HEY, I'M KIM
Don't break the bank getting started
Words without action are the assassins of idealism.
Let me tell you how this came to be my mantra.
WHERE IT ALL STARTED
Let's start at the beginning
I’ve always been a curious and creative person.
Hours upon hours of my youth were spent drawing, painting, and sculpting. I would work in any medium to make my imagination real and tangible to others.
As the youngest of six siblings, I often didn’t have the trendiest and most popular toys, but I always had a pencil and paper to express myself.
When it came time to choose a course of study for college, I decided to major in Anthropology.
I can hear you chuckling, but I loved it- I really, really did.
All the different ways that humans have organized their societies. Figuring out what people valued, why they valued it, and how they communicated it to others.
Whenever I would learn about an impoverished community or one destroyed by war, I would say, “someone should do something about that…”
TAKING A STANCE
Learning I can make a difference
Then, I read the Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley. Malcolm X was a man who grew up with very little. He had several strikes against him, but he still changed not just America but also the world.
After reading his biography, I read dozens of other autobiographies of civil rights leaders like Angela Davis, Assata Shakur, Audrey Lorde, bell hooks, and more.
Each of these people could have sat by and done nothing, but they didn’t.
They were spat on, cursed at, assaulted- but they were undeterred. Their work pushed the public consciousness forward.
During this time in my life, I was introduced to my mantra, “Words without actions are the assassins of idealism.”
How many people do you think discouraged them from taking action?
How many people told them that it’s not going to work– that they were putting their lives in danger?
Taking real community action
Their work inspired me to take action against injustices in the world. My first step was to organize “Rock for Kiva!” as a member of the SUNY Plattsburgh Anthropology Club.
We wanted to empower people in other countries. We were learning about how we could helping people start their businesses and take control of their life. Kiva’s microloan program seemed like an excellent way to take the things I was learning in my classes and make a real-world impact.
After that first event, I hosted dozens more throughout college and still to this day.
With a group of amazing people, I helped found the Plattsburgh Roller Derby league. I hosted Zombie Walks, cat art shows, cupcake showdowns, and several other events with different people and for various causes. Networking, learning, growing, and collaborating was and continues to be crucial in making successful business decisions.
No one paid me to do participate or take leadership roles. I just wanted to do something to make my community a better place.
SWITCH TO TODAY
Offering my skills to others
That takes me to today-
Hosting and marketing community events taught (and continues to teach) me a lot.
I needed to learn and be good at cost-effective marketing. Each event was paid for out of pocket- stretching a dollar and maximize resources was essential. Heck, in the early years, I was working a part-time job, making minimum wage.
I learned how to design posters, create websites, utilize social media, and network with like-minded groups.
I started to offer these skills professionally as the Program Coordinator for Reality Check, then as the Marketing Director at Schneider & Palcsik. I now offer these skills to small businesses to give them access to help, without the hefty price tag.
Every day, I wake up, brew a coffee, and read articles about business, user experience design, search and social media algorithm updates, and marketing trends. I love the ever-changing landscape of website design, SEO, and social media marketing. Each skill builds upon another, and it’s exciting to see how my work has grown from ten years ago.
Let me use all these skills that I’ve built and tested in the real world. You want to live the life you love, and I want to help you get there.
There is nothing more rewarding and inspiring than helping someone achieve their goals and live the life they want.