Despite their best efforts, most women struggle to show themselves the same love and compassion as they give to others. Functional Designs by Kristina was created to help those women who are overwhelmed and burnt out, who forgot what it is like to put themselves first and show themselves compassion, who want to discover their greatest potential

"It was when I stopped searching for home within others
and lifted the foundations of home within myself
I found there were no roots more intimate
than those between a mind and body
that have decided to be whole"
Rupi Kaur

Kristina Portella


Like many of you, I struggled with finding a balance between putting myself first and taking care of others. In addition to working long hours, I was also trying to be a mother, a wife, a daughter, a friend, a sibling, and so much more. In addition to struggling with my body image after gaining weight, I had difficulty accepting myself as I am, caring for myself and being compassionate towards myself.

After leaving my full time job, I spent some time re-discovering my passions and building self-compassion. Healing will always be an ongoing journey. I am looking forward to guiding you through your own journey.

picture of owner of Functional Designs by Kristina