This months Naturally Gorgeous model, Kristen Ulmer, enters a room like a power surge, crackling with enthusiasm and energy. But ask her to sit, (to have her makeup done) and she is still; calm and centered. Just seeing how easily she shifts from one mode to the other and how entirely comfortable and joyful she is in her skin, it makes you wonder...how can I get some of that? And you can, visit Kristen's website to learn about all she offers! Kristen has mastered the art of living in the moment, and she is living each moment to its fullest. To say she is inspiring to be around is an understatement!
Alima Pure: What do you do for a living?
Kristen Ulmer: I make a living helping athletic folks access their unconscious mind and get unstuck from patterns that no longer serve them. I run public mindset ski camps and also work privately with individuals or groups. (Editor's Note: Kristen runs Ski to Live camps, which are nationally recognized.)
AP: Is there an interesting story about how you came to do this?
KU: I was a professional skier- best big mountain extreme skier in the world- for a dozen years. By 2003 though, I had gotten to a place where my greatest passion had turned into my greatest disgust-- I thought skiing and the industry were just stupid. This seemed curious. So I set out to learn why and created my own mindset ski camp so I could attend it.
I hired a world famous Zen Master to lead the camps, then trained with him for almost a decade now. As a result I've now developed a powerful way to take people on a journey of different states of consciousness in a matter of hours which would otherwise take a lifetime to experience. I think I'm even more well known for this work than I even was as an athlete.
AP: What do you do for fun?
KU: Go to Burning Man with my amazing husband and bring large scale metal, hydraulic and flame throwing art projects. We've been doing it for ten years now.
I also love to ride my road bike, heli ski the steeps in Alaska and I'm obsessed with my two high generation wild Savannah cats. We're also known for our dinner parties.
AP: Interesting pets, tell us about them!
KU: Phoenix and Nevaeh, F2 and F3 Savannah kitties. We might be the only Savannah cat owners who exist who let their cats run wild outdoors. Last night they brought home a full size grouse. How they got it through the kitty door is a mystery.
AP: Anything you really want to tell people about yourself?
KU: I spent 30 years of my adult life living a wild eclectic life, traveling the world (90 countries!), risking my life for fame and money, dating rock stars and CEO's, living on pure adrenaline. Then I married my honey- a farm boy from Montana- and stopped it all to have a great relationship instead. My lowest self was traded for my highest self in that moment. It was a hard transition, a complete re-invention of my priorities, and I am so glad I did it.
AP: Anything you want to mention that you really care about?
KU: I really care about sharing my creative and innate gifts with the world. If you don't have kids, it feels like you should then nurture other humans in other ways. I care about what people experience when they're in a workshop I'm leading. I care about what people feel when they look at my and my husbands art. I care that we've made an impact as big as we're capable.
AP: How do you define beauty?
KU: I just know it when I see it. It's always different than I expect.
AP: What inspires you?
KU: People who drop their masks and live an authentic life. I am not interested in polite or nice-ness, I am more interested in honesty.
AP: What scares you?
KU: Well, ha, not much. I was known for my fearlessness in my ski career. I have an unhealthy relationship with feeling no fear. But...that must not be true. Let me ask my husband. Ok, he says, "writing a book." He's right.
AP: What’s always in your handbag?
KU: Not business cards that's for sure. I always forget them.
AP: What makes you feel beautiful?
KU: When I'm on my computer and my husband comes behind me mid-type and pulls me off the chair to the floor to hug me. He does this like 5 times a day.
AP: What surprises people about you?
KU: I don't see myself as a skier anymore. I rarely talk about it unless it's to establish credibility in a business conversation. Many of my closest friend don't know I ever skied.
AP: Who would you invite to your fantasy dinner party?
KU: Buddha, Jesus, Mohammed, Einstein and Brad Pitt.
AP: If you were given an all-expense-paid, weeklong vacation that you had to take next week, where in the world would you go and what would you do?
KU: World?! Heck I'd go to the moon. I'd travel there to look at the view and once I got there I'd take a walk.
Having just returned from Burning Man, Kristen was experiencing a little redness, so we started with a little Balancing Primer Powder in Pistachio to tone it down. Then we applied Beige 3 Satin Matte Foundation with the #25 Foundation Brush. We used Carnation Satin Matte Blush to give a healthy glow to Kristen's cheeks without bringing back the redness. On her eyes we used Leone Luminous Shimmer Shadow all over and Tigereye in the crease. To help express Kristen's fearlessness, we lined her upper and lower lashes with Azure Luminous Shimmer Shadow on a damp brush. Her look was finished with Rhubarb Organic Nourishing Lipbalm and a light dusting of Keiko Satin Finishing Powder.