Today we’d like to introduce you to Alesia Huff.
Alesia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I am a native of a small town in Alabama called Greenville. I moved to Atlanta in 2006 for my corporate career in the airline industry. I later welcomed a bouncing baby boy into the world and decided to complete my Bachelor’s Degree in Business and immediately entered graduate school and obtained a Masters in Business with a focus in Project Management from Brenau University Gainsville Campus.
I maintain my corporate career to this date but I have taken on additional monumental challenges of being the owner of Salt Enterprises which is a Christian based event planning, marketing, and consultation firm, being an elder and leader in my church Community Life World Outreach Center, an active volunteer with various agencies in Atlanta, in addition to being a single mom of one and foster mother currently to two children. My life is full of adventure. Though I wear so many magnificent hats the one I am most proud of is the life-changing work of being a mom and caregiver to displaced youth.
Has it been a smooth road?
My life has many pieces so each struggle was unique. In corporate America I struggled early on with being overlooked for promotions and even once having to train someone for a position I was turned down for due to lack of “tenure”. That situation propelled me to the mindset of taking the lead of my life and taking away every opportunity to be turned away so education and industry knowledge became my singular focus.
In 2017, I started Salt Enterprises. I was fresh out of a divorce and renewed in my faith that all things work for the good and that God rewards those that diligently seek him. Salt was given to me in a vision and it tapped into many of the gifts and creativity that I had buried in my pursuit of corporate success. Starting a business was intimidating to me but I was excited to be like my grandmother, my father and my mother who were and are also business owners. The struggle of financially carrying a startup is real and especially real when you are starting a business from your heart and not to get rich.I love every aspect of what I do and I see my work in Salt Enterprises as my gift to my brothers and sisters in the faith so it numbs the pain of the struggles.
Being a single mom and foster parent comes with its own challenges. My son and I entered into fostering as a partnership with him knowing that he would not only be sharing his home but his mom. I struggled with thinking that it was lot to ask of a boy who did not have a father-figure in his life but he has been amazingly strong, understanding and loving throughout the process. I wanted my home to be a safe place for children to heal. Never in my imagination did I realize the fruitfulness and joy it would add to our life. No amount of volunteer work can prepare or measure up to the impact that fostering has on both the parents and the children we are meant to help. I saturate them into my day-to day life and they do the same. We get to see each others good days and the bad ones. We get to learn to love and accept each other in a healthy way that many times these children do not get to see. It is by far the most unfiltered and humbling experience of my life. More attention needs to be given to assuring the future of our foster youth and providing foster parents with support and tools needed to help them achieve the highest level of academic, spiritual and mental success. I advocate almost daily to assure that my children receive the help and assistance that they need to overcome the obstacles of their past. I have gone from simply wanting to be a safe place for children to empowering them to do more and be more than they could ever imagine. I often wish I could duplicate my being; calendar juggling, visitations, doctor visits, foster parent training, school events, meetings, paperwork are all a part of my daily life but my kids are totally worth it. Anything worth having comes with challenges and struggles the joys of loving every aspect of what I do makes it worth it.
So, as you know, we’re impressed with Salt Enterprises – tell our readers more, for example what you’re most proud of and what sets you apart from others.
Monetizing love is difficult because it’s priceless. Salt Enterprises is definitely a labor of love. I started the website SaltConnections.com where I curate Christian events in and around Atlanta in 2017. The focus is on uniting the body of Christ regardless of denomination and do so socially outside of a church atmosphere. Our goal at SaltConnections.com is to give the body of Christ a place to have fun but bring our values and faith together with music and networking.The vision of Salt Connections translates beautifully to all those who attend our events and it demonstrates a niche need for the Christian community.
Through the events on SaltConnections.com and networking I found that many in the Christian community seek to share, receive and offer information collaboratively and that there was a need for us to make it known that we all have various talents and skills. Through this knowledge Salt Enterprises has branched out to collaborate and provide consulting services with other faith-based organizations to plan various events, promotions and marketing for those in the Christian community that need assistance. Salt Enterprises truly works from a foundation of love and wants to see the Christian community shine bright in a dark world; this is what sets Salt Enterprises apart from other companies.
Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
Atlanta has become this Alabama natives’ adopted home. I have loved this city for as far back as I can remember but I never thought I would live here. When God orchestrated Atlanta as my destination I really started to believe in the fact that God hears and gives you the desire of your heart. I have been in Atlanta long enough to see the transitions and phases over the last decade yet it has maintained its soul which is deeply southern with a gentle city swag. However, there is nothing gentle about its traffic. It often takes 40 minutes to an hour to travel merely 4 to 5 exits away from home. Better planning and commute options would make this city a top place to live.
- Website: www.saltconnections.com
- Phone: 4048896201
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @saltconnections
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/SaltConnections
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SaltConnections