We had the good fortune of connecting with Kista Northern and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kista, what’s the most important thing you’ve done for your children?
Well, you have to remember that I became a mother at a very young age. So, a lot of things I was supposed to do in that time. I was not able to do, because I had real life going on. Not saying that my friends did not. My life was just on a different level because I was not able to just care about myself like most high school children my age at that time. I had someone else who literally depended on ME for everything. So, some of my sacrifices were a lot different from theirs. I feel like the woman that I have molded myself into today, and what I am installing in my children would have to be to keep God first and to “Have Faith”. I say that to them because I want them to believe in their dreams more than their doubts. I want them to believe that there is NO dream that is or will be too big for them. I do not want my children to ever get intimated by someone telling them “No”. I was told “no” so many times and if my faith was not strong enough, I would have quitted a long time ago. I was told at fourteen years old, that I could not raise a baby and look she will be a graduating from High School in June with her graduating class, with NO KIDS! I was also told that my eyelash collection would never make it into retails stores, and now my COMPANY is available online at Walmart.com. I feel like if God moved a mountain with the faith of mustard seed, who am I not to believe that he can’t make the impossible happen for me, my children or anyone connected to me.


What should our readers know about your business?

 

What should our readers know about your business?
EyeKisses Collection a company that I started by just selling eyelashes. Then I introduced magnetic eyeliners and now I am expanding the collection with other cosmetics that I am super excited about. I apply a lot of pressure to myself to want more every day. It is like I am always thinking bigger so once I achieve one thing, I am looking for ways to start the next. The beauty industry moves quickly, and things change every day. So, I have to stay on top of all the latest trends. I am very excited for where EyeKisses Collection brand is heading. I am not looking for an overnight success. So, I have learned to be ok with making mistakes. As annoying as it can be sometimes, I have learned to stay focus and not to quit. The things that set me apart from others is that I am not afraid to learn new things, I am not afraid to say “hey I need help” or “I don’t understand this”, I am also not the person who is never willing to extend a helping hand to others if need be. I want everybody to WIN. I clap hard when I see other businesses especially “Black Owned Businesses” blossom to the top. Research! ALOT OF RESEARCH!! It was a lot of late nights and early morning teaching and downloading myself with everything that I needed to know and in this business world you have to know what to do and how to do to keep your business relevant. Running a business, I have learned that I also have to have tuff skin. You cannot take things personal. Because its business. No matter why their telling your “No” u must take in all advise as constructive criticism. I want to the world to know that I am mother before anything, I am also mother who hustles every day to provide for my children. In addition, to my own company, I still work 40 hours a week while still pursuing my nursing career. My story is many of other amazing women’s stories. I am not the only woman who has had an addict as a parent or the only woman who became a teenage mother, as well as I know that I am not the only woman that has overcame those obstacles either. EyeKisses Collection is a brand that I have been built up on love and tears. EyeKisses Collection is built to make people feel good and deserving of themselves. It was made to let those who also have come from a shatter background that there is hope and life at the end of the tunnel if they want it. EyeKisses Collections was built to be a constant reminder that people are not always a product or their environment. It was made to help others believe that God will give you the desires of your heart. But you will have to put in the work.


Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Honestly, I’m the chilled friend (lol). I like a nice hookah spots, good music, and good food. I am a sucker for a nice massage, mani & pedi.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Gosh, there’s so many. So first I want to give special thank you my Apostle Redrick Jones at New Creation Praise and Worship Center and Pastor Calvin Williams at Kingdom Advancement these two men of God has literally watched, guided and most of all stood in the gap on my behalf by praying or speaking life into me, when I doubted myself or God at certain times in my life. I have a great measure of respect for both of these men and their families. They say it takes a village to help raise children and thank god for my village. My mom Jeanea, My Aunt Loretta and my Aunt Pam have helped me in many mays weather it was assisting me with my children, or giving me great advice or just being a listening ear when I needed to vent. My children Heaven, Montrell, Dere’Kiss & Destyn are literally the breath that I breathe. In my anatomy classes I was taught about the four chambers of the heart. They are the beats that literally keep mines going. I also have three bonus children Sentail, Derek & Derrien that I always loved as my very own. My “Deucey” lord knows he works my last nerves. But he is the person that I know without a shadow of a doubt has my back no matter what. He has supported my vision when it was literally just that…(A VISION).

Website: https://EyeKissesCollection.com

Instagram: @eyekisses4u

Facebook: EyeKisses Collection

Other: Walmart.com/eyekissescollection

Image Credits
@projectzeezy product shots by @maryjorichiephotography
photo credits: @ephraimsphotography
hair: @ wigsondemand & @Chrisann Smith (custom color)
makeup: @glammedbypaige

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