YBP Feature November 2017

The Young Black and Purposeful Feature Series will feature the profiles of people who exemplify what it means to be young, black, and purposeful in order to inspire and motivate others. If you know of anyone who fits that description, please nominate them to be featured! Check out Kasi’s interview:

Kasi is originally from North Carolina, but she has been living in DC for nine years. Her blog is called The Style Perk and is focused primarily on fashion/personal style, as well as faith, fitness, beauty (especially natural hair care), and travel. Kasi loves using social media for daily inspiration and enjoys connecting with others through her blog.

Q: How would you describe your purpose?
A: I'm actually still praying on my exact purpose. Part of it is sharing my personal style and take on fashion with the world through my blog while displaying my faith and sharing how great God is at any opportunity that I get. In doing that, I'm also showing black girl magic/black excellence.

Q: What would you say is the difference between a career and a purpose? Is there a difference? 
A: I think your purpose can be your career, but most people have a career and purpose that are separate. A career could be something that strictly pays the bills, while your purpose is what God has put you on the earth to do, and is what you're passionate about. 

Q: How do you manage to work full-time while also pursuing other passions?
A: I can say it's definitely hard, but I'm relentless in my pursuit of my passion for blogging, so I work on it at any moment that I can outside of my 9-5. It's a top priority for me.

Q: What struggles have you overcome in pursuit of your purpose?
A: Time management and balancing my blog, work, church responsibilities, and other family/friend responsibilities are ongoing struggles, but it's really all about making everything work. 

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is trying to figure out what their purpose is?
A: I would say really pray about it and really ask God what His purpose for you is, and He will reveal it. You may also already have your talent/passion, and just need to pray about how God wants you to use it for His glory.

Q: What advice would you give to someone who is afraid to fully pursue their purpose?
A: Again I would say pray on it, and fully trust in God that He'll bless you with whatever you need to pursue your purpose. Reflect and meditate on Romans 8:28 ("And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them"), and Jeremiah 29:11 ("For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."). In addition to that, talking about your purpose/passion with your friends and family can be helpful, because most will be very encouraging and supportive. 

I want to extend my sincerest thanks to Kasi for sharing her story to inspire others. Please check out her blog at the www.thestyleperk.com and follow her on Instagram @kasiperkins or on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/thestyleperk/ to follow her journey.

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