Kristl + Rachel are passionate about helping people feel their feelings and embrace their emotions - all of them - in order to create more space for joy. We discovered these two in the Being Boss Facebook group and could feel joy radiating out of every single thing they posted.
Their duo story started when Rachel had a health scare last year that involved emergency surgery, 8 days in the hospital, six weeks of IV antibiotics, and four months of blood thinners. Coming face-to-face with the very real possibility of one of them dying, made them realize that they needed to make some big changes in their lives.
So they sold almost everything, including Kristl's brick-and-mortar business, moved to a new state, and set out to not only create a joyful life of their own, but also help others do the same.
Along the way, they started a podcast called The Joy Patrol Show, which is all about their adventures in finding and creating joy in their lives.
How do you collaborate together?
Kristl: Ha! Well, we're married, so we collaborate in all areas of our lives. I have more of a business background, so I end up doing a lot of the behind-the-scenes stuff like tech stuff and marketing strategy. Rachel's better at starting projects and engaging with people, while I'm better at planning, forecasting, and fine-tuning our messaging. Rachel's much less likely to get bogged down in the details and I am so so so so grateful for that! Truth be told, she also does a lot of the cooking and cleaning in our house, so that's awesome.
Rachel: We share a life coaching business that helps people embrace all their emotions and create a more joyful life in the process. We are a cohesive unit in our business. We do a lot of our tasks together, although there are areas where we each shine. We always do our coaching together, which gives our clients a unique experience. I don't know of anyone else doing work like ours, where clients receive team coaching about how to bring more joy into their life.
Why did you decide to become a duo versus doing what you do solo?
Rachel: In the summer of 2015, we were both in the process of developing baby online businesses and they weren't particularly different in scope. We went on vacation in September (after almost a year of NOT having a vacation) and we realized it was pretty silly to both be building businesses that were essentially the same. We took the inspiration and ran with it.
What’s one challenge you have you faced in collaborating?
What's surprised you the most about your collaboration?
Rachel: It's easier and harder than I thought it would be. It's way easier to work with my spouse and make decisions and be our own bosses than to take direction from other people. Even when we ask for outside input, we end up going with what we thought we wanted to begin with. Your intuition knows what's best. It's also pretty surprising how hard it can be, especially when we don't agree, or don't find a way to get everything done. It's not like someone else, outside of our family unit, is going to come pick up the slack.
Who’s your favorite dynamic duo? Fiction or nonfiction. Why?
Rachel: They might be sort of obscure to most people, but I love the relationship between Bari Tessler Linden and Forest Linden of the Art of Money. Bari is a financial therapist and is completely magical to listen to and learn from about how to heal your money story. Forrest does technology and marketing for Art of Money and has his own company, Clarity Lab. I love their collaboration because they are open and honest about what they've been through to get where they are today. It wasn't easy. They are gentle, beautiful people, and they are an inspiration to
Have you guys fallen in love with these two, just like we did? Thanks so much for sharing your duo story with us, Kristl + Rachel!
To hear more from this duo, you can find the two at kristlandrachel.com. You can check out their podcast at joypatrolshow.com. And you can also connect by joining their Facebook group at kristlandrachel.com/community. We know they'd love to hear from you!