Christina Vanvuren
Christina Vanvuren
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Christina vanvuren

As I began to write this, I wondered - how do you tell someone who you really are? It feels inadequate to say that I am, first and foremost, a writer. Then, a woman. After that, a mother, a wife, a friend, a daughter, and a sister.

All of that, however, describes only the roles I play in the world - not who I am at the center of my being.

I could say that I’m a Gemini (Virgo rising, Libra moon), or that I enjoy meditation and travel, or that I am trying to be more patient, or even that I love the French language and psychological thrillers and hooping and reading Vogue but usually only on Monday mornings.

But what I really want to say is this…

I am more than the sum of the characters I play in other people's lives. I am more than the way I spend my time. I am curious and detail-oriented and visionary and hard to impress and silly but also serious and I communicate better than anyone else I know and I struggle with depression and anxiety but I’m an optimist and I want, more than anything else in life, to make each person I interact with feel valued and loved.

For my 2019 New Year’s resolution, I am giving up trying to be the person I think others want me to be. I am, instead, embracing all the quirky things that make me me. I am following the things that pique my interest and saying a firm no to that which doesn’t.

Oh, you wanted facts + verifiable stats? My bad. Here ya go:

  • Gemini sun, Virgo rising, Libra moon

  • Mother, albeit non-custodial. My little girl is my word.

  • I love cheetah print, faux fur, chocolate from La Fete, staying in fancy hotels, camping, stand up paddleboarding, tattoos, hoop dancing, aerial yoga, and books books books (I publish them and I read them - and one day maybe I’ll write them).

  • I have two dogs (Zen + Luna) and two cats (Tybee + Gemini) <-guess which ones I named!

  • I’ve moved 37 times and have lived in 11 states - yuh, no lie.

  • I work in healthcare PR as a book + brand publicist

  • I love to throw parties, just not for myself (and ideally not at my house, unless it’s v v low key)

  • I like to write and, more so, like to share my thoughts with the world. So, here I am. Enjoy!

 

Press & Mentions

Scary Mommy: The Weekend Mom

The Establishment: Let’s Talk About Mothers Without Primary Custody of their Children

Unladylike podcast interview: How to Be a Bad Mom