MEET KRISTINA

Kristina has joined the Be Bona Fide team as our Event and Design intern and we are over the moon about it! I know we were meant to meet and add her to our BB tribe. Funny enough, both her husband and Laura's husbands are dentists and they met through a job opening from Kristina's husband's practice (so many "husbands"). The moment Laura saw her style and design, she knew they were soul sisters. Kristina is a mom of 4 and helps run her husband's dental practice as well, and is now joining out team... so basically she is superwoman. 

We asked Kristina to write a little about herself to introduce who she is, so let's get to know her a little better!

"I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little timid when it comes to social media. I might be what you call a "gawker". I love scrolling through posts and enjoy watching little snippets of everyone's life, but when it comes to sharing my corner of the world I shy away. As much as I love the connection social media provides, social media has a habit of making me feel inadequate like I'm not quite measuring up. I feel like I'm the only one battling chaos on a daily basis. My house is messy, I haven't showered today or gotten dressed for that matter, and my life feels like a circus most days, (hello I have 4 kids). So to be safe, I share my highlight reel; the good times, the vacations, the adorable kiddos, and I keep it very safe and distant.  I stray away from opening up, sharing too much, steering very clear of any vulnerable place that could present itself.

I think it's all too easy to make assumptions when peering through Instagram. It's easy to assume life is rose colored and perfect for everyone else but you. Bonafide helped me realize that I'm not alone in these thoughts and it's okay to share the good times, the hard times, and everything in between. I think we can all relate and there is a huge community of strong, accepting, and brave ladies out there waiting to cheer you on.

I also feel that the internet provides a voice to express, influence, vent, share, or whatever you want to call it. As I've tried to open my heart more to vulnerability, my eyes have been opened to so many amazing people who were brave enough to share their story. They opened up, got a little nitty gritty, told their story and made a huge impact. The Shine Project, The Archibald Project, and Be Bonafide have inspired me to share more of what makes me tick and what I'm passionate about. They have helped me realize just how awesome and impacting social media can be.

I truly feel that stumbling upon Be Bonafide was heaven sent. Their message resonates with me so deeply and helps me appreciate how beautiful imperfection can be. Their video (here) made me realize that pictures don't always share the "behind the scenes" efforts/frustrations. We are all navigating life, all going through the messy ups and downs of life along side each other. I know we are here for each other if we can open up and risk being a little vulnerable. The hard stuff usually has the sweetest edifying power and how awesome is it to have each other to lean on!

It's okay to be real, a little less filtered, and love my life in all its noise, dirty diapers and grocery store meltdowns amidst the peaceful, happy moments. It's my story and these details make it uniquely mine. It's my voice and my opportunity. Our stories make us stronger and connect us with so many other amazing women.

I hope during my internship that I can be part of and contribute to real, genuine connections between strangers. To witness women from all walks of life come together and open up is inspiring and powerful. Design offers a unique, intrinsic connection between our environment and our emotions. I hope I can help create a beautiful setting that can encourage a meaningful experience. I'm excited to witness this community of women come together to share and grow."