Krissy Russell-Hedstrom

Crestone, CO

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Tell us about yourself:

I live amidst the wild beauty of Crestone, Colorado, with my husband and our three young children. I’m a Senior Associate at a consulting firm called Skeo, whose mission is to inspire unlimited human potential to achieve environmental stewardship, social equity and economic opportunity. My professional focus at work is helping people regain their power and inspiring them to advocate for themselves. I do that in two capacities. One is serving as Skeo’s Program Manager for a government program that assists people in understanding and participating in environmental decision-making regarding hazardous waste contamination in their neighborhoods. The other is facilitating programs that assist women in blocking out the distractions of the modern 24/7 world and living more full and authentic lives.

Why did you become a RTA-Certified Facilitator?

Renee has done so much groundbreaking work in the areas of life balance and intentional living. I knew that if I was going to be instrumental in helping women in this capacity, I needed Renee as my mentor. Her books, her retreats, her blog posts—all of Renee’s work resonates with me deeply and I know it will resonate with other women. My job as a RTA-Certified Facilitator is to be an advocate for self-care!

How has this work changed or affected you?

Connecting meaningfully with other women is nearly impossible in our busy modern day lives. I grew up feeling disconnected but through these self-care practices, I have learned to slow down and hear my sisters. When I hear my sisters (other women in my groups), I hear myself, and I realize I am not alone. A sense of comradery has given me a renewed hope for the world. In sisterhood, there is so much power.

What are your favorite self-care activities?

My kids and I have invented a ritual where a few times a week we get in a circle, hold hands, imagine a ball of positive energy in the middle of our circle, concentrate on a particular person in need, and send the energy out to that person. This has been a huge spiritual self-care practice for me: engaging in energy movement with my children to help heal others in need. It just fills me up with positivity. We call it our “Power Circle.” We also just started a family ritual where we write things we are thankful for each morning on small pieces of paper and put them in a jar. We take turns reading them at dinnertime. It’s a wonderful reminder to all of us about how blessed we are.

How can people contact you or learn about your groups/retreats?

Visit Peaceful Working Mom and email me at peacefulworkingmom@skeo.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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