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Meet Trailblazer Quaneshia Farris, ANP

Today we’d like to introduce you to Quaneshia Farris, ANP.

Quaneshia, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted a career in healthcare. My mother says I knew I’d be a doctor at the age of five. I wanted to help people take better care of themselves, and I knew I wanted to be an important part of that process. I started my adult life as an educator, and although I enjoyed it, I always knew that wasn’t the end of the road for me. At the age of 32, I made a complete career change and went to Nursing school. It was 2008, and I had a 7-year-old. With the help of an amazing village, I became an ICU nurse and entered one of the greatest, most rewarding professions with the goal of becoming a Nurse Practitioner by age 35. I started my dream career in 2013 and I know it’s what I’ve been put on earth to do. I’m a huge promoter of women taking care of themselves mentally, physically, and spiritually. It’s definitely my ministry, and I enjoy every minute but needed a creative outlet. I love all things related to fashion and style, so my blog, According to Q, was born. On my blog, I share how I stylishly work and play in Memphis, my travel adventures, all things beauty, and everything in between. Now, I’m a busy mom of two, so I’m here for all of the ladies who strive to balance work, home, and play with style and grace. I make every day my runway and hope to inspire others to do the same!

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Changing careers with a young child was definitely a challenge. But I give all of the praise to God and am grateful that I had an amazing village. I stuck to my plan, even when it was most difficult, and I can truly say the challenges made me stronger mentally and spiritually.

My advice for young women starting their journey is to make a plan and stick to it, no matter what. Write it down so you can see it, believe it, and become it. Also, get into the habit of taking care of yourself. It’s ok to be a little selfish because if you are not your best self, you cannot operate at your fullest potential.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an adult nurse practitioner in a family practice setting. I’m a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners and hold Bachelor degrees in Biology and Nursing and Master’s degrees in Education and Nursing. I’m qualified to diagnose and treat a wide array of conditions including chronic illnesses and acute problems. I’m most proud of the rapport I’ve built with my patients and my approach to health and wellness. It is truly patient-centered and I try to incorporate holistic methods as often as I can. I feel the spirit, mind, and body are connected so I aim to take care of all aspects of the body for my patients.

As for According to Q (ATQ), I’m still working on building my audience and brand, but I think my authenticity sets me apart from others. I try to create content that is relatable and that inspires women, especially mothers, to be their best selves and live their best life. I’m most proud of the growth I have already experienced and I’m most excited about the future of ATQ.

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
One of the most influential books I’ve read recently is Becoming by Michelle Obama. I’m also a member of a fabulous book club, The Mocha Divas.

The podcasts that motivate me: Women Evolve by Sarah Jakes Roberts, Myleik Teele’s Podcast, The Great Girlfriend’s Podcast, The Influencer Podcast with Julie Solomon, Rants & Randomness, Mattieologie, and a few others. Clearly, I like podcasts!

And of course, I’ve got to have my Bible app. It is where my daily devotions are found and helps to get my day started.

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Kim Thomas

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