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Kharissa F.
Kharissa F. Kansas City, Missouri (Go, Royals!)

Creative, eclectic and abstract probably best describes my personality. I'm a wife and mother of two on a journey to fulfill my purpose in this life as a writer. While my reason for being unfolds, I make an honest buck as a communications consultant for a firm that I started in Kansas City. I'm also a contributing editor for a local Christian newspaper where I write to women about different spiritual lessons. I am here and I thoroughly enjoy living life.

What are your three favorite things?
My three favorite things are pen and paper, autumn and a fresh cup of Oprah's Chai Tea Latte!

What would your superpower be?
If I had a superpower, it would be to get people to truly love unconditionally. Love past the resentment. Love past the regret. Love past the jealousy and anything else that prevents people from living up to their full potential.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up?
The first thing I do when I wake up is brush my teeth. Can't change the world with foul breath.

What is the last thing you do before you go to bed?
The last thing I do before I go to bed is tell God, "Thank you." Regardless if I lived up to my standard of the day or got everything crossed off the list, I was granted another set of 24 hours to practice giving life my best shot.

What is your favorite OWN show?
Wow! I have to pick just one? My top three are "Super Soul Sunday," Master Class and Lifeclass, but if I had to pick just one it would be "Super Soul Sunday" because it's made me a more open-minded person spiritually. "Super Soul Sunday" brings practicality to what we're taught. It's easier to answer the question, "How do I apply these lessons to my life?" because of the show. I believe "Super Soul Sunday" is a prime example of what happens when we accept our callings and walk into them. The result: We not only touch lives, we change them. Ah! That's exciting!

What is the one item you can�t live without and why?
I cannot live without a pen! I can write on whatever, ha! Just give me a pen so I can make the thoughts tangible. Getting the words out of my mind and onto a surface—preferably paper, of course—is how I begin to fight the resistance that comes with walking into my calling as a writer. I just have to write.

Who is your hero?
My hero—or heroes, rather—are all of the spirits who don't just chase their dreams, but they guide them into existence. They look logic, negativity and failure dead in the eyes and say, "You will not stop me from reaching my calling."

What do you like that most people dislike?
One of the things that I like that most people don't is roasted brussels sprouts. Wrap those bad boys in bacon, drizzle them with a little EVOO and toss them in the oven for a few minutes. That's heaven. I can also drink just about any kind of healthy smoothie concoction you can come up with. If it's good for my body, it's going down—literally!

What is your biggest pet peeve? This may seem petty, but my biggest pet peeve is when people smack. I'm sorry, but I don't want to hear you eat.

What would you like to learn to do?
I would love to learn to speak Spanish fluently. I know just enough to have fulfilled degree requirements from college classes, but I actually really love the language.

What are you particularly bad at that your friends tease you about? I love to sing, but my friends say that I can't hold a note to save my life! I don't believe them, though…
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