for the sake of my voice

Okay, folks. At the risk of sounding like Captain Obvious, I have to address the elephant on the screen: I’ve not posted a blog in more than 3 years! Since March 2013, things have changed in my life. I extended my service in the US Peace Corps until June of 2014, I dyed my hair (a little), I gained 20 lbs, I COSed from the US Peace Corps (successfully closed out my service), came back to the US, got my old job back, lost 20 lbs, got accepted to grad school in Spain–and did not go, left a job, became a freelance communications specialist and Spanish/ESL tutor, cut my hair (a little), co-founded my church’s prison ministry, started volunteering as a medical interpreter again, started a new job in a new field, became the lead Worship leader at my church, paid off $17,000 in debt, got married…nah, just kidding 🙂 still waiting on God there.

So, why the long break?

I started blogging 6 years ago, as I noted in my very first post, because I had something to say. Somewhere in the middle of blogging during my Peace Corps service, I noticed that I was doing less blogging about my living, and more living for the blog. I would explore new places and things abroad, and rather than taking in the scenery and senses with shear wonder, there was also this burdensome obligation of “Oh, let me capture this moment for my blog” therein. I got tired of not simply savoring the moment. So I stopped–all together.

So, why start back blogging?

I’ve recently “discovered” the inspiration that is Seth Godin. (If you’re not familiar with him or his work, do yourself the favor and spend 2.75 hours this Saturday reading him or listening to him on YouTube.) One thing he suggests to EVERYone is to blog every day, not necessarily for an audience, but for oneself, and how the process can improve one’s voice. I’m encouraged by the words of someone so wise, and will take his advice to reengage with something I once relished. I won’t promise a post every day, but I’ll at least shoot for one every week. I still have something to say–about God and his beauty, what it means to live in the world with brown skin and curly hair, my passion for Spanish, my experience in the Peace Corps, becoming 100% debt-free(!), and anything else that comes to mind with whomever would share this time and space with me.

So here we are.

What I’d like to do, lovely reader, is take the next several posts to pick up where I left off. And just like good friends, we can catch up over coffee or ice cream. I’ll take some posts (let’s call them “retroactive” posts) to talk about the end of my second year and all of my third year of Peace Corps service, as well as my transition back to the United States after living overseas for ~3.5 years (don’t worry, I’ve got tons of photos and videos to share with you), and I’ll also get back to my musings about my favorite loves: Jesus & His Bride, languages, natural hair, and exquisitely random thoughts. I’m not sure if people still read prose in 2016, almost 2017, but if you do, you’re welcome to join me for the ride. Nos vemos pronto! (See you soon!) 🙂

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last year, before the hair cut
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