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When I Get To Thinking


The Eternal Countdown

Learning to live in the moment.

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Before You go Any Further

Hi, I’m Krystal!


The Highlight Reel

Writing and taking pictures has been who I am since I was a tiny 4th grader with a disposable camera and a #2 pencil. My dream was to work in medicine so I could dedicate my life to the service of helping others. After 8 years of working in the hospital I decided I wasn’t able to help people in the way I had hoped, and decided to chase a dream instead. I packed up everything I owned and drove myself and my dog Rusty over 800 miles north to a new city, I didn’t know a single soul, in order to peruse a degree in fine art. I traveled and worked for companies like DELL, enjoying everything that life had to offer.

I always thought I’d be a life long wanderer, never to marry or have children of my own. I’d met a boy when I was 15, we sat and talked on a couch for hours, never to meet in person again until 12 years and countless letters later. I ended up marrying that boy and became a mother to a beautiful baby girl named Eleanor, quickly discovering just how lonely that season of life could truly be.


I launched THE VILLAGE in the hopes of building the beautiful and honest community I was longing for, on the same day that I gave birth to my second daughter Maxine. Two years later I gave birth to my third daughter Charlotte.

My husband suffers from a rare brain disorder called an AVM, and now every day he’s still with us is a gift, and living a fulfilled life is more important to me now more than ever.

It’s my hope to help you find Joy and happiness no matter what Season of life you are in, I strive to share our story in the hopes of inspiring others to do the same.

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What is joy

—a sunbeam between two clouds.

~Dorothée de Luzy

You know what lights me up? Making people feel seen and heard, therefore less alone in this journey called life. If I can help you find the JOY in your everyday, then I can consider my job well done.

— Krystal Festerly




The Village


My Mother always told me, “do something you love and you will never work a day in your life”, Gather The Village is a complete expression of that. It’s so much more than just “my job” The Village is me, from the #GatherTheVillage dinners, to The Magazine, from the community that I built, not just for myself, but most importantly, Gather The Village is an ever changing ever growing expression of me.




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