“I always thought I’d take a couple months off [after the baby was born], and then go back to work,” she said.
But then her first daughter was born, and everything changed. After considering the emotional aspects of heading back to work, combined with the cost of daycare, Calvin decided it made more sense to stay at home.
“Things just kind of snowballed into me being a stay-at-home mom,” she said.
Calvin found herself leaving a career to tend to her growing family, a transition, she said, that was not always easy.
“You have all this energy, and you need an outlet for it,” she said.
But through her kids, Calvin started to realize that she could still make a difference.
“I’d meet with other moms at the park and we’d talk about things within the community that we had opinions on. I started to see little things that I could make happen,” she said. “It could’ve been something on the parkway, or a phone call that needed to be made.”
Calvin had been in Moab for six months, and her girls were still small when a friend encouraged her to join the WabiSabi board of directors. The idea of making such a significant commitment seemed overwhelming at first, she said.
“Life was totally crazy,” she said.
However, after some encouragement from her friend, Calvin finally agreed.
Calvin is currently serving as the president of the nonprofit’s board.
“Wabi has always been really open and flexible,” she said, adding that she can bring her kids to the board meetings when necessary. “I spent a lot of meetings in the back holding a kid, but still participating.”
That flexibility allowed Calvin to bring her experience as a mother to the board.
“I think a lot of organizations could benefit from that type of flexibility,” she said.
As her daughters have gotten older, Calvin has found more ways to help out in the community, including coaching several seasons of soccer for Moab City Recreation.
“My kids want to play soccer, and if I want it to happen I know parents have to step up,” she said. “There would be no soccer program without parents.”
Calvin said being a coach probably wouldn’t work without the help of other moms.
“I try to coach with a friend. It’s easier to share the load,” she said. “If stuff comes up then we can cover for each other.”
Networking with other mothers in the Moab area has become an important part of Calvin’s life.
“It really takes a village,” she said. “I try to help out families with different work schedules, and new moms whenever I can.”
Moab resident Christina Sloan said that Calvin is usually one of the first to help out when families are in need.
“She’s always coming to other moms’ rescue to help with childcare, et cetera,” Sloan said. “Christy is the first to step in and organize food for new moms after babies are born ... and do anything she can when a family has experienced tragedy or hard times.”
Now that Calvin’s daughters are in school, she also spends a lot of time volunteering at the Moab Charter School.
“She’s donated dozens if not hundreds of hours to the charter school,” Sloan said. “Both as a classroom volunteer and most recently, helping with landscape design and construction.”
Calvin has now also returned to work, but that hasn’t put an end to her volunteering.
“I feel like, when I can, I want to step up for my community,” she said.