ABOUT

Hello, or as we say in our house, “Bonjour!” Pull up a chair. I am so glad you are here.IMG_9341-X2

I am a poet who writes memoir.

Words help me make sense of my noisy life with a hefty dose of faith and beauty. The stories I write focus on living creatively with courage and purpose.

I’m not afraid to wade through the nitty gritty places with you: insecurity, fear, anxiety, body image, just to name a few. There’s no skipping the hard stuff here, because that’s where the healing starts. Let’s be overcomers together.

You can read more of my story in my ebook.

My Words

We all need to know we are more than what we do. (I can never hear that enough.) Our broken pieces matter to God. He knows our stories and makes them better. That’s why I created Creative and Free. This is a story haven, for the brave and broken-hearted—those of us who want to take our joy back and bask in God’s glory.

I am also a Writing Group Leader for Compel Training. Each week I collaborate with a team of writers here in cyberspace. We critique, share, and encourage one another on this crazy creative journey. They have helped me with branding, blogging, and bad days. I pretty much can’t live without them.

Typically, I post two times a week here at Creative and Free. I have blogged since 2010. My work appears internationally in various online and print publications.

My Voice

Writers often have a complex about finding their true voice. It takes practice. Years of singing at church is where I found the beautiful collision of words, rhythm, art, and connection. Speaking is one place I truly feel alive. There’s nothing like connecting eye to eye, heart to heart with others.

I speak at retreats, events, and conferences on Christ-based identity, authentic faith, and creative courage. Other services I offer are:

  • Writing workshops for creative leaders.
  • Guided meditation based on Lectio Divina.
  • Holy Yoga classes to practice the presence of God wholeheartedly.

If you are looking for a presenter for your event, contact me at: christina@creativeandfree.com. I can also work with you to customize a session for your event.

Bio

christinah-21I grew up the daughter of a church music director and a music teacher in Memphis: the land of blues, BBQ, and Elvis. After high school, I high-tailed it to Kansas City. In college, I studied under the spires of Oxford, back-packed through Europe, and earned a degree in writing. My husband and I married in 2001.

After living a rather boring existence as a technical writer, I became a mama. I put on my yoga pants, drew with sidewalk chalk every day, and never looked back.

I homeschooled my children for four years. Now I write in every pocket life affords. I’m also a Holy Yoga R-YHI 225 instructor. Integrating words and movement has transformed my spiritual life.

My Familyimage

We make our home on the suburban prairie of Kansas City. My logical, creative husband Bobby motivates me to write. I am mama to two artistic, squirrelly kiddos: Abby and Kyle. I’m pretty sure they will change the world.

Besides doing yoga in the sun, I love reading poetry aloud, roadtripping the country with my little tribe in the minivan, and finding wonder in my kids’ big eyes.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you find inspiration, courage, and meaning here. You are always welcome.

In this with you and for you,

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Creative writer. Courage finder.

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Contact & Collaboration

I love to work with other writers and makers. If you’re interested in collaboration or just want to say hello, send me an email at christina@creativeandfree.com or comment below.

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  • The_Christian

    Just stumbled upon your site while studying 1 John 4:7-19 for Sunday School today. i was looking for examples of true love; showing love rather than saying love! Continue with Creative & Free; it shows love for God and others!

  • Anita Maldonado

    Beautiful blog and love your story. I discovered you through a compel forum, Cisneros Cace shared your page and I’m glad she did. Look forward to your future posts!

  • Hi Christina! It’s so nice to meet you!

    I am Stephanie and live near Huntsville, Alabama. Although I majored in an unrelated field, I also worked as a technical writer. I really loved it, which seems so ironic bc I’m such a free spirit, but I got to interact and interview engineers and “play” with some of the stuff that I wrote about.

    Like you, I took off after I had my baby. Even though she’s a tween, I still stay home to manage the house and be available for her. I do blogging and freelance writing to keep up my skills.

    So nice meeting you! I’ll definitely be back and hope you’ll visit me as well!
    Blessings,
    Stephanie

    • Hi, Stephanie, thanks for sharing your back story and writing journey. I look forward to connecting with you more. Thank you so much for commenting.

  • WHY DO YOU LIVE IN KANSAS? I will never meet you. Never say never, right? I’ve never been, so maybe this is a good excuse. What’s in Kansas besides you?

    • Prairie grass , people, and Starbucks (thank you, Jesus) in my corner. Kansas City, Missouri, is just down the road and it’s a pretty hip place.

  • Found your blog through the She Speaks link up. I could get lost in your writing. It’s so beautiful!

  • Hi Christina,
    I’m embarrassed but I couldn’t find the comment link for your #FMF blog post on “Grow” so I’m leaving my comment here. Sorry. I can tell you’re a poet by the images you painted in your post…I can relate to that burlap slashing to get rid of knots of selfishness and the slow pace of real growth.
    Blessings to you 🙂

  • Hi, Christina! I just shared your blog to my facebook page. I love how uplifting it is and I look forward to getting to know you!

  • Hi, I stopped by because I read your 5minFri piece on Share, which I enjoyed and could relate. Looking forward to reading more of your work.

  • Hi, Christina,
    I stumbled onto your site just now, and while I’m supposed to be writing at this moment, I’ll pause to say Hi and return later to read more. I enjoy your style!

    Phil

    • Hi, Phil, thanks for leaving me a note. Ever grateful & blessings to you.

  • Sandy Damico

    I love reading your stories. The one about your dad brought tears to my eyes.

  • Dawn Engelhardt

    I am so excited for this new journey! I love your writing. Can’t wait to hear what’s next! Love you friend

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