A few years ago, Krista McKenna-Dabiri and I began to run into each other at event after event. We’d talk a bit, snag a photo-op and continue on. Then I met with her and her twin sister Sara several times over tea to find out more about their joint business venture – Social City Networking. They are talented entrepreneurs who I learned quite a bit from. I also made several great connections with their help including my wonderful eye wear guru, Sue Randhawa of The Optical Boutique.
I can’t remember why, but one day that meeting turned out to be a one-on-one with McKenna-Dabiri and we had a chance to get to know each other on a more personal level. Over the last few years we have gone on to have numerous, inspiring conversations over tea. I became privy to some of the new ventures she was developing as well as ideas she was considering for the future. She offered great support during my low moments as I struggled to finish my first book. I can only hope I was able to give an equal amount of support in return.
Over the last few years I have participated in Social City Network’s annual Get Warm Project, become the proud owner of two of McKenna-Dabiri’s amazing One Piece Vancouver hand made scarves and lazed in hot tubs filled with her lavender bath salts. How one person can juggle so many balls at the same time – all while planning her recent wedding – I have no idea, but she seems to do it with ease.
8Q Spotlight Krista McKenna-Dabiri
What is your current career(s) – paid and unpaid?
Currently I am a multi-project developer within the small business world, ranging from Social City Networking with my twin sister Sara McKenna, I offer a handmade product line during the fall season called One Piece Vancouver, and run the SaaS project with my husband and best friend. I guess you could call me a Committed Anti-commitment Entrepreneur. I don’t like to be creatively restricted.
Can you share an interesting thing (or two) about your journey to reach this moment?
My most profound lesson was that you truly can do anything you put your heart and mind to, just as long as you believe you can. Don’t be your own roadblock. You ARE capable, you ARE intelligent, you ARE worthy- so believe you are. You set the bar as to how you want to live and be treated. Oh, and the wondrous amount of people out there who will help if asked!
What things would you like people to know about you to give them a sense of who you really are?
- When I commit, I fully commit. Everything (and I mean everything) to me is a yes or no.
- I am never afraid to ask for help, or afraid to be seen as potentially “stupid” or uneducated when I genuinely don’t understand something (i.e. term, statement, mathematics equation, life lessons…). Never miss an opportunity to expand your knowledge because you are concerned with how others may or may not perceive you.
- I’m not as scary as I may seem. (Resting Bitch Face is kind of my thing.)
- I am never afraid to be who I am, in any setting, around any person.
Highest moment so far?
Honestly it’s really hard to think of just one. From privately financing my businesses, to working full time on my projects for almost six years (obviously with major highs and lows), to starting charity projects with my sisters (Shauna Beaudoin, and Sara McKenna plus friends – The Get Warm Project, & Team Awesome), to breaking into handmade goods and selling them online in my etsy shop, to conducting pop up shops, to hosting and conducting major community events, to micro networking events, to connecting beautifully minded individuals to other equally beautifully minded individuals, to just really being a part of my community. Having breakthrough moments with my partners in communication and/or bond. Feeling like no matter how bad things may get, I will always have someone standing beside me. Breaking through my own personal self-imposed limitations and realizing my worth… Geez. So much in (really) such a short period of time. I am so truly thankful for those who bless me with their friendships, support, love and sharing and I cant wait to see whats next.
What are you working on right now? In the next 6 months?
Right now, I am focusing on my personal life. I have had A LOT of major life lessons hit me over the head (OK, maybe beat me) this past couple of years and I am so very thankful to have a more expansive perspective on both myself, others and life in general. With this knowledge I plan on refocusing on what work projects truly make my heart sing, and dive right in. I am finding myself drawn towards personal fitness, creative outlets like design and music production, building a fun twin blog and developing a life coaching project with my husband. The sky is the limit, and I am pretty freaking lucky to be able to do what I do.
Who and/or what inspires you?
Everyone. Every single person has a wealth of experience and knowledge to share. I find it truly exciting and inspiring to learn about others and learn about myself through their successes and errors. No one is perfect, yet everyone is perfection.
How do you personally define success?
True happiness in all aspects of life.
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
To have the infinite power of healing. I want to heal the world, and every person in it.
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