Author, Entrepreneur, Scientist & Health Advocate
Hi, I’m Kristina
I’ve always been a little “different”. I am freakishly intuitive and have often been told I feel too much. I have synesthesia, which means my brain fires colors at me all day long. Since childhood, I’ve been too multi-passionate and quirky to fit into one box, despite society’s constant urge to squeeze me into one. I am happiest halved – one foot on each shore of the ocean, half a heart in science, half in art. Since my teens, I’ve suffered greatly from endometriosis, an underestimated and misunderstood health condition that the medical system consistently fails to adequately recognize and treat. Endometriosis does not only affect one’s uterus but every facet of one’s life and identity.
These traits have had a huge impact on how I navigate this world and fit into it. I constantly feel the magic and curse of being an outlier.
My path has been unconventional. I earned a doctorate in neurolinguistics and conducted pioneering research on the multilingual brain. My research led me to travel widely and to live abroad, learning new languages, filling journals, and discovering photography. I created a travel photography shop and wrote pieces for blogs (when I should have spent every waking moment on my thesis). I fell in love with the flexibility and drama of entrepreneurship.
But life got messy, as it tends to do.
My physical and mental health unraveled, tired of being ignored for so long. I had to redefine my life completely, from my daily choices to the way I advocate for change for myself and others. I founded a community called Alba to help break stigmas and isolation, and unexpectedly became an activist fighting for an inclusive world where vulnerable populations are not marginalized in healthcare and where success is not equated with cookie-cutter career paths, motherhood, or conventional brains.
Above and beneath all else, I’m a writer.
Over the years, I’ve contributed to blogs, articles and media interviews about travel, life in academia, mental health, entrepreneurship, life balance, reproductive health, chronic pain, and gender bias in medicine. I’ve taught writing to graduate students and bloggers. I’ve authored scientific publications about the brain’s ability to juggle languages and have given more presentations than I can count. I am a freelance copywriter, editor and translator offering consulting and writing services to academics and companies eager to change the world with their message.
My first book, Unremarkable, is the culmination of everything, my whole self spilled onto the page.
Author of UNREMARKABLE
Unremarkable is a genre-blending memoir manifesto about a multi-passionate and unconventional young scientist who must rebuild her life completely, on her own terms, after it is completely derailed by endometriosis, medical trauma, and barriers she faces in academia and society. It is a universal story of personal growth and learning to thrive despite adversity, while being simultaneously inhabited by grief and joy. The story challenges our damaging societal constructs of disability, belonging, motherhood, grief, toxic positivity, gender bias, fulfilment and mental health. It is about healing, without being cured, and honoring our differences, intuition and imperfections. Appealing to both healing and healthy readers searching for their place in the world, Unremarkable reflects what it means to be human, with all our inner conflicts, aspirations, and interconnections.
It’s my story, but also that of millions worldwide who are yearning for healing and belonging.
“Waiting for healing sometimes felt like lying on my back waiting to catch a glimpse of a shooting star. I’d stare, wide-eyed and attentive, convinced I’d seen one from the corner of my eye, then doubting I had.”Kristina Kasparian, Unremarkable
I write about
the pursuit of a fulfilling life,
thriving despite adversity,
being childfree by choice,
the medical system and academia,
mental health and wellness, science,
travel, entrepreneurship, and more.
I speak about
all the same topics
that I write about,
but with a lot more preparation
and practice, very cold hands,
and a big nervous knot
in my stomach.
I take pictures of
and everything in between
as a form of mindfulness and poetry, and an ode
to color and feelings.