When it comes to the gut, Kristin Zerbin is all about it. Not only do her products help keep it healthy, but it’s also something this week’s Woman of Ace is continuously learning to trust. Lean on your instincts, be patient, and trust the process.
Ace: What are you up to? ( Your current hustle )
Kristin: I am the creator and gal in charge of product development and brand integrity at Hoochy ‘Booch Kombucha. HBK is a tea-infused kombucha company born in Vancouver in early 2016. We are dedicated to making delicious kombucha that’s doesn’t have juice or added sugar.
Ace: Why is this important to you? ( Where did this passion come from? )
Kristin: After a trip abroad, I returned home feeling incredibly malnourished, underweight and ill. When I went and saw the doctor she said “there’s nothing wrong with you” and prescribed me anti-depressants. I called that PlanB, and dedicated my time to figuring out a better PlanA – a way back to health in my own terms.
After years of diets, workouts, and a lifestyle shift, kombucha was the catalyst that really got things moving. I started brewing right away, and early on it was important for me to keep it low sugar.
Ace: What was your dream job growing up? How do you think this has influenced who you are today?
Kristin: I wanted to be a nutritionist. I have always been fascinated with health and the complexities of the human body. I also wanted to be a transformational makeup artist and went to Blanche Macdonald in 2005 – I realized I didn’t like the phoney-ness of the industry, and moved on from that in 2008.
Ace: If you could describe yourself in only three words, what would they be?
Kristin: Fiery. Considerate. Hilarious.
Ace: Who’s your biggest inspiration and why?
Kristin: I honestly don’t have just one person. What inspires me the most are the people who rise to the occasion, have a can-do attitude about life, and are always learning and pushing the envelope. Non-conformists and people who create their own ways of doing things.
Ace: What does the term “Boss Babe” mean to you?
Kristin: Living life on your own accord, and being able to give back and support others.
Ace: How do you empower other women?
Kristin: I am the friend who asks the hard questions. If you come to me with a problem, I will help you see your blind spots. Ultimately, I think honest feedback and support are the best ways for a woman to feel empowered. I think showing up honestly is what shows women that they can do that too.
Ace: What is the best advice you’ve ever received from another woman?
Kristin: “Everything is figureout-able” – Marie Forleo. Everyday this is valuable for me. Too often, challenges can feel like “forever problems” and personal, but when I recite this, I remember that I can do anything I set my mind too.
Ace: Can you share the biggest lesson you’ve learned from a failure?
Kristin: The biggest lesson I keep on learning is to trust my gut. Often, I get wrapped up in the advice of others, or what other companies are doing, and I overwhelm myself. I go off course, which results in sucky results and confusion. I keep learning to be patient and trust my own process with the company.
Ace: When you are feeling overwhelmed, what do you do to find peace?
Kristin: Dance, yell (seriously), or share my thoughts with someone or my journal. Deep breaths and walks help, and I am also obsessed with calming essential oils - I diffuse them all the time and carry roller balls with me everywhere.
Ace: What legacy do you hope to be remembered for?
Kristin: That I was honest and kind. That I helped people feel better about themselves and in their bodies.
Ace: Where can we find out more about you, so we can continue to support you?
Kristin: You can find our kombucha on tap and in grab and go bottles at your favourite cafes and restaurants all around Vancouver, check out the list of locations here.