KRYSTAL FESTERLY | Founder • Editor In Chief
Hello! My name is Krystal, mama, wife, lover, photographer, adrenaline junkie, and jewelry hoarder, striving to find beauty in the everyday.
All my life I’ve searched for sisterhood, connections that span time, my village.
After becoming a mother I needed it more than ever, a place to release, to cry, to laugh, to gather advice, to listen, to learn, to love. I needed women who have been there done that, women who have given life, women who have a story to tell, women to stand with, women who could look straight through me and without words understand, I needed mothers. My village, it might not look like what I thought it would, it might not be typical, but it’s mine, it’s here, I can feel it, expanding growing, surrounding me with light and love.
I started this magazine to connect, support, and inspire mothers everywhere, to do my part in bringing back sisterhood, to bring back, The Village.
Heather collins | Chief Operations Officer
Who she is: I'm Heather, the mother of two sweet-as-honey adorable boys. I'm a lover of paint, a spirited traveler, and an enthusiast of homesteading, knitting and yoga. I'm a free-thinking, tea-drinking, fierce-loving mama on a journey all my own.
Her Role for The Village: I provide the leadership, organization, and vision necessary to guarantee that our company has the appropriate tools and procedures in place to ensure efficiency on all levels.
Her favorite thing about motherhood: what I love the most about motherhood is how little I actually know about it, and how much it surprises me. One day I wake up thinking “hmm I’ve got this!” and then the world just says “nope Heather, NOT today.” There are also days where I feel like I’m on top of the world because I get to wake up next to my two sweet children. I get nonstop smiles, endless kisses and just being with them moment by moment makes me the happiest I can be.
Things I fancy: Painting, knitting, cross word puzzles, mountain trails, hot tea, gardening, composting, chicken raising, belly laughter, baby kisses, traveling, crafting, the ocean, self-sustainability, baby wearing, lightning storms, drawing, Harry Potter, and sour beer.
The Village is: the whole essence of what this community stands for. It means there is always someone there to celebrate the milestones, to comfort the sadness, to protect the children (even if they don’t belong to them,) to dance it out, to build up, to lend a hand, to seek an opinion, to fight for kindness, to encourage laughter and to be the walls that help hold up the days that seems so terrifying.
ANNA LAERO | Creative DIrector
Who she is: Mama of two boys, photographer, and writer
Her favorite thing about motherhood: motherhood has stripped me entirely of everything I thought I knew about anything. Its turned me over into the person I never knew but desperately wanted to be. It turned down the covers of the life I had before children and has shown me how to listen and to love purely in its most absolute and truest form. It has allowed me to create bonds with women over mountains and oceans that I didn't know could exist. I stepped into motherhood with my eyes covered by my hands for fear and the loneliness And isolation I knew my mother and grandmother had. Slowly I've allowed myself to lift my head and hear the voices of thousands of other mothers, fathers, and families calling out with open hearts"we are here too. You aren't alone. We can do this together." I walked through fields and forests and finally-finally found my village.
Things I fancy: slow living and singing nonsensical songs with my sweet boys while jazz records play. Baby wearing and gardening. Writing and strong coffee. Constantly learning anything and everything. Observing simplicity.
The Village is: a beautiful safe haven where we can bare our hearts and be uplifted and lift one another. A place where we can sit down or lean against the kitchen counter and have our coffee even for a few short seconds while listening or speaking with kindred souls from every corner of the world.
LINDSAY ASKINS | EDITOR
Who she is: I’m Lindsay.... professionally - photographer, doula and birth activist... personally - nomad, mother and aspiring future novelist.
Things I fancy: the great outdoors, books, writing, playing polo, fabulous wine, traveling, mountains, horses, cappuccinos, babies, rainy days & snow storms, pick-up trucks, big cities, live music and dancing. I have two little girls, ages 4 and almost 2 years old, a Thoroughbred mare and an insanely crazy bird dog.
Thoughts: motherhood was not something I ever wanted to be a part of and certainly not something I planned. At all. However, I believe that is the only way it would have ever happened! Pregnancy and birth gave me a confidence and a strength I had no idea existed nor was aware I possessed. This journey over the past four years has taught me more than anything else in my life. More than anything, I’ve learned women need women while navigating motherhood. None of us can do this alone. We truly need a village. And that is precisely why this magazine came to be...because we all need a village. Where one does not exist, you create one!
The Village is: a peaceful haven in a fast and busy world where women can slow down, take a time out, connect and support one another in order to return to our families feeling deeply rooted in ourselves as women and our roles in motherhood, relationships and work.
Sara Consolati | Online Managing Editor
Who she is: Hi! I am Sara, the mother of a growing toddler, and living in the Berkshire hills of Western Massachusetts. I work for a doctor, graduated from art school, and found writing because singing didn't work our for me. I love to hike, write, and build block towers with my son. I have a strong appreciation for coffee, spicy food, and ripe avocados.
Her Role for The Village: As the Online Managing Intern I am responsible for reading and editing content for the blog, gathering and guiding journalists, brainstorming and generating upcoming projects to expand our village, and engaging our readers with the empowering and diverse voices of motherhood.
Her favorite thing about motherhood: Mothering is intoxicating, almost contagious and complimentary, but trying. It's day to day is quiet like the trickle of a steady rain dropping on pavement, but carries the longevity of an exhale, the foggy heat on the window's glass, of a storm heavily brewing. It's almost always an uphill climb, and my ankles are sore from the incessant bending and reaching. My bones ache at the mere thought of failure or an impending loss, and when we part for a few hours time I am aimlessly wandering my singularity and retying my shoes or feeling as if I've forgotten something without ever having traveled far. It's careful but fluid in form, thoughtful, but spontaneous, and actively in motion. It's dodgy and daring, keeps me awake and alert, and reminds me to hydrate my weakest links or limbs because no growth is worth pruning like the mothering we do for our children.
Things I fancy: Fruit trees. Four seasons. Watching standup. Cookbooks. Standing on my head. Travel. Family dinners. An organized spice rack. Poetry. Mountain hikes. Photography. Perfecting the banana muffin.
The Village is: is the sisterhood, the companionship we've been entrusted to preserve. Our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters, and friends, the treasured women who precede us have given a sepia-toned glimpse of which we aim to embody, repeat, or more often than not, become. It is our privledge, to honor the humble wild being they raised, for we are their greatest gift and most precious extension of selflessness. Let us gather for the sake of love, for the future of our children, but mostly, let us widen our arms and embrace the evolution of family.