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Let The "Extreme" Adventure Begin

I'm going on tour!! I remember the excitement when I got the news that I was selected to be part of this year's Extreme Tour in the US. Texts were sent, excited phone calls received, and immediately a list of things I had to do crossed my mind. Fast forward a month and a half, and here I am a few days away from starting this adventure.

I will be sharing my experiences with you as much as I can as we travel across the US sharing songs, laughter and life with people from all walks of life. I hope that you will beable to get a feel for the places we see, and those we meet as well as the amazing team I get to experience it all with. I don't think there is any way that I can truly anticipate what is to come, which is such a weird place to be in for me.

I was chatting with one of my fellow tour mates today and it clicked that this is going to be a journey of faith for us all. Firstly, we're all volunteers. Life on the road can be unpredictable on a good day, let alone when you aren't sure how you're going to pay for gas or food or anything for that matter. Then there's also the kind of tour we are embarking on. Some of the communities we are going to will be places of extreme need. I read a post from one of the artist that was in Detroit today. The host church had him sign a waiver before performing. What a wild experience that would have been. 

As a Canadian, I am aware of the things that I will experience differently. Exchange rate, culture shock, racial tensions and being in the US during the peak of what will be one of the most important elections this nation will have faced in recent history, are all things that I am aware that this Canadian chick will have to navigate. 

That being said, I am more than excited for all that is to come. Or maybe the right word is expectant. Yea, I know that this is going to be an adventure and I know that God will be with us as we embark on this journey. I know that God will provide and care for us. Wisdom, discernment, grace and patience will all be necessary and I know that the Holy Spirit will guide and help where I find myself weak.

I fly into Chicago Tuesday morning and hit the road on Wednesday. If you're the praying type, feel free to pray for me and the team. We'll gladly take it. I will be sharing updates here and posting on social media as much as possible. If you want to help with the financial side of things there is a GoFundMe page to help with that. 

Thank you to all those who have given, prayed, sent love and best wishes. I couldn't do this without any of you! Catch you in a few days.

-Grace

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Hello, it's me

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Hello, it's me

I've been wondering if after all these weeks you'd like to meet? (lame joke I know, I couldn't help myself.)

 

Sooo... Um.. Haaayy!

 

It's been a while. I know, I know. Lo siento. But I'm here now and, to be honest, I'm not sure why. It's crossed my mind more than once in the last little while that I haven't really written in a long time. And every time that thought crossed my mind it grieved me. So here I am and, if you'll allow me to be even more honest, this may not  be that deep or very clear. You may read to the end and wonder if there was even a point. 

See it's not that I'm lacking thoughts, it's that these days there are way too many. It's not that I am lacking clarity, it's that some things are becoming painfully clear. It's not that there isn't a point, it's that I'm certain there is. So I find myself living, thinking, questioning, (and questioning and questioning), listening, grieving and back to thinking some more. Through it all I've been learning about myself, my world, my God, my heritage and how all these things intertwine. Some days it's exciting and enlightening. Other days it's scary and confusing. And some days, it's striaght up maddening.

One thing I've noticed is that in those seasons when life, my heart, or my mind are heavy I tend to write less. I haven't completely figured out why but I think it's because if feels like more of a burden in those times. Or something to do with my distaste for vulnerability. (Yes, even with myself. I know, we're working on it.) The funny thing is that I'm beginning to realise that those are the seasons I need to write the most, as a form of self care, as a way to process my world and as a way to hear and see God at work in my life.

So I guess this is me saying 'Hello'. I guess this is me recognising  that I can be better. Note that I'm not saying do better, but be better. I am slowly realising that life is more about the being than the doing. It doesn't matter what I accomplish if I'm not healthy doing it. This is me acknowledging that writing and self reflection bring me life, even when it hurts or makes me uncomfortable. This is me letting you know that I am thankful for you and this is me telling the universe that in 2016 I aspire to simply be. Whatever that entails, in all of it's mess and glory. 

Now I don't know what the year may bring, I can't promise this will be a super consitent blog, I can't guarantee new music this year, or that on paper this year will beat the last in accomplishments. But I can say that I want to continue to grow in faith, in heart, in mind and in my craft. And I want to do that with you if you'll join me. I'll try to be less neglectful and to always be as honest as my heart will allow (and sometimes a wee bit more).

So here's  a toast: to 2016, the unknown, and what's to come!

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New Heights, New Seasons

Welcome to my new blog. For those who already know me, you know this is a place where I share my passions, fears, poetry and occasional rants. I have been mildly blogging elsewhere for a few years now. I thought it was high time to bring all my personas together as I prepare for the release of my first album.

It has been a year since we began the process of making This Love, and I am so excited for what it has become. These songs and poems are the fruit of hours in prayer, tears shed, and dreams dreamed, and it is such an honour to be able to share them with others. I can truly say that this is an honest reflection of parts of my journey over the last five years or so. I hope that these tracks will create moments for you and that these simple words and melodies will resonate with you.

If I'm honest, this journey hasn't come without it's obstacles. If nothing else, this last year has revealed to me the parts of myself that are prone to fear and insecurity. Is it good enough? Will people like it? Why am I even doing this? Those are just some of the thoughts that swirled through my mind throughout. In the midst of it all, I am comforted by the fact that I know that God has brought me this far. My job, as I see it, is to be faithful to the gifts I have been given and to leave the rest to Him. So that's what I'm going to do! (I'll try at the very least. lol)

Once again, welcome! To new friends, thank you for coming along for the ride. To old friends, mille fois merci, for riding with me thus far. I will be shutting down my old blog, but I may write about some of those topics again here in the future. 

Love y'all!

In His Grace,

R.

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