The purpose of this blog is to embark on a journey of autoethnographic writing. This form of qualitative research is more personal than other methods and can read like a journal. The fact that I am writing for an audience disturbs qualitative reliability. And as such, I would like to make explicit that this project is not meant to serve a purpose beyond my desire to engage in dialogue with those of you who are reading and to continue learning. True to the definition of the URL for this blog, I am writing to learn.
Given the pace of the age we live in, many of the world’s citizens are in a state of flux. For many global citizens, traveling across international borders feels almost as common as crossing city lines when commuting to work. As a result, many of us are having the experience of a global nomad which means we are managing more long distance relationships (not just romantic relationships but with family, friends, colleagues, etc), balancing between 2/+ cultures and languages, adjusting to different time zones, and constantly thinking about logistics inherent in travel. This new way of life has required us to access are inner Darwin more frequently – our ability to adapt is a valued skill.
My curiosity about our own evolution in the age of technology coupled with my own travels inspired me to study the global nomads and global citizen identity more closely. I have an unwavering curiosity about people, cultures, interactions, lifestyles, and the plentiful ways that humans have of loving, hating, and making meaning to life. Curiosity inspires me to continue traveling and learning from my relationships with citizens of the world. And through my journeys and relationships, I experience change, transformation, additions and subtractions to my identity – in essence, my flux. And in the flux I strive to find my balance.
And there it is – balance and flux.
me in single words:
relationships, faith, connection, passion, love, people, trees, pictures, dance, soul, truth, the present, travel, chocolate, wine, espresso, flux, compassion, authenticity, eyes, synchronicity, dreams, orchids, rain, sight, create, candles, full moons, languages, psychology, education, psychotherapist, humanist, books, looking, listening, learning, loving, expanding, returning, committing, breathing…