Kristin & Co.

Q1) Tell us a little about yourself! 

I'm 32 years old, mom to two rambunctious little boys ages 4 and 2. I'm also pregnant with my 3rd child (a girl!) due first week of July. 

I practice yoga, eat mostly plant-based, and try to get outside whenever possible. When I'm not pregnant I'm also a runner. At age 15 I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, a hormonal imbalance that can cause infertility and issues with cystic acne. 

Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it

I'm a freelance grant writer for local nonprofits in my area. I've always been a mission driven person and believe in using whatever talents I have to make the world a better place. 

I've most recently undertaken a personal mission on my Instagram to spread awareness about rosacea and cystic acne - the causes, what it's really like living with a medical skin condition - and how to "embrace your red face" despite feeling like you need to cover up. My goal is to show others that you CAN show your face, be beautiful and confident, and you don't need make-up or the opinions of others to feel worthy - you already are!

Q3) What makes you feel courageous?

My children. Especially now that I'm going to have a daughter. I don't want them growing up watching me hide my face or feeling ashamed because of something I can't control and that doesn't define my worth as a person. I want my children to see that you can be your most authentic self and still be accepted by others. I want them to see that differences, even painful ones, are something you can be proud of. 

Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?

Be confident. Your tribe will find you.

I often think about all the opportunities I missed out on because I was anxious or ashamed of how I looked. I'd spend hours applying make-up and worrying about whether it would rub off, showing my friends how "ugly" I was. I worried constantly about people not wanting to be my friend because of my acne. I avoided parties, late night hang outs, and even dates with boys I liked because I was so caught up in my appearance and how others would perceive me! 

If I was confident then, I would have realized that everyone else had their own insecurities they were dealing with too. I would have made much deeper friendships and many more meaningful memories. 

Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?

It's hard. It's painful. And it DOES suck. But love yourself anyways. No one can make you feel whole or beautiful, except for you. Once you embrace who you really are, you'll be surprised to find a positive ripple effect - Believing you are worthy lifts stress about whether or not you are. Less stress means less breakouts and flare-ups. Less breakouts and flare ups boosts confidence to build others around you up. Before you know it, you're content and have a whole new circle of friends you can lean on for support when times are tough.

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