Reality star and entrepreneur Kristin Cavallari is having her best year yet.
"I’m so happy right now!" she gushed to Grazia Gazette: The Hamptons. "The jewelry is doing incredible, skincare did, and I want to open up another store, too, next year. I’m loving it, and I feel like my work-life balance is at a really great place at the moment."
It's Cavallari's dedication to her work that's made it all possible.
Though she does make an appearance in the current season of The Hills: New Beginnings, the star has more or less put reality TV aside to focus on Uncommon James, her jewelry brand that's since expanded into apparel, home decor and most recently skincare.
"I’ve always had this work ethic in me and I’ve always wanted to make my own money," she noted. "It has always been really important to me because I never wanted to rely on anybody. To me, money was freedom. It was independence."
"I probably got that from my parents being divorced. My stepmom was 20 years younger than my dad. I didn’t like that situation," the TV personality shared. "I remember my dad saying, ‘You know, you don’t have to have a job.’ And I was like, ‘No, I know. But I want one.’ I’ve always wanted to make my own money and be my own person."
Aside from modeling in her brand's campaigns, Cavallari has a say in "the creative" side, which includes designing, marketing, social media and more.
Her hands-on approach allows her to take time off whenever she wants, which is super important for her now that she and ex-husband Jay Cutler split custody of their three kids: daughter Saylor, 5, and sons Camden, 8, and Jaxon, 7,
"I have them every other week. I have just decided that the week I have my kids, I’m mom. I’m not doing anything else," she explained. "I have a week off where I can go to dinner every night with my friends if I want to. I can work really hard if I need to. I can stay at the office later if I need to. But when I have my kids, I’m not doing anything else."
Despite having a new structure for her life, she tries to just go with the flow.
"I’m just feeling very thankful and very happy with where I’m at," the Laguna Beach alum stated. For so many years, for me, everything was the future: like, ‘OK, I need to be doing X, Y, and Z in 2022. And then I want to do this and then I want that.’ I wasn’t living in the moment. Now I’m just sort of letting life happen."
"I’m enjoying the whole process: the good, bad, the ugly," declared Cavallari. "It’s all part of life, and that’s why we’re here."