Kiaya Donaldson

What is your career?

A: Freelance Writer and Mom 

How long have you been married?

A: 3 years

What is your love story?

A: Malik and I met in high school. I honestly didn’t want to pursue a relationship but couldn’t resist his charm. We endured a long distance relationship throughout the beginning years of college until I returned home. We’ve been attached at the hip ever since!

How did you know your husband was the one?

A: I knew my husband was the one when he would drive me around downtown and let me talk my heart away without judgement. At 17 we were so young. I’d never met anyone at that age who already knew what they wanted in life and had a plan to back it up. At 17 he inspired me to go after my goals and dreams no matter how crazy or far they might have seemed. He hasn’t stopped inspiring me since.

What was the best part about your wedding day?

A: We were married on a Saturday in early February. Typically it’s super cold but it was 75 degrees that day. We were married inside of Piedmont Park on Valentine’s Day. Many people stopped to photograph us and give their congratulations which made us feel special. 

What is one piece of advice you would like to share to a newlywed?

A: I want newlyweds to know that it is very important to be your partner’s safe place. That means to be available to listen to them, understand them, comfort them and support them. I feel like that goes without saying but sometimes we forget those small things during difficult times. 

What is one or two pre-marriage tips or scriptures you would give a bride?

A: Ecclesiastes 4:9: “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone?"

This scripture validates what I mentioned earlier. Marriage is a partnership. You and your spouse against the world. As long as the two of you truly support and uplift each other, anything is possible. 

What does living a life Faith + Fulfillment mean to you?

A: Living in whatever your purpose is and allowing yourself to trust God. Whatever it is that you want to do, pull from your faith and the support of your loved ones and see your goals through.