Meet Charissa

Hello friend!

I’m Charissa Steyn, creator of the Art of Adventure blog and shop. A place to find encouragement and permission to draw outside the lines of what you’ve always known and follow Jesus on a wild and beautiful adventure in your everyday life. This desire comes partly from my own story of making my home in several different countries and my love for doing hard things, but finding the biggest adventure to

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?! When we finally arrived there in 2014 we had 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.

Daily life, no matter the country we’re living in or the season we find ourselves in, has always made sense for me through the lens of adventure. I see and hear God constantly inviting me to respond to His outrageously, extravagant love. “Yes, Lord, I am coming.” (Psalm 27)  It rarely ever feels safe or predictable, but as I move in step with Him I always fall more in love with who He is.

Our entire lives are a sacred adventure with Jesus. Our souls were made to travel with Him– moving deeper into the vastness of His heart, exploring the unknown as He leads us gently, and taking purposeful risks in love.

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

If you were to come to my house for a week you’d notice my excitement for seeing a God-ordained adventure in all I do- be it an early morning run, talking about the deep things with friends (like our heart, our struggles, our dreams, our identity), exploring new places, getting out to enjoy God’s beautiful creation everyday (with three noisy kiddos in tow), sneaking away with a paintbrush in hand, or writing and creating for this little community at Art of Adventure.

Welcome friend, I pray you come alive to your own adventure with Jesus, letting His love lead you down mysterious, unexpected paths where you find more of Him.

I am always delighted to hear from the people who pop into this space. I hold your stories close to my heart. You can find me at charissaann at gmail dot com!