Hi! I’m KC McCormick Çiftçi, and Borderless Stories is my brainchild — welcome!
I’ve been a teacher, a barista, worked in a homeless shelter, and done administration in the nonprofit world, but this site and the community around it is my labor of love.
I dreamed up the idea of Borderless Stories when my husband, who is from Turkey, and I were preparing to get married and beginning the immigration process.
All at once, we were dealing with a transatlantic move, the K-1 (fiance) visa process, and preparing for marriage. I didn’t have any friends in the same position, and I was surprised how stranded and alone I felt. The internet had never let me down before, but when I typed “intercultural pre-marital coaching” into the search bar, I got crickets from the almighty Google.
Admittedly, my hopes hadn’t been high when I’d done that web search, and it was at least half in jest. But beyond the wide reach of the internet, I found a lack of stories about relationships like mine in movies, pop culture, and (to my utter dismay) on my bookshelves.
I am someone who turns to books for the reassurance that I am not alone in my thoughts, my journey, my experience. I love reading a sentence that makes me think, “Yes! That’s exactly what I’m feeling and I didn’t know how to put it into words until right now!”
That is what I hope Borderless Stories will be for the next generation of intercultural love navigators. It will serve as a guidepost, a safe place to share, and shoulders to stand on and go further than any of us have yet.
It’s my sincerest belief that relationships like ours are powerful agents for awareness, understanding, and respect to grow across borders, and it’s a great honor (and a little scary-exciting) to be beating the drum on the front line.
*One small but important disclaimer:
As this site is still young in the blog world, it sometimes has an identity crisis with pronouns. “I” am KC, and unless otherwise noted, I wrote everything you’re reading here. “We” is Hüseyin and me, for a number of reasons. My inspiration for Borderless Stories wouldn’t exist without him, and for that, along with his constant listening and proofreading, he gets co-creator status.