About

Hi. I’m Crystal. Nice to meet you.

crystal ellefsenI like to ask a lot of questions and think a lot of thoughts.

I’m compulsively creative. I like to make art, solve problems and help people.

I’m determined and I know a thing or two about not giving up.

I’m on a journey to take responsibility for all the areas of my life that I want to change. In the process, I’m exploring the intersection of creativity and health. This includes everything from forgiveness to kombucha, grieving rituals to nutrition. I experiment. I probe. I podcast.

I have a rare and precious opportunity to make a fresh start with my life and I’m determined to make the most of it.

I recently decided it was time to burn the long list of reasons why I shouldn’t blog.  So, here I am letting go of the inner critic and writing my story.

I have a lot of ideas up my sleeve and I’d love to share them with you.

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More assorted things about me…

crystal ellefsenI used to be the “single mom contributor” at The Art of Simple (previously known as Simple Mom). Then I got married to this amazing man, and now I still contribute to The Art of Simple, but without a specific category. It’s an honor to be able to write about meaningful things to an audience of thoughtful, kind folks who are striving to live with intention.

I went to USCB for undergrad and SDSU for an MFA in Creative Writing. I continue to write and publish poetry because I love it. And for the discipline and delight of writing and sharing words hat have been crafted and carved into something I’m proud of.

I also have a day job in the multifamily industry where I write and podcast about apartment marketing and more. For all those work-related projects, I publish and podcast under my previous name, Crystal Hadidian.

Also, I’ve been to Iceland. I lived in a van for a while while in college. I love Ethiopian food. I really like silence. And music. I’d love to section-hike the whole California part of the Pacific Crest Trail. I grew up in Austin, Texas but I’ve lived in California for 12 years now. I have a lot of books. I like to read them while listening to the birds in my backyard.

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