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

Hi Keiara, how did you come up with the idea for your business?
Well, let me first say that I am a firm believer that many people form ideas that result in purposeful living simply by solving their own problems. For me, I needed an outlet for my struggle with postpartum depression and anxiety. After giving birth to my first son in 2018, I was bombarded with so many emotions, feelings, and mental battles that affected the way that I perceived reality. I sought after support for moms and family units like mine, that needed a safe haven to be transparent and to gain insight on how to overcome the mental state that I was in, Thus, Charitea Movement was born.

Charitea Movement is an organization established to provide support for mothers and families that are entering transitional and/or traumatic stages of life, such as pregnancy, childbirth, child loss, infertility, etc. I began this organization with a podcast, then a YouTube channel. Additionally, there were established support groups and in August 2020 I released my first book.

In short, I created this organization because I wanted to be the change for others that I needed for myself in 2018.

Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
My vision for Charitea Movement was to always be a safe haven for women and families who desire to be transparent in order to overcome struggles. I truly believe the components that set Charitea Movement apart from others are intentionality, transparency, and spirituality. We are intentional about every person that reaches out for assistance. We are transparent with our struggles, hurdles, and triumphs in order to connect with those that we help. We believe that God is the driving force for helping us to overcome some of the hardest trials in our lives.

One of my proudest moments was all of the feedback and success stories that we have heard following our events, such as Group Bonfires, Virtual Group Sessions, and book clubs. We have had mental healings following these events, which led to marriages, pregnancies, the inception of new businesses, and more!

Helping others has been our goal since the beginning and it is amazing that we see the fruit of that labor.

We got to where we are by simply loving people. Though it is my belief that we have not even scratched the surface of where we’re going, I think that genuinely wanting people to be well has assisted us in gaining trust and support.

If I can be honest, it is never easy to form an organization that is not brick and mortar but is also not built to simply make money. We are an organization that essentially provides mental, emotional, and spiritual betterment, So, financially, it has been difficult at times. With life continuously changing and postpartum being a continuous battle, consistency had been a struggle.

We are overcoming these struggles by 1. Always be honest with ourselves, because there is no clarity in darkness. Understanding where we are will assist us in mapping out where we’re going. 2. Building something that others care about will produce financial support for your organization. I have learned that when people care about something they will invest in it. So after creating this organization, I realized that people support it as much as I do. 3. Life has unexpected turns just make sure that you never lose sight of the overall destination. This means that situations come where halts and hiatuses may be necessary, but you MUST get back on track.

I want the world to know that Charitea Movement is committed to addressing the stigma that painful subjects shouldn’t be talked about. As a woman who has had to address her battle with postpartum depression, anxiety, miscarriage, and infertility struggles, I desire to create spaces where others are empowered to speak about their lives without fear of criticism or backlash. Each persons’ story may not be pretty all the time, but it is still worth it anyhow.

Charitea Movement desires to take the load off of mothers who are burned out. We want to support fathers to vocalize themselves more effectively. We want to create awareness of some mental and emotional trauma topics in our communities that may help others in the end.

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?
Well, right now I live in Flint, Michigan which is within Genesee County. I would take them to Crust for breakfast or brunch in Fenton, Michigan. We would visit the Flint Institute of Arts or the Sloan Museum in the Cultural Center of Flint. Afterward, we would visit the Flint Farmer’s Market, where local businesses and farms are vendors. We would get lunch at Cork of Saginaw and enjoy some local shopping at the many boutiques located in the heart of downtown. Next on the schedule would be to grab a nice chai tea latte at Cafe Rhema in downtown Flint that has a beautifully eclectic vibe, and then catch an evening show at the newly renovated Capitol Theatre in Flint.

Flint also has a Children’s Museum for family fun, the Planetarium, the Flint Institute of Arts, a semi-professional basketball team, and so much more! The activities would be endless!

To be honest everywhere is exciting in Flint, Michigan. There are so many different restaurants, art galleries, and other attractions. In the warmer months, we have kayaking and races. We have a recently opened black-owned book store. There are so many eateries, boutiques, downtown photography studios, spas, and more! There is so much happening that you will enjoy.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Anesha Stanley of Keys of Hope Foundation- keysofhopefoundation@gmail.com Taushauna Burrel – Motivational Speaker – Linktr.ee/TAUSHAUNABURREL

Website: https://www.chariteamovement.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/keiarabgladney/

Linkedin: Keiara B. Gladney

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kbgladney/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCM3fiXz9CnuNW1OcM15Ktgg

Image Credits
Jasmine Beane Alexandria Chisele Photography- Alexandria Green

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