La Push PNW Adventure




La Push, Coast of WA


Back in October-2014, my best friend and co-adventurer knew I was having a rough time.  He knew I needed an adventure to clear my head and bring joy to my heart. He got me out of bed before the sun was even up and we packed the car up and took off on a 3 hour road trip to the Coast of Washington. Drove to the Edmonds Ferry and headed West to La Push and Forks Washington (Yes, the land of “vampires” and “werewolves” aka Twilight mania) to leave the city, the stress of  my life behind, enjoy the Pacific Ocean and the beauty of the PNW just the two of us.

It wasn’t too long before the weight of everything I was going through at the time that was smashing me into the ground started falling off with every mile we got farther away from the city. It is a marvelous thing and quite hilarious because if you know me it is something you can outwardly see happening! The farther I get out and the more I adventure the lighter my body feels, the brighter my smile and the more chipper my demeanor becomes.

We drove through endless small towns and highways and freeways, around a gorgeous lake and winding roads with trees creating a canopy above our heads. I loved every minute of this day. We stopped at a hole in the wall restaurant to eat breakfast that was covered in Halloween Decorations. We ate what seemed like pounds of pancakes and made instant friends with the waitress, her friends and the cook.

There is just something so therapeutic about me, a camera, the ocean, and a buddy to join me! This day was perfect…

Remember to never stop exploring. Never stop adventuring. The day I do, is the day I die inside.

Enjoy a few highlights from my trip!!!



What I Wore:

Bright Yellow Puffy Coat (Wear bright colors in overcast weather. It always pops!)

Statement Necklace- Forever 21

Baby Blue Crew Cut Sweater- Forever 21

White Pashmina Scarf

Black Hunter Boots and White Hunter Socks- Nordstrom ( I am obsessed with my Hunter Boots. They always come in hand)


Orphan Relief and Rescue Benefit Dinner OOTD

At the end of November, I had the privilege to go to an Annual Fundraising Benefit Dinner that helps raise money for a non-profit that rescues and houses orphans. This non-profit does amazing things in West Africa and continues to help bring children out of unsafe situations especially from being human trafficked. Please check out their website!

Orphan Relief and Rescue

What I Wore:

Express– Glittery Tank Top and Sequined Shirt

Target- Black Faux Fur Vest

Nordstrom-  Statement Necklace





Ernest Hemingway once said, “WRITE HARD AND CLEAR


Wise man. Wise words. Coming from someone who has experienced a lot of pain her entire life– but more deeply and paralyzing these past few years– I’ve seen how facing your pain and hurt head on can be the most beautiful life changer in this journey we call L I F E. I am beyond ecstatic, frightened, and anxious to write what God has been doing in me and through me these past few years of my “JOB” and JOSEPH” season but especially this past year. 2014 has been a year of complete and utter destruction. God has finally pulled out from under me the last things I was holding onto in my life causing a giant decision in front of me.

Follow Him with COMPLETELY EVERYTHING or turn the other way.

You see, when God finally takes EVERYTHING from you and the enemy has thrown you into the storm and the W A V E S just keep coming– when people, jobs, relationships, your health, your sleep, your ability to know what up and down and left and right is, your ability to get out of bed anymore without crying, your capacity to think clearly and sharply the way you used to, when you literally have no ounce of joy left in you and the only thing you can eat on all day is the anxiety, fear, depression, loneliness, and anger that continues to create a gaping hole in your heart and stomach, you can’t trust anyone anymore, LOVE becomes something that is painful rather than beautiful and healing, and “your plan” for your life gets ripped out beneath you and seems to as if stab you in the back and walk away—That is when you are sitting at the bottom of a pit and waves are crashing in from every angle and slowly drowning you and there seems no way out.

This moment came in early Spring 2014 and I had to make a decision. Who is God to me? Why am I here? What am I living for? Do I want to call myself a Christian anymore? It seems a lot harder than the alternative. And how will I ever LOVE again when people are HORRIBLE? They just turn around and stab you in the back and laugh about it.

I turned my social media off for 8 weeks. I cried every day for months. I wept through the nights getting less than 3 hours of sleep. I could barely make it through a workday. When I got home and walked upon the threshold of my front door, I stumbled inside and onto the floor into a crumpled mess every day in tears and my roommates would have to help me climb upstairs into my bed and hold me till I stopped shaking.

I had finally hit my breaking point. Over the past three years, I have had so many people die that I loved dearly. I had faced death myself and beat it like it was some sort of sick game. I had/have been seeing doctors for almost three years since that day—living in pain every day still. I have had countless friends betray, steal, hurt, and lie to me like it was nothing. But nothing compares to when you LOVE someone and they build up this castle in your head and crush it down and walk away without a clear explanation.

While they build this castle, they act like it is the most precious thing ever and manipulate and control the entire process of building it. They take things from you and continue to wear you down till you give into their every beck and call; you lose yourself completely. You make plans all around the revealing of this grand sand castle. You live in this delusional world that this sand castle maker has built for you, all while he knows very well that there is a storm coming and he is going to leave you behind while the castle and I get swept away with the ocean water. The storm comes and you reach out and he turns barely looking you in the eyes, doesn’t say goodbye and walks away; leaving you in the dark, cold storm on the beach with absolutely nothing- sand castle crumbling before your eyes.

No one is around to see you or save you, your heart breaking into a million pieces because you trusted him, and you’re not even left with your dignity or confidence. You are laying there as the tide rolls in; the wind and thunder are already brewing over your head and the waves start crashing.

You lay there slowly drowning, shivering from your nakedness because of his selfishness of taking not giving. The numbness begins to set in and you can’t believe this is happening and that you are here in this moment. ALONE. You have to save yourself.

I know what it is like to have everything and then nothing. 2014 was the very last straw that broke any semblance of a life I had left. From that point I cried out to GOD with everything I had within me which wasn’t much—cried out more than I had ever before in the past. I yelled out to GOD. WHAT IS NEXT? You have my attention. What do I have? NOTHING!! My heart cannot take this anymore. I am completely empty and heart broken.

That is when the Lord spoke to me and said….




Seattle Art Museum (SAM) OOTD

Sunny September Seattle Art Museum Adventures

What I Wore:

Striped Cardigan

Side Striped Leather Pants

Spiked Shirt

Silver Teardrop Shaped Earrings

Suede Tan Lace Up Heel Booties

Kirkland Waterfront

Kirkland Watefront OOTD


Impromptu Kirkland Waterfront Photo Shoot


What I Wore:

Leopard Print Dress- Charming Charlie

Teal Heels- DSW Shoes

Teal Statement Necklace-  Forever 21



I’ve Fallen for Fall OOTD

Stylish, Smart, Silly, Fabulous

 What I Wore:

Striped Top – Zara

Black Pointed Toe Pumps – Guess

His Story is My Story, My Story is HIS-TORY!!! NYE 2012



Ever feel like sometimes life can be a giant ripple effect? One thing happens, then another, and before you know it your SHIP is filling up fast with water and you’re not sure what to do.

It reminds me of the phrase “When it RAINS, it POURS”. Well it happen like this- It starts off small, simple and maybe harmless but turns into a full-fledged storm that seems to be attacking every area of your life and your being.

This has been my past 3 years, HECK MY WHOLE LIFE, but nothing can compare to the STORM I have been constantly fighting my way through this past year. Nothing has compared to the unique, painful and BEAUTIFUL journey 2012 has brought me through. And so the understatement I utter that could sum up 2012 for me would be:


To set up my year- my long, very detailed, painful journey-  Let me PREFACE it by saying that God allows us to go through difficult things because it can be the very KEY to help propel us to CHANGE, to get on the path that we were meant to go down. The hard stuff can make us stronger and help others in the PROCESS . God’s ability to help you through TRAGEDY is quite a beautiful thing. I never said that it was fun or easy or came at a convenient or expected time. Even more importantly, God didn’t cause these bad and HORRIFIC things to happen BUT He does allow us to go through the process in order to hopefully let us learn to TRUST Him, better REFINE us and teach us more about His outstanding plans He has for our lives.

The heartache, tears, pain, anxiety, stress, distrust, abuse, depression, and so on that have happened to me this year have all brought me a greater understanding of people and sympathy for them (mainly people who are sick or in physical pain), a different view of Jesus than ever before and a stronger dependency on God, I’ve learned to say NO- that may seem simple but that’s been a hurdle I’ve been facing forever, that my experiences and pain and hurt can actually HELP ENCOURAGE and HEAL others and in return as they get BLESSED I get blessed too, the Lord can make all things NEW, He is my ANCHOR and my ROCK and my HOME, there is freedom in living in TRUTH, we need to quit living in the past especially those places like “Egypt” that God brought you out of, God can really open your eyes to what He wants you to see if you let Him, and what the enemy meant for EVIL God can turn around beyond your wildest IMAGINATION!

God is a BIG, FAITHFUL, LOVING, UNIQUE God…Trust Him and don’t underestimate Him

I learned that life is just a vapor. It can be quickly taken away. We take for granted the simple blessing of being able to breath and be pain free. My life was FOREVER changed on JANUARY 22, 2012….

I didn’t know climbing into the passenger seat of the car that day as I was road tripping home would be the day I faced death in the eyes.

I won’t get into much detail now but I was a passenger in the front seat with no control over the situation and no idea that my world was going to never be the same from that evening forward and most importantly that I WOULD NEVER BE THE SAME GIRL starting that day.

The driver lost control, still to this day I don’t understand how (asking why never gets me anywhere but bring bitterness) and we rolled and flipped at speeds over 60 MPH. I woke up upside down, dangling in my seatbelt, not being able to breath, stuck, and being strangled by the very thing that saved my life- all while the car was completely smashed down into the ground on the side of the freeway with glass everywhere, snow flooding in though the windows and the car making scary sounds just like in the movies….


December 31, 2012

xoxo Kristina Vinberg


My story is HIS-story in 2012….

Jesus has been the anchor of my soul in 2012

Jesus has been the anchor of my soul in 2012

Let me start off by saying- This is not easy for me. This has been an accumulation of many people including Jesus and myself pushing me, reminding me and telling me that God has given me the ability to write. Write things that matter and that can affect my life and the lives of others. My first OFFICIAL BLOG POST is happening now on NYE 2012. I have so many mixed emotions but mainly those of overcoming fear and perfection. This may not seem like a big deal to some people but for me it is. WRITING and SHARING is like telling an artist who has a perfection problem to paint out a masterpiece in a day after not painting for 10 years or even 1 year. Starting this is more of a personal taking off deck to further me to where I want to be and where God needs me to be… WORDS are so important to me. I haven’t written since college in 2011. Even then those were essays filled with boundaries and instruction. When it comes to my personal creative writing there is no boundaries yet for someone like myself- I can be the biggest critic because anything I do dealing with my CREATIVE HEART I want to be amazing. Having not written in a way like this or painted or photographed for the past year because of my life being put on hold, it has been hard. It’s hard to START. Because there is a fear that once you start after not doing it for a long time that MAYBE YOUR CREATIVITY has been forever lost. But that is such a lie when I know deep down this passion was not birthed because I wanted it to be but it was birthed because Jesus so intricately wove it into the deepest parts of my inner-being. AND SO I  WRITE TODAY, at the end of 2012, WITH GREAT EXCITEMENT AND FEAR FROM GOD that I am doing what I was born to do. If it’s not perfect, it doesn’t matter……A good friend literally just minutes ago showed up ironically at my doorstep bearing gifts- journal, paints, paper, and a card. She reminded me:

“You are beautiful, you are creative, and you are worth it. Don’t worry about being a master artist right out of the gate!”