Kristy Arnett is writer, speaker, Emotional Intelligence Coach and professional risk taker. For the past decade, she’s worked in the poker industry as a reporter and player, and now as an EQ coach, Kristy uses her ability to read people and take calculated risks to get people desired results in their lives. Host and creator of the WTF Am I Doing With My Life? podcast, Kristy brings together people who in this question. From interviews with personal development and spiritual growth experts, to edge-of-your-seat personal story telling, the podcast is an honest, raw take on fulfillment, love, purpose and happiness.  

What’s your why behind what you do?

My why is my close personal experience with heartbreak and despair and the beauty that came out of the darkness. Because I know that life can take you to the cold bathroom floor, wondering if you could ever move on, and that this could be the turning point in creating your dreams. Every day, I wake up next to a man who loves the depth of who I am, and I the same for him. It couldn’t have been this way had we not gone through hell together. I’m driven by knowing that our worst moments are merciless opportunities, and I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to helping people navigate the messiness in relationships.

What is your morning routine?

I wish I had a morning routine, but currently, I’m a vagabond. I’m never in the same place for more than a few days and because of that, morning routines are nearly impossible. But if I had to create one, it’d be this: wake up, drink a glass of water, put on coffee, meditate, journal, drink coffee. I do believe that a morning routine is an amazing way to set the tone for the day.

What’s your personal advice on how to rise above adversity?

Remind yourself that everything is impermanent… even life itself. Not only will the pain subside and move on, but so will we, eventually. And so, can we embrace our situation, find some kind of beauty in it, and have our intention be to make choices based on our vision for our life?

What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned in the past year?

Overcommitting serves no one. When I say yes when I want to say no, what I create in my life is giving only 80 percent to the important people in my life and being surrounded by takers. I’m responsible and saying no is a powerful way to exercise that.

What are you personally most proud of in the past year?

I’m most proud of launching my podcast. Before I pushed, “publish” on my first episode, my fingers trembled on the mouse as it hovered over the button. I think anytime we are risking towards our dreams, we experience this kind of fear. Instead of allowing that fear to stop us, we should see it as an indication that we are on the right path.

What kind of legacy do you wish to leave behind?

I want people to know that I stood for love. Life is so short. Let’s not waste it hating ourselves or being scared of getting our heart broken.

Who is the most inspirational woman in your life and why?

My mother. She’s a tiger mom, a survivor, and you don’t want to mess with her on the soccer field. She might be 5-foot flat, but like I said, she’s got fight in her.

What are you looking forward to the most at the 2017 California Women’s Conference?

I’m most looking forward to connecting with amazing, inspiration women. If we are a sum of the people we spend time around, this will be an incredible opportunity to find like-minded women to change the world with.

And if you would like to hear Kristy speak, make sure you get tickets to the California Women’s Conference May 10-11 in Long Beach, CA.

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