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My Name's Kristi

I'm a Wayfinder & GenX tree-Hugging Hippie.

For the Human Design geeks, I’m a 1/3 Reflector (33/19 24/44). Holding space is one of my gifts. Guiding humans to remember who they truly are is another. My purpose, according to Human Design (as interpreted by Christie Inge) involves “planting fertile seeds into the collective consciousness with a voice that remembers the truth.” #nailedit

I’ve been on this path since narrowly surviving a suicide attempt (1996) and discovering Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings (1998). If you’d like to learn more about my journey, check out these blog posts.

If you’d like to explore Wayfinding with me, click here. Or, click here to learn about upcoming sister circles and other events.

Here Are Some Of My Favorite Things:

Walking Barefoot Outside

circling women around fire

Pre-Dawn solitude & Darkness

Watching humans spin fire poi

Meditating, breathing, being

You might have seen me in:

Psst - I love hippies!

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Wayfinder Coaching

I’ll help you get clear about what it is that you truly want (as opposed to what you’ve been conditioned to want). And then we’ll begin to bridge the gap from where you are to where you want to be via Wayfinding.

Wayfinding can be especially powerful as you navigate difficult life transitions. We can explore your unique circumstances, challenges, and needs during a complimentary exploratory call.

Actualize your purpose.

join our sacred sisterhood.

feel free + wildly alive.

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About YOU and the labels you wear

My name’s Kristi, and although I wear many labels, none define who I truly am.

They don’t capture my divine essence; they only describe things that I’ve done, accomplished or been.

These labels – including my own name – feel inadequate.

While labels do play an important role in terms of how we navigate the world and foster connections with others, they don’t define us at the level of BEing.

Who you truly are has nothing to do with the labels that you wear.

And yet, we live our whole lives wrapped in identities that mask our deeper truths from everyone, including ourselves.

So, who are you, really?

I’m here to help you remember.

To help you figure all that existential shit out, reconnect with who you truly are at the soul level, and redesign your life so that how you show up in the world is in integrity with your true nature.

I’m here to help you shed old labels that no longer serve you, labels that exist to coerce you to conform to a profoundly sick society.

So that you can create the impact that you were uniquely put on Earth to make.

So that you can live your most extraordinary, soul-aligned, and deeply inspired life.

YOU are not your amazing job title (or lack thereof).

YOU are not a relational label to someone else.

YOU are not your “failures” or even your triumphs.

YOU are not broken, despite the traumas you’ve experienced.

YOU are far more glorious than any of the labels and stories you’ve used to describe your “reality.”

And when you re-evaluate and sometimes even strip away the labels that you’ve adopted over a lifetime and invite in vulnerability, magic happens.

Life becomes so much more meaningful, blissful, peaceful, wondrous.

Living with integrity, intention, compassion, and purpose become your go-to state, and it’s this way of living, this way of BEing that brings deep healing to yourself and others.

The ripple effect is contagious.

You are a node in a network of billions.

When you rise, you inspire other sisters, brothers, humans to rise.

Because energy is contagious.

And when others rise, they inspire even more “others” to rise.

Because energy is contagious.

If you’re connected to 1,000 souls (and if we can assume that this is the average for all humans), you’re a single soul away from being connected to a million souls and two souls away from being connected to a billion souls.

[Psst – I borrowed that ^ from a motivational video…it’s soooo good, no?!]

A billion souls. Let that sink in.

YOU are far more connected and influential – more powerful! – than you think.

It’s time to get rid of those damn labels that keep you trapped in a toxic culture-conforming box.

It’s time to allow the whispers of your soul to guide you.

It’s time to rise, sister, brother, human.

It’s time to honor your calling.

It’s time to make the impact that you were uniquely put on Earth to make.

Rise.

Break those chains.

Taste the freedom that comes with being who you truly are.

Live that freedom.

Breathe that freedom.

BE that freedom.

Here's my story

One of my labels is storyteller, and what follows is my story, in brief. I love stories because they’re beautiful vessels for fostering relatability and inspiring transformation in others. As Brené Brown puts it – “One day you will tell your story of how you overcame what you went through and it will be someone else’s survival guide.”

So, here goes.

My journey down this path began in 1996, a few months after I nearly died by suicide. I was miserable and had just received the most dismal prognosis from my psychiatrist:

“Keep taking this cocktail of mood stabilizers and antidepressants forever and you can continue to live a somewhat normal life.”

That moment was my ultimate rock-bottom. I felt a great sense of despair, as I was without options. I had neither the energy to continue living such a miserable life – one that had consumed me for literally 10 years – nor to end it. I was stuck. BIG TIME.

I was absolutely defeated and had no clue what to do. 

Shortly thereafter, something in me surrendered and I heard a voice say: “You are responsible for your own happiness.” Whoa.

That moment changed my life and propelled me down the path of personal accountability and later, deep spiritual exploration. 

Then in 1999, this path that I was on encountered a fork, thanks to the teachings of the late Indian philosopher and jñāna yogi Jiddu Krishnamurti. 

To the right was the path of all things I’d been working so hard to achieve over the past three years. To the left was – in the spirit of my mentor Martha Beck – what I’ll call the Wayfinder’s path. 

The path of the unknown, the uncertain. The path of the heart, the soul. The path of purpose and intention. The path of love and compassion. The path of spirit and sacredness. The path of integrity and truth. The path of awakening to a higher level of consciousness.

At the fork, I chose left. 

And that’s when my journey got really interesting. 

It’s where I spent a chunk of two years living in various stages of nomadic homelessness. 

It’s where I was invited into sacred Diné and Mendota Mdewakanton Dakota sweat lodges and pipe ceremonies. 

It’s where I chose to get arrested to bring awareness to a cultural genocide occuring within the continental US.

It’s where I did things like hop freight trains, hitchhike, and become a salt (union spy).

It’s where I got knocked up, raised my daughter mostly on my own, and went back to college.

It’s where I graduated at the top of my class in economics, completed extensive postgraduate study in applied economics, and earned a masters in public administration and nonprofit management.

It’s where I got recruited by the CIA.

It’s where I gave up a fantastic, highly-coveted job in the Governor of Montana’s Budget Office to move to the Chicago area so that my daughter could live closer to her father.

It’s where I got sued for custody of my daughter and then – after hitting another rock-bottom – chose the path of soul integrity and forgiveness over resentment and bitterness.

It’s where I lost two jobs due to “economic conditions,” filed for bankruptcy, and got divorced…all within 14 months.

It’s where I got a fantastic corporate job reporting to executive leadership, where I was well-compensated and working in my “zone of excellence” (a Gay Hendricks reference).

It’s where – despite my successes – I found myself miserable once again.

I wasn’t living my purpose. Somewhere down the path I’d been following was a missed fork.

And now, I had financial responsibilities…I couldn’t just drop out of my current life circumstances like I did back in 1999.  

I didn’t know what my purpose was, but it was critically important to me that I figure it out. So, I enrolled in my second yoga teacher training program, this one with a divine femine-focused lineage-based trauma-sensitive approach in the hopes of getting closer to the answer that I so desperately sought.

Yoga teacher training didn’t offer the ever-elusive answer to my existential question, but it did bring me to my yoga mentor Adi Shakti’s podcast, and that led me to work with Danish spiritual business coach Maria Saraphina. And while Maria didn’t explicitly lead me to my purpose either, our work together set the stage for me to finally uncover it.

The answer hit me upside the head at some point during my life coach training with Martha Beck (yeah, I did that, too!). 

It turns out that my purpose had been in plain sight all along, but I’d failed to recognize it because I was searching for what was effectively a job title.

My purpose is to BE that love, that light that the world so desperately needs. My heart, my soul knew this on some level when I was studying Jiddu Krishnamurti’s teachings back in 1999.

What I’d spent more than 20 years looking for was the expression of my purpose. Until recently, I didn’t consciously realize that the two differed!

It’s now clear to me that my purpose is the same as it was in 1999 and even before that. And, I’ve decided to currently express my purpose through – what to me is sacred – coaching, BEing the change, and facilitating sacred sister circles. 

Tomorrow, I may express my purpose differently. The most important thing for now in relation to my purpose is that I keep – as my mentor Martha Beck puts it – both my eagle and mouse vision engaged.

Eagle vision is the BIG picture, the seemingly impossible goal. It reflects the most magnificent expression of my purpose; of BEing the love and light in a way that will ultimately bring some healing to our world.

Mouse vision is the right-in-front-of-my-face picture; it’s taking the next step that shows up on my doorstep. Today, mouse vision may call me to call a Sacred Sister Circle, get coached, or Wayfind with a client. Tomorrow it may mean having a discovery call with a potential client.

So this is a very condensed portion of my story. Even though my life’s details likely differ radically from yours, can you see yourself in my story in some way?

Now, I have a question for you. What is your story? 

What is your purpose – your dharma – and how will you ultimately express it (eagle vision)? And, what are you being called to do right now (mouse vision)? 

Whatever’s calling you, you can go it alone. Or you can work with a guide. If you suspect that working with a guide who’s been there would better serve you, click here to learn more.

Education

Trainings

Wayfinder Life Coach Training, Martha Beck

(Certified via Martha Beck, Inc. & credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF))

The Coaching Way, Tara Mohr

The Art of Calm, Martha Beck

Becoming the Guide: Facilitator Skills Training, SoulWork

Facilitating a Sacred Circle, Center for Transformational Coaching

Wild Woman Project Circle Leader Training, Wild Woman Project

Cacao Carrier Training, Lynette Allen

Meditation & Pranayama Teacher Training, SoulWork

300-Hr Yoga Teacher Training, SoulWork

200-Hr Yoga Teacher Training, Nature Yoga

Academics

Master of Public Administration, University of Montana

Post-Graduate Study in Applied Economics, Montana State University

Bachelor of Science in Economics, Montana State University

iPad with mockup of body compass guide

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