Today i was listening to a @bucciradio episode with @marieewold as a guest. on
discussing her instagram journey, marie said that after having many different ig handles, changing to her name was when she became her full self. no more fitting herself into the
expected image of a specific ig page “type”; no more hiding her true self. -
the second she said that changing her name allowed her to become her authentic self on instagram, i realized immediately i have been doing the exact same thing. -
if you’ve been following me from the very beginning, you’ve probably seen the many changes of my ig name. phdtoprofessor, phd.in.progress, christina_clarifies, and now finally.. christinaciganik. i have worn many hats as i’ve tried to figure out what my identity is, but i’ve come to realize that i don’t want to limit myself into one part of my life. -
i am not “all in” in any facet of my life; i am not a hardcore grad student/research 🔬, or a hardcore
fitness chick 🏋🏻♀️, or a hardcore bullet journaler 📚. i’m just a girl over here trying to live her best life, figure out who she is, and figure out what she can give to the world. so going forward i want this page to reflect that. -
i want to show you that you don’t have to go all-or-nothing in any one area of your life, but instead can be well-rounded and can feel good about not being hardcore. now i’m not saying that you can’t have a passion, i’m just saying that you don’t have that all-or-nothing mentality that is so widespread on ig (i’m looking at you, fitness people who make it appear like you have
to workout 24/7 or else you can’t consider yourself fit 🙄). -
moral of the story: by changing my name to my real name, i have finally become my authentic self. i have allowed myself to become vulnerable to you. i want you to see all sides of my journey and i want to be able to help you on yours. so how can i help?
Let me introduce myself
here are five things about me
1. i always wanted to do hair, i’ve been fascinated by it since a very short modeling stint.
2. i have lived in charlotte, nc for 9 years, the same length of my career
3. i have incredibly supportive family
4. i love coloring hair, from formulation to application.
5. even though i’m allergic to most animals, i haven’t met one i don’t want to pet
I am me. in all the world there is no one exactly like me. there are persons who have some parts like me, but no one adds up exactly like me. therefore, everything that comes out of me is authentically mine because i alone chose it. 💖 #rebirthofkenz#iamme#blacknwhite#happilyme#smilesfordays