For me, me-time is absolutely necessary
Talking about beautiful people you meet in your life. I would like to introduce Klarrisa Frank and I asked her four questions about me-time.
Please introducé yourself. Who are you?My name is Klarrisa Frank. I’m originally from the US – I grew up in California before moving to Seattle for university. I lived in Seattle for 9 years studying and working in a logistics company. In 2014, I decided to leave my life in Seattle behind to travel the world. I traveled for almost 3 years solo all around Europe, Asia, and Central America. Along the way, I met my partner from Barcelona and we’ve settled in Amsterdam and decided to call it home. Amsterdam has the same weather and international culture as Seattle so I felt right at home immediately.
I identify as a mixed-race woman. I’m half first generation Chinese (my mom was an immigrant to the US) and half white – a mixture of mostly Volga River German and other European roots. Being mixed is a huge part of my story and it’s what makes me passionate about my work.
What kind of work?I work as a coach for mixed-race women. I connect them to their impact and passions. We get really clear on what thoughts and beliefs about their identity have been holding them back from creating the impact-driven life of their dreams and then I support them with tools and resources to continue their journey.
My clients include women who identify as mixed-race, mixed-heritage, multiracial, multi-ethnic, biracial, multi-national, and third culture kids (TCK).
Which desire do you have for more me-time? For me, me-time is absolutely necessary in order to give my best to my clients and business. Besides sessions with clients, I’m constantly creating content and that takes a lot of my energy. Me-time is essential for recharging and finding inspiration to keep creating and moving forward.
What are your top 3 for taking me-time? My top 3 me-time activities would be:
1. Cooking – I LOVE trying out new recipes and experimenting. It’s a different kind of creativity than making a painting or sculpting and it gives me so much joy and peace. And if I’m not cooking, you’ll find me watching Instagram cooking posts or cooking shows.
2. Journaling – I journal every morning. I started after reading the book “The Artist’s Way”. In there Julia Cameron advocates for doing Morning Pages (which you can do at any time in the day), but the idea is to just free flow whatever is in your head onto paper for 3 pages. I find this super helpful for dumping all my limiting beliefs down on paper and out of my head. I also write about my dreams and goals for the day and that helps me see what’s possible for my day ahead.
3. Bike rides by the water – I live close to Sloterplas in Amsterdam West and whenever I’m feeling stressed or need a break, a quick bike ride around the lake or even just a walk by the water helps clear my mind. I’m such a water person. It’s probably from my childhood in California growing up 15 minutes from the beach.
Thank you Klarrisa for sharing me-time
Taking care of yourself because you are important.