About Me

I’m 25 years old with a bachelor’s degree in Social Work. Originally from Florida, I attended high school in Georgia and college in Nebraska. I love language and culture. I’ve been to 9 countries, including Mexico, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales), Italy, France, Finland, Sweden, Nicaragua, Panama, and the Bahamas. I speak an intermediate level of Spanish with some basic knowledge of Finnish. I can read the Korean & Arabic “alphabets.” I have been in love with books since I was three. At one point, I was an avid writer. I consider “Written English” my first language. The world is a beautiful place in written word—in speech, it seems to be lacking.

I was working in Lincoln, Nebraska resettling refugees (mostly from Myanmar and Iraq with occasional refugees from Iran, Afghanistan, and Cuba) for 3 years until my boss decided to target me and accuse me of things I never did.

In March of 2014, I fell madly in love and found the man I wanted to marry. Completely out of character for me, yet I was convinced he was the right person in every way. You know the man described in something like a “Letter to my Daughter” type of thing?—he was that entire list checked off. He wanted to marry me too, but by doing so he would be forced to leave his culture and family behind. But this is something he couldn’t bring himself to do.

So here I am. I love writing, and after I was separated from my soulmate, there was no one else who understood the inner stirrings of my soul. In the last months of 2014, I began studying the ancient philosophy of Stoicism as well as reading the Bible (chronologically) as a way to deal with my depression. I found truths and helpful insights in both sources. Many Stoic teachings can also be found in the Bible. This blog will seek to explore Stoicism and at times to reconcile the two systems as compatible in a manner that seems rational. I occasionally include personal anecdotes in the lessons as examples as well as to serve as an outlet for my soul to tell its story and learn to heal itself.

7 responses to “About Me

  1. Joseph Plowman March 29, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Very interesting! I’m in the Stoicism Today group, and read the Lyons entry. Very high quality, and a delight to read. Well done!

    • Kirsten April 12, 2015 at 11:51 am

      Thank you! I’m very glad you enjoyed the Lyons entry! I really hope people will find these posts beneficial to their understanding of Stoicism and help them apply it to their everyday lives.

  2. Michael Baranowski April 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    I’m so glad to have stumbled across your blog. I’ve been a Stoic for a while, but despite the title of your blog, I’ve found a lot that’s helpful to me in my never-ending quest to become a more virtuous person. I’ll be following you from now on (via RSS feed) and I’m looking forward to reading more!

    • Kirsten April 12, 2015 at 11:50 am

      Michael— I’m so happy that you’ve found the blog useful. I’m really striving to see how these ancient Stoic teachings and writings can actually be applied to the everyday situations that we face in our own era.

      As for the name of the blog, perhaps I should consider changing it. My main focus is that the post contents can be understood and applied by anyone, not just the beginners of Stoicism. Also, I knew the blog name wasn’t already taken, haha. But I certainly keep the idea of a name change in the back of my mind.

      I’m glad you’ve decided to follow the blog, and I hope it’ll continue to be helpful to you. If you ever have any thoughts regarding the topics, or any suggestions for the blog itself, feel free to comment and spark conversation.

      Thanks for the kind words. Live well. 🙂

  3. heroicstoic April 16, 2015 at 11:09 am

    Good luck with the wrestling match, Kirsten. I’ve eclectically followed a philosophy of Zen/Stoicism/Objectivism for some time now. I appreciate your public journey through the Stoic Serenity course.

    • Kirsten April 17, 2015 at 6:53 pm

      Thanks for the kind words. I think following any mix of philosophy is better than following none at all. It just means the roadmap is a bit more colorful. 🙂 I hope you’ll find some of the content on my site helpful to your own journey.

      (P.S. — I appreciate your little bit on Ayn Rand. I’d never considered her writings in such a positive light before.)

  4. JB May 22, 2015 at 6:45 pm

    A touching and revealing story of your encounter with Stoicism. It adds a lot to the discourse too–for those of us who have an interest in it outside of academic philosophical study, it seems very often to be about trying to account for suffering in one’s life. I think being honest and bravely vulnerable about that lends a good deal to your credibility.

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