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Feature Friday | Kyrsten Barcelona

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MEET KYRSTEN

 

Tell us more about you! 

My name is Kyrsten, I’m a 22 year old mama of two little ones - River (3 years old) and Luna (10 months old). Our family is from South Florida! My husband and I were both born and raised here. We’ve been together for almost 5 years!
My passions have always gone in a creative direction, mostly writing and photography. After becoming a mother, it naturally became such an important part of my life. So I decided to focus my creativity on what presented itself from motherhood. I started my platform right after my daughter was born. I love sharing about our family’s day-to-day life, our home, and honest thoughts/experiences. I’m grateful for the opportunities this platform has created, including beautiful friendships and the ability to express my genuine self.
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What is something weird/quirky about you?
Maybe it’s not something weird, but I actually really enjoy ASMR. Most nights I listen to ASMR before I go to bed and it helps me sleep so well. Since I was a teenager, I’ve had anxiety. It has improved over time, but in the times I do get anxious, ASMR has been such a great calming tool. The quiet sounds are so satisfying!
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What is your favorite food? 
I have so many favorite foods! But I would have to say some of my favorite are veggie burgers, french fries and ice cream!
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What is something you have overcome as a woman in this world? 
The first thing that comes to mind is gender stereotypes. There are so many gender roles put in place by society that make it difficult to be successful. Women get far less opportunities, less pay, less opinions. What’s so strengthening about this platform is the ability to express your beliefs. I love to advocate and speak truths about what’s important to me as a woman. It’s so empowering to use my voice and share thoughts with other strong women I meet.
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What are you most proud of in the work that you do?

I’m most proud of how my words and experiences have resonated with other moms I connect with. Motherhood is not always easy. Being open and able to talk about daily struggles or asking for advice is so humbling. I’m proud of myself as a mother. Sometimes you feel like you can lose yourself when you put so much energy into taking care of others. Being able to connect with yourself and join the important things in life with what you love to do, is priceless. I love supporting others around me to continue doing what they love and reach their goals!

 

What drew you to become a Brand Ambassador for Imani Collective?

When I read Imani Collective’s story, it really drew my heart to them. From getting their start in a small village, creating beautiful hand-made pieces, job opportunities and supporting artisan women. The materials are ethical and the artisans are not only supported but empowered. And so are their families. Imani Collective even helps provide educational opportunities for their artisan’s children. With every piece you purchase, the back has a handwritten patch and signature from the woman who created it. They truly have created something beautiful!

 

Follow Kyrsten on Instagram at @myblushingbabies

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