(Originally published in the November 19th edition of Exposure Magazine.)
I found Jarius Edens by accident. I was looking for a neutral space to share my business with others and The Kreative Lounge name came up. What I found was a lovely lady with a powerful positive energy, excited about helping others find and build their tribe. I felt compelled to share her story and part of her journey. She is a wife, mom, former teacher, copy editor, marketing strategist, innovator, entrepreneur, and so much more!
Sherri: Can you explain how you came up with the idea of The Kreative Lounge and what need you feel it fulfills?
Jarius: I came up with the idea of The Kreative Lounge out of sheer need. I moved to IL not knowing a single person. I needed a place where I could connect with others and be socially creative. It didn’t exist. When I talked to people in Springfield and other states, this type of business and experience was needed. So, I created it. The Kreative Lounge allows those who enter to experience what community feels like. We often talk about being a part of a community, but feeling like a community is a special experience. That’s what The Kreative Lounge is: an experience.
Sherri: As an entrepreneur, and an African American female, what do you feel your role is in inspiring other young women of color or women in general?
Jarius: My role is to show young women of color, and women in general, the power of stepping out of the box and using their gifts to serve. Many African American women are multifaceted, yet are shoved into careers and positions that stunt their blossoming. Our gifts will make room for us, and the universe is waiting for us to make the move and do something crazy amazing.
Sherri: What are your future goals as an entrepreneur?
Jarius: My goal is to become an angel investor for other young entrepreneurs looking to disrupt industries and build creative legacies.
That answer that describes why she is such a powerful, wonderful inspiration to others. Jarius Edens is a beautiful person with a huge heart and passion for helping others! I feel blessed to know her and share her with the world.
Jarius Edens can be contacted at
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(Originally published in Exposure Magazine.)
As we stroll through life we are presented with people and opportunities that change us. This lovely lady I speak of has changed me in the short time I have known her. Micca Donohoo is a registered dietician who knew early on she wanted to help other people live a healthy life, push away from the table, push away the guilt and shame related to their food choices and manifest a better healthier lifestyle. Not necessarily just by learning about your plate choices, but by the choices we make in our head. She refers to it as manifesting your health, not being on a diet. She helps people of all shapes, sizes and ages.
Sherri: Being a dietician for over 16 years has brought many types of people your way. What type of person would you say you enjoy helping most?
Micca: I worked with bariatric patients for over 10 years from start to finish, pre-surgical to lifetime post op. I see surgery simply as a tool, embedded in the concept of a lifestyle change. To create any lifestyle change, there needs to be adequate and continued support. I loved being that support.
Sherri: If someone wants to make some small yet significant changes immediately what would you recommend?
Micca: 1. Put yourself on your own to do list. YOU are important. 2. Schedule healthy snacks during the day. Honor your hunger! Hunger is a sign your body is requesting fuel/food. 3. What is your plate size? Plates should be 9-10 inches in diameter for best results. We eat with our eyes first. Our eyes LOVE a full plate. When working on portion control, its more appealing on a smaller plate.
Sherri: You are about to start on a new adventure. Can you share a little about what you are creating?
Micca: My vision is to create a loving space to be able to serve the bariatric surgery community in a global way. I envision this program to be flexible, and accessible to all, anywhere at any time. This new branch of NiCHE Nutrition and Health will include a virtual community, a monthly resource toolkit, online courses, and personalized coaching. To build a healthy and loving community, I aim to partner with local, national, and global medical experts that share my vision.
Thanks to Micca Donohoo from NiCHE Nutrition and Health for sharing a way to help our friends to better health! You can contact Micca at NIche Nutrition And Health by clicking on the Contact button.
These are my older blog posts, which originally appeared in my Exposure Magazine Column, "Healthy Living."