Christina's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    Aussie Girls

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Santa Fe, NM

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: Season 6

  • ON DVD:

CHRISTINA HEYNIGER

President
Xola Consulting/Action Sports Consulting

“The thing that everybody has to give is their joy.”

INTERESTS:

Action Sports Entrepreneurship

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Acceptance Character Choices Confidence Conflict Dedication Determination Education Experience Exploration Family Fear Focus Fulfillment Goals Inspiration Instincts Money & Financial Security Passion Perseverance Pressure Risk Regrets Self-Reflection Success Support & Encouragement Struggle Transitions Values Failure Community

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative Upholding a cause I believe in

TAGS:

Alaska, balance, communication, create space, creating space, creative outlets, exercise, gym, insecurity, journalism, joy, nervous, options, pride, push yourself, routine, rowing, safety zone, seeking approval, structure

BIOGRAPHY:

  • Grew up in Alaska and wanted a change of scenery; went to New York to go to college at Cornell University.
  • Had a “breakdown,” didn’t know what to do after college, started selling cheese at a farmer’s market stand.
  • Eventually went back to graduate school and got a job with a consulting firm.
  • She was there for eight years but felt she was “flatlining,” still didn’t have something that was inspiring her.
  • Based many of her choices on how much money she’d make; let go of this idea and suddenly had tons of options.
  • Took a trip along the Colorado River and through the Grand Canyon, found her “joy.”
  • Took a leave from her job, sent résumés to river companies asking if she could get a job/training to be a river guide.
  • One company took her up on it, asked if in exchange, she could give them consulting advice; that merge was “the start of figuring out what [she] wanted to be.”

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