I know, I know. I’ve been *out of office* for a hot a minute (read: birthing two more babies), but I am BACK BABY. Less showered and more sleep deprived, but alas. I AM HERE. And I am really, really, really excited to begin my return (let’s use comeback. Sounds waaaaayyy more epic.) with a new Talking Shop post. And this one is GOOD.
Ever since I happened upon Kim Christenson’s IG (@talkwordytome_) I knew it was Anne Shirley Cuthbert/Diana situation. Meaning: kindred spirits. Okay, so maybe I’m just a major fangirl of hers, (and she tolerates my Insta stalking), but I adore her. Not only is she incredible — she’s a writer, author, and co-founder of Loom Journals — but is also #relatable and total #momgoals. She creates the most perfect reading guides, shares wise words about mindfulness and motherhood, exudes passion and dedication in her business endeavors, and generally makes you feel good about life. She’s also GORGEOUS. Her love of words, reading, and beautiful writing inspire me to no end. (Plus, she is a journaling guru — like I said: my kindred spirit!) She’s the kind of girl you wish was your BFF, there to geek out over great novels and Gilmore Girls. So, let’s meet Kim!
What drew you to a writing career?
I’ve been writing since I was a little girl. Something about putting my thoughts on paper helps me clarify and process them better. Words are so powerful, and it’s exciting to me to be able to see what kinds of emotions I can evoke with them. It’s my favorite form of play and creativity.
Tell us about your mindfulness guide. What inspired it?
I’ve always been told by people closest to me that I’m a deep thinker, so mindfulness has always been part of the way I navigate the world around me. As I’ve taken and taught yoga and studied mindfulness more in-depth, I’ve learned what a powerful practice it can be to live a more peaceful, fulfilling life. Mindfulness helps you move away from negative thought patters into positive ones, from feeling anxiety about the past or future to being anchored in the present. I was asked to speak on mindfulness at several women’s events, and people often asked me if I could email the message I shared to them. I felt moved to put it into a format that would be shareable for many people. I’ve been so humbled to see how much it’s helped people find simple ways to incorporate mindfulness into their everyday routines.
How do you find your balance between work, motherhood, and personal creative pursuits?
I’ve let go of the notion of balance and instead try to focus on being present with what’s most important in a given moment. When I am working, I try to focus and give all of my creative energy to that. When I’m with my kids, I try (as hard as it is sometimes) to just be with them instead of worrying about the other things I have to get to.
What is one thing you wish you could tell your younger self?
I think I’d just say “Hello from the future! You’re doing great.” I wouldn’t change anything I’ve been through, because it’s all made me who I am today.
How do you battle mom guilt?
This has been a hard one for me! But I’m learning that mom guilt isn’t productive. If I feel a pull to stay home more and give my kids more attention at the sacrifice of work time, I will do that. If I’m feeling pulled to work on a creative project and get extra babysitting help or let them have some Daddy time, that’s OK too. Mom guilt is just a sign that I love my kids fiercely. So when I feel it, I remind myself of that and move on, making sure my priorities are in check.
What is something your kids have taught you?
They have taught me to see the world with wonder, to think the best of others, and to forgive relentlessly.
Let’s talk Loom Journals. How did you get involved with that project? What makes you so passionate about it?
I’ve journaled since I was five years old, and I cherish my stack of 30 or so journals. Not so much because of what’s in them, but because they gave me so much writing practice, and a chance to process my experiences and emotions throughout my entire life. Writing is such an incredible gift! And we all have access to it. Loom Journals is a powerful way to harness the power of mindful writing and journaling. Our first journal is for parents and children to write back and forth. The prompts and activities inside have been designed to spark open communication, creativity, and fun.
How do you get inspired?
I feel inspired by being in nature, finding moments of quiet reflection, being with positive, big-dreaming people, traveling, and of course, writing.
What are you most excited for in 2019?
Releasing our next Loom Journal! It’s going to be amazing.
The Fun Qs:
What book has changed your life? What book do you always recommend to friends?
So many books have changed my life, but the most recent that comes to mind is A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle. And I always recommend Edenbrooke to friends because it’s a fun, universally accessible romance.
If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Noosa passionfruit yogurt with a side of buttered toast. I can’t get enough!
What song is the soundtrack to your life?
Outlander. I wish, anyway! 🙂
What is your latest Netflix binge?
BBC’s new Les Mis!
Where is your dream travel destination?
Oh, the list is long. But Scotland and Ireland have been on it for the longest, and I’m living that dream this October!
So, uhm, yeah. Don’t you just love her?! ME TOO. Thank you so much, Kim!