Goddess Spotlight: Kristina Matisic
Who could be better suited to be our first Goddess than the lovely Kristina Matisic. She perfectly portrays the modern-day Goddess: when you are in her presence, you can see her inner light shining brightly. She is a beautiful, motivated, compassionate, kind-hearted, and successful woman. I asked Kristina some questions about herself so that we could find out a bit more about her with the hope of inspiring and empowering all of us to live our most brilliant life. Let’s all Shine Bright and Be Amazing.
How did you get started in your career?
I got a lucky break at the Squamish, BC radio station Mountain FM. I had just finished journalism school in LA and had moved back to Vancouver to look for a job, cold-calling media outlets basically. Mountain FM said someone had just left and they were in a bind, could I start that weekend? I said yes, of course! Small problem though, I’d never even been inside a radio station before. But when you get an opportunity, you have to take it! Sink or swim!
How do you give back?
One of my favourite charitable organizations is the BC SPCA. I’ve done quite a bit of work with them over the years in various capacities. I was on the OffLeashed Gala committee for two years and I am the spokesperson for National Cupcake Day, five years running.
What do you do in your free time?
I’m an avid reader and have been my whole life. I like to read before bed every night as it helps me unwind and get ready for sleep. I also love to travel and take a number of trips each year, exploring new haunts and visiting my native Croatia. And most recently, I’ve taken up Improv, which I find both super challenging and a lot of fun.
What are your future plans/dreams?
My goal is to continue to expand my public relations consultancy. I’m really enjoying working with small companies that want to grow their businesses. I also love helping people develop their individual brands, via media appearances, writing and speaking opportunities and video content. I feel I offer a lot of value there, having walked that path myself.
What have been your biggest successes that you are proud of?
I feel fortunate in that I’ve had a number of successes in my career that I’m proud of. I was a news anchor at a fairly young age. I left that job to pursue the dream of having my own TV show. One of those shows, Anna and Kristina’s Grocery Bag, was picked up by Oprah when she launched her OWN network and is now seen in over 65 countries. And now, I’ve taken yet another turn and I’ve started working as a public relations consultant, a business that is growing every month.
But all of that aside, I’d say that the thing I’m most proud of is my determination to take risks and to reinvent.
What would you say to young women who are interested in getting into your field?
Determination, perseverance and hard work are key. I do believe it’s 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration. When you start out, or restart, you have to be willing to take on the smaller jobs for no or little pay until you prove yourself. Success rarely happens overnight. You have to give yourself at least three to five years.
What are some of your favorite self-care tips?
Sleep, sleep and more sleep. My friends tease me because I like to go bed early, but I have to, in order to get my 8-9 hours. I’m also a big believer in sunscreen and I’ve been wearing it for decades, rain or shine, every day of the year.
What is your morning beauty routine? evening?
I keep my beauty routines very simple, and I’m not one to have drawers full of products. In the morning, I rinse my face with water and then put on a Vitamin C serum and sun screen. At night, I use Micellar water to remove makeup and then put on Vintner’s Daughter serum, which I’m obsessed with. I’ll top off with eye cream if I remember. And for the body, I love Crystal Hills’ body serums. And I’m not just saying that because of this interview! They’re moisturizing, quick to absorb and just lightly scented, all of which I love.
What do you do to stay active and why?
I’ve definitely gotten better about staying active over the years as I’m not naturally drawn to breaking a sweat. These days I’m loving step classes at my gym and I also take dance classes when I can. I add in some weight training and circuit classes to maintain muscle mass. But perhaps my favourite thing to do is walk, which my dog appreciates as well.
What’s a great book you can recommend?
I recently read “The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*$k” by Mark Manson. Like many, I can get caught up in the minutiae and worry or get worked up about things that don’t matter. This book helped me see that more clearly and gave me some tools to conquer, or at least minimize, those thoughts and feelings.
What is your superpower?
You can call me The Great Doer. I don’t procrastinate – I get stuff done!
What is your favorite quote?
“Fall down seven times, get up eight.” Not a quote per say but a Japanese proverb that inspires me to keep going… and going… and going.