Ok everyone, it’s time to get to know Kristie, one of our amazing co-owners for June Loop, and we are just thrilled! She is an amazing mom, daughter, wife, sister, and friend! She is also so creative and capable with everything she touches, but her love for the why behind this company is what is so inspirational. She is so passionate about helping empower women and young girls to love who they are and feel confident. She says it best, so let’s hear her story!
My passion with this business stems from a personal struggle I've dealt with for years. In high school I was an athlete and honestly did not stress about what my body looked like because I was proud of what I could accomplish. It wasn't until my first year of college where my battle with my body began. I started to overly obsess over how my body looked and developed an unhealthy relationship with food and exercise. I became so consumed with how I looked that I never felt like I was ENOUGH!!! I struggled in silence because I was ashamed that my focus in life was so vain. I was in a dark place mentally, and I feared that this would continue to consume my entire life.
The real turning point for me came many years later when I wanted to start a family. I struggled with infertility and was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). We struggled for 3 years with infertility and during that time I also endured three knee surgeries. I felt broken and that my body was punishing me for all the years I didn't take care of it properly. I compared my life to my friends, sisters, and was so overcome with feelings of despair. I remember hitting a really low point and I had the thought come into my mind, "Kristie you can make the choice to be BITTER or BETTER." Finally something clicked and I started a slow and steady journey towards self-healing and acceptance.
Many years later after having my first son I started June Loop. I was simply determined to make a swimsuit that I felt comfortable and confident in with my new mom body. After many failed attempts, and no sewing background, I finally made a suit I LOVED and wore it to the local water park. It was never a conscious plan to make this a business. My why and passion behind all that I do with June Loop is focused on helping women. I want you to be able to see your body, to love it, accept it, take care of it, and not let your outer appearance keep you from your true purpose. I have so much empathy towards any of you who may be struggling in any way, and I want you to know you are not alone. I want to create a community of women in this social media world that are here to encourage and and uplift each other. Thank you for being here and supporting my dream. We all rise when we help each other in life, business, and especially now more than ever we are all in this crazy, messy, beautiful life together.
This quote sums it all up for me:
“As she was swimming in the ocean of wisdom that dwells in her heart, she understood deeply that all was a part of her, that no one was separate from her. She whispered lightly with newfound peace, " I am everything." that was when she realized that her greatest power is, and always was, her ability to love herself."
– Yung Pueblo