A Bit About Me
I’m a wife, mother of five, social entrepreneur, an occasional writer, dreamer living in the light of Christ’s grace in the midst of the grit of life.
I have an undergrad degree in English/Literature and a Masters in Media and Communication from Dallas Seminary. Aside from Georgia, we lived in Dallas, Texas for several years while my husband and I expanded our family, earned graduate degrees simultaneously (and lived to tell about it). I definitely fell in love with the Lone Star State and deeper in love with Tex-Mex and sunsets.
Then, from 2010-2015 we lived in New Delhi, India– which I could write a book about, but probably won’t. In fall of 2015 we knew it was time to come back to the States and had a short sojourn in Georgia until our most recent move to Charlotte, NC. And at this point I want to announce we are never moving again! (I don’t say never anymore. But moving is the worst!)
I’m an INFJ (the Advocate) that needs to be around people more than I like to admit and I have been known to take myself and life a bit too seriously at times. On the Enneagram I’m a 1 (Reformer/Perfectionist). When I first meet people I feel completely awkward which is the introvert in me taking over in social settings.
If you know me well, you know that if I could live anywhere in the world it would be England. And I’d have a garden with gnomes and eat clotted cream and scones every day whilst sipping tea and watching Downton Abbey. Sigh. But Charlotte is nice, too.
Some back story if you’re still here:
In August 2014, my husband and I took over an income generation project our church in Delhi began that employs women from a specific slum in the city. We had been asked to help it grow and create more jobs for more women. Right now, we are teaching them skills in crocheting and jewelry-making and have launched AshaBelle.com where these products can be purchased. Basically, the more you buy the more women we can empower and pay fair wages to so they can provide for their families. Lovely products and empowering women, I’d say it’s a win-win.
Our goal at AshaBelle is to give our employees steady and respectable work that can sustain their families and help end the cycle of poverty. It’s been exciting and exhausting; stretching and life-giving and everything else in between. I’ve learned so much about poverty and women’s issues and perseverance. AshaBelle means *beautiful hope, which is what we desire to impart to the ladies of Zakhira slum.
I’m also the founder of IndiAanya.com, a blog of faith for women living in India. My desire for this blog has been that women in India would find their voices and share them with each other. It’s a growing community and I’m excited to see how it blossoms, although I seldom have time for hanging out over there much as our new life in the States keeps me hopping.
This life is sometimes crazy, never predictable, and dinner might be a bowl of cereal at times, but I have been extremely blessed and I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
Difficult times have helped me to understand better than before, how infinitely rich and beautiful life is in every way, and that so many things that one goes worrying about are of no importance whatsoever. – Isak Dinesen