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Chris L

Chris is the center support that keeps the seesaw of her family balanced. With her husband, Christopher (yes, it’s cute that they have the same name), she is leading a blended family of almost-adults: Connor (24), Colin (21), and Eva (19). Together, they are trying to impart life’s wisdom despite eye rolling, unanswered text messages, and rare meals together. After graduating from Birmingham-Southern College in the mid-80s, she moved to Alexandria, Virginia, with her first husband so he could pursue his dream of becoming a chef. They lived between the DC area and Orlando, Florida, during his culinary pursuits, returning to Birmingham in 2006. They divorced in 2008, and in 2010, Chris reconnected with Christopher, a former BSC classmate, after a random meeting in the cereal aisle at Publix. They married in 2011, not realizing that they were bringing together a perfect storm of teenage angst. In 2016, after more than 25 years working for others in advertising, marketing, and association management, Chris launched her own consulting business, Christine Communications LLC, and has been reconnecting with colleagues to work with people she likes on projects where she offers value. When she’s not working on client projects, Chris spends her time serving her favorite people and organizations: Alpha Omicron Pi at Birmingham-Southern, Better Basics, and Episcopal Church of the Ascension. She loves cooking (and eating), exploring new cities, reading novels that make her laugh and cry, and occasionally binge-watching her favorite reality t.v. shows.
mental health and teen angst

Is It Teenage Angst or Something More? {Mental Health Awareness Month}

In support of Mental Health Awareness Month, I asked my daughter Eva, 22, if we could share our journey with her depression and anxiety. We have traveled a long road from her junior year...
International Women's Day

#EachforEqual :: Celebrating International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day today. And boy (and girl), do we need to think about the role of women in our world. A recent study by the United Nations, The World’s Women 2015, exposed...

In Awe of J Lo :: An Open Letter From Someone Your Age

Dear J Lo, Let me just say, you were amazing during the Super Bowl half-time show, even more than I expected. I knew you would dance as energetically and beautifully as always, but I was...

Self-Care :: Five Focus Areas for the New Year

The other morning, I watched Dr. Jen Ashton on Good Morning America as she discussed her new book, The Self-Care Solution. I find that Dr. Ashton speaks to me. We are both women of...
Raising wineglasses

When Mama Needs Wine

Mommy’s little helper. I’m not slurring. I’m speaking cursive. Mama needs some wine. #momlife #WineWednesday We’ve all seen these phrases in memes, on wineglasses and t-shirts, and we likely shared or loved them too. As the holiday...

Summer Thanksgiving and Grandparents’ Day

I looked around the room and realized four generations were gathered that day. On this random Sunday afternoon in August, we had our youngest (a one-year-old great-granddaughter) and our oldest (a 76-year-old great-grandfather) all...

Green with Gorgeous Grandma Envy

I am surrounded by friends and family moving into that coveted phase of parenting: grandparenthood. And I am insanely jealous. My sisters, my best friend from high school, my former boss, it seems everyone...
Summer vacation

Hotel Tips for your Summer Vacation {from a Frequent Business Traveler}

Hotels and I have a long-standing relationship. Wait, that sounds a little risqué. Let me try again. For nearly 20 years, I have worked in the hospitality industry, and I have gained a lot...

Sign Me Up :: Confessions of a Meal Subscription Box Junkie

I love meal subscription boxes. There, I’ve said it out loud. When these meal plans started popping up in my newsfeed, I was skeptical, uncertain of the quality, the shipping process, the variety. But...
childhood moments

You Won’t Miss That {But You Will Miss These Childhood Moments}

A meme popped into my Insta feed that claimed we mommas would miss cleaning pee from the floor around the toilet. Somehow that was supposed to reassure those of us in the midst of...

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