We had the good fortune of connecting with Karyn Seitz and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Karyn, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I stopped wearing a façade of who I thought I should be, and I learned how to be true to myself. When I first started my business, I had no idea who I was or how to do the very things I was teaching my clients to do. Honestly, I felt like a fraud. Once I started to figure out who I really was on the inside and then began to bring that me into my life and my business – everything changed. To me, my success is determined by my ability to show up as myself and have personal integrity and character to be the person I say that I am. If you don’t have yourself, then you don’t really have anything.
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 teach and mentor people from all walks of life to develop self-worth and inner fulfillment so they can truly enjoy life and be happy. I am especially committed to teaching women how to develop self-worth and be true to themselves. My journey of coming into my real self and being empowered as a woman is one that I am passionate about sharing with other women.
I think what most sets me apart from others is my commitment to live what I teach and stay engaged with my own journey of personal growth. My greatest strengths as a teacher and mentor are my vulnerability and integrity to show up as myself. Everything that I teach in my online courses is from my own life experience. I don’t teach anything that I am not practicing and living in my own life.
I got to where I am professionally by learning how to take responsibility for myself and my life – that I have a choice in who I am and who I become. It has not been easy; it’s been hard work. It is in the hard work of moving through the ups and downs of life and entrepreneurship that I have learned to be strong, resilient, and happy.
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?
Oh, wow we live in such an incredible place with so much to choose from! I am a simple, laidback person and love the amazing outdoors Colorado has to offer the most, so that would be my go to for entertainment. First, We’d grab sandwiches from Snarf’s, a 6-pack of Roadies by Great Divide Brewing CO, head for a day trip up to Bailey, and Hammock on the river. That’s one of my favorite things to do.
We would also have to explore Buena Vista and Salida for a few days. The Rocky Mountain Outdoor Center in Buena Vista has great riverside camping and tons of guided trips and classes.
I love entertaining with my husband at our home in Greenwood Village, so we’d wrap up the trip locally. We’d be grilling out, spending time poolside, and listening to great music – all with some good beer and margaritas, of course.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would absolutely not be who I am today without David Cope and Peggy Lit. They are my mentors in life and business, and I am forever grateful for their ability to help guide me to the best parts of myself and my life.
I am also eternally grateful to my husband, Adam, for being a wonderful man who supports me and encourages me every step of the way. Our marriage is my greatest teacher in life, and there is no one else I would rather grow and walk with in life.
I also have to give massive credit to my parents. I would not have the amazing gift of life without my mom and dad who I love so much. They both taught me hard work and commitment even through the challenges in life and have been there without fail when I need them most. They never gave up on me through my rebellious teens and twenties, which was no easy feat!
All in all, I have so many incredible people in my life who inspire to be my best every day. I am so blessed.
Julie Harris Photography, Denver, CO