Author Archives: Christina

Go Sparkle

We just celebrated the Fourth of July-full of watermelon, cookouts, fireworks and hope. I stood on my deck that evening and watched fireworks explode and send sparkles all over the sky-breathtaking. As I watched, the lyrics to a dance I teach at It’s Your Drama programs started sounding in my head… “I sparkle, I shine, I glitter, I’ll be fine…”  But… Continue Reading

Taylor Swift on the Cover of Cosmo

So Taylor Swift is on the December cover of Cosmopolitan magazine with the word “SEXY” stretched across her midsection. The word “Sexy” isn’t referring to Taylor, of course, but just a well-placed, oversized title of an article found within the mag…or should I say strategically placed? I’m thinking this cover has DRAMA creating potential. DRAMA—because… Continue Reading

Make A Withdrawal

Tragedy: A million dollars in the bank—and you don’t have a clue your name’s on the account. The million sits and waits. And waits. As you scrimp and save for a car, for college, for your first house, for your kids’ Christmas gifts…the whole time feeling the brunt of the lack of cash flow. And… Continue Reading

Halloween Scene

If you find your pulse quickening as you think about the Costume you’ll be wearing this evening, you might want to ask yourself why. You design your Costume everyday—so why the quickened pulse?  Every morning you open your closet, pick out some clothes, get dressed and step onto stage…but no internal rush. But tonight you might… Continue Reading

When Should I Date?

I sat in on a random conversation today with some other moms and they were talking about their daughters dating. The question came up: When’s the best time to date? There were definitely different perspectives. My perspective? The timing does matter. My perspective? It also matters how parents spin this to their children. My perspective?… Continue Reading

Control The Prop

If an actor picked up a gun, the whole audience would inhale a little quicker than usual…all because the prop has power. Their minds would start spinning. “What’s he gonna do?” “Who’s he gonna use that on?” Questions frame their thoughts because they understand the prop has the ability to create a lot of drama… Continue Reading

The Villain’s Entrance

The Villain’s entrance is always announced. I can be watching a movie, a show, or a play and everything on stage is just perfect, but then…that ominous melody in a minor key rings out. And with just a couple of notes, the entire audience knows that the Villain is near. Lurking. Watching. Plotting. Poising to… Continue Reading

Your Fav Drink

I walked into the local Emory Road Starbucks today and by the time I got to the counter, before I could even give my order, the barista said “Hi Christina! What can I get you?” I ordered with a smile and before he could check the iconic boxes on the Starbucks cup another barista scooted… Continue Reading

Faith Is The Day To Day

May my faith not only be for the big game, the crowning moment, that desperate hail mary, the unexpected crisis…may it be the undercurrent of my day-to-day. Reaching within myself, daring to have faith that the smile to the Walmart shopper mattered—even though I was pressed and pulled so much today that it took force to… Continue Reading


I was on my way home today and decided to take the van through the carwash—yes, I drive a van, usually. (It seems to be the best mode of transportation for myself and four children. I’m thinking about painting it purple and putting the IYD logo on it…but my husband hasn’t approved—yet.) As the kids… Continue Reading