Hi, I’m Kristen! Welcome to my life…
Launched in 2018 By Star & By Sea is a place to share my story of living life with a chronic illness. I’m a Fibromyalgia patient, fighting daily to balance those effects on my life. I define myself in many ways, but fibro is always an undercurrent. My hope is to inspire others, battling invisible illness, to live lives of courage and kindness. Together we can build a network of people who face their challenges head on, in positive and productive ways.
Since I was a young girl I was exposed to travel, and it continues to be an important part of my life. As my illness progressed it became clear that to indulge in my passion for travel and activity, I would need to come up with creative plans that supported my body’s needs while away from home. It’s my pleasure to share those tips and tricks so that more people fighting chronic illness can not only get out more and explore the world, but be a little nicer to themselves every day. If you’re looking for ways to fight back against your disabilities, this is the place for you.
For the past 8 years I’ve had the joy of making my living as a freelance travel writer and photographer. My articles and pictures have appeared in travel industry websites, blogs, guide books, and newsletters. By Star & By Sea takes that professional experience and refocuses it, allowing me to share my personal journey for the benefit of others.
As the matriarch of a family that now has three adult children, I’m moving into a new time of life. Being lighter on the “mom duties” means spending more time exploring the things I love. Delicious food, great wine, hot jazz, spa days, and even more travel are all high on the list. Of course there’s also my love/hate relationship with health and fitness. You’ll find bits and pieces of all that here on By Star & By Sea, because it’s not just my passion, it’s my life.
Join me on this journey to something new.