My coaching work with clients starts with:
What are you passionate about?
What do you want to do, and who do you want to be?
What do you feel is holding you back?
Thanks to the wonder of technology, I work with clients from all over the world. In-person meetings can take place at Hälsans Hus in Lund, Sweden, as well as summer months in the San Francisco Bay Area.
I work to support people in different LIFE TRANSITIONS -
Finding balance, direction and purpose
Mindfulness and self-compassion techniques
Re-building life after illness or loss
Transitioning to life in a new city, state, or country
Job search and change
Transitioning to school, work, or retirement
Parenting and relationship transitions
Finding inspiration and creativity in daily life
Through working with the Wheel of Life inital assessment, you can reflect on what the different areas of your life look like. Is it a smooth ride or a bumpy one? If you could start by making changes in one area of your life, what would it be? With a lot of heart, warmth, fun, and laughter, I help my clients connect with their dreams, goals, and life purpose.
When my own life became unbalanced, it was hard to admit to myself, an occupational therapist studying everyday balance with a focus on mental health, that I didn’t know what balance in my own life meant. My previous “sure, why not” approach to tasks, responsibilities, and activities had led me to a place where I had no time for self-care. In addition, my habit of procrastinating until the last moment no longer worked in the "adult" world with family responsibilities. So, humbly, it was time to learn.
My PhD studies focused on "Balancing Everyday Life." Here are some things I learned about balance, from my training, research, and life:
Balance is not a destination, but rather a path of small actions and decisions that make up our lifestyle.
Balance is different for everyone - but we all have basic self-care needs of sleeping enough, eating enough, and having time for both active and restful activities.
Health is about balance and balance is about health
Self-compassion is an important component to making lifestyle changes.
Setting boundaries is crucial to finding balance. What do you need to say "No" to, in order to say "Yes" to something else?
Balance can be times of too much, followed by time for recovery. But ideally, we find ways to have less of “too much” and more of “enough.”
If we are constantly running at 110% of our capacity, there is no room for unexpected life events. What would filling your life 80% look like? What would you have room for?
FUN and creativity in daily life is also an important part of balance!
What Clients Say
“From the very first time meeting, Kristy has helped me find clarity in areas of my life where I have been feeling stuck. She highlighted my skills and accomplishments and allowed me to see how to use these to break through! It has been important for me to find someone who is a fellow expat who can not only understand and relate to big life changes, but who can actually help me find my way in this new world without changing who I am. It feels so empowering how quickly Kristy has helped me take action to move forward with the life I want to live!”
- American expat working as a project leader in Sweden