Hi, I’m Kristi!
Back in 2019, my life changed dramatically when Dave, my father in law, passed away. Losing him made me take a step back from life and question e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.
You see, when Dave passed, he left a few dreams unfulfilled. This made me realize I had dreams I wasn’t pursuing.
Despite my formal training and 10 year career as a dietitian, it became clear I needed to stop putting off my own dreams.
Here’s where you came in!
As a result of all these reflections, I started Bring About Happy. Now, more than ever, you need some positivity and inspiration in your life. My hope for you is my products bring a smile to your face.
Thank you for being here today! I look forward to being (internet?) friends.
My Story — How Did We Get Here?
For the past decade, I have worked as a dietitian. I held several different jobs over the years—from clincial dietitian, college instructor, to school nutrition supervisor and private practice owner. While younger me thought anyone of these would be my dream career path, that just wasn’t the case.
Younger Kristi Dreams
If you would have asked high school Kristi what she wanted to be, she would have given you one of three answers: an artist/interior designer, a public speaker, or a psychologist.
Here’s the thing, I ruled out all of those potential career paths for the wrong reasons. It started with letting go of my artist/interior designer dream. When I wasn’t offered a seat in the advanced art class in high school, I figured that meant I wasn’t good enough.
Damn, there might be some shit to unpack there about the artist thing. But, it just solidifies why creating products mean so much to me!
So, I shifted my dreams to interior design… until I did a report in English class and learned the average wage of an interior designer. At the time, it was ~ $50,000/year. With a scarcity (and ungrateful) mentality, I immediately ruled out that option.
That decision was based soley on the average wage earned. Um, not everyone makes that…keep reading for the plot twist!
I went on to pursue a degree in Psychology (see the Fun Fact blurb below!). But, after butting heads with my Intro to Psych teacher at the university, I decided to drop the major and enroll in a community college instead.
For the record, that situation with the psych professor—I was right! She didn’t want to give me a point on the exam because what she said in class contradicted the textbook. And, my answer was based on the book. I was penalized for reading. Mull over that one for a moment.
While in community college, things kinda started to make sense. While I had originally thought hotel & restaurant management (HRT) would be my major, it didn’t last very long.
The first HRT class I took was a ServSafe course. It was the logical choice, I was working as a supervisor at an unconventional seafood house and they were considering talking about moving me into the management program.
However, the Universe had others plans. And, destiny took over!
One day after my ServSafe class ended, the professor stopped me on the way out the door. I will never forget her words. She asked me,
“Kristi, have you ever thought about being a dietitian?”
My intial thought was, “WTF is a dietitian?” But, I didn’t quite verbalize it that way.
The next semester, I enrolled in her nutrition class. When people say the information just ‘clicked’ —well, that was me. Nutrition was the major I was meant to pursue. I was meant to be a dietitian.
Here’s the kicker —The average wage of a dietitian at the time was almost the same as an interior designer!!
Moral of the Story
Had I not let external factors influence me, and stayed true to my dreams, who knows where I’d be today. At the same time, we cannot live a life of “what ifs.”
I choose to believe that I took exactly the path I was intended—It’s been full of ups and downs, but I wouldn’t change any of it.
In fact, this path has lead me to writing this right now. And, this is where I was truly meant to be. I have been writing the stories shared on my blog my entire life.
Well, I’ve been drafting them in my head, but you get the point! I’m so excited to be able to share these lessons with you in hopes of offering support, wisdom, and help for you and others. Oh, and making the products to go along with all that is pretty cool too.
Well, that took a little longer than I expected, but now you know how we ended up here today. Thanks for sticking with me!
Let’s Get to Know Each Other Some More
When I was younger, I wanted to be a psychologist. My fascination with the human mind was piqued when I read a book about Richard Rameriz, the Night Stalker, a serial killer in Southern California back in the ‘80s. You can say this was in the days before TV stations such as True Crime.
My business was originally Effectual Nutrition (KC Nutrition, LLC). It started as an online nutrition practice. I had clients all over the state of Oregon. This was before COVID made telehealth the ‘cool’ thing to do. But, it just wasn’t for me.
I’ve enjoyed being creative my whole life. It has been therapuetic and has served as an outlet to cope with life struggles. More recently, writing has become a regular practice. It’s crazy to think about because growing up I didn’t like language arts. Nevertheless, writing, in addition to being creative, help me process life. I’m happy to share these things with you today.
Love at First Sight? YES!
When I was younger, I thought it was weird when people said “it was love at first sight.” On Halloween in the early 2000’s, I walked into a party just two weeks after my 20th birthday and this guy, Brandon, walked past me in the kitchen. Suddenly the saying had a new meaning—we’ve been together ever since.
Yes, my Halloween outfit is inspired by Britney Spears’ … Baby One More Time music video! Brandon was, and still is, too cool for Halloween costumes. But, he still owns that shirt. 😝
Dave, my Father-in-Law
This is one of my favorite photos of Dave. It took place on Thanksgiving day, right as he was getting ready to carve the turkey. Dave and I decided my apron would best suit the occassion—and his outfit. Talk about a funny guy!!
One of his is dreams he had before passing was to move to Bend, OR to enjoy the great outdoors and spend more time with his family.
Some Family Photos
You can usually find me watching my kids, Cameryn and Haylee, playing volleyball—indoor and beach.
My cats, Milo & S’More, are in charge of Bring About Happy’s Emotional Support divison. Our dog, Honey Bear is a Golden Retriever, she spreads happiness through her smiles and playfulness.
We also have 7 chickens: 6 hens and a Rooster named Stephen—See the GIF below for where we got his name.
The inspiration for our rooster’s name…
My husband and I used to watch this show—Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County. Our favorite line is when Lauren (LC) was talking to one of her friends about Stephen and they said, “because Stephen’s so tan” in a long drawn-out California girl way. Since it’s one of our fav line and our rooster is
brown tan, we named him Stephen. 😂