We had the good fortune of connecting with Nakia Osalami Blake and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Nakia Osalami, other than deciding to work for yourself, what else do you think played a pivotal role in your story?
The single most decision I made was going back to school for nursing. I originally started the program eight years prior and had to delay my education due to illness, family, and financial obligations. However, I never gave up on my pursuit. This one educational endeavor provided me with multiple professional opportunities and experiences. Nursing afforded me the ability to design my career. I worked with children, the elderly, and students in various clinical settings. I was able to teach and speak at national conferences. I was also able to work in various leadership and management positions where I honed my professional skillset.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently working as a Corporate Health Coach and running a part-time Holistic Health/Coaching business. I have been a Reiki Practitioner for 17 years and Holistic Doula for 8 years. My journey in healthcare started from working with the sickest patients to now creating fun activities, presenting webinars, and coaching people to improve their lives. I met challenges along the way, but I never gave up and I always stayed open to new challenges/opportunities. My last clinical job as a nurse was in hospice and it humbled me. It taught me to be really compassionate and grateful. I want the world to know that I bring a plethora of knowledge, experience, but most of all humanity through my work.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to eat at Awash Ethiopian Restaurant in North Miami because it is my favorite cuisine. I would also take them to South Beach because it is ever-changing and always interesting. I would also take them to Bayside Market Place because it always has so much going on. I won’t forget to visit Glaser Farms Organic Market in Coconut Grove for their delicious raw vegan pies and icecream.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shout out my genius friend and colleague Nzingah Oniwosan (Holistic Health Practitioner, Yoga Instructor, Vegan Chef, and Entrepreneur).
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