Today we’d like to introduce you to Christine Clark.
Hi Christine, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
I moved to Kansas City from Texas with my family of four in 2018 when my husband Anthony decided to join the military. I had huge dreams and goals when moving here. I thought I wanted to be a mom blogger so I launched a blog, started taking Instagram seriously, worked with brands, and invested in myself. But I felt like I was created for more.
After soul searching, I realized my calling was to serve and create a community for creative entrepreneurs where they had space to collaborate and felt supported by others. However, being new to Kansas City I had no friends and no one to talk to, so I was craving community. At the time, I couldn’t find it in the local area, but I knew if I needed it, others needed it, too. It was through that isolating time in my life that @theKcInfluence was born.
The first thing I felt called to do was create a local “Mastermind Group”, and while I had a fear of starting one because I have no business or marketing background, I had a much greater fear of not trying. So, I took the risk and contacted eight boss babe influencers in the area and asked if they’d be members.
We started meeting once a month for six months, had structured discussions about what was working well in their business, what was a struggle and shared resources as a team. It was inspiring to see how this group of women had created the safe space I had been longing for since moving here. A space where we could share our dreams and goals, get vulnerable and have accountability from a loving community. And while this was truly amazing, I wanted to go bigger and involve more people! From that mastermind, I gained the confidence I needed to do bigger events for the community.
When the pandemic started, since the majority of what I did involved group settings, I found myself having to pivot. Now, I love helping women solopreneurs grow their influence and income through social media with brand strategy and designing authentic brand identity for service based business & coaches.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Yes, I’ve definitely struggled with imposter syndrome and had to learn how to get out of my own way. I think the only thing stopping you is you most of the time. That’s why it is so important to surround yourself with people who encourage you towards your purpose.
My more recent struggle is reinventing myself for this new season in my business and stepping into my role as a brand and social media expert. Also creating passive income and still having the energy to show up on social media everyday. Sometimes I don’t feel motivated but it helps remembering what God has called me to do. I think about who I want to serve and it’s them I show up for.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
When I started The KC Influence in 2018, it was out of my own need for community, my mission was to create a space for community, support, and collaboration through events, masterminds, and workshops for creative entrepreneurs. I wanted to build a space where everyone was welcomed no matter what level of business they are in.
Through the process of doing events, I’ve learned how much I enjoyed the branding and marketing side of the business and would get asked about how I did it. I really wanted to share with others what I’ve learned. So I started doing social media coaching and brand development to empower women to confidently chase their dreams and elevate their business.
I feel so honored to get to do what I love and work with purpose-driven women who want to make an impact in their industry.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I love this question, the most important thing I’ve learned is to never give up. This entrepreneurial life can be crazy! It can be an emotional roller coaster sometimes but it helps to have a supportive and loyal community.
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- Website: christinelclark.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thekcinfluence/
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