Seeking to understand—before we fear

My opinion of Muslims changed the day I met some. Just as my view of blue-collar, white, evangelicals is shaped by the fact that I grew up as one. And they are my family members. Just as my thoughts on moderate and liberal leaning, white-collar professionals has...

10 things you’ll never see on my Facebook page

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how I use social media. In part it’s because I’m making an effort to keep up with family and friends while I’m living overseas, so I'm posting to my Facebook & Instagram feeds more than normal. I’ve also been doing a lot of...

A letter to my younger, introverted self

For a long time, I was embarrassed to be called an introvert. I felt like it was a trait to be ashamed of. An acknowledgement that I was hopelessly boring. Or that I’d never be real leadership material. And it meant I had little to contribute in a group because I...

Hello, I’m a task-driven workaholic living abroad

I knew as I was getting ready to move overseas for 5 months that balancing my work and life would likely prove difficult. My husband had been awarded a sabbatical to teach overseas at a university in Kosovo, and due to the nature of my business, I could run it just...

The Not-So-Loud American

My first introduction to the “loud American” was while studying abroad in college. I learned quickly that you could easily pick an American out from the crowd: Khakis? Check. T-shirt and tennis shoes? Check. A camera. A fanny pack — and almost always a backpack. The...