Girl We Love: Kimberly Fisher
Posted by Brette Borow on August 9, 2012 at 12:38 PM
What do you do when one of your friends is a writer, model, public speaker, and all-around bad ass? You try to steal her secrets of course! I sat down last week with Kimberly Fisher, the voice behind the travel and lifestyle site Jetsetera, to talk about what her life is like right now and how she handles it all (especially with her crazy travel schedule)! I even scored you ladies some of her fab beauty tips! So check out this girl we love’s advice for getting it all done – and still having fun along the way! Thanks Kim!
You are a model, writer, actress, public speaker -- pretty much a “jane of all trades.” How do you make time fit it all in (and succeed) everyday?
One of my favorite books I read early on was “ The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephan Covey, which I really took to heart. I learned to be proactive, delegate, prioritize and organize. Certain things and people you learn to always make time for!
A few years ago, you started the travel blog JETSETERA. What influenced you to start writing and how has the site evolved over the years?
I have always been an avid reader, writer and traveler. I started the blog as a way to document my adventures around the world for family and friends, and it has grown into a full-scale online lifestyle portal seen by thousands of people. It is syndicated by USA Today, and travel tips from Jetsetera end up there frequently. The site has everything you need to know to lead a high-end, adventurous lifestyle.
What is a typical day like for you?
No day is ever the same! I try to follow a routine in the morning of meditation/kriya/read a daily reflection/journal/lemon water/vitamins/email/ workout, but it seldom goes that smoothly. Some days I am traveling, or am booked speaking at an event or trade show, or home locked up like a hermit writing or attending PR events for new stories or in meetings. Every now and then I still make it to an audition or two, but am becoming very selective with my projects.
You recently relocated from LA to New York. Was that a big adjustment for you? How did you set about recreating your life in a new city?
LA and New York are night and day different. California is very laid-back, mellow lifestyle. It’s a very healthy and calming environment for me. I love the beach, the weather and the entertainment community. New York is 100 times faster; everything (and everyone) moves a mile a minute. New Yorkers have a very strong work ethic, and things GET DONE in the city. People mean business! I love the variety of things to do (museums, plays, art, events) as well as the diversity. I’m lucky to have been able to experience the best of both worlds!
Over the years you’ve pretty much been able to see the world. That’s a lot of travel! We’re frankly a little jealous, but we also know that it take its toll. Do you have any smart beauty secrets for frequent travelers?
I have been to 42 countries and almost every state (I missed Maine and The Dakotas!). I have traveled for work for the past 10 years and average around 100,000 miles a year and am very used to living out of a suitcase. My best beauty advice? Beauty comes from the inside out. The first step is to make sure you are taking care of yourself while traveling with eating healthy, being active and keeping stress as low as possible. As Audrey Hepburn said “The happiest girls are the prettiest girls.”
Also, if you find beauty products that work for you (I am a die hard Makeup Forever HD foundation, Victoria’s Secret lip gloss and Benefit highlighter fan) don’t change them. Stick to the basics, because less is more.
What’s the best make-up tip you’ve learned from your years as a model?
I have been so lucky to work with so many great hair and makeup people over the years. One thing I learned is to invest in products that do double duty (bronzer for cheeks and eyes for example) and to dress up any look, put on a classic red lipstick for instant glamour.
We’ve all had our ups and downs when it comes to the men in our lives. What have you learned from your adventures in love?
I have definitely had my share of ups and downs in that department! I think everyone we are with is there for a reason. I have learned so much from my ex-boyfriends and my relationships with them. What have I learned exactly? That no one is perfect. Everyone makes mistakes. Find someone who is your best friend, who you trust 110%, who makes you laugh, who is kind and supportive. Easier said than done.
You know pretty much anyone and everyone. How did you build your network? Do you have any tips for building your confidence when it comes to networking and public speaking?
I have always been a very social person and involved in different groups. I love to explore, and I love to meet new people. I do random things; go to networking events, plays, talk to people in coffee shops and airplanes. For a while I kept everyone’s business cards. Now, I just add their info to my phone and if it is a personal contact, my Facebook page.
Did you ever imagine this was what your life would be like? How do you imagine your life to be in 10 years?
I grew up in Alaska and never had a clue I would end up on tv, in magazines (as both as a model and a writer), meet amazing people and get to travel the world. I have been very blessed.
What is your favorite quote or “little life lesson?”
I love all of the “little life lessons” on GirlsGuideTo.com! I am a huge fan of quotes. I tend to post quotes on my Twitter and Facebook weekly. One of my all time favorites is"Whether you think you can or think you can't, either way you're right," by Henry Ford. Smart man, that one. ;)
What are your favorite hotspots? (ie: vacation spots, cities, restaurants, stores, whatever)
In the U.S. I love New York, LA and San Francisco. Las Vegas is a second (or third?) home to me. When I travel internationally I tend to always want to find a new place and explore.
Some places I loved: Belize (I stayed in Francis Ford Coppola’s amazing place Turtle Inn and toured the Amazon with a shaman that talked to monkeys), Guatemala (I spent my birthday hiking down a live volcano), Greece (love the islands and the food!) and Italy. Bora Bora is a real life living postcard, and India was amazing with such varied beautiful surroundings. I would suggest everyone to get out there and explore!