a bit about me

I’ve been alive for 21 years now, and this blog is two years old. It’s really grown and changed as I have, and it’s fun to read things back, like little time capsules of who I was then. I am an aspiring writer, genre or industry is still uncertain, but I love writing, and I use this space to experiment with range, style, and content.

I was born in China, then adopted into America when I was about two. I moved to the Netherlands when I was 18 after graduating from King High School in California. The move was the scariest, craziest, and most daring thing I have ever done. And I am so glad I did it. The things I’ve learned since then have really shaped everything that I am today. I lived with 9 incredible human beings that also went to uni with me. We were a family. Along the way I met some curious characters throughout my travels, had some heart-wrenching breakdowns, and some of the most therapeutic and enlightening conversations at 2:37am on a Wednesday night.

My college years were great, and then I graduated last June with an anthropology/IR degree and a minor in Dutch and Spanish. I have yet to make something of it.

Nowadays I’ve made a makeshift home in Ireland, moving to Dublin after graduation. One of my housemates from the Netherlands and my best friend from university moved with me. We were jobless, homeless, and winging it with all our might. My life in Ireland is very different compared to my student years in Middelburg, but it’s still just as challenging as ever. It’s become more mundane and streamlined: work, rent, gym, cooking, and all the boring responsibilities of adulting. All I need is a dog, and I will be halfway through the “settling down” process. It’s like I’ve turned into an 80 year old in a 21 year old’s body. What a life.

This blog serves as a canvas for my thoughts, stories, feelings, discoveries, hopes and dreams. Maybe what I write about will interest you, inspire you, confuse you, or challenge you. And maybe it won’t. I guess my hope is that someone will find some use of it. Whether it be a smile, a laugh, or a #relateable “I’m not the only one!” passing thought. Whatever it may be, if you can take something meaningful away from this, maybe someone else will, and in that case, please share, like, or follow it! Ironically, I’ve recently deleted my social media accounts, so the best way to keep updated with me is through this.

Thanks for reading some of my work, getting to know me, or just connecting in some small way,

Krista

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