I married my high-school sweetheart. After over 20 years of being with the same human I’ve learned a lot about myself and relationships. Simply put, relationships take work to go from good to great. I let go of expecting the perfect fairly-tale romance and started to appreciate the daily laughs and journey of doing life together.
I am a mom to a vivacious blonde little girl. My desire to be more present with my daughter fueled my leap into self-employment. I am amazed at her memory, zest for life and creativity with play. Our kids can teach us a lot about life if we slow down enough to appreciate their youthful perspectives.
Working out is my jam! I’ve run marathons, dipped my toe in the water for sprint tri-athalons, power walked while pregnant and grew to love yoga. I taught spin classes at multiple gyms in LA before having my daughter and love the feeling of accomplishment after a good workout. I used to work out to look a certain way but now I work out to feel a certain way. Progress!
Pizza is my favorite food! We eat pizza multiple times per week in our house. I love to make pizza with a garden full of veggies and Boboli crust. When it comes to delivery pizza, STL has LA beat. There is nothing like an Imo’s or Serra’s pizza. The hubs and I love pizza so much our wedding rehearsal dinner was at Serra’s.
I’ve been pescatarian for over a decade! If it comes from the land or sky, it’s a hard no for me. We’ve been to some of the best steakhouses and I’ve tested my non-meat-eating habits and it’s still a NO. I feel better eating fruits, veggies and beans. I do know protein is important so I stick to fish once and a while.
It’s all about the bubbles – bubble water as we call it. I’ve been a non-soda drinker for a decade and reach for sparkling water when I am bored with plain water.
Coffee in the AM and wine in the PM. Non-fat lattes from Starbucks, k-pods with a splash of non-fat milk and Hazelnut from Panera are my favorite ways to jumpstart my day. When it comes to wine, I prefer mine red and from Oregon.
There’s hardly a day that goes by without music. Dave Matthews Band is still my favorite! When I need to think or relax it’s DMB. Chainsmokers radio along with hip-hop BBQ top my Pandora rotations.
Growing up, I was not an avid reader. As an adult, I’ve learned to love reading. I set reading goals each year and read over 20 books. I’m currently geeking out over Marie Forelo’s Everything is Figureoutable. I wish I would have read the Subtle Art of Not Giving a F years ago. I gravitate towards running books and books written by women for women (Girl, Stop Apologizing!)
I love LA! Yes, it’s expensive to live in LA and there is traffic. I love the electrifying feeling of imagination and making it big thanks to Hollywood. LA feels welcoming to all types (super easy to eat pescatarian) and is a melting pot for diversity.
Kristin Burke is a goal achievement coach who assists women, entrepreneurs and leaders in maximizing their potential and achieving their definitions of success.