I’m an American revert to Islam trying to flourish in the “in-between”—that slightly awkward and semi-defined space assigned to those who don’t fit in a box. My choice to live what most call the “expat life, as well as my decision to become a Muslim at twenty-two has forced me to be comfortable with myself and my choices.
I exist mainly in what people view as contradictions—so I’m dead set on living life in the most kick ass way possible…according to me.
I’m an American Muslim. A corporate writer/editor by day and a novelist by night.
I’m a Zumba instructor, PADI certified scuba diver, Toastmaster, and coffee addict. An enthusiastic dabbler, I frequently practice yoga, kayak, hike, or run 5Ks.
I love my family, my husband, and my cat. My multi-faceted reality often causes whiplash, anxiety, and indigestion to friends and loved ones. I’ve been told that my identity can oscillate between Rastafarian and cracked out hamster.
On many occasions, I’m inspired to climb a mountain, dive beneath the waves, or get several piercings. I don’t find it contradictory that just as often, my heart craves Netflix and mac and cheese. I call it balance. I simply desire an authentic, exciting, and productive life, all in service to the One that Sustains.
Throughout the many changes in my life, only a few things have stood against the test of time.
My family has been my safety net, support system, and lighthouse in the storm.
God, who has blessed me with more than I could ever ask for, and much more than I deserve.
And words…the way in which I connect with the world, people around me, and myself.K.T Lynn