Meet O Mag Insider – Kristen Taekman!

Age: 41

Occupation: Mom, Model, Housewife

What did you want to be when you were a little girl? 

A soccer player! I was hoping to get a scholarship and take that journey!

What are some different jobs you’ve had in your life?

I started out working at our local ice cream parlor in Connecticut scooping ice cream. Then I started modeling at 14 and started participating in lots of fashion shows, perfume samplings, and mannequin modeling in storefront windows!

What do you work toward in your spare time?

Working and writing my blog I love coming up with fun and new creative content. I also work towards finishing the endless pile of laundry (I chip away at it in my “spare time”) although spare time is hard to come by lately.

Are you a morning person or a night owl?

Lately, I have been more of a morning person! I have been giving myself some “quiet time“ in the morning before my kids wake up. I wake up at 6am, get in my robe, put my breakfast and coffee on a tray, and retreat to our spare room for one hour every morning where I watch the news and eat in peace. It is the best way to start my day and the best gift I could give myself. This routine has turned me into a morning person, and I look forward to waking up and started my daily routine.

What are you most proud of?

My kids! I look at my children and think, wow, I can’t believe these two human beings are mine and how great they are! The love for my kids is pretty amazing, and they are shaping up and becoming pretty cool little individuals!

What are you known for?

I’m known for my fashion sense. I love mixing high and low fashion to create ideal outfits.

What inspires you? 

This ever changing world we live in! Things that I didn’t think were possible are attainable these days! You can now start your own business with just the help of Google and YouTube. Being able to contact people from all over the world with the click of a button is beyond amazing. We also have so many platforms where we can voice our opinions and stand up for what is right.

Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.

I love to sing! I’m shy to sing to a group of people but love the audience in my shower! 😉

Why did you apply to be an O Mag Insider? 

I have been a huge fan of Oprah and her show for as long as I can remember! I grew up watching the show with my mother, and I guess you could say Oprah was part of becoming a young adult! I went from watching her show after school to making sure I was home by 4pm in my first NYC apartment. I joined her book club when I first starting modeling. I modeled for the magazine, which was one of the most exciting moments in my career. I love the Oprah brand and all it stands for and felt that it would be an amazing opportunity to be able to be a part of it!

How do you live your best life?

By taking care of myself! Trying to get enough sleep, drinking lots of water, and knowing when my body needs a rest!

What are you reading now?

The PTA newsletter… lol…making sure to stay up-to-date with what’s happening at school. Although I am waiting for Amazon to deliver the new Oprah book choice!

What’s a day in your life like?

BUSY, HECTIC and a little CRAZY!  I start my day at 6am with my quiet time, then I wake up the kids at 7am, and the madness begins! I get the kids ready and to school by 8:30am, run errands from 8:30am till 9:30am, then I work on my blog from 9:30am till 2:30pm. At 2:45pm, I pick up my kids from school and off we go to after school activities. We are usually home for dinner by 5pm for an hour or so until I have to take my son to soccer practice from 6 to 8pm. I drop him off, my husband picks him up, then it’s bath and bedtime for my daughter. I then end my day with a little chill time and watch some mindless yet entertaining TV (usually Bravo).

Then the next day … REPEAT!

Read Kristen’s blog at: LastNightsLook

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This is part of an ongoing series, introducing you to the dynamic individuals who make up O, The Oprah Magazine’s Brand Ambassadors known as the O Mag Insiders. For more information on the program or to apply, click HERE.

Read the last O Mag Insider feature HERE!

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