Krystal Anderson is a virtual Special Education Teacher as well as a Fit4Mom instructor. She and her husband, Justin, have been married for two years. They have one son, Asher, who is 15 months.
WP: You have a pretty big online presence where you have made health your platform. What led you to become this advocate for fellow mothers?
KA: It truly all just morphed once Asher came into the world. I have ALWAYS been an advocate for women to take care of themselves, but taking care of yourself looks and feels so different once you have children. I also realized even the first few months postpartum that you can really lose yourself so easily. Once I was able to work through my postpartum depression I realized I really wanted to advocate for moms and then the idea of becoming a Fit4Mom instructor was introduced to me.
WP: Tell me a little about Fit4Mom. How does it work?
KA: I have been a member of Fit4mom since I found out I was pregnant. It’s for moms of all ages and walks of life just coming together to workout with their babies and socialize. We have stroller strides classes where we go to local parks and workout with our babies. We also sing and sometimes have activities for the kids/babies after class. We also have Mom Night Out every month where we usually get dressed up (normally without baby) and do various activities like eat or go to a breakout room. I have been an instructor since May 2021 and it has been such an unexpected blessing. I love getting to pour into the moms and encouraging them through this motherhood journey.
WP: You are doing a fun challenge on your social media. Explain how the ‘I Got Food at Home’ project works and how other moms can get involved with it.
KA: I always have ideas running through my head and those ideas are usually inspired by something. This idea was inspired by a random post I saw being shared basically stating that this year we are spending less and eating at home. It hit me! Wow! YES! Me and my family have been spending way too much on eating and we need to cut back. Then I wanted to get my IG community involved for the month of January to just post the foods they are making and I share mine and give recipe inspirations.
WP: What are some healthy habits you hope to pass down to your kid(s)?
I look to pass down a healthy outlook on food. I don’t want Asher to ever feel guilty for wanting a doughnut. I want him to look at it as a small treat and move. I also want him to look at food as fuel for his body and exercise as movement that is good for his body and heart. I feel if we set those foundations, then he will be able to have a healthy relationship with food and exercise, which will, in turn, help him with his confidence.
WP: Self-care is a big part of staying healthy. How do you ensure that you’re at your best? What does self-care look like for you?
KA: I love my alone time, and I am so thankful I have a great husband that supports this. So, if I need time to recharge and self-care then I make sure to communicate that. Self-care to me is not always about nails or a massage. I like just hearing my thoughts, walking around Target, and eating my favorite meal in the car while listening to my favorite podcast. It doesn’t take too much for me to be happy.
WP: You walked away from traditional teaching and entered the world of virtual learning. Talk to me about that decision.
KA: That was my ultimate self-care decision in life ever. I was in a very toxic environment that began to make me question my worth and calling. I tried to stay for the kids, but in turn, was being disrespected by the administration at every turn (by the way this happens way too much in schools). I decided enough was enough when it affected my health and I ended up in the hospital. I would tell anyone that is in any type of toxic and strenuous environment to pray and set a plan to move on from that place, person, or situation.
WP: Not only are you now teaching virtually, but you’ve also moved into the realm of Special Education. How different is that for you?
KA: It is so different, but it is a challenge, and I am learning something new each day. I really wanted to work with students that really require a teacher that cares and that is patient. I also love working with my families, which is very crucial in a virtual environment.
WP: After meeting your now-husband, you took a pretty big leap of faith and moved to be with him. Tell me about that process.
KA: That still blows my mind, to be honest. It all happened just one day while I was at work. Called my daddy and said, “Daddy, I want to move to be closer to Justin.” He was so supportive so then I knew this was a God thing. So I took all the steps I needed to get my teaching licenses changed and began to look for places to stay. Everything was pretty seamless and just felt so right. I am very thankful I took the leap of faith because it has been worth the journey.
WP: Speaking of relationships, how do you and your husband model good relationship behavior for your child?
KA: We are sure to respect each other and listen. We model love through our actions as well by being patient with each other. I am thankful to have Justin because he works so hard to not only be a great husband but to be a great father and role model to Asher. I love our family dynamic so much.
WP: What one piece of relationship advice would you give your child?
KA: I would tell him to never allow anyone to make him feel less because he was born with greatness inside of him.
WP: If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?
KA: I would say “Girl, leave those crusty undeserving boys where they are at and go chase those dreams and goals even harder. That husband and family you desire so bad are going to be there, I promise”.
WP: Any advice for new parents?
KA: The best advice I was given when I was pregnant (from a dear friend named Kalena) told me: “that baby doesn’t need all the extra things because he has everything he needs right with you and his dad”. If more parents learn this sooner, that just being there and loving that baby is way more important than that Snoo, then there would be way less stress.