Trista Sutter
Interview: Maranda Pleasant

Maranda Pleasant: What makes you come alive or inspires you?

Trista Sutter: My true inspirations are my kids and my husband. I’m also inspired by stories of my extended family, friends, and even strangers who cause me to look at my life and behavior and encourage me to be the best person, mother, daughter, and friend that I can be.

I come alive by giving back, seeing my children smile and hearing them laugh, standing up for things I believe in, achieving a goal, being there for those who need me, spending quality time with my husband, and indulging in “me moments,” whether it’s a vacation or just a night out with friends.

MP: What makes you feel vulnerable?

TS: Being in love. Being dependent. Being a mother.

MP: If you could say something to everyone on the planet, what would it be?

TS: I’d tell the planet to actively and consciously practice gratitude. To never give up hope. To believe in themselves and be true to who they are. To be kind. To share. To protect our planet for future generations. And lastly, to read Happily Ever After: The Life-Changing Power of a Grateful Heart. Maybe, through the stories I share about my life and others and the medical research that has been dedicated to the world of positive psychology, they’ll relate to the power of a positive perspective and change the world one person at a time. Pipe dream, of course, but I love the thought of being given the chance to inspire!

MP: How do you handle emotional pain?

TS: I cry. I vent. I zone out in front of the TV to escape. Then, after I allow myself to feel it and be human, I try my best to put things in perspective and start moving forward again. I consciously focus on my blessings and remember what has gotten me through my past struggles: my faith and the belief that everything happens for a reason.

MP: How do you keep your center in the middle of chaos? Do you have a daily routine?

TS: My routine is really based around my kids, and I try not to hold myself to a schedule, because it is always changing. What has been the most influential thing to help me keep my center is to set priorities and stick to them.

MP: What’s been one of your biggest lessons so far in life?

TS: That if I actively practice gratitude, I am able to keep myself grounded in the high times and lift myself up in the low times.

MP: What truth do you know for sure?

TS: That my children are my greatest gifts and my greatest inspirations. That my husband is the most honest, kind, hard-working, and genuine person, and I honestly don’t know how I could ever live without him. That my parents love me and I love and appreciate them. That I hate doing taxes. That my biggest pet peeve is inconsiderate people. That I love laughing, traveling, volunteering, and my friends. That my favorite smell is chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven. That I am blessed.

MP: What causes or organizations are you passionate about?

TS: As a mother, anything to do with my children, whether it’s supporting their school or programs that support their education and enrichment. As a wife, anything that my husband is passionate about and helps to support. As a community member, anything that supports the Vail Valley, the place that I call home. As a friend of the founder and true believer in their mission, an organization called First Descents. They provide adventure camps to young adults and adults with cancer or who have survived cancer.

MP: Tell me about your latest projects.

TS: My book was a passion project that I released last year. This December, we are releasing a paperback version, and I’m excited about continuing the conversation about how to live a happier life, especially during the holidays and as the new year approaches.

I started another passion project: the Grateful Heart Collection of gift and home decor items. I partnered with Glory Haus to create gift items that would give people visual reminders of living with gratitude—items that I love and am so proud to show off as a huge gift enthusiast myself!

I’m also very hopeful to continue my literary journey into the realm of children’s books. To be able to read my kids a children’s book that was inspired by them would be everything!

MP: Why are these important to you?

TS: To do what I can to inspire whoever will listen that embracing gratitude can change their life!

MP: What is love for you?

TS: Love is my family.

MP: What is the most important thing for us to do as beings?

TS: To be kind.

Trista Sutter captured the hearts of millions back in 2003 when she became the first bachelorette on the hugely successful ABC series The Bachelorette. She became the first contestant to not only find love but go on to tie the knot in front of twenty-six million viewers.

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