Hi, Everyone! With Rene hosting the 2013 Disney Social Media Moms Celebration in Orlando, we wanted to try something a little different. We asked the moms and dads heading down to the conference May 8-12 to answer our Life Lessons questions with a Disney twist, of course. Like the GEMS they are, they took to the task. We will be running their answers in the regular Life Lessons slot. Oh, and don’t worry. You still have a chance to share. Just email Ella and she will get the information to you. Now, we present our Disney Social Media Mom of the day, Krystyn.
Are you happy at the moment?
Yes, I’m quite happy. I’m working at home and enjoying my family. I’m very blessed.
If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?
Be happy. Life is so easy and there really are no worries. Save the worries for later when there is actually something to worry about. Oh, and no, you aren’t fat. Stop thinking you are.
What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?
To try to stop worrying about what other people think of me. Odds are, they really don’t care anyways. I need to be confident in the decisions that I’ve made and okay with the ones that I want to change.
What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?
To continue in our debt free ways and also find some things to appreciate what we are saving for. Take a trip solo with the hubby to celebrate our 10th anniversary? Just take some time for us.
What’s your secret to happiness?
Secret? That’s a tough one. Try to live in the moment and enjoy what I have. Be thankful and acknowledge that I really have no control. (Yes, this is much easier said than done!)
What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?
Blogging and girl’s nights out or in, keep me grounded. I need my “me” time and my time with adults. Working from home makes it hard to have adult interaction, so I definitely crave that the most.
What’s your biggest regret?
I’d like to think that I don’t live life with regrets. It’s too hard to go back and think what if I could have done things differently.
What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?
They are still so young (6, 4, and 1) that I feel like every lesson is the most important. In a society where adults aren’t respected, I think that respecting parents, teachers and other adults might be the most important for them right now. Of course, we like them to have faith and attend church regularly.
What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?
I pick my fingers. Not the nails, but the skin and the cuticles. It drives my husband crazy, so I think it would be nice if I could stop for him.
Aside from motherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?
Going out on a limb and following my dreams. I quit teaching to give blogging and graphic design a full-time, work-at-home go and it’s working and we are all so much happier because of it.
Who is your favorite Disney princess and what has she taught you about parenting?
I think I have to go with my girls’ favorite, Cinderella. So, I think that story has told me to not die so my husband can’t remarry a terrible lady? But, really, to let my girls have a strong mind and not be afraid to think that they deserve the very best just like anybody else.
What ten words best describe you?
(In no particular order) Wife, mother, strong, sarcastic, gregarious, strong-willed, creative, outgoing, tired (what mom of three isn’t tired??), chemist.
Krystyn has been blogging since 2005. She is a sarcasm-loving, straight-shooting, jeans and t-shirts wearing, wife and mom of three girls (ages 6, 4, and 1). She blogs about life as a mom and wife and includes anecdotes, funny stories (both mommy and other), product reviews and more. When she is not blogging or mom-ing, she does graphic design full time at Krizzy Designs. She currently resides with her family in the Atlanta suburbs.