We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristine Hedrick and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristine, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
Before starting my own business, I was working 50-60 hours a week and not feeling fulfilled. I knew I wanted more out of life and also knew that I deserved more. I love traveling and I dreaded having to ask my boss at the time for permission to go on vacation. I had a dream of being able to create my own schedule, be my own boss, and have full autonomy over how I do my job. I love being creative and I love helping people. Creating my own business where I get to help people and do so remotely was an ultimate dream and I’m proud to say that I’m living the dream. Also part of that dream was being able to start a family and be present for them. I knew that if I continued on the track that I had with my previous job, then that would never happen. I asked myself what I truly wanted out of life, what my values were, what my passions were and used that to fuel the launch of my own business.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’m a Certified Health & Wellness Coach, Transformation Coach, Nutrition Coach, & Life Coach and to sum it all up, I’m a Master of Habit Change! I help my clients re-wire their brain so that they feel pulled naturally to the foods and activities that will give them the best results. I show my clients that being healthy does not have to be difficult and in fact, it can be a lot of fun (which is one of the reasons why my clients get such great results). Oddly enough, I wasn’t the healthiest growing up. I struggled with food and body issues most of my life and it wasn’t until I healed my relationship with myself, food, and exercise that I noticed other areas of my life improved as well. I became so passionate about the topic of wellness and wanted to help others improve their well-being too. I decided to go back to school to learn the skills and tools to be an effective and powerful coach. I started my coaching journey in 2016 and since then I have not stopped learning and growing and expanding my coaching skills. Investing in my education was not only a huge stepping stone in my career but also a door to a life changing personal growth journey as well.
I’m most excited that I got clear on what I want out of life, what my values are, what my purpose is, what I’m most passionate about. How awesome that I get to live a life and run a business that is in full alignment with all of that? Was it easy to get to where I am? I wouldn’t say it was an easy or simple process by any means, but I will say that it was worth it. One of the biggest challenges of starting any business is getting customers or in my case, getting clients. The fear of putting yourself out there and being judged, looking like a fool or a failure, or no one listening or paying attention is real. What helped me overcome this fear was staying true to myself and my big mission of wanting to help people. When I came from that place, I realized it wasn’t about me and it was more about making a difference in this world. My mission and purpose was so much greater than my fear of getting out there that I had no choice but to be seen and heard.
I learned that you don’t have to be perfect and in fact, perfect is overrated and boring! People don’t want perfect; instead they want real and relatable. Another lesson I learned is that done is better than perfect. If you’re waiting for perfection, you’ll be in the perfect waiting room for who knows how long! Taking imperfect action is key and viewing every bump in the road as a learning opportunity rather than a failure was a major mindset shift that has helped me along the way. I want people to know that my brand “Live Well With Kristine” is about empowering you to go after your dreams, to live your healthiest and happiest life, and to have fun doing so. I also want people to know that if you have goals and feel like you are struggling to achieve them, you do not have to do it alone. This is where all of my experiences and my passion come into play so I can support you in reaching your fullest potential!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Day 1: Hike at Fryman in the morning for some exercise, fresh air, and a view. Then go to the Studio City’s Farmer’s market to pick up some healthy foods for the upcoming week. I love so many of the vendors at this particular market including The Pickle Guy and Blode Kuh plant based cheeses. Then head over to Mendocino Farms for a late lunch/early dinner. They have some of the most amazing sandwiches and salads ever!
Day2: Spend the day relaxing at Santa Monica Beach and working on that Cali tan. Later, enjoy walking along 3rd street Promenade for some shopping and street entertainment. At night, head to the pier for fun, games, and dining! If we want to get fancy, we would enjoy dinner at The Lobster!
Day 3: A fun day of shopping and movies at Universal City Walk. I love the open air experience and often there is live entertainment there too. Tons of fun restaurants and bars to choose from as well.
Day 4: Time for some more nature and this time we are driving along PCH until we get to Malibu. We can do a fun hike to a waterfall like Escondido Falls then later just relax at the beach and enjoying dinner at Paradise Cove. They have an incredible seafood tower that would be perfect to end the night.
Day 5: Another day of walking and outdoor shopping in Old Town Pasadena. Beautiful weather and so many amazing stores. We would finish at one of my favorite small sushi restaurants called Osawa. I absolutely love sushi and everything on their menu is amazing.
Day 6: We have to go to Disneyland! Of course, we would park hop and enjoy California Adventures as well where you can enjoy some adult beverages! At night, we would enjoy dinner at Down Town Disney!
Day 7: A day of rest before heading back. We would get In-N-Out for lunch and enjoy some relaxing and swimming in my pool in Sherman Oaks. Then head to the Granville for dinner
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First and foremost, I want to thank my husband, Aaron Hedrick, for always believing in me and being the ultimate supporter and cheerleader. He often would see my potential before I was even able to. His encouragement led me to pursue my dream of going back to school and starting my own business. Next, I want to give a huge shout out to Health Coach Institute. When I joined this organization to become a Certified Health Coach, I had no idea what I was embarking on. I thought I would just get a new credential but I earned much more than that. I gained an entire new life, a new outlook, better health, more self confidence, greater purpose & clarity, and a whole tribe of supportive coaches and mentors in my corner. Special shout out goes to Carey Peters & Stacey Morgenstern for all of their inspirational teachings as well as Brooke Jeffries for expanding my coaching skills even more.
Photographer credit – Jaime Dela Rosa