Born in North Carolina, raised in Alabama with strong family ties, Khiari McAlpin has laid a solid foundation towards leaving her mark on the next generation. A grad of Auburn University with a Bachelors and Masters in Elementary Education, Khiari is that owner of Vinehouse Nursery located in the heart of Alabaster, Alabama. Vinehouse opened its doors in 2018 and has received a number of accolades in her first two years of business, such as; being nominated for the Shelby County Best of the Best two years in a row and won the Small Business of the Year award two years in a row and even the 2018 Best of Alabaster Award. Khiari was also been named the 2019 Young Entrepreneur of the Year. So how did this young boss babe get to where she is now…
- What does walking in your purpose mean to you?
I did not fully understand what “walking in your purpose,” meant until I became a Child Development owner. Each and every day, I give all praise, honor, and glory to God for allowing me to wake up each and every day to do what I have always dreamed of doing. In my opinion, walking in your purpose means being able to do what God has called you to do every day. While walking in your purpose, I believe that you will truly be happy and find joy waking up and going to work daily, because it no longer seems like work. That does not mean you will not have any stress or everything will be perfect. However, when things do not go as planned, you still find joy, because the little things no longer matter.
- How did you discover your purpose?
When I was a little girl, I always had a passion of serving and helping others. I always wanted to be a school teacher. However, it was not until my freshman year of college where I begin to work at a daycare. I fell in love with everything about Creative Discovery Child Development Center located in Auburn, Alabama and knew one day I would own my own.
- How do you avoid self sabotage or self doubt and insecurities?
The best ways I have learned to avoid self sabotage or self doubt are by the following ways:
- Surround yourself around positive people who truly have your back
- Stay grounded into God’s word
- Surround yourself around other people who work in the same profession as you
- Know that God is in control at all times and He truly wants the best for us. He will never let us fail.
- Get some mentors who can help you along the way
- What challenges do you face being in a relationship and having a healthy work/life balance?
Before getting into a relationship with my current partner, I had recently moved to Birmingham and opened my business. I was not interested in dating and wanted to remain focused on my business. However, I never stopped praying for God to send me the husband He had for me. I was specific in my prayers and patient, knowing everything good always happens on God’s timing. As every relationship has its challenges, I have learned that communication is key. Although my relationship is fairly new, I am thankful for having the most amazing, thoughtful, and patient partner. My partner makes me feel like I can truly run my business without the stress of being in a relationship. However, I sometimes feel guilty for working long hours (at least 12 hours per day Monday-Friday) and sometimes the weekends. But my partner never makes me feel bad for this and is always willing to lend a helping hand.
- How do you avoid becoming distracted or stagnant?
To avoid becoming distracted or stagnant, I create a weekly to-do list. I am big on getting everything checked off by the end of the day. In addition, I am constantly doing research and attending professional development to make sure I am keeping up with the 21st century.
- If you had to take a leap of faith in order to be where you are now, what helped you make that decision? How did you know it was the right time?
I certainly had to take a leap of faith in order to be where I am now. I moved to a new city where I have never lived before to open a business I have never ran. I knew it was the right decision when I had been praying for many years that God would order my steps and allow me to own a Child Development Center one day. I heard Him clear as day when He told me I was going to be in the building I am located in now when I came to visit during my friend’s grand opening. I also knew it was right, because everything was aligning on His time and I did not have many stress that interfered besides the normal ones.
- What advice would you give the person struggling to discover their purpose and walk in it?
If I could give anyone some advice who may be struggling to discover their purpose and walk in it would be first, pray and listen for God’s answer. It may take some time, but be patient. Next, once you know God has told you this is your calling, start to seek help from professionals and let them become your mentors. Be open and receptive to feedback whether it be good or bad. Take your time and know that you will make mistakes, you will go through some stress. But know that trouble does not last always and with God on your side, you will be successful! You have to make sure your heart and mind are in the right place in order for you to truly be successful.
Khiari’s story of success is a great example of how believing and trusting in not only God’s word but His timing will always pay off far greater than rushing or forcing things to happen in your time (See 1 Thessalonians 5:17 and Habakkuk 2:2-3).
If you live in the Birmingham or Alabaster area and you are in need of a quality child care facility then I strongly urge you to consider Vinehouse. You can learn more about Khiari and her extensive background in child development and her nursery at Vinehouse Nursery and be sure to follow them on Instagram at @VinhouseNursery and on Facebook at Vinehouse Nursery