One of my favorite aspects of using a Bullet Journal has been the amazing creative community on Instagram. I’ve made some good friends, and I’m inspired every single day by their creativity. I thought it would be fun to introduce some of them to my readers, so I’m starting a new weekly series called Sublime Creatives!
I figured I would start out by introducing myself a bit to show you the format the series will follow. If you’re a creative entrepreneur and would like to be featured, make sure you sign up at the bottom of this post.
I’m Kim, and I’m the founder of this site. Eight years ago, my husband and I got married and blended our families. We have TEN kids together, so our lives are pretty hectic and crazy, but a lot of fun.
Tell me a bit about the history of your business. How did it start? What led you to do what you’re doing?
In 2014, I decided I was ready to try to lose weight for the very last time. I had previously written a book and had an author blog and loved to write, so I decided to start this blog for some accountability on my healthy living journey. That eventually led to being a health & fitness coach. As I worked with the women I was coaching, I saw so many issues that stood in their way, and what they ate was the least of them. It felt very superficial to me to help them work on their outsides, when I saw how much they were hurting on the inside.
I was well acquainted with that kind of hurt. I have a history of childhood abuse, trauma, and abandonment that altered the course of my life and how I felt about myself. I understood many of the things these women were going through, and I wanted nothing more for them than to realize how amazing they are. Weight loss might be a very small piece of that puzzle, but the real work needs to happen on the inside.
I was deeply involved in my own healing journey, working with coaches, therapists, and reading everything I could get my hands on. I started sharing some of that journey with the women I was coaching. Around that same time, I stumbled on bullet journaling, simply looking for a way to keep my life and business organized. I have written in a traditional journal since I was 8 years old, and have always loved lists and writing things down, so I knew the bullet journal was exactly what I needed. As I started using mine, I found many ways to add self-care, personal development, and mental health to my bullet journal. It seemed like the collision of all my favorite things. Writing, creativity, list making, personal growth, and helping other women.
It’s funny because when I started this blog, I prayed about what I should name it and came up with Sublime Reflection, which obviously had nothing to do with health, fitness, or weight loss. But, it fits me and my business perfectly now! Journaling and personal reflection practices have been fundamental parts of my own healing, and I’m thrilled to share them with others. Life has a way of working out exactly the way it’s supposed to.
What’s the biggest hurdle you’ve had to overcome in your life/business?
For most my life, I’ve had a false belief that I had to prove I was worth loving. I’ve done this with the big 3 P’s — people pleasing, perfectionism, and trying to prove my worth. Because of this, I never attempted anything unless I knew I could do it really well.
For those of you who are entrepreneurs, you know you can’t possibly be good at everything! You wear so many hats as a business owner and are constantly pushed outside your comfort zone. Either that, or your business doesn’t survive. So, I’m still working on overcoming the fear, insecurities, and anxiety that I’ve always had, and being a business owner has magnified them. The upside of entrepreneurship has been worth it (most days). I’ve found it’s perfectly okay to take things slowly and to know that I don’t have to have things all figured out or be the best at everything.
What is the best piece of business advice you’ve ever received?
The best business advice I received was to only learn the very next thing you need to know. There is so much to learn in the online business world. You could seriously spend all day every day taking courses and “getting ready” to be a business owner. Instead, learn the very next thing you need to know to accomplish the next task on your list. Apply that and then repeat the process.
Do you have any fun products or projects in the works or coming out soon?
I have a never ending list of ideas, but I’m most excited about two big projects. I’m writing a book about the healing power of journaling that should be done later this year. I’m also creating a 12 week group coaching program. I’ll be working with a very small group of women to help them heal the things that are holding them back in their lives.
What’s the biggest life lesson you’ve learned lately?
I am more than my story. It’s okay to let go of being “broken.” I held onto that identity when I needed it, but I don’t need it anymore.
What are you currently obsessed with?
- My husband — Love that man!!
- Blank notebooks — so much possibility inside just waiting to be discovered.
- Vanilla Chai Tea — every single morning.
What is one thing you can’t live without?
My bullet journal. It’s my brain on paper.
What is your favorite quote?
Share 3 blogs, 3 books, and 3 Instagram accounts you’re loving.
- JuliaKristina.com – Julia Kristina is a therapist who has online programs (and amazing tips via Facebook Live) that help you get through the stuff that’s holding you back.
- Sweet Tea, LLC – Kirsten from Sweet Tea, LLC is wicked smart when it comes to blogging. Whether you’re a new or experienced blogger, she has something for everyone. I’ve taken some of her classes, and she explains things in a way that’s easy to understand and always leaves you with actionable advice to implement.
- CorinneDobbas.com – Corinne teaches women self-love and body kindness. She’s one of the sweetest people I know online.
- Rising Strong by Brené Brown – I love all her books, but this one is my favorite because it includes the “how” of overcoming.
- Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton – My favorite book in 2016. I love her brave storytelling.
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes – I recommend the audio version. Shonda narrates it and you really get a lot more out of the book hearing her tell her own stories.
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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, which one is your favorite?
I love podcasts. My all-time favorite is The Life Coach School Podcast by Brooke Castillo. Seriously, if you want to learn how to manage your thoughts, listen to every episode. Brooke has been a big catalyst in my personal growth.
Do you have a word of the year? If so, what is it, and give a brief description of why you chose it.
My word for 2017 is Leap. I’m determined to get out of my own way and do things, even if they scare me, this year. I wrote a post about my word and how I’m implementing it if you’re interested, or need some ideas yourself.
Where can people connect with you online?
Obviously, you’re here reading this, so you’ve found my blog. You can also connect with me over on Facebook where I share things from my daily life. If you’re interested in seeing more pages from my bullet journal, be sure and follow me on Instagram.
Want to join in the fun?
I’d love to feature YOU! I’m going to be sharing one creative business owner each week here on the blog. This little blog of mine gets nearly half a million visitors per month, so it’s a great opportunity for you to get some business exposure. 🙂 I receive so much love from the creative community every day, so this one small way of giving back to you.
If you’d like to be featured, please click here to fill out the form. Once I receive your completed form, I’ll add you to my editorial calendar. It is filling up quickly, so please be aware, it could be several months before your date comes up.