I am Krystal and ‘About’ pages give me the worst case of writers block.  Seriously, I’m staring at my white page trying to come up with something remotely interesting to say and well… this is what you get.

I am the mother of two amazing children, wife to a very techy husband, sister to my two younger siblings and somewhat self-appointed family organizer.  I have a passion for books and music.  So much so you’ll rarely find me without reading or listening material.  I enjoy television and movies when I’m not otherwise occupied.  I live very close to the majority of my extended family and love every minute of it.  I grew up in a close-knit family.  We have always spent holidays and birthdays with great grandparents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins… There are very few occasions where we’ve celebrated with less than 10 people.  This can lead to some amazing events… or extreme madness.  My poor husband has been thrown into this chaos and I must say, handles it very well.

I am often neurotic, sometimes scattered and frequently take on more than I can handle.  When I’m overwhelmed I tend to become more scattered and my neurosis kicks into high gear.  I realize I’m not entirely rational during these episodes and have to say I appreciate my family even more for dealing with them in stride.  Over the past few years my neurosis has gotten worse.  I have strange paranoias that once were mild, but have since become bigger fears.  I’ve discovered that these issues are much easier to handle when I’m willing to admit I have them, and share the impact they have on me with others.  As I struggle with my neurosis, I can’t help but think about those who are afraid to admit they experience such mental disorders.  So in an attempt to bring light to my craziness, I started Embracing the Madness.

By no means will this blog be entirely focusing on my neurosis or any other mental disorder for that matter.  Life in general can be a bit maddening for us all.  I’ll focus a great deal on my chaotic family and day-to-day life, but will always remain open about what I affectionately refer to as my ‘craziness’.

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