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

Hi Deja, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
As a man thinketh, so is he. This quote seems so basic, but it is very straightforward. It is so easy to fall victim to the small limits that have externally influenced our minds. It is so important to be intentional about not only what we say, but we think as well. If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you can’t.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a corporate professional in the banking field, whom currently manages a bank location of 7+ employees. My journey to success was far from easy! Along with managing a 9-5 corporate profession, I am currently working diligently to find balance between my career, personal life, and personal small business. Everyday is a different challenge to overcome, but time-management, prioritizing, and self-care play a major factor with successfully balancing it all. As time goes on, I’ve learned focusing on perfection is unrealistic.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Finding time to enjoy yourself is so essential to a maintaining mental and emotional health. For me, any activity outdoors is always ideal. Connecting to the beauty of earth through hiking, and sightseeing will always be the most ideal ways for me to “let go”. I couldn’t pass up a refreshing smoothie or a nice brunch after a good hike. Did I mention a flight of mimosas at brunch? Mimosas seem to open up to interesting conversations. Top tier energy only.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I like to think everyone I’ve ever encountered from family, friends, and strangers have all contributed to the person I am today. However; as cliche as it may sound, I owe all of who I am to God. I take pride in the path he’s set forward for me, and all the glory belongs to him alone.

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