Guys! Let me start off by saying how good it feels to finally start this project…After years of constantly DIY-ing something, traveling, and figuring out all of the little (& big) things that I feel make life so much better, I found myself really needing a space to not only keep my ideas and projects, but grow as a creative and find community in the things I love with all of you. The concept behind by Kristen Harbin has long existed in my head, in photos on my phone, in my immediate circle of friends and family…and I can’t tell you how happy I am to make it a reality and see where it goes.
2017 was full of change…in pretty much every major milestone way possible. From planning our entire wedding and truly pulling off (IMO) the B E S T day ever with my amazing husband, to moving from our beachy, easy comfort zone to bustling, crazy-awesome and just crazy-crazy metro-Atlanta, starting new careers, getting a puppy, and checking off some big long-term goals, it’s safe to say we broke out of the norm and made it a damn good year.
For this next year, my big goal is to hone in on more of my personal passions and focusing on developing, improving, and growing, because if I’ve learned anything in my early twenties, it’s that getting out of your comfort zone is the biggest favor you will ever do for yourself. That’s where the magic happens. That’s where you’ll learn about the world and people around you. That’s where you will meet you.
I started this blog to make sure I stay creative no matter how life busy gets, to stay accountable in the kitchen + going out by staying healthy and balanced, to start and keep up with my writing again, and and to of course stay on the move and document my trips along the way. By trial and error I’ve experienced a lot in life and I couldn’t shake the feeling in my heart to share it in a bigger way.
Here’s a little sneak peek of what you can expect on by Kristen Harbin :
ALWAYS ON THE MOVE
Whether it’s a road trip, long flight, day trip, move to a new city, trip abroad, or work trip, I am always up for it! I have lived all over the state of Florida and moved more times than I can count. I love visiting my favorite, familiar places or going somewhere new, so on this blog expect lots of travel tips, tricks, and recaps of my go-to spots. I’ve learned the good and the bad of being a frequent flyer and hope to share some insight to anyone feeling nervous or overwhelmed by travel planning!
IS BUTTER A CARB?
I’ve always loved to cook, understand my ingredients, and of course eat! A main goal of mine for the new year (like most of us) was to get a grip on my diet and get more balance with my health, so a big part of starting this blog is to keep myself accountable, on track, and excited about my choices. In September of 2016, I became familiar with the mega-popular Keto/LCHF diet, and successfully dropped my pre-wedding weight to be just where I wanted for our wedding. I’m really ready mentally and physically to go back to Keto, this time without the goal to just get into a dress…but to achieve balance, not beat myself up if I stray, and to learn how to finally turn my lifelong serial-fad dieter habit into a happy, healthy lifestyle. Expect tons of Keto/LCHF recipes here that are tried and true by yours truly, along with potentially the occasional splurge on a good cocktail or meal because *as noted above* BALANCE 😉
Living in a big city absolutely has it’s perks, but moving into a tiny apartment didn’t feel like one of them…at first. With some problem solving storage and organization, curated furniture & accents shopping, and good ole DIY I’ve made our modern but vanilla apartment a true (temporary) nest for our family. A house is in our near future, so expect lots of planning and inspo as well!
PRIMPIN’ AIN’T EASY
Fun Fact: When I was in late elementary/early middle school, I was DEAD SET on being a makeup artist. My favorite gifts growing up were either those kid-friendly art kits with a million colored pencils + watercolors, or the huge, thick black plastic makeup kits with 20 different shades of green eye shadow (necessary? necessary.) My choices in color may have changed since then, but my obsession over products, tools, and the latest lip color fad is here to stay. I’ll share my favorites, hits + misses, dupes, and another new goal for me this year – prioritizing my skincare routine (hi, late twenties).
JUST TO LIVE THIS HERE LIFESTYLE
I have always been a “Jill of all Trades”, into everything kind of girl. When I’m not going somewhere or making something, I’m most likely at or watching a game, or a concert. I love sports and Football is a HUGE part of my life, so for the months of September-February expect lots of Garnet and Gold, Red and Black, and Black and Teal. I’m a firm believer everyone needs a good soundtrack, so expect some tunes too.
A big part of my professional career growth has been organization and planning, and i’m excited to use this outlet to share how I keep my personal and professional life in check. Fellow obsessed-list-makers, let’s be friends.
My lifelong love of art and making has evolved into so many different mediums it’s hard to keep track. My latest obsession is digital design and hand lettering, and I’ll be sharing my favorite platforms + tools to use, and my pieces, because #practicemakesperfect! I also love filling my home and spaces with art and will share how I give a personal touch to essentially everything I look at day to day.
Thanks for following along on this new adventure with me! Always feel free to reach out either through a DM or on the contact page to collaborate, make a suggestion or request, or just to say hi! ❤