Hello New Followers!

Good afternoon WordPress world,

Yesterday, I finally shared a post I’d been really nervous about writing, and even more nervous about publishing to the big bad world of social media. I was expecting to lose followers, because it represented a big change of stance for me. But its also a topic I feel very strongly about, and I have to be honest when I say I’d taken a bit of inspiration from Joshua Harris when it comes to admitting “Hey, I was wrong about this.” (See that blog post here).

Well! I’ve been pleasantly surprised by what happened instead – New followers here and on my socials (My Facebook and Twitter pages).

So! I thought I’d take a few minutes to introduce myself a little more. I’ve talked a lot about some heavy topics here, but life isn’t all about the heavy stuff. Here’s a little more about my life.

I’m Australian, and live in a beautiful patch of the world called Gippsland. My particular township is about 3 hours from Melbourne, and is wonderfully close to beaches, forests and mountains/snowfields.

I’m married with two crazy-cute kids. My son is 2 (Henry) and my daughter (Allegra) is 7 months old. I probably take too many photos of them, but I remain unapologetic for that. I tried to not share photos of them on social media, but I’m a millennial parent so old habits die hard.

I’m not a perfectionist, especially when it comes to grammar. This is a fact that confounds some people, given that I’m a writer. When people hear that I’m a professional writer, they often think I’m a grammar Nazi. But it doesn’t work that way. I write for rhythm and impact, and I write to get a message across. Editing is an effort but a necessary evil. Eh. I don’t mind. I love writing. I love what it does. When it comes to writing books, I do what every good writer should do and hire editors to help me get it perfect (or as close to perfect as a book can be).

I’m a nerd when it comes to movies, music, and books as well as all the things I blog on here. Sure, doctrine, faith, philosophy and contribution to society are what I blog on here, but when I’m offline I’m a huge nerd for other things too. Hubby and I binge watch TV shows and pull the plot lines to bits. The best bit of a movie date-night is cutting laps in the car afterwards, drinking hot chocolates and comparing notes on the symbolism and story-telling devices used in the flick.

I’m an extroverted introvert. I grew up as the eldest daughter of Christian ministers. I was perhaps, by nature, a little more of an introvert, but life’s circumstances put me front and centre a lot. I’m sparkly and bubbly. I can work a room like the best of them. I can make conversation with anyone, and I love that. But I’m far more comfortable in small groups than in big ones and it takes me time to recharge after social interactions or parties. You’d never guess I’m an introverted type. I lead worship at church, lead a small group, and I used to be the lead singer in a band. I’m also a photographer. But the best way to keep a degree of separation between you and the crowd is to be in the band or be behind the camera. Its a handy little introverted extroverts trick.

I’m currently a Baptist, but my faith is a work in progress. I wasn’t a baptist 2 years ago. Those years have taken me on a big journey, but I’m at a place now where I believe that we need an examined faith – we need to know what we believe, why we believe it and how that will impact others. In my opinion, too many Christians follow blindly. The past 2 years, in which hubby and I have gone deep into issues of faith, doctrine and contribution to society, have been truly rewarding. I’m only at the beginning of this journey, but I’m thrilled to bits about it.

I love it when people reach out, ask questions, or start conversations. Don’t let the introverted extrovert thing confuse you! Ask anything! I love that.

Coffee. All the coffee. I even drink the bad stuff! How can anyone survive without it? I don’t know.

So thats a bit about me! Thanks for following. And remember the bit where I said “Ask anything!” I love a good conversation. The internet can be so one-sided. Anyway! It’s lovely to see your names in my followers lists. Don’t be a stranger.

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