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Haute Moms Have Purpose + Christina King-Rogers

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

This interview is one very close to my heart. It’s one thing to highlight Moms, but another thing to highlight a Mother whose story you’ve lived through. I have watched Christina evolve literally. She is my cousin, but more like my sister. As I told her a few months ago at her vow renewal, and I’m not ashamed to say it publicly, I am so inspired by your tenacity and drive to push forward past adversity and into your purpose. Christina has created her product not only with her hands but her heart. She is the budding entrepreneur and CEO behind Blessed Organic Essentials; she is teaching us and giving us the tools we need to take care of our beautiful skin. I know you will be inspired by her awesome story of triumph and purpose.

|Briefly introduce yourself and your passion/purpose.| 

I’m Christina King-Rogers, entrepreneur and creator of Blessed Organic Essential Fragrances established in 2014. I’m married to Mercedes and have three beautiful children Jayda 13, Christian  8, and Aaliyah 6. On August 5, 2015, I quit my job as an Office Manager and took a step of faith and fully committed to walking in my calling in the health and beauty industry.

|What’s your favorite quote or saying?| 

My favorite quote or saying is…Ephesians 3:20: Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we can ask or think according to the power that works within us.

|How do you find balance?|

I find my work/ life balance through making sure my family continues to be my priority at all times, whether that mean making sure we have home-cooked meals at least 5 days out the week where we sit and have family dinners or just being present at school to support their academic achievements or extracurricular activities. I pride myself on having one on one time right before bedtime to channel in on what transpired throughout the day with my husband and children. It gives them all an outlet to be able to have me as their support system.

|You have an amazing story of healing and triumph, Can you share it with us?|

In 2009 at the age of 29, I was diagnosed with Stage 3 Follicular Papillary Carcinoma …which is cancer of the thyroid with a goiter the size of a lemon in my neck. I was brought into an office alone with four doctors for them to tell me after a routine check-up and ultrasound that I needed to get surgery right away and undergo aggressive radioactive iodine treatment immediately. I left the hospital afraid for my life. All I can say was Lord have mercy on me… My thoughts were racing as I got in the car with tears streaming down my face “ what about my husband, children, and what is going to happen to me am I going to die” I felt lost in motherhood as I had to shift my focus from my family for a while to beat this cancer and fight for my life. God is amazing because I am here today 34 years old and after undergoing two major surgeries, two bouts of radioactive iodine treatment, and three reconstructive surgeries later. I am cancer free, here with my family, and living out my dreams.

Overcomer Christina Rogers

|How important is having support?|

Having a support system is so crucial and vital in my life with being a full-time mom, wife and entrepreneur especially during the school year when all of my children are on different schedules and participate in various activities, not to mention the deadlines and obligations that have to be met in a timely fashion. I accredit my husband and my mother-in-law giving their time without measure.

|How did you discover your purpose?|

I discovered my purpose while still working in corporate America. Once I knew was completed cleared in my health in 2014 I start making my essential oils for the health benefits that it provided my family and me. I also made a choice to live a healthy lifestyle from the inside out. Thereafter I began venturing off into creating my own Organic Skincare Line to provide health awareness and for me to give back to the world a product that is not only good for your skin but the mind, body and soul.

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|How important is it for mothers to find their purpose?|

Every mother has her personal journey and story. It is so important for us as women and most importantly as parents to find our purpose to gain our self-worth and fulfillment on earth. We provide so much within our homes, being teachers and nurturers, which our children need to see us succeeding in finding our purpose that it may inspire them to find their own.

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|How do you stay inspired?|

I stay inspired through my passion for helping others and educating them about living a healthy lifestyle, helping them through own their health challenges, and of course my life journey keeps me grounded and humbled by it all.

|Have you ever experienced Mommy Guilt?|

I experience mommy guilt quite often especially during the peak times of business where I am up until 3 am fulfilling orders and haven’t spent much time with them all day. As a parent, you are unable to get that time back, so I make sure to remain present and give them my undivided attention when they require it.

|What is some advice you would like to share with other Moms?|

Moms, we are life givers and timeless. Our children are a heritage of the Lord, and the fruit of our womb is his reward. He has entrusted us with his precious gifts; we will not always understand the ways God takes our children or us but trust the process and most importantly trust God.

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Haute Mom’s Have Purpose + Toni Robinson

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

 Being an active social media user it’s important for me to connect with people I wouldn’t normally have access to just going through everyday life. On Instagram I found inspiration in Toni Robinson the owner of Stilettos & Screwdrivers, an electronic repair service who repairs everything from your smartphone, computer, and even your dated Walkman (I hope you still don’t have a Walkman, just joking). It was refreshing to see not only a woman but a mother successfully build her business in a male-dominated field of electronic repair. Along with her Husband, Toni is building her brand, getting her hands dirty, and shattering glass ceilings all over the place. I hope her journey inspires you and when you have an electrical need or break the screen on your iPhone or Android, don’t hesitate to reach out to Toni of Stilettos & Screwdrivers!

| You’ve set out to change the face of technology and electronic repair, how did you get to this point and how did you see the need? |

 I’ve been in this business for over 15 years and one thing that has remained a constant is the lack of woman counterparts in my field. In school as well as in starting my career I was one of or the only female in the bunch, let alone black female. I want that to change because technology is such a profitable field to get into, opportunities to advance are here. Growing up as an inner city youth, you aren’t exposed to enough role models you can look up to and say “yes I think I can be an engineer”! We weren’t and still may not have that chance to see faces like ours doing computer tech work or digital design. So I felt the need to be the face a little girl or an underprivileged child sees and believe they too can achieve this goal of becoming an engineer or technician. It should be a normal occurrence that they see someone like me and believe in themselves. It’s not typical you see a woman owning an electronic repair company well; here I am!! I want to break stereotypes and defy the odds. It’s only right.

| What’s your favorite quote or saying? |

 It’s actually a scripture Proverbs 1:5, that is my favorite it says “A wise person listens and takes in more instruction; A man of understanding acquires skillful direction”.

 | You made a huge decision to leave your comfort zone and to take on a field dominated predominately by men. What was your motivation? |

 I started at a very young age with my mother’s coercion. She didn’t know what the field entailed, but she knew the technology field was a booming industry, and she told me to give it a try. I first started off in a trade school in high school that specialized in electronics and electrical courses. It allowed me to be then chosen to be an apprentice and learn firsthand how to troubleshoot and do repairs on real machinery. At that point I knew I wanted to continue in the field of electronics. I was always the only girl, even still I felt like I belonged there. I wanted to show the boys I can do what they do even better at times. It was always cool to see people’s reaction when I came to do a repair. Hopefully in the future it won’t be a surprise to see a female as a technician. My motivation most definitely is my children. They have this confidence that they can do anything, and I know seeing mom getting her hands dirty and do hard jobs is one reason they feel so confident. I let them be in my work environment, I let them know they can do anything they put their mind too. So instilling that in them gives me motivation because I have to be continuously the example of being able to do anything I put my mind too.
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| How do you find balance if that’s possible? |

 It is very difficult because it’s easy for one aspect of life to overshadow another but scheduling everything, giving adequate time for everything is necessary. Planning quality time for the family each week is necessary. When I’m home there is a certain amount of time for work then I give them my full undivided attention. Everything has a time and place.
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| How important is having support? |

 I don’t know what I would do without it. I’m fortunate enough to have an amazingly, supportive husband that I can lean on to pick up the slack at home, and since we are in the same field, he helps with repairs as well. He will take the children out when I have to work late. He gives a listening ear. Support is everything.

| How important is it for mothers to find their purpose? |

I feel it’s absolutely necessary. We as mom’s get wrapped up with everyone else that we may lose our identity. Other than being a wife, a mommy who are You? It’s nothing wrong with having individuality.


| How did you discover your purpose? |

 I’ve always been a little different from everyone else. I use to hide my likes from other because they were not like my peers. Then I realized how stifled I felt, and for what? So I wanted to be an advocate for being yourself. Being different is what makes us unique from one another. Embrace it. My purpose came at a late age when I began to accept myself. Eccentric, eclectic, geek, diva, having so many facets of yourself, and embracing it, you inspire others to dig deep and see what they can give to the world. This allowed me the guts to venture out and develop an electronic repair company because I feel I can inspire others in an area dominated by males. Yes, I wear heels and makeup, yes I love to dress up and yes I can fix your laptop and phone with these items on lol.
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| What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? |

 When trying to accomplish a goal don’t get too wrapped up with completing the goal that you miss out on enjoying the journey. There is so much to learn on each step leading to your final destination.
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| How do you stay inspired? |

I always think of progressing, making myself a little better every day. I stay inspired by not forgetting who looks up to me. I remain motivated by knowing I am a role model that has to continue to reinvent herself.

| What advice would you like to share with other Mom’s? |

 Be the best mommy you can possibly be, give them love affection and attention, but don’t lose yourself in the process. Always do something that doesn’t involve any of the titles you hold as wife or mom. Do something you love. Keep your individuality and don’t feel bad for wanting to do so.

 Connect with Toni and Stiletto’s & Screwdrivers | Website |Instagram | Facebook

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose + Christine St. Vil

Christine St. Vil-HMHP

Haute Mom’s Have Purpose is an interview series that features “Haute Mommi’s” who are not only experiencing great success in their careers, but also are present and active in their homes and personal lives. Let’s be inspired by the stories and advice by Moms who are just like us, Haute Moms with Purpose. 

I met Christine through a bloggers group we are both a part of. She is such as inspiration not only to mothers like myself but has a wealth of knowledge as a business woman when it comes to entrepreneurship, blogging, purpose, social media, and empowerment. Christine’s vision is similar to mine, she wants to change the face of motherhood through helping women take charge of their lives by defining and igniting their purpose in both life and business. She is a dynamic speaker, social media guru, author, and best of all a wife and mother. Read more about Christine below and be sure to check out her website and her highly acclaimed book Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? 12 Steps to Uncovering the Woman You Really Want to Be. 

|Briefly introduce yourself and your passion/purpose.| 

My name is Christine St.Vil and I’m the Founder/CEO of Moms ‘N Charge™, a division of Purpose Driven Media, LLC. My passion is helping moms pursue their goals and dreams, in addition to being a great mom. I’m also passionate about teaching and training, and love helping women in business (especially moms) create a social media strategy that aligns with their life vision/purpose.

|What’s your favorite quote or saying?| 

One of my favorite quotes is: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” It’s a great reminder that we don’t have to always have every detail in place, and every check box marked off. The key is to staying in action and doing what you can with what you have.

HMHP-Christine St. Vil

|What’s on your iPod?|

Ha! A mix of everything. I mostly listen to gospel music, love Mary Mary, Tye Tribbett, Yolanda Adams, William McDowell and others. But I also have Kelly Clarkson, Janet Jackson, Usher and everything in between. My most recent and current favorite download is the “Beyond the Lights” soundtrack and Annie (for the kids, or course lol).

|What are you reading now?|

I just finished Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success (GREAT book). And I’m now reading Angel’s Laws of Blogging (Founder of Concrete Loop.com).

|How many kids do you have and what are their ages?|

I have 3 beautiful babies, one boy (age 7) and two girls (ages 5 & 3).

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|How do you find balance?|
I actually cringe when I hear “balance”. I honestly don’t believe that there’s a such thing. But I do believe that I juggle things well. As I stated in this previous article, you can’t give 100% to everything at the same time. If you’re rocking it out in one area of your life, another area is probably not as stellar. And that will probably change from day-to-day, week to week. And guess what? It’s okay. Some days I’m killing it with homeschooling and some days I’m not. Some days I’m killing it in my business and some days I’m not. And I’m okay with that. (if you want to link to my full article on this topic, here it is: Motherhood and Balance Don’t Mix & Here’s Why)
|Was there ever a moment where you felt lost in motherhood?| 
Absolutely! I talk about it all the time, especially because I know so many other moms can relate. I definitely became a “victim of identity theft” due to motherhood after I had my third child and became
Absolutely! I talk about it all the time, especially because I know so many other moms can relate. I definitely became a “victim of identity theft” due to motherhood after I had my third child and became an SAHM (Stay at home Mom). I didn’t realize how much I had allowed my corporate job to define who I was, and how much I enjoyed that part of my identity until I no longer had it. At the time, going to work gave me a sense of purpose. But becoming an SAHM, I struggled to figure out what that was. I struggled with postpartum depression after I had my third child and a lot of it, I believe, had to do with not really knowing and loving who I was deep down.
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|How important is having support?|
I can’t stress enough about the importance of having a support system. When I coach my clients who say they don’t have family or friends close by, or who support them, I encourage them to go out and create their own support system. When I was going through PPD, I found support in online communities, from complete strangers that could relate to exactly what I was going through. I also looked for mommy support groups in my area and ended up joining my local Mocha Moms group.
|How did you discover your purpose?|
When I started my company, I knew that I was on a mission to help moms discover their own purpose, and not allow the mom guilt to keep them from pursuing their goals and dreams. But when I co-authored my first book with my sister last year, I think that was the defining moment that I was on the right track. The testimonials we’ve received from people who have been able to forgive themselves for nothing they had control over, or from those who needed to hear exactly what we shared, has been humbling. It’s made us push even more to help more women to uncover the woman they were truly meant to be.
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|How important is it for mothers to find their purpose?|
 I truly think it’s so important. I wrote an article about this and someone made a comment that they wished their mom had followed her own dreams, because years later, she felt cheated as her daughter. I believe we have to set the example for our children. How can we encourage our children to go after their dreams, and to encourage them that they can do anything and be anything they want, but yet, we’re not doing the same? I want my children to be inspired and see me as that example to go after what they want in life.
|What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?|
I’ve received so much great advice over the years, especially since starting my business. But one of the best pieces of advice, when you’re pursuing your purpose and passion in life, is that it’s not about me. It’s not about you. Fear will creep up. Anxiety and stress will set in. But when you take the focus off of you and on to the person/people who are waiting to hear your message, it makes things much easier.
|How do you stay inspired?|
By connecting with people like you who have a similar mindset and drive. I listen to motivational podcasts and YouTube clips almost daily. I read inspirational quotes daily and as much as possible, I try to eliminate the negativity that I engage with.
|Have you ever experienced Mommy Guilt?|
I definitely have! I think it’s a requirement of being a mom 🙂 But one of the things that has helped tremendously (since my mommy guilt stemmed from trying to build my business and trying to start homeschooling and spending time with the kids) is involving the kids. I talk to them about what I do, the classes I teach. They know all about my book, Whose Shoes Are You Wearing? They can tell you about Moms ‘N Charge. When I tell them that I’m teaching class or that I have to travel to speak, they get excited. They think I’m a pretty cool mommy so that makes me happy 🙂
|What is some advice you would like to share with other Moms?|
Do what works for you. There is no one–size-fits-all when it comes to motherhood. There’s a lot of great advice out there. Take it and tweak it to work for your family. Don’t allow yourself to get flustered or overwhelmed because you feel you should be doing all of the twenty things a week with your children that you see another mom doing.
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