“Change starts within ourselves.” –Kimberly Craig
I must acknowledge my dear friend Tammie Creed for introducing me to this remarkable woman Kimberly Craig. Tammie Creed wherever you are, please accept my enormous gratitude for sharing this wonderful gift of a friend.
I have been following Kimberly Craig on Twitter for more than a year now and I find myself going to her Twitter page first thing in the morning to pick up some wonderful motivational message. The messages Kimberly provides each day are so refreshing and makes you think how happy it is to be alive in this moment on this day. I think Kimberly is truly one of the most fascinating points of light on Twitter, this is why I had to ask her to do this interview with me.
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Good afternoon, Kimberly, and thank you for granting me this interview today.
Q.) Where were you on 9/11?
A.) When the unfathomable tragedy of 9/11 began to unfold I was at my doctor’s office for a yearly checkup. The doctor’s along with the staff and patients stood frozen and numb around several TV’s in the office. Like everyone, the evil and devastation of that day will forever be seared into my heart and mind. And with the 9/11 anniversary only a few days away, my heart goes out to the first responders as well as family and friends who lost loved ones. May their memories forever serve as blessings.
Q.) When you find yourself struggling, is there a go-to quote that lifts your spirits?
A.) Actually there are several things that bring comfort depending on the struggle. The Serenity Prayer is one, asking myself what am I supposed to learn from this? A walk exploring the outdoors, or simply sitting in solitude, being out in nature grounds and centers me.
Q.) What’s your relationship with The King Center in Atlanta?
A.) For as far back as I can remember I’ve been drawn to the teachings of Martin Luther King Jr. and his wife Coretta Scott King. The King Center’s continued courage and commitment to create lasting social change through nonviolence made it easy for me to take the pledge, “Be Love” and join the Beloved Community. And may I just say, that Dr. Bernice King is one of my heroes. I follow her on Twitter and everyday she delivers some major truths and wisdom. Love her fiery and courageous spirit!
Q.) What were your favorite subjects in high school?
A.) International Relations and Journalism.
Q.) Who were your heroes as a high school student?
A.) I’ll have to say Mother Teresa, Jane Pittman, Anne Frank, to name a few. My greatest hero was my mother who grew up poor, and raised two daughters as a single parent.
Q.) What is your favorite book?
A. ) I’ve read so many great books throughout the years. Top of my list are The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and Leading With Integrity by Pat Williams.
Q.) Can we expect a book from you in 2022?
A.) That’s the goal, I’m working hard to make it happen and when it does I’ll be shouting from the rooftop.
Q.) What’s the best investment you’ve ever made?
A.) The absolute best investment I ever made was taking in my nephew, who was 10 at the time,to raise. Love him, now 32, love him more than anything!
Q.) Do you have a favorite movie?
A.) So many fabulous movies to choose from, Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner, Casablanca, Steel Magnolias, The Color Purple, are only a few.
Q.) If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live?
A.) Anywhere there’s water you would fine me in my Happy Place.
Q.) If you could have a gigantic billboard anywhere in St. Petersburg, Florida with anything on it, what would it say?
A.) “Be The Change That You Wish To See In The World” –Mahatma Gandhi … … I’d love to see that quote plastered on every billboard in every community to serve as a reminder of our responsibility to take action to create everlasting change. Change starts from within ourselves. So I want to see more love.
Q.) What’s your favorite vacation memory?
A.) Aww, my favorite vacation memory was taking my nephew on his first real vacation in the Bahamas. Watching him experience the wonders of a new world, priceless!
Q.) If I owned a bakery and you came in to purchase a cake and I told you all I had were two cakes. A Lemon cake and a Louisiana Crunch, which one would you purchase?
A.) Well, Charles, while I do enjoy a nice slice of Lemon cake, I’d have to choose the Louisiana Crunch, since I’ve never heard of that, much less tasted it, and being a woman who loves trying new things, bring it on please.