Today we’d like to introduce you to Kay Naomi.
Kay Naomi, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started off writing poetry. In college, I was part of a group called “The Galaxy All Stars.” The group was comprised of poets and rappers. We used to perform on and off-campus and various events. One of the guys in the group hosted the open mic on campus. He saw my potential to host as well so he gave me the mic and the stage. What fun times! I never knew it hosting was something I would love doing until the opportunity presented itself. Fast forward to my mid-twenties, I learned how to write my first rap song. Once I understood the structure, the lyrics came naturally. I went on to write a plethora of songs as well as spoken word pieces. I had the opportunity to share at different venues and even received a standing ovation for one of my songs. That was a surreal moment. I also had the privilege of hosting another open mic in my hometown called “The Sidewalk.” I did that for about four years and it brought me so much joy! Sadly, I stopped writing when I experienced deep heartbreak. I felt like the rug had been snatched from beneath my feet and there were no words inside of me worth sharing.
I moved from New Jersey to California a little over two years ago. In this time, I have regained my voice and I have chosen to obey the call of God to use it. This lead me to launch my blog, Audacious Arrows. My heart for this space is to encourage people to walk in their God-given purpose and destiny. I use this platform to share lessons I have learned with the desire to inspire others to pursue their dreams boldly!
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I certainly had a rough start. To hold myself accountable, I set a launch date. I made a plan and started completing my daily commitments. As time went on, I really struggled. I began to get distracted by conflicting obligations. I also started to question if I should even move forward with the blog. The self-doubt was real. The excitement of writing was sucked out of me. All kinds of questions filled my mind: Will anyone actually read it? Will I be able to have fresh content every week? Am I a strong enough writer? Will I keep the reader engaged?
I battled quietly while asking Jesus to help me. It was the night before my launch date and I had accepted defeat. I went to a church service that evening. While I was there, I heard God tell me to write the first post and finish setting up the website. He told me to honor the date I set. In those moments, I felt like I received a second wind. I went home and did just that. I launched right on time. I was so thankful God helped me get over the hard part. From that point on, I have continued to build momentum. I would compare my blog to a living organism because it is growing, changing, and evolving over time. I have committed to posting twice a week and I can say I have done so consistently with the help of God.
Audacious Arrows – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My approach with this blog is to be authentic and vulnerable. In a world where everyone puts their best foot forward and paints a false picture of their lives, I have committed to being transparent and open. There is a quote by Mother Teresa that encapsulates my perspective and has challenged me to think this way:
“Honesty and transparency make you vulnerable. Be honest and transparent anyway.”
This thought is always top of mind as I pen each article, especially, “A Page From My Book.” In this post, I shared very intimate and personal experiences that shook my world and how I was able to rise from the ashes. Those who read it expressed they recognized the courage required to be transparent about this time in my life. Some were challenged to walk with a greater level of authenticity and vulnerability while others decided to face the hard things they had been avoiding. At the end of the day, this is what Audacious Arrows is all about. There will always be things along our journey that scare us and make us uncomfortable but we must do them anyway! We were created to be audacious!
As it pertains to the “competition,” I write about this in my post, “There is Room.” We are all given unique gifts which touch different people. We can be doing the same thing but reach a completely different audience. I do not consider myself to be in competition with anyone because there is room at the table for all of us to share our God-given gifts.
What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
There have been so many heartwarming moments as people have shared how the blog has impacted their life. If I had to choose one, it would be when I wrote my 21st post. I was overwhelmed with gratitude to God for helping me reach that milestone. I may have shed a tear.
- Website: Audaciousarrows.com
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