Name Kirstin Jackson (Burnet)
AKA Ruaridh Jackson’s Other Half
FROM Aberdeen, Scotland
LIVE Glasgow, Scotland
ALL ABOUT BEING Independent – Creative – Bubbly – Cheeky – Driven
JANE OF WHAT TRADE/S Senior Landscape Architect, Gin Taster, Graphic Designer!
HOW IN THE WORLD DO YOU KEEP UP WITH LIFE Haha this is where I may not appear to be the most supportive rugby wife…! I have always been independent and travelled with uni, work and put my career ahead of my relationship knowing that one day we would be in the same place at the same time. I think Ruaridh is the one who is the dedicated and supportive husband!! Although rugby is a massive part of Ruaridh’s life (and mine!) I try not to let it dictate every aspect of my life as it can change at the drop of a hat. I am super proud of all his achievements and where his career has taken him.
YOU’RE A GO-GETTER I am lucky
ROLE I am Chief Gin Taster and the Graphic Guru for the company, making all of our ideas a reality. We are all creative so it is fun being able to bounce ideas off one another. We have some great new ideas – watch this space!!!
FAVOURITE WAY TO ENJOY A DRINK OR
IDEA-DREAM-REALITY Well! Ruaridh had already moved up to Glasgow and was staying with the Grants until we found our own place. I got a phone call saying that we were going to have a business meeting after dinner as we were going to start making gin. I kind of laughed and thought “yeah good one – here’s the next big idea” but when I moved up, I quickly realised how serious they all were and I had to play catch up. It wasn’t until we had a bottle and we were receiving such good feedback that I believed that we were onto something special!
THEY SAY MORE HANDS MAKES LIGHT
WHAT’S ON THE GARDEN SHED GIN AGENDA FOR THE FUTURE Continuing having fun making high-end products that we can be proud of, Glasgow can be proud of and that people would like to buy and share with others. We have started with gin, but there are other avenues we are looking to explore.
WHAT GETS YOU OUT OF
LIFE AS THE OTHER HALF
DOTING WIFE OR INDEPENDENT WOMAN – WHAT’S YOUR
“Personally I think it is important to have your own focus, group of friends and own income. Rugby can take over your life from time to time and certainly dictate where you live etc, so it’s good to have your own interests outside of rugby.”
RUGBY HIGHS The girls – we are all in it together and because the boys are so close, us girls are a team too! (The freebies are also great!)
PROUDEST RUGBY FAN GAL
BEST KEPT RUGBY LIFE SECRET When you marry a rugby player, you marry a sport, the girls and a whole team of great people!
WISE WORDS OF WISDOM I am still working out what I am good at and what I want to do with my time, but I am most successful when I am happy. So, if you can turn what you love into a career then you are on to a winner.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Pineapples – our wedding revolved around my love for pineapples and brightly coloured gerberas. My dad and I spent an evening on the
HOW DO YOU GET YOUR KICKS I
I spent A LOT of time on trains doing long distance with Ruaridh, so I have always carried a notebook in my bag. Kburnetdesigns all came about when my sister got married. I designed her wedding invitations which I really enjoyed doing and then that was it… word got around and since then I have been lucky to have done so many of my friend’s wedding stationary! After that I made Ruaridh, a print for finishing at Glasgow Warriors in 2014 before we ventured south to London. This one has led to creating my favourite KBespoke B&W Prints.
LIFE AFTER RUGBY WITH
HAVE YOU FOUND THE WOMEN AROUND YOU TO BE A SOURCE OF INSPIRATION IN CREATING YOUR BUSINESS & CREATIVE VENTURES Yes! Oh my goodness yes! Two in particular – Tamsin (tamsinthomsonart) and Helena (theguidetogrowth)! They make me so happy! They are so successful and I have the utmost respect for them, both doing what they love and winning at life!
WHERE WILL WE FIND YOU IN 5 YEARS Running after mini-Jacksons and continuing to do my thing!
“Your smile is your logo, your personality is your business card and how you leave others feeling after an experience with you becomes your trademark.”Jay Dansie
WHERE CAN YOUR NEW BFF’s FIND YOU