Christine Pienaar - Your Mess is Your Message, Coaching Sessions + Career Transitions

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Christine Pienaar

Christine is a natural light wedding and lifestyle photographer. When she is not traveling the globe with her clients and her camera, she's capturing moments and planting roots on Canada’s West Coast. She’s most inspired by experiences and events that draw people together to share something personal: a meal, a conversation, a story, a celebration, a collaboration.

Kristy Vail

Host of the podcast Connected with Kristy Vail + Interior Designer + Connected Life Coach.

Kristy’s work focuses on connection and transformation in her client’s spaces and within themselves.

This episode covers:

  • Christine takes over as the host and interviews Kristy

  • How can people apply for the connected sessions

  • Who are these sessions for + what does coaching with Kristy look like?=

  • What was the resistance around the label “Life Coach”

  • This new direction for Kristy

  • Kristy’s favourite part of this podcast

  • Christine and Kristy both share current struggles

  • Discussion about what your perfect day would look like

  • Kristy dives into her own Human Design Type

  • What to do if you have many passions

Resources mentioned:

Podcast & Website Credit:

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Kristy’s Instagram

Christine’s Instagram

Solo Show - Five Tips for Creating More Alignment in Your Home

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Kristy Vail

Host of the podcast Connected with Kristy Vail + Interior Designer + Connected Life Coach.

Kristy’s work focuses on connection and transformation in her client’s spaces and within themselves.

https://kristyvailstudio.com/

This episode covers:

  • Tip#1 - Reset your space every night + make your bed every morning

  • Tip#2 - Declutter & re-assess products in your home

  • Tip#3 – Fresh stems – for less than $5.00 you can freshen up your home with eucalyptus which can last for months and you can reuse it when its dry

  • Tip#4 – Create designated areas in your space for your alignment practices – whatever that looks like for you – could be dancing, mediation, journaling, etc.

  • Tip#5 – Add some personality to your bare walls –DIY art (frame fabric or wrapping paper); purchase prints, shop local artists, find free photography online

Resources mentioned:

Podcast & Website Credit:

I’d love to hear from you - connect with me on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Solo Show - Listening to Triggers, Identifying Patterns + Releasing Pain

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Kristy Vail

Host of the podcast Connected with Kristy Vail + Interior Designer + Connected Life Coach.

Kristy’s work focuses on connection and transformation in her client’s spaces and within themselves.

https://kristyvailstudio.com/

This episode covers:

  • Never waste a trigger - lean into what the trigger is showing you

  • Have compassion for yourself when triggers come up - big or small

  • Identify patterns and why they continue to repeat

  • Releasing pain: journal + rest + movement + cry

  • Being sensitive and how this can be a super power

  • How to encourage and instill confidence in shy children

Resources mentioned:

Podcast & Website Credit:

I’d love to hear from you - connect with me on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Katie Buemann - Heartbreak, Rock Bottom + Radical Self Acceptance

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Katie Buemann

Host of the Real Rebel Podcast, writer, eternal optimist, and believer of the good in people.

This episode covers:

  • Katie’s background (having her heart broken, travelling to Bali, becoming the strongest version of herself along the way + relaunching Real Rebel Podcast)

  • Looking back at the pings and warning signs she saw before the relationship ended

  • Katie’s best advice on how to elevate yourself during heartbreak

  • Being sensitive and intuitive and experiencing high highs and low lows

  • Big shifts in more men opening up + women being powerful and holding space

  • The relaunch of the Real Rebel Podcast + her mission with the show

Resources mentioned:

Podcast & Website Credit:

We’d love to hear from you - connect with us on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Real Rebel Podcast Instagram

Cassy Vantriet - Searching for Purpose, Not Forcing the Process + Human Design

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Cassy Vantriet

Cassy is the founder of a local Vancouver company, WOASH WELLNESS. WOASH offers a line of holistically designed tea blends that focus on natural remedies by utilizing each ingredients unique benefit and healing properties for a variety of daily needs. Cassy has been on her self-discovery journey since her first solo trip to South East Asia when she was 19 - exploring different cultures, experiencing multiple failed attempts at school and jobs, giving into the pressures of what "society told her to do", avoiding her intended purpose by partying till the early hours which eventually led to a dark year filled with her feeling completely lost and seeking for drastic change and purpose. Keep listening to hear her unique journey and the people and things that helped her along the way.

This episode covers:

  • Cassy’s background (working in the restaurant industry, travelling to find her purpose, going back to school in her mid twenties & starting her Tea Company - Woash Wellness)

  • Going back to school when she was ready - not when external sources were putting the pressure on her

  • Getting her business up and running and developing her brand vision with the help of many professionals (Holistic Nutritionists, Photographers, Herbalists & a Branding company)

  • The ins and outs of launching a product business + having stores stock her tea

  • Exploring her Human Design Type (Projector) to understand how she can be most successful

  • Stepping into being an educator and teaching others about the benefits of herbs

Resources mentioned:

Woash Tea - use the discount code “CONNECTED” at checkout!

Podcast & Website Credit:

We’d love to hear from you - connect with us on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Woash Wellness Instagram

Valentine's Day - Disordered Eating, Being More Honest with Others + Self Compassion

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Kristy Vail

A multi-faceted entrepreneur with a focus on transformation & connection. She is the podcast host of Connected with Kristy Vail where she facilitates meaningful conversations about work & life. She is also an Interior Designer working with clients to create and elevate the spaces they spend the most time in. And most recently, she’s been led to guiding clients to greater alignment and inner connection with her Connected Sessions.

This episode covers:

  • Current motto - "I'm in it for the long run" helps to navigate highs & lows

  • Disordered & restrictive eating patterns & growing from those experiences

  • Being honest and saying no to things you don’t want to do (events, free work, etc.)

  • Taking responsibility for your own happiness & realizing you can’t change others

  • Living in more alignment to create better work, relationships and a personal connection

  • Connected Sessions - now taking initial calls before the sessions launch!

Resources mentioned:

Woash Tea - use the discount code “CONNECTED” at checkout!

Podcast & Website Credit:

I’d love to hear from you - connect with me on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Landon Dix - Choosing a Creative Career Instead of Working for the Family Business + Collaboration

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Landon Dix

Landon Dix is an interior designer, working between Vancouver and The Sunshine Coast. His roots in design were formed from crafting home-wares, that eventually stemmed the creation of Landon Dix Design Studio. A multi-discipline design practice, that oversees residential and commercial projects from conception to completion, down to the finest technical detail. He has always been influenced by his surroundings; raised on the forest's edge on the North Shore, and logging countless hours on a boat since childhood. His upbringing motivates him to create a unique, home-grown aesthetic, with the task of bringing global design trends and innovations to the west coast.

This episode covers:

  • Landon’s background (thriving in the entrepreneurship program in high school, deciding against business school, taking a gap year, pursuing interior and industrial design, building a business)

  • His influential grandma who was a powerful female entrepreneur in a male dominated industry

  • Learning new skills like sewing rope bowls & creating things in his wood shop

  • Selling housewares and getting recognized by local businesses

  • Finding and focusing on strengths through collaboration

  • His love for sailing and his version of meditation

  • What he loves most about working for himself - flexibility & control of project direction

  • His advice for people trying to find a career they love

Resources mentioned:

Podcast & Website Credit:

We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us both on Instagram

Landon Dix + Landon Dix Design Studio

Kristy’s Instagram

Kassandra Taylor - Mental Health Awareness through Design, Navigating Burnout + Aligned Work Values

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Kassandra Taylor

Kassandra is a multi-passionate entrepreneur with the goal of creating dialogue about mental health and self care through her business. She is the designer of Amara Blue Jewelry, and director of The Social Refinery - a marketing company for local businesses.

This episode covers:

  • Kassandra’s background (trading her jewelry for free yoga, selling to various stores, growing a following, creating open dialogue around anxiety and mental health)

  • Aligning with & supporting business owners with the same values

  • Investing money in hiring professionals and delegating tasks you struggle with or don’t enjoy

  • Honest thoughts on anxiety & mental health

  • The value in not working while you travel

  • Taking breaks from personal growth & just resting

  • How to navigate burnout while having a full schedule

Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Amara Blue Designs + The Social Refinery

Kristy’s Instagram

Claire Lambert - Happiness after Divorce, Helping Those Less Fortunate + Saying Yes

Claire Lambert

Claire is a Real Estate Agent living in Port Moody with her two children. In her personal time, she focuses on training for things like ultra marathons, where she’s always trying to improve her performance, like in all other aspects of her life.  Marathons are something she likes to set as personal goals every year, keeping her mentally healthy and fit and able to stay focused on a bright future for everyone she shares her life and work with. She is also an active member of the Port Moody Rotary Club and has created the Port Moody Community Corner Facebook page which supports & encourages local businesses and community members.

This episode covers:

  • Claire’s background (struggling financially, making the decision to divorce her former partner, getting a job opportunity on a bus, taking the program and pursuing Real Estate at 40)

  • Her intentional decision to end her marriage and pursue a happier life

  • Her passion for running which evolved into completing many marathons

  • Struggling financially and feeling down but helping other people less fortunate than her

  • Getting a job opportunity from an outburst on the bus

  • Being a Realtor + relating to clients - known as the “Divorce Specialist”

  • Gifting experiences to her children + teaching them gratitude

  • Working with a business coach - “if it’s not a hell yes, its a f*ck no” - Tim Ferriss Quote

  • Starting the Port Moody Community Corner Facebook page and how it supports community members and business owners


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Claire’s Instagram & Facebook Page

Kristy’s Instagram

Shaun Bird - Entrepreneurship, Owning Mistakes + the Life Changing Decision to Quit Drinking

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Shaun Bird (aka - Birdman the Welder)

Shaun is a Fabricator/Welder and entrepreneur. He specializes in fine metalwork which covers anything from custom handmade furniture, to commercial installations, to architectural elements in some of Vancouver's most illustrious homes. He owns and operates his outfit Birdman the Welder Inc with his wife and business partner Leanne Bird in their shop space which is based just a short scenic commute from their Tsawwassen home, in Delta, British Columbia. Shaun embraces the entrepreneurial community by giving back through sharing his experiences and supporting those on the come up, and spreading gratuity to those who have mentored and lifted him up in his own journey.

This episode covers:

  • Shaun’s background – growing up struggling in school, lack of direction, idolizing Jesse James, various jobs before easing into opening his shop with his wife + his decision to stop drinking

  • Inspired by Jesse James - using his hands and not just relying on his brain + building amazing things + making good money

  • Working out of town for months at a time + playing COD in his free time before deciding to get serious and open up shop

  • His approach to entrepreneurship -the value in patience & taking ownership of mistakes in the shop

  • Meeting his wife at a young age + building a business together + both growing as individuals to bring more to each other

  • Deciding to stop drinking after hitting a rock bottom and how his life has improved in every way - his relationship, business & personal identity

  • Plans for 2019 - business + travel

  • His advice for someone looking to change their relationship with alcohol


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Shaun’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Solo Show - Finding Alignment After Years of Struggling

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Solo show today! I’m sharing some vulnerable moments from my past and how my overly sensitive & shy former self struggled to feel qualified, intelligent and worthy. Over the past ten years, I’ve found various forms of inner work through personal development podcasts, online courses, coaching, meditation and journalling and am now in a place of so much alignment in my life and live in way more flow than I ever imagined possible.

This episode covers:

I share many examples of challenges growing up:

  • Highschool - struggling with academics, barely passing exams, not fitting in

  • Looking to others for the answer or permission

  • Saying YES to everything, having zero boundaries

  • Being SO shy, easily embarrassed and a major worrier

  • Drinking too much, feeling anxious & lost

  • Being hyper sensitive and not knowing how to self soothe

  • Feeling under-qualified at jobs regardless of my credentials which negatively impacted the tasks I was given

  • Being too busy, piling up my schedule and never setting time aside for myself

The changes I made in the past 10 years that led me to this place of alignment:

  • Finding alignment practices through online courses, journalling, podcasts, meditation and various other tools

  • Letting others have their own experience + leading by example

  • Integrating more white space in my life

  • Thoroughly enjoying my alone time and getting to know myself

  • Being resourceful and feeling empowered as an entrepreneur

  • Having the closest people in my life appreciate my inner work and acknowledge how its improved the relationships

  • Being self sufficient and writing to my inner voice (intuition)

  • Exploring conscious and subconscious thoughts

  • My new service - one on one sessions (you and me working together to bring more alignment in your life - coming soon)


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

Connect with me on Instagram!

Kristy’s Instagram

Zafira Rajan - Reinventing Conscious Entrepreneurs, Uplevelling in a Mastermind & Meditation at 13

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Zafira Rajan

Zafira is the founder of Zafira Rajan, Inc., a branding strategy and copywriting consultancy for conscious coaches, health, wellness and lifestyle entrepreneurs. She supports her clients in the elevation and creation of their brands through personality-driven conversion copy that brings their vision to life, and impacts positive change on their audience. Her mission is to help them find what makes them unique in their industry, and sets them apart with strong brand messaging and copy that attracts their ideal clients. She lights up helping them launch their next big thing with brand clarity!

This episode covers:

  • Zafira’s background – growing up in Kenya, being a writer & reader from a young age, her transition into entrepreneurship, finding her niche in the copy writing industry + joining a mastermind

  • Her column at the Daily Hive & introducing a new column about positive happenings around the world

  • Her immersive process & how she taps into her clients lives to uncover and articulate their mission and brand message

  • Copy writing for conscious entrepreneurs + finding this niche

  • Joining a Mastermind to uplevel her business, connecting with & supporting like-minded people, holding each other accountable & collaboration

  • The value in volunteering and making friends along the way

  • Her parents spiritual rituals influenced her starting a meditation practice at thirteen

  • Her rituals now - meditation, journalling, reiki, smudging

  • 2019 - her business vision + retreat + mastermind meet up in NYC + wedding planning


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us both on Instagram

Zafira’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Christine Pienaar - Connecting with People through Photography, Mentorship & Gratitude

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Christine Pienaar

Christine is a natural light wedding and lifestyle photographer. When she is not traveling the globe with her clients and her camera, she's capturing moments and planting roots on Canada’s West Coast. She’s most inspired by experiences and events that draw people together to share something personal: a meal, a conversation, a story, a celebration, a collaboration.

This episode covers:

  • Christine’s background – growing up in South Africa, her work ethic from a young age, finding photography, learning from her mentor & easing into entrepreneurship

  • Her experience in high school and not always excelling in academics but was drawn to working hard and serving others

  • Exploring different career options before finding photography (ie: nursing & various roles at a digital media agency)

  • Taking the job that isn’t the best on paper (ie: doesn’t have the best benefits, pay, nicest office, etc.) and going with her gut to take an opportunity where she felt most connected to the people

  • The importance of a mentor and learning from someone further down the path

  • Navigating busy and slow seasons in her business

  • Sisterhood group – having a group of women in her church to support each other through the party and the pain

  • Driven by purpose and a regular gratitude practice

  • Her passion to give back and mentor other aspiring photographers

  • 2019 Christine’s vision & direction


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Christine’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Lynn Mull - Navigating Life Transitions, Shifting or Staying in a Career + Vulnerability

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Lynn Mull

Lynn Mull, the Career Milestone Coach with her company Redwood Leadership where she helps her clients through pivotal times in their careers, she hosts workshops and does speaking panels and she also writes an incredible blog which features Purposeful Pivot Interviews with inspiring guest stories.

This episode covers:

  • Lynn’s background & story (her career journey, her mom’s battle with cancer, getting coaching certified, starting Redwood Leadership + helping clients navigate big life transitions)

  • Starting a side job or transitioning into entrepreneurship

  • How to have hard conversations in the office, stop people pleasing + ask for what you want

  • Asking better questions & getting vulnerable for greater connections

  • Slow Change - her motto for 2018

  • Making friends & growing community through instagram

  • Lynn’s new course Shift or Stay - coming soon

  • Lynn’s year of No & vision for 2019


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Lynn’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Chara Marie - Body Image & Self Compassion, a Life Changing Retreat + Building Community

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Chara Marie

Nutritionist, trainer and health coach Chara Marie is empowering women in reaching their goals while maintaining a balanced, positive and most importantly fun- lifestyle. Chara is the creator of the Body Confident Fitness and Nutrition programs that showcase how simple and attainable looking your best from the inside out can be. Hosting boot camps and health and wellness events here in Vancouver, Chara embodies the importance of creating a supportive community and how we can all benefit from surrounding ourselves with other expanding individuals.

This episode covers:

  • Chara’s background & story (her past struggles with body image, the retreat that changed her life, building community with Almost30 + the evolution of CharaMarie.com)

  • Chara’s challenges with orthorexia & overcoming the need to be perfect

  • The retreat Back to Basics she attended by herself in the beginning of 2018 and how it impacted her life

  • What it looks like to work with Chara and how she teaches her clients how to live a fun and balanced lifestyle through her programs and classes; her nutrition program & delicious plant based recipes

  • Her tips for eating more consciously - eat your meals without distraction and really appreciate the life cycle of the food

  • Faith over Fear - we discuss this instagram post of Chara’s - taking leaps and going after what you really want

  • Her role as an ambassador with Almost30 & the importance of connection and building community

  • The value in hiring a coach & investing in yourself

  • Chara’s goals and vision for the New Year 2019


Resources mentioned:

Credit:

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Chara’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Sam Girard - Travelling to Bali & India, Leading Women's Circles + Creating Divine East

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Sam Girard // Divine East

On Sam’s first solo trip to South East Asia, she discovered the power in travelling alone while going on a spiritual journey. Years later, she traveled to India with her sister, Danelle, where they studied with a guru in the foothills of the Himalayas, where they learned about japa mala meditation and the healing properties of gemstones. Developing a passion for meditation, crystals and healing, they knew it was their Dharmic path to share this journey with others. Shortly after immersing into Eastern spiritual traditions and practices, their company Divine East was born. Divine East is a mala jewelry company specializing in hand-crafted gemstone necklaces and bracelets. The malas are handmade with semi-precious gemstones sourced from locals in India and Bali.

Shop the incredible designs at Divine East

This episode covers:

  • Sam’s travel story (the power in travelling alone, going on a spiritual journey with her sister, leading women’s circles + the evolution of Divine East)

  • Morning routines + spirit guides

  • Meditation & what it has done for her life

  • The power of mantras

  • Travel experiences in Ubud, Bali & Rishikesh, India

  • Leading women’s circles & holding space for others

  • Developing Divine East & building community

  • Sam’s goals and vision for the New Year 2019

Resources mentioned:

  • Spirit guide deck

  • Yoga Studio in Bali - Radiantly Alive

  • Ashtanga yoga retreat koh phangan

  • This instagram post

  • Lakshmi Mantra - prosperity & health

  • Quote: ”you’re the average of the five people you spent time with” Jim Rohn

Credit:

We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us both on Instagram

Sam’s Instagram

Divine East’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Solo Show - Making Others Feel Great, Asking Better Questions + Elevating our Conversations

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This episode covers:

When meeting people:

1. Remember names

2. Engage in interesting conversations (ask better questions to get deep answers)

Examples:

-have you traveled anywhere lately, any trips planned?

-are you working on anything interesting right now?

-whats been the best part of your week so far?

3. When you say good bye - wish them well on their trip, new blog, challenging week, etc. and show them how present you were in the conversation

For existing relationships:

-follow up about things in their life (ie: important dates (wedding, birthday, etc.); job interviews; doctors appointments, etc.)

-have more vulnerable conversations to get a deeper relationship

-be more present and put your phone away when you’re engaged in a conversation

Supporting businesses + Acknowledging a job well done:

-write a testimonial, rate & review; send a complimentary email or text to acknowledge them

Resources mentioned:

Remembering Names Tips: Jim Kwik - Check out this episode and this article

“To be interesting, be interested” Dale Carnegie quote

Photography by Christine Pienaar

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Kelly Trach - Building a Business from Scratch, Trusting Yourself & Setting Boundaries

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Kelly Trach

Kelly Trach is coach, speaker and podcast host.

Her soulful work has an emphasis on mastering your mindset, overcoming your self-limiting beliefs, acing your self-talk, ditching the inner critic and becoming who you really are. Her philosophy is that if you get the inner work right first, the outside falls into place. She is the creator of Your Best Life - an online course that teaches people how to build a life they love by starting with the inner work first. And, she's the brain behind Your Conscious Empire - a course all about how you can build a heart-centered business, do what you adore, and free yourself financially. Kelly is also the host of The Kelly Trach Show, a top-rated self-help podcast that features high profile guests from around the globe who are the best in their field. You can find her on kellytrach.com and just about everywhere on social media.

This episode covers:

  • Kelly’s background & story (being an overachiever in high school, turning down job offers, moving to SF, failed tech start-ups + the evolution of KellyTrach.com)

  • Placing full trust in herself when she started a business in her childhood bedroom with few supporters, a zero dollar budget and all signs pointing to no way in hell

  • Pivoting her focus from health & healing to mindset mastery and business empowerment

  • How people can discover their zone of genius & tap into their gifts (listen to her solo podcast episode on it)

  • Setting boundaries around the holidays and when to use a boundary statement around triggering family & corporate events

  • Kelly’s goals and vision for the New Year 2019


Resources mentioned:

  • Kelly and I first met through the Flow with Intention Community, a course created by Jess Lively from The Lively Show podcast

  • Terminology: “the magic dark” & “expanders” - Lacy Phillips from Free & Native

  • Quotes:

    "The only people who get upset about you setting boundaries are the ones who were benefiting from you having none." - Unknown

    “There are people less qualified than you doing the things you want to do simply because they decided to believe in themselves” - Unknown

Credit:

We’d love to hear from you! Connect with us both on Instagram

Kelly’s Instagram

Kristy’s Instagram

Kristy Vail - My Story + Why I'm Starting This Podcast

In this first episode, I share…

  • why I wanted to start this podcast & who I want to help

  • my personal background (relationships, past jobs, design school, hiring a business coach & entrepreneurship)

Resources mentioned:

Connect with me!

Come find me on instagram

kristyvailstudio.com