Hey there! 

I'm Chrissy, a writer, reader, and runner living in coastal North Carolina. By day, I'm a marketing specialist with an MFA in creative writing. Early in the mornings, I'm working on a novel and a collection of short stories. I share a home with my husband Nathan, a fat dog named Calvin, 13 chickens, and a small garden that doesn't get nearly enough sunlight.

About Better Than Never. 

I've been blogging for over fifteen years as a way to record, collect, examine, share, observe, and celebrate. For most of that time, my blog was strictly personal - no niche, no advertising, no business plan. Then I turned 30, and slowly all those long-winded posts about my weekend began to lose their luster. My blog quieted down. Weeks went by without a new post. I still wanted to write and connect, but I didn't know what to write about.

So I spent some time thinking about what to do with this space and what I feel comfortable sharing. After reflecting on my interests, experiences, and the unique things I have to offer, I came to a compromise: I'll still write about my life, but I'll narrow the lens. As a 30-something woman who just figured out her finances, that lens is the mission to live well on less.

What does that mean for you, Dear Reader? More posts about living on a budget, such as wrangling my bank account, traveling on the cheap, creating gourmet meals from generic ingredients, raising chickens and keeping bees, singing the praises of the public library, and finding creative ways to live well while staying well within my means. It won't always be easy, it won't always be pretty, but it will be interesting. And really, isn't that what matters most? 

Where to start? 

A lot has happened since I began this blog way back in 2005, when I was just 22 years old (many of those older posts are now hidden - trust me, it's for the best). Below is a short list of my favorite and/or most popular posts since then. I will add to and update this page sporadically.

The Writing Life

Life, Love, and Everything Else


Questions? Comments? Compliments? You can contact me anytime at thenewchrissy (at) gmail (dot) com. I look forward to hearing from you!

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