We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristine Eckley and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristine, what do you attribute your success to?
I have always wanted to create something. And I have, many times over. That vision has shifted over time but I think I have finally found my calling! It’s simpler than I thought it would be, but helping people find their happiness really lights me up. I believe the most important factor behind my success is that I have never given up. I have persevered through many trials and tribulations–as many business owners do. You have to have heart and mine is huge!
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 started out doing mostly administrative work when I was young and eventually moved into law which is where I hung up my hat in the ’employee world.’ After about ten years I was laid off which prompted me to go to yoga teacher training (only after attending a retreat hosted by Shelly J.). Everything snowballed from there. I had become part of a health and wellness company and went on to also get a certification in Life Coaching. I really went big time when I bought a kickboxing and yoga studio in the town I grew up in. I had no idea how to run a business nor kickbox but I decided I would learn as I went. Which is exactly what I did! [Also with the help of Jesse E.] After two years I decided I wanted to take a more personal approach to helping people find happiness; and I wanted to utilize all of the many tools in my belt, so I sold the studio to one of our members and moved on once again. Covid has made things interesting but one thing I have learned over these years is that if you have a dream you chase it. I have a purpose, I am here to change the world, and the light is shining bright! There are not a lot of parts of my story that were easy, but I am proud of myself for coming out on top every time.
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?
Well, pre-Covid we would have stayed a night or two somewhere in the mountains. You can find cute little towns and just get away. We would likely hike, eat a variety of foods, and probably visit a few breweries. The city (Denver) has changed a lot over the years but it would be cool to also stay a night or two on Broadway. This is where we would paint the town red! Taste wine, eat chocolate, ride scooters, and let our hair down. Dive bars and hole in the wall restaurants are where it’s at! Kokopelli Beer Co., Tocabe, and Goodies Eatery would definitely be on the list for when we decided to recoup up north in my stomping ground.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
It would be nearly impossible to narrow down one person from the list of amazing people I have had the absolute pleasure of being supported, mentored, loved and encouraged by. Obviously my family, my friends, and my clients. But specifically I think Jesse E, from the SBA and Shelly J. from Twisted Sister Yoga. I could list many many more people to thank for their efforts along the way that have contributed to my success.
Other: anchor.fm/kristine-eckley-co (Podcast) https://www.facebook.com/groups/524151931502925/ (facebook group) https://woowoowellness.memberspace.com/member/plans/731459217a (MemberSpace)