My name is Kristen also known as Bae Harbor Butcher or usually people call me Bae. I am a mother of 2 boys, I work overnights, go to college, and do derby! My life is essentially constant chaos, but I do okay keeping it all together and a huge part of that is because of the derbz!
I remember going to my first bout in 2013 and thinking, WOW, I want to be these people! I watched from a distance for a long time after that point. There was no way that someone like me could do that though, I’m a mom, I don’t have the time. I made up tons of excuses for years until 2019 when a friend *Kenzie Killjoy* reached out about a local recruitment with a team she was on and that she thought I should do it.
It fell into my lap exactly when I needed it. I was emotionally falling apart and had completely lost who I was as a person. I had no life outside of being an employee, wife and mother. I wanted that crazy outgoing wild girl back. So, then I did something crazy and I joined my local team. It was the scariest thing I have ever done in my life. Getting the courage to get out of my car and walk inside was overwhelming for months but I did it. And everything in my life fell into place after that point and I was able to come out of my shell. I had a hobby for the first time ever and I had FRIENDS! I ultimately ended up taking a break from derby to focus on family and starting my education. I missed it so much and I think that was when I really realized this was something I needed in my life.
KVRD had just formed and had started their first Skate School which I had friends in, so I dropped in on practice a few times and it just clicked. This was where I belonged and the right group of people to keep me motivated. I dove in head first and started cross training at home and the gym, making dinner in my skates, and doing all the research I could to be a better skater and the most important thing was I GOT OUT OF MY OWN WAY and just let the process happen, because learning to skate is a process after all. The best thing to tell yourself is that progress is progress, no matter how small. Skating has saved me in so many ways and I absolutely LOVE my team
<3 Bae Harbor Butcher #415 <3