Meet Crystal: a passionate, caring woman whose faith is evident in all areas of her life! Crystal is a self-proclaimed “accidental community builder” who loves creating an internet place where “faith, fitness and friendship come together.” She is the editorial and marketing manager for incourage.me, as well as a blogger, speaker, beachbody coach, wife, and mom (whew!). Spend a minute getting to know Crystal and you’ll love just as much as we do! Crystal wrote the feature titled "The Accidental Community Builder" in ISSUE 02.
WHO ARE YOU?! / I'm an accidental community builder who loves coffee and chocolate almost as much as I love my family. I'm passionate about equipping women with the resources and encouragement they need to do the work God is calling them to do - whether that's with friendship, faith, or fitness. I laugh when I'm nervous, I get lost in books, and I'm a responsible, strategic, type-A rule follower who loves beautiful design, Zumba, and sharing the gifts God has given me.
WHERE DO YOU BELONG? / I belong at home - the place that feels safest, where I can be "me." The place where I can fail and do scary things, where I can rest and let go of my agenda. It's the place where the best version of "me" is in workout pants with a cup of coffee, crazy hair, a laughing toddler, and a husband who wouldn't have it any other way.
WHAT IS YOUR “WHY”? / I’m passionate about being a source of encouragement and a trusted resource for women who desire to be good stewards of the bodies and gifts God has given them.
HOW DID YOU GET HERE? / It's looked an awful lot like failure. God has taken me on a journey of more than a decade that has included painful losses in relationships and jobs and in the end? I wouldn't change any of my history because God has used every bit of it to allow me to connect and encourage other women. I know the blessings we receive when we stand firm in who God says we are and choose to move onward toward the next best thing God has for us.
IF WE WALKED INTO YOUR LIFE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE DAY, WHAT WOULD WE SEE? / I'd be sitting at my computer drinking coffee, watching Agents of Shield on Netflix, working on a project for my full-time job for (in)courage and wearing workout gear.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE OR WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT? / "There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish." Philippians 1:6
WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE SOCIAL MEDIA TOOL? / Instagram
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ICE CREAM FLAVOR? / Is "yes" an acceptable answer? Salted caramel if I have to choose.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE READ? / Let's All Be Brave by Annie Downs
WHAT IS YOUR UNIFORM? / Workout leggings that are disguised as actual pants, tall boots, a long tank and a cardi. With some cute earrings and my FarmGirlPaints cuff, of course.
IN THE INFINITE RAINBOW OF COLORS, WHAT WOULD YOU PICK AND WHAT WOULD YOU NAME IT? / Glitter really should be a color. However, I would pick "introverted indigo."
TELL US A SECRET! / I helped ring the closing bell at NASDAQ at a former job.
UMBRELLA OR SUNGLASSES? / Sunglasses
INTROVERT OR EXTROVERT? / Introvert
COFFEE OR TEA? / Coffee
DIGITAL OR PRINT? / Print
SANDALS OR SNOW BOOTS? / Snow Boots
HOME OR AWAY? / Home
SHOP OR SNOOZE? / Snooze
DO YOU HAVE A “WORD” FOR THE YEAR? / Bold
Don't miss Crystal's feature in ISSUE 02 of Belong Magazine!