We had the good fortune of connecting with Karissa Hubbard and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karissa, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor hands down is God. He has first gifted me with the skills and ability to write books and has also blessed me with a great support system of people I know and do not know. He is the one constant in my life and continues to bless me so that I can be a blessing to others.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am the Author of the book series titled “The Popular Girl” as well as a basketball coach and Christian counselor. I am most proud about the impact I get to make on people’s lives through my writing and the sport I love and getting to share my testimony so the next generation won’t have to go through some of the things I went through. I get here by putting my pride to the side and trusting what God had for me and not what I wanted to do. I had to go through layoffs and let gos which were hard to deal with in my early 20s. I wen through periods of depression that I had to work through. The biggest lesson I have learned is to get out of your own way, don’t be too scared to do things you wouldn’t normally do, don’t get so stuck in one way of doing things, be open to trying new things and trust God’s plan for your life. I just want you all to know I do it from the heart, I truly care about people and helping them anyway I can because it is my calling and your support means the world to me.
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 am pretty chill, but I love a good brunch so I would have to say Phil & Derek’s for some good food and a light turn up. Have to visit the food truck park and Prospect Park for the night.
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 definitely again give all praise to God. I have to dedicate this to my friends and my entire family; My Dad, Mom, Sister, Niece, Cousins, Aunts, Uncles, Grandparents, and as always dedicated to my angels, my late Grandma Doris and Aunt Terry. I also dedicate it to one of my late students that passed this year Jayla Celestine. And just a special shoutout to Reed for the impact he has made on my life and the push, motivation, encouragement and support. Thank you to all my supports, I love you all!
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