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About Me - Kiki Reflects

Kiki Reflects

one woman's struggle to answer her calling

About Me

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I was working 13+ hour shifts at a position I hated, in a city where I didn’t want to live, in a long-distance relationship that was more draining than fulfilling.  I kept my head down, just moving from one thing until the next.  Everyday, I would trudge on—praying, hoping that my situation would get better.

At my darkest time in my life, a voice spoke to me.  To call it a mere voice seems belittling somehow, but that’s the best way I can describe it.  The voice said, “Write.”

That’s all it said.

Then, a couple of months later, it said it again.  “Write.”

That’s it.  No instructions.  No manuals.  No how-to’s.  No further clarification on what to write.  “What am I supposed to do now?”  I asked myself.  I’m way too busy to stop everything to just write.  I don’t even know what I’m supposed to write.  Sure, I had dreamed about writing a book someday, and even had aspirations of writing a book about my late father, but surely, that didn’t apply to this.   So I ignored it.  I thought its power over me would diminish with time.  I carried on with my to-do lists, my career as a naval officer, and my Master’s degree.  But the nagging feeling clung on.  The voice I had experienced wouldn’t go away.

One day, I finally had to admit what the voice was: a calling.

So, this blog is my attempt to answer my calling.  I invite you to take the journey with me as I struggle and stumble through realigning my life in an attempt to be more true to myself.   Myself as a writer.

You can contact me at admin@kikireflects.com

Just for fun:

Name: Kiki.  It all started when I was talking to my sister on the phone.  She told her son, (who was not even two years old at the time),”Say Hi to Aunt Kristy… Can you say Aunt Kristy…  Aunt Kristy…”

“Kiki!” he blurted out.  Well, the name stuck.  For a while, I was Kiki, then I became Aunt Kiki, once my nephew got a bit older.  Now, all of my nieces and nephews call me Aunt Kiki.  Some kids who aren’t my nieces or nephews also call me Aunt Kiki.  I don’t mind at all.

How to get in touch with me: leave a comment (pretty please?!) Or email me at admin@kikireflects.com

Food: chocolate, hands down.  My current favorite meal is artichoke risotto (it sounds a lot fancier than it is!).  I make an easy version of this in my slow cooker.  It’s vegan, gluten-free, and delicious.  It’s definitely Kristy-proof.  I’m not very domestic, but I’m learning.

Movie: I love Casablanca, Fools Rush In, The Princess Bride, Definitely Maybe.  I grew up watching When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle.  Apparently I love rom coms.

TV show: Dr. Phil (hey, don’t judge), Once Upon a Time, Doctor Who, X-Files, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones.  My husband and I binge-watch shows on Netflix.

Book: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Giver, Harry Potter series, Twilight series, Hunger Games series.  For a while there, I didn’t read much for pleasure.  But I’m starting to again.

Color: Purple is my favorite, followed by blue, then green.  In that order.

Band: I usually get tired of listening to one sound for too long a period of time.  Back when people used to listen to cds, I would switch out a cd long before it ended.  Some bands/artists I could stand for more than three songs in a row: UB40, Beyonce/Destiny’s Child, Norah Jones, Fleetwood Mac, Pink

Season: Summer.  To me, there are two seasons.  Summer and Not Summer.  That said, I do enjoy the small window in the fall when the air is slightly brisk and the leaves are changing.  That lasts maybe a couple of weeks around here though.  I also love a good snowfall.  However, where I live, we usually only get maybe three good snowfalls a year.

Animal: I love most animals, but cats of all varieties are probably my favorite.  Wild and domesticated.

Soda: ginger ale.  I just love ginger ale.  Added bonus: it’s caffeine-free!

City: Aw man, I can’t pick just one!  I love San Diego, Stuttgart (Germany), Paris, Barcelona, Berlin…  I lived in Stuttgart for three years.  At least once a month, I would travel to a different European city.

Flower: Lilies – the white ones that smell amazing.  Once, I was in a hallway in a government building, when I smelled fresh lilies.  I saw someone in the hallway and I said to him, “I swear I smell lilies… is that weird?”  He motioned for me to follow him.  He then opened a huge steel door behind him.  Inside, there was a HUGE bouquet of beautiful lilies.  I mean, there were at least two dozen lilies in there.  The folks in the office said that someone had sent lilies to their coworker, but no one knew knew who they were from.  A mystery!

Recent major life change: I recently left the Navy after 12 years so I could stay home with my son.  I am now in the Reserves.

Guilty pleasure: fashion.  I love watching fashion and beauty videos on YouTube.  I also looove getting comments on my blog.


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