Hey Girl Hey! You know what day it is its FRIDAY, so you know what that mean here at HITC its FIERCE FRIDAY! This week lets meet Kristin. I met this gem while working a job and when I say she, another Fierce Female by the name of Brandy and myself became fast friends it was as if we had known each other for years, they welcomed me with such open arms and are still extending the love. Kristin is an amazing wife, mother, business woman, and her friendship is often one that cannot be matched. When she's not creating content for 1-35 Mag in Kearney, MO you can catch her working on her amazing new mental health app MindStar. Give it up for KRISTIN!!
Website URL: mindstarapp.com
Business FB Page URL: @mindstarapp
Twitter URL: @mindstarapp1
Tell us about your business and how you became the business woman you are today. (What motivated you, how do you keep a positive outlook, etc)
I own a self-care tech company called Mind Star Health. Our soon-to-be-released app Mind Star tracks users self-care data and rewards usersfor building a routine and checking in. The more you check-in, the more points or stars you earn and the more rewards you unlock from participating businesses! We are more than a self-care app, I publicly speak to various audiences about the importance of self-care, helping people become aware of their self-care limiting beliefs. We also tackle common self-care misconceptions with our weekly self-care newsletter. My personal experience of overcoming certain mental illnesses, managing current mental illnesses, our three kids and those in my life who suffer with mental illness motivate me ...but the biggest motivators I have are my inner child and Jesus. The little girl within me, the one with the big dreams and even bigger heart - this is all for her and Jesus, first and foremost. The universe took something terrible and made something beautiful out of ashes - Mind Star.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Intelligent, Witty, Empath
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I am an award-winning journalist with six Missouri Press Association awards, that's been a highlight. Honestly, anytime a door opens up for Mind Star, an opportunity that comes my way that's huge to me. The opportunity might not pan out but if a door opens ... that means there will be more doors opening in the future. And every rejection is a just a redirection.
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
25,000 Mind Star downloads, 500 plus health professionals on the Help page, some bad ass rewards for our users, partnerships with hospitals and clinics using the app as a tool for patients, and I'm preparing my first Ted Talk about self-care misconceptions :)
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Being a public speaker is becoming more of an interest for me. I'm being approached more and more about being a self-care specialist or coach, and public speaking. I'd like to explore that avenue more. One that's way out there would be a food critic. How fun would that be?!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
Following a strict a self-care routine ;), managing my energy (learning to say "no"and remembering that nothing is more important than family. The business email/phone call really can wait until tomorrow. It really can. You have to make a lot of sacrifices as a momprenuer, so I try to choose my family over work as much as I possibly can. If I can't, I give my family an incentive. "Let mommy work really hard this week and on Friday we go to pool!" I then make sure I do everything I can to keep that promise. Last month, I made that promise and when Friday came it was storming. No bummed faces, we went to an indoor pool instead! I want them to see what it really takes to follow your dreams but I also want them to know that at the end of the day, your loved ones are much more important than success.
What websites do you visit everyday? when I need a mental break - Scarymommy, People, Buzzfeed or I read the reviews of products on Amazon. When I want to be informed - Wash Post, New York Times.
What are your top three favorite places/things to do in Kansas City?
Eat BBQ is number one - I mean, we DO have the BEST in BBQ in the U.S. hands down Q39 and Joe's KC are my top two faves!
Casually coming across a farmer's market, craft fair, art show. My fave is to just drive around and find some cute niche store to check out. There's so much going on in KC, something every weekend. My favorite stores are aromatherapy soap and candle stores. I wouldn't be productive if I lived close to one but I would smell amazing all the time.
I've been to a handful of concerts, I have an eclectic taste in music, so I have been to various venues for live music, and I have had an amazing time every single time. My goal next year is to go to more live shows. A lot of great performers come to KC!
What is your goal for retirement?
I tell people it's a owning a few beach front properties on some island, well I sell coconut candy for fun and people think I'm this cute old crazy lady that sells candy when I'm secretly a rich grannie. :)
But in all honesty, it's freedom. Financial freedom is the ultimate goal so I can travel, see the world and to give back and be involved in the volunteer community as I want. That's the dream. Making enough financially that I can start some non profits and give back in big ways
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company?
My advice is that when everything seems to be falling apart, try to think of it as if everything is falling into place. The dark times never last, and if everything fails then at least you tried - you will not have the regret of not trying on your shoulders. And failing does not mean you are failure. Rejection and failure is a part of life. When you can't hang on any more, hang on a little bit longer - what you need comes in right when you really need it. And all you can do is try, try for yourself, for your inner child, she's rooting for her. Honor your inner child and go for it, take risks, the only person holding you back is yourself. I'm here with you and I'm rooting for you.
,Hey there ladies!! I will be doing a new series on Friday's where we meet influential, independent, strong, and determined women! This Friday we will meet Kacie aka Skinhaus. Kacie is a licensed Medical Aesthetician/Esthetician who has been working miracles for my skin for since Sept 2018. You can tell by the photos this girl knows her stuff!! I wont babble on and on about how awesome, warm, caring, gentle bat poop crazy and down to earth she is because she comes alive in this interview! So with out further a-do it is my please to introduce to you KACIE!!!
Business FB Page URL: www.facebook.com/skinhauscss
Instagram URL: www.instagram.com/skinhause_css
Tell us about your business and how you became the business woman you are today. (What motivated you, how do you keep a positive outlook, etc): My business is 4 1/2 years old. I became the business I am today because I have always wanted to help people feel better about themselves and I realized that the industry was doing the opposite. It was causing people to feel more insecure. So I decided to change that, one person at a time.
Describe yourself in 3 words: Honest, Loyal, dedicated.
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement? Being able to build my business from one Groupon into what it is today while also being a single mom.
What are your professional goals for the next six months? Lol!! I’m still learning!! Continue to build my acne clientele and my cryo clientele.
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt? Too many to list!
How do you maintain a work/life balance? Work lol, support small businesses. Find new places to eat and shop!
What are your top three favorite places/things to do in Kansas City? Work lol, support small businesses. Find new places to eat and shop!
What is your goal for retirement? I don’t know if I ever will retire!
Do you have any advice for women who would like to start their own company? Yes! Follow your dreams. The only person that will get in your way is yourself. If you need any help come see me. I’ve helped several people get there business off the ground and I’ve saved several from going under