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Three Years of Christina Kanu Consulting LLC

Written By Christina Kanu @MissKanu

2/28/2019

Here is to Year 3.

In 2016 I didn’t know everything. Nonetheless, I decided to start my consulting journey. The last three years have been nothing short of exciting.

There are many highs that come with business. New clients, new experiences, paid invoices, and people from all over the country contacting you for your services.

There are also a lot of lows that come with business. People skipping consultations, not getting paid, a drought in your clientele, and feeling that your business really doesn’t matter.

In spite of the lows and highs one thing has remained consistent since 2016. I fall more and more in love with consulting every day.

I love being able to jump on the phone with a client or sit in a meeting provide strategies that will change their lives. I love being that catalyst that gets a project going. I love when a client shares their business dreams with me and I see the sparkle in their eyes.

All of these reasons are why I started Christina Kanu Consulting LLC. I wanted to show people that you don’t have to wait for anyone to tell you “It is Your Time”. No your time is whenever you deem it your time. Every year my business has grown. From clientele to revenue it is growing. I have stopped accepting everything as a project because I value my time and efforts as a business owner. I don’t work any hour of the day and I respect my weekends. Daily I am mastering mom life and ceo life.

I am a better woman because of Christina Kanu Consulting. I am a better woman because of my clients. I am better because each day I am influencing the next generation of Girl Bosses and for that I am proud.

Thank you to everyone who has rocked with me since 2016 when I took the leap of faith. Thank you to everyone who has spoken life into my business. Thank you to everyone has referred a client, booked a consultation, had me a part of their team, or reposted anything from tweets to advertisements.

Cheers to Three Years and much more to come.

 

 

With Love,

Christina Kanu
Chief Executive Officer
Christina Kanu Consulting LLC
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“What happens next?” A Plea for those who REFUSE to Rest

4/28/18

Written By @MissKanu

We are always concerned about what happens next. Before we can even accomplish a goal we are thinking about the next one. I am not arguing that one shouldn’t have a plan in life. I am arguing that we need to enjoy the process a little more.

I will be graduating with my Master’s in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta University on Monday May 21st 2018 at 8:00 AM. I am sure you could sense the excitement from my previous sentence. I have been on this journey since August 2014. I never thought that graduation would come. And now it is a few weeks away. I don’t even know what to do with myself. It hardly feels real. Graduation hasn’t happened yet and people are asking what are my next steps. What is the plan Christina ? What are you going to do next. My answer is simple. I am going to breathe. Breathing is also a part of the process. And we like to skip that step. I didn’t get a MA degree to be able to breathe. I also didn’t get a MA degree to have an expensive piece of paper. I worked arduously  for this degree to be able to improve the lives of Black people daily. That is the simple and short answer. I do have plans that I want to execute. I have projects I want to work on. I have another degree that one day I will start on. But for right now I want to breathe.

As we are working towards our dreams we have to respect the periods of rest. Every year cannot be about the grind. Some seasons in your life require you to rest. You have to catch your breath in order to continue your marathon. It is essential. Without these days, weeks, months, or sometimes years we eventually burn out. It is inevitable. Along the course of your journey make sure you rest. And when you finish a goal be sure to rest. Don’t allow people to force you into skipping your resting period. The notion “You can sleep when you are dead” is BS. If you forego rest then you most certainly will be sleeping permanently very soon.

Work and rest go hand in hand. Never forget it.

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My Six Month Motherhood Reflection

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

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When Jayce was first born I had a list of things I wanted to do to capture my journey as a mother. I wanted to write a blog post every month. I was very ambitious. That is why it has taken me months to write this. I have been capturing my journey via photos, diary entries, and random notes ion my phone. However, I wanted to be able to share publicly. I decided this week that come what May I would write on the day Jayce turned six months. So here I am baby on the boob and laptop in my lap. I am just going to let the words flow so this will truly be a stream of consciousness post.

When I found out I was pregnant in October 2016 I was scared. I didn’t know how all of this would work out. I knew my life would be different. No longer would it be about me. There are so many things women take for granted before becoming a mom. I used to come home and take naps until I felt like waking up. I am not sure what a nap is anymore. Or the ease of deciding to go out for a night with the girls. Also, my 5 AM gym sessions had to cease. The list goes on and on.

But the beautiful thing about pregnancy is that it is long (40 weeks and 1 day for me). I had time to reflect and prepare for the changes. I did lots of reading, had plenty of conversations, and most importantly I prayed. I don’t think I have ever prayed the way I did when I was pregnant. I was nervous about birth. The concept of contractions scared me. Everything was overwhelming. I remember the last week of my pregnancy I was in a MOOD. I was fat, tired, in pain, and over it. I asked Jayce every second of every day to just come on out. I was sick of everyone telling me “In God’s time” or “At the right moment he will come”. At one point I locked myself in my room, put on my headphones, and just read. I didn’t want to be bothered or disturbed. My actual due date was June 8th. I should have known that Jayce would be stubborn like his parents. On June 8th my labor started but it was on June 9th at 5:13 PM at Emory University Hospital that we met our beautiful baby boy Jayce Carter Kofi Wells.

The moment I saw Jayce I cried. Actually, the moment Jason told me that Jayce had so much hair I cried. My birthing process was everything I wanted it to be. I had an epidural, I had music playing, and I didn’t throw up during labor. I am terrified of vomit. When I heard Jayce cry and I saw his face, I immediately knew what love actually is. He was perfect. Every mother says that about their kids. And as a mother I completely get it. I was exhausted from the birthing process. I told Jason before I had Jayce that after he was born I wanted a ginger ale. I didn’t care where he got it from or how far he had to go. I knew I wanted a ginger ale. Very random request but I knew I needed it. The first night at the hospital I couldn’t stop staring at Jayce. I barely slept. Little did I know that the next few weeks would be the initiation that babies put their parents through.

People would ask me how I was and the answer was “tired”. The level of exhaustion I felt was real. I hate the saying of “sleep when the baby sleeps”. That doesn’t work all of the time. Moms have to eat, cook, clean, do laundry, pay bills, breathe, etc. I was eating breakfast at lunch time and lunch at dinner time. My concept of time was completely off. I was always busy with Mom Life. But I loved every single minute of it. I wanted my time with Jayce to be special. Was I stressed? Yes. Was I exhausted? Yes. Did I miss going out with my friends? Of course. But I knew that to be a mother is a gift. This is something that not everyone gets to do. So I didn’t complain about the dirty diapers. I didn’t complain about the spit up. I didn’t complain about missing out on events and activities. I just lived in the moment with my baby.

My goal as a mother was never to be perfect. I didn’t want to be the perfect mother. I just wanted to be perfect for Jayce. I wanted to be able to expose him to so many things as a baby. I knew he wouldn’t remember everything but we would have pictures and stories. Once I was able to really move around we went everywhere. I took Jayce on my client visits, to the store, to the pool, on the plane, to the library, to church, and everywhere else. We would sing, dance, play, laugh, read, and snuggle. I wanted every day to be an adventure for him. I learned how to truly mind my business the moment I became a mother. I didn’t want to get caught up in what other people were doing or how they were raising their kids. My mother told me something profound “All the love you have in your heart give it to Jayce. He deserves it”. So that is what I decided to do. Love Jayce with my ENTIRE heart. It is easy as a mother to become consumed with so many other things as opposed to focusing on your child. Whether it is love, social media, work, business, school, friendships, etc. I am not saying I don’t want to focus on other things because of course, I do. But I also never want anything to come between raising Jayce. He is just that important to me.

I was nervous about my postpartum body. I didn’t know if I would lose weight or if it would stay on. My boobs got bigger because I was nursing. My stomach slowly started to go down. And I remained thick as I was before I became a mother. People talked about my “snap back”. And I would be a liar if I didn’t say that I wasn’t happy to have snapped back as quickly as I did. But I still have some work to do. There are some things I put on and I am not happy with the way I look. I have had to change my outfit a million times because things don’t fit how I would like them to. Something that also happened was the thinning of my hair. In the front of my hair I realized my hair was thinning. I was freaking out and had to work hard to get my hair to grow back. Every day when I have my insecure moments I remind myself “YOU JUST HAD A BABY CALM DOWN”. We have to put things into perspective.

Transitioning back to work was exciting. I cried the first day I took him to the sitter but I was fine the next day. It is even more tiring working a long day and having mother duties to tend to. We have found a system that works for us and that has made all of the difference. I am usually ready to pass out at 9 PM.  I am up around 5:30 AM-6:00 AM during the week. I try to use that early morning time for prayer, thinking, and listening to music.

My parenting relationship with Jason has truly been a journey. I am happy that we are great friends and no matter what put Jayce first. Something I have learned and observed is the importance of keeping a majority of things that pertain to your child between parents and that is it. Not all information is for the masses. It is incredibly important to preserve a healthy relationship between parents and be mindful of not letting anything or anyone destroy that relationship. It is so important to both of us that Jayce knows that he is loved and that his parents respect one another.

I can truly say that my relationship with my Mother has been everything since I became a mother. We talk everyday and she helps me navigate through grey areas. She has taught me so much and I would have failed without her.She is truly my best friend and I hope to be like her as I continue my motherhood journey. 

I have had such a strong support system of family, friends, and my sorority sisters. People have truly taken to Jayce and are willing to do anything for him. His godparents are truly from heaven. They look out for this little boy no matter what the circumstance is. It is important to have a village of people when you have kids. I believe there is a village and then there is an even more intimate village. The intimate village is there on a consistent basis and knows what to do without being asked. I am grateful for the people in both. My job as a mother would be impossible without them.

I don’t know everything about being a mother. I am learning daily. All I know is that I love Jayce with my entire soul. As long as I continue to love him everything else will get figured out. Cheers to six months of motherhood and cheers to many more months to come. Thank you God for my little boy.

 

With Love,

Miss Christina Kanu

 

 

 

 

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Happy Two Year Anniversary ChristinaKanu.Com !!!!!!

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

12/19/2016

Two years ago today I decided to take a risk and launched my website christinakanu.com . Over the last two years  I have written several articles which have led to thousands of views. I have received countless emails, texts, comments, and messages about how my articles ignited a change in someone’s life. This makes me smile because I have been living up to my motto “Changing the World One Leader At A Time”.

Thanks to the amazing Rashod Harris from The Rebel Society we relaunched the website in early 2016. My good friend Devin McAllister captured the shots for the new site. This also led to the launch of my consulting firm Christina Kanu Consulting LLC.

Overall, I am proud of the work that has been done over the last two years. It is nowhere near finished and I have so many more things I would like to accomplish.  I am looking forward to future projects, future clients, and continuing to impact people across the globe.

From the bottom of my heart thank you for all of the love and support over the last two years.

With Love,

Miss Christina Kanu

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CEO Christina Kanu featured in Dear America Documentary

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

9/7/16

I received a phone call about two months ago from the Dear America Director Dennis Chandler. He asked if I would be interested in providing commentary for the community section of the documentary. I did not have to wait to answer because my answer was already yes. I always write about the importance of supporting people even when you do not know where it will go. This was one of those moments.  After preparation and collaborating with my dear friend and photographer Devin McAllister it was time to shoot. This was another example of simply supporting because you care. On September 5th 2016 the Dear America Documentary was released. It is an honor to be a part of such a transformational  project. Also featured in the documentary is Virginia State University Professor Dr. Zoe Spencer. She provides the historical context for policing in America. Special thanks to the Director Dennis Chandler, Executive Producer Elliot Lee, and Associate Producer Devin McAllister.  Thank you in advance to everyone who supports this documentary !

 

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VIEWS from the Visionary : The Challenges Of A Visionary Leader

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

7/30/16

What does it mean to have a visionary leadership style ? Of course there are fancy ways that I could word this but I will keep it simple. Visionary leaders view situations and/or people not at their present state but where it has the potential to go. Many of the world’s most powerful and successful leaders have a visionary leadership style. Most often, we do not fully appreciate our visionary leaders until after the vision has come to pass. To be a visionary leader means you must have an abundance of faith, patience, perseverance, and dedication to name a few.

I have the pleasure and challenge of sharing this leadership style with many. A person can identify a visionary leader from a mile away. Visionary leaders are constantly dreaming yet thinking of ways to make their dreams possible. However, visionary leaders do not struggle with their own visions it is most often their interactions with others.

Visionary leaders find their joy in helping others reach their goals. I would like to help deliver a few visionary leaders from the burden that they often carry with having this leadership style.

Stop Trying To Birth Everyone’s Vision

As a visionary leader, as soon as I meet a person I want to help them. I want to know about their dreams, goals, challenges, etc. I love to be a catalyst in helping people get to the next level in their life. But what I have found is the more and more you do this the more and more confusion you have to deal with. People will come to you with a goal and want you to make sure it manifests as opposed to putting in the effort to see their  own dream come to pass. I have seen this situation arise on multiple occasions. It is essential for visionary leaders to be selective. Decide which visions you want to support actively or which visions you will support from a distance.

Not Everyone Needs Your Advice

Sometimes it is best to keep your mouth shut. I know it is very blunt but I have learned the hard way. Sometimes you will provide advice that is grade A but not everyone is ready to receive it. Save yourself the frustration. Do not waste time fertilizing unfertile ground.

Do Not Forget To Live in the Moment

There will be days where I will be thinking and I will think myself to 2025. As a visionary leader do not forget that you have to get through the moments you are currently living in. Do not get caught up in only 5 year planning that you forget to your year goals, quarterly goals, monthly goals, and weekly goals. That does not mean you stop dreaming big or long term. It just means you must find balance in your dreaming.

VIEWS from the Visionary

Not everyone views their life in the eyes of a visionary. Some people are truly satisfied with the bare minimum and that is okay. It took me a long time to understand why people did not want more for their lives. Or why people did not put in the effort when all of the resources were around them. Some people catch a vision later on in life. Everyone’s timing is different. Do not try and bring everyone on this Visionary Path with you because the shoes are huge and not everyone’s feet will fit.

Surround Yourself with Other Visionaries

This point is critical. If you do not surround yourself with other people who are thinking and dreaming big then your dreams will die. That does not mean that your whole “crew” or the people you brunch with are visionaries too. That just means you need to have a few people in your phone that you call when an idea comes to you. Those are the people who will not try to scale your plans back or make fun of you. These are the people who will help you make sure that this vision comes to pass.

Are you a visionary leader ? Or do you know someone who is a Visionary Leader ? Be sure to share this article with a friend.

Stay Fabulous,

Miss Kanu

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World Wide Women Group Recognizes Christina Kanu as an Influenc-HER

Written By Christina Kanu @MissKanu

6/11/16

A few weeks ago I was working on a few projects and received a message from the CEO of World Wide Women Group Elle Harris. Her non-profit organization World Wide Women Group was interested in featuring me for their Influenc-HER Profile Series. Immediately, I was humbled. People do not have to recognize you for your efforts. Every single time a person asks to interview me I am humbled and thank God. God always knows the plans for my life.

I am honored to share with each of you my interview with World Wide Women Group ! Thank you to Elle Harris and her entire team for recognizing me as one of the women for your Influenc-Her Profile Series. I hope that my words have the ability to transform the lives of many.

Click here to be directed to the Interview.

Stay Fabulous,

Miss Christina Kanu

 

 

Influenc-Her Profile Series: Christina Kanu

 

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Selfish Leadership

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

5/5/16

Let’s take a minute to talk about leadership. As a leadership expert, I am constantly studying, observing, and researching leadership best practices. I watch people’s leadership style and help people determine what type of leader they are.

Over the last few years I have noticed a negative trait emerge in many leaders from international leaders to local leaders. We have too many selfish leaders.

Leadership was never intended to be selfish. Leadership was always intended to be selfless. When you are a leader it is NOT about you. It has never been about YOU. If you wanted it to be about you then more than likely you were never a leader in the first place.

When you are a true leader you understand that there are people following you. These people are watching your every move. That does not mean that your followers will always agree with everything you say or do. However, they will have enough respect and trust in you. For example, if you are a leader of about 125 people and only 20 people vibe with you that is a problem.

What are some traits of a selfish leader?

 

As a lover of leadership for 20 years, I am able to recognize a selfish leader instantly. Their actions say it all. It is imperative that we stop placing people who are selfish into leadership roles because it will kill the organization, company, initiative, and movement. Being selfish will kill a thing quicker than it started.

When placing people in power or authority over your life, organization, etc. ALWAYS pay close attention. It is never that easy. Ask questions. Do not simply just vote or agree because you do not care. Always care.

Is it possible for a selfish leader to change?  Yes it is possible but it has to happen early on. Eventually habits become your lifestyle. And once something is your lifestyle it is almost impossible to reverse it.

Do you know a selfish leader ? Or are you a selfish leader ? I would love to work with you and/or the individual that you know. For more information contact me at Info@ChristinaKanu.com

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Relaunch of ChristinaKanu.com

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

2.25.16

Welcome to the Relaunch !!!!!!

In December 2014 I took a chance and launched my online headquarters ChristinaKanu.com .

It is with excitement and joy that I present to you the relaunch of ChristinaKanu.com !

This relaunch was possible because of the talented individuals that I had the opportunity to work with as well as the support of so many !

This website was powered by Rashod Harris and The Rebel Society. It is a blessing to be a part of the #TEAMTRS Family. Rashod you are a visual genius.

I had the opportunity to work with a graduate school colleague Devin McAllister. Devin I appreciate your level of professionalism and excellence in photography. Thank you for your vision and believing in me.

A big thank you to Ms. Leiah Shropshire for styling me. You were there every step of the way and I am eternally grateful.

Thank you to Shelby Adai from Adai Make Up Artistry. What a gift you have Shelby. Looking forward to working with you in the future. #InAdaiWeTrust

Thank you to the catalyst of my dreams Elle Harris for overseeing and making sure that everything was perfect.

To my family I love you always for your undeniable support in everything that I do. My strength comes from each of you.

To my friends I appreciate your well wishes,  motivation, support, and encouragement. I can honestly say that I have the greatest friends in the world.

To my Sorors of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,Inc. it is an honor to be your Soror and I appreciate each and every kind word and action displayed by each of you.

To each of my clients it is a blessing to work with you and to help bring color into your lives, businesses, projects, and initiatives.

To my mentees and “Christina Kids” I pray that my hard work is a reminder to each of you that you have the capacity to do everything that you would like to do and more.

To any person who has mentored me I thank you. Without each of you I would not be. The guidance, the discipline, the rigor, the tough love, the encouragement, and many other things I could list.

To my graduate school family at Clark Atlanta Univeristy I thank you for embracing me with nothing but love and support of this project. What a blessing to be surrounded by the creators of the next generation of thought.

And last but certainly not least to God be the glory for the things that he has done. Thank you for strength and vision. My humble prayer is for God to continue to use me to bring hope and vision in the lives of others. Jeremiah 29:11

I encourage each of you to explore the website and share with everyone that you know. I am excited to connect with each of you. Thank you in advance for your support of Christinakanu.com !

Peace and Blessings,

Miss Christina Kanu

 

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Happy 1 Year Anniversary ChristinaKanu.com #CKDOTCOMTURNS1

Written By Christina Kanu (@MissKanu)

12/19/15

On December 19th 2014 I officially launched my website ChristinaKanu.com ! It has been one year since the launch of this project. This is truly a testimony of where faith and hard work will get you.

Over the last year I have published over 25 articles and had thousands of views ! These numbers do not compare to the lives that have been blessed because of this project. I have been able to write about topics that most people do not consider. As a consultant, I want nothing more than to help make the lives of others better. I am so proud that my baby (ChristinaKanu.com) is 1 and that even when the going got rough I did not give up.

I have to be honest with those of you who decide to read this. I was extremely nervous about launching this website. Only a few people knew last year that I was working on this. I did not know how it would be received, if people would read the articles, or if people would be interested in my services. There were many conversations with the amazing Elle Harris (aka my godmother and guardian angel & CEO of World Wide Women Group ) and Rashod Harris (CEO of The Rebel Society and also my godfather by default). They went above and beyond to keep me encouraged and motivated to launch this project and make sure it was done in excellence. From the photos to actually building the site. I am forever grateful. I love you both more than I could ever explain.

Thank you to my cousin Jesse Mills (CEO of Mills Branding) for doing the photo shoot for me last year. That day in the park was the beginning of something new. Those images have gone all over the world and without you none of that would be possible. Thank you for believing in me and seeing my vision.

Another person that I must thank is none other than Jaye Betancourt. My best friend and confidante (Pop Culture Analyst Extraordinaire) He prayed with me about the website and provided nothing but critical analysis for me last year. He also took the time to write out my biography. JB thank you for being a visionary and for your unconditional support. Thank you for reading EVERY article EVERY time. I love you to the moon and back.

I want to thank my entire family for your support over the last year. Especially my mother and father Serwah and Abdul Kanu. I know I am an interesting child. You all birthed a Diva and that is a blessing (most days). Thank you for reading my articles, sharing my articles, and consistently being proud of me.Thank you to my siblings Ahmid, Alhaji, and Lucy. Thank you for loving me and accepting me as your Boss Lady sister even when I get on your nerves.

To my Sorority Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority,Inc. Thank you Sorors for supporting the articles and supporting me. I will forever be grateful for the true sisterhood. Especially the home team my chapter sisters Theta Chi (Shoutout to my line sisters Spring 11 FOREVER) and the graduate chapter that raised be Delta Beta Sigma. And thank you to my new home in Atlanta Eta Sigma.

To each and every one of my friends. I will not name you all because that is obnoxious and you know WHO you are. I have the greatest friends in America. Thank you for being faithful to me and for believing in this project. I step out on faith and God allowed me to fly. Thanks for being supportive because not every one has supportive friends. Thank you for reading the articles when you could and thank you for each and every encouraging text message, email, comment, or phone call. I will always remember the support that was given to me and it will always be reciprocated.

Last but certainly not least, to my readers. You all are the GREATEST !!! The number one reason for launching this website was to transform lives. The testimonies I have received have truly moved my heart. It reminds me that I am doing this for the right reason and there is healing and helping power in words. Thank You for your support over the last year.

Big Things are coming in 2016. Keep your EYES and your EARS open for what Miss Christina Kanu is about to do next.

Peace and Blessings,

@MissKanu

I attended my cousin Jesse Mills 30th Birthday Party at STK Atlanta.

Photo Credit: CreatureComfortsBeer.com

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