When a Perfectionist Writes a Book

It’s here! It’s finally here! It’s been a year since I found out I would be writing a book and having it published, but in many ways, it feels like I’ve been waiting for this day my entire life. I don’t necessarily believe in fate or destiny, but I have always known I would do something meaningful with my life. For thirty-three years I struggled to figure out how exactly I would do that. When KiCam Projects contacted me in February 2016, I knew I had my answer. It was too perfect to pass up, even if it meant completing a book in roughly four months while still working my full time job. I had never backed down from a challenge before. Why start then? Now that the ...

What Happened When I Took Pride in My Appearance

Ok, I’ll admit it.  When it comes to my appearance, I’m pretty lazy.  Most weekdays I toss my sopping wet hair up into a bun and head out the door to my job.  In my defense, the alarm on my phone usually starts its obnoxious blaring at 4:30 in the morning so I can go for a run.  My gym opens at five and I’m there when the doors unlock.  I’m home and in the shower by 6:45 and I leave for work at 7:45.  You may think that seems like enough time to blow-dry and straighten my hair, but ask my stylist and she’ll confirm I have about three heads worth of it.  An hour really isn’t enough time to do everything I would ...

I Love Me

If you’re anything like me, you find yourself year after year wondering what makes February 14th so dang special. I don’t get it, do you? I’m single (nothing new there) and dateless (yet again) on Valentine’s Day. And I’m actually OK with that. Had you asked a twenty-something-year-old me what I thought about being perpetually single on Valentine’s Day, you probably would have gotten a (self-bought) box of chocolates thrown at you. But at thirty-four, I’m content with February 14th being just another day on my calendar. I do have love in my life. Plenty of it actually. More than I could ever imagine possible. My family loves me. My friends love me. But most important of all, I love me. It may have taken me a lifetime to ...

Make a Muscle for Parker

My experiences with surgeries and scars never broke me.  In fact, they made me stronger and empowered me to look for ways to make the world a better place in any way I could.  One of those ways is by fundraising for charities. I am running the Star Wars 10K in Walt Disney World as a member of Team Muscle Makers for UCMD (Ulrich Congenital Muscular Dystrophy).  All proceeds from this design will benefit children and their families who utilize the MDA facilities in California.  The founder of this organization has a son, Parker, with UCMD and she has dedicated so much time and effort into giving back to the association that has shown so much support for her own family. Purchase this shirt and you will ...

A Letter to My Mockers

To the two boys in The Fresh Market yesterday who pointed and snickered at me: I was too taken aback to confront you in the moment, but since I’ve had the time to process your asinine behavior, I have something I’d like to say to you. Grow the f--- up. You were only about 12 or 13 years old but that doesn’t excuse your behavior. You are never too young (or too old0 to be respectful of someone’s differences. I’ve dealt with my fair share of stares and lingering gazes over the years; I’ve heard the questions kids asked their parents about me; I’ve seen kids point in my direction to show their siblings or friends. But never in my 33 years have I witnessed and knew with ...

How to Create a Better Tomorrow

Friends, Today, and everyday, you have the choice to be the best possible version of yourself. Don’t ever forget that. When the world looks bleak, be the light. Your positive actions could cause a ripple effect with those around you, especially children. Be the role model that your children need so that they may then work towards a unified future. Creating a better tomorrow isn’t easy but it’s not impossible either. It begins at the heart of each one of us.   Believe that the future will be brighter. You’re going to have some tough days when nothing seems to be going right and the world crashes down on top of you. That feeling won’t last forever but you have to change your mentality first. Rise from destruction and ...

Questions with Kristin

Now that I am finished writing my book (yay!), I have more time to concentrate on blogging. I figured this would be the perfect time to let you into my world a little more. I want you to know that I am more than just my syndrome, and the proof is below. Let’s play 21 questions…OK, more like 100 questions. Here are the first 25! Who is your hero? I’ve never had a single hero or idol. Instead I choose to emulate specific values I admire from those closest to me. Although, I do believe there are heroes and they serve in the US Armed Forces. If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Vail, Colorado…without question.  It is my safe haven, my happy place, ...

This Just In – Shop Now Open!

I'm so excited to announce the latest addition to the blog, my new shop! I created Sweet Maple Lane as another outlet to promote positive messaging and acceptance. Here we can stand together to fight insecurities and break down barriers.  This shop is run through Customized Girl, which allows you to add my designs to the products of your choice. There truly will be something for everyone here.  I will be uploading new designs as quickly as I create them so please check back frequently. You'll even notice that the proceeds from some designs will be donated to specific charities, helping us bring more awareness to those who need it. I know from experience that even the best of us need to be reminded of our worth, ...

An Open Letter to the Mother of a Newborn with Treacher Collins Syndrome

Last night, my cousin tagged me in a Facebook post about a newborn baby with Treacher Collins Syndrome.  When first finding out she was pregnant, the biological mother planned on giving her up for adoption.  A facial anomaly was unknown during the pregnancy and the mother simply couldn't handle a child at the time.  Adoptive parents were chosen and on the day of the birth, they waited at the hospital for their new baby to arrive.  Once she made her appearance into the world, the adoptive mother went to meet her new daughter, but quickly emerged from the room crying and left the hospital never to return.  Adopting a child with preexisting conditions requires certain approvals that this family hadn't obtained, nor had they known ...

I Lived…by scheduling a boudoir photo session

If you know me, you understand my connection to photography. When I studied abroad in Italy, I finally found my footing in the art world. Even though I had been a declared studio arts major for two years, I didn’t consider myself an artist until I found my niche behind the camera. There was just something about the streets of Florence that propelled me towards this form of raw composition. Ever since my six-month stint as a Florentine, I consider photography to be my art form of choice. I can stare at black and white prints for hours on end, intrigued by the honest subject matter. I’m drawn most to photojournalistic styles since they appear to capture natural moments in time while still telling stories. Last month ...

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