On Saturday, November 12th, LMJ was allowed the privilege of attending a life changing event. Hayley Johnson – Mckenzie, CEO and Founder of B. BeautE Enterprises Inc., put together a conference called Pregnant With Purpose. This was a conference that not only dealt with passion and entrepreneurship in the natural, but also incorporating and knowing that God should be the head. There are plenty of companies and organizations that talk about business and give you all of these tips and how to’s to becoming successful. However, there aren’t many that come from this aspect and cover both spiritual and natural.
Below you’ll find a brief interview with CEO and event host, Hayley Johnson-McKenzie.
Hayley J McKenzie: I got the idea for Pregnant with purpose when I recently found out I was pregnant with my 3rd child. I am a wife and mother, and this year I felt a shift in my business, I knew God was taking me higher. I questioned Him after learning about the pregnancy, how would I manage it all? I got the revelation that just as He had placed a new life in me He had also given knew life to my business & the idea for the conference stemmed from that revelation. Never was the pregnancy an accident or mistake, He had a purpose for the pregnancy both physically and spiritually.
MJ: What made you start the event?
HM: Last year I began to take my whole entrepreneurship journey seriously. I began to get out more and realized women’s conferences had become watered down and run of the mill. I couldn’t deny my relationship with God any longer and I created a conference that would cater to both business and the things of God. Many of us struggle in business because we lack balance and harmony in the other parts of our lives. So what better than a conference that would facilitate that balance and also teach you how to have a bomb business?
MJ: How long have you been working at this? (The idea and the execution of the previous event, along with this one)
HM: 2 years now, last year i went on a whim and just did an event no experience, no team just the vision. This year I had a new team, sponsors, new venue so I really had major growth both years brought out more than 100 women and Im excited to see how this grows.
MJ: What was the process?
HM: The process is prayer, planning and execution. I don’t sit on anything too long. I also take numerous certifications so that as the conference grows I am also growing and ready for the increase God will do as it pertains to The Spiritual Networker
MJ: How long did it take you to get here? (Career wise, spiritual wise)
HM: About 3 years, after I had my daughter, I had the motivation but lacked the belief in myself because of the fact that I was a statistic. I knew what God was telling me but never executed because I lacked self esteem. The one thing that kept me was my relationship with God. I held on tight to the one thing that made me feel fulfilled even though I was a bit mad at Him. After 3 years of simply taking what life gave me I decided that for myself and this beautiful babygirl God blessed me with I needed to make a change & that’s exactly what I did
MJ: What has been your biggest motivation?
HM: Definitely my daughter & now my family. They are my biggest support and I want to do right by them and by God.
MJ: What have been some of your struggles?
HM: Managing everything lol being a wife, mom, friend, daughter we play so many roles its hard to balance it all. I make sure that I make time for my children because all too often I see women become slaves to their business when in actually it should grant you freedom of time.
MJ: How were you able to overcome it?
HM: Getting more organized and setting limits. I mostly work when my husband & kids are asleep so I can ensure my mom and wifely duties are taken care of first. I pray daily and ask God to expose anything that is not of Him and to also cover where I fall short.
MJ: What did you hope to accomplish today?
HM: Change in the attendees lives, I hoped to give them exposure and a breakthrough as it pertains to their life and business. From the feedback I’ve received I think that was accomplished & more.
McKenzie surely accomplished what she set out to do on this particular day. The morning started off with special guest speaker, celebrity gospel artist, Kierra Sheard. Sheard came and brought forth a word centering the topic of birthing passion.
There were also breakout master class sessions. Guest master class speakers included; Clarissa Ford, Nyala Phillip, Adara Butler, Debra Oh, Nikita B. William, and more. All of these women are successful entrepreneurs, authors, and are business minded. The topics discussed dealt with different mediums that ranged from social media to writing the book that’s inside of you. All things that will give the women in the room that extra boost or push they need to get their dreams and passions up and running at the level and potential that it could.
After the first breakout session, everyone gathered back together where Hayley asked the audience several questions, from the worksheets given, to get their minds going. Some of the questions were what would you do if you didn’t work a normal 9-5 job. Being that the goal is to ultimately become am entrepreneur, where you have an opportunity to create your own schedule.
Hayley then introduced 25 journaling questions to help one find their purpose.
Asking God to fulfill your purpose
What do you want to be?
What do you want to be known for?
What values are important to you?
What does God want you to do before you leave this earth?
What is your big dream?
If money was no object, you would…?
You believe you are here on this earth to..?
What is truly important to you?
What are your strengths?
What kind of leader do you want to be?
How can you make the world better?
What do you need to start, stop, continue to live in your purpose?
What would you do if you couldn’t fail?
She then went into why these questions are so important. In order to know our passion and fulfill it, we have to first seek God and see what He wants for our lives. Then see where we want to be and be sure that it aligns. Throughout this discussion, CEO Hayley, made several good points and dropped many jewels.
“You sitting on your book is preventing someone from their deliverance. Get it done. It’s not about perfection, it’s about getting it done. God honors that” -Hayley McKenzie
Too often we don’t go forth with what we’ve been given because we think it has to be perfect. And all God really wants us to do, is step out and get it done. “If God gives you the vision, He will give you provision.” All He’s waiting for, is for us to step out and trust Him. He’ll come in and do what we can’t do on our own.
After breaking for lunch, all attendees were gathering back together for a worship session. Full on praise and worship at an entrepreneur event. Creating and setting an atmosphere so that God could do exactly what He wanted to do through His people. It was powerful to be able to see a room full of business women come together and worship.
And this is what separates B. BeautE Enterprises Inc, and the Pregnant with Purpose Conference from other organizations. Putting God first, and allowing Him to do what He wants to do. Emptying ourselves in that atmosphere, so that God could pour into us. All of this at a business event that deals with finding and delivering our purpose. It seems so appropriate, yet it isn’t common everywhere.
Following the worship session, Pastor Saroya Byrd came and brought fifth a powerful word. Again, it flowed with the theme of being pregnant. Pastor Byrd started with “You can be pregnant, but you’ll never produce if there isn’t a breaking. Before the baby, we already put a name on it and celebrated at the baby shower. But there has to be a breaking.” In terms of our passions. We may very well know what it is. We may have very well celebrated it. But we can’t truly produce unless there’s a breaking. Sometimes that breaking may call us to leave some things alone. Our way of thinking changes, our appetites change, our emotions may change. All during the process, then there’s the breaking. The ultimate release. Pastor Byrd went deeper into this, said what God wanted her to say, then prayed and laid hands. It was a powerful moment.
This event showed that you don’t have to compromise your faith or what you believe to become successful. That should always come first. Because ultimately, that’s where your success should lie; in the one who gave you that particular gift and passion.
And this wasn’t the end of this already amazing event. There was an opportunity for a few of the ladies to pitch their businesses for a television show, called The Final Pitch. This gave companies an opportunity to showcase their companies and become a contestant on the show. Following, continued the master classes.
Anyone who attended this event, had to leave a different way. Not only did you learn tips and tools that’ll help your business grow; but there was a spiritual encounter. There was a God moment. Which ultimately causes you to grow, so in turn your ideas, business plans, and companies can flourish. God gifted Hayley J. McKenzie with something so great that she couldn’t hold it in. And through that gift, this conference and company was birthed. And it’s only because she was willing to step out, make it happen, and let God do the rest. Her life and her decision is a living testament to what we all are capable of doing. This event was nothing short of amazing, and we are glad we were able to be apart of it.