Goal crushing ain’t easy! But Kim Natson Hall makes it look like a walk in the park. There is a certain fierceness to her drive that shows any onlooker she is a conqueror. What’s more, she doesn’t sternly conquer with a grimace. Instead, she smiles her cheeky smile and flexes her agility in accomplishing her goals on her terms. Plus, she inspires the people around her to do the same.
Faith: So, now that I’ve bragged about you, please tell everyone who you are and what you do.
Hall: Outside of being the CEO and founder of both Global Mentality Inc and Global Mentality (nonprofit). I am a full-time mother, wife, nurse educator, DNP student, and entrepreneur. I started my nursing journey in 2008. I spent several years working on medical, surgical, trauma and telemetry units.
Faith: How did you get into mental health?
Hall: I found my calling six years ago in psychiatric nursing. Here, is where I found my true passion; helping individuals with mental health illnesses and their families to lead a healthy and prosperous life.
Faith: Currently, I work at an agency that services children in DFCS care and I get to see first-hand how mental health affects behavior and physical wellness. Yet, some people say that mental health treatment is just the new buzz or hot topic, and not really a necessity. How do you emphasize the importance of mental health?
Faith: I understand your mother has been very influential in your career. I’m all about showing my momma some love. Tell me about your momma!
Hall: My mother has been one of the biggest influences in my life. During my school-age years, my mother worked in a variety of healthcare settings, from home health to nursing homes. My younger brother and I would volunteer often at long term care facilities. While I was in middle school, my mother began to work in a community home with individuals that suffered from developmental disabilities and mental health illnesses. These individuals grew to be family. My mother has always been loving, kind and non-judgmental. She exhibited great patience and understanding when working with individuals. I witnessed my mother exhibit the exact same skills when dealing with family members that were also suffering from mental health illnesses. My mother has taught me how to be caring, non-judgmental and a mental health advocate.
Faith: Your mother led by example, and I know she is gleaming with pride from all that you have accomplished. Now that you have your own family, how are they involved with GM?
Hall: Actually, My proudest moment thus far has been watching my family, especially my daughters, participate and assist me in making my dream become a reality. They are present at every event. My family is just as dedicated as I am to giving back to the community and assisting individuals that are affected by mental health illnesses. We are a team.
Faith: What I’m hearing is teamwork really does make the dream work. I can testify to that, especially when it comes to parenting, working, and running a business. And in your case, you’re also in school AND teaching. I’m getting exhausted just thinking about it. With everything going on in your life, time management must be challenging. How do you handle it all?
Hall: I approached the new challenges and tasks by purchasing several calendars and learning how to plan out my daily, weekly, and monthly activities. I set aside days for school work and separate days for business. I set aside several hours every day strictly for family and nothing else. I learned how to increase my daily flexibility.
Faith: What goal do you want to accomplish through Global Mentality?
Hall: I would like to break the mental health stigma associated with these disorders. Education is key in this process. I would also like to decrease hospital readmission, incarceration, and suicide rates by providing education and resources to individuals and families. My goal is to let individuals know that they are not alone in dealing with mental health illnesses and they have support. Together we can make a difference.
Faith: I am positive that you and the Global Mentality team will step up and educate our communities on the importance of mental health. I am super proud of your initiative and cannot wait to get the word out about your nonprofit! It has been a pleasure to feature you in the UMM series. What advice do you have for anyone who is interested in starting a nonprofit, or simply a business of their own?
Hall: My advice would be to do your research. Research if there are other nonprofits or businesses that are doing the same thing you want to do. Find out if you can potentially partner with them as opposed to starting your own. If you decide you want to start your own, look at the businesses that are operating now. Learn the obstacles and challenges they faced so you can avoid them. My most important tip is to believe in yourself. Believe in your dream. Don't let anyone or anything hold you back.
Get Connected with Global Mentality
Facebook - Global Mentality Inc.
Instagram - @globalmentality2
LinkedIn - Kimberly Natson
Website - globalmentalityinc.com
Use your magic! You can find out more information about Global Mentality by visiting their website. Kim Natson Hall will be a featured speaker at a youth summit in January. Check out the event details below!
For more info go to Youth Empowerment Summit Statesboro.
It is Notorious November! Bridging the gap between fall and winter, November is a month of spiritual awakening. It is also the month that I landed on this planet. For these reasons, I thought it was the best month to premier my Using My Magic (UMM) Series. This is a series highlighting entrepreneurs, and their journey into using their magic to bring their dreams to life!
My first feature is someone who awakens my spirit. She is bubbly, optimistic, and her energy is contagious! And the icing on the cake is that she is a November baby too. I’m excited to introduce you to Samari Walker, owner of Ginger Galore.
Ginger Galore (GG) is an all-natural health and beauty line, which includes products made from ginger to be used internally and externally. Samari specializes in herbal teas, face masks, and face scrubs. Many other products include lip scrub, lip balm, body scrubs, body butters, foot scrubs, detox bath soaks, and bath bombs.
For the record, I have tried her teas, scrubs, and body butters myself. They are legit! Ginn & Juice is my favorite tea. It is definitely a southern sweet tea with a spicy kick of ginger. I’m a repeat customer. I can show you my receipts!
Faith: What made you choose to start GG?
Walker: For a period of time, I was getting sick very often. I started researching ways to build my immune system and I found “ginger tea.” I was not a fan of ginger at all and overlooked that option. Later, I finally decided to give ginger tea a try. I liked it! I added more ingredients until I had a recipe I really liked. I drank my tea every day and noticed I wasn’t getting sick. I didn’t get sick for a whole year! There was one instance where I stopped drinking my tea a little bit before for a trip. I became really ill. As soon as I got back, I drank my tea and my cold was gone in two days. I gave it to family and friends who were sick and they had the same results that I did… they were back to themselves in as little as two days. It was then that I realized my recipe was special and the world needed it.
Faith: How did your other products come to life?
Walker: I began selling “What’s The Tea.” Although I knew I had a great product, I didn’t want to sell only tea. One day, I was riding in the car and the idea to sell beauty products with ginger being the base popped in my head. It really felt like a light bulb just clicked on, and that’s when I decided to go full force and create GG.
Faith: Let’s talk about business. You ranked time management as most important when it comes to running your business. I definitely agree. Marketing was listed has your second most important process. Explain more.
Walker: I was never interested in marketing. Now that I am a business owner, I realize how important marketing really is. I had to learn all the dynamics. I have to be extra creative and think outside the box in order to reach all the different types of audiences. I am still not a fan of marketing but it’s definitely growing on me. I’m learning new marketing strategies every day and applying them. I read books to help me as well. My favorite marketing book is Contagious by Jonah Berger.
Faith: Marketing may not be your favorite task, but I couldn’t tell. Your eye-catching photos of your products should snag all types of audiences. Who is one of your biggest entrepreneurial influences? Maybe even someone whose marketing style you admired?
Walker: Nipsey Hussle was and still is one of my biggest entrepreneurial influences. Nipsey had really great ideas to market his music.
He sold his Crenshaw album for $100 each! I was so motivated to build something of my own when I saw him start The Marathon store. I started watching his interviews. He made me realize that I could be the diverse and all-around person I always wanted to be. I began to understand that I could have multiple businesses just like he did. I always dreamed of being involved in many different things and start multiple businesses but I didn’t know how to do that and maintain a specific, non-contradicting image. Nipsey Hussle taught me that I can and will do it big! Rest In Paradise Ermias Joseph Asghedom.
Faith: What has been your proudest moment thus far?
Walker: My proudest moment was realizing I was really going to bring GG to life and on July 19, 2019, I did just that! I launched GG to the public. It was such a magical, overwhelming, and surreal moment in my life. I was so happy to have something I could finally call my own! I received so much love and support from all of my family, friends, and people I didn’t even know. I was shocked. The love was real and truly appreciated.
Faith: I know the feeling, and I am so happy that you received such an outpouring of support. You will continue to see this support because of the appreciation that you show! Knowing this, fast forward to one year later, where do you see GG?
Walker: In one year, I see GG really taking off. People will be ordering my products from different states. I am investing a lot of time, money, and marketing into GG. That includes creating new products every month and getting them out to be sampled in order to see what products people are gravitating to. With that being said, I also see me discontinuing some products and focusing more on what people really enjoy.
Faith: I love that you are continuing to move forward by focusing on the products that your customers find most beneficial. That releases your time to new projects. Plus, you could always do a throwback release!
Walker: Yes! A throwback release would be a great idea. Thank you so much!!
Faith: And thank you for being a part of the UMM series! Your story is inspirational, and I can’t wait to see you and GG grow! Before we say goodbye, do you have any encouraging words for anyone looking to start their own business?
Walker: The best advice I can give is to just start! After you start, everything will fall into place and I mean everything!! Also, trust and believe in yourself and your idea. God didn’t give you this brilliant idea for you to sit around and doubt yourself. Lastly, take all feedback as positive feedback! Listen and contemplate on all the feedback you receive; you never know what ideas you can come up with.
Get Connected with Ginger Galore
Use your magic! You can check out more of Samari’s products by visiting her website. And don’t forget to enter the raffle for a FREE Galore Body Scrub!