I’m linking up today with the lovely ladies of Influence so we can all get to know each other better. It’s a super amazing group of women encouraging, blessing, and loving each other the way God calls us to!

Impromptu photo shoot outside of Target — thank goodness for California palm trees everywhere!

One photo of me that I love: This is me. There are other photos I love, too, but my friend Kim was in town recently and we had planned on doing some fun pictures for my blog. Unfortunately, we got cramped for time and the best we got was me in my after-church-hour-in-the-nursery-with-sweaty-babies makeup, bra straps regrettably showing, in the parking lot of Target. But honestly, I really love this picture because of the circumstances surrounding it. My friend Kim ended up standing one foot on the tire of her car and the other foot on the shopping cart return station while her kids were locked in the car.

Three things to help you get to know me:
1. If I start a book, I have to finish it, even if it’s a book I totally hate. Some small part of me feels like there is going to be a redeeming quality. I have only ever given up on two books: the first book in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius. Sometimes it takes me months to finish but dang it, I finish!
2. I have this dream of being an author and a public speaker of some sort. I want to talk about God and how He is mighty to redeem! It’s kind of my pipe dream and I want to be careful never to force that dream if it’s not what God has planned for me.
3. I love Essie nail polish. I have at least 20 bottles and I usually buy one a month. Their colors and formulas are good and it’s a nice brand that’s offers reasonably priced nail polish — it’s not designer but it’s also not Wet ‘N’ Wild!

One valuable thing I’ve gained from the network: Not long after I joined the network, I was lucky enough to join a mastermind group with four other amazing women. Really, our backgrounds are SO different (some moms, some not; the content we blog about is also SO VARIED!) but they all lift me up and encourage me so much. Check them out:
Alys @
Claire @ Chronicles of Claire
Natalie @ Good Girl Style
Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

10 thoughts on “Influence

    • Krista says:

      Lovely to meet you, too! He really is — and I’ll be posting more about this this week, but God is answering those dreams in crazy ways already! :)

    • Krista says:

      Hah! Yes, let me jet right over. I’m not the best but my philosophy is to do a messy job and clean up the edges in the shower the next day.

  1. narrowpathstohigherplaces says:

    So nice to meet you! I can’t paint my own nails because I have the worst hand coordination and end up looking like my nail beds are bleeding everywhere but I do get the need to finish books. I used to do that and have worked my way through some really horrible drawn out stories but over the last few years, I have let that go. I figure, life is too short to read junk. At least that’s what I say when i get to the point where I just can’t manage another page. ;)

    • Krista says:

      Oh, I am *this* close to being at that point, too. I’m just attempting now to be a lot more selective with the books I pick in homes that I pick fewer books I dislike to begin with.

  2. anniewiltse says:

    I have that same complex about books. I once read an entire trilogy because once I began the story, I HAD to finish. There have been some books I’ve never finished and never regretted doing so, but it was a hard decision in the making!

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