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A little bit about me

Are you living by your resume, or your eulogy?

I’ve lived multiple lives: a rock journalist at the young age of 16 interviewing musicians on tour buses, as an undergrad living with aboriginal tribes in Australia, student body president, co-founder of a non-profit, co-founder of a national lobbying organization and a university researcher, administrator and teacher.

In other words: I was a classic overachiever. Constantly reaching for what was next in my hamster wheel of seeking external gratification in the name of doing instead of being.

After teaching in higher ed for over a decade, I realized my students were becoming more and more stressed, and the brightest students in my leadership classes were often plagued with feelings of unworthiness and what I like to call “never-having-enough-itis”.

How can we raise children to be healthy, vibrant, happy, conscientious AND successful? How can we redefine success in terms of our legacy rather than our resume? How we can we be role models that are present, mindful and practicing what we preach?

I’m not yet a parent, but I started thinking about these questions and decided to create the kinds of tools I would want to share with my own kiddos someday.

And I wanted to create something that would serve as a reminder to adults to about what this whole life thing is really all about and spoiler alert: It’s not about your credentials.

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”~Maya Angelou

We all want the very best for our kids. The best researched ideas and tools to make memories and traditions that stand the test of time. I developed Lead to Love so that adults and kids alike can lead enriched lives with a foundation of what really matters most.

Thanks for joining me on this journey!

Kristi

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Why Lead to Love

“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than dream: work.”
-William Arthur Ward

“Ours is not the task of fixing the entire world all at once, but of stretching out to mend the part of the world that is within our reach.”
– Clarissa Pinkola Estes

As I think about consciously bringing children into the world, I knew I needed to find a way to do my part. To move from sitting on the sidelines of society, to creating awareness and solutions for a better tomorrow in a practical way.  It is also out of reverence to my parents, grandparents, and ancestors who worked so hard for me to have the opportunities I have had. With opportunity comes a responsibility to change my small slice of the world. To me, leadership is an act of service and love. As society has quickly shifted, the transmission of values has become a lost art. Values are something we need to deliberately and actively, model and instill in our children.

As an educator, with all the research we now have on effective teaching and learning practices, it made sense to me that it was time for a revolution in the way we frame children’s books. All of my books feature an active learning component that can grow with you as your child and family grows. And for teachers, I wanted to create practical, engaging learning tools that bring joy into the classroom. The greatest investment our future is inspiring our youth to live and lead with purpose, integrity and passion.

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