Hello there. My name is Christina Kwan. Nicknames usually refer to my last name like Kwannie, Madame Kwan, Obikwan… you get the gist. I’m a quarter century old (gulp) and trying to find – or more like create – a place for myself in the world.

At the core of my being, I am an artist. I have always had the inexplicable urge to create things and art class was hands-down my favorite part of school at every stage in my life. Now that I’m older and maybe just a tad wiser, I’ve realized that this is never going to go away because I always come back to beauty. It’s what I want more than anything, in everything I do. So instead of trying to fit myself into the professional career box, I’ve decided to accept my fate and pursue it with all the dedication that I would give to any other opportunity.

Beginning this blog went hand in hand with the decision to get back into making artwork. The words “tide” and “bloom” made sense to me as a description for the constant ebb, flow, and growth we all experience in our day-to-day lives. It is this push, this instinctual desire to move forward, that has brought me here.

Tide & bloom is a space to share and inspire creativity, in all forms that reveal themselves to me and you. I’m most inspired by natural wonders, culinary delights, thoughtful films, charming abodes, and of course other creative individuals. It’s my hope that reading this will be like reading letters from a dear friend or colleague and that it might motivate you to seek beauty in your own life and pursue the dreams you didn’t think possible.


  1. Hey Christina, I just found your blog through Darling and I really like this post! Your explanation of your title is really great, and I really resonate with it. As a writer, I have found that I can’t try to fit myself into any kind of professional career box. I really want to make my own way. I blog about similar topics as well. Good luck on your new endeavor!

    • Anne, thank you so much for your support! Darling is one of my favorite blogs because I feel like the women who write/read are my kindred spirits and you of course are evidence of that. Looking forward to reading more from you and hope you’ll stay in touch. 🙂

  2. What a lovely blog you have! So excited to visit back to see your art! I am an artist, sort of self taught, but I’ve gone to some schooling. Can’t wait o check back! 🙂

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  4. Hi Christina,
    Just found your blog, and this post sounds as if I wrote it. I have always had a struggle between wanting to create but not wanting to share it. This year I made a decision to change that, and to share my artwork. The response has been pretty wonderful, so I decided to take it a step further and start blogging. So I just wanted to say you’re not alone, and I look forward to reading your posts.

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