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Daily Inspiration: Meet Kristina Eberhardt

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kristina Eberhardt.

Hi Kristina, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
Since I was a little girl, I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I went on to get a two-year degree in Interior Design and a four-year degree in Graphic Design. After college, I worked for nine years in corporate communications and marketing at a large company. In my spare time, I offered freelance design services where I primarily designed and developed logos, branding, and wedding and event invitations and signs. I also began practicing yoga – and two years later, I decided to do a 200-hour teacher training to become a certified yoga instructor. I went on to teach yoga on and off for the next couple of years, and at the same time, I decided it was time to move on in my design career. I accepted a new position at a small design company as an Art Director, and before I even made it to day one, I found out I was pregnant with my first child. Unfortunately, a short 9-weeks later, I found out I lost my first child during a missed miscarriage. This moment ended up being one of the most pivotal in my life. I told myself I was good. That miscarriages are common, and I was lucky it happened so early in my pregnancy – before anyone, even my parents knew I was pregnant. I grieved, but mostly internally. The guilt, shame, embarrassment, and heartbreak were heavy, and I felt so alone even though I had a great support system around me. The process of entirely terminating my pregnancy took almost a month, which didn’t make trying to move forward from it any easier.

One month later, I stepped into day one as Art Director. And on day two and a half, completely out of character, I called it quits. I didn’t know it at the time, but I was amidst a severe mental health breakdown. The peripartum depression and anxiety I was unknowingly facing led to insomnia, leading to three outpatient hospital visits and a week-long stay in a mental health facility with no options left. This sequence of events completely changed my life. My husband and I knew we wanted to try for another baby, but it was a year later before we began. It took me about six months to feel “normal” again. In the meantime, I started freelance yoga teaching and continued my freelance design work, expanding into other avenues — including Etsy. As I worked on healing, my husband and I decided I would continue my freelance work, building a client base and aiming for the opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom when the time came. In April 2020, right after the world shut down, I found out I was pregnant with our rainbow baby. Our daughter was born 4-weeks early on December 21, 2020 – the start of the winter solstice and the date of the appearance of the first “Christmas Star” in nearly 800 years. We took our baby girl home from the hospital on Christmas Day — in the end, it seemed like fate and felt magical. Now, I successfully continue my work part-time, offering freelance design and yoga services while being a full-time stay-at-home mom. I have made it my mission to share my story and ensure other women don’t feel alone in the same type of pain and grief.

We all face challenges, but looking back, would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
It has not been a smooth road. During my second pregnancy, I was diagnosed with complete placenta previa, which meant my daughter had no exit, and I would most likely need a c-section. As it turned out, I also needed a four-week hospital stay leading up to her birth due to heavy bleeding. She ended up being born via emergency c-section. My postpartum recovery started very well, but about two months after delivering, I faced an episode of postpartum depression and anxiety. This went on sometimes frequently, then sporadically until 18 months postpartum. Trying to balance mental health, being a new mom, and freelance work was often challenging. Sometimes I had to say no to projects or opportunities I would have otherwise loved to take on.

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
When I began my yoga teacher training in 2016, I started my blog, Peace of Burlap, to document my journey and share my stories – not just about yoga, but about design and lifestyle. I also joined Instagram, and through both, I created a little community of followers. I focus on being authentic, relatable and approachable. Through Peace of Burlap, my goal is and has been combining all my passions into one, designing a life I love and inspiring others along the way.

Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Be honest with yourself and trust your gut. It’s ok to say no, and self-care isn’t selfish. Mental health matters, find what makes you happy and go there. Those may be several lessons, but they all go together and are equally important.

Pricing:

  • Pricing for design services available upon request.
  • Pricing for yoga services available upon request.

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MISA ME Photography

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