I was born and raised in metro Milwaukee. When I was in college I worked at a local homeless shelter in their youth program during the summer, where I also learned that I also loved teaching. After I graduated in 2008 I moved to Philadelphia and spent two years as an English teacher. I loved being in a classroom, but in December 2009 I was asked to take over a ministry that immerses college students in the city to show them what God is doing and invites them to join in that work. I eventually said yes and moved back.
In the last three years I've enjoyed building new friendships and learning new things. In the last year I taught myself how to cook (best decision ever) and settled nicely on the south side. I've also discovered my new favorite coffee roaster (Anodyne), the Bay View lakefront (best view ever), and a few good restaurants (most recently, Odd Duck - highly recommended.)
There are a few things that stayed the same - I grew up cheering for the Brewers, and still am, despite this season from the underworld. I am still involved with my childhood church and still hang out with some friends I have had for twenty-plus years. And the Triceratops/T-Rex at the museum is still the best part of the whole thing, hands down.
As I look forward I am really excited for the next few years, both for the new things and the ones that will stay the same.