I'm probably much like you are, a mixture of things. My greatest joy is born out of flashes or moments of creativity. I’m working daily on not defining myself by my accomplishments or the hats I wear. I believe that I am sought after, accepted as I am, not worthy of rejection, truly loved, and priceless. Some days I believe these truths more than others. I was born and raised in California, but I currently live near Seattle, WA with my husband and 4 kids. I have one son and 3 daughters. My home is busy and loud and metaphorically (of course) set ablaze by constant collisions of testosterone and estrogen. I’ve been a stay at home mom for the past 9 and half years. Even as a child, along with my dreams of becoming an astronaut, I always wanted to be home with my (future) kids. It was incredibly impactful for me as a child, to see the role of stay-at-home-mom played out in my neighbors' and close friends families. It was the magnetic presence, loving guidance and the sacrifice of a present mother, that fueled my desire as an adult to aim towards creating this for my family. I LOVE being a mom, but honestly it’s not what truly fulfills me. I’m a writer at heart; always have been. As a little girl I kept diaries; the cute pink kind with a lock and key (hardly secure). Then I graduated to “journals”, and in school I was maybe the only one in class who relished the idea of an essay assignment or term paper. Aside from my love of writing, what really brings me life and feeds my soul is the concept of freedom: freedom from the past, freedom from the lies we’ve come to believe about ourselves, freedom from anything that can hold us at arm’s length from our true-unblemished destiny. We are all destined for freedom and I'm on that journey.
Love, Kristin Smith