Why Blogging is an Act of Courage (at least for me)

writing+02The biggest challenge of writing is not necessarily the exercise of crafting words and paragraphs and a flow that is pleasing and engaging. The hard part is the ideas. Because to write something, there is a sense of permanence that does not exist with spoken words. When you write something there is a feeling of finality, that you have made up your mind, at least enough to mark it in a way where others will read it and know your thoughts, at least the ones you’ve chosen to share.

That appeals to me because, as someone who has struggled with feelings of loneliness throughout my life, sharing my thoughts, even with a stranger, is an act that brings me closer to other human beings in this world, and makes me feel less alone.

This also terrifies me, because I am the type of person who thinks deeply about topics and likes to look at topics from different perspectives and angles. Even on topics that I am fairly certain I understand well enough to write about, there is always a small voice in my head that tells me, I could be completely wrong. Continue reading

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Entry 3: “What am I bloggin’ about???”

For the faithful few who still check my blog, you may have noticed that I have not been very consistent in posting recently. I have struggled with posting consistently mainly because I no longer have a clear vision in mind as to what the purpose of my blog should be. My blog began as a travel blog, a means of communicating to others my travels and experiences and my growth during my time spent abroad.

Now that I am back in Bellingham, and perhaps just a bit less transient, I’m not sure exactly what the purpose of my blog is. A periodic personal journal? A place for theological or philosophical musings? A place to post noteworthy events? Continue reading

Entry 25: A long over-due update

I’ve been meaning to download pictures for a long time, but I think if I keep waiting til I have time to post pictures I’ll never get another entry written. So here is my latest pictureless entry and update–hopefully pictures will come later.

The last week of August I went to a conference in Mar del Plata, Argentina for a conference of christian leaders and communicators (those who specialize in communication) called COICOM Continue reading