Oh, hi! If you’re new to these parts, lemme introduce myself. I’m Kristen Kalp, and I kick ass at everything, all the time.
HA! Kidding. Mostly I’ve made mistakes and can’t pretend I’m perfect for more than 14 seconds at a time. For the full rundown of how I got to here, take a gander at this. To hit the high points with me, keep reading!
I spent the vast majority of my life thinking I was broken.
In the confessional at age 7, I rattled off my usual sins to the priest and wrapped them up with the biggest one of all: “I just didn’t get into the Christmas spirit this year.” (Repeat: I was seven.)
I felt too much and distinctly remember crying because life could never, ever get better than being in the sixth grade.
I was still deeply, profoundly hidden. From myself first — giving energy to the wrong projects, married to the wrong man — and also from the world at large.
I started by telling the tale of my depression, which has been a companion since 2001. When that didn’t result in anyone burning my house down or the world ending or my suddenly being loveless and penniless, I started sharing what I perceived to be my biggest, deepest flaws and not-so-savory bits.
I shared 100 ways I’m broken and further outed my quiet, hermit-y nature in Introverts at Work: marketing and selling alternatives for quiet entrepreneurs. I ventured into even more terrifying territory and shared all the spiritual, deeply magical, counterintuitive things I’ve learned about bringing a business to life in Calling to the Deep. M-School outed my Harry Potter fandom and will help you make peace with your magical nature in business.
Then, I went all the way into my own fear and came out the other side with 69 poems in hand. All the Selves I Used to Be contains my best poetry, written from 1999 to 2016.
Again and again, I’ve been vulnerable and then even more OH-SWEET-JESUS-I’M-GONNA-DIE vulnerable.
Instead of people running in the opposite direction, grabbing pitchforks and squealing that I ought to be shot for my flaws, they’ve moved closer and whispered, “Me too.”
My life’s best conversations and breakthroughs and moments happen when someone, somewhere, leans in and whispers, “Me, too.”
Whether you want to label me a poet, an author, or a business coach — whether you’re here to remember that you’re not alone or get brave or get quiet or align your business with your truest, deepest, and most tender bits, I’m so freaking glad you’re here.
My wish for you is to find and then listen to the smallest voices within you — the ones whispering that you can go deeper into the heart of yourself and your broken bits and come out the other side more alive and vital and whole than ever before.
Your next chance to work with me is at the Brave workshop in Laguna Beach, where we’ll be eight kinds of brave together. Read all about it here.
I send articles and Fuck Yah magazine and a digital copy of Go Your Own Way: free yourself from business as usual to members of the Fuck Yah Club, which you can join right here or by popping your e-mail in the box below.
P.S. I send e-mails when the mood strikes, which means sometimes you’ll get a few missives a month and sometimes you’ll hear nothing at all. #hermitsgonnahermit