Sharing some notes of encouragement in case this is a challenging moment, rough day or stormy season for you, dear sister. Thanks for visiting Joy within and I hope something you read, watch or listen to inspires, encourages & refreshes you today.
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.
Life can become a blur instead of a journey sometimes if we’re not conscious about it. ‘Free spirit’ and “nature girl’ were words I heard a lot, until the speed of life changed awhile back 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 the countryside of Barbados songwriting, gardening, cooking, hiking, freelancing part-time in libraries, recording in my home studio, growing my faith and launching this blog.
During that time, I volunteered on a farm growing food with The Sojourner Foundation 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.
The lessons from that refining time remain and shaped healthier habits, more understanding, better endurance, and a fresh sense of purpose. Saving up for recording gear that can sit-put or travel anywhere freed up so many hours spent on the road going from one studio session to another, and that one decision (and move) to work at home seemed to ‘multiply’ time that easily made room to take care of the home and garden, ride the tides of songwriting and make more additions to the online shop – without a frantic countdown. Our lives may look very different – no comparison – hopefully inspiration to remember your beautiful design.
Encouragement from Guest Writers. We are made in plural for a reason; to love, encourage and kindly correct one another.
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