Someone else’s words might be more accurate than the ones I put on this About page, because I could put anything on here.
However, I (think I) live expansively and un-boringly. I laugh a lot, and cry a lot, and dream big for my friends, and they remind me to not give up on mine.
I love words and people. That’s why I love stories. I think powerful stories can change the world. I’ve written and self-published a book, and am constantly reading. Something inside me dies when I have less than two books on the go at any time.
I grew up in Virginia and lived in Ireland for fourteen years, my home until July 2010. Then I became an ESL teacher in Poland for 5 yrs. I love a job where words are the currency of exchange. I love, love, love Europe, and loved teaching English.
Now since July ’15, I’m in the sticks of northwestern PA. I’m working on a team that’s developing history curriculum for elementary schools. I’m soaking up conversations and taking voice lessons and interacting with Christians and processing what it means to live as God intended. It is most delicious, this working and thinking. What is not so nice is living with the tearing apart of heart strings that happened when I left a dream job and a place I loved.
Much of my life is a mystery, but one thing I know: I peeked ahead and read the back of the book, and the story is going to end well. The adventure continues!
I’d like to hear your story too, if you care to tell it. You can contact me on Facebook or by email: anitayoder[at]gmail[dot]com
(The photo is of my first snowman in Poland. I was with friends, waiting for a train, and couldn’t resist the gentle call of the snow. I love his smile, and the memory is still one of the best of my life! That post is here )