About

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I started this blog when I was studying for my master’s in English in England, hence “English Lessons.” When I moved back to the U.S. in 2009 feeling like a very different person from a year before, I considered changing the blog title to something more applicable, but I just couldn’t. I realized after a few months that I was still learning English lessons every day in various ways. My life was forever changed by living as a foreigner for a brief time and really, when do we ever stop learning about our own language?

From fall 2009 to fall 2014, I worked at a publishing house in Nashville, Tennessee. I started as an editorial assistant and eventually became a publicist. For five years I learned from the very best and smartest people about what it takes to get a book out the door. Let me tell you, it is a tiny miracle each time.

Now, I am learning how to write full time. Perhaps my biggest English Lesson thus far. I piddled in freelance writing for a few years and I piddled in creative writing. It’s time to be serious about it. I write here every Monday and if you follow me on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll see where else I’ve been writing. Maybe here, here or here.

I write about God a lot since I’m a Christian. I write about relationships of all sorts. I write about grace and what it means. I write about being a woman, and what that means. I welcome comments and ideas and questions. A life not questioned is not a life worth living. A faith not questioned is not a faith worth having. I plan to never stop asking.

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13 thoughts on “About

  1. Um, wow. I can definitely identify with your story. I too was studying abroad a year ago in England, and am back in the world of good ol’ Southern Americana…trying to find the bridge between what I learned and what I knew before. Glad to know there are other people out there experiencing the same thing. Last June, I was fresh off a plane and still finding train ticket stubs and pence in my pockets. I still had pictures from the Acropolis and St. Mark’s Basilica in my digital camera. I was still used to walking everywhere! Europe was a great experience. Look forward to reading your blog!

    -Morgan Harper

    P.S. I found out about your blog via my sister, who met your sister!

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  2. I happen to fall on to this blog while looking up Matt Damon on Twitter, awkward fun fact about me and my mild obsession with useless information. As I read on through your posts I found just what i’ve been looking for. A blog about the real world, no fluff or sugar coating to sweeten the views. Just you and your thoughts for all the world to see. Very inspirering and motivating. Thank you for sharing and your gaind a real “fan”? Please keep it up. 🙂

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  3. Totally agree with your mini bio. I’m a first-year elementary teacher wanting to write and travel with my life, but the demands of teaching in a low-income school suck the life and time out of me. But what you wrote about “What did I have left to blog about? And when would I have time with a normal, grown-up 8-5 job? The easy answers were a.) nothing and b.) I don’t. But the difficult answers, a.) what is there not left to write about? and b.) the weekends, my lunch break, or free evenings, kept staring me in the face” convict me, so I should figure how to manage my time better. We are two peas in pod as “a 20-something, new-to-the-workplace, trying-to-find-and- pursue-her-true-passions girl, who may or may not be in a little bit of denial regarding her entry into the real world.” I thought I was the only one. Thanks Andrea 🙂 Looking forward to reading more

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  4. Hello Andrea, my name is Jonathan (from Australia). I live in the Basque Country here in Europe with my family. Thanks for your blog and openness in your writing. It is refreshing to read your writing!

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  5. Andrea,

    Thank you for continuing to write! Your writing is refreshing and I feel like I’m sitting down with a long lost friend. Happy Tuesday 🙂

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  6. Hi andrea, i’m Bruna (from Brazil). I just found your website and i loved it! I can learn english and think about God’s things. Thank you for that! God bless you..

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  7. Hi! I’ve been trying to subscribe to your blog but this just doesn’t let me.

    I keep writing my e-mail and is rejected. I tried with another e-mail and happened the same.

    What could be the problem? That I’m from Venezuela?

    Maybe I’m the only one but I comment it here just in case is a problem with the blog so you are aware of it.

    God bless you.

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