Self-care has not always been a priority for Keke. “I’ve learned not to be afraid to rearrange things and to accept that I’m not going to be able to do it all without hurting myself.” She remembers receiving a job offer not too long ago that she wanted to accept, but the timing was impossible. “A couple of years ago, I would have been like, ‘Well, your career’s over if you don’t do this.’ But this time I was like, ‘Physically, this is not possible. I would have to dishonor myself in such a cruel way that I simply have to say no,” Keke says.
“It’s been two years since I embarked on this whole ‘saying no’ thing. And I must say, I’m getting really good at it now. That’s the grace and the silver lining. Everything I’ve been through has taught me how to love myself more.”