Hi and welcome to Hometown Betty! As you know from the title of the blog, my name is Betty, but let me give you a little background about myself.
I am a southern girl by birth, but I lived and worked on the east coast in my 20s, married a man (aka “Prof”) from the west coast, and now in my 30s, reside with our two precocious boys (aka “Piano Man and Linus”) in the beautiful Midwest. You could say we experienced life to the far edges of the U.S.
In September 2012, our family had the unique opportunity to live abroad in the country of Cyprus. Our year abroad was a transformative year for everyone; but for the sake of the blog, I’ll focus on what that year meant for me.
I started writing on a blog called The Seoul of Cyprus, thanks to my clever husband who came up with the name of the title. At first, it was a place for us to communicate with family and friends back in the States of our experiences in Cyprus and beyond. But as we began to adjust to life in Cyprus, I started to write on my observations about various aspects of culture – people, politics, economy, food, art, fashion, travel, pop culture, etc. – different from my own.
Blogging quickly began to be a space where I could express my thoughts about the world on a grander scale. Although, we’ve since come back to our hometown in the Midwest, I didn’t want to stop learning about culture, which is why Hometown Betty was created. However, the blog doesn’t solely look to study other cultures; it’s also about sharing aspects of other cultures through art. This is where the creativity part comes in. I enjoy making things, and isn’t it nice to merge shared cultures through different art mediums?
That is what Hometown Betty is all about.
Sometimes, I’ll digress about learning about other cultures, and I’ll share about our family culture through paper crafts, sewing projects, and light DIY projects inside our home. (You can check out some of my latest projects in the Creativity Tab.)
I believe we can all learn from one another, and I hope this site is a place where we can do that. Whether you are from the U.S. or completely on the other side of the world, welcome to Hometown Betty. I hope to hear from you soon.
From my hometown to yours,
P.S. In case you missed it earlier, I am the only family member who uses my true first name, while I have given online aliases for the rest of our family. I still like to keep a little anonymity every now and then.
Trivia: We traveled with two kids (five and under) to 9 countries in 10 months! You can check out why it was so easy for us to travel from Cyprus. Read my Top Lists essay from Expats Blog, particularly #2 and #1.