Self-Love & Entrepreneurship with Dr. Kristian Henderson, Founder of BLK + GRN

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SELF-LOVE & ENTREPRENEURSHIP WITH DR. KRISTIAN HENDERSON, FOUNDER OF BLK + GRN

By: Christine Pembroke

As a professor of public health at the George Washington University, yoga instructor and entrepreneur, it is obvious that Dr. Kristian Henderson is doing a full-court press on her black girl magic. This year, she celebrated the launch of her business BLK + GRN, an online market with all-natural products made by female artisans of color.  

This week, we got a chance to chat with Kristian on self – love, entrepreneurship, and how to live a happy and healthy lifestyle.

What surprised you the most when launching BLK + GRN?

Definitely the support! I know I had a good idea that made sense and was feasible, but I couldn’t believe people’s willingness and eagerness to buy our products. Our prices are a bit more expensive than what one could get in a drugstore or major retailer. I learned that there are a bunch of people who are looking for quality and cleaner products – that was exciting. I was also surprised by the hundreds of brands that are owned by women of color. I had to get the word out!

What prompted your concern and passion for healthy living?

In my early career I worked in a hospital for six years and saw firsthand the effects that lifestyle decisions have on a person’s overall health. People have no idea how awful the impact of eating bad foods or using toxic products can be. Learning more about nutrition and becoming self-aware sparked my passion. I got to a place where it became less about how I looked and more about how I felt; Am I feeling sluggish? Why don’t I have as much energy today?  What’s with the breakout? After asking these questions, I made choices that made me the best me, and realized that taking care of my body, mind and spirit, makes me show up in the most authentic way.

I made choices that made me the best me, and realized that taking care of my body, mind and spirit, makes me show up in the most authentic way.

What else played a role in that journey to self-love?

Soul searching. Initially, a lot of what I was doing was geared toward chasing other people’s definition of success instead of the things what would make me happy. I had to learn who I was without the title and the job – who I was to my core. I had to ask myself who I wanted to be. Shame and judgement are very dangerous to the path of self-love, so you’ve got to be gentle with yourself.  

I had to learn who I was without the title and the job – who I was to my core.

What do you think stops most people from tapping into their entrepreneurship?

Fear. I think that stops people from doing a lot of things in general. It’s fear of the unknown and fear of failure. Entrepreneurship is a hard journey, and your product will reflect who you are. If you don’t have a positive outlook, or still have your demons or things you’re trying to suppress, it will show in your business. Not taking the time to work on yourself before starting a business could yield some pretty negative results and prevent you from being truly successful.

Do you have any additional advice for our readers?

Yes! Don’t worry about what people around you think. No matter what you do, people will have an opinion. When you’re up, they’ll tell you down. If you go right, they’ll say you should have gone left. Accept the fact that sometimes you will say or do the wrong thing, and other times, you’ll do great. Remember, be gentle with yourself and trust the process!

Follow Kristian on Instagram @drkristianh and catch her at the Summit 21 Conference this June in Atlanta, GA! For more information about BLK + GRN, visit www.blkgrn.com.