I'd really rather learn more about you, so I hope we'll get a chance to become acquainted. Speaking from a stage or writing on the internet often feels like a one-way conversation unless folks take the time to say hello in person, comment on a post, or email me privately. I encourage you to do those things because I'd sincerely like to know you.
Most people are surprised to learn that I'm an introvert. I suppose that's because we often think those who are willing to be on stage are energized by time with people. Being a speaker may seem an unlikely role for a gal who spent most of her childhood looking at her shoes. I do it because I see incredible value in sharing our stories to encourage one another to live this life fully, to know God more deeply, and to lean into the challenges we face with trust and hope.
Here are a few things you'd learn about me if we spent some time together.
- If I could change anything about myself it would be that I could sing. My 7th grade choir teacher kicked me out of the required quarter of choir; it took me years to sing aloud again.
- My name is pronouced "Keer-sten." It rhymes with "ear."
- I am a pessimist. I've tried to look at the world differently, but this is my natural bent.
- I wore headgear, neckgear, and rubber bands during my four years in braces. Plus, I’ve had seven oral surgeries. I still wear a retainer at night, to the great fascination of my children.
- I couldn’t cook at all when Mike and I married and it’s now one of my passions. I may not be good at it, but I do love it.
- I am highly opinionated. But I also think there are things that don’t require an opinion. That’s my opinion.
- I can wiggle my ears. Without touching them. I inherited this valuable talent from my father and have passed it on to my youngest daughter.
- I am afraid of heights and getting old. Even when I should have had a fear of dying, I didn’t. I’m also afraid of growing stupid.
- I hate shopping because I am overwhelmed by choices. I want to make the "perfect" decision and end up paralyzed, often leaving department stores empty handed.
- I did my first triathlon 12 weeks after having my first child. Yes, it hurt.
- I took college level photography; I was the only student in the class from the business school. The singular praiseworthy comment I received from my prof was that I had "very precise printing skills."
- My father died when I was 9. I think he and Mike would get along swimmingly. And I’d give anything to have my kids know him.
- My mom knew Mike was ‘the one’ for me when she saw he was the first person able to get me out of a bad mood. It’s still true. And I’m so thankful for the levity he brings to my life.
- I cannot catch anything. I mean it. Don’t throw anything at me; I’ll duck.
- Number 14 resulted in my only sporting interest being running. I started in 5th grade and still haven’t quit.
- I was once characterized as a “fiercely loyal friend" and am deeply honored by that compliment.
- Those who knew me in college would not believe that #16 was true because I treated people poorly. These are my most profound regrets in life.
- I’ve worn glasses since I was two and a half. Without corrective lenses, my eyes will always cross.
- I wish I’d listened to my mother and worn my sunscreen. I’ve had basal cell skin cancer multiple times. (Public Service Announcement: fair-skinned, non-swimmers should not apply for lifeguarding jobs.)
- I occasionally sleepwalk and have recurring nightmares about spiders. This made for an "interesting" first year of marriage.
I look forward to hearing from you. Let's chat soon!