Who: I’m Hillary Leslie, a 24-year with the heart of a nerd and the soul of a hippie. I scribble down musings, memories and advice inspired by travels, conversations, and experiences, hoping to communicate a further understanding of the world.
What: I sing on stage, but mostly in the shower, bring books to the pub, often bake cookies, prefer walking as my mode of transportation and wish I could own a treehouse in the Redwood Forest.
(Back) When: After growing up in the rural Amish town of New Wilmington, PA, I attended Westminster College from 2010-14, spent two semesters at the University of Stirling in Scotland, and graduated with a BA in English Literature. This past year I served as a YAV in Belfast, Northern Irleand and fell in love with the program and its tenets.
Where (To): Hungry for adventure, social change and cross-cultural communication/awareness, I (re)applied for a position in the mission field. I’ll be living and serving as a second year YAV in New Orleans, Louisiana through the (Y)oung (A)dult (V)olunteer Program with PCUSA! I’m excited to return to a place that helped create the foundation of my faith, and love for church and community work.
How: Although I’ll never change how the world works singlehandedly, I get by with a little help from my friends, and a lot of help from Jesus! If you are interested in emotionally/financially supporting my year as a YAV, please see the link “Support” on the Home page of the blog. 1 Corinthians 13:13
Why: The title of my blog is inspired by one of my favorite Nickel Creek songs that uses Robert Burns’ poem Sweet Afton. Brae is a Scottish word for hill; Hill is my most popular nickname. Thus the play on words as I commonly live among hills and green vistas whether in Pennsylvania, Scotland, Northern Ireland, or the Bayou of Louisiana. It’s also a bonus that green is one of my favourite colours.
A friend of mine once told me that the Gaelic phrase ‘Bíonn siúlach scéalach,’ which means ‘Those who travel have stories to tell,’ reminds him of me and therefore, the tagline was created. I also took a class and learned how to order coffee in Gaelic so I’m pretty much a pro at being Irish now.
Thank you for reading and journeying with me, y’all!