I was an extreme critic of myself. This led me to stress, anxiety and panic attacks. So many emotions, painful emotions, that were a hurdle for me. Self-criticism gets more intense when it starts to cycle over and over and over. Then I realized that self-criticism wasn’t the problem. It was getting stuck in self-criticism that hurt me.

It can or does hurt you also.

In 2008, I found a tool that I use to this day. It has transformed my life. I started gratitude journaling. I wrote 3 gratitude entries daily. Here’s an example: Back in the day, my husband and I lived paycheck to paycheck. I started journaling and one of my gratitude entries was “I am grateful I have $20 to pay my water bill.” The actual bill was $80. $20 was better than nothing. I found/find gratitude in the small things. In this gratitude journal, I also journal about myself. For example,

  1. I am so grateful I’ve walked outside three weeks now.
  2. I am so grateful I was patient with my daughter while helping her with her homework tonight.

If you need any guidance on this, go ahead and reach out to me. Kris@krisrudarmel.com


Kris Rudarmel

I am an (award winning) womanpreneur, artist, speaker, empowerment leader and knowledge seeker. I share my stories of adversity with fear, in business and in life, with vulnerability and being awakened and how I boldly built a company to new levels and took risks to soar. Along my journey, my belief in myself, tenacity, courage, confidence, hope and faith grew exponentially. You will hear my message of enlightenment and my life changing principles for fearless living that will assist and inspire others to jump to their greatest potential. I hope to inspire my community to find their strength to live courageously, ignite their flame and leap joyously. I believe we should continually upgrade our dreams to preserve our road to happiness. You need to believe it can be done- this will set your mind in motion to find a way to do it. I (along with my husband) bootstrapped our way to building a local, woman owned enterprise in Salt Lake City; Anchor Water Damage & Restoration. While building Anchor (2008-2016) I have been recognized in the community 8 times with the following: • Nationally Recognized 2016 Best of the Best -Top 3 ‘Women in Restoration’ 2016 Remediation and Restoration Magazine (October issue) • 2016 Enterprise 7 Award: Woman Business Owner • 2015 and 2014 Best of State • 2013 30 Women to Watch- Utah Business Magazine • 2013 Outstanding Entrepreneur • 2011 Woman Business Owner of the Year – NAWBO SLC • 2009 Small Business of the Year • 2013 Kris graduated from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business program • 2012 GE Capital Banking on Women program • 2011 Won the SCORE/Sam’s giveaway (2 companies per state were awarded this) I love being involved in the community. I help out by serving on committees and volunteering. I serve on the Granite Foundation Board and have held positions at Chamber West, NAWBO along with other organizations. I was a mentor (2016) for the Women of Worth foundation. I reside in South Jordan, Utah with my husband of 33 years and my 2 children.

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