We had the good fortune of connecting with Kerstie Blue and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Kerstie, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Our society is broken. Our people – our families, our friends – are suffering. An overwhelming amount of us are exhausted, exasperated, and severely uninspired. We’re so “busy” we can’t do the things we want to do, or even the things we need to do! The American employers’ status quo of “give us your everything, and you can have a few weeks once a year to rest” is fundamentally cracked. People are not machines; we are creative beings. “Balance” goes far beyond the work/life paradigm. Nobody teaches us how to intentionally design our lifestyles or utilize our time and energy effectively. Nobody teaches us how to figure out who we are, what we need, and what we want. It’s much deeper than food and shelter. It is our responsibility to fix this, and I am on a mission to change the way this society works.

Over the last 10 years, this has become so clear to me. The work I do now is technically my second career – I am a CPA and worked in public accounting straight out of college. I just couldn’t work with spreadsheets anymore – I wanted to use my time to do what I do best: challenge the status quo and the perspectives that do not serve us. My inner being craved the space to lead meaningful conversations, to produce work that makes an incredible impact in other people’s lives, and to create community.

For me, making the switch wasn’t so much about the ability to be creative. It was more so because of the purpose of the work I was doing. While I value the work accountants do (we need them!), I felt called to work with people instead of spreadsheets and accounting codification.

It took a few years of breaking down my own walls and some really incredible people in my circle to start making moves. Additionally, I spent hours upon hours educating and immersing myself in spaces that stretched and challenged me…but eventually I had to just do it. I chose to follow my purpose and passion. I will probably say this forever, but I’m just getting started! The beautiful thing about creativity is there is always room for growth. I’ve never been happier. It’s all about alignment.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
As an old, wise soul, I bring a worldly and unique perspective to my work. I’ve had a beautiful life – I travel multiple times a year, ever since I was a child. I attended a liberal arts university and accredited business school, during which time I participated in three study abroad trips and visited 13 countries. I started speaking publicly and coaching during my freshman year of college. I completed 5 years of schooling in 4, graduated Magna Cum Laude, and obtained my CPA license by age 25. I have worked for three Fortune 500 companies and a Global 2000 company, along with other companies and positions that are diverse in nature. My toolbelt is incredibly well-rounded, and I bring all these experiences and perspectives to my work every single day.

While my life has been incredibly lovely, it’s also been very dark at times. I’ve lived through sexual and emotional abuse that started at age 4. I’ve dealt with traumatic brain injuries in my family. I’ve regularly fantasized about driving my car into the guardrail to escape going to work. I’ve recovered from a level of burnout that put me into urgent care. I know what it feels like to lose your job and your home at the same time.

The past decade of my life has been dedicated to healing from my pain and consciously creating my dream life. I am the CEO of my life. I’ve reprogrammed my brain to see the world through a completely new lens, and what has resulted from that… I can only label as divine intervention. By putting myself first and following what brings me joy, I’ve unlocked my power as a creative being and continue to manifest my greatest dreams. It sounds crazy, but my growth has been astronomical.

I pour all of these experiences into my work. I’m immensely proud of the progress my clients are able to make. I help people transform by teaching the tools necessary for sustained, long-term change. I’m in this work for the impact.

Can you imagine waking up every day with a smile on your face? No need for coffee to get you going. You love your life, you’re excited about what you do, you feel a deep sense of purpose, and you’re energized all throughout the day. I help my clients create this reality – it is joyous and optimistic.

The truth is, many Americans feel exhausted or drained when they wake up. They need motivation to get out of bed, they don’t feel a sense of purpose, and they need coffee or energy drinks to get them through the day. This reality is not joyous nor optimistic, it’s miserable and pessimistic.

How do we get from the miserable reality to the joyous reality? This is the essence of my work. The space I’m able to hold for my private coaching clients is immensely safe and open-minded. I’m not afraid to sit in the depths of the dark hole that many people exist in, because I’ve been there. I hear what’s not being said, and I communicate what needs to be expressed. I provide the light and guidance to make it out of the hole.

For those who aren’t ready to fully dive into this transformation, I’ve created containers for a taste of the experience. I host virtual masterclasses, a monthly men’s group in San Diego called the Conscious Men’s Coalition, twice-monthly moon energy ceremonies, and monthly chakra energy reset workshops in Orange County. I’m so proud of these events because they provide a community space for strangers to connect on a very raw level. What transpires is incredibly powerful! For those who want to take the impact deeper, they can opt into individualized, one-on-one coaching.

This journey has not been easy; however, it continuously gets easier. As we come home to ourselves and become more aligned with our soul’s purpose, it just begins to flow. From the flow state, we can achieve our utmost greatness.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Love this question! Showing people around SD is one of my favorite things to do. I’m making the trip happen in March, because in the winter, the entirety of SD is green! Also, the sunrise is just remarkable from Shelter Island in the winter…as well as from OB dog beach.

We would hit Northside Shack for acai bowls, The Mad Beet for protein shakes and smoothies. Quench in PB for green juice!! Eggies for the most incredible breakfast sandwiches. Parakeet Café and Café Gratitude in Little Italy for goodies at any hour. Wayfarer for seasonal pastries. Banh Thai for lunch and dinner most days (lol). Flavors of East Africa for sure. Lucha Libre for the décor – you have to see it once, and try all the salsas! Sushi Deli in Hillcrest a couple times. Sweetfin Poke at UTC mall for sure. Duke’s La Jolla at least once, on the day with the nicest weather. Since it’s winter, we would totally hit up Menya Ultra for ramen. I’m really into fresh, thoughtfully-made food and a creature of habit in some ways…

We would workout at Revel in PB with Tony the Tiger in the mornings and grab shakes there – the best recipes! Take long walks or a run through Mission Hills and admire the properties. Take some hot yoga classes at YogaSix in Point Loma. Visit the Wellness Lounge in Mission Bay for a massage. We would definitely hang out in OB and Hillcrest a lot, explore the secret beaches off Sunset Cliffs, and lay under the trees in Balboa Park for hours. One day we would walk the bay from the Hilton by Petco Park all the way to Harbor Island and reminisce about the days when I used to live on a boat. Sunsets would be viewed at Law St beach, Fort Stockton in Presidio Park, and the Rady Shell in Embarcadero Park. Gosh, I love San Diego!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It takes a village! I credit so many people as the guides to my success at this point in time. My current partner, Eric, is the most supportive, loving, and insightful human I have ever met! My parents, Scott and Shelly, and my sister, Krystal, have been my life-long cheerleaders and # 1 fans (they’re tied!).

The most influential person, hands down, who pushed and inspired me along my path of entrepreneurship is Paul Shockley, a former colleague who is a creative genius and really knows how to make ideas come alive. My first (and current!) coach, Jacob Rupp, is an incredible success story who was the little birdie in my ear for four years before I left my corporate career. I have another coach, Tina Brigley, who sees and supports me in a way nobody has before!

My mentors Anthony Lombardi and Kim Christin are like my soul guides. I would also like to shout out Mari Diaz with BLOOM (a worker’s compensation industry-exclusive network) – an inspiring woman who lives her values and is leading by example every single day. I would be remiss to not recognize everyone and every job along the way that showed me what I do NOT want! The good, bad, and ugly. I am grateful for it all.

Resources and content (podcasts, books, etc.) from Dr. Nicole LePera, Dr. Joe Dispenza, Amanda Frances, The Skimm, Cara Alwill Leyba, Abraham Hicks, Lewis Howes – the list can go on! We are never on this journey alone.

Website: kerstieblue.com

Instagram: @kerstieblue

Linkedin: linkedin.com/in/kerstieblue

Facebook: facebook.com/kerstiebluecoaching

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5CYSu4L2Z4MvuDm5AVQzVw

Other: Conscious Men’s Coalition can be found at kerstieblue.com/mensgroup Moon Energy Ceremonies can be found at kerstieblue.com/moon

Image Credits
Travis Wallace, Mikos Morrissette, Paul Shockley

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