Who Am I?
Hi there. I’m Krista (Kika to some), mama of three beautiful kiddos (12, 17, and 21). It is now 23 years that I’ve been married to a West African man who I found in Québec when I had sworn off relationships forever, and later dragged back to Alberta with me. I come from a big, colorful family of 14 and have the utmost respect for my mom and dad (both passed away way too young from cancer) who lived humble and simple but purposeful lives, fully aligned to their core values.
My life has been a journey of learning to love and care for myself well. A journey to freedom. I have an addictive personality and this gets me into trouble if I am not living fully conscious, eyes and heart wide open. I have walked through suicide attempts, anxiety and panic attacks, chronic pain, loss & grief, binge eating & body shame. Not necessarily in that order. Our family also has first-hand experience with moderately severe allergies and autoimmunity.
Along the way, I have learned that joy and pain can coexist, and that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. I learned to forgive myself for all my struggles and ‘imperfections’ and realized that I have the strength and resilience to rise above.
And after finally embracing my ‘mediocrity’, which broke shame, perfectionism, and comparison, I came to realize that, like you, I (like you!) have a purpose to live out and valuable gifts to offer the world.
We speak ‘franglais’ in our home and value learning, good books & discussion, creativity, joyful movement, and body & soul nourishing food. I love strong coffee & dark chocolate, black clothing, long walks holding hands with my husband, and desire a purposeful (and joyful) life of ordinary moments, simple pleasures, and quality relationships. With a wee bit of adventure thrown in for good measure.
My husband and I love to travel although I suppose it is mainly for the food and people watching. In another lifetime, given the chance, I might have a food/travel blog so I could get paid to eat my way around the world:)
I have a background in French Immersion Education (6 years for a B.Ed. and to become bilingual, although I never completed my final practicum so don’t actually hold a degree), have spent years homeschooling and raising a strong & stubborn family (which totally should have earned me a Masters!), and then earned a diploma in Natural Nutrition and currently serve as a Holistic Nutrition & Joyful Living Educator.
I love to learn and can regularly be found book in hand, studying online, or puttering at home while listening to a health or slow-living podcast. Learn more about my ongoing education here.
My dad, who was not the most politically correct guy you ever met, told me years ago that my Native name was “Krista Long-Winded.” I suppose he was right; words do make me inordinately happy whether I am writing, teaching or chatting on a radio show (podcasting seems like an amazing gig to me).
I also think STORY is incredibly important and believe that by sharing our stories we break shame and offer hope and encouragement to each other.
As such, my blog is primarily a tool for sharing stories from my own life to remind you that you are not alone. That you are not the only one who struggles. That there is hope. I take all my struggle and study and offer it to others needing to be reminded that they – you – matter. That you are worthy of love and compassion right now. Not when you lose 50 pounds or finally break that addiction or get your act perfectly together. Right now in the middle of the storm.
I hold a vision of creating a safe space – a Safe House – for other weary sojourners needing to come and get patched up, encouraged and nourished so they can continue their journey to freedom.
I want to gather women together across racial, religious, age, body size, life experience divides. To invite us to let down our guard, lay down our weapons and lift each other up. Listen and learn from each other. When we offer our sisters safe spaces we ourselves are nourished.
Stick around and sign up for email updates. Let me get to know you. Allow me to speak into your life and support you as you move into a life of deeper purpose, health & JOY.
*family photo (two years old now!) by magpie3studio