Meet Ingerid Fosli

Preferred Pronouns: She/her/hers

Tell us your story. What do you want the rest of Left Hand to know about you?  Let's see. I grew up in Norway, went to college and grad school in California, and moved to Colorado after I got my Masters. At various points, I've also lived in Texas, Australia, and London. I work as a Software Engineer, and part of the reason I moved here is because I wanted to work for a big tech company without living in a city. Boulder had offices for both Google and Twitter, plus lots of other perks. So here I am!

And now, a bit of my story, featuring math: I've always been a bit of a nerd. The year before I started elementary school, I got a math textbook for my birthday so I'd stop doing my brother's homework. I've loved math for as long as I can remember, and I proved that through various math competitions, mainly in high school. [Pictured: 10th grade me for a local newspaper - my brother took that picture in our kitchen.] And these days, my mom and I have weekly Skype dates where we do math problems together. My love of math and related puzzles led me to a Bachelor's in Mathematics, a Master's in Theoretical Computer Science, and career as a Software Engineer. And if you ever have any puzzles you can't solve (my favorites are the twisty metal/wood/rope that you try to take apart and put back together) and you let me borrow them, I'll love you forever.

What role does your faith play in your life during difficult times?Ooof, this one varies a lot. God and I are buds, and we chat a lot, but the more stressed I get the more easily I forget that. It also just depends on the situation. When I was coming to terms with my sexuality, my faith was really central, and I prayed a lot, talked to Christians I trusted, read a lot of books, and went to a conference for queer Christians (hosted by the Q Christian Fellowship). When I was trying (and failing) to cope with some of the stress of college and grad school, I had to be really intentional to talk to God at all, and a lot of the time I forgot. If it's my brain being dumb, I have a hard time reaching out to anyone, including God. But when I remember to lean on it, my faith gives me a lot. I love the comfort God gives me, the support I get from Christian communities, and the nudges I get from God to do the right thing even when it's hard. I also just really love prayer, whether it's someone praying for me, me praying for someone else, or me angsting under the covers at 2am. 

What do your days look like under the stay at home orders? Tell us one at least one silly or uplifting or thing that makes you proud that you have done while stuck at home.   I got a dog! Her name is Leinani and she's a little cutie. The timing was actually a coincidence, but she moved in with me just two days before my work decided we should all be working from home. She constantly makes me laugh, encourages me to go outside, and cuddles with me a lot. This morning, I tried to sleep in a little, but she woke me up (around the time we usually get up) by licking my nose. I'm not even mad; what a cute alarm clock!

How are you staying connected to your loved ones and community?I video chat a lot with my family. And by a lot, I mean weekly and also whenever one of my siblings has a homework question for me. And I talk a fair amount with my friends, too, probably more than before all this. I still run Bible study, but now it's virtual - talk to me if you want more info! And I'm loving online church and Sarah's zoom yoga, and Heatherlyn's weekly concerts. Plus my favorite loved one is my dog, and she's sleeping on my lap as I type this.

What special skills, talents or expertise are you willing to share with our community?  I run a Bible study for Left Hand! Not because I have any special skills; I just wanted to be part of one and there wasn't one. Come join us if you want, or talk to me if you want more info! It's currently virtual, so you can join from literally wherever. :)

I also play cajon in the worship band. It's such a fun instrument and I love music in general, so if you ever wanna jam, please hit me up! I also might have a music related project in the works, so stay tuned for that.

And I love all things math and puzzles and interesting coding. I don't have much time for tutoring these days, but if you have interesting questions or one-off requests, please don't hesitate to reach out! And if you want a puzzle solved or your Christmas lights untangled, come find me. :P

Ingerid’s profile is part of an on-going blog series aimed to help Left Hand members get to know each other better, as well as share our stories and gifts. If you are interested in nominating someone to be profiled, please send their name and email to nicolevickey@hotmail.com.