Meet rockstar local mama, Kiara Hancock! Kiara is a full-time working mama of two + founder of K. Hancock Events: wedding planning & floral design.
How long have you lived in Seattle? Where are you from/why did you move here? What do you do for a living? Have you always done this?
Hi! I’m Kiara and while I am a native of Wisconsin, I have called Washington state home for most of my life. I keep a day job as an Executive Assistant and a flourishing “side hustle” as a wedding planner/designer/florist. My third, and most important job is as a wife to my husband and a mother to my 2 and 4-year old girls!
When you get a quiet moment, what do you like to do the most?
I am one of those people who do not know how to be still and embrace the quiet, but when I do you are likely to find me vegged out binging something on Netflix while lying in bed
What helps you feel strong and/or beautiful?
I feel my best when I have a regular exercise or health routine. Whether that means taking an Orange Theory class, a dance class, or checking in with my counselor.
What is your greatest personal skill/trait
I think my greatest personal skill or trait is my ability to relate to anyone. I always attempt to put myself in other’s shoes because it helps me to have and teach my daughters empathy and I desire for them is to carry that forth with them into the world.
Do you have a favorite quote that inspires you?
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” -Maya Angelou
If you could tell your twenty-year-old self one thing, what would it be?
Girl, everything is going to be juuuust fine. Take a breath, take a break, regroup, and get back out there!
How do you balance being an entrepreneur & a mom?
Balance! Such a tricky thing. I think the best way to explain how I tackle balance is that everything is NOT always going to be in balance. That is just how it is. So direct your time and energy where it is needed most…and that will change every day or even from hour to hour. Go with the flow and stop trying to make balance a thing that fits into a tidy little box.
What is one thing you were told you would need and didn’t as a mama? Or the best piece of advice you received before becoming a mama?
Everybody told me I eeded that darn Mamaroo swing. I did not. My daughter hated that thing so I bought one of the plain old Fisher Price ones and that worked. My best advice to moms is different babies like different things; it’s just about finding what works for them and you!
Who are significant mother role models in your life & why?
My maternal grandma was the best. She was tough, she got things done, but she always showered people with love everywhere she went. I am always striving to be her!
What do you think the world needs more of?
Pauses. I think the world and all of us in it need to take more pauses. I find that my most profound and fully thought out moments happen in the pauses, nit in the instant reactions that we see so many of today.
What core values do you want to teach your child?
I want to teach my kids empathy and to always attempt to finish what you started and see things through to the end. Perseverance is and underrated life skill.
What is your favorite local motherhood/parent resource?
I love my mom community and social media. I think one of the best thing about social media is it allows you to crowdsource a variety of options, opinions. and life experiences all in one place.
What is your favorite local activity to do with your kiddos?
My kids are wild. They love the fresh air and to be in dirt, so we always enjoy any outdoor adventure that has room to run and new stuff to get into and get dirty. I could live without the getting dirty part, but I am trying to support what they love and not get in the way of that. Do you. However, the first time someone brings a living breathing critter in my house…that wills top.
Photography by Olivia Carson
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