About & Bio
Meet Kristine Irving
STEP INTO YOUR LIGHT
✓ Professional Life and Business Coach
✓ Certified Martha Beck Life Coach
✓ Certified TrueColors™ Hiring Facilitator
Aaand enough with the pro talk already! Let me give you the spill on the ‘real’ me. The following is my story:
It Is Our Light, Not Our Darkness, That Most Frightens Us.
It all started in Grade 11. We had an astrologer come to our psychology class to read our astrological charts, hoping to glean some insight into which career would best suit us. He seemed rather perplexed with my chart, having never seen anyone so evenly split down the middle between a career in business or a career in service (specifically counseling – coaching wasn’t a thing in the 80’s). Little did I know how the two would align throughout my life…
In the past 25 years, through all the ups and downs, I managed to:
✓ successfully sell two businesses I had built from the ground up,
✓ fight through thyroid cancer and come out with a smile on my face
✓ keep my marriage in-tact after a couple of shaky seasons, and
✓ grow my coaching business beyond my wildest dreams!
What I’ve learned through my own journey as a coach since 2005 is that what I longed for and I believe what my clients long for now was someone that got me, someone that had the ability to mirror me as my best and most real self.
The “I see you” moment in Avatar sent tears streaming down my face. I believe it’s what we all truly desire and actually require in order to show up authentically in this world.
Do I need to have been exactly in your shoes to relate to your situation? Nope.
But I probably have in some form or certainly had a client with similar struggles. Over the years, I have experienced many challenges and gratefully many successes.
As coaches, we are told we must “live it to give it” so here’s some areas of struggle I am all too familiar with and have managed to find the light on the other side:
✓ life while being a small business owner
✓ the ebb and flow of a 25+ year marriage
✓ family/work/me balance while raising a teenager
✓ scars from my past; health scares (cancer survivor)
✓ mental health issues with family and close friends
✓ constant search for purpose
✓ chronic pain, money hell, anxiety
The list goes on…
I must admit… although I have found the light through these struggles, it seems to be on a dimmer switch. Thankfully, I can now pull from my coaching tools and crank that dial up much faster than before.
I believe so deeply that this somewhat new field of coaching is a gift to our broken world. Imagine if each of us were able to share our true selves in a safe place, dissolve limiting beliefs that hold us back from living the life we always dreamed of, and find our purpose thru inquiry, support, and love? Wow, what a world this could be…
An “About KI” page just doesn’t tell the full story without a shout out to my boys.
These two…they are my everything. So many moments in my life I’ve been faced with a choice to stay safe or to jump into an exciting unknown. And every time I can feel my husband JI and my son Jesse nudging me from behind, whispering, “Go for it. You’ve got this!” Just knowing that I am fully supported by their love and their belief in me, I’m able to take that leap. Sadly, I don’t always stick the landing. But when I do fall on my ass, I can count on JI and Jesse to dust me off, hand me a beer, and make me laugh. They always make me laugh.
So There It Is… Now You Know My Full Story.
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Here are some fun facts to help you get to know me better before scheduling your Intake Session.
✓ My guilty pleasure meal? Truffle popcorn and red wine!
✓ Sun or shade? Feeling warm sun on my face is worth a wrinkle or two.
✓ Favourite Momism? “This will make you a better man” – if my son hears it one more time, he may put himself up for adoption.
✓ Things I do in my free time? I like to box and I like yoga – sort of a Mahatma Ali, I guess.
✓ Unique talent? I can make the ugliest face you have probably ever seen (except for my dad ’cause he taught me everything I know).
✓ Favourite binge watch? I can watch The Food Channel for 6 hours straight.. and then order in sushi.
✓ What makes me happy? Lenny Kravitz makes me very happy. Ok, listening to Lenny makes me happy. We haven’t met yet…
✓ Bucket list priority? Travel to Africa within the next 10 years.
✓ My woo woo belief? I think horses have magical powers. Like in Avatar, they “see” us.
✓ Favourite movie? Schindler’s List and Grease are my favourite movies ever. Super normal combo.
✓ Least favourite thing I do? When I’m really mad, I stomp up and down like a petulant child.
✓ Most favourite thing to do? Help others accept themselves, discover their talents, grow, and succeed.