About

Just a simple girl that is passionate about being relevant and making a difference in this world. I am a missionary with YWAM and am passionate about intentional intercession, studying and understanding worldviews and serving younger aspiring missionaries so that they may be released into the nations, fulfilling their calling.

World traveler, lover of bright sunny days, experiencing cultures, good friends and conversation. I love my God and love my family.

Canadian, born and raised in Vancouver, BC. I have been working with Youth With a Mission since 2000, living in Brazil and have traveled and lived in many parts of the world –Hong Kong, China, India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Afghanistan, Turkey, Germany, Argentina, Australia and The USA.

I am also certified in fitness and nutrition, teaching English to speakers of other languages and teaching English to young learners.

Hope you enjoy.

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227 thoughts on “About”

  1. Your life sounds full and lovely! It’s so cool that you’ve traveled to and lived in so many places. I’ve only traveled within the US with a couple of trips over the border to Mexico and Canada. There are many places I would love to go to, however. Maybe someday. It’s also cool that you have a strong spiritual side. I’m a spiritual seeker myself, but I haven’t settled on any particular beliefs as yet. And you know from my blog that health is important to me. Anyway, I’m so glad we’ve connected!! Have a lovely week chica! Celeste 🙂

    1. Hey there Celeste. I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply. Just like you I’ve been sooooo busy. The holiday season really packs a punch on time and schedule. Thanks for the nice compliments. My life is definitely not the ‘norm’. And I can see that health is really important to you and that’s awesome. Me too =) I love leading a healthy lifestyle. For me, it’s a holistic thing. Not just the physical side of it, but also the mental, emotional (and good healthy food and exercise plays a part in these two areas as well eh), and the spiritual. I’m so glad we’ve met too and I look so forward to reading your blog posts and getting to know you more. Blessings. Staci =)

    1. They do wonders for the serotonin levels in the brain don’t you think=). You have a beautiful home. I’d love to visit Ireland some day.

  2. Very cool! I am very familiar with YWAM…have many good friends who are YWAMers and have taken missions trips through my church connecting w/ YWAM bases. I was in Brazil a few years ago serving with a base there in Porto Velho (think that is how it is spelled?) Had an amazing time! Really looking forward to following you here!

    1. Very cool. I have been with YWAM in Brazil for almost 12 years now. Love it. We know some people that are or were from the Porto Velho base. I think it’s awesome that you have a mission’s heart. I, too look forward to following you. Blessings kate.

    1. I feel so honored. Thank you so much Orthodoxmom. You are too kind. I, too love how we can connect so closely with others virtually, and all over the world too.
      Many blessings =)
      Staci

  3. stacilys, I’m a Brazilian ( Christian ). I read that you live in Brazil some years ago. Sorry, but my English (write) is very bad. I understand all and will follow your blog. I like very much all you have over here. Very good blog!
    Pleased to meet you,
    Manoel – Brazil

    PS: The same text I write on Kate’s blog and over here I send a hug for “Baiano”!
    Manoel

    1. Hello Manoel. Que bom conhecer você. E obrigada pelo comentário e visita. Sim, eu moro em Vitoria da Conquista, BA. Faz 3 anos que estou aquí. Ante disso a gente morou em Contagem, MG. E você é de onde?
      Nice meeting you too.=)

  4. Love your blog. It looks like you have led an amazing life and I look forward to reading much more of your blog… May God bless you and your family…

    1. Hello Secret Angel. Thank you for your kind words. I’m so glad you like my blog. Yes, I’ve had quite the life. Right now I’m at the ‘young children’ phase. My 7 year old son has Asperger’s syndrome, so I’m learning patience through that. My 4 year girl is very independent and girly. This adventure is a bit different than past ones, but the best yet.
      Blessings to you =)

      1. Hi Staci… Thanks for telling me about your children. Children are so precious and a gift from God. I will be praying for your son. Mine are all older with 2 in college so I am in the “empty nest” phase but anxiously awaiting the next phase in my life that God has planned for me. I have to trust Him and walk in Faith more than ever before right now. May God pour out His blessings onto you and your family. I watched the teaser for your husband’s movie and started the other full length movie but have not finished. Praise God for Christian film makers who take a step in Faith. Many blessings my sister…

      2. Thank you so much for such kind words and for your prayers. It seems to me like God has great Kingdom plans for you.
        The teaser was made from the first rough cut so the audio isn’t the greatest yet. We are currently working on all the sound and voice overs. Our first feature length was produced entirely by volunteers and little equipment, but God is great. It has just recently won seven awards at the the National Christian Film Festival in Rio de Janeiro, including Best film, best direction, best actor, best actress, best script, best soundtrack and best photography. Not too shabby for the first. Praise God.

      3. AMEN..AMEN…AMEN… My heart jumps for joy for you and your husband and all of those involved. God is so good and will bless your steps as you dedicate your efforts to Him. That is absolutely wonderful. I look forward to finishing it… Praise God!! I will continue to pray for you and your family.

  5. What an intruiging, colorful person you are, Staci! Thank you for visiting me so I could find your lovely blog. I appreciate and admire your desire to “dig deeper,” as evidenced by your writing and your questions of your readers. I look forward to checking your music out, as well. Shine on. Xo

    1. What nice words. Thank you so much Sirena. Your avatar is what impressed me so that I would visit your blog. It looks to me like you dance quite a bit of contemporary style, am I right? I love contemporary dance and have even had the opportunity to do a bit myself.
      So nice to meet you.
      =)

      1. Ha! Further evidence of your INTRIGUING (just noticed I misspelled it in my original comment) and colorful being–that you are actually familiar with contemporary dance. Yes, that’s my passion, and generally my movement of choice, although I have studied and loved other forms, e.g. African, Afro-Carribbean, ballet, etc. I wonder what type of dance you’ve done, and where…perhaps all over the world in your many travels? Thank you very much for noting my gravatar. You are the first person ever to mention it. Hugs….

      2. Well, I used to be involved in a performing arts group that toured Brazil, and other parts of the world. We worked with all types of dance, although I wouldn’t consider myself an expert in any of the styles. We worked with jazz, ballet, contemporary, street/hip hop, afro, samba and reggae or timbalada. And I think that’s it. The group has been all over the world, but I have traveled throughout Brazil, Argentina, and North America with this group.
        Hugs to you =)

  6. Staci, thank you for following my blog – and I’m delighted to do the same. Love your heart for God and for others!!! Keep up the Kingdom work 🙂 Blessings, Jenny

    1. Hi Jenny, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to this. I can’t believe I somehow missed it. Thank you for your kind words. I really enjoyed your blog.
      Many blessings 🙂
      Staci

  7. Hello Staci,

    Thought I should drop by to thank you once again for visiting my blog.

    I’m pleased to meet such a lively and creative lady like you. It inspires me and I can wait to join the train, enjoying whatever it is you have to offer.

    1. I’m touched. Thank you so much for your kind words Uzoma. REally looking forward to seeing your stuff as well. Especially the African proverbs.
      With expectancy =)
      Staci

  8. Oh that will be nice! There are a lot of African proverbs and I look forward to posting the much I know, along with their interpretations and how they relate to life and human experiences. See you, Oh that will be nice! There are a lot of African proverbs and I look forward to posting the much I know, along with their interpretations and how they relate to life and human experiences. See you, Oh that will be nice! There are a lot of African proverbs and I look forward to posting the much I know, along with their interpretations and how they relate to life and human experiences. See you, Oh that will be nice! There are a lot of African proverbs and I look forward to posting the much I know, along with their interpretations and how they relate to life and human experiences. See you, then.

  9. My apologises for the mix up in my reply. Here is what I wanted to say:

    Oh that will be nice! There are a lot of African proverbs and I look forward to posting the much I know, along with their interpretations and how they relate to life and human experiences. See you, then.

  10. hi Staci, i’ve spent some very enjoyable time listening to your songs, and reading your lyrics and poetry. i really do love your voice and arrangements, very reminiscent at least to these ears of early Carol King. forthright and direct, yet always with a passionate message. i especially liked Erika and the backstory you told really helped, what a wonderful and empathetic story!

    we talked about our green hand at poetry, leaping the hurdle to just begin is so important. i suspect you will be writing from the pure high of inspiration, the joy of the new, for awhile like i did. and like most everything else, it’s about ‘tenacity’, continuing to write until we find our voice.
    there is a wide eyed innocence and wonder in your words that is very appealing to me and i’m looking forward to reading more of your words.

    1. Ohhhh, thank you so much for such kind words. I’m so glad that you’ve been enjoying the stuff on my blog.

      Yes, I love that word, ‘tenacity’. That’s the key. Never give up. And yes, I go a lot off of inspiration, however I would like to start actually studying different words and topics and, who know, write something meaningful from what I’ve learned. We’ll see. One of the things that I am loving about blogging is the push to create and having the outlet to do so. Also, getting feedback from other bloggers, such as yourself, and being able to appreciate their talent and creativity is so rich.

      Thanks again for such kind (and precious) words. So glad me cyber-met.

      🙂

      1. you are most welcome stacy and lest their be any doubt, i didn’t mean to suggest your poems had no meaning, if it sounded that way i apologize. but the miracle i discovered when i began writing is the rediscovery of innocence, of the wonder of it all. it’s this childlike essence that is so intriguing and intoxicating to me. as a world weary adult, it is a gift from the Universe to feel that way once again.

        and yes i so agree about feedback, i honestly doubt i would be writing without it.

      2. No worries. I didn’t take it that way. Actually, I’m glad that you had a sense of innocence and wonder. I want my blog to be a place that is simple, yet thought-provoking.

        “it’s this childlike essence that is so intriguing and intoxicating to me. as a world weary adult, it is a gift from the Universe to feel that way once again.”
        –Beautiful. I love this. As a Christian, I believe that that’s exactly how we need to go to God, with the faith of a child. Not blind faith, but a real, intimate, relationship-oriented type of faith, full of wonder and beauty.

        Thank you so much.
        🙂

  11. Hi Stacilys…thanks so much for stopping by my blog. It seems like we have a lot in common. I am a former YWAMer (or rather, once a YWAMer, always a YWAMer!)–did a nearly year-long DTS in Edinburgh, Scotland 2002-03, and also helped serve at my local YWAM base here in the US. Been to Brazil four times, the last three teaching English, since I am TEFL certified. Now working on getting a BA in linguistics to eventually work in Bible translation. Also a world-traveler, and hope to never stop being one. 🙂

    Anyway, so glad I stumbled across your lovely little corner of cyberspace!

    1. Now I can see why your deception with the ‘modality’ church system.
      Always great to meet a new YWAMer.
      Hey wow, I also am TEFL certified.
      Yea, great cyber-meeting you.
      🙂

  12. Hi Stacilys,

    I would like to nominate you to participate in a Writing Process Blog Meme.
    If you accept my nomination, you will need to write an article prompted by the following four questions and post it on your blog on Monday, April 28, 2014. You’ll also nominate three writers of your choice to post their articles on their blogs on May 5, 2014. The four questions:

    What am I working on at the moment?
    How does my work differ from others of its genre?
    Why do I write what I do?
    How does my writing process work?

    I’d be honored if you would accept this nomination. Please let me know ASAP so that I can feature your blog in my post on April 21, 2014. And I apologize that this is somewhat last minute – took me a while to figure out how to do this.

    I will use your About Me Profile information to let my viewers know more about you, if you don’t mind. I won’t be be copying and pasting to my post until Sunday the 20th, so if you’d like to update the information you have time.

    Thank you! I really hope you decide to try this. I’m excited to showcase all your hard work.
    Audrey

    1. Hey Audrey, this sounds great. Yea, I’d love to be involved in this. Just a question though. When you say, “What are you working on at the moment, are you talking about for the blog or writing in general or…?
      Thanks a ton for this opportunity Audrey.
      🙂

      1. The question is making the rounds through tons of blogs. I believe it has everything to do with what you’re working on creatively. Writing, singing, song writing, movies…anything you do. 🙂

        I’m thrilled you want to participate. I’ll be posting mine next Monday. I was nominated by Sharon Pratt and she has some fantastic followers, so should be a great boost for your blog, too.

        Have a great day. Let me know if you have any other questions.
        Audrey

      2. Great! Thanks Audrey. I have a few things I’m working on so this will be a great opportunity to share.
        I look forward to seeing yours on Monday.
        🙂

    1. Hi Rita. Wow, I feel honored that you’d invite me to write a guest post. Sure I’ll do it. What did you have in mind? Anything specific?
      🙂

  13. Hi there — I’m enjoying your “creativity cupboard” and your refreshingly cheerful outlook! This year I’m on a virtual quest to discover and comment on a positive blog every day, and have added yours to a list I keep on my site as a resource. 🙂

    1. Hi Meg – Nice cyber meeting you. Wow, thanks for the appreciation. I’m so happy that you’ve been enjoying my little cupboard here. Sounds like a great quest you’re on. I’ll have to check out your list.
      Thanks again.
      🙂

  14. Hi Staci, in appreciation of your wonderful blog, I’ve nominated you for the Liebster Award. Participation is purely voluntary. For more details, please see the link: http://kateloveton.wordpress.com/2014/05/11/the-dreaded-liebster-award-or-how-i-learned-to-stop-procrastinating-and-accept-this-damned-award/

    Additionally, I’d love to do a feature on your lovely blog at some point in the future. If you take a look at my blog, you’ll see I have a section entitled ‘Check It Out!’ If you’re interested in being featured, let me know. 🙂 (Participation in the Liebster Award process is not a requirement for being featured on my blog’s ‘Check It Out!’ section; I’m just a fan of what you do.)

    1. Awwwww Kate. You’re so sweet. Thank you so much. I’m humbled.

      I don’t want to be a party pooper and all, but I have decided not to accept awards anymore. My life is a bit hectic and it takes me a while sometimes to respond to these awards. It has absolutely nothing to do with you at all, and I hope you’re not offended.

      Oh wow, I am doubly humbled today. Thank you for considering a feature on my blog. I’d love that. I’ve seen your features before and would be honored to have you do one on what I do.

      Thanks again Kate and have a great day 🙂
      Staci

      1. No worries about the award whatsoever – I understand completely. I will be taking a look at your blog again for the Check It Out feature! Glad you’re excited about having me do it. 🙂 I’ll let you know when it posts.

  15. looks like some good (and colorful) stuff is going on over here at your blog – looking forward to checking in as I can – 🙂 ~yvette

    1. Hi Kate. Wow, those are quite the awards. Thank you so much. I am humbled. I had actually stopped accepting awards because of my limited time, but I want to accept this one because I love what some of them signify. It will take me a while thought because I’m a tad bit busy with the translation of the film and soon to be traveling to Canada. I will get it done though.
      Thanks Kate. You’re so sweet.
      🙂

  16. Lovely about page 🙂

    I feel as if I know you a little bit more now as a person in general and not just a random blogger who commented on my blog.

    Hope to speak with you soon ~

    your Kyopo friend,
    Jenny

    1. Ohhhhhh, thank you so much. You’re so kind. Your comments and appreciation are awards enough for me sweetie. My blog is award-free.
      I’m honored though.
      🙂 ❤

  17. Hii! Thanks for stopping in over at Grace Notes, and I wanted to just leave the blessings of Jesus here. May you always find the grace to walk away from the understandings of God you have in the present, tabernacling in faith for He who is greater in all ways than we can imagine of conceive. May the great and amazing miraculous Holy Spirit be present with you in fullness and unique individual manifestation of the Person of God, that you would know always the ever present company and companionship of Love. May the Father of Lights give every good and perfect gift to you…

    And above all, may you never find yourself on the wrong side of the poor, the outcast, the stranger and alien, the underprivileged and othered, so that your love to them would be pure and unfeigned with no agenda but their presence in Jesus’ heart.

    With great love and hope, Charissa Grace

  18. grazie for your recent visit to my woods.
    you get high paws for being Canadian and from BC like me
    you get tail wags for living in my second favorite country for calcio (Italia #1)
    look forward to visiting your blog.
    ciao M’lle Staci Lys

    marcus

    1. Haha. You’re from BC? Vancouver? Are you Italian too? Yup, Canadian I am. Haven’t lived there for 12 years though. Brazil is my current place of residence.
      Ya, I look forward to visiting your blog too. Thanks for stopping by and the comment.
      🙂

    1. Awwwww Rachel, you are so sweet. I’m honored. Thank you so much for thinking of me. I have actually stopped accepting awards because of time restraints, but please know that I am thankful and honored.
      🙂

  19. Loved reading more about you and your life! Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving some nice comments. Lately i have been really inspired by Brazil for obvious reasons.. meu namorado brasileiro 😆 it is very nice to meet you. Will follow your blog and check out your work. Have a great day!!

    1. Oh wow, your boyfriend is Brazilian. I’m married to a Brazilian. What part of Brazil is he from? How long has he been in the ‘wherever it is you life 🙂 ? I’m sure you would love it here. I will be following you too, my friend. It’s so great to meet you.
      🙂

      1. He is from Brasilia, I made one drawing of the cathedral last month by the way:) and less than a year to answer your question. I cannot stop making portraits of us now. #crazyinlove 🙂 i feel so in love with Brazil and I want to know everything about the culture. I’m very focused on my Portuguese lessons too! Are you perfectly bilingual now?

      2. Oh yes, I’m fully bi-lingual. I’ve lived here for 13 years. Sometimes I correct my hubby’s Portuguese. Hahaha. And he was born and raised here. He’s from Bahia, in the North-east.
        Oh yes, I’ve seen the drawing from Brasilia. You are a good artist. I’m just starting out with art, like mixed media. I love mixed media. I’ve always been a performing artist, but fine arts stuff is new to me.
        Oh, that’s great. You’re taking actual Portuguese lessons? You have a great advantage with a Brazilian boyfriend eh.
        🙂

    1. Awwww, thanks so much Sagarika. You are the second person to nominate me for this, and I’m honoured. I will start with the quotes probably Monday or Tuesday, ok.
      Thanks again.
      🙂 ❤

  20. stacilys,
    First of all congratulation for creating this wonderful blog, today, I visited it and read your some of the posts, so, instead of comment on each post, I would like to comment here, your “About” page is very well written and there are many points which we simply share, like thin
    “I’m just a simple HUMAN BEING, that is passionate about being relevant and making a difference in this world.
    In a nutshell, this is me:
    lover of bright sunny days, experiencing cultures, good friends and conversation. I love my God and love my family.
    I don’t believe I have the truth, but that I have a relationship with Truth and want to be closer to Him.
    Yes, I too believe same,………
    I wish, I should have a good friend like you, If interested please feel free to visit my blog,read my some of the most recent posts and if you feel I am worth of your friendship, without any hesitation, leave your comment on my recent post.
    Remember, everything is optional.
    Wishing you all the best………………..

    1. Great meeting you Sam. Isn’t it awesome how we can connect with people all over the globe. Of course I will visit your blog.
      Take care.
      Oh, and thank you so much for visiting my little space.
      🙂

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