Hello and thanks for visiting. I’m Kristina, a Black American, secular homeschooling, interracially-married-mom to a pre-teen. My husband, child, and I left Yonkers, NY on December 25, 2012, and relocated to Arizona’s West Valley after feeling like NY had given us the best of its Apple. While we love the sun and the cost of living here, we sometimes wonder if maybe we should be somewhere less red in its political leanings.
I am currently the author of a Gather the Wind Zine, an effort to kick perfection-paralysis in the arse. I am also a writer for Woo Jr, and a WordPress fanatic. I have been (and sometimes still am) an entrepreneur, a web designer, a social media consultant, a Tarot Interpreter, and a lover of all things blue, yellow, and green.
My digital life history is pretty extensive!
In 1998, 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. Mya is now twelve, still dancing, and brings me equal parts joy and worry. They have also added a little purple to my yellow, blue, and green world.
My foray into blogging began on the now defunct, platform called Mo’Time. 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 as did my father-in-law, 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 off 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.
And all of this has landed me exactly where I should be! I am now a Happiness Engineer at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com and started by the founder of WordPress, 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!