Before I dive any deeper into this Couch Chat business, I should start by saying Kami is the reason Couch Chat exists, really the reason this whole blog exists. Without her encouragement, guidance, and willingness to answer dozens of my ridiculous questions, From The Couch Of would still just be a thought. Trying to sum up and introduce Kami is no easy task, but here we go.
You know when you go shopping and you turn to your friend and ask, “Can I wear this? Can I pull this off?” Kami is that person who can always pull it off, seriously (and I’m jealous because the bandana around the neck thing will never work for me). From fashion, to fitness, to the way she carries herself, she is a beautiful human being. I wish I could record my interview with her and play it back because she has the most calming and reassuring voice and it’s magic. Even more reason to check out her own interview series on her blog.
Kami lives in Dallas, TX with her husband and two kitties (whom I’m certain she loves more than I love my husband). She is the founder of The Kalon Life, which is a lifestyle company geared towards empowering women to live happy, full, and beautiful lives from the inside out. Kami focuses on fitness, nutrition, styling, and life coaching principles. Alright, are you in love with her yet?
She is the founder of The Kalon Life, which is a lifestyle company geared towards empowering women to live happy, full, and beautiful lives from the inside out.
Today, The Kalon Life is so well structured, organized, and downright perfect, that it’s hard for me to even imagine what it was like in the beginning phases. So I asked Kami just that.
How in the world did this all start?
“Well my background is in fashion but I just wasn’t feeling fulfilled by the jobs I was in and I was slowly realizing the 9-5 was not my ideal pace (we can all relate). At the time I was training for my first half marathon (partially as an incentive to get in shape for my sister’s wedding) and fell in love with the training process, how my body felt and looked and thought, ‘Oh my gosh women should know how great this feels and I want to help them do that!’ So I quit my job and decided to get certified as a personal trainer. The idea of The Kalon Life evolved from there, I landed on the actual word Kalon because it means ‘beauty that is more than skin deep’ and I wanted women to feel confident in their beauty from the inside out.”
Regardless of what state you live in when you read this, chances are you’re surrounded by awesome, well trained trainers and life coaches, however after speaking to Kami I’ve realized what sets her apart from others is that she is authentic. The Kami who kicks your ass at the gym, or styles you for your next event, is the same Kami who orders take out, watches Netflix, and chills. The work she does and the values behind her lifestyle company are fluid, and it’s ridiculously refreshing.
The work she does and the values behind her lifestyle company are fluid, and it’s ridiculously refreshing.
Captivated by her authenticity and unexplainable niceness (you guys, she is just so nice), I asked her what inspired her to take on a role to encourage other woman and begged her to consider a career in counseling. She said, “I think as women, and people in general, we are so hard on ourselves. In a space where people can be quick to judge and compare it was really important to me to find ways to reach people, to share how they can love and take care of themselves free from judgement. I want people to feel encouraged and inspired”.
A State of Mind
And, it’s really tough work. Encouraging others, pouring into others, it can be trying, so I asked Kami as a personal trainer how she
- Stays in a healthy mindset and…
- Maintains such a great perspective on body image.
Her answer resonates with me 100%. She says, “Have you seen what some of those female personal trainers look like? Ha! A little different from me, but honestly, that’s not what I’m looking for. What I do want is a lifestyle that I can maintain, a body I am proud of, and a mind that is kind. I don’t want to obsess about food or fitness, and I don’t want my clients to either”.
“What I do want is a lifestyle that I can maintain, a body I am proud of, and a mind that is kind. I don’t want to obsess about food or fitness, and I don’t want my clients to either”.
It’s different for everyone, but I can say personally, this, 100 times on repeat is what I look for in a trainer, in a life coach, in a friend. I appreciate Kami’s level-headed perspective on food and fitness, particularly as someone recovering from an eating disorder.
I’m always curious to learn from the incredible people I chat with what their support network looks like and why community is important to them, because I think it’s such a vital part of who we all are. Kami didn’t hesitate for a second, “My business is where it is today because of my friends, family, and community. It feels less scary when people you love are encouraging you”. I think this goes for so many things in life, whether you’re running a business, trying to make a life transition, struggling with balancing it all, it’s less scary when we are all in it together. As Kami so perfectly says, “Living a beautiful and joyful life is possible, you just have to be brave enough to go after it” and when the days get exhausting, have those people who remind you why you started in the first place.
“Living a beautiful and joyful life is possible, you just have to be brave enough to go after it” and when the days get exhausting, have those people who remind you why you started in the first place.
The Kalon Life, since its creation, has been a blog/company that I have always followed because of one reason, it inspires me without trying to change me. Culturally, we are already inundated with enough beautiful marketing aimed to change our bodies, change our clothing, change, change, change. I feel grateful to have found Kami and to be sharing her company with all of you as a living example of a woman doing something different and kicking ass while doing so.
I was chatting with a friend over coffee while wrapping up this blog post and she said, “it seems like this Couch Chat was super easy for you to write”.
I laughed, “It’s easy to write about someone who had the balls to leave the corporate world because she believes in inspiring others. It’s even easier to write about someone who does it so well”.