Today we’d like to introduce you to Karimah Henry.
Hi Karimah, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was born in the Bronx but grew up in Lakeland, Florida. After graduating high school, I moved to Tampa to attend USF where I eventually met my husband of eight years. After having our first child, I wanted to go back to work but I was not ready to leave our son. I started writing for a local mom blog after my son turned one. This was a great opportunity for me to connect with other moms in the community and step into the blogging world. It was important for me to find a creative outlet.
I’ve always enjoyed drawing and creating cool crafts. As a child, I used to carry a sketchbook everywhere. I would also go all out for art projects at school. As a preschool teacher, I made sure my students enjoyed creative activities. Blogging has allowed me to share my passion with others. I also get to show that motherhood, although stressful at times, can be a lot of fun. After a few years as a contributor, a local news station reached out to the owner of the local mom blog in search of someone with experience with DIY projects. I began making media appearances consistently with this station. This led to more media opportunities in Tampa Bay. I decided it was time to create my own blog and turn it into a brand. I’m now the proud owner of Crafting a Fun Life, LLC.
Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Easy path? Ha! I’ve had a lot of hot mess moments and struggles along the way. I honestly never imagined starting a business or blogging. It has been a learning experience and challenging at times. I switched blogging platforms during the beginning of the pandemic to reach a larger audience. Since I had to be mindful of spending, I created my website all by myself. I spent a lot of time on YouTube researching ways to build a site and transfer blog posts from a different platform. It was a lot of work and a long process. I also had to figure out how to monetize my business. Thankfully, I was able to connect with some amazing people who offer sound advice.
Then, there’s the social media side of things. It’s been tough trying to expand my reach, understand the algorithm and collaborating with brands. I’m learning to remain positive and keep focusing on my goals.
Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
Crafting a Fun Life is all about enjoying family. I provide content that encourages parents and caregivers to craft a fun life for their kids. This includes finding local family-friendly activities, creating cool crafts and other affordable things to do. I try to let people know you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a great time with your loved ones.
I’m definitely known online for my crafts and kid-friendly activities. People call me Pinterest mom or crafty mama. I also make media appearances on local TV stations to share easy holiday crafts with viewers. It’s been wonderful to be able to include my kids with media appearances as well as being on the cover of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine. I’m also thankful to have a supportive and encouraging husband.
I have a few projects that I’m currently working on to expand my brand. Can’t wait to share it with everyone soon. Make sure to sign up on my blog to get all the exclusive news.
What quality or characteristic do you feel is most important to your success?
Being creative and flexible is important to my success as a blogger and business owner. I also understand that taking risks and stepping out of my comfort zone will help build a successful brand.
- Email: email@example.com
- Website: https://craftingafunlife.com
- Instagram: instagram.com/craftingafunlife
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/craftingafunlife
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/Karimah_Henry
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3rvYGjrGpV-wsIJZHrGFNw
- Other: https://www.pinterest.com/craftingafunlife
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