TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR IT
Kania’s story, begins in the third grade. She was influenced by a music teacher, that had visited her class showing them many instruments, and that began her love to play the saxophone. After she begged and pleaded with her parents, who didn’t have much money to spare, they finally bought her a saxophone. Her excitement quickly came to an end when her saxophone got stolen. Her father couldn’t handle the disappointment on her face, so he surprised her with a brand new saxophone but with the following wise words: “If you want it, you have to take responsibility for it”. This included not ever letting it out of her site. Even long walks to school, taking several stops along the way, Kania carried her saxophone. There were people that offered her help to carry it, but she knew that she couldn’t let anyone take responsibility for it. It was almost as if she and the saxophone became one.
LIPTalk Nation, when you take responsibility for something that you love, including material things, it will also teach you how to have discipline, determination and give you experience. The value of this lesson at such a young age has carried Kania through some pretty tough tragedies.
Seriously, if you have’t listened to Kania’s episode yet, stop reading and LISTEN NOW.
GOD WILL MAKE A WAY
Now this is the part of her story that will touch your soul. Kania quickly became a success even before reaching 20 years old. Learning to take responsibility for the things she loved really was the back bone of her success. From playing the saxophone in countless concerts, learning how to market herself, to helping launch Vitamin Water, Kania was really living life: Happy and Successful.
At this point in Kania’s life, she thought there was something wrong with her.
Her life changed in one moment; she was in a car accident that caused her partial paralysis. Which then caused her to not be able to work…. for a year!!! Things seemed to get brighter for her when she met a guy, fell in love and started planning their wedding. Kania became even more excited when she found out she was expecting their first child. Just a couple weeks before the wedding, Kania’s second tragedy happened. She had a miscarriage. Even after hearing her baby’s heart beat. You really need to listen to her episode to understand, that in a few short years, Kania had faced: partial paralysis, lost her job, had two miscarriages, suffered clinical depression and divorce. At this point in Kania’s life, she thought there was something wrong with her. “Thank God for my mom,” she stated. Her mom let her come back home broken and to rest and reminded her of 1 Corinthians 10:13. God doesn’t give you more than your ability; God Will Make A Way. This is where Kania started telling herself positive affirmations such as “God knows that I’m strong and God WILL make a way.”
MAKE TIME FOR “ME TIME”
Kania knew if she wanted things to change for herself, she had to change herself. In the back of her car she found an old pair of tennis shoes and a jump rope. When she started jumping, her mental state began to change. SHE lost 62 pounds without dieting or a personal trainer. Because Kania started making time for herself her passions were renewed and life began again for her. It was while living with her mom, she was reminded of her first love when she looked at the stove and memories came flooding in of what she really wanted to do and she remembered the words of her grandmother, “You can’t deprive people of food.” Kania started cooking healthy meals which resulted in starting her own company called “The fast food Company” www.thefastfoodco.com. She also works along side Buddy Lee (The King of Jump Roping). You see, if you start making time for “ME TIME” you never know what opportunities will come.
Because Kania started making time for herself her passions were renewed and life began again for her.
Kania’s final words of wisdom for us, “Remember, you have the power; success hides behind fear.” Okay, LIPTalk Nation, It’s time to “Build a Legacy”.
Thank you for reading this blog on Life In Purple. Where the broken can heal and the successful can conquer. If you’re thinking that this blog was just for you, or you have a story to share that connects with other blogs or episodes, I would LOVE to hear from you. Send me a quick email to Laura@lauraspragg.com or check out our website at www.liptalknation.com. Let’s all rise together and create a community that stops the negative talk. We ARE wonderfully made. What you say is what you become.