Alyssa Hokanson was a sprinter. She isn’t anymore. She is learning and growing: choosing to trust and to welcome community—women whose beauty and brokenness are woven into her life. Doing things “right” used to be her target. Love has supplanted the former ambition. She now spends her time meeting herself and others as they are. She walks with others as they pursue life together on roads of life-giving brokenness. She seeks wisdom that speaks an apt word, and a heart that invites others to be.
Alyssa grew up in Southern California, enjoying the beauty of her mountain surroundings and swimming competitively. Graduating from U.C. Irvine with a B.A. in English and a minor in Spanish, she took her curious heart to her roots and lived in South America for nine months before earning a Master's of Education at U.C. Santa Barbara. She taught middle school English and Spanish in Claremont, CA and Greenwood Village, CO.
Formerly life came easy for her: grades, athletics, jobs, and connection. In the last several years she has been challenged; and so, she has begun to embrace process. For her, life has slowed down. She more readily accepts what is, and has learned to be curious and hopeful rather than avoidant. She willingly embraces people's life “poop” that she may remind them of their beauty, dignity and deep worthiness.
For her Arkitekt has been a safe haven, filled with life and wisdom, love and compassion. She hopes to offer that mercy and confidence to all.
She found Arkitekt after a trying eighteen-month stretch: marriage, a new baby, the death of her mom, a move to Fort Collins, surprising anger, an inability to articulate needs, and a lack of connection with the body of believers. She is grateful for what has been a slow and rich pursuit of life.
Alyssa enjoys laughter, food, nature, beauty, ridiculous humor, Spanish, family, and grace. She also loves Jesus, and his broken bride.