I'm excited to share this week's (So)(Co) Sit Down Guest Contributor with you. Kim Waite and I worked together in public relations when she was at mark. and I was at Avon. She was one of those people that just lit up the room with her beautiful smile and energy. She's since moved on to work at Laura Mercier. If you're not familiar with her products, I suggest you run out and grab them immediately because they're some of my favorites. In any case, I learned so much about Kim in doing this (So)(Co) Sit Down and I'm thrilled to share it with you.
JOIN ME ON THIS JOURNEY OF SHARING STORIES AND INSPIRING ONE ANOTHER TO BE THE BEST VERSION OF OURSELVES IN OUR EVERYDAY LIVES.
READ ON TO LEARN MORE ABOUT KIM WAITE.
How do you spend your days?
Everyday starts with warm water with lemon (taught to me by my Greek grandmother), stretching while saying my gratitude prayer, followed by my most favorite smoothie, green tea, social media and "Morning Joe news - all before 7:30am. Then it's time to cook breakfast for my boyfriend and waking him up to start the day. Monday-Friday I work by day and go to events/drinks with friends at night. The weekends are for working out, errands, seeing my sister and more boyfriend time.
What are three things you are grateful for?
My family, my boyfriend, my health.
Explain your lifestyle in 5 words or less.
Blessed and grateful!
If you were to attend a potluck dinner, what would you bring?
A sweet treat.
If you could gift everyone you meet with one book, what would it be and why?
Because I read every form of media all day/every day - I rarely read unless it is an amazing health book that comes into my life at a certain time for a certain purpose. However one book that I always come back to and would give to someone would be The Secret by Rhonda Byrne. It is based on the law of attraction and the power of positive thinking. BRING IT ON!!!
What is the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
Kiss my boyfriend (even though he is asleep), brush my teeth, have warm water with lemon, stretch and say my gratitude prayer.
If you could change one thing in your daily routine, what would it be? What would it take for you to make that change?
Have a personal chef who also cleans the dishes. It would take having lots of money for this to happen.
What does being healthy mean to you?
I have so many different health aliments that being healthy is EVERYTHING and because I have so many, it is my life/lifestyle.
Have you ever been faced with health concerns that pushed you to change your lifestyle? Explain.
Where to being - I am gluten and lactose intolerant and have many digestive issues so this dictates how and what I eat. I work with a nutritionist who is AMAZING and control everything through diet, supplements and exercise. I have to say while it can be such a pain and challenging, I wouldn't have it any other way because it is a part of who I am and has totally gotten me into nutrition and living a healthy lifestyle.
With that said, the biggest health concern that pushed me even deeper into "food is thy medicine" protocol was over a year ago when I was diagnosed with stage 0 breast cancer. I come from a high risk family of breast cancer and belong to a high risk program at Memorial Sloan Kettering for monitoring, but as always, you never think it will happen to you... but it did! This is where I really took control of my destiny! I did what I had to do in terms of having a lumpectomy and embracing the western medicine route to ride my body of any suspicious cells. Then it was time for me to decide whether or not to have radiation as this is typically prescribed in most cases. I sought about 10 different opinions from friends, family members, specialists, nutritionists, doctors and of course - google ;). I opted NOT to have radiation for a number of reasons -
1) thankfully it wasn't an absolute do or die situation - it was my choice given my diagnosis and type of cancer (stage 0 DCIS),
2) it didn't feel right to me and what I believed and stood for in terms of health practices,
3) amazing, supportive doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering and my family and lastly 4) my partner in crime - my nutritionist. She designed a protocol tailored to me, my history and building up my immune system. Now, I do acupuncture weekly, workout regularly, did an overhaul to cut out any known toxic products/chemicals I use on my body, in my home, what I cook with, food I eat and even down to the water I drink.
I am blessed and grateful to say, over a year later since the diagnosis and my surgery, I am cancer-free and will do all that is in my power to stay that way!
What song can immediately change you mood in the best way possible?
What is one piece of advice someone has given you that shifted your way of thinking?
"Things happen for a reason. You may not understand why at the moment, but all will be revealed and understood one day. TRUST and BELIEVE!"
What article of clothing/outfit do you feel most empowered wearing?
Complete this sentence: "In order to be happy, I need to..."
Kim Waite was born and raised in Connecticut. I currently live in NYC and have also lived in London and LA and love to travel (thankfully my work takes me to some wonderful places as well). I have been in the beauty industry as an in-house publicist for my entire career, but have a secret passion to become a nutritionist. I love fitness and have been doing Pilates for over 15 years now (currently a SLT devotee), but love a good spin session at SoulCycle where I get to workout my body and mind. Last but not least - I am a happy girl!!!!