A Delightful Person: Jordan Cone


Jordan was a fellow expatriate who lived in the Balkans as I was living in the UK. Living abroad affords opportunities for quick and deep bonds, so Jordan has become a dear friend and valuable travel partner. Together we've watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle, read from Acts on Mars Hill, screamed for Taylor Swift in Hyde Park, and walked the cobbled streets of Prague. What a privilege it is to know and learn from Jordan Cone!

I am from Ayden, NC and I love it because we have the best pork BBQ in the world. 

My current phase of life looks like figuring out how mix my newfound ideals with the culture of America.

My physical or philosophical trademark is showing what I believe on my face. I wouldn’t be very good at poker.

My purpose is to love God, to love others and to never cease speaking of the greatness of my Savior.

I believe in good design. God created this world and called it good, and I’m called to mirror that and bring a little Eden to Earth.

I love coffee, books and last but not least: cats!

I hate feeling tired, double standards, exercise, and most public opinions.

I admire honesty/realness in other people. 

The films I could watch on replay are 500 Days of Summer, Because I Said So, It’s Complicated.

I am currently reading The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt and 7 Women by Eric Metaxas.

My favorite color is black because it never goes out of style.

I am inspired by other cultures.

I escape by being alone, being lost in a novel, or both at the same time.

My fondest memory is my whole life in Europe from 2015 to 2016.

I wish I could have dinner with my ancestors. I have so many questions for them.

My proudest moments was when I was riding the tram in Belgrade and a local turned to me to ask for directions (in Serbian) to help a foreigner find something. 

My favorite scent is fresh Jasmine (preferably from the trees in Croatia).

My favorite meal is Thai Red Curry from Smokvica via Belgrade, Serbia. Or Sarma.

My celebrity crush is Joseph Gordon Levitt (because 500 Days of Summer).

I have a phobia of the dark.

My wildest dream is seeing every country before I die.

My favorite time of day is mid-morning.

If I could get on a plane right now, I would travel to Morrocco.

If I could time travel, I would go to 1920s Paris to hang with the great writers.

If I could live in a fictional location, I’d live in the University with Kvothe.

If I could name yourself, I would be called Natalie because it channels my inner Slav: Natalya or Natalija.

My bucket list includes tiling my future bathroom with tile I'd purchase in Morocco, spending a week on a snowy mountain in the Alps (no skiing involved – only hot chocolate, crackling fires, and good novels accepted).

Movies, other people who are crying, and really anything sad makes me cry.

My friends make me laugh.

My guilty pleasures are sometimes inappropriate movies or any skit with Zach Galifianakis in it.

My childhood ambition was to design 5 star hotels.

My website is hopeofanangel.wordpress.com.

My most recent purchase was groceries.

The last person who texted me was my momma.

Something few people know about me is my love language is information. So how about that, Gary Chapman?!

I like my eyes.

I am curious.

Jordan, you are a truth teller. I can't recall knowing another young woman as firmly rooted in authenticity as you are. You express your feelings, struggles, and opinions without a sugar coating, yet you always manage to mix a lot of love in with the truth. Your intellectual and emotional depth astound me, and your singular prioritization of the Gospel challenges me. You are a master storyteller and I'm guaranteed to cry with laughter every time we're together. You are curious and engaging and globally-minded. God's redemption story became all the more beautiful when you were written into it. Keep bringing the truth, Jo.