Being a mompreneur with tons of responsibilities

is exhausting.

It's time to put our management skills to good use

and start planning for the meaningful and balanced life

that we desperately crave.


YOU NEED TO HAVE A PLAN BUT THE LAST THING YOU WANT IS YOUR PLANS TAKE OVER ALL THE JOY IN YOUR LIFE.

 

YOU WANT TO CELEBRATE THE LITTLE MOMENTS INSTEAD OF CONSTANTLY WORRYING ABOUT THE NEXT THING.

 

you just want to be able to breathe once in a while without having to rush through every moment until it's gone.

 

YOU WANT YOU AND YOUR FAMILY TO HAVE A LIFE FULL OF AMAZING EXPERIENCES TOGETHER THAT WILL HELP YOU GROW AND BE INCREDIBLE PEOPLE BECAUSE OF IT. 

If those things sound familiar, then you're in the right place. I've got your back. I've been there, and many days I'm still there.

As type-A people, we're inherently go-getters and want to make the most out of every second of the day. But it gets tiring, stressful, and just plain no fun. That's when we need to realize that all the worry and stress we've built up for ourselves aren't doing us or our families any good. All those plans for this weekend, this year, or five years from now are only good enough to keep us headed in the right direction. Then, we need to just let go and start enjoying the ride. I know, it's never going to be easy to just let go. That would be ridiculous, right?

Well, if you're to the point where life is telling you that you need to start slowing down or that you can only control so much, then I'm here to help. I'm here to show you that you can find ways to work with the determination and drive you've been given but also ease up a bit without it feeling completely uncomfortable. The goal is to get comfortable with more ways you can start enjoying life in the present moment without having a stroke that you should be doing something else. Being wholly here for our kids, our spouses, our friends, and even ourselves. Right now in the moments that they need us and we need them and not when our plan dictates the ten minutes for that to happen.

 

It's totally within your reach to 

* find balance in how you plan your life for the future while being more present

* get more in tune with your needs and wants instead of constantly looking after others while you feel poorly

* be more accepting to changes to your plans and embrace whatever comes your way

* show your kids that constant perfection is not an ideal

* let go of some of the worries that you're always thinking about

* be more present as a spouse and a mom or dad

 

 

The most important thing is that you get started

and open yourself up to being a little more flexible and a little more mindful each day.

 

I want you to be excited about the moments you spend with your family, friends, and, yes, even on your own!

 

I'm Kristen,

and I'm here to help you create a more mindful way of living even though we're programmed to always be looking ahead.

About Me

I've been an incredibly determined person, planning every part of my life for as long as I can remember. I always knew exactly what the next step would be in my life whether that be attending university or doing the next thing for my career. When I got fed up with my career in the military, that's when things started to shift for me. I started to do many more entrepreneurial projects that were not clearcut with a definitive direction. I had to find my way and be okay with the possibility that things were more uncertain that I liked.

As a "military spouse," I ended up losing quite a bit of the independence that I felt before moving around the globe countless times. I've become amazing at balancing logistical planning with the openness to change that only dozens of international moves can prepare you for. I've had to find my way through too many sudden goodbyes to count, each time throwing a wrench into my plans and sending me on the emotional roller coaster ride that military families know all too well. 

 

After becoming a mom to a highly sensitive child (and myself being a highly sensitive person as well), I felt the intensity of life piling up on me. I could plan and control as much as I could, but that wasn't really doing anything for me or my family. We felt more organized, which was good for our sanity. Yet, we didn't feel balanced or actually like we were making things work...Probably because it really felt like we were just going through the motions to check the boxes and make to the next goal.

It wasn't until we suffered the loss of our second child when I was pregnant that I realized just how much I needed to take this slow living thing to heart. I had started to put it into practice over the years, but nothing really stuck. Now that life had thrown us this intense emotional curve ball, it was time to really pay attention to what really mattered and forget all the unnecessary worry, stress, and plans that were over the top. It was time to focus on myself and my family, and that's my plan from here on out.

 

If you'd like to learn more about how you can start living more in the present without battling the type-A mom that you are, please check out my blog here. 

you'll find tips, resources, and inspiration for bringing more creativity, learning, and savoring of the little things into your daily life.

Enjoy.

 

What I believe:

* That determination and drive are incredible traits that serve not only us but the world that we shape.

* That going outside of our comfort zone teaches us who we really are and who we want to be.

* That continuously sharing moments fully with our kids brings them closer to us for life.

* That happily living our lives now sets an amazing example for our kids for how to find meaning in the everyday.

* That we grow through each of our experiences and become better people because of what we learn.

What I'm into?

*Getting curry and a big piece of naan on a busy weeknight

* Making homemade ice cream and chocolate fondue

* Taking overhead still photos

* Listening to jazz

* Curating my boards on Pinterest

* Putting together big plans for traveling around the world

Want a little more insight into my experience?

* Bachelors in Architecture from University of Illinois

* Masters in Community and Economic Development from Penn State University

* Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Accredited Professional

* Project Management Professional (PMP)

* Prior Air Force Officer

* Owner and Designer, Short Stack Studio

* Event Logistics Planner for Arkansas Earth Day Festival

* Special Events Chair for Kadena Red Cross, Japan

* Sustainable living blogger, Bountiful Abode

* Lifestyle Photographer, Bountiful Abode Photography

 

INTERESTED Yet?

Let's figure out how you can start letting go a little.

 

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enjoy.