We had the good fortune of connecting with Serena Kumara and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Serena, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
The most important decision I’ve ever made was making the commitment to get to know and embrace my true self and my connection with The Divine. My self-discovery journey allowed me to see gifts I didn’t know I had and ultimately led me to creating my business and drastically improving my quality of life. Getting to know my true values, beliefs, and worth has helped me to identify and embrace the right opportunities while knowing when something isn’t right for me. It’s hard, if not impossible, to embrace all that life has to offer when you don’t truly believe you’re deserving of it. Beyond that, I’m better equipped to help others on their own journeys because I’ve taken the leap myself.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I’m the Founder of The Milk and Honey Project. The goal of every event and coaching session is for each woman to get to know herself on a core/soul level, embrace that person, acknowledge what’s in the way of creating a life she loves, and work towards her personal bliss. What sets us apart is the belief that you already have everything you need and YOU ultimately decide what you want and how to get there. We also believe that all parts of you deserve light. The goal is not to “fix” you. The goal is to help you get to know and embrace all parts of yourself so you can determine how to use them in ways that serve you. I’m a connector. I’m there to connect you with resources, experiences, and information that will help you on your journey, but your path and answers are yours alone. Milk & Honey Project events offer multiple approaches to different topics, so attendees can try things and decide what works for them. My proudest moments are when a woman tells me how what she learned at a Milk and Honey Project experience has helped her improve her life. It is also special when a mental health professional or activist tells me that they’ve incorporated some Milk & Honey Project techniques into their practice or teachings. I get so excited that impact is being made on a larger scale. I got where I am today by following the directions and signs of my Creator. I know that doors open because this is my purpose. I’m also aware that doors will only continue to open if I put the mission first. Some parts of this journey have been easy and of course there have been some challenges. My biggest challenge has been overcoming fear. The Milk & Honey Project has two birthdays. I soft-launched in January of 2019 and I finally stopped being scared and hosted an official event in June 2019. I have overcome fear by staying in close connection with the Divine, taking leaps of faith, and receiving amazing support from friends and family. Even when things don’t go to plan I see the Divine purpose in it. So, the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that all outcomes have purpose and embracing the unknown can be beautiful. I want the world to know that investing in your own spiritual, mental, and emotional health can transform your life and The Milk & Honey Project is here to support you in doing that.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
When my family and friends come visit me, food is a main focus. DFW has some really great spots. I’d make sure we stop by Deep Ellum and hit up Vidorra for their cute aesthetic, fun cocktails, and delicious food. We’d also have a tour and tasting at Deep Ellum Vodka distillery. Deep Ellum has quite a few options for night life so we would definitely hang out there. I’d also make sure we visited The Island spot. They’ve got a Hibiscus mimosa that I love. If my guest was here on a Saturday we’d stop by the Dallas Farmers Market. There are some amazing vendors, and some of my favorites are Brunchaholics and Berkshire Farms winery. And Sunday would be all about replenishing the spirit and mind so I’d probably take them to Bee You Scent Bar in Arlington. They’ve got amazing and unique candle scents. Then we might get our nails done at the nail salon next door, Culture Nail Bar. Lastly, I would definitely take my guest to Soultopia. They’ve got everything you can think of for your metaphysical needs- crystals, herbs, cards, etc. Sometimes they even have mini-classes on Sundays.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I dedicate my shoutout to my grandparents Jon and Naomi Gill and my mom Judy. My grandma saw my true essence, even when I didn’t see myself. She was an encourager and my best friend. I feel her warmth and guidance, even though she is no longer with us. My grandpa saw what I was capable of and he pushed me to achieve… even when it felt impossible. He covered me. I still feel his protection and guidance. My mother has made it her mission to make sure I loved myself and knew my worth. I’m grateful to still have her. It is because of their support that I even believed I could start a business.
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