Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi there! My name is Kristen Martin and I’m an international Amazon bestselling indie author, a writing coach, a YouTuber - essentially a creative entrepreneur who loves to create content and inspire people to live their very best lives. I’m also the girl behind That Smart Hustle, Valiance Coaching for Writers, and Black Falcon Press.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
To not take yourself too seriously. It’s so easy in today’s world, especially with the current social media landscape, to put an overwhelming amount of pressure on ourselves, our businesses, our relationships, and even our passions. In doing so, we lose the joy and the passion and the why behind what we’re doing. But, if you can learn to embrace your shortcomings and laugh at those silly mistakes that really won’t matter five years down the road, you’ll be much better off.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Be fearless in playing BIG. I’ve seen so many women shrink themselves – in their intelligence, their creativity, their passions, and their opinions – just to make others feel more comfortable. Nothing gets me riled up more. You are not here to play small – you are here to shine your light and share your gifts with the world. You are here to play big – bigger than you ever even thought possible. Do not succumb to societal pressures and the perpetuated faux image of “who a woman should be”. YOU get to DECIDE the kind of woman YOU want to be, no one else. Period.

What do you love most about yourself?
My ability to see the good in almost every situation. I’m an eternal optimist and tend to have my head in the clouds a lot – which I’ve been judged time and time again for being somewhat naïve – but the view sure is pretty from up hereI wouldn’t my optimism for anything.

Why do you love to travel?
I love pushing myself outside of my comfort zone and exploring new cultures, activities, and foods. I’m a wanderer at heart, so traveling really satiates my need for adventure! My favorite vacation spot, hands down, is London, but I think Greece, Thailand, and Japan would quickly be added to the list once I get the chance to go.

What motivates you most?
When I see other women chasing after their dreams and making a tangible difference in the lives of others, it empowers me to want to do the same. #Girlbosses be seen! I also make a list of my accomplishments at the end of every week – reflecting on these motivate me to surpass my personal best week after week.

What is your favorite meal?
Wildflower Bread Company’s grilled cheese sandwich and potato cream cheese soup. Ohhh, I could eat it every single day and never grow tired of it!

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
I have intentionally created a daily routine full of productive habits that allow me to make the most of my days and help me in reaching my goals. I meditate first thing in the morning via the Calm app. I also use the ThinkUp app to listen to my daily affirmations for the day, and I always take the time to journal with my cup of coffee, and reflect on past entries as the months come to a close. In the evenings, I aim to read at least one chapter of a personal development book to meet my goal of one a month. It’s also important to schedule in some free time on the internet to discover new books, coaching programs, podcasts, and other personal growth services that I may want to invest in in the future.

What is something on your bucket list?
To stay in a glass igloo and see the Northern Lights – I get chills just thinking about it! Also, petting an elephant in Thailand is pretty high up on the list.

What are your biggest passions?
Writing stories, creating content, and inspiring others. When I was six years old, I used to fold printer paper together and staple it along the edges, then write my stories and illustrate them with colored pencils. In my pre-teen years, my dad’s camcorder was glued to my hand – I used to make pretend-news shows and filmed anything I could set my sights on. I also used to round up the neighborhood kids and teach “classes”, so it’s quite fitting that, as an adult, I’m an author, a YouTuber, and a writing coach. If you ever struggle with finding your passions, look to what you spent most of your time doing as a kid. That childlike wonder never really goes away.

More About Kristen

Kristen Martin is the international Amazon bestselling indie author of THE ALPHA DRIVE trilogy, the SHADOW CROWN series, and BE YOUR OWN #GOALS. Kristen prides herself on helping aspiring authors reach their dreams of publication through her coaching program, Valiance, and offers weekly writing advice via her YouTube channel.

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