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I am a Christian feminist nerd who loves to travel. I grew up in Peoria, Illinois with an older brother and our parents, and since then I have lived in Tennessee, West Africa, Illinois again, Texas, and Greece. I have worked as a piano teacher, office drone, teacher’s assistant, missionary, children’s librarian, nanny, counselor, and recovery program coordinator. I can’t seem to stop going to school, so I have a Bachelor’s in Sociology and Psychology and a Master’s in Counseling. For now, this is the end of my higher education…but I’ve said that before.
As a Christian, my faith affects the way I see the world as a beautiful place made by a creative God that is unfortunately twisted, broken, and occasionally truly evil. My trust in a good God working out a plan of redemption and renewal is what allows me to fight against the injustices of the world by looking forward to a day when all will be well.
As a feminist, I believe in speaking up against injustice, pointing out cultural flaws and doing my best to live a more respectful and egalitarian life. Women have been marginalized, objectified, and oppressed for millennia–a brief glance at the media, at paycheck stubs, or at worldwide statistics of female infanticide can attest to that. I believe men and women are equally capable of both working and nurturing, and I try to support women and men as individuals before boxing them into a category based on sex or gender.
As a nerd, I fangirl a lot. When I was eight years old, I recorded Star Wars onto a cassette tape and painstakingly wrote a script of A New Hope. When I was in middle school I read and watched The Fellowship of the Ring, kick-starting a lifelong obsession with Middle-earth. I love books, movies, TV, music–I cannot get enough of all things creative. Fantasy is my safe place where I can mentally escape for an adventure and wrestle through moral quandaries without the immediacy of Real Life Pressure. As such, my boundary between real and imagined is heavily blurred, and I will cry for hours about fictional characters when perhaps I should be cleaning the bathroom or paying bills.
As a traveler, I love getting outside of my normal routine and seeing new places, meeting new people, and learning new things. The world is vast and full of interesting and beautiful experiences, and I want to participate in as many as possible. I’ve been to four continents to vacation or work, and I’ve made friends who have shown me different ways to approach the world. There is no doubt in my mind that traveling has broadened my perspective and made me a better person. Chasing more of those experiences, I tend to save money for traveling instead of, oh, clothes or sometimes groceries.
This blog is my outlet for discussing my favorite things: books, travel, random thoughts that catch in my brain until I write them down. Hopefully there will be something here to inspire you or make you laugh. Feedback and interaction is always welcome! Please feel free to reply to posts with any questions or comments, and I will do my best to respond.