Who are you, and what do you do?
My name is Kristy, I am a mother, a wife, a daughter and granddaughter. I am a Native American, member of the Blackfeet Tribe. I work for Planned Parenthood of Montana in the Health Education department. I am the education specialist for Indigenous communities of Montana.
What is one habit of yours that helps you be productive?
The desire to produce the best quality work.
What is your morning routine and how does it help you get the most out of your day?
Wake up, allow myself to become conscious, take 10 deep breaths, do not look at my phone for 30-min-hour. Drink a big glass of cold water. Use the restroom, wash face, smudge, sit down a write down to do list and goal list. This helps me so much to keep me motivated, If I don’t complete my routine, my day doesn’t go very well and I get lazy, my productivity decreases.
In the last few years, what lifestyle, habit or behavior change has had the biggest positive impact on your life?
Overcoming past trauma, worrying only about bettering myself, realizing I can only control my own actions and how I react to things.
When you feel unfocused, what do you do?
I clean my environment, get organized, collect my thoughts, meditate of needed.
What is one piece of software or a web service that you get immense value out of? How do you use it?
Lately, I have been finding value in the app “TikTok,” I watch a lot of “positive mindset, manifestation, positive affirmation” type videos when I have some free time. I don’t have a lot of people in my life that have this same outlook, so it’s nice to get tips, hear testimony from other people. I also find Youtube very helpful with these type of self-care videos and helping me tremendously grow into a better person.
What is the one book you recommend most often and why?
Unfu*k Yourself –Gary John Bishop – Bold self-empowerment guide that really helped me be aware and get past self-imposed limitations.
What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?
I would say, if you have the means and desire to continue on with a master’s program, then do it right away. If not, that’s completely ok too. There isn’t a set way to complete things. Life is what you make it, believe in yourself. Always continue to strive towards goals no matter what. What works for others might not work for you, that’s ok. Do what fit’s your life and keeps you Happy. Get out and experience the world. Keep an open mind!