Hi there. I’m Krista, mama of three beautiful kiddos (14, 19, and 23). 25 years ago I married 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 13 and have the utmost respect for my mom and dad (both left this world 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.
I have never (or maybe rarely) found living easy. I have needed to choose to live. I consciously and determinedly choose to show up fully to this imperfect and beautiful life of mine.
Along the way, I’ve learned that joy and pain can coexist and that life does not have to be perfect to be beautiful. I’ve learned to forgive myself for all my struggle and messiness and realized that I am far stronger and more resilient than I ever understood before. I’ve put down strong, hardy roots of self-awareness and self-compassion and help my clients do this life-giving work too.
One day I decided to like myself. I embraced my mediocrity and started quieting the noise of comparison, perfectionism, and fear so I could show up fully to this imperfect and beautiful life of mine. I want to help you do this messy, joyful, soul-stretching work too.
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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. One day I hope to be able to camp a few months at a time in different cities and countries and get paid to write.
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), spent years homeschooling and raising a strong & stubborn family (which totally should have earned me a Masters!), and then studied more in natural nutrition and functional health and today serve women-around the globe as a Writer & Joyful Living Educator. I love how life takes us places we never could have imagined or planned for ourselves.
I work part-time and am constantly walking out the tension between my love of a new learning curve with my need for rest and permission to just BE. A strong introvert, I’m delighted by alone time and can often be found book in hand or puttering while listening to a health, business, or slow-living podcast.
For those of you geeky folk like me, I’m a stubborn questioner with rebel leanings, ISFJ (often mistaken for an IN), Enneagram 1w2. I started my “Live on Purpose Facebook group” as a space to meet growth-minded people and offer education and encouragement for handcrafting deeply rooted lives of purpose, health and JOY. Come on over!
I also think STORY or truth-telling is healing and believe that by sharing our stories we break shame and lift up the light of hope & encouragement for each other. I feel called to bear the light of hope & encouragement.
As such, my blog is primarily a tool for sharing stories 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 acceptance and compassion right now. Not when you lose 50 pounds or finally break that addiction or get your life perfectly pulled together. Right now in the middle of the storm.
From one messy human to another, you are welcome here.
*older but lovely family photo by magpie3studio