Meet Charissa

Hello friend! I’m Charissa Steyn, creator of the Art of Adventure blog and shop. I love encouraging women to draw outside the lines of what they’ve always known and follow Jesus on a wild and beautiful adventure in their everyday life. This desire comes partly from my own story of leaving my home country (USA) in 2005 and making new homes in Austria (4.5 years), South Africa (4.5 years), the Netherlands (2 years), and now back to Washington State!

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all. Helen Keller

To make a long story short, I met my husband in Vienna. After we got married in 2009, we lived in his home country (South Africa) for over four years. In South Africa, I learned how to swim in the ocean, make milk tart, dip Ouma rusks in Rooibos tea, and love people not because I should but because we need each other.

After we had our first baby, David, in 2012, we figured it was the perfect time to travel to the Netherlands (yes, we love adventure!). It took us a couple years to raise finances but we finally arrived there in 2014 with two babies in our arms (Zoe was born a few months before we flew out). The Netherlands taught me the beauty of biking everywhere (the hospital, the gym, the grocery store, the park, the restaurant, the neighboring country!), more about the perfect timing of Jesus, and thanks to the Dutch, the joy of living quiet + simple +  with less stuff.  I also gave birth to our dutch baby, Issac James.

My husband and I love seeing Jesus at work in the different nations! It is beautiful to witness His love letter going out across the earth. Our heart is to live with open hands, traveling with Him wherever He leads, trusting Him with our todays, and inviting people to our table.

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see…By faith, we see the world called into existence by God’s word, what we see created by what we don’t see. Hebrews 11:1-2

Life has always made sense for me through the lens of adventure. I believe everyday God is calling me to grab hold of his hand, take tiny risks, explore the unknown, and do things that scare me. He is constantly inviting me (and you too!) to follow Him into an adventure, be it outside our front door or across the oceans. And it is my desire that my entire life be a response to His outrageously, extravagant love- Yes, Lord, I am coming. 

Faith wears everyday clothes and proves herself in life’s ordinary situations. Berth Munro

If you were to come to my house for a week you’d notice not only my excitement for seeking adventure with Jesus in my daily life, but my love for early morning runs (hello 6 am), my attempts to make healthy food for my family (do organic hot dogs count?), we’d drink tea through tears and laughter + talk about the deep things (like our heart, our struggles, our dreams, our identity), you’d find me exploring new places, going on walks and hikes everyday, getting out to enjoy God’s beautiful creation (with three noisy kiddos in tow), sneaking away with a paintbrush in hand, and writing and creating for this little community, Art of Adventure Shop + Blog, that I’ve been nurturing for over 8 years now.

Welcome friend, I pray you come alive to your own adventure with Jesus, letting His love lead you all along the way! I hope someday we can meet in person in my living room so I can listen to your story, but if not I’d still love to hear from you. You can write me at charissaann at gmail dot com!