Kathie Stettler, 55, is a woman of many talents. Currently, she works as a part-time instructor at Kennesaw State University’s Community and Professional Education Program, a national board- certified health and wellness coach and even moonlights as a professional shoe model. Plus, she recently added a new favorite title to her resume— grandma. After spending 25 years in Atlanta, Kathie loves the confidence and clarity that comes with being over 40 and knowing her unique purpose here in the world.
What impact do you hope to leave on the world?
I want to model that genuine compassion will help us get through dark times. Recent events have been tough for many, and while we have our differences, it is my mission to value each individual and do my part to assist in helping those I encounter to discover their God-given place and purpose in this life.
What is the biggest obstacle you’ve had to overcome?
My biggest obstacle is myself. Life is all about choices. There will always be people or situations that give us moments to reflect and ask, “Is this meaningful for the life I want to live?” If the answer is no, then create the space to be you. I have had to learn to let the toxic people and thoughts go. Obstacles are just opportunities to hone and sharpen our character.
What do you consider to be your biggest accomplishment?
My biggest accomplishment is raising children who have become thoughtful and genuinely amazing adults. I can also call them my friends, and that has been very rewarding.
What piece of wisdom would you give to people in their 20s and 30s?
It is so important to put in the effort now to take care of your physical and mental well-being. Think of it as an investment for your future. I like to remind people, “If you don’t take care of your body, where will you live?”