about me.

Hey y’all, I’m Heather. Heather Newell, as most are aware, Ingabire or Impano if we’ve crossed paths in Rwanda.

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I’m 28. Or something like that. I am a cultural connector, writer, and passionate believer in the power of “greys” in the world. I think authentic living is like that. I love Jesus. I am constantly learning, re-learning, and growing to see the depth and power of love. I also happen to be gay, an important piece of my story, and so understanding the blending of many identities has always been a prominent experience in my life.

I prefer black coffee, African food, hiking unmarked Rocky Mountain trails, Rwanda, and sunshine in trees. I love being a woman – and though all people have great possibilities within; a woman’s strength is inspiring. It motivates me. It keeps me going.

Baths are my comfort and the best time of day is definitely 5:50 am. I have lived in Colorado for about 60-ish% of my life. The rest of the time has been between Arkansas, Ghana, with a bulk in Rwanda. I love that place and it has a special place in my heart.

In my free time, I walk around and talk to people (hello! new friends!). I journal. I travel. I find good food. In all seriousness, these are truly my favorite things. That, and Maya Angelou or Toni Morrison poetry.

I currently am employed by The Women’s Bakery; an organization that provides training for East African women to bake and learn to operate a business together. I love my job. My dream is to give voice and choice to those – especially women – who have not had this before.

Particularly, I deeply desire to share these stories.

I seek a God that loves me in all of my imperfections. It’s the most beautiful thing. He made us bearing an image of something greater.

Cheers. Read. Write. Life life beautifully.

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17 comments

  1. Annie · April 4, 2014

    I am traveling to Africa later this year, (I’m going to Kenya) and so I was hoping to look at your other blog. Would you mind telling me what it is called?

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    • heathermnewell · April 4, 2014

      Annie! Absolutely. My original blog is under the tab on the left side of my blog “the original I kunda you”. Feel free to message me – I would love to hear your stories and plans for upcoming travels!

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  2. lambbird · April 7, 2014

    Heather, you are the coolest. You’re living my dream! I’m studying Social Work at Michigan State University right now and I’m planning on applying to the Peace Corps after I graduate next year. I also used to live in Colorado while working at a bible camp. I think we might be soul sisters?

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    • heathermnewell · April 7, 2014

      Do it do it do it!!!! We are fo soul sistahs! I would love to pick your brain about social work. Would you mind if I emailed you? If you have any pc questions I would love to answer them! 🙂

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      • lambbird · September 20, 2014

        i’m starting my application process! i could use any advice you have!

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      • heathermnewell · October 2, 2014

        Would love to chat peace corps anytime 🙂 where are you in the application process?

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      • lambbird · October 7, 2014

        the very, very beginning. still making my resume look pretty. i can’t leave until the end of next summer so i haven’t been doing too much with it as of now. anything specific i should prepare myself for?

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      • heathermnewell · October 7, 2014

        Girl that’s a good place to start! I know volunteer and experience based things are quite important. What sector do you want to serve in? If it’s education, extra time with youth is a major standout – especially in the classroom! Where do you think you want to go?!

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      • lambbird · December 27, 2014

        i definitely need to check this more often..I applied and they put me in a pool for Morocco? for the Youth in Development sector. which did you do?

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  3. lambbird · April 8, 2014

    gabby.lampen@gmail.com
    email away!

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  4. Ashley Nicole · April 9, 2014

    I lived in Uganda for a year (I have been back for two) so I understand the struggle of readjusting to the states with a heart longing for more adventure abroad. SO excited to read your journey and see where the Lord leads you!

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  5. angelay1 · April 13, 2014

    Hi Heather, my name is Angela. I just started a blog myself and was searching around and opened up to yours and like many people, I wish I were you 🙂 I think I’m too old to head out to Africa now although that was my dream.
    Through a mission trip to El Salvador with my church three years ago I have fallen in love with these people and deeply feel the desperation and sadness they live with each and every day. I hope that you will take a look at ElSalvadorMedicalAid.org and give me advice and suggestions on how to keep people coming back to my blog and taking an interest to it. It evolved into a sponsorship for people to help the needy individuals. People I have met and now have friendships with are still trying to live without running water and just like how you described your children in Rwanda, the children I think of are also filling buckets from the river below and carrying them back to barrels in their homes for that day’s supply.
    This is turning into a letter. Forgive me. Please take a look at my blog and maybe think of something I can do to encourage people to stay with me. Thanks

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  6. bacela · April 15, 2014

    You are my new girl crush. #ThankYouBye

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  7. astrotraveller · April 17, 2014

    Hi Heather,

    Thanks for sharing your travels and bringing much awareness to the little things that we so often take granted for. It put a lot of things into perspective and makes me see more of the blessings that regularly occur in my life. I am also reminded that there is always something that we can do to make the environment, the world a better place, i.e. making sure to switch off the light when you are out of the room, or cutting down the time you spend in the showers. These things may seem small, but they all collectively have a greater ramification or impact than you can imagine at the time.

    I really enjoy your blog hence I have nominated you for a Liebster award, which you can find more details on my post:
    http://astrotraveller.net/2014/04/17/astro-traveller-nominated-for-a-liebster-award/

    Thanks for being a champ and please keep up the good work!

    Jacinta

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    • heathermnewell · April 19, 2014

      Jacinta,
      YOU ARE AWESOME. Thanks for this great and encouraging comment. Happy Easter!

      AND a big thank you for the liebster nomination. Much much appreciation. 🙂

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  8. Bianca · January 29

    Hello, Heather. This was so lovely. I fell in love with Africa while I was in Ghana for a very brief stint last year (running a missions mobilization course with and for young people), and over the last several months have been consuming all things Africa–languages, histories, cultures. Rwanda included. You are quite inspiring; I look forward to reading more of your thoughts and adventures!

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    • Heather Michelle Newell · January 31

      Bianca!

      Thank you for lovely and encouraging comment. It brought much needed gusto! I would love to connect via email if you’d like to exchange dialogue about all things Africa, particularly Rwanda. You can email me at heathermnewell@yahoo.com. Cheers! And thanks for reading 🙂

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