It was a big challenge at the time, but I was called to get purposefully quiet and start this blog in March 2013. For a while it had an audience of 1. Since then, it has reached readers in 100 countries and is one of the leading Caribbean lifestyle blogs and websites to follow by FeedSpot. I’m thankful for the growth…but try not to get swayed either by compliments or criticism ‘ cause life comes with both and they can interchange unpredictably like the wind.
You ever realized life can become a blur instead of a journey sometimes if we’re not conscious about it? Well, ‘free spirit’ and “nature girl’ were words I heard a lot until the speed of life changed awhile back for a lil bit and one day it was clear the pace wasn’t healthy. When you love what you do it can be hard to press pause for a cause, but if your quality and pace of life comprise your essence, health or joy and stop you from serving well, well…that’s something else.
So life went from spending a lot of time on the road, on planes, in vocal booths, coaching and tour-guiding to living on a farm in St. John, Barbados songwriting, gardening, cooking, hiking, freelancing in libraries, recording in my home studio, cooking, growing my faith and launching this blog.
During that time, I volunteered on Upright Farm growing food with The Sojourner Foundation team for a year. It was refreshing, peaceful, muscle-building, educational and therapeutic, after the high pace and volume I had started to get accustomed to…and it reminded me of how the most High intentionally designed me to be. It harmonized with those days -those years that melted into each other…at Bayleys & Blue Wave Studios with music mentor and longtime friend, Eddy Grant, recording, picking coconuts and cane, filming interviews, listening to endless reasonings in the gazebo with ones from all walks of life and lands, bringing juice or water for guests and carrying across food for Eddy lovingly and faithfully made by his cherished wife – giving tours of the estate and studio to school children and visitors, feeding the cats and dogs after answering phones for Mrs. G who quietly does plenty, making music fluently and documenting the journey yet making room…to live…enjoy what money can’t buy…and just be…
The lessons from that time plus the reminder from the season as a volunteer farmer and years living in the countryside remain and shaped healthier habits, more understanding, better endurance, a fresh sense of purpose and a more thankful heart that’s still being refined. Saving up for recording gear freed up so many hours spent on the road going from one studio to the next and that one decision (and move) to work at home seemed to ‘multiply’ time that made room to take care of the home and garden, ride the tides of songwriting and work on projects without a frantic countdown. Our lives may look very different – no comparison – hopefully inspiration to remember your beautiful design.
“Don’t lose your faith
Or let dem jump over the wall or the gate of thy mind
Don’t you lose hope
As challenges they come and go
Daily we pray for the wisdom, courage and strength to endure
Encouragement from Guest Writers. We are made in plural for a reason; to love, encourage and kindly correct one another.
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