Stand Tall in Your Story - Kristi Kaiser

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This is a podcast episode titled, Stand Tall in Your Story - Kristi Kaiser. The summary for this episode is: <p>This week for our Stand Tall in Your Story series is a speech from Kristi Kaiser. Kristi is the VP of Growth at ClusterTruck. Listen to her story today about what you do when things in your life aren't going the way you had hoped. What do you do in this space of not getting what you want most? Tune in now!</p>
Intro for Kristi Kaiser
01:47 MIN
Kristi's Speech - When things don't go the way you thought
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This week's reflection question
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Hello. This is Rebecca Fleetwood Hession, host of the Badass Womens Council Podcast. And I'm super glad that you're here. So if you are a regular listener, which if you are, thank you. I love you. You know that we have been sharing the stories from our Stand Tall in Your Story Event, which took place in April of 2021. And it is the participants of season two from my seven month, Rise and Thrive Experience, which if you want to know more about that, we have season three starting in just a few weeks and you can go to the website, wethrive. live and click on the Rise and Thrive tab, learn all about it. But these women have gone through a seven month experience together and it culminates into this big event called Stand Tall in Your Story, where we have live music and food and drinks and celebration. And we really celebrate bringing your story to the stage with the expectation that when we courageously share our stories, we encourage others. We give them both permission and confidence to stand tall in their story. And to realize that we're not really alone in our thoughts and our struggles. And these stories run the gamut, from funny to touching, to surprising, the entire emotional range, which is our human lives. We live our lives day to day with emotion, and we bring these stories with all of the emotion to the stage. And today's story is Kristi Kaiser. And her story really touches on that. What if things just don't go like we thought they were going to go? I'm all about surprises, bring me a gift, surprise me with some flowers, surprise me with something great. But what if the surprise is, but dammit, I had a plan and things just aren't going like I thought they would. What do we do in that space of not getting what we want? And Kristi has a great take on this. And I'm so excited for you to hear her story. One of the things that was happening when she was giving this talk, was she was in between careers. She had been with an organization for many, many years and had chosen to step out as they were making some big changes. And in that space, there was a lot of uncertainty. And while there was excitement about the next chapter of her story, there was also just a lot of, I don't know what's going to happen next. But I'm happy to report that since that time, Kristi has accepted an amazing offer and has just started with a organization that she is uniquely gifted and talented to serve, and I can't wait to see where that takes her. So now you know how the story actually wrapped up. But here Kristi talks about, it's more than just career. There's some other things in her life that are not necessarily on the timeline that she had expected or anticipated. Here's Kristi.

Kristi Kaiser: Imagine it's the start of a brand new day, the very beginning where you're refreshed. Maybe you have a cup of coffee in you, and you're ready to start everything on your to- do list. You hop on your computer, you pull up all the tabs, all the websites to get started right away. Then all of a sudden you see a spinning wheel, your webpage just froze. You know that spinning wheel that just keeps spinning until the page fully loads. And then all of a sudden you're wondering what to do. You stare at the wheel, everything in your to- do list pops into your head. Then you kind of get a panic in your gut. And then you kind of feel a little angry and sad or scared. You maybe want to scream or throw the computer against the wall as if everything depends on getting your to- do list done, this exact same moment. Sometimes life feels like this exact same moment, waiting on the spinning wheel, for the page to fully load. After all, you've got so much that you want to accomplish today. You've envisioned it. You see it, but you're not quite there. So what are you doing while you're waiting on the spinning wheel? Are you sitting there staring at it in a ball of worry, thinking of all the things that you could be doing right now, maybe tapping around, clicking, trying to minimize and exit out of all the screens, when you're probably making it worse, instead of better, or do you step away, focus on something else, and then the pages load properly with the right amount of time? I've been waiting on some of the pages of my life to load. I was comfortable with my life in the way it was. After all, if it's not broke, why fix it? But I knew I wanted more. I knew I needed more than just the great job that I had, that had probably been my top priority for way too long. I wanted to settle down, I wanted to have a family. I wanted to have a sense of community and build roots. I was tired of waiting of all these things to happen in my life, for all these pages to load. So, that brings me to the significant other page. It's loading. Don't get me wrong, I'm heading the right path right now, but man dating is hard. Just saying that word out loud makes me want to cringe. Dating as you get older is hard. Dating in a small town is hard. Dating during a pandemic, I'm sure, is really hard. I had a good seven year stint of dating and I feel like I saw it all. I downloaded all the websites, all the apps, I listened to all the podcasts, I read all the books. I was told I was just too picky, and that was the last thing that I want to hear. I was so frustrated with the dating process that I just wanted to quit. And I did on and off. I told myself," I'm done. This is fine. This is how I'm living my life." But then I kind of equated dating with sales, it's all on the numbers, right? So if I just go on one more date, then I'll get that much closer to this page of my life to fully load. Then there's the kids' page, its loading. Can't even get to that page really until the hubby page loads fully. But man, I do love kids. I have the best nieces and nephews, anyone can I ever ask for. But I would like some of my own one day. Being in my mid thirties, I feel the pressure more and more to have kids. It's fun when friends or family or my gynecologist tells me," You're not getting any younger." I'm well aware, thanks. But it doesn't make it any easier. Then there's the career page, loading. Like I said before, it was good. I knew what I was doing. I was comfortable. Like I said, if it's not broke, why fix it? But then one day it broke and needed to be fixed, and I needed to focus on all the things that I wanted to do in my life. So when something so familiar then changes, it gets hard. I was comfortable, like I said before, I knew what I was doing. So what are you doing while these pages are loading? The hard things. I was waiting on everything to happen, and all of a sudden, it appeared to me, why am I waiting on all of these things to happen? It's more about what I'm doing while they're happening. It's the steps I take, and the moments I make along the way. It's what I'm doing while I'm waiting on the marriage page. It's what I'm doing while I'm waiting on the career page. It's what I'm doing, while I'm building a career, wanting to get married. It's all of these things that make up my life. It's all of these pieces that make up the moments in my life. It's these moments that make me stand tall here tonight, to stand in front of all of you. And it takes patience to wait on these pages. It takes work to stop and think about what you're doing, how you're living your life and what you truly do want. I feel like I'm constantly waiting on the next chapter of my life for the next page to fully load, without realizing that I'm right in the middle of what I used to look forward to. All the things that I used to pray for. Those are the most things that I'm grateful for. It's this loading process that's unlike anything else that I've ever experienced before. It's this loading process that takes a great deal of intention. And it forced the things that were deep down inside of me, that I didn't know were there, but I kind of knew were there, but I didn't know how to navigate them until now. It's this loading process that I'm most grateful for. So I know it's easier said than done, and I know life's a beautiful process that happens exactly the way it's supposed to, but I'm now being more intentional and I've changed my perspective on these loaded pages. And now, I am moving forward, more intentionally, one spinning wheel at a time. Thank you.

Rebecca Fleetwood Hession: So today's reflection question, based on Christie's story, Waiting for the Page to Load, is how do you handle those situations that aren't necessarily going as planned? How do you take time to set some intention around writing the story of the pause, or writing your story while you're waiting for the page to load? Thank you for being here. And we would love it, if you jump into the online community, badasswomenscouncil. community, and let's start a relationship, let's start a conversation. Tell us what you like about the podcast. Join others that are listeners. We'd just love you to jump in and be a part of the group. Thanks so much, make it a great day. When I work with my clients, I want them to discover their unique, personal story. So they can then stand tall in that story and live a life full of soul and emotions and their natural curiosity about their unique gifts, talents, and abilities, so they can live a thriving life because our brains are hardwired for stories and our brain wants us to thrive. So I help my clients tap into that. And I also have a sponsor for this podcast called Storybook, which is a unique and innovative platform that helps you bring your company's stories to life by tapping into the emotional flow and the natural curiosity that we have about your products and services. So check them out. You can go to my website, wethrive. live, click on the Stand Tall on Your story Link and see the kind of work they're doing for us or go to their site cantaloupe. tv, and there's hundreds of stories there that they've created that you can experience, check them out. We're so grateful to work with them and for them to sponsor the podcast and please join the online community at badasswomenscouncil. community, where we can continue the conversation and you can meet other badass high achievers like you. Thanks so much, make it a great day. If you like the music for the podcast, go to iTunes, Spotify, wherever you listen to your music and look up Cameron Hession Clouds, you can download the full song there. He's got some other stuff out there as well. And yo, he's my son, it'd be great if you'd go and download some of his stuff.


This week for our Stand Tall in Your Story series is a speech from Kristi Kaiser. Kristi is the VP of Growth at ClusterTruck. Listen to her story today about what you do when things in your life aren't going the way you had hoped. What do you do in this space of not getting what you want most? Tune in now!

Today's Host

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Rebecca Fleetwood Hession


Today's Guests

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Kristi Kaiser

|VP of Growth, ClusterTruck