We recently connected with Krystal Gagnon and have shared our conversation below.
Krystal, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. What do you think matters most in terms of achieving success?
Success looks different depending on the person. What one person’s success looks like, may not be what success would look like for another. But success starts with a decision, a decision to go all in, and take action. For so long I talked about the life I wanted, or the dreams I had. I had no idea what it meant to be an adult and manage life. I still have no clue what it takes to buy a house and struggle with a monthly budget but I believe I am successful. I have goals, and once I them and create a plan, I take action. Successful people are open and coachable, they inspire to chase better and be constantly learning. Success is to have a plan and achieve it. When I became a mom I knew that I no longer wanted to work for someone else’s dream in a full time job. I knew that I wanted to be home experiencing life with my child, and I knew that I wanted flexibility to be able to travel and do whatever came to my heart. At first I did not know how that was going to happen, but I put it into the universe and started to take steps forwards. I researched, I made connections and I started to define what my purpose in all of it even meant. It took asking for help, it took understanding that things change and sometimes expectations have to be shifted but ultimately after setting that intention when my daughter was 1.5 years old, she is now 4 and I fully am home with her running two successful businesses that fill me up with purpose. So whatever your dream is, whatever that life you picture having, you can be successful at it. But it takes ACTION. Stop talking, stop complaining and stop feeling stuck. Take Action in some way shape or form.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
When I first was interviewed for this article a couple years ago, I had just recently left my career in behavioral health and social services to begin my children’s yoga and mindfulness business. I knew instantly when I began doing this, that this was my passion. I was able to leave a career helping children of trauma or unique challenges and needs and move into a space where I could fill them up in a different way, as well as myself. Mindfulness is such a great tool for self regulation, building self esteem, improving focus, as well as the physical benefits. Learning these skills as a younger age sets our future generation up, to totally shift the trajectory of their ability to function in whatever environment.
I also began my health and wellness coaching business in 2020 where I am able to support clients holistically in creating healthy habits to work towards their goals towards physical health, healthy mind and healthy finances. I love walking along side others, linking arms and working with them to achieve whatever goals are important to them. As they optimize their health, it is so inspiring to see them begin to live life again!
How about pivoting – can you share the story of a time you’ve had to pivot?
When the pandemic hit, the preschools I was teaching in closed down, and studio classes were no longer a possibility. I started to shift to virtual options, which were successful for some time, but ultimately it was just too much SCREEN time for our kids. The pandemic really forced me to move to that next level. I began to work with children privately in their homes, who were able to use state funding to pay for yoga services. I also began my health and wellness coaching practice, which gave me the opportunity to be able to truly help humans of all ages. I knew from a very young age that my purpose on this earth was to help others and I feel blessed that I am able to help everyone individually in whatever those needs are to create healthy habits and coping skills to truly just live as their best self!
Where do you think you get most of your clients from?
Honestly, word of mouth. I believe very strongly that relationships are where it all begins. I truly enjoy connecting with other humans. I love learning about them, their families and who they are as people. This goes for both my yoga business and my coaching business. There has to be a trust there for someone to truly put their life, or children in your hands. When someone can feel that trust, and security in my experience they will tell others about it. They want the people they care about to have the same experience and understanding. The biggest compliment a client can give me, is a referral because that just mean I get to meet, help and support someone they love and care about.