Kisses! Hello and thanks for visiting.
I’m Kristina Brooke, a mom, a wife, a writer, a teacher, a web designer, and an entrepreneur. I wear many hats. I have a Master of Science in Teaching from Fordham University, and a Bachelor of Science in English from the State University of New York, College at Oneonta. I am a Happiness Engineer for Automattic and WordPress.com, a lifelong learner, and lover of books.
As an introvert, I enjoy spending time with my small group of friends and my family. I love reading, and playing video games, and cooking, and in some ways exercising. I was lucky enough to have met my husband in college and we have cultivated a friendship that has sustained us through some hard times. And I believe that I was lucky enough to have my child at a time when the world was beginning to make sense to me. Timing is everything!
You can find me watching YouTube videos, arting, taking online course, and writing my heart out.
If you would like to see my CV, please contact me.
Kisses! Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Kristina Brooke Daniele, a Black-American, homeschooling, inter-racially married, mom to a teen child. We said farewell to New York on Christmas 2012 to relocate to Arizona’s West Valley after feeling like NY had given us the best of its apple.
My digital life history is pretty extensive!
Randomly, while in college, I created a creative writing community and magazine for amateur writers interested in learning about the writing industry. The zine, “Epiphany: a celebration in writing!” allowed me to work with both established and amateur writers and served the writing community as a place where we could learn from and connect. As Managing Editor and Publisher of the magazine, I tried to help new writers like me find our voices and provide a platform on which to polish our writing. In the midst of it all, I lost my voice, my dad, and my fiance and I lost our baby during our second trimester while in Vegas for what was supposed to be our wedding. For a short while, I also lost my mind. Later, on my path to wellness, I married my best friend and became a New York City Teaching Fellow.
I taught English at Harry S Truman High School in the Bronx, not too far from where I grew up, while also attending graduate school at Fordham University. During my second year there, we got pregnant, and I gave birth to a fantastic baby who danced to Shakira while still in my womb. They are a teenager, still dancing, and brings me equal parts joy and worry. They have also added a little purple to my yellow, blue, and green world.
Since my foray into blogging began on the now defunct, platform called Mo’Time, like the web, I have been through several iterations. In 2003, I started blogging at what would become “Mom on the Rise (and sometimes on the decline).” There, I chronicled my life experiences including tales of pregnancy loss, interracial marriage, weight loss, Hyperemesis, exclusively pumping breast milk for a baby in NICU, and my journey to become a teacher. I also served as a March of Dimes Mom, writing informative articles about pregnancy related issues. The year that I left teaching to work from home, I had the honor of being one of thirteen moms to participate in Disney’s first African-American Mom Blogger’s Weekend. As a participant, I helped Disney to better understand the concerns and desires of many working and middle-class mothers.
The following year my sister, who had just turned thirty-six, died unexpectedly. Two months later, my father-in-law passed too, although he had been sick for some time and much older. It was also the year that I decided that I would focus on my mental health by cutting ties to my mother, and right before all the loss, I co-birthed the multi-authored blog “Moms of Hue,” which is no longer in publication.
In Moms of Hue, I found a renewed passion for “voice” and became determined to create a space for women who wanted intelligent conversation about issues of importance to parents raising children of color. The popularity of “Moms of Hue” led to the creation of the site “We of Hue,” which provided a platform for both women and men parenting children of color. We closed up shop there after I began to feel like it was too small for what it deserved to be, but too large for what I could provide.
Never a fan of feeling stagnant, I took some time off to think about what I really wanted in life. I started a Web Design and Social Media Firm, did some amazing work with a few local businesses, learned my worth, published a zine, and focused on stepping into my forties with a firm grip on my sense of self.
All of this has landed me exactly where I should be! I am now a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com (managed WordPress hosting) and started by the founding-developer of WordPress (the software), Matt Mullenweg. It’s a fully distributed company which means I work from my home office and have the freedom to set my schedule, homeschool, and write a whole book!