"I am just a girl who loves her job, family, friends, and of course fashion!" -Kayla
We spent the afternoon with the amazing women behind www.TheBeachyLawyer.com, and we couldn't be more excited to share with you our interview and video teaching her how to make matcha at home! She was a blast to have in the matcha kitchen and is such an inspiration to all young women! Not only does she work hard daily as a #girlboss lawyer, but she has made time for fun hobbies on the side! Read more about Kayla below and be sure to check out our video.
#Chit Chat and Matcha Q&A
1. For those who don’t know you, tell us about yourself, your professional career and about your online presence as an influencer.
My name is Kayla Holsonback and I am an Assistant District Attorney for Nueces County and I also run thebeachylawyer.com I am from Corpus Christi and love being able to work for the community where I am from. I ventured into fashion blogging in late 2016 when I realized my job was becoming my whole life and I needed a fun outlet outside of work. I have always loved fashion and finding great yet affordable options and thought it would be so fun to share that passion. I started the blog shortly after, and while it is still very new and very small, it has grown from something I was shy or embarrassed about to something I am actually proud of.
2. What have the highlights and challenges been during your path to where you are today?
The three years I spent in law school in Fort Worth is definitely where I had the biggest challenges but also great highlights. Law school is no walk in the park, no matter how smart you are. But getting through those three years and passing the bar helps shape you into the person and attorney you are going to become. You also create unbreakable bonds with the people you go through it with. I am going to be a bridesmaid in my law school roommates wedding next year!
3. What advice can you offer to women who want a career in your industry. Both your legal career and your online influencer career.
If you have any interest in being a prosecutor I would absolutely say to go for it. It is one of the most rewarding and meaningful things I have ever done. Our office has just as many, if not more, fierce female prosecutors as it does male. As far as starting an online presence my advice would be to do it as long as the process makes you happy. There are so many people out there trying to be seen on the internet that it might take you a while to get noticed. As long as you are enjoying what you are doing it shouldn’t matter if your posts only receive a few “likes”. Plus, the more you truly enjoy what you create the more original you will be and the greater chance you will have of sticking out.
4. What is the most important lesson you’ve learned in your career to date?
The most important lesson I have learned in my career to date is that it all goes by so, so fast. When you are busy and juggling multiple responsibilities and barely get a minute by yourself to breathe because you are so wrapped up in the next task it is easy to wake up and see a year has flown by. It is so important to slow down and take time for yourself. I have learned that it is ok to say “no” sometimes.
5. How do you maintain a work/life balance? With your busy schedule, your day job and your side job, it must be difficult!
Maintaining work/life balance is definitely a struggle, but I try to make spending an hour or two alone (no boyfriend, friends, family) each week a priority. It is during those few precious hours that I am able to recharge to take it all on again. The general balance I try to stick to is that week days are for work, gym, and early bedtimes, and weekends are for fun!
6. How would your describe your diet and exercise routine?
The diet routine that I TRY to stick to is eating healthy during the week and basically allowing myself whatever I want on the weekends. My mishaps during the week don’t affect me too much because I go to crossfit 4 times a week.
7. Being so busy, do you find it hard to eat healthy?
Yes. Eating healthy definitely requires planning ahead. If I don’t make it to the grocery store on Sunday and plan my meals for the week then I end up eating the stale donut from the break room or digging into the candy bowl that I keep on my desk. Neither of those things are good for the waistline!
8. Do you enjoy Matcha? Do you feel adding Matcha to your daily routine has been helpful?
I tried matcha for the first time recently and I love it. I need energy to get through the day and the energy sources I was using prior would often leave me feeling jittery. Matcha gives me an energy that I don’t even notice until I stop to think about it later.
9. Will you continue drinking matcha?
I will definitely continue drinking matcha. I have done more research on it lately and can’t wait to be able to see and feel the benefits that come with drinking it over a longer time period!
10. What is your favorite matcha recipe so far?
My favorite matcha recipe so far is the super quick and easy smoothie recipe Michelle taught me. It tastes great and is so easy to make in the morning. It consists of matcha, cha spice, honey, water, and almond milk.
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