Begin Again

Begin Again

Introducing myself has never been one of my strengths. But maybe it’s time to make it one. My parents named me Benita Grace Joy. I’m thirty-onederful years old. Toronto, Canada has been home to me for the past seven years. In about three months, I’m moving back to Mumbai, India. (Crazy? Yeah, I know. More on that later.) I am a graduate student studying Marriage and Family Therapy. I am a social introvert. I have spent the last six years working in a forensic therapeutic setting, bridging the intersection of mental health and criminal justice in treating male sex offenders. I am a bubble tea enthusiast. I am a feminist. I like living close to large bodies of water. I like long walks and intense talks. I am a follower of Jesus Christ. But before you assume anything, let me say that you might be surprised because I don’t fit into the box of what you think that means. I like wild flowers and clouds and sky and wind, good books and the simple things.

There are two main reasons I want to blog. One, I want the space to write in a structured, planned way. Blogging forces a level of accountability because it’s live and people can check it. Two, I want to write in a free, exploratory way. Blogging isn’t as serious as writing a book or an article, and that takes the pressure off to some extent. This space will likely be a place holder until the blogging software I’m waiting for is released. I don’t know what flavour this space with take, but I’m excited to find out.

I hope to write about whatever matters to me when I’m writing that day. I tend to be a fairly transparent person. I value vulnerability. So journey with me as I talk about transition, travel, feminism, love, social justice, grad school, culture, post-modernism, deconstruction, reconstruction, psychotherapy, and anything else you want to ask questions about.

Blogging has come a long way since when I first tried it in 2003. Blogs are more sophisticated, focused, and cover everything from fashion to food to activism. Let me say this: This space will be whatever it will be. And I’m perfectly okay with not knowing what it will be until it becomes.

I invite you to leave comments, questions, opinions, etc. in the comments section. I will do my best to read and reply (as best I can). So tell me you love me. Tell me you hate me. Tell me whatever. If I have to censor comments, I will. But for now, I’m leaving it open.

Grace and peace.


4 thoughts on “Begin Again

  1. xanaid says:

    Love ur blog
    Love that you have started writing again.
    Love that you have an opinion and are bold enough to say
    Love your passion for Jesus
    Love your style of writing.
    Please continue the good work


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