We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Popova and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kristina, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I think that the Most Important thing is: Choosing Yourself! And I will explain what I mean by that. Choosing Yourself sounds easy, but we all struggle with that on daily basis. Self-Love is very popular topic these days, but only few truly practice it. We all struggle to put ourselves first! We all have families that we love and care for, deep friendships, even work and sometimes strangers. We give our energy to all and everything around us, and we don’t even realize it. If that same energy is focused on ourselves, on our goals and dreams, anything is possible!!! I have a Family that I love more than anything and Amazing Friends that have been there for me through my most excruciating moments! And I will always be there for them! But I got to realize that If I can’t help myself, how am I going to help anyone else! How am I going to be ever successful … For Me and for others… So the moment I was going through my hardest moments, I made the decision to put myself first! To work on myself, my skills, my knowledge, but also my peace and my rest! I didn’t know how to rest before and I always felt overwhelmed! When I started choosing Me and following my Heart, that’s when my whole life started falling into place! Practice Self-Love! Choose You! Because You are Enough and you are Perfect, just the way you are! Everything you are seeking in life, businesses ideas, Love… It’s already within You! Believe it and All of your Dreams will become reality!

Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
Well, I’ve been very artistic ever since I was lil girl, but wasn’t able to truly pursue my dreams till 2 years ago. I’ve been dancing and singing since I was a child, also acting for school plays. But my parents just didn’t see a real future in art like that, so they wanted me to have a “real career”. So I did that and I am good at it! But music has always been in my heart and it’s part of me! I traveled the last 7 years of my life, by myself, moving around and experiencing life to the fullest! But something was always missing! And 2 years ago, someone said to me ” It’s a part of You, I can see it all over You and you radiate it! Why you don’t do something about it? Why you waste your time? ”

That’s when I ‘woke up’ and realized what I have been missing! I wasn’t following my heart fully! I was experiencing life and was feeling amazingly Free, but was still giving my energy to the wrong jobs ( so I can ‘pay the bills ‘ )… Jobs that were good careers, but not My Heart’s Desires!

I moved from Miami to Los Angeles in June 2019.

 I survived a life-changing car accident and then Coronavirus happened. I’ve been in isolation for a long time now and it has been a blessing in disguise! This isolation gave me the time to slow down, to reflect back, to remember, to understand!

 I am a Singer, a Dancer, a Model, an Actress, Entrepreneur and currently a Live Streaming Host. And I love motivating people, so very soon a YouTuber! 🤓🥰 And I would never be where I am today if I didn’t experience all of it! The Good and the Bad! Moving around and taking risks! Trying new things and giving 100% of myself! Following My Heart!
My Ultimate Advise to every person out there that is feeling that something is missing: Follow Your Heart and Take Risks !!!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
I’m so sorry that I can’t fully answer this question :/ I have been in isolation most of my time living in LA, unfortunately. But I was spending a lot of time in nature. So I would totally show you my favorite beaches and rivers! I’m absolutely in love with Santa Barbara 🥰 Something there makes my heart sing! There is a beautiful beach, where I see one of the most breathtaking sunsets I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen quite a lot) , and it’s in Ventura (the town, Ventura County). Or Mugu Rock! I love that place and if you can find peace , since it can get pretty crowded, the meditation there is amazing! 🙏❤️

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My Shout-out is for: Leeor Alexandra ❤️ She is an Amazing young woman that have given more value than I can explain! She is one of the most genuine, loving, positive and free – spirited people that I have came across, and I absolutely love it!!! I resonate with her so much! She is currently a YouTuber and have already created the Baby Elephant Community! A place where she shares love, knowledge and all the positive vibes with others! It is beautiful and I’m very grateful for coming across her videos! 🙏❤️🥰 She is Los Angeles located, just like me, so maybe we can collaborate one day! It will be such a pleasure ☺️

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Image Credits
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