I am a Registered Nurse and Adventurer whose hometown and home base is Colorado. I have worked as a Postpartum Nurse on the Mother/Baby Unit of St. Francis Medical Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After receiving her BSN from Goshen College in 2013, I returned to my hometown and began working on a Long-Term Care Rehab unit.
In 2015, I moved to Postpartum Care in a large new medical center servicing the northern portion of the growing city. When I was not up all night with newborns and their families, my Adventurer persona takes advantage of a front row seat to the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Living at the foot of Pikes Peak since childhood has cultivated a deep appreciation for outdoor activities like hiking 14,000 foot mountains, backpacking, rock climbing, and running. My summer as a river rafting guide and trek through the Swiss Alps helped stoke a passion for travel and an interest in understanding diverse cultural healthcare issues.
Growing up Mennonite in the Mountain West meant being the odd one out most of the time. My faith community at Beth-El Mennonite Church in Colorado Springs cultivated a strong desire to engage in the broader Mennonite Church. And, I was the Wilderness Director and Program director, along with youth counselor, for many summers at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp.
Attending Goshen College, traveling to Tanzania for my Study-Service Term, and taking on church leadership upon returning to Beth-El solidified my appreciation for Anabaptists values. My service placement in Tanzania found her working in a small rural health clinic alongside resident providers giving care with very limited resources.
These various experiences in the healthcare world have driven me to pursue a passion in health promotion and education with a focus in reproductive and sexual health. In the Fall of 2016, I traveled back to Tanzania for nine months of public health volunteering in both urban and rural contexts. Upon returning to the United States I will carry these passions and experiences into studies as a Masters of Public Health student in Boston, Massachusetts.
— Welcome —
I am a Coloradan Mennonite, rocky mountain hiker, spiritual humanist, registered nurse who spends her life enjoying the company of those around me, soaking in the wonder of Mother Earth, and seeking joy in the unanswerable questions of life, the universe and everything.
I find myself here, blogging, because there is a lot of information crossing my path these days without a whole lot of structure to reflect, synthesize, and remember it all. I hope this little corner of the internet will be a space where I can log my inter-web and inter-continental wanderings and wonderings as they pertain to my thoughts, my experiences, my reflections, and my multimedia musings.
I hope I find myself pleasantly rambling on topics that strike me as vital or simply intriguing. I also hope to find myself experimenting with and learning about the cherished medium of the written word. I’ve journaled for many years, and I long for a more presentable purpose driven expression. But I also love photos, videos and almost all forms of art, so we’ll see what turns up on these pages.