Growing up, Giving more, and Going forward

About me (the condensed version):

A friend in college nicknamed me Kylajoyful, combining my middle name and my extroverted optimism. The name stuck around and here we are. Thanks for taking the time to stop by! If this meeting were in person, I’d give you a hug.

I’m passionate about encouraging people to be honest about their life story to bring healing and growth. I thrive off of serious, intimate conversations. That trait can be a real pain at parties! I’m that person that you find when you need to talk, and I somehow always manage to find the people who do.

You’ve already read the title of my blog so here’s what it means: I want to be a healthy, whole woman who is always finding opportunities to learn. The more I learn and the healthier I am, the more I can give to the people around me. All of those things slowly begin to extend to the rest of the world. I’m a Christian who believes that Jesus came to free the broken and oppressed through remarkable love. If I can be a part of that, I’m in. 

So I write about things like:

  • Boundaries
  • Community
  • Justice
    and sometimes
  • Jesus talk

And not about things like:

  • My love life
  • Fashion
  • Gardening

My goal is that in sharing stories of my personal life, you will find strength to share yours.

I post every Wednesday (except for when I don’t), and at least once more during the week. You can subscribe to my blog through email or RSS so that you don’t miss any posts!

Here are my top five viewed posts to give you a taste of what you’re in for:

And one more for good measure:

Contact: Send me a message! Through email, or following me on Twitter.

The long version:

I graduated from John Brown University with a degree in Family & Human Services. I spent one semester of my college career in Latin American with the Bestsemester program through the Counsel for Christian Colleges & Universities. As a direct result of my participation in that program, I became immersed in topics such as social justice, politics, theology, religion, and intentional community. After graduation I became a study abroad administrator with the Bestsemester programs in Washington, D.C. During that time, I was a member of Washington Community Fellowship, a multi-denominational evangelical church affiliated with the Mennonite Church, USA. In two short years, I joined the Mennonite church, lived in community with a bunch of beautiful women, became really good at all things administration, dove into the world of social justice, and discovered wine, cheese, and fine art. I moved to Nashville in 2007, believing I was called to work with at-risk young women. That calling has led me to a Pregnancy Crisis Centre in South Africa, and the short-lived Underground Justice & Aftercare Movement. Currently, I volunteer with People Loving Nashville, a community who desires to bring hope to the needy. Oh, and I work as an administrator at a Design Firm. Outside of building relationships and generating philosophical conversations, I enjoy training for half marathons, reading whatever I can set my eyes on, and watching episodes of Burn Notice.


  1. This is super! Well-written Kyla.

  2. DrT

    Hey, CAn I link to your blog?

  3. Kyla Joy

    Hey we have the same my name is Kyla Joy too!!
    you don't hear that name too often
    i also think that having the middle name JOY is awesome but sometimes hard to live up to!

    • kylajoyful

      It's a great name, I'm glad to share it with you! Thanks for stopping by. If you have a blog, I'd love to read it.

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