Dear Sweet Woman ~

Every time I hear a woman say that she can't take time for herself or she needs to stop eating "bad foods" or if only she could get rid of her fat stomach, I want to cry. We are just so damned hard on ourselves, and I am calling ENOUGH. It’s time for your suffering to end, and the healing process starts with self-compassion--like mine did.

After a lifetime of overwhelm, perfectionism, numbing my feelings with food, and an eating disorder, I was dying inside. Over time and with a shit-ton of dedication, I finally started to see what others saw in me, and I figured out how embrace my self worth. I knew it was time to channel my passion into serving others, so In 2013, I became a Certified Health Coach, then later a Certified Professional Recovery Coach and She Recovers Coach Designate.*

I know all about being crazy hard on yourself, feeling broken and thinking you SHOULD be doing things differently (AKA better), because I've lived it.

When I was in my 20s, 30s and yes, my 40s, I was drowning in the belief that no matter how hard I tried, I would never be good enough. Not smart enough, not thin enough, not together enough. My not-enoughness showed up largely through my eating disorder. I was brain-washed by society's ridiculously narrow definition of beauty, and I couldn't possibly ever be who I thought I was supposed to be (Hello, there's only ONE Jennifer Aniston!). 

My self-care was at the bottom of the list, and anyway, how in the hell was I supposed to make that happen as a full-time, stay at home, HOMESCHOOLING mama? There was virtually no Kris time. Barely time to breathe and cook healthy meals, much less exercise or work on my self-esteem.

Underneath it all, I was in pain and longing to be heard, but I really had no idea how to manage my feelings, how to be uncomfortable. I was full of self-doubt and insecurity--until I couldn't stand it anymore. I figured out that trying to outrun my feelings was only perpetuating my pain, and what I really needed was to radically accept all of my feelings. I began the practice of facing my uncomfortable feelings and moving through them with the help of positive coping skills and self-compassion. I learned to notice my thoughts and the stories I unconsciously told myself, and I changed my self-talk. I dug deep into childhood wounding and trauma and learned to parent my inner child and listen to her needs, and I grew to believe in and trust Adult Kris.

Now, I teach women how to radically accept themselves by shifting into a Recovery Mindset. We heal limiting beliefs, unlearn negative habits, and learn to make healthy choices that stem from self love instead of shame.

I've combined education, personal development, self-reflection and compassion to create the Radical Acceptance Coaching Method, where women learn to love themselves, embrace their "imperfections" (AKA their human-ness) and own their super powers. 

I teach the women I work with how to step out of struggle and into self-compassion. Radical Acceptance happens along the way!

*I am a SHE RECOVERS® Coach, which means that I am trained in and my work aligns with the SHE RECOVERS® Intentions & Guiding Principles.

SHE RECOVERS® is an international movement of women in or seeking recovery from a wide variety of issues, including substance use and eating disorders, other behavioral health issues, trauma, abuse, codependency, cancer, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism and other life challenges. 

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DISCLAIMER OF COACHING SERVICES: Kristina Smart is not acting in the capacity of a doctor, licensed dietician, nutritionist, psychologist or other licensed or registered professional. Accordingly, Kristina Smart is not providing health care, medical, psychological or nutrition therapy services and will not diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease, condition or other physical or mental ailment of the human body. Kristina Smart encourages her clients to continue to visit and to be treated by their healthcare professionals, including, without limitation, a physician.

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