Hi, my name is Christine. Thanks for stopping in!
It can take a lifetime to figure out how to live a well-balanced, wholehearted life. It can take a lifetime just to decide to start living wholeheartedly. I'm going to figure it out while I'm still young, or at least I'm going to try.
This space has morphed from a quiet blog about sewing, to one focused more on cooking and food to a place to share my observations and experiments with living a messy, beautiful and authentically me life. More and more, I'm interested in writing and talking about how people balance careers with family with everything else. I want to know how people stay true to themselves in different settings. I'm exploring identity and how people define themselves, so of course I'm thinking a lot about how I define my own identity.
Am I nonprofit executive? Am I a millenial? Am I a home cook and a writer and a book-lover and a runner? Am I young? Am I old? Am I a feminist? The answer, of course, is yes.
I am not narrowly defined. I am not a series of labeled compartments. I am whole and imperfectly human. We owe it to each other to tell our stories and lend each other our experiences. I'm committed to truth-speaking and soul-sharing, and I invite you to commit to the same. You'll like it.
A bit of background...
I am a nonprofit executive in the world of affordable housing and community development and I love it. I love leading and learning from others and working together for stronger communities. I am passionate about neighborhood revitalization and building spaces with affordable, sustainable housing and access to quality education, health care, transportation, supportive services, jobs, healthy food, open space and the arts. I support diverse communities in which people of all incomes, ages, gender identity, races, religions, ethnicity, sexual orientation and abilities feel safe and protected and free.
My goal is to to live in the place where the professional and personal overlap, somewhere in the world of Wholehearted living. I reject the persistent claim that you always have to keep your professional and personal beings separate. I dismiss the idea of managing people and instead am trying to figure out how to inspire, encourage and remove barriers for the people I work and live alongside so they can be the best, most productive and genius versions of themselves. I'm aiming for balance, health and authenticity. I know it can be done and I believe it is the way to live a happy, fulfilled and genuine life.
I cook, read, write and live in a 1930s English tudor home with a bright red door that my husband Chris and I own in Albany.
Oh, and I have a thing for pixie cuts :)
I've been a managing editor for From Scratch Club, a community blog by "a small group of women who are passionately connected to the food they and their families consume". FSC hosts food swaps, skill-sharing parties, classes and other food events around the Capital Region. I was also the host of the From Scratch Club podcast, past episodes of which you can list to on iTunes, and moderator of the FSC Book Club. I'm thrilled to be a part of such a great local food movement.
Media & past affiliations...
In January 2012, I was featured in the Wall Street Journal as part of a story on DIY home cheesemaking. In July 2011, I was featured in The Kitchn's Small Cool Kitchens 2011 contest. I was a featured blogger for WholeLiving.com during the 28-Day Challenge Action Plan in January 2011 and was highlighted in the March 2011 issue of Whole Living magazine by Martha Stewart Publications. I was a regular contributor for ShopRite's Potluck blog panel from 2011 though 2013, where I shared recipes and menus that help link people of all incomes and backgrounds to healthier food choices.
I do not accept any free products or cookbooks for review; nor does I write sponsored posts, include sponsored link requests or sponsored guest-written articles. What you read here is pure Christine.
Unspeakable Visions, the design studio...
Looking for information about my (former) small-scale, home-based studio? Click here.