Monday Motivation - Kerisha Went
Who is Kerisha? When anyone asks this question, I find it difficult to answer. I don’t know why but I do. I am shy at times but once you get to know me, you see the bubbly and goofy side of me (I can be a full clown when I am ready). There is also that side where I am serious when it comes to business and life choices. I am a person who loves to see other people win so I am always shooting business ideas at my friends or strangers who sit in my chair. I am always advising others and helping those in need. Not many persons know that I know sign language and that I can sing. I love God, sunsets, reading, watching documentaries, going on road trips, traveling hiking and anything adventurous, spending quality time with my friends and my greatest supporter, my mum (I am her only daughter so the bond between us is great).
I am a certified cosmetologist and I also run two other businesses – Kissable Lips (Cosmetic line), and A Child's Closet. Growing up I wanted to become a Social Worker or a Child Psychologist but my passion for doing hair and making women and girls feel/ look extra beautiful took over my career choice. I am still a work in progress and I am proud of where I came from and where I am heading.
What does your day to day entail?
My mornings begin with devotion and prayer. I do a 15-minute workout three days a week and make breakfast while I prepare for my hair appointments. After my last client, I manage my businesses' social media accounts which entails posting new stock and or responding to queries. Some days may go longer if I have to prepare stock for kissable lips (making lip scrubs and lip gloss).
If I am not too tired after all my work is done, I head to the beach and watch the sunset while journaling, or I would hang out with a friend(s).
Tell us your most memorable achievement to date.
I am still in awe that I’ve finally followed through with becoming a published author. My most memorable achievement is completing and publishing my book "Breakthrough: Defying all odds". I was inspired to write this book due to the rise in domestic cases and sexual abuse amongst women and children during the COVID-19 lockdown. I am elated about this book as I know it will be of inspiration to many women who are survivors of abuse or give hope to those still battling. It is also a source of education for those who may not be knowledgeable of the challenges individuals experience in Barbados and worldwide. I have been writing since secondary school and my next task is to have the other stories I wrote edited and published. Any advice for aspiring entrepreneurs?
Stay focused and do not give up is the advice I would give to other entrepreneurs or persons thinking about becoming an entrepreneur. I remembered when I first thought about starting Kissable Lips, lip scrubs. None of my friends thought about exfoliating their lips so I did my research to make sure no one in Barbados was making any and to my surprise, I didn’t come across anyone who was making lip scrubs.
Is there anything else you'd like to share with us?
I became pessimistic before I started and after I started but since then, I’ve been receiving good feedback from persons who purchased my lip scrubs. They even went as far as eating the lip scrubs (All natural ingredients so they are safe). At times you may feel as though the business wouldn’t progress or the need to give up but I urge you not to. The Great Wall of China was not built in a day and not everyone will support your business. As my good friend Annalicia always says "progression not perfection" - so keep going. Do not look at what others are doing and compare your journey with their journey. Focus on your goals and everything will fall into place as long as you put in the work and be consistent. How can our readers connect with you? Readers can connect with me through my Instagram pages. @turning.heads.salon (hair page) @a_c_closet (Children’s clothing) @kissablelipss__ (Cosmetic line) @kerishawrites (my book)