Whitney Kerney

Name: Whitney Kerney 

Founder + CEO of WK Creative Studio

Where you can find her: whitneykerney.myportfolio.com + instagram.com/wkcreative + instagram.com/girlswhoselfcare__

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Whitney is a talented Illustrator, Graphic Designer, Social Media Manager. She employs aesthetically pleasing color palettes and shapes and creates images that make women feel good and often creates posts filled with affirmations. 

She using her own experience with healing tools after having survived abuse, and puts it into her action with projects like "Girls Who Self-Care”. She launched a platform where self-care and self-love is celebrated. “Where acts of self-care is more than just being a little self-indulgent, it's a launchpad into healing, finding, and loving yourself, and ultimately being the best version of yourself. “

Through this platform she released her very first product of "Girls Who Self-Care", a book called, "Days - an ode to self-care" which serves as a reminder for girls to be happy every single day.

What does success look like to you?

What success looks like to me is being able to look at yourself in the mirror and genuinely love the person that is staring back at you, genuinely being proud of the person that is staring back at you and genuinely being happy with the person that you are and the life that you created for yourself. 

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Any opinions or advice, on balancing relationships or having a family VS. the perception of the public of women choosing success or love?

I don't think there's anything wrong with women choosing success over love. In fact, I admire it. However, I don't think there's anything wrong with a woman having a family either. Why can't we have both? I feel like in today's society, the perception gets twisted that you can't have both. You have to choose option A or option B. What about Option C: All of the above? I'm still the girl that believes in fairytales and I believe that having a healthy relationship, a healthy relationship with yourself, and being successful is a modern day fairytale. Where do I sign up?

How do you remain committed to yourself and your goals? What does it look like?

Other than mental checkins and talking to the big guy upstairs, being honest about what I want, need and feel is so important to me and my growth. Not only professionally but, personally. It's how I hold myself accountable.

What is your "why" ?

I'm being the woman I needed as a girl.

How much of your success Do you attribute to your "tribe" Or Circle? What does yours look Like?

I attribute a lot of my success to my "circle", awww, my little "tribe". They are my accountability partners. Without them, I wouldn't have success. They push and motivate me on a daily basis to be the best version of myself every single day.

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What influences your style?

Texture, Color, and Line Silhouettes really influence my style.

What do you gain from your day job you are able to infuse into your creative agency and creative endeavors?

I'm a 4th grade After-Care Teacher while school is in session so I would consider that my "afternoon job", haha. Being a teacher, I gain so much. They always say being a teacher, you aren't really teaching the students, the students are teaching you. But, it's SO true. There's never a dull moment and I'm inspired every single day. From their imagination to the way they talk and think. I'm so mesmerized by them.

How do you navigate following your dreams in a not so “big” city? (so many believe they must move to pursue a dream, what is your experience with this?)

Thinking "big" rather than thinking "small" helps tremendously. I believe having that "big city" mindset while living in a smaller city gives you equal opportunity because you're aren't placing yourself or sticking yourself into one certain place. Or, I should say "area code". Although, I do have plans to move to a bigger city this thought process has helped me gain more opportunity while I currently live in a "smaller" city.

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What is the most important lesson you’ve learned as a woman?

That you have to stand up for yourself - for what you want, what you need, what you feel, and what you believe in and taking the responsibility of being 100% transparent and honest about it. Also, to be your true and authentic self.

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