Posted on May 20, 2016
20 Questions with Krista Ewert
20 Questions with Krista Ewert
Krista Ewert and I go back – way back. She and I first met in the early 2000s, long before either of us were ever bloggers. We worked together at Camp Qwanoes and ran in similar social circles for years afterward. Krista’s life has taken her from BC to Alberta. Recently transplanted from Vancouver, Krista and her husband – along with their three beautiful children and loyal dog – call Edmonton home. Krista’s passions extend far beyond blogging: she’s a proud mother, daughter, wife, sister, photographer, designer, writer, influencer, speaker, and overall enthusiast about life.
1. What are you really excited about these days?
Rain. It seems simple enough but, not only does this BC girl miss the rain living here in Alberta, we desperately need it.
2. What was the last picture you took on your phone?
My garden gnome named Fudwick. He sits in my front yard and greets me every time I come home. He quite enjoyed the rain today so I took a picture… yes, I talk to my gnome.
3. Making yourself accessible through social media and blogging opens the door to admiration but also criticism. How do you handle criticism?
Criticism is never easy to swallow. When faced with differing opinions, I take what is valid and focus my engagement on that. That being said, I have certain no fly-zone topics such as voicing my political bias when it comes to allegiance to a particular party or policy. Some people might say that this is cowardly but I do not want it to detract from my message. I decided very early that I am not out to divide, but inspire.
4. What is your bottom line, number one, golden rule when it comes to blogging?
Authenticity. People know if you are being fake – even online.
5. Everyone has a spirit animal. What’s yours and why?
My animal spirit is an owl. I am constantly searching beyond the seen to what is unseen. I value truth and wisdom and yet, am consumed by wanderlust.
6. The Breakfast Club featured a rebel, a princess, a brainiac, an outcast, and a jock. Who were you in high school?
I don’t think I can say any of them. In high school I was the charismatic leader – I didn’t have the best grades, definitely wasn’t the princess, rebel or jock, and I was on the periphery of all the right circles. In my grad vine I was voted “Most Likely to be Elected World Leader.”
7. If I gave you $50,000 to start a business, what would you start?
Does it have to make any money? Because I would probably want a coffee/book shop – a place where people can come and experience community with an atmosphere that emulates a comfortable living room with a river stone fireplace, dark roast, and jazz music.
8. What’s your all-time favourite jam from the ‘80s or ‘90s?
“Raspberry.” Just kidding! Truth be told, I was already a total nerd by the ’90s. I loved jazz music and specifically Vince Guaraldi. That being said, I enjoy a good road trip and inevitably the mix tape would include Great Big Sea, Dave Matthews, and “Virtual Insanity” by Jamiroquai.
9. Blogging can ebb and flow for a lot of people. Where do you see your blog in 2021?
I see myself saying, “blogging was so last decade!” I know blogging is moving to video and yet, I am resisting it like crazy. I write for a reason – it’s how I best communicate. Writing allows me time to let things percolate and I can always go back and censor my thoughts. That being said, I think I will still be writing. In what capacity? This remains yet to be determined.
10. If we could curl up for some girl talk on a rainy day, what are we drinking?
Oh can we?! I’ll have a glass of red please – Chianti or Bordeaux.
11. What’s your guilty pleasure food when you need your greasy food fix?
Chinese food. My husband doesn’t really like it but I love it. I can’t explain it, nor can I help myself.
12. In Edmonton, what’s the one restaurant that no one has heard of but everyone should eat at?
I don’t know yet – but when I find it, I’ll let you know.
13. What’s the biggest misconception people have about you in real life?
There are so many to choose from. I am an INTJ according to Meyers Briggs. They call it “The Mastermind,” but I call it “The Bitch.” I’m not really, but I come across that way. I carry an air of confidence, which many people perceive as snobbiness.
14. If you could star as any character in the remake of any movie, which famous role would you reprise?
Growing up, one of my favourite movies was Fried Green Tomatoes for reasons I won’t get into here, but if I had to choose a character to star as, it would be Idgie Threadgoode. She was strong and free-spirited and she didn’t buy into social norms or stereotypes.
15. If you could learn a new skill, language, or hobby, what would it be?
I have this dream that one day I will have my own private pottery studio. A small, one-room garden shed converted to accommodate a pottery wheel with French doors that open into a lush garden.
16. Who are you most proud of?
Just one person? There are so many to choose from for so many different reasons. There is my husband, who is doing his doctorate in choral conducting of all things. He never dreamed he would get into one of the best universities in the world for his Masters degree but he did and we were able to live one glorious year in Cambridge, England.
Then there is my daughter, Ella, who, despite having Down Syndrome, is this smart, vivacious, and charismatic little girl. On a daily basis, people expect her not to succeed and everyday she proves them wrong. She is reading like a champ, has awesome friends, and loves school.
17. Who is (or was) the single most influential person in your life?
My husband. He is my constant and my always. We have been married for almost 13 years and have been together for 15. He is the one who knows my weaknesses and insecurities and yet is one of my biggest fans and cheerleaders. He will tell me if I am wrong, admit when I am right, and I respect his opinion and his intuition.
18. I’m throwing a dinner party next weekend. You’re invited and can bring three others with you (dead or alive). Who should I set the table for?
Nelson Mendela, Margaret Atwood, and Jesus.
19. What’s the one question you wish someone would ask you?
I wish they would ask me over for coffee, or dinner, or just a glass of wine.
20. Do you want to come over for coffee, or dinner, or just a glass of wine?
Yes! Somehow we have lost our sense of community. There is a disconnect within society and we no longer see connection as important, let alone a priority or perhaps we do long for connection but we are all too fearful of rejection because, after all, everyone is just so busy. Where is the village?
[Editor’s Note: Don’t you want to have a glass of wine with this gal too?!]
All photos courtesy of Krista Ewert.