Hi, I’m Kristel. Welcome to my blog.
The Bad Bread chronicles this 30-something’s journey to finding the meaning of life through literature, philosophy, psychology, and music. As a student of human purpose and happiness, I’m a staunch believer in learning through reading, research, and reflection. This blog serves as a curated list of everything I’ve learned and everything I’m still discovering.
Now, I am aware that this type of journey is a lifelong one, and if you want, this can be a journey that we undertake together.
So, dear friend, welcome to my page. Come for the article, stay for the conversation.
A Bit of a Backstory
When I started this blog in 2012, I did so in the confines of a hospital room watching over my father who was battling Multiple Myeloma. His doctor had just informed us that we needed to prepare for the worst. So, I did just that–and I did it the only way I knew how to. I turned to literature for comfort and guidance.
Around this time, I was also struggling with my Quarter-Life Crisis. I had just opted out of the corporate race in hopes of building a career as a freelance writer and novelist. But as I soon learned, life has a way of pulling the rug from under your feet–especially when you think you’ve got it all figured out. So, at 27, I found myself jobless, terrified for my father, and feeling adrift and alone with only literature to help buoy me up and out of my personal hell. But the best thing about life is its inevitable upswing. To quote the songwriter, Buddy Buie:
“Rock bottom is good solid ground, and a dead end street is just a place to turn around.”
Almost eight years later and my dad is okay—still not 100 percent, but getting there. The same goes for me. The Bad Bread may have started out as a lifeline, but it’s become a boon companion, hopefully for life.