Today we’d like to introduce you to Kiara Ruth.
Hi Kiara, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
I am a master at multi-tasking and simplifying. I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was raised in North Little Rock, Arkansas. If you are from there Arkansas, you know there is a difference. I spent a little bit of time in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but I am a true Arkansan at heart. After finding out that I was expecting during my junior year of college, I moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, to be with my then-boyfriend. My dream of becoming a DEA Agent was put on hold and I dived headfirst into becoming a stay-at-home wife and mom. After a mission trip to Lima, Peru, I realized that not only had I lost who I was as a person, but I couldn’t hold a conversation about myself anymore, and that’s when I went on a journey to finding out who Kiara is. After being a stay-at-home mom for almost three years, I became a Girl Scout Troop Leader, got a part-time job, started mingling in social circles, became a leader in bible study fellowship, and the list goes on.
During this time, I began meeting bloggers and mommy bloggers in the area and I thought “wow! I could do that my life is kind of interesting”. I decided to start The Banana Moon because I wanted to write something that was bigger than myself and I wanted to give my readers an authentic and real version of me. My husband and I still live in Raleigh, North Carolina with our son Miles, who is now seven years old and our rescue named Oakley “Oaks,” who is three.
I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
My story is not your typical fairytale but is my fairytale. There is no glass slipper involved or beautiful gowns but rather a story that involves hardship and pain. I am have experienced sexual abuse, trauma, homelessness, abandonment, and so much more, and while all of this unfortunate it made me exactly who I am today. I struggled to find who I was and search my soul for the things that inspired me. Trauma has a way of sneaking up on you when you least expect it, so each day I make a conscious effort to choose joy.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a blogger + content creator for my Brand, “The Banana Moon Blog”. I write about motherhood, travel, culture, food, and relationships, just to name a few. Oftentimes people come to me for suggestions on coffee shops + local places to visit around Raleigh. I am very proud of the community that I have built. It is real, authentic, and such a great fit for me. I am set apart from others because I genuinely want to know about people and their stories.
Alright, so before we go, can you talk to us a bit about how people can work with you, collaborate with you or support you?
Just shoot me an email or a DM, I would find ways in which we can work together. Instagram: @the.bananamoon, Website: www.thebananamoon.com, Email: email@example.com
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