Hi! I’m Krista, and I’m so glad you’re here!
I am a mindfulness-based facilitator and coach, who also happens to be recovering from burnout, being a people pleaser, and an avoider of hard things.
Mindfulness has been one of my greatest tools to help accompany my journey, and it hasn’t always been a walk in the park. When I first started practicing mindfulness, I often struggled to sit through the practice. My mind would wander off into thoughts, planning, and memories, and I always thought I was “doing it wrong” or was “bad at it.” After practice, I never felt relaxed and “free of stress and problems,” so I questioned this, what’s the point? Alternatively, I would then aimlessly scroll Instagram……
I was curious to learn more about mindfulness, as I knew it had tremendous benefits but struggled to get through the resistance of “doing” it. I decided to apply for a Graduate Certificate in Mindfulness-Based Teaching and learning through the University of the Fraser Valley to pursue this further.
I quickly learned that everything I was experiencing during a mindfulness practice that
I thought was “wrong” was actually “right.”
What is Mindfulness anyways?
Mindfulness is paying attention on purpose to whatever is arising in the present moment. Embodying mindfulness is bringing awareness when the mind wanders and redirecting it back to the place of attention—paying attention to the sensations, emotions, and thoughts arising moment to moment without attaching a story or meaning to it.
Mindfulness allows one to live a skillful life and to create more space in our minds, which ultimately changes the relationship we have with our thoughts and emotions.
The research suggests that some of the benefits of mindfulness are enhancing social-emotional regulation, reducing stress reactivity, reducing rumination, increasing focus, and improving high-order thinking skills. However, mindfulness is only cultivated while practicing formally or informally and engaging in inquiry.
What is Unapologetic Being?
This space is where I combined my love for connection, coaching, leadership, course design, and mindfulness, all in one place. It combines a mix between research based practices, and experiential learning. My goal is to help people be able to integrate mindfulness into their daily life. Whether you are a seasoned mediator or have never done it before. I help you to break down the resistance to start meditating and go even further by inquiring and investigating what shows up in your practice , how this could be helpful to everyday life.
“No one cares if you can sit on a cushion and meditation for 30 minutes a day if you don’t know how to apply what you are learning to your everyday life.”
My intention is to support and encourage you to:
Start practicing mindfulness
Integrate the practice into your life.
Live less on autopilot and more in the present moment
Cultivate awareness of the body and mind
Create the space between responding and reacting
Navigate life skilfully when things get tough
And yes, you can still drink champagne with friends, swear, and not live in a
monastery to live a mindful life.
In addition to mindfulness, I have an Associate Certificate in Integrated Learning Design, and over 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, with most of those years in management. I live in the rainy lower mainland of British Columbia.
A few random things about me……..
Morning coffee is my favourite part of the day
I’m a cat mom to Isaac & Lucy
I love the desert, the sun, and the water.
As much as I love social events, I also cherish my alone time
My favorite foods are tacos and bananas.
I love a good easy-drinking lager with some classic country music
Dolly Parton is my hero, and I have even stayed at her Dreamland resort
Life is better when the RHOC is on….IYKYK
I look forward to connecting and working with you!
"And the simple act of noticing our thoughts frees us from our attachment to them, frees us from being defined by them, frees us from the control they have over us and the emotional turmoil that can result from being controlled by them."
- Howard Cohn