While I felt like I already knew her, it was the highlight of my week to actually meet Kayla Childress, Founder of Mindful Luxury. I felt like I knew her because of so many connections, through Neill Corporation and SpaRitual, among others. Finally, in person, we met at the Ballantyne Resort and caught up over coffee…
AP: What city were you born in? KC: Atlanta, GA.
AP: What city to do you live in? KC: Charlotte, NC.
AP: What is your astrological sign? KC: Aries.
AP: What is something about you most people don’t know? KC: I don’t love flying, but have become used to it. I still get nervous every time I fly saying a little prayer before take off and landing.
AP: What is your #1 beauty secret? KC: Use professional products always!
AP: What are your special diet tips, if any? KC: Eating clean as much as possible. Home cooked meals!
AP: What do you do for exercise? KC: I train with a trainer 2-3 days a week, run and spin. Spin is my favorite. I have a spin bike at home so there are no excuses!
AP: What is your favorite thing to eat and drink? KC: I could live on sashimi sushi daily. I’m a wine fan!
AP: Botox or not? KC: I believe if you want it to look and feel better, do it! I have done it several times, but currently do not have it.
AP: What is your secret to work/life balance? KC: I am an early riser giving myself a few minutes in the morning to center myself as best as I can for the day.
AP: How many miles do you fly per year on average? KC: Approximately 50,000.
AP: What are your three top tips for travel? KC: Always travel with a light sweater/wrap, boarding pass on my phone and uber!
AP: What is your worst pet peeve? KC: Liars.
AP: What professional beauty/fitness/wellness experts do you have on your speed dial. KC: My trainer!
AP: What time do you usually wake up in the morning, and how many hours of sleep do you usually get? KC: Usually between 5-6am. I struggle with sleep. Some days I sleep 8 hours others 3 or 4.
AP: Who is your mentor? KC: I have so many! But the first that comes to mind is my grandma who recently passed away.
AP: What do you do to relax? KC: Meditate and work out.
AP: Quote to live by. KC: So many! “You’ve got what it takes but it will take everything you’ve got” is my current favorite one.
AP: Words of advice for young women starting their careers today. KC: Stay laser focused. Give with passion. Love what you do down to your core. Never give up.
AP: Describe your dream day. KC: I would start this day by sleeping in the most comfy bed somewhere in the Caribbean listening to the waves crash in. I would eat the most delicious and fresh food all day while reading a great book, walking on the beach collecting shells and just being.
AP: What makes you feel beautiful? KC: My daughter.