Welcome to my page! I teach mindful individuals how to take control of their health by balancing their mind, body, and spirit. It’s a journey I am grateful for.
Follow along as I share my favorite tips that I use for myself and my clients.
Operating as usual
I did this shoot several years ago when I was still living with chronic pain due to fibromyalgia. I took these photos with this makeup to show you what it would look like if you could visually see what someone with chronic illness and pain felt like. They call these autoimmune conditions “Invisible Illnesses.” I share this so that maybe I can be a voice to those that are still suffering. Not only to help educate those that have a loved one with a chronic illness, but also to be a light and inspiration to those still dealing with what haunted me for 8 years. Please take time to read what I share below, and share with someone who might need to hear this. This platform is a privilege that I plan to use to give back the gift of healing that was given to me. 💕
It was hell living with issues that no one could see. I remember people saying I was just making it up or that I was a hypochondriac. They said these things without realizing that every day that I woke up was like going into battle without your armor on. The pain. The fatigue. Some days my bones felt like they weighed 1000 lbs and my body was just being pulled down. I spent so much time in bed. It was hell. Being trapped in a body that wasn’t functioning properly. It quite literally held me back from enjoying many things during the time when I was suffering.
I still don’t truly accept that I had some mystery illness named fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia didn’t cause my symptoms. That’s just what they labeled me with to give reason behind the cocktail of pharmaceuticals they were prescribing me. All designed to mask the symptoms I was experiencing. It was simply a band-aid. I truly believe that it was my lifestyle and hormone imbalances that were the root cause of my symptoms. I still don’t know why my hormones were so depleted, however I have many theories I’ve played around with in my head.
That’s the thing about chronic illness, it gives you endless time to dive deep into your imagination and thoughts. Sometimes those thoughts are incredibly dark. Others were encouraging. For almost 8 years I lived in that darkness. Halfway through I made a shift. That shift was a decision that I would find a way to live again. I wasn’t going to let this illness take my life from me anymore. That mental shift sent me down a path that I am forever grateful for.
After the mindset shift, I began working out. I started lifting weights and moving my body again. I moved to California to use medical cannabis instead of the pharmaceutical drugs they were giving me. I got off all of my medications and started trying different diets. I literally tried them all. I finally settled with an auto-immune paleo type of diet which is mostly what I still follow today. I still use cannabis. I found one medication that works and that is BHRT or hormone replacement therapy. Testosterone injections were the final piece to the puzzle on getting better. I did it. I beat this awful disease.
If you or someone you know is suffering, let them know to never give up trying to find answers. There are many things you can do to help your body feel better. I’ll be bringing you guys a lot more content focused on these topics and really sharing how I’ve been able to thrive. If you read this through, you’re a real one ☝️ Your support helps more people hear my message and is truly appreciated. 🙏🏼
“The quality of being thankful; readiness to show appreciation for and to return kindness.”
This is something that I have been practicing more of and let me tell you, it is life changing. The more I redirect my negative thoughts to positive ones, the more inner peace I feel. It’s absolutely possible to rewire those pathways in the brain. Be careful with your thoughts and words. If you catch yourself in a negative headspace, stop it in its tracks. Write them down and get them out of your mind. Rewrite them as positive affirmations and statements, and repeat it back to yourself. Just like we train our bodies in the gym to be fit, we must learn to train our minds to be fit also. Happiness doesn’t just spontaneously happen, it’s something that you must work at and strengthen. Don’t knock it til you try it. I’m over here feeling more happy and peaceful than I ever have before. 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
I am feeling more clarity than ever before. 2019 has been a year of intense transformation for me so far. It’s taught me so much about myself and where I am heading in life, but the most important thing I’ve learned this year so far is to find the beauty of each moment. To take a deep breath and have faith that you can do this. I pulled myself up from some dark places this year. It wasn’t easy. I had to spend a lot of time by myself and really get to know who I was. I am a strong, courageous, beautiful woman who has endless opportunity in front of me. I am beyond blessed and have been taught many lessons at a young age. I took the hard road over and over again and have made many mistakes so far in my journey, but I regret nothing. The strength I now have is absolutely unstoppable. Never let anything or anyone knock you down. Find the strength within yourself and pick yourself up. 💪🏼✨ .
Lashes, makeup, hair extensions, eyebrows, clothes, waist trainers, filters, Facetune. These are all things that we as women are bombarded with to make us feel more beautiful. Better not let anyone see those acne scars and cover them up with makeup. Lol 😂 that used to be me. Horrified that I wasn’t perfect like the people I see on social platforms. Reality check. They aren’t perfect either. I see “famous” people every day living in Los Angeles, and I can promise you that they are no different than you nor I. It’s easy to not feel beautiful when you constantly see perfection in our faces from a young age. Magazines, ads, etc are ALL altered. No wonder it’s so common that we as women pick ourselves apart. Lately I’ve been trying to go more days with no makeup, and it’s honestly been the best thing I have ever done for myself. Even with my scars and blemishes and blonde lashes that don’t show up without mascara or extensions. Even if I have dark circles. I am still beautiful. That’s because beauty runs far deeper than the surface. I’ve been practicing more positive self talk. I am very guilty of negative self talk and still struggle at times. But I want you to know that no matter what you see on someone’s highlight reel, you are worthy of feeling beautiful! Instead of you vs. them, the real comparison should be you vs. you. Are you working on yourself inside and out? Are you making positive changes that benefit your mind, body, and spirit? If not it’s never too late to start treating your body like the temple it is and reminding yourself that each one of us is uniquely beautiful in our own flawed way. Blessings to you on your self love journey!!
It’s soup season! We made this delicious gluten free chicken noodle soup, and it is so good! Soup is easy to make and full of ingredients that fuel your cells.
It’s been a while since I’ve done an about me, so allow me to introduce myself. I’m Kristin. I’m 26 and live in Los Angeles, CA. I’m originally from Kokomo, IN and grew up loving the outdoors, cheerleading, gaming, bonfires, dogs, going out on the lake, and spending time with friends and family. I loved life so much, but life was about to test that by taking me down a very dark path. I began having major health complications around 13 years old. I developed endometriosis, mononucleosis a.k.a. Epstein Barr, tonsillitis, and ended up having major auto-immune issues and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Despite several surgeries and being put on a cocktail of pharmaceutical medications, my health still declined. I was instructed not to workout anymore and never once told about diet. I was brushed aside and pretty much told good luck, but life is going to suck. I didn’t accept that for very long and took matters into my own hands by researching alternative treatment methods. I starting smoking weed and began decreasing the amount of medications I was on. I hired a personal trainer and started exercising regularly. I even found enough energy to spend a year as an Indianapolis Colts cheerleader. That season truly saved my life by giving me something to work for. I had a reason to get up, and my passion for fitness was sparked all over again. This began my journey into a career in the fitness industry, and I moved to Indianapolis, IN. I tried to go to college at IUPUI, but was too sick still to complete my degree. I ended up getting a medical discharge from school. I instead got a job at a gym. I started having more good days than bad, but there would be times I would have “flare ups” and spend weeks in bed just hurting. I had horrible issues with my mental health and still did not understand myself or how to cope with the way I was feeling. I knew the final piece to my puzzle was to move to California and truly explore myself. I lived in San Diego for a while and ended up settling in Los Angeles. I learned about living a healthy lifestyle by eating healing foods, using plant medicines, and explored healing my mental health issues. I discovered that there was an alternative treatment called BHRT that can be used to balance hormones. My testosterone was practically at zero because of the medications I was on previously, so I began testosterone treatment and 8 weeks later my pain went away. It was like I snapped my fingers and was awake from a horrible nightmare. With my physical pain being lifted, I was able to function again. I became a personal trainer, and my life wasn’t so terrible anymore. I got involved in the cannabis industry as well and have been a budtender, model, sales rep, etc. along the way. I have been given a second chance at life that I am so grateful for. I continue my education now on health and wellness, and help others learn how to heal themselves too. Life isn’t always easy for everyone, but that’s the greatest gift to us. I have learned more about myself mentally, physically, and spiritually because of my hardships. It has allowed me to be in a position to share these gifts with others and that’s what gives me passion. You have the power to turn your weaknesses into strengths too. It all starts with your own willingness to do so. I hope you enjoyed learning more about me and can continue to get value from me as I post more and more on these topics above! 🙏🏼
Do you guys juice? I love making juice every day that I can. Today’s juice is focusing on heavy metal detox and is why I included cilantro, which naturally promotes your body’s process of eliminating these toxins. Swipe to see the other ingredients included - all are organic of course. It’s important when juicing to drink it immediately. Juice begins to oxidize when made and you lose nutrients when this happens. People ask me all the time if you can prep or store buy pre-made juices, and I really steer away from that if possible. You can add lemon or some raw honey to slow this process down if you are making juice for later in the day, but the sooner you drink it the better! I also want to comment that I don’t ever juice cleanse and eliminate food completely. Starvation can put the body into more stress which doesn’t promote healing, and that’s my whole outlook with food. “Let thy food by the medicine.” - Hippocrates 🙏🏼🌱
It’s okay to get knocked down and to hit rock bottom. Each time you fail or fall flat on your face, you get stronger. I am not a perfect person. I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way in my 26 years on this earth. Despite the challenges, I feel blessed with the many lessons I have learned. I’m not the type who took the easy route when it comes to learning things. I’ve always been more prone to taking the hard road. The one that chews you up and spits you right back out. I have gone through a lot of pain inside because of certain choices and paths I chose. I have suffered with crippling anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts on and off for many years. There are days when my ears are ringing, and it seems like the whole world has stopped around me. My anxiety gets so bad sometimes that my body starts to tremble, and I feel like I can’t even breathe. I’ve literally asked myself “Is this it? Is this what death feels like?” Some days it feels like I won’t be able to take another step forward....but I do. And the beauty of every moment of pain is that I get stronger each time. That’s the thing I pray for the most, the strength to endure whatever I am going through. I’m sharing this with you guys because maybe you’re hurting too, and like me maybe sometimes you feel alone in your pain. But I promise you, you aren’t. We all go through trials and tribulations in life. That’s why it’s important that we talk about mental health more. That’s why I share what I am feeling. I’ve had plenty of moments where I didn’t feel like I had anyone and you know what? You guys have made me feel less alone. I’m pretty good at hiding my pain to the outside world - in fact, I smile through my pain a LOT. It’s a defense mechanism I picked up along the way. So don’t always assume that someone smiling isn’t hurting inside or struggling in some way. If you’re suffering yourself, talk to someone! I cannot stress enough how important it is to seek help when you’re at your low points in life. I may not have it all figured out, and I might not be perfect. But nobody is, and we are all fighting for a better tomorrow. I send you all love and strength to get through another day. 💕💕💕
📸 Steve Bitanga
Through pain comes strength. Contrary to what some people think, life is hard for everyone. The trials and tribulations that we experience help to shape us into who we are today. It’s okay to completely f**k things up for yourself and fall flat on your face. That’s how real life lessons are learned. It’s how we choose to take back control of our lives and rise again that defines our character. We all have an ability each day to make steps in the right direction. Tomorrow is a new day. We get to decide what kind of a day we are going to make it. ♥️
Happy 4th of July!! 🇺🇸💥
Shot by Abe.Visual
To all the ladies in the place filled with style and grace ✨
Feeling frisky in this @theminimaleanimale bikini 😼
What are all your plans this weekend? .
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Just another day at the office. Laptops, lattes, and CBD Cannavis syrup.
I look back at all the times that I let someone tell me what to do with my life and my career, and I can’t help but shake my head and laugh at my old self. If I could go back in time and tell myself a solid piece of advice that would help to set me free, it would say something like this:
Dear silly young Kristin, there are going to be a lot of people that are going to have a lot of things to say about you. There are people that are going to try to persuade you to make the choices for your life that they see best for you. That’s okay that they have opinions, but you need to recognize that you don’t owe that to them. Instead, you owe yourself the decision to follow your heart and chase your dreams. You owe it to yourself to work as hard as you possibly can to create the life you deserve. The vision you have for yourself is your own. Stay true to that. The only two people that know what your path is set out to be are you and God. So when others try to tell you what that is, protect your vision and keep your focus. Run as fast as you can towards the life you want and enjoy every step of the way.
California dreamin’ 🌴🌴🌴🌴🌴
Vintage vibes with @tiffalanooriphoto ☀️☀️☀️
How many times have you held yourself back from accomplishing something?
I could not tell you how many times I have been guilty of this. It takes constant practice to maintain a state of fearlessness. You have to train yourself to redirect the negative self talk that so many of us fall victim to. The "I'm not ready", "I'm not worthy", "I don't have enough of ____" statements that are driven by our ego can be extremely detrimental to our continued progress towards our goals. Be honest with yourself, how many times have you chickened out from doing something because you were afraid and filled with doubt? I sure have. The negative statements that hold us back must be redirected to positive ones such as "I am worthy", "I am ready", "I am fearless", etc. Positive thinking is a muscle that takes a lot of hard work to develop. The more you do it, the easier it becomes. When you make this change, you can step into the direction that allows you to conquer your goals, break through your barriers, and to continue on the path of prosperity that is right there waiting for you. ✨
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I had such a good time tonight watching the @dopemagazine industry awards socal with @flavrxtracts