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:
- Jesus talk
And not about things like:
- My love life
My goal is that in sharing stories of my personal life, you will find strength to share yours.
Here are my top five viewed posts to give you a taste of what you’re in for:
- Christians make terrible rules
- A shelter needs a name
- Take a walk in someone else’s shoes
- Just be You
- Justice for your city
And one more for good measure:
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.