My name is Kristin, and I’m an Integrative Health & Lifestyle Coach. I’m inspired by all things healthy, whole and natural, and I strive to live my best life every day. I have practiced what I preach for over 25 years, and I have recently made it my mission to help others do the same by guiding them in making inspired and sustainable lifestyle changes that bring them to a place of better health, happiness, and balance. I believe that we are all seeking to live our healthiest life — whether we realize it or not — but sometimes we just need a little assistance and encouragement to find the right path. I’d like to help you do that. As an Integrative Health Coach, I believe that when it comes to wellness, everything in life is connected. It’s not just about the food that we eat and our level of physical activity, although those are certainly important components. It’s also about loving ourselves, fostering healthy relationships, and finding fulfillment in our careers and in our lives. When we find that balance, everything seems to fall into place.
Health and wellness has been a lifelong passion for me, but it has become my professional pursuit only in recent years. My journey in life has taken me on a number of different paths, each one wonderful and fulfilling in its own right, but those paths have been diverse in nature and ever evolving.
I grew up in a U.S. Foreign Service family, which meant that much of my early life was spent living overseas and exploring the world, primarily the Middle East, Asia, and Europe. I was bitten by the travel bug early on, and that sense of adventure and my love of international exploration eventually led me to pursue my own career in Foreign Service, this time expanding my focus to include Latin America, in addition to applying my expertise to the parts of the world with which I was already familiar. I loved my career, but after almost 20 years of service with the Federal Government, I stepped away for what was intended to be a brief period, so that I could devote more time to caring for my family, and especially my aging parents, who were facing their own personal health challenges at that time. That break ended up becoming permanent, and my family relocated to Leesburg, Virginia, where we acquired a beautiful parcel of land, complete with rolling acreage and abundant wildlife — a veritable paradise. My husband and I were then inspired to do something completely crazy. We decided to plant a vineyard, because, well… why not? Neither one of us had any background in viticulture or farming at the time, but that didn’t dissuade us — we learned! And that turned out to be an amazing experience in and of itself. Farming and vineyard management became a family affair, with my two sons and a handful of their friends working right beside my husband and me tending our Chambourcin grapes during the summer months, all of us learning as we went and completely enjoying our connection with the land and with the cycles of the harvests. It was a very happy time.
But life has a way of throwing curveballs at you (no one ever said it would be easy, right?), and 2010 became my most challenging year ever in terms of crisis and personal growth. In the first part of that year, I lost my mother, my husband, and my father all in rapid succession. My husband’s death, in particular, was very sudden and unexpected, and it completely changed my world. I suddenly found myself shouldering all of the responsibilities for my family and our businesses on my own. That year, I took over as owner and President of the consulting company that my husband had founded, and I also assumed full responsibility for our vineyard, overseeing the production of our grapes for sale to local wineries.
During that pivotal year, I was challenged beyond what I thought I could endure, but I emerged a much stronger person on the other side. I learned how to cope with grief, loss, and unbelievable stress, but I also learned how to find joy in the moment and beauty and gratitude in even the smallest things. I learned that I was stronger than I had ever thought possible, and that life is an ever-changing journey. I lost and found myself again, regaining balance and realigning my sense of purpose with what I knew really mattered versus the “little things” that seem to consume our daily lives and keep us mired in worry or self-doubt. I learned that life is all about love and connection, and that our beacon lights need to be focused and true.
Throughout my life, I have avidly pursued my personal interest in health and nutrition, studying various nutritional theories in depth and following my own healthy lifestyle. But after 2010, I shifted my focus and determined that I should bring my personal knowledge of health and wellness to a wider audience in hopes of making a difference. I became a vocal advocate for local and organic farming, soil sustainability, and humane treatment of the animals we raise for food. I began attending various holistic health workshops and eventually went back to school, obtaining my Health Coach Certification from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. I began taking on clients in 2017, and started to see the positive effect that one-on-one coaching can have in terms of helping people find their own path to better health, which has been extremely rewarding.
We, as individuals, may not be able to heal the world, but I believe that we can certainly make a difference by helping one person at a time, and through that interaction, we can have a powerful ripple effect on health and healing that will only continue to spread and grow. Mahatma Gandhi once said: “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” That is my personal mantra, and those words are my beacon light. It’s all about finding health, happiness, and balance, and inspiring others to do the same.
As a coach, I put the power back in YOUR hands.
Are you curious about how health coaching can help you? Let’s talk. Schedule an initial consultation with me today.