About Kris Harty aka shortCHICK with the Walking Stick
"Step by Step"
It's really all about grit, in work and the rest of life.
I mentor by example.
Step by Step in health issues: Been there, done that since I was a kid, age 7, in fact. That's when I was diagnosed with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. It's been with me every day since then, for four-plus decades and counting. JRA changed my life overnight. In the early days, I went from being an active outdoorsy kid to bedridden for three months in the hospital. I've had eight complicated medically history-making (and three nearly life-ending) total joint replacements/revisions because of it. Early medications in the 1970s helped me stay walking - just barely - and they also stopped my tallness from showing. I topped out at 4'6." The cane that joined me in high school gave birth decades later to 'the shortCHICK with the Walking Stick.'
Step by Step in overcoming suicidal thoughts: Let's just put it out that. My life sucked as a kid. Adter JRA, I really had no fun and few friends. What I did have was pain, and lots of it. Anyone who says young kids don't think about suicide are wrong. Although no one knew it, it was always in the back of my mind from ages 8-18. My reprieve came when I experienced freedom and a life that was more than about JRA for the first time in college.
Step by Step in blowing past naysayers: Because of my physical issues, naysayers said I couldn't go to high school, drive a car, attend and graduate from college, live on my own, earn a living by working full-time, or move cross-country on my own. I've done it all. Not easy. But worth it.
Step by Step in the corporate world: I put in my 20 years. Been there? Then you know why it's a category unto itself.
Step by Step in dealing with discrimination: Discrimination is alive and well in the workplace. Laws be damned. Standing up for myself grew me a big ol' pair. There. I said it.
Step by Step in layoffs and being let go: Who hasn't been fired or laid off in this century? Yep, me, too. Including because I spoke up when things needed to be said. I'd do it again.
Step by Step in entrepreneurship: I've been at it in various forms for a decade-plus. Speaker, author, coach, consultant, marketing and branding for other small businesses, freelance writing / editing / proofreading, and radio show host and producer. And the newest? Product creator. I love it all. Learning as I go. Big, big learning curves on every aspect of what I've done, including the whole entrepreneurial thing in and of itself.
Step by Step in love and loss: In so many ways. I've said the Final Goodbye to both parents, too many friends, and other people who have been in my heart. As a single gal, I've said hellos and goodbyes to a few significant men who at one time or another figured into my life. With friends, I've experienced betrayals and family-like friends who turned otherwise. Recapturing bits of my heart all along the way.
Step by Step in faith and growing spiritually: I grew up Lutheran. I then took a 20 year hiatus from organized religion. Then God had other ideas and sent me to a non-denominational church that helped me work through some religion issues. I've been on my own spiritual path in recent years that is helping me pull a lot of pieces together. A spiritual being in a physical body. Yep.
Step by Step in menopause: Uh hmm. It definitely gets its own category. Several years of raging hormones and out-of-control emotions; extreme loss of muscle over a year's time where I finally had to re-create my body over another year's time; and a six month long crazy heavy period (yea, that one) called flooding - which was finally stopped by one aspirin and not from any of the thousands of dollars of tests I underwent. Oh joy. Glad this one's coming to an end. So's the rest of the world.
Step by Step in accepting my own voice, power, and creating my life as I want it to be: Why did it have to take so long? It took me until my 40s to get over my feelings of being less-than, and thinking I had nothing to say or contribute to the world. I listened to the negative voices from the world and from myself for far too long. That was stupid. I now see that when I change my thinking, it gives me the opportunity to re-create my life into what I want it to be. I've gotten to do that several times over. Life is a process. That's mostly what I know.
Step by Step in helping other people with their challenges: All that I've been through has prepared me well to help other people get through their own lives and challenges. I've especially helped many people through speaking professionally. I also coach and consult individuals and small businesses. In many different forms, I love sharing messages of inspiration and self-acceptance, perseverance, and sometimes plain ol' fun, because we need that in the midst of all the rest of life.
I'm really all about:
Persevering through challenges and reaching goals
Turning off the negative voices in your life, including your own
Making the life you dream of become the life you live
Turning negatives into positives
Seeking solutions from a unique angle
Succeeding by overcoming obstacles
Lifting up the underdog
Modeling and helping you Stick to It - Step by Step!
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