Featured Interview With Kristina Mänd-Lakhiani
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I am an international speaker, entrepreneur, artist, philanthropist, and mother of 2 kids. As a co-founder of Mindvalley, a leading publisher in the personal growth industry, I have dedicated the last 20 years to this career. I was born in Estonia and currently live here, although I was living in Malaysia and the USA as well. I am not sure if I can call them pets – I am a hobby farmer and I have a couple of sheep at my farm here in Estonia.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
With a two-decade-long experience in the industry, surrounded by friends, colleagues, and community members who have authored books, it felt like a natural path for me. The idea of writing a book had always lingered in my mind, as it did for many others in our community.
Throughout my life, I had various encounters with writing that sparked my interest. Even during my school years, literature classes instilled a love for writing in me. Beyond university, I continued writing as a form of personal enjoyment. Whether it was crafting captivating Instagram captions or sharing stories through mind-body marketing, I found pleasure in expressing myself through words.
Although I didn’t fully embrace the identity of a writer at first, the inclination was always present. When the COVID pandemic provided me with an abundance of free time, I finally took the opportunity to sit down and commence writing my book. As I progressed, my message began to take shape.
Upon completing the book and entering the publishing phase, I gradually came to the realization that I had become an author. It was a discovery that unfolded over time, but looking back, there were always signs that writing brought me immense joy. Writing the book was not solely a business decision; it served as an outlet for my creative self as a writer.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I am a fiction fan – I love classic novels by various authors. A few of my favorites are Jane Austen,
Charlotte Bronte, Oscar Wilde, Oskar Luts – one of the most prominent Estonian authors, who painted the most beautiful (and thoughtful) pictures of ordinary life.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Perfection. We all dream of living by it, feeling it, being it…
And it is in the name of perfection, we demonise our flaws, make ourselves ‘less-than,’ and render ourselves vulnerable to the shame of not being good enough.
We live in a society that subliminally encourages us to wear metaphorical masks, slay our inner sadness, and ignore our imperfections, or as Kristina refers to them, her ‘dragons.’
Even within the world of personal development and spirituality, toxic perfectionism lurks in the shadows.
In Kristina’s upcoming book Becoming Flawesome, she reflects on her own story, her battle against perfectionism, and what it took for her to return to what she now deems to be her most authentic self.
Readers can expect to be taken on a psychological tour through the inner building blocks of their own self-love and authenticity in order to create a home within themselves.
Throughout Becoming Flawesome, as well as being challenged to answer some of the most difficult questions about themselves, readers are provided with all the tools and techniques they would ever need for a life lived in happiness, power, and emotional mastery.
Being described as “10 years worth of therapy in one book,” Becoming Flawesome is a celebration of our whole selves, warts and all, and the glory that is to be found in living in our truth.
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