kwandika | why i write

Hi.

First things first. The name behind this whole thing – ikundayou – originates from another language entirely. Kunda comes from Gukunda which in Kinyarwanda, means to love. I once taught English in a sleepy, banana-filled village in Rwanda and that’s how my students greeted me every day – a beautifully blended phrase of,

“Teacher, I kunda you!

This expression of love stuck, and so, here you are.

A blog about love.

You’ll see that I blend together both Kinyarwanda & English in the titles – to me, that’s kind of how love is too. A hodge-podge of a lot of different things.

I write because since the age of 5 (cotton candy, gel pens, and POGS if you can remember those!) it’s how I have absorbed, processed, and sought for understanding in life. I have about 36 volumes of journals to prove it.

I used to write about sleepover parties, friends, and Bronco games with my family. Later, I’d write about athletic dreams, failed “crushes”, and my weird obsession with the TV show, 7th Heaven. Post-teen years brought poems, letters, adages, and creative pieces on travel, spirituality, and trust – especially with friendships in our lives.

Yet, in the last 5 years, I’ve realized how deeply important it is to capture – to remember – the people God places in your life (and why). To that end, how can we love better? How can we love, at all? I began asking those questions. And, I began writing answers.

A little secret?

We are incapable of ever fully grasping the ends, dynamics, nuances, and speechlessness of love. It’s inexpressible. So, now, that’s why I write.

In great humility, to genuinely capture how love manifests in our faith, relationships, daily life, work, adventure, travels, and hey, even grocery shopping. Specifically, I write because God is always moving, always being revealed, and always transforming. Always. All you need is open eyes, a pen, paper, and a heart of seeking Him. I want to help tell His story. 

I also write about everything from current events, to my faith, to why burritos could unite the world (hello – every culture could make them in some form!). God has placed a passion for cross-cultural encounters with Jesus and so that’s the common fulcrum of much of what you’ll find on here.  My heart is scattered all over the place because that’s how God made it.

If you would like to contact me with comments, insights, questions, (free) burritos, coffee dates, or any comments please email me at heathermnewell@yahoo.com. Or comment below. Let’s chat.

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