Kristin Hannesdottir currently lives with her two younger boys and their two miniature schnauzers in San Diego. They moved to San Diego from Iceland in 2015 in the hope of creating a healthy and happy lifestyle for their family. Today she is thriving both professionally and personally, having achieved that seemingly impossible goal that most women pursue, balance between family and career.
The Corporate life
Kristin was born in Iceland and raised in both Iceland and the United States. After earning her Bachelor in Business Administration in Iceland she moved to Denmark where she earned a double Master’s Degree in Financial Economics as well as Accounting. She kept herself busy while earning her degrees and had four children while her husband finished his PhD in Economics. In 2007 the family moved back to Iceland and Kristin started to actively build her career within the banking industry.
She worked her way up the corporate ladder until she was hired as the Chief Financial Officer for the Central Bank of Iceland at the age of 30. As CFO she served on multiple international committees, and traveled frequently to locations around the globe implementing new regulations after the global financial crisis.
This meant long hours and missing out on many firsts with her children. A comfortable corporate salary allowed Kristin to provide her children a lifestyle with endless possibilities, but the cost was valuable time away from them.
Life was hectic, crazy at times. But with amazing daycare and family support, Kristin brought in six-figure salaries but lacked the time to enjoy it with their family. Work–life balance was nonexistent.
The turning point
Then at 35 Kristin was in a horrible car accident that forced her to reevaluate her priorities.
She suffered from chronic pain and serious depression due to not being able to be as active as before the accident. After months of trying to work with limited health she resigned her job and decided to focus on her health. During that process, she was diagnosed with the BRCA2 gene and learned that she was at great risk for getting cancer at a young age. Her family had already suffered enough, many family members had gone through cancer treatment and many had lost that battle. She decided to take her destiny in her own hands and had prevention surgeries in 2014, a double mastectomy and a total hysterectomy.
Finding a new balance in life
During the healing process she realized that her life had revolved around her career so much that her family had become accustomed to functioning without her and she felt like a stranger in her own home.
For the sake of her health, her family decided to make a major move to a location with a more desirable climate (Iceland is quite cold, as you can imagine). Once they had settled in sunny Southern California she started slowly to regain her health and began to look for her next career, only this time she was determined to be present in her family’s life.
The goal was to find a career that would both be in line with her educational and professional backgrounds, but that could also provide the flexibility she desired so she could focus on her health and family.
Living Life on Her Own Terms
Now Kristin has the work-life balance so many only dream of. She has the ability to put family first without question. Instead of having others drive her children to sport activities she doesn’t only drive them herself, she participates and the family rock climbs multiple times a week as well as hikes around beautiful Southern California. Being able to jump on an airplane to Iceland and spend quality time with her older children is something she could only have dreamt of during her corporate years.
Kristin now feels it’s her calling in life to help other’s experience the joy of being able to put their family and health first and eliminate the constant struggle between prioritizing family and work. From previous experience she knows that in corporate life “having it all” was more a nice dream then reality, between working 60-80 hours it was hard to be a super mom and wife. Kristin admits it was hard to walk away from a career she had put her heart into, but there is a way to capitalize on your professional strengths, education and earn a significant income – Kristin will show you how!
Kristin has helped people worldwide strengthen their health as well as their finances while finding the balanced lifestyle that so many desire.
Let’s awaken those goals, dreams, desires and passions in your heart and set you on a path of freedom, purpose and fulfillment.