More About Me

So you want to know a little more than what I told you on my about page?

Well, I’m one of those quirky, super-introverted, stereotypical designer folks that’s in legit danger of becoming a hermit. I’m an unashamed geek. I love, love, LOVE anime. Did I mention that I love anime? I’m an avid Minecrafter and play with my son on our own modded LAN server.

My Office

I work from home so I can be there for my son every day to get him off to school on the bus and to be there when he comes home from school and, because of that, there is a healthy dose of Mom tasks mixed in with my work. I do my best to structure my working hours around his school hours to make sure that I’m fully available to both my clients and my family. It’s a balancing act for sure, but I wouldn’t change it for the world.

My Personality

If you’re into that kind of thing, I’m a classic INFP personality. If you are into that kind of thing, you already know that being into that kind of thing is TOTALLY and INFP thing  If you have no idea what the heck I’m talking about here, you should totally go find out what your Myers-Briggs personality type is. 

I’m what some might call a seeker, never quite satisfied with how things are. Always chasing the next big idea in my head, always looking, thinking, dreaming, planning, and striving to be better. It’s not necessarily a good trait to have all the time, but it is what it is and it’s me. I’m kind of impulsive and tend to get bored quickly so I’m always working on multiple things at once. You know that person who has 50 tabs open in their browser? Not only am I that person but that’s basically how my brain works too.

My Family

I call myself wifey to an awesome man named Gary. We’ve been together since September 2010, although it kind of seems like he has always been there. We had been friends for a few years before and I think we had been in love with each other for a long time before either of us realized it. Once we both clued in about how we actually felt about each other, things happened pretty fast and we went from first kiss to living together in 3 days. Fast forward a couple years and we welcomed our son Zack after nearly eight months of “morning” (more like ALL FREAKING DAY) sickness and 42 hours of labor on in December of 2012. Zack is our wild and crazy, spirited little man. Now, 6 years old, he still keeps us on our toes 24/7. 

Where I Live

You can find me in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada. I share a little house on the mountain in the middle of nowhere surrounded by lakes, trees and wildlife with Gary, Zack, and three calico kitties (a momma cat and her two babies). My office is here in the happy chaos of our home and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I feel most inspired when I’ve spent a good chunk of time outdoors in the fresh air. Ideally I would spend that time by the ocean where I can smell the salt water and listen to the waves crash but anywhere that is relatively woodsy and isn’t packed full of humans will do. Living here where I do in the land of lakes, wildlife and few people is rejuvenating for me as a designer and as a person in general. I’m definitely not a city person!

Randomness

Little bits of Krystal, Pinterest style. 

I don’t know if I mentioned this before (ha!) but I’m sorta-kinda-maybe in love with anime. I may even be a borderline otaku. That’s something I never thought I’d say because I HATED anything anime growing up. I blame Gary for getting me interested in it in the first place.
I’m learning to read/write and speak Japanese in spare moments. I’m not sure if I’ll ever achieve fluency but I’m having fun learning and that’s the most important thing for me.
I used to be a portrait photographer when I first started working for myself 11+ years ago. Before that I worked for the VON (Victorian Order of Nurses) and drove all over providing in-home nursing care to my clients.
I LOVE to read and once I start a book I will devour every single word in an evening if nothing interrupts me. When I read fiction, I love psychological thrillers more than anything (much like my choices in movies). I read non-fiction as often as I read fiction. Everything from psychology topics, alternative (non-mainstream) parenting books, and books that help me understand myself or how other people think and why they do the things they do.
I love to draw on paper – I figure I should specify the paper part since a pretty healthy chunk of what I do for work is technically drawing except it’s digital. I don’t do it often enough these days, I need to make more time to draw for the fun of it.
I soak up the emotions and energy of those around me like I’m a sponge. If you’re sad, I’m sad. If you’re excited, I’m excited too. If someone is feeling off, I may not know why, but I feel it too. Being so sensitive makes me quite empathetic, maybe even intuitive, but it can also be totally exhausting to feel so much all the time. Blessing and a curse, I guess.
I pick up heavy stuff and put it back down again for fun. Seriously though, I recently discovered a love for weightlifting and it’s become a new obsession of mine. My new found love of lifting inspired me to give the treadmill another go and (quite surprisingly since I hadn’t ran AT ALL since I was a kid) I’ve fallen in love with running too.
I love to crochet, especially amigurumi animals, mittens and scarves. I just taught myself to knit finally as well, I’ve been trying for like 10 years but it just never clicked until recently.
Housework is not my jam, I’ll admit it. My house isn’t filthy but it isn’t spotlessly clean either. It’s not that I don’t like the idea of having a home that’s perfectly in order, it’s just that there are so many other things that I could be doing that are more fun. So there are dishes in my sink and a pile of laundry that I’m not sure is clean or dirty in the laundry basket right now. Big deal. Skipping those tasks likely meant I could play legos with Zack for 2 hours that day instead of saying I was too busy. If you’re reading this as the Mom with the spotless house, happy family AND a thriving small business – please share your secrets with me! I could use some of your wisdom!
When it comes to movies, I’m a sucker for psychological thrillers (think Shutter Island). Every now and then a “chick flick” or something sappy will get added to my favorites list though too. I love The Notebook just as much as any other woman out there does but it’s the exception not the rule. Warm Bodies is generally about as sappy as I generally can handle.
People I’ve never met or even seen before will walk up to me in public and tell me all of their problems like they’ve known me forever. I’m not sure why it happens, I’ve never been able to figure that out, but it’s been happening my entire adult life. It’s not that I mind, I actually feel grateful that they felt comfortable enough to tell me what they do and I hope they feel better for having said everything to someone.
I remember the names, faces, and birthdays of people from YEARS ago. I still remember that my best elementary school friend’s birthday was October 16, 1983 and I haven’t talked to her in YEARS – decades maybe. I’ve learned to stop saying hi to people who I recognize from long ago because it seems like no one’s memory is as long as mine is. People look at me like I’m some kind of crazy stalker for knowing them.
David Tennant was the best Doctor and no one will ever replace Rose – just throwing that out there. Also, I miss Torchwood. Anyone else?
As a kid I had an obsession with license plates. I kept notebook upon notebook of license plate numbers that I saw on my travels along with the make, model and color of the vehicle they were on. Yeah, I know how weird that is.

So there, hopefully that satisfied your curiousity! It’s a bit long winded, suppose I should’ve mentioned that I love to write somewhere in there? lol If you want to know anything else, or even if you just want to say hello, please don’t be shy about sending me a message. I’d love to hear from you!

XO

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