Each week we run an interview as part of our “Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow in the Life of…” series. The interviewees share how their past has shaped who they are today as well as who they hope to be in the future. If you’d like to participate, just send me an email at [email protected] and I’ll send you a questionnaire!
Today’s interview is with Kristin of Joyfully Thriving:
1. Looking back on your childhood, what events do you think shaped who you are today?
I am a Pastor’s Kid (a PK) and that fact alone had the greatest impact on my life. Certainly that impacted my faith, but it also impacted my desire to serve. My parents were wonderful models of faith, hope and love for my siblings and me. I grew up surrounded by a large church family and learned that there is much joy to be found in relationships.
2. Were you always so frugal?
Yes, because I grew up that way! I was the kid at school who always had a homemade lunch packed with rewashed Ziploc bags. I always wore hand-me-downs even though I was the oldest. I practiced using scissors by cutting coupons for Mom. As I got older, I was promoted to helping Mom keep her coupon box up to date. Truly, I learned to be frugal by following my Mom’s example.
My Mom stayed at home with four children and managed our finances. On my Pastor Dad’s salary, we were never rich but we never lacked. We saw first hand how God always provided. That was where the desire came from to encourage others to live frugally. I know it can be done and I have done so already in my life as a Lutheran schoolteacher. As my Grandpa always says, “We’re rich already…someday we’ll have money!”
3. How would you describe yourself today?
I’m a wife, sister, daughter, aunt, teacher, and baptized child of God who is always on-the-go. I’m passionate, loving, bargain seeking, and yes, joyfully thriving!
4. What do you most love about your life?
I love being married to my husband. We met in college but didn’t start dating until eight years later. I didn’t expect to be single so long but I chose to make the most of that time – traveling, teaching, and living my life. Little did I know, my future husband was doing the same.
When we met again, we both knew who we were and whom we wanted. I wouldn’t exchange the years of waiting because my husband was worth every minute of the wait!
5. What would other people be surprised to know about you?
Let’s see…perhaps that I’m scared of scary movies and roller coasters? Or would they be surprised to know that I want to learn how to play a good tambourine? Or perhaps, would they be surprised to know that I spent a summer in China teaching English?
6. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?
In five years, I hope to be a stay at home mom, teaching my most important students – our children. I’d like to continue writing on my blog, encouraging others in their frugal journeys. I want to remind others that being frugal doesn’t cancel out the joy of life.
In ten years, I hope to still be at home with my children, perhaps teaching again part time. I’d like to still be writing and perhaps speaking to others. If I could contribute to our family by doing something I love from home, I would consider that a bonus.
That said, I don’t know what the next year holds much less the next ten, so I will wait to see to see how my life unfolds and endeavor to thrive in all that comes.
7. What legacy do you hope to leave behind?
I want to leave behind a legacy of faith. Even though my husband and I don’t have any children (yet), I want to see my children’s children in heaven. I want to raise my children in the joy and knowledge of the Lord.
Of course, I want to leave behind a frugal legacy, too, as I hope my children will never realize we don’t have much money, because we have been blessed in so many other ways!
Kristen and her husband live in a small Amish town, where she writes about Joyfully Thriving in all things. When she’s not writing, Kristen teaches third and fourth grade, keeps busy in her kitchen, finds bargains, reads lots of books, eats chocolate, and spends time fixing up their house with her amazing husband.