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.