The genuine and quirky Chrysta Bairre!

Posted by on Jul 28, 2011 in About Live Love Work | 23 comments

Relationships and reader engagement are the reason I blog. If I wanted to write only for myself, I wouldn’t be writing on a public blog which I promote online. I write to engage you.

Page rank is all well and good, too, but at the end of the day any confidence boost I get from stats ranks far below your comments, questions and connecting with you, and this is why I love your comments!

Through blogging, I have formed relationships with people across the globe- people I’ve never met. I want to build a relationship with you, so I’ll share a little more about me.

Yesterday I came across friend and fellow blogger Adrienne Smith’s post in which she took a break from her blog niche to share a little about the real Adrienne Smith. The idea of “niche amnesty” was started by DIY Blogger, which suggested bloggers break from their usual topics and share a little information about themselves.

So here it goes, 8 things you may not know about me, Chrysta Bairre:

1. Scootering is a way of life. I ride year-round, ride in a local scooter gang, and attend scooter rallies. Riding is a zen experience for me, I love it dearly, and I am grateful every day I get to live life on 2 wheels.

cb- genuine buddy 125 scooter

2. I’m a Colorado native. There are few places I’ve been that are as beautiful as Colorado to me. The Rocky Mountains inspire a sense of awe and peace within me. I’ll take mountains over beaches any day!

Rocky Mountain VistaImage courtesy of krossbow

3. I can’t imagine my life without music. I love live music, particularly acoustic rock, folk and independent music. I have traveled across the country to see favorite artists in concert, and I am grateful to have met quite a few of my musical idols, including Tori Amos, Matt Nathanson, Vienna Teng, Melissa Ferrick and Charlotte Martin.

Matt Nathanson Beneath These Fireworks

4. I share my home with 7 “furkids”- 2 dogs, 3 cats and 2 rats! I dream of taking a vacation to volunteer at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.

Maggie & Kaylo

My dogs, Kaylo & Maggie

Photo by Lazio Images
5. The divine in me recognizes and honors the divine in you. I believe in the goodness inside each of us, and I see the connectedness between us. Personal progress for the greatest number depends upon unity and I accept and love you as you are!

Chrysta Bairre Dance of Universal Peace

6. I’ve learned that being a sci-fi nerd is about more than enjoying books, tv and movies. Science Fiction tells stories of hopes, dreams, and the strength of the human spirit to overcome overwhelming odds.

The fun of being a sci-fi nerd is going to conventions like Dragon*Con to geek out with other fans and meet celebrities. Embrace your inner geek!

Me with Paul McGillion at Dragon*Con

Me with Paul McGillion at Dragon*Con

7. I’m a recovered perfectionist, and I couldn’t be happier about being imperfect. I was miserable as a perfectionist and I’m joyful as a human being. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a place for everything and keep most things in their place. Now there’s space in my life for things to be out of place and I’m okay.

Chrysta Bairre Oak St

8. I’m quite silly! I love to laugh, and love to make people laugh.Chrysta & Corey Bairre

There you have it! 8 things interesting facts about me. Ani DiFranco sang, “you know there is strength in the differences between us, and you know there is comfort where we overlap.”

What do we have in common? How are we different? Please tell me something about you!


  1. What a FUN idea!!! I think we as blogger should do this more often. Having an engaged community of readers really makes a difference in the “fun” of blogging, at least for me!

    I’m stopping by from the Blissdom Ice Breaker linkup; I’ll be attending, first time, this year!!!

    OK, the scooter thing is just fascinating to me. Never have I know someone so big on scooters. :) Colorado is gorgeous; been through several times on cross-country moves. I’m an MMO nerd; well a LOTRO nerd to be exact. And, I used to really despise animals, but I have a Havanese and a Turkish Van that I would kill people for. :)

    Great to “meet” you! I think I might borrow the idea and put something like this together soon…

    • Thanks so much for your awesome comment, Tiffany! It’s great to meet you online before BlissDom, and I look forward to meeting you there! 😀 It’s my first time, too.

      There’s lots of us big into scooters. Okay, maybe not “lots”, but plenty for sure. There’s scooter rallies all over the country. It’s such fun!

      In all my geek travels, I haven’t heard of LOTRO before, though I’m not very schooled in MMOs. But a nerd is a nerd and whatever our nerdom, we share a special bond. Huzzah!

      I hope you have pictures of your furkids on your blog (going to check it out next).

      See you at BlissDom!


      • Hehe, “lots”. I imagine it would be fun; any time you get together with like-minded people it’s usually a good time!

        Basically, LOTRO is an MMORPG based off of the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings”. I first saw the animated “The Hobbit” when I was very little at my grandpa’s house. Then, in 8th grade my English teacher read both “The Hobbit” and “LOTR” to us. We did an entire year’s unit, and really delved into it. We had folders and maps and it was so much fun. I loved it at that point.

        I was elated when the movies came out, am excited they’re doing movies for “The Hobbit”, and when the game came out and my husband suggested it, I reluctantly accepted. Not because I didn’t love the idea, but I had never played a game like that before. Well, it’s been about four years and we’re still going strong. That’s “our” thing and our nine year old daughter plays now too. :) Huzzah!

        I know I’ve got pictures of them on there, they might be hard to find. I put some up in my Blissdom post that went live this morning. I hope to get to know you better and to hang at Blissdom!

        • I’m so excited for “The Hobbit”, too! I LOVE the LOTR movies and saw each of them multiple times in the theater (especially TTT- my favorite!)

          I’m enough of a geek that I imagine if I ever tried a MMORPG I’d love it! Which actually may be part of the reason I stay away- I’ve had many friends obsesses with WOW. Not that there’s anything wrong with that! 😉 Although I’ve never played WOW, enough of my friends did/do that I get more than half the jokes on ‘The Guild’- love that show!

          I’m looking forward to reading your BlissDom post! Have an awesome day!


  2. I’m trying to make the rounds of the BlissDom IceBreaker so I will recognize a few friendly faces when I get there. I’m delighted to meet you! I won’t leave a long intro here because I just wrote one on my blog. We’re probably more different than we are alike but you know what … Vive Le Difference!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting, Beth!

      While I find I’m drawn to people who are most like me, I also find great beauty and discovery interacting with people who are quite different! I’m looking forward to meeting you at BlissDom.

      Have a grateful day!


  3. Love your page about you. So open and fresh. Hope to meet you in Nashville.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Lynda.

      I look forward to meeting you at BlissDom! And watch out- I’m a hugger! :)


  4. I love this post! I am visiting here from the Blissdom 2012 Icebreaker and I agree that readers connect more with personal posts. I reviewed my “stats” at the end of the year and realized that the most viewed posts were the ones about me and my family and how I get through life with grace and faith. Hope to connect with you at Blissdom. Can’t wait!

    • Hi Kathy! I’m so excited you stopped by my blog and thank you for leaving a comment!

      Connecting with positive and purposeful people has been one of the greatest gifts of blogging. Writing about loving life reminds me to make healthy, happy choices every day, and reading comments and getting to know others who are doing the same keeps me motivated and encouraged.

      I am really looking forward to meeting all the wonderful and inspiring bloggers that are attending BlissDom. I’m excited to meet you!

      Have a grateful day!


  5. Silliness is one of the best traits a person can have. Horay for the sillies! See you at Blissdom!

    • Thank you for your comment! I’m so happy to hear from other BlissDom attendees and I’m grateful for the opportunity to get to meet a few people online before the conference (I don’t know anyone else attending). I look forward to silliness, discovery, friendship, fun and growth at BlissDom!


  6. Iknow YOU! Hehe…… I love how well you know yourself, my dear friend. I love all of you.

    • Thanks for your friendship and your love, Em! I love you, too!

  7. Love your scooter and mountains too!

  8. Chrysta,
    Hi! I am so happy to have found you and to meet you. How wonderful! We share many interests, I hope we can also become friends.

    I absolutely love your list! May I respond as if we were having a chat?

    Scooters? That sounds like grand fun and the way you describe it in only a few small words is exactly how I feel about my horse!

    Like you, I take the mountains, hands down, over a beach! (Sorry Stacey!)

    I can’t even imagine life, at all, without music. I feel that if I don’t meet BB King, there will be something very special missing from my life. I love it all, and I do mean all music. There is music to go with every minute, every good and bad memory. Every song, has a memory attached to it. Songs I have never heard, music I have never heard before that first moment slide into my life and only exist until the moment it was made for.

    Animals are every bit as part of my life as exhaustion (I cannot even believe I wrote that! I was thinking music, I swear! OMG!) Oh my, ok, animals! We have 32 horses, I have a person string of my own of 5, we have 2 dogs, 4 cats, 2 ferrets, lots of fish (they are having babies!), 6 PET (no, it wasn’t me!)chickens (3 years old), 2 baby dwarf Nigerian goats due in September and a gecko.

    I have always always been a sci-fi nerd as well! And never, could I have described it so beautifully! I actually have tried, when I am scoffed at, but never even came close because you are absolutely right. “Science Fiction tells stories of hopes, dreams, and the strength of the human spirit to overcome overwhelming odds.”

    Hmm, I am pretty pleased with the progress (over an entire lifetime of living) I’ve made with me, but I deal with OCD everyday! I would love to be able to say “I’m recovered.”

    You are beautiful and your smile is the perfect smile back at me smile! I bet you are a trick-ster as well! Your post was great, and I loved the pictures of you and yours. Take care and stay in touch!

    • Wow! Thanks for your great comment, Amber-Lee!

      I rarely get the opportunity to go horseback riding, but whenever I have I enough it thoroughly! There’s something truly zen and beautiful about any mode of transportation that doesn’t separate us from the rest of the world, but creates the opportunity to engage with the rest of the world. Driving a car is so different from being open and exposed.

      So happy to meet another mountain girl! Whenever I fly back to Colorado, I’m thrilled to see the Rocky Mountains. They are truly majestic!

      And music, oh yes, it has touched every part of my life. The happy parts and the sad parts and more than sound, music is the experience of emotion and art.

      The most furkids I’ve had is 10 at once! I had (at the time) 4 cats, 4 rabbits and 2 iguanas. I’m okay with the status quo, 7 pets is enough, though if money were not an option I do believe I’d open an animal rescue and live on a farm. :)

      I love how science fiction makes us think and gives us hope. It’s truly an inspiring medium for storytelling, isn’t it?

      It’s so wonderful to meet you. Thanks for your comment, I look forward to next time!


  9. Hi Chrysta,

    I enjoyed reading this post and finding out a little bit about you. What a wonderful idea and I may copycat next week.

    What you and I have in common is perfectionism. You have recovered–I am recovering. I am trying to accept that it is not about having a perfect life and being a perfectionist. It is probably about just experiencing life — the ups, the downs, and the bumps — and really understanding that I will have highs and our lows, good emotions and not so good emotions, good experiences and not so good experiences. These are just the ebbs and flows that are natural in our lifetime. When I was a young adult, my dad used to say to me “I wonder what I did to make you think that life was supposed to be wonderful and anything not so wonderful was unacceptable?”

    I, too, love Colorado. It is so beautiful and is my second favorite place to ski (Whistler is #1). I spent partial summers there visiting a cousin as a teenager.

    • Hi Rachel,

      Thank you for stopping by and commenting! I hope you do copycat next week because I look forward to learning more about you.

      My perfectionism was an attempt at survival. I was raised in an abusive home and I tried very hard to be perfect to avoid punishment. I was sometimes told as a child that I wasn’t good enough- that I was stupid, lazy and worthless. I tried harder and harder to be lovable until I made myself miserable doing so.

      Fortunately I learned that I’m already lovable- just as I am. I’m lovable with my flaws and my attempts at perfection often pushed others away and alienated me from love. Some of my family members were very sick- they didn’t want to be that way but they didn’t know any other way and they suffered every day. They unintentionally shared their suffering with me and I took it on. I am so grateful I learned I didn’t have to choose suffering.

      Love was my motivation for trying to be perfect, and it was much easier to let go once I realized I could never be perfect, and I didn’t need to be to be loved.


  10. Chrysta, aloha. Loved learning about the genuine and quirky you. There definitely were a few surprises. Interestingly enough, I see Adrienne already knew about your scootering which was a fun discovery for me. (By the way, I absolutely loved her Adrienne Smith vlog the other day.)

    Not too long ago, Vienna Tang came to Hawaii to perform. Chrysta, I can understand why you like her music; it’s incredible. In fact, I think my CD is wearing out!

    Love that you are a recovered perfectionist. As we have discussed, it is a delight you meet someone who is as happy with themselves and where they are as you are. Congratulations to you, my friend.

    Thx so much for sharing even more of yourself with us.

    P.S. As a cat lover, I appreciate your fur friends. I would “assume” that the cats are in charge or are they all separated?

  11. Hey Chrysta,

    I’m SO glad you came by my place and decided to take a break and share ore with us about you. Everyone is so unique in their own way so I really enjoyed reading more about who Chrysta is. I loved it!!!

    The only part I already knew was the scooter. See, I’ve now connected with you on another level. I also love live music and am a total dog lover. Never been to Colorado but I know it’s beautiful. Oh, and that silly part I definitely can relate. Loved this post, really enjoyed reading more about you.

    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Great post! One of my favorites now.


    • Adrienne,

      Thanks so much for your comment! I appreciate your support.

      What type of music is your favorite? Do you get to live shows often?



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