I’m super jazzed to start a new series on my blog, featuring amazing, inspiring people I’ve come across in my life.
We all need a little inspiration and I personally believe in spreading the love…so if I’m inspired, I want to pass it on to others, so they can share and find something/someone that might inspire them!
This week, I’m interviewing Kristyn (@KristynJoRuns)! She has been/continues to be an incredible inspiration to me (and I’m sure a ton of others) and I really wanted to help share some positivity from her. She is a consistent voice in the Tone It Up team world, checking in and sharing support and/or recipes with the group. She also has the super cutest pup (Koby) and has made us all jealous by posting photos from the lake! And, in her spare time – she’s a children’s book author! SHE DOES IT ALL – and I have no idea how (hence the blog title haha). She has a lovely blog, Creative with Kristyn, that you should definitely check out! She has tons of great yoga advice and inspiration, recipes and DIY projects, and much more!
How do you start your day?
I start my day with some hot lemon water and email. If I am feeling a cup of coffee (I’ve been working on dropping back!), I’ll have one after the lemon water. I wake up earlier than I would work out so I can relax for a moment to myself and give myself time to wake up. After email, I do browse social media for a bit, and sometimes get carried away on Pinterest in the early morning. I like to start my day with a workout, and more recently, it has been a yoga flow-either on YouTube, a workout DVD, or my own flow.
What do you never leave home without?
My bottle of water. I go absolutely nowhere without it. It is attached to my hip. I have a KOR water bottle that is made of BPA free plastic and has an organic coconut water filter inside. I am obsessed. It literally goes everywhere with me.
What’s your favorite food?
Toughest question ever. I love food. All of it. I would have to say sushi or when I make gluten-free pizza with all the toppings at home. I also love a good wine and cheese and crackers night. That counts as food, right? It does in my book. I could live on that combo I think. ;)
You do a lot of yoga – I just started. It was really intimidating to me but I’m so happy I’ve gotten over the hump and gotten into it. What advice would you give non or new yogis looking to get into it?
Love this question. I started in November and just fell head over heels. I was so intimidated at first too, because there were so many amazing yogis doing insane arm balances and inversions, and there I was a total newbie. But that is the thing about yoga. There is no judgement, no ego; you leave it all at the door. Everyone does. And you do what is best for you and your practice on that given day. My advice for non and new yogis would be to just try. Take it slow. Take it easy. Do not judge yourself based on the performance of those around you. It is not a competition. Yoga is a journey. It is a journey for you and yourself and your body. You will get to wherever you want to get to when the time is right. You will nail that arm balance you have wanted to nail for the new yogis, when the timing is right. You will get that headstand when it is time. Non yogis who want to get into it…go to a studio class. This is just my opinion. Not a class at the gym. Go to a true studio yoga class. You will get the full effect and feel of what yoga is and what it can do for yourself; both body and mind. As we have chatted before, Kate, yoga brought out a side of both of us that we never knew existed, right? And what a wonderful side that is. I have never felt more stronger, both mentally and physically, than I do with my yoga practice. :)
Personally, I found you through our mutual love (obsession? haha) of Tone It Up! How did you first find the Tone It Up family?
Let’s go with obsession, shall we? :) I’ll say obsession…and LOVE…of Tone It Up. I found Tone It Up browsing YouTube videos one day back in like 2010. I was watching a lot of Elle Fowler makeup tutorials and I saw a recommended Tone It Up video. I instantly connected with Karena and Katrina’s fun loving attitude towards life and fitness. I watched their videos and did some here and there. It wasn’t until I got engaged that I really got into the Tone It Up Lifestyle. About 6 months before I got married, I bought the plan and followed it as I moved along through wedding planning. I have met SO MANY amazing women, all of whom I call friends (whether I know them personally, have met them, or not) and the community is so welcoming. So many opportunities have come up for me with all my TIU gals, too. I am forever grateful to Tone It Up for their hard work, dedication, and love they put into their business and the community. They have inspired, and continue to inspire millions of women across the globe and have connected us all in a beautiful, strong community filled with love and inspiration.
How has leading a healthy life changed your life?
It has definitely changed a lot of things in my life! I would definitely say the addition of yoga to my healthy lifestyle really put my life over the edge of awesomeness. It completely changed my mentality to a very positive one. I have always been a pretty positive person, but yoga 360’d that for me and made it even more positive and taught me how to work through those times of personal stress that were always hard for me to work through before. Leading a healthy lifestyle has given me a sense of peace and clarity in this ever changing, busy world.
What is your favorite inspirational quote?
“Travel light. Live light. Spread the light. Be the Light.” ~ Yogi Bhajan