hi there.

I’m George Watts, and this is chartreusian, the online home of my work that seeks to thoughtfully examine issues at the intersection of: faith | life | work | culture

I dig into issues that many of us wrestle with – whether it’s understanding contentment, raising our kids, dealing with cross-cultural barriers, or struggles emerging from the constant pulls of home vs. work.

Just so you get some sense of what I’m like. In a span of 5-minute I may: email a research colleague on an academic paper we’re working on about the hybridities of multiple institutional logics; Snapchat my teenage daughter using the filter that makes me look like talking broccoli; try to sort out how to pay for a 40-foot container of rebar arriving from Turkey.

I have a wife and four kids, a motorbike that doesn’t run well, a PhD from Grenoble Ecole de Management in France, a weird growth on my left foot, and a strong affinity for cheese.

We have lived in a number of places and I’ve worked in a lot of different roles, but the thing I am most often requested to do is some combination of teaching/explaining/clarifying and that’s what I aim to achieve here.

Welcome – hope you enjoy your time.


These posts span topics that I feel the need to write on -but usually on places where we feel friction between faith, work, life, culture.


A short novel about a character who thinks he has it all together, and then watches it all fall apart in the middle of rural Africa.
This is All Wrong


Every Thursday I send out Never Enough on the topic of contentment. What it is, why we lose it, how to get it and keep it. Past newsletters are archived here.

My weekly newsletter – Never Enough – with insights on Biblical contentment could land in your inbox every week. Just sign up here and start taking steps toward living YOUR BEST LIFE EVER.

TOTALLY kidding.

Your life won’t get any better but you may start to have a different perspective on it. So I hope that helps

If you’re looking for our family blog with tales of our family of six living and working in rural East Africa and before that the French Alps try www.pardonourfrench.com

If you are interested in details about our work in Burundi, our team, the hospital where we serve have a look at www.wattsinburundi.com