Who is rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker? What is my story? How did I wind up here? What the hell is feminist scrapbooking? What do I like about living in Michigan? And what do I miss about home?
What is it like living with two overlapping headache disorders, and what was the journey like figuring that out?
I was born and raised in Northern New Jersey, in a small town called North Arlington, in what’s called the Meadowlands section of the state. It’s where MetLife (formerly Giants Stadium) is located and where most of the Sopranos was filmed.
I currently live in East Lansing, Michigan with my partner Jeff. We moved out here in the summer of 2014 when he was accepted into a Ph.D. program here at Michigan State University.
We live in a lovely midcentury modern home and have an exceptional heirloom tomato and pepper garden. I love cooking homemade food and throwing dinner parties for our friends.
I’m a classic introvert and an INFJ even though I do love being around the right kind of people.
I went to school at Rutgers University and studied Political Science and Women’s and Gender Studies.
There, I learned how to learn. I learned my style of learning, leading, and understanding.
Just as college was starting to wind down was when my headaches started to amp up. When my mom got very sick, I didn’t finish my last semester, started working for the US Census, and broke up with my seven-year boyfriend of the time — my life changed drastically.
My story episode of the podcast is one of the first episodes of the show that Amanda and I recorded, so obviously it’s a little rough around the edges. We didn’t know how to edit well or take pauses and re-gather our thoughts. But it’s raw and honest and it’s how I got to the person I was at the end of 2017.
If you’d like to know more about who I am, rukristin: Feminist Scrapbooker — check out one of the first episodes of my podcast. It’s a great way to learn more about my backstory.