Thank you for joining me in my first entry in my new blog, 'Life & Letters.' I want to take the time to share some details about me and my family. In doing so, you will get to know who I am and most importantly, what my plans are for this blog moving forward.
Let’s dive in!
I’m Kristy Patterson. I am 35 years old and currently I live in a small town right outside of Annapolis, Maryland. Prior to moving to the East Coast in 2003, I lived in the Central San Joaquin Valley in California. For most of my life I was surrounded by acre after acre of oranges, cotton, corn, walnuts, dairies and livestock. I occupied my time with sports and developed a true love for swimming. There was something about the silence of the water and the race against the clock that I absolutely loved. I attended the University of California at Berkeley (GO BEARS!) on a swimming scholarship. I competed in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials and in 2001, due to serious shoulder injuries, I was forced to retire from the sport. In a split second everything I knew to be normal was flipped upside down. At the time, I had no clue how to handle such a life altering change. My identity as a college athlete had been stolen from me. I was lost. But in the end, I persevered. I chose to embrace a bad situation and learn from it. I chose to pick myself back up. I made the self-discipline and work ethic that I had developed in my swimming career work for me as I pursued future goals in my new world.
Today, I am a successful, working mother in the corporate world. For the past 10 years, I’ve worked for the world’s most notable technology company. I am the mother of two beautiful children who keep me extremely busy. My son, Channing, will be 3 in January of 2017. And my daughter, Cassidy, was a year old in July of 2016. I absolutely love being a mother and can’t imagine my life without these two little people. Being a parent is one of the most rewarding challenges I’ve experienced in my life. As trying as it can be at times, I would never want to go back to the life I had before them.
My husband, Curtis, is the most thoughtful, caring, and giving person I know. We have been married for six years and I am truly lucky to have found him. He is a fireman for DCFD (District of Columbia Fire Dept.) and also volunteers at one of the busiest firehouses in the country, Kentland Volunteer Fire Department, in Prince George’s County, Maryland. Prior to meeting my husband, I knew little to nothing about the fire department and all that goes into such a demanding profession.
Not only does the job take a toll on his physical and mental being, it means we as a family are constantly in flux as well. Every time my husband goes to work, he puts his life on the line as he fearlessly runs into burning buildings to search for and rescue victims. He leaves us for a minimum of 24 hours at a time to serve and protect people he has never met. Many times he isn’t home for holidays. Many times he misses special moments with our children. He has had to leave us during major snowstorms and an occasional hurricane. Instead, he is helping others while we as a family sacrifice a great deal and push through without him. It’s a profession that requires bravery, selflessness and the utmost support from me. Being the wife of a fireman isn’t easy. Being the spouse of anyone who serves as an emergency responder or military isn’t easy. Because in reality, when they are on the job, it isn’t about us. We take a backseat and there is no getting around it. Despite all of that, I am so proud of him for the many lives he has saved and the work he does in our nation’s Capital and surrounding Maryland counties.
Between running a small business, working full time, being a mom and wife, I try to make time for the things I enjoy most. Let’s be honest, if you don’t take care of yourself, you can’t be your best for those who depend on you. I love gardening, fitness, cooking healthy meals for my family, rearranging furniture in my house and a nice giant glass of red wine. I’m a big DIY’er and really enjoy home remodeling projects. We recently went through some major renovations to our house and I’m so excited to share all of the before and after photos with you in the very near future.
It’s my goal to use this blog as a platform to share all of the things I love and have learned as an athlete, mother, wife, corporate employee, entrepreneur and DIY’er. I want to inspire and motivate anyone who takes valuable time out of their day to read what I have to say. I want this to be a community for working mothers to come together and unite to hopefully offset some of the madness we go through seven days a week. (That includes you stay-at-home mom’s too…you work just as hard as the rest of us!) Through my experiences, I want to offer strength and encouragement to anyone who may be going through a hard period in their life. From my experiences, it too shall pass. I want to share tips and tricks of a creative outlet, calligraphy and graphic design, which has changed my life for the better in countless ways. I want to bring joy, beauty and happiness to any and all that stop by my blog, 'Life & Letters.'
I am so excited to start this journey with you and hope you’ll stick around for a long while.