My name is Christina, but I tend to also go by my initials: CMQ. (Spoiler alert: yes, I have a deep appreciation for monograms.) Pursuing my interest in digital media, I created Newport State of Mind in 2010 after my freshman year at Boston College. Though it has taken some twists and turns since inception, ultimately I have always hoped to make NptSOM a place where I could wax poetic about my (many) opinions and passions, sharing them with others. Thanks for reading — please enjoy!
Growing up on Aquidneck Island, home to the beautiful, historic city of Newport, permanently influenced my personal tastes. I have a special spot in my heart for gorgeous coastal spots, excellent seafood, New England style, and of course, anchors. Though I’m not always in the City by the Sea, I find that it still inspires and influences me on a day-to-day basis. I certainly respect the city that inspired my pal Frank Sinatra’s iconic New York lyric, but I personally strive to always be in a Newport state of mind!
I highly enjoy well-made cocktails and love trying new variations. I’m a sucker for a pretty sky, whether it involves stars, clouds, or sunsets. I walk on my toes…which you’d probably have to see in person to understand. I’m a huge fan of background music, especially when it includes jazz. When I’m at a restaurant, I almost always order dessert. Learning about a cool new app or interesting tech company gives me a thrill. On any given day I’m likely to be found wearing an article of clothing that is navy blue.
My father passed away from terminal cancer in the fall of 2012 during my senior year in college. Besides the amazing support I had from family and friends, I found a lot of comfort in knowing that other people could relate to losing a parent at a younger age. I occasionally discuss this topic on Newport State of Mind, hoping to resonate with anyone who knows what it’s like to miss someone special.