Hey y’all, I’m Heather. Heather Newell, as most are aware, Ingabire or Impano if we’ve crossed paths in Rwanda.
“my mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” – maya angelou.
I’m 28. Or something like that. I am a cultural connector, writer, and passionate believer in the power of “greys” in the world. I think authentic living is like that. I love Jesus. I am constantly learning, re-learning, and growing to see the depth and power of love. I also happen to be gay, an important piece of my story, and so understanding the blending of many identities has always been a prominent experience in my life.
I prefer black coffee, African food, hiking unmarked Rocky Mountain trails, Rwanda, and sunshine in trees. I love being a woman – and though all people have great possibilities within; a woman’s strength is inspiring. It motivates me. It keeps me going.
Baths are my comfort and the best time of day is definitely 5:50 am. I have lived in Colorado for about 60-ish% of my life. The rest of the time has been between Arkansas, Ghana, with a bulk in Rwanda. I love that place and it has a special place in my heart.
In my free time, I walk around and talk to people (hello! new friends!). I journal. I travel. I find good food. In all seriousness, these are truly my favorite things. That, and Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison poetry.
I currently am employed by The Women’s Bakery; an organization that provides training for East African women to bake and learn to operate a business together. I love my job. My dream is to give voice and choice to those – especially women – who have not had this before.
Particularly, I deeply desire to share these stories.
I seek a God that loves me in all of my imperfections. It’s the most beautiful thing. He made us bearing an image of something greater.
Cheers. Read. Write. Life life beautifully.