Hello, World!

Launching a website feels a bit like getting naked in front of all your friends, plus a whole bunch of strangers from all over the world. Yikes.

(Note: I am speaking in metaphor here - if you’ve stumbled upon my website for some other reason, please continue surfing.)

Although I have been writing professionally for 7+ years now as a researcher and scholar, writing for an academic journal is…different. When I am writing for publication in the academic arena, the process feels somewhat formulaic and predictable. Personal style and creativity are mostly discouraged. Once you’ve cracked the code of academic writing, so to speak, you can repeat the pattern of what works and alter the focus and content for most any topic or study you are preparing for publication. I’m not saying it’s easy, but it is its own animal. It’s an academic language and currency.

However, writing from the heart - to a world of onlookers - feels much more vulnerable. NAKED. Revealing.

Writing from the heart means taking the plunge to open up about what you really care about - without editors and reviewers telling you how to say it. That’s what I hope to do here, with all of you.

In Qoya, we always say that sacred space is created when two or more people gather to tell the truth about their lives. Well, here I am…and here you are, reading. I appreciate the sacred space to share what is true for me here and now. I appreciate you being a part of it too, as a witness. I like to imagine you reading what is true for me here, and feeling empowered to share what’s true for you in your life as well - in any form that takes.

Cheers! And thanks for reading.