We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina House and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
I come from a family of entrepreneurs – I even worked for my father’s business when I was 13 years old, giving me first hand exposure to what it’s like to chart your own course, and live the dream on your own standards. I realized early on that this was a direction I wanted to follow, but the trouble was knowing exactly what it was I was destined to do – for myself.
I worked in Corporate America for 18 years, 12 of which was in corporate consulting, where I partnered with many federal and private industries leading their organizations to perform optimally in finance and through process re-engineering. After having my first child, I experienced challenges as a consulting manager. The priorities of the firm I worked with differed from mine, especially raising my son while my husband was deployed in the military. It was tough doing many things on my own in a non-stop industry. I knew I needed a change, but did not see the change that was on the horizon.
God infused me with a passion to lead, teach and empower people to become their best selves. After seeing and experiencing firsthand how many hardworking and self-sacrificing women put their own needs last, I was led to encourage women to do more in their lives than they imagined. As a result, I created Resiliency Bloom, a productivity lifestyle and personal finance coaching company focused on bridging the gap between productivity and personal finance management.
What should our readers know about your business?
Resiliency Bloom was created unintentionally. Although I always knew I wanted to have my own business, I never knew what it was I was purposed to do. A decade plus career with a Big Four consulting firm came to an end as a result of our ill-aligned goals. Did I mention I was 7 weeks pregnant with my second child? Now, although this felt utterly devastating, (especially with all the hormones from pregnancy), it was truly the beginning of everything I was purposed for and destined to become.
Resilience is familiar to me – it is woven into my fabric; a part of my DNA. As a result of being let go from my job, I discovered my creative spark – one I never realized I had. I bloomed in a way I never realized I could. It wasn’t until I found my creative self did I truly understand how valuable these qualities were, and how much of a service they provided me throughout my career and personal life.
I am proud that I was able to take what was deemed a setback, in the onset of a worldwide pandemic, and do something that excited my soul, and helped others. I once read that life is about navigating the daily collisions, and being cognizant about life’s intersections -the places where seemingly opposite forces fuse together and influence how you live. I completely subscribe to that. That thought process is what birthed Resiliency Bloom. I took my passion and skills and created “The $torrAble Approach” – a toolkit for money and productivity success, depicted through both a roadmap and framework to help working moms feel more balanced, prepared for the unexpected and live lives that energize them by mastering their money and time. For decades, I used this approach to push through my biggest challenges, display resilience in times of uncertainty, and bloom in times of adversity. Unknowingly, the principles and methods I was naturally using was a system – one that always proved victorious; it helped me survive and thrive through layoffs, years away from my military spouse while raising my son, building a business during a worldwide pandemic while unemployed, adding child #2 to our family, and managing postpartum. Through these challenges, amongst many others, I paid off my vehicle, and grew my portfolio 130% while withdrawing close to 20% of its value without any new contributions. What could have been a financial crisis, was not one at all. The $torrAble Approach yielded phenomenal personal and professional returns, and continues to prove its value.
What I’ve learned throughout my journey is that your testimony doesn’t come without a test. We have to go through some things and really feel our way through our experiences, to reign victorious. It took feeling the fear and doing it anyway to see results. I had to come to the realization that I am capable, I am strong, and believe in myself to actually see my business come to fruition. I had to pivot from perfection to purpose, and once I made that mental shift, everything began to align.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I am such a creature of habit. I get in a zone that works for me, and I am loyal to it! With small children, we have explored things that they enjoy. The Children’s Museum has been a fun place to explore. My children absolutely love the park – any park – to run and play. My husband and I absolutely love eating. We have been loyal fans of Capers on Main, a restaurant in Kennesaw owned by fabulous people who make you feel at home each time you’re there. Their food is “ah-mazing”! Their sister restaurant in Acworth, Fish Thyme is equally as “ah-mazing”! I’ve always enjoyed performing art! Always! So when I have the moments, I like to visit the Fox Theatre, Cobb Energy Center and other locations to enjoy a Ballet, Orchestra or other types of programs. It takes me back to childhood, having played piano and violin, and taken dance.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are many people in my life that have contributed to my success as a mom, wife, professional and entrepreneur. I first am always thankful to God, my creator, who knows me from the inside out – fully aware of all of my capabilities, my strengths and opportunities, my fears and doubts, and what energizes me. He gives me room to be who I am, and deposits blessings in my life constantly to keep me in the right direction. He has placed people in my path to help me arrive at the next stop in my journey. I am thankful that He blessed me with such wonderful, thoughtful, hardworking and supportive parents, who have always encouraged me to be myself, and understand that I am stronger than I give myself credit for – that I can do anything I put my mind to. I’m thankful for my brother Tyrone, who encourages and supports me with anything I do, no questions asked. He’s my personal cheerleader! I’m thankful for my husband, Shawn who sees me at my best and my worst, encourages me to try new things and have fun in the process, as well as allows me to work through my goals in my personal style. He’s encouraged me to think outside of the box, and models the behavior through his actions – the absolute most effective way for me to learn. My two children, Ethan and Ashelyn remind me why I am who I am, why I do what I do, and that taking time to have a little child-like fun is what keeps me moving. I have a handful of close friends who are like family who are very supportive, and go out of their way to help me with whatever I’m going through.
Diana Lavender Woodruff, LavenderInk Creative