Hey! Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m Krysten. I’m 33 years old and have been married to my amazing husband Joe, for 8 years. We have 2 littles – Brylee (6) and Graham (3) and a baby girl on the way. Some of my favorite things in life are: coffee, traveling, good quality family days, binge watching favorite shows with the hubs, and the beach.
What I Do…
I was in the corporate world for 9 years. After we had our second child, Graham, I decided to stay home with our kids. I really did love the corporate world as crazy as that may seem to some. I love(d) having a set schedule every day, having “brain work” stress, feeling accomplished, and having intelligent adult conversation on a daily basis. But. I also love my kids, a lot… and know that they are my greatest investment, a job that goes far deeper than any “brain work” stress or achievement. So, when we were in a position where I could stay home, I took it.
What Drives My Husband Crazzyyyy…
I research EVERYTHING (seriously, everything). It has become a running joke in my family, because most of my conversations are prefaced with, “When I was researching…” While I personally find it to be a “positive” quality of mine (most days, ha), it gets under my husband’s skin just a bit. Why? Because I am usually glued to my phone, reading up on whatever crazy thing is on my mind at the moment. My brain never shuts down, which means, while we are binge watching our favorite shows, I’m usually multitasking by researching something on my phone at the same time. He has learned, if I’m being stubborn and won’t give in to something, his best approach is to find some good sound research to back up his case, and then share it with me…and then we’ll talk. Hey, after almost 8 years of marriage, we’re figuring out eachother’s quirks!
Why I feel passionate about fitness and health…
Fitness: Before staying home with our kids, my job was my outlet. When I got home from work, I felt energized (well some days exhausted) but so excited to be home with my kids! When I made the decision to stay home, it was a really hard transition for me. I was use to a set schedule, and feeling like I had a really productive day. For about the first 9 months of staying home, I felt like every day was a blur. I am not one of those super creative moms who can come up with these amazing crafts and activities to do each day with my kids. I am good at spreadsheets and contracts, not really arts and crafts (although I’m getting better, thank you social media)!
So…I decided I needed to get back to the gym! I needed an hour for myself, to sweat it out, put my kids in childcare, and get our day going. This ya’ll, was LIFE CHANGING for me! For so long, I had given into the thought process of – I’m a mom, my body will never be the same again, I don’t have time for the gym, I don’t want to put my kids in childcare. But, NO!!!! After this internal slump I had fallen into for so long, I finally made the decision, I needed to make a change because my current self was not the greatest for my kids. Not because I was super unhealthy, but because we were floating through each day with no real structure and it just left me so frustrated. (I’m a structure girl – I need a plan, and purpose for the day) This journey has changed my life in so many ways.
Health: I have always been very health conscious. I am very passionate about a clean diet, natural products/remedies, and anything for that matter that has a negative or positive affect on our bodies. However, before kids, it was really easy to have a lot of head knowledge, but not implement it into my daily life. I was young, building my career, felt great – I didn’t really feel the “need” to spend my money on supplements, organic food, and such. But then our first child came…I was suddenly responsible for this clean, and pure little life and I felt this responsibility to start implementing everything I knew. It can be an overwhelming journey at times for sure, but it is so important to be aware, and conscious today more than ever. With this said, I do consider myself to be a somewhat balanced mom. Dare I say it – I will give my kids Tylenol and Motrin when they need it! There are times we have to thank the Lord for modern medicine, moms! I feel like today, natural products have become somewhat of a trend, and while I love them, use them, promote them, I want to be balanced in areas, and I want this blog to be balanced. My husband is in the medical field so perhaps this is accredited to him a bit. We are all on this journey together, figuring it out, and that’s OK!!
Mom life is the most rewarding job in the world, but it is the hardest. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. But thankfully, we don’t do it alone, there are mom’s everywhere! My hope is that this blog will create some great conversation, community, and help you create the best fit and healthy lifestyle for you and your family!