This month, we’re excited to announce Krystle von Puschendorf as our October Wonder Maven! Nominated by her friend Kelly, Krystle embodies many of Julep’s core values. “She has an amazing positive attitude,” Kelly says. Read on for Krystle’s wonderful story!
From our interview with Krystle:
Julep: What are you most proud of in your life?
Krystle: I am most proud of how far me and my family have come in just these past 4 years. My husband is in the Coast Guard, and having a spouse in the military has its moments of worry, loneliness (his schedule doesn’t bring him home every night to us), but I am proud of what a difference him and the Guard are making protecting our coastal waters. We had a baby boy, Everett, this past November who just brings so much light to our lives. He is definitely one of my most prideful creations, literally haha. He was born 7 weeks early, and he had to stay in the NICU for a month. It was really hard on me and my husband. I spent 7 months dreaming of holding my baby boy, to then come to a harsh reality of having to see him hooked up to all these monitors and getting fed threw a feeding tube. That experience made me steel strong, and I am so grateful for that. If my mental strength didn’t kick in, I wouldn’t have been able to go every day to his room in the NICU and smile for him. It’s amazing how positivity truly makes any tough situation manageable. You realized that strength comes in so many forms, physical and emotional. Due to all the bumps in our road called life, I am proud that my family has grown stronger as a collective but also as individuals. I think looking back to after I graduated college to now, I have become mentally stronger and even more independent because of the obstacles. I think that’s the key, as women, we should always be proud of our strengths. Never let anyone silence your opinions and never be ashamed of being independent. Being proud of our accomplishments is okay, celebrating the struggles we have overcome is okay.
Julep: Who or what inspires you?
Krystle: I honestly have so many caring, kindhearted people in my life that inspire me everyday, and I really couldn’t feel more grateful! The very first person that comes to mind is my mother, Carmen, the absolute original inspiration throughout my life. She was a single mum for 8 years before my stepfather came into our lives. Now as a mother myself, I see just how tough it is as a mom and for her to have raised me the way she did with such strength and grace, has me eternally grateful for her sacrifices. She taught me the importance of true, honest kindness. The sort of kindness where you expect nothing in return, but the only hope is for the person receiving said kindness to have a smile and is happy. She taught me to be compassionate, there are so many folks out there struggling beyond what we may deal with in our own lives. My mom taught me that setting our wants aside and trying to understand where others are coming from is so important in leading a whole life. Our world can be harsh sometimes, if we are kind to one another, maybe we can get through the tough times as a united group. The things my mom taught me have always been like little whispers throughout my life thus far, in any situation I encounter- good or bad. She just means so much to me, and I really could never repay her for what she has taught and given me. The only way I do see repaying her is by teaching my son the same things she taught me. My husband is also an inspiration to me. He is one of the most positive people in my life. He always looks on the bright side of things. Having someone or even being that person in someones life is so vital. He always encourages me be the best I can be. My stepdad, or just dad as I call him- he has been the best father to me. He too encourages me to reach for things that I may think are unattainable. He reminds me of my worth and intelligence. My dad has been a huge inspiration in my career, he has taught me nothing is unattainable for me. That with hard work, dedication, and a humble heart; I can achieve my dreams. And lastly, but certainly not least my son inspires me everyday. His sweet little face reminds me why I work so hard. He reminds me why it’s so important to just smile, because smiles are the uplifting gesture which brings so much happiness. Children are truly the best teachers, they show you that the simple things in life really are the ones we should reach for.
Julep: What is your beauty philosophy?
Krystle: My beauty philosophy is to do what makes you happy. Don’t let other folks make you feel like you have to fit into a certain box. You are you’re own person with your own likes, that’s what makes us all so beautiful. I like to wake up, put a little mascara on and blush as my morning get ready for work routine. Mascara and Blush, too of my beauty besties! Those things give me a little boost, and that’s what works for me. It’s just so important to feel good in the skin you’re in, whether that be with no makeup or with makeup, it all depends on what makes you happy! You can’t worry about what others will think, for me I love a little mascara and blush; and a red lippie when I am feeling extra fun. And that’s cool, because that’s what works for me, but not for everyone. I will be the first one to admit it took me some time to find my beauty philosophy and be okay in the skin I am in ( and I still am working on my comfort levels!) but I think reminding myself we are all imperfect creatures and that it’s a beautiful thing being imperfect! There is way too much pressure trying to be perfect! I remember after having my son, I looked down and felt a bit sad about my c-section scar. But then I realized that was my beauty mark, that was my battle beauty mark! It was this reminder that me and my son went through a really tough time! Now when I look down and see that red smiling shaped scar, I can’t help but feel grateful and proud. If nothing ever happens in our lives, how are we supposed to understand what we are capable of. With my scar, it reminded me I am capable of getting through a tough pregnancy and to receive a beautiful baby boy out of that struggle! I’d say that’s worth it. Beauty comes in so many shapes and forms, I always remind myself that we all have our own wonderful qualities. Never ever let anyone make you feel bad about who you are, you are beautiful and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!
Julep: What makes you feel Brave Pretty?
Krystle: What makes me feel Brave Pretty is having no fear, whether this be at work or just in my everyday. I work in a male dominated industry, the sports and entertainment industry definitely sees more males in leadership roles. As my career has progressed, I believe I’ve grown to have no reservations and to keep pushing on that “glass ceiling”. I want to lead, and to want that I need to believe in myself. If I believe something could be handled differently within our operations, then I speak up in the group and give my idea. One of my passions lie in Sustainability. The Arena I work at needed a more complex sustainability program. Having the courage to convince my boss on the importance of enhancing our green efforts was crucial to my growth and the growth of our business ethics. He agreed, and thus we have come so far with our sustainability program. I know if I hadn’t of pushed, things would have stayed the same. You have to push the boundaries, you have to be brave and show folks you’re intelligent and capable. I tell myself this, and it gives me the confidence to believe in myself and it further proves we as women have just as much to offer as our male counterparts. We all have our own abilities to offer, it’s about speaking up and showing people you have great ideas to bring to the table.
We couldn’t agree more, Krystle!
Krystle’s polish is a hunger green ghost shimmer – shop it here!
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