Christina Bernstein
Writer

Faced with an hour to yourself (perhaps a problem you don’t often have), what do you do with free time?

I read a lot. I'm getting my MFA right now in fiction writing so I have assigned reading but when I'm free to choose, I usually gravitate toward re-reading classic middle grade novels like the Phantom Tollbooth or The Secret Garden.

What is the thing you bought in the last three months that you have most enjoyed?

My pregnancy pillow!

What’s the last song you listened to?

6's to 9's by Big Wild. If you need a new Spotify playlist follow EBSB by DAY, made by my bestie Sabrina Burda. It'll lift you up.

Did you learn anything new in the last 12 months that has surprised you?

Yes. Most definitely. We are living an unexpectedly new life right now. In the past year, I got pregnant and published my first children's book, Princess Pinecone and the Wee Royals. My husband switched jobs. We moved from London to CT.  We bought our first house, then learned it had asbestos, lead paint and chloroform-filled water! Some surprises have been better than others.

What is a parenting quality you admire in one of your parents, friends of siblings that you’d like to emulate when you become a mother?

I think making your child feel loved is the greatest gift. I felt cherished by both my parents and I look forward to passing that on.

2020 has dealt us all with lots of challenges - what was a low moment in 2020 and how did you overcome or face it? 

We were trying for a baby for most of 2020. Each month my low point returned like clockwork. I leaned on my husband, my mom, my friends. I talked about my frustration openly and tried to be patient and gentle with myself.

What are you most looking forward to in a post-vaccine world? What bar, restaurant, or place are you most eager to visit?

Hugging. I really miss hugging. Probably Lilia in Williamsburg. I've been dreaming of their Italian job gelato recently...

Do you believe in setting personal goals? If so, how do you hold yourself accountable to them?

Definitely. I'm a big fan of visualizing what you want. Recently I've been visualizing a calm and peaceful homebirth. I always have goals but I try to remember that beauty lies in the unexpected.

How important is community to you, and how do you go about building and nurturing it for your family?

Community is everything to me. We were so lucky to make the friends we did in London but since most of them were either European or American, quarantine changed things. Most of them went home to their families and I realized I wanted to do the same. Now we're only a 15 minute drive from family and childhood best friends and it feels very right.Shop Christina's Look: Boho Tie Dress