Kimberly Love is an abuse survivor who chronicled her experiences in her memoir, You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine. When she was offered a radio spot on Impact Radio USA, she didn’t realize how it would change her life. She now considers hosting the show to be her calling, her empowerment podcast showcases experts, celebrities, and coaches who inspire women to live a life they never dreamed of. She’s an open book and has used her own experiences to help others.
“Most authors cannot allow themselves to be this vulnerable and bare, but Kimberly Love certainly can!” – Dr. Paul Reeves, Radio Host.
Kimberly’s love for women has been expressed through her shows that have been described as calming experiences “like sitting down having coffee with a friend,” and her membership site Viking Queens. Kimberly has been featured in Badassery Magazine, The Drive Magazine and is a podcast favorite, appearing on close to 50 interviews, including Bitches Be Brave, She Did It!, Dr. Paul’s Family Talk, Selling in A Skirt, Motivators in Motion, and The Mom Show.
“I know firsthand how telling your story has the power to change someone’s life. We all have a story, and one of my favorite parts of my radio show is getting to meet so many amazing people and to hear their stories.”
Tell us about Viking Queens?
I wanted a place where women could collect together and learn how to build confidence and learn the simple art of self-love. Part of why women get into toxic relationships is because they lack self-esteem or self-confidence. By strengthening women, we teach them how to love themselves and choose healthy relationships. We are launching Viking Queens in December, and it’s for women of all walks of life; mothers, entrepreneurs, single women, etc., and they will come in direct contact with amazing experts from all areas of life, all in one stop. It’s been a labor of love that I’m really proud of, and I think that all women have a Viking Queen inside of them.
What made you write You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine
Writing that book was the only way that I could let go of a lot of painful experiences that I’ve held onto for a very long time. For me, it was a much-needed purge that brought about healing. It wasn’t an easy book, and it’s a very raw and honest look at what it means to acknowledge the things that have happened to you and make a choice to do something about it. I know that there are many women out there who have experienced abuse in one form or another, and I wanted to show them there was a way out. The people that have contacted me since writing the book, who have told me how relatable it is, has made the experience of writing the book worth it.
What’s it like being a radio host?
Oh, so much fun, it’s one of the best experiences of my life. It had never been a life goal of mine to be on the radio. When I was first offered the show, I wasn’t even sure I was going to take it because it was so far out of my comfort zone. But the moment I got in front of the microphone and put on my headphones, I felt at home. I’m known for that I’m a good listener, and that shines through when I’m on the radio. I was terrified when I did the first show, but people were shocked that it was my first time when it went live. I’m a natural in that arena, and that’s how I know I’m meant to be there. I am still in contact with guests that were on the show years ago, and I love that I’ve made those forever connections.
“Kimberly Love is incredible! This woman is such an encourager, uplifter, and supporter to women across the globe! She knows what it means to believe in the universal love and power within every woman, and she beautifully highlights the creative, confident, entrepreneurial genius that we are as women. Bold. Authentic. Real." - Colette Milazzo, Sexual Revolutionist, and Life Coach.
What kinds of guests do you have on the show?
I’ve had so many different and incredible guests, and that’s the thrilling part because it’s always something new. I’ve had Food Network chef Kevin Roberts, author of Kissing in the Kitchen, Comedian Nicole Arbour, a Paranormal Investigator from Amazon Prime’s Oddity Files, famous Psychic Mark Anthony, a sexual revolutionist, a marathon runner, I could go on and on.
What do you mean when you say it’s important to build mental grit?
The only way that I can explain how I survived some of the things I have in my life is that I’m mentally tough. I’m tough but being strong is a learned behavior. You don’t have to be fragile or be a victim. We all go through tough times, and the idea is that if you build up grit and resiliency that regardless of what comes at you in the future, whether it’s a death, a breakup, losing your job, you will be able to face it and overcome it.
You talk a lot on the show about sex, dating, and relationships. So what’s your best dating advice?
Don’t stop kissing your man, and sex is just as important in a relationship as trust is. Staying intimate with your partner is part of building a foundation that will become unbreakable.
Excerpt from You Taste Like Whiskey and Sunshine:
“I wrote this book as a means of not only telling the story of who I was or who I have become but more to accept the things that have happened to me in my life and acknowledge that it has made me the person that I am today, which is a good thing. It’s important to my own journey through this hell we all call home that I say out loud that I lived. I’m wild and raw and take no prisoners in any aspect of my life. I hope that this book opens your eyes and, above all else, makes you laugh. If you are lucky enough to be along with me for the ride, you won’t regret it.”
You can buy her book on Amazon