What IS

Inspired Living?

Simply put, it's when life just feels good. 

Signs of Inspired Living:

- You accept & love who you are

- You appreciate blessings AND lessons 

-You are at peace in the present

-You give & accept love

- You seek, find, allow & share joy

-You feel & express gratitude.


Creative Wellness?


Creative wellness is a component of the spirit/soul aspect of holistic health.  Essentially, it's when you get to take a break from all the "must dos" in your life and let your spirit come out and play! 


Our creative wellness offerings are designed to allow for exploration and creative freedom which helps to reduce stress and promote a sense of inspiration and contentment.  For at least a few hours, you get to escape the demands of life, be your own boss and utilize your creative spirit to create something unique!  


We Offer

We are all on a mission to learn, develop & experience life at its best. 

Inspired living is a choice we make every day.  Some days it's easy to make that choice.  Other times, we benefit from guidance, support or simply sharing the journey.  No matter what, connecting with a community of positively-minded individuals is always beneficial!

Our Inspired Living Services:

* Creative Wellness Workshops

* Inspired Living Support 

* Early Childhood (K-1) Tutoring

* Life Coaching

* Consultations

This little light of mine...

Meet Kris

She's authentic, down-to-earth, kind-hearted, resourceful, organized, creative and perhaps a tad quirky. 

"I enjoy living life slightly outside the box.  I don't mind being the exception to the rule because I believe the world is a better place when we recognize, share and celebrate our differences.  Individuals are unique and no two journeys are the same.  It is my privilege to provide customized support to anyone striving to find joy, meet goals & create a life they love."



Kris grew up in Tonawanda, NY where she currently resides.  She attended high school at Wilson Central and completed her undergraduate and graduate degrees at SUNY Potsdam.  


After college, Kris moved to Fredericksburg, VA where she taught for fourteen years before returning to western NY.  Currently, Kris enjoys part-time employment with Amherst Central Schools while she welcomes life as an entrepreneur and builds her dreams! 


In her free time, Kris can be found:

- spending time in nature

- hanging with her dog, Oscar

- getting lost in a crafty endeavor

- taking a class or reading to learn

- enjoying a yard sale adventure


- befriending yet another plant.

"The best teachers are those who show you where to look, but don't tell you what to see." 

-Alexandra K. Trenfor



Masters of Science in Education - Distinction

  • Major:  Special Education

Bachelor of Arts - Cum Laude

  • Major:  Elementary Education

  • Major:  Sociology

  • Minor:  Society & Human Services



New York State Teacher Certification

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Childhood Education

Life Coach Certification - Expert Level

Leadership​ Roles

Grade Level Lead/Chairperson
School Leadership Team
New Teacher Mentor
School Improvement Team
Committees -
Literacy, Math, Climate & Culture


Teacher of the Year - 2013 

Kappa Delta Pi - Education Honor Society

Alpha Kappa Delta - Sociology Honor Society


"Life is meant to be joyful.  No matter what we are doing, let's find the joy!"


"I learned many years ago that I'm most effective in my work as a teacher, tutor and coach when I adopt the role of a facilitator or guide.  I subscribe to a 'less is more' philosophy when it comes to my involvement in the work being done.  I help plan and organize, I present choices, I encourage participation and reflection but I do not do the work.  Instead, I support the important work being done.  

"I fully support a growth mindset.  Risk taking is how we access growth so let's get comfortable making mistakes!"

A space for growth...

Our Studio

It's a calm, peaceful little space with an abundance of natural light and happy little plants.

"The word 'office' just didn't seem to fit.  This isn't a place for mundane work.  This is a space for creating, expressing and developing.  So... much the way an all-in-one apartment is called a 'studio', so shall we call our inclusive little space."


Open UP! is located in Williamsville, NY inside North Presbyterian Church.


300 North Forest Road

Williamsville, NY 14221

Suite S251

We are the first door on the left when entering through the rear entrance.

Room to Grow

For larger gatherings, we are fortunate to have access to additional space within North Presbyterian Church.  The library is located directly across the hall from our studio and the Dickinson Lounge is just down the hall.  Both spaces are lovely, welcoming and spacious.


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300 North Forest Road | Suite S251

Williamsville, NY 14221