About Adele


Hi. I’m Adele—yes, like the singer, but I’m about twice her age, so I often say that I’m the original Adele. 

For more than 20 years, I’ve been living outside of my home country, South Africa. And during these years, I learned much about cross-cultural living and leadership, about working in the non-profit and educational world, about the different ways that folks respond to me when I was a missionary, especially during a time of civil unrest vs. how they responded when I was in a “regular job.”

This dichotomy lead me down a path of studying theology of work, or vocational theology. To prove that work can be worship—even if you’re in a job that you don’t love, in a role that’s simply not what you were cut out to do—I took a detour into early childhood education. And for my doctoral dissertation, I interviewed close to 30 individuals whom I describe as Serious Players.

Much of the writing on this blog used to be about that concept: Serious Play—the integration of skill and passion in a purposeful way. As a serious player, work becomes play and all of life becomes worship. But the more I spoke and wrote about Serious Play, the more I found that not everyone liked the idea that work can be play. They resisted the concept. And so, I rebranded it, suggesting instead that you recognize God’s presence in the day-to-day as a Blue Thread—and seek to glorify him in your work and play.

Most of my career has been in education, whether as a magazine editor, as a K-12 teacher, as a college professor, working to host teams and do photography in rural Kenya, through a role at Compassion International where I oversaw leadership development of Compassion’s students throughout Asia, or in my current role as a freelance writer.

My Strengths® are Connectedness, Activator, Maximizer, Individualization and Achiever.

My career journey has been an interesting one. Here, you can find out more about my Career Highlights.

What you can expect on this blog

I write about finding the Blue Thread in the day-to-day. This includes work as worship, and life as worship—which, naturally, includes any of my adventures around the world (currently, Belize). I also write about leadership development, which—in my case—is part of my Blue Thread. As someone who is happily single, I also blog about the joys and challenges of life as a single adult, since that can make or break a person’s approach to life as worship.

As someone who has lived in seven countries and traveled to almost 70, I’ll include the most popular posts from my old blog to this blog.

As I gear up to publish my first book on the Blue Thread Life, my goal is to have one post a week.

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