The Way You Talk To Yourself Matters

with Kaitlyn Rightmyer

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hey, I’m Kaitlyn Rightmyer! I’m a full time model and life guidance mentor currently based in LA.  I grew up in the suburbs of New Jersey, studied Biology in college, and also received my graduate degree in nursing three years ago.  I spend my days working on set, sharing all things holistic health, and mentoring people to be their healthiest and happiest selves.  In my free time, you can find me either in my kitchen or doing just about anything outside. My ultimate dream in life is to run my own non profit! 

Did you always know what you wanted to do as a career?
I always knew that I wanted to help people. It took me awhile to figure out what that meant for me.  Growing up, I thought I would be a doctor and deliver babies.  I modeled all of high school and my early twenties and left the business in search of personal fulfillment.  Then I went to nursing school thinking health care was the place I would be able to make the difference I yearned for. I quickly realized that I was much more passionate about prevention rather than treatment and acute care.  It was at this point that my own holistic health journey began; which ultimately led me to my career today.     

Looking back, what would you say to 16 year old you?
I would tell myself that the way you talk to yourself matters. That it’s okay to be sensitive. That just as much as you are kind to others, be kind to yourself. We each deserve the same love we give to everyone around us.  

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I’ve ever been given is that, “You are exactly where you’re supposed to be.”  Although sometimes we don’t want to accept certain situations that are happening in our lives, when we do, we allow ourselves to create space to see what that situation is trying to teach us.  It’s hard to see it at the time, but everything has a purpose; to show us the way, to allow something better to come along.  Allow yourself to be open to that! 

How do you manage your work-life balance?
This is something that I really prioritize in my life! To be the most productive and show up as my best self for work, I need to give myself time and space to live my life as well.  I make it a point to do something for myself every day, even if it’s something small.  Some of my favorite ways to decompress are cooking and baking, walking to the beach, listening to a podcast, or lighting a candle. It doesn’t have to be complicated. I’ve developed habits that I truly enjoy and am able to consistently maintain that keep me feeling my best; which makes packed days more manageable.  One thing I’ve been working on is studying my calendar to not only be the most productive, but also hold myself accountable! 

What message do you think every woman should hear?
Being your truest and most honest self is your greatest power! We live in a society of judgment and comparison that pushes us to be “perfect” and all the same.  We begin to question what makes us different, but it’s those differences that make us special. The greatest sense of freedom comes from owning who you are, and letting it shine. 

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
The biggest lesson I’ve learned throughout my journey is the importance of boundaries. It is so important to make sure that we honor our needs in everything we do and every relationship we have. Boundaries exist so that we never give, love, or do to the extent of sacrificing ourselves.  And, it’s certainly not selfish to have your own boundaries and stick to them. 

What motivates you the most?
My biggest motivation is my determination to always be a little bit better than I was yesterday- to be my best for others and myself. But also, when I read this question I immediately thought of something Brene Brown once said, “We will never be able to be free from suffering until we are all free from suffering. Which makes it our job to do something about it.” We are all connected, and people around us are suffering every day. I do what I do to do my part in helping to bring that connectedness back together. 

Have you always had confidence in yourself?
Not really! I was not the most outgoing person when I was younger.  I was really shy and reserved, and felt very insecure because a lot of people misunderstood these qualities for being stuck up. Building self confidence starts with the foundation of truly accepting who you are, even if some people don’t understand you.  Fun fact: the odds of being born are 1 in 400 trillion!! We were all born who we are for a reason! Let that shine, and I promise when you do, your people will find you. 

What is one thing people would be surprised to hear about you?
I’m a huge football fan and play Fantasy Football every year with my dad and all his friends!

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Kaitlyn Rightmyer

Kaitlyn spends her days working on set, sharing all things holistic health, and mentoring people to be their healthiest and happiest selves.

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