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Writing and taking pictures has been a part of who I am since I was a tiny 4th grader with a disposable camera and a #2 pencil. My dream was to work in medicine so I could dedicate my life to the service of helping others. After 8 years of working in the hospital, I decided that I wasn’t able to help people in the way that I had hoped, and decided to chase a dream instead.
A year ago I began pressing flowers from my garden for no real reason than besides having a little Spring during Winter-- That's how my pressed flower frames were born. Every Friday I release a new collection on the site, I hope you love each piece as much as I loved creating them.
Life, it truly does take a Village, to raise a mother, to raise a child, to support you through the hardtimes and to share in all that's good. Life is better together.
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A beautiful and honest magazine that speaks the truth about life, motherhood, parenting, and everything in-between. A carefully curated magazine that leaves you feeling joyful, inspired, and not so alone in the world. A magazine dedicated to #BringingBackTheVillage.
There’s is power in community. Our #GatherTheVillage events are created to help you find your village, literally! Filled with honest conversation and touching storytelling. These events are anything but on the surface, they are deep, and meaningful and will leave you feeling seen and heard.
Yesterday is in the past,
let it go,
Tomorrow isn’t promised,
so let it go,
hold on to Today,
because Today is all you have.
It Takes a Village to raise a Mother, no ones knows that better than me, it's taken my village to get us through, and for that I'll for be thankful.
Welcome to the online journal & Shop of writer, photographer & community builder Krystal Donovan-Festerly - hey that's me! It's great to meet you.
I created this space back in 2012 when I first became a mother as an outlet from a lonely season of life.
Over the years this space has grown and evolved as I’ve navigated some of the hardest and most challenging things imaginable, all the while starting a new business, hosting gatherings, and executing exciting jobs with brands I love and admire. As naturally as the seasons change, this space has continued to evolve into a place where I come to share my thoughts, recipes, and goodies with you.
So please say hello, I’d love to hear from you!
That longing for moments to stay resulted in me clinging tightly to those precious moments I knew would eventually come to an end. It’s changed the way I look at life, now I go all in, whatever it is, I'm right there, present, deep in the experience. Carpe Diem, it's something that I work at every day without fail, I acknowledge those heavyhearted feelings and then pack them away so I can fully immerse myself in my life.
I thought there would be rainbows,
I thought the storm had passed,
that the clouds were clearing.
I wrap my arms around myself tighter, my breath clouds the air,
I remind myself that it’s just weather,
it’s all just weather,
the sun will rise again.
The sky began to warm with spirit of the morning as I drove the rest of winding road home, quiet and alone I smiled, through the tears and the pain and the uncertainty, I smiled, they had made it, my monarchs.