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

Hi Kara, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Someone once asked me “If money were never an object, what would you do with your life?” My thoughts immediately went to visions of calm water, sitting on a beach, travel, taking pictures and making memories. I wanted the exact opposite of a tiny work cubicle or even a beautiful office with four lovely walls. My creative mind demanded a bigger version of me – so the literal pursuit of happiness had to happen.

Once I began to understand that a creative path would lead to any life I desired, it only made more sense.
Dreams do become reality. Words have power, and creation leads to manifestation. I credit this to my exposure to dance so early in life. Every major part of my work ethic, determination, and drive was built at a ballet barre. The studio welcomed my success and failure, taught me the importance of constantly sharpening the saw, and was always the reminder that no matter how hard I fall, the floor would always catch me.

Giving myself permission to dream was the best decision I could have ever made. I’ll never look back with regret, I could miss something worth remembering.

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.
When I relocated to Arizona in September of 2002, it was a true movement in Faith. The only people I knew here were my 4 month old daughter and my retired mother (my roommates), and that I had to make IT happen.

My foundation was simple yet solid: 22 year old Chicago native, determined to win. At the time the most experience I’d had in anything was my BA from the University of Illinois, and 18 years of professional dance training.

So began the Arizona story. By November I had my Arizona Real Estate license, however my financial career started as a loan officer. Once I learned the valley, I coupled my license with my knowledge of financial laws and moved into sales. A few years later when the market adjusted, much like dance, I changed my steps. I saw a need in the community for financial education, and with the support of family was able to get back to school, obtain a Paralegal certification, and open a Credit Consultation business. Those seeds later grew the money garden that is now Kairos Wealth and Investments and my brand – “The Money Friend.”

“Friend” is an acronym for:
Financial education
Real estate
Insurance
Estate planning
Notary public
Debt elimination

All of my skillsets and services – packaged in a “friendly” bow. I understood the assignment. To much is given, much is expected in return. I used knowledge gained over the years as well as resources from my creative connections to give back – and teach people how to gracefully maneuver through every step of their money journey.

Over the past 20 years in this industry, I’ve been blessed to incorporate my creative side and grown to love what I do. Watching my clients win – whether building their credit score or establishing their generational wealth – keeps me in this game. I overcome challenges by simply remembering that I’m here for a divine reason. Nothing gets in my way unless I allow it, and no one can dance my solo better than me.

As far as business lessons, I’ve learned more than I can count, I usually go back to my old dance class days,
Focus is key. practice makes perfect, and never be afraid to jump – the floor will always catch me. 🙂

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Where does a foodie go for fun in the Arizona sun? Everywhere delicious of course! Hanging with me in the valley is a whole vibe.

In town for the weekend? Let’s do this!

Friday night live in Scottsdale with music and good people, then Saturday morning kicks off with a little yoga class at my dance studio then brunch downtown. We’ll catch sights and museums in Old Town, then venture east to Mesa for art, sightseeing, and lunch. Our day wraps up at Tempe Town lake with a short bike ride and private chef-prepared dinner on the waterfront.

Sunday before I see you off includes a refreshing facial, and relaxing massage at my favorite spa…Aji.

Then it’s a light lunch then off to Sky Harbor with a mask and well wishes until we meet again.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate my shoutout to my family – Rod, Kalli, Kaya, RJ, and Kalea – without the hometeam, I wouldn’t be where I am today. They are my reasons for everything.

Website: GetTheMoneyFriend.com

Instagram: @the_money_friend

Facebook: Live Love Dance, Incorporated

Other: Facebook – The Money Friend Mrs Arizona International 2015-Kara Washington Instgram – @DancingQueen4 @BalleNoire2021 @LiveLoveDance_Inc

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