Kimberly Bacso is the operations director and co-founder of InDependent. She began her career as a certified public accountant. After becoming an Army spouse and mom, she followed her passions for teaching and wellness and became an experienced yoga teacher. She also holds certifications in personal training and group fitness. Her backgrounds in business and fitness led to a yoga studio manager position in the busy Northern Virginia market where she led 200-hour yoga teacher training programs. In addition to her work for InDependent, she is the managing editor of Legacy Magazine, a print publication that celebrates service member families. She is a lifelong vegetarian who loves experimenting with new recipes and enjoys a good cup of tea. She can often be found traveling off the beaten path with her husband and daughter.

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work

Job/Title:

Co-Founder & Program Director of InDependent

Education/Certificates: 

  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Concentration Accounting, Minor in Spanish

  • Master of Business Administration

  • Certified Public Accountant, Inactive

  • Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher

  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer

  • Certified Group Fitness Instructor

Before I Co-Founded InDependent I: 

I did a hodge podge of things that all boiled down to being a teacher -- senior accountant with a focus on management, teaching best practices, and writing procedures manuals; Parent to Parent Lead Trainer for the Military Child Education Coalition; yoga teacher, studio manager and teacher training lead; quilting/scrapbooking teacher for MWR; blogger

 

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health | life

Favorite Part About the Job: 

My favorite part about working for InDependent is building a community of military spouses that care about improving their health and wellness and in turn encourage healthy habits in their homes. This community inspires me on my own wellness journey.

Favorite Duty Station: 

Bamberg, Germany. So sad it's closed now!

Fitness Routine: 

Yoga + Tone It Up Studio Classes & Daily Moves + Outdoor Walks

Food Philosophy:

Lifetime vegetarian, now mostly plant based + naturally sweet

Favorite Pastime: 

Exploring new places with my family

Favorite Healthy Snack: 

Tea + healthy muffins

Odd Healthy Habit: 

Making quarterly wardrobe capsules. I had no idea how much peace I could find by curating my closet.

Fitness Achievement Most Proud of: 

I finished the Königsschlösser-Romantik-Marathon.

Favorite Workout Gadget: 

Apple Watch

Favorite Workout Song: 

'Till I Collapse by Eminem

What Makes You Smile: 

My silver miniature poodle, Emmy

Wellness Practice: 

Daily meditation

Biggest Fitness Hurdle:

 I strongly prefer slower-paced activities like yoga and hiking, but know I need to build some intensity into my routine. 

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“May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the words, thoughts, and actions of my own life contribute to the happiness and freedom for all.”

- Mangala Mantra -