Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiana Hanaoka.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I never really cared about what I was putting into my body when I was in highschool- Del Taco classic tacos with a side of sweet tea and a chocolate dipped cone from McDonalds usually did the trick. It wasn’t until college that I became more aware of what I was putting into my body. I wanted to cut out as much processed foods, chemicals, preservatives, etc that I could, and focus on eating real, whole foods that nourished my body- foods that not only made me look good but made me FEEL good.
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 truly can’t complain. However, I did have my fair share of insecurities growing up (that I’m sure many others did/do as well- it’s NORMAL). I would look in the mirror and only focus on the things I didn’t like about my body instead of appreciating everything else my body did/does for me on a daily basis. I grew up in a household that counted calories, fats, sugars, carbs, etc. I would read food labels and be scared to eat things that had 200 calories because I thought it was “bad for me.” I wouldn’t say I ever had an unhealthy relationship with food, but there is always room for improvement. Once I stopped reading the numbers and focused on eating real foods with real, nourishing ingredients, I was so much happier and looked so much healthier. My biggest piece of advice- and something I still need to remind myself from time to time- is, stop comparing. Someone else may be in the middle of their journey while you’re just at the beginning of yours.
Tell us about keeksitsimple – what should we know?
Oh gosh, I don’t even know how to answer this. I guess you could say I ‘specialize’ in creating simple, healthy recipes, inspiring sustainable habits such as thrifting for household items + clothes, and sharing the not so pretty things in life (as well as the pretty). I’m most proud of always staying true to what I believe in and what I share with my friends on Instagram. I won’t work with certain brands just to make some extra $$ because the trust that I have from my friends/followers on Instagram means the world to me! I never want to steer anyone in the wrong direction with things I don’t 100% believe in.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
There will be days that you love creating and feel so inspired, and there will be days that you question/doubt everything you’re doing. Don’t get discouraged- but also don’t fake it. If you’re not feeling it, let yourself feel that way. Take a break from everything else and take time for yourself until you feel inspired again. The rest will come naturally.
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