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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kenneth Lockett

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kenneth Lockett.

Hi Kenneth, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstories.
I think I was born a creative. As a kid, I loved organizing and decorating my room. It just came naturally for me, knowing what would look good together. I grew up going to church with my grandma, who had her own ministry. At the age of 12, I became her secretary,  helping with revivals, creating stationery, flyers, and decorating for events.

This quickly turned into a passion for me. In high school, a family member recognized that passion and talent and asked me to plan and decorate her wedding! I got so much fulfillment after seeing my vision for her big day come to fruition. I remember saying, “Wow, I could really do this forever.” I went through a season of trials and found myself dropping out of high school. This pushed me to pursue entrepreneurship full-time. After this, my career snowballed. I started doing birthday parties, church events, and more weddings.
Kreative Image Design & Events, Styling Co. was birthed in 2008 and I began doing larger grander events.

I juggled Kreative Image while simultaneously working as an assistant office admin at Haven House for 13 years under my Godmother and First Lady.  She taught me so much about how to manage a brand and administration. She passed away in 2019, and I was devastated!  But, I didn’t have time to grieve. I had to hop right in to pick up the pieces. She laid the foundation and left a blueprint for me to build upon. I stepped into her role as the church’s administrator.

I do everything in excellence, so I wanted our church to be the best! I started building an online presence new website and social media campaigns. Resulting in new followers, more exposure, more attention on the church. Because of this, people began to express interest in helping with the organization of their businesses. So, I created systems and processes based on my experience, resulting in more efficiency for their brands.

Today, I work with brands like Brave Essentials, Skin Care Company and Purpose Concepts to do email marketing and administrative tasks resulting in an increase in the amount of customers and revenue for their businesses. Kreative Image has been featured on national TV with WE TV’s Bridezillas. On top of all that I launched another business in January of 2021, Ken’s Lemonade which sold over gallons of lemonade in its first month.

I have had to opportunity to serve so many amazing clients. I’ve realized that God has given me many skills, but one purpose, and that is to serve.

I plan to continue to use my gifts to grow my current business and keep creating new ones.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Of course, the road has not been smooth, I don’t believe anyone is exempt from obstacles. Most of the obstacles I’ve faced have been my own personal struggles with fear and self-doubt. Like most, I sometimes struggle with the fear of failure, and inadequacy.

As I mentioned in my previous statement, I was a high school dropout. Though I did go on to get my GED in 2014, knowing that I didn’t have the same training or background as other entrepreneurs, at times made me feel like maybe I wasn’t qualified, or that I couldn’t go as far in business.

Overcoming these fears has been a daily journey. Things like daily affirmations and a close relationship with God, help to remind me of who I am and what I can achieve.

Also sharing my story has helped tremendously. I love that my overcoming provides help and motivation for others to do the same!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Kreative Image Design & Events, Styling Co.

Kreative Image Design & Events specializes in Wedding Planning, Event Planning, and Event Design/Decorating.

The purpose of Kreative Image Design & Events (KIDAE) is to provide excellent design, event planning, and management services. Our focus is to make sure that our clients are provided with the highest level of customer service.

Kenneth D. Lockett, Administrative Services

As a dedicated Virtual Assistant based in St. Louis, MO, I specialize in supporting businesses and solo entrepreneurs with their administrative, marketing, operations, and sales support requirements.

Ken’s Lemonade

Ken’s Lemonade handcrafts flavored lemonades and teas. We are dedicated to providing quality products that are fresh, tasty, and simply unforgettable. I think what sets me apart is paying close attention to product detail, special client requests, and positive vendor relations.

I hope that my clients and colleagues recognize my proficiency and most of all my passion for excellence.

How do you think about luck?
Personally, I don’t believe in “luck.” I believe that everything in life is happening for a reason. In my case, I know that God allowed the good, the bad ugly to help shape me into the person I am. Everything that has happened to me has taught me valuable lessons.

I think one of the key things that I’ve learned has been how to persevere. Life will knock you down, but how will you get back up?

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Image Credits
Lexie Ellis, Purpose Concepts Edward Rhone, Jorhan Images Ohun Ashe, and Do Media STL

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