Vision, Art and Faith
These words and boards sum up the cultivation of my heart and thoughts in 2015. And all three have come together and created my next step: Leaving my job, selling all of my things and moving to Europe. Yeah… Europe… It’s a huge place but I’m determined to see and explore as much as I can (well what God and what he places in my wallet… but mostly God will allow me to see) and learn as much as I can about life, culture, and art on that side of the world. If there is anything I have learned this year, its that through Him anything is possible.
I’ve been living as a performing artist in DC for about two years now and I’ve grown so much mentally, intellectually and spiritually as an artist, sister, friend, co-worker, daughter, Christian, etc . Over the course of this year, I have started feeling this need to just experience more and explore the world God has created with all its wonder, culture, opportunity and promise. Have I ever been to Europe? Nope. But that’s not going to stop me.
Many people look at me in disbelief, shock, surprise, you name it when I tell them my decision. They talk of my courage, guts, and other words that make me sound like a daredevil. But in actuality others have done it, I’m just adding myself to the list. But the weird part is… I don’t see this as courage at all. It just feels like something I have to do. And that just makes it feel more right and more supported by the Original Artist of everything we think, see and feel: God. I owe it all to Him for the decision (or courage and guts that others speak of) and each step I have in preparation for this moment.
So, my page will serve as an update on my travels, thoughts, fears, and experiences. I will post about once a week potentially more to keep all family, friends and any strangers updated on my life and travels. Once a week seems like a good number because I really don’t want to be tied to my computer the whole time. I just want to focus on the experience. Said operation is a go about a week from today. But man… it feels like tomorrow.
Anyway, now for the nitty gritty and the fact that I sense an FAQ coming on. Here is a little more detail:
- Where I’m going….
I will be starting in Ireland, then starting with a tour of cities, such as Berlin, Brussels, Rome, Barcelona, then finally London. From there I plan to spend about a month in London, then in Brussels, Then (insert another artsy fartsy city that I find myself drawn to here). After that India for a wedding of one of my closests friend’s brother. Come January… honestly I have no idea. I trust that God will tell me/present whatever opportunity I’m meant to pursue by that time. Back to the states? Teaching or performing in London?Managing an arts org in Bulgaria? Who knows!
2. Travel Funds
Yes, I have been saving quite a bit and I am searching/developing ways to even try to create some income while traveling.
3. What my parents/family thinks
My family has been really supportive (Thanks everyone) and my parents, in particular, are THE most supportive parents I know. They have always been there to see me through each step of my life and I am blessed to have their support in this one. I know they are probably feeling a little down about their baby girl going across the pond but deep down I feel a strong sense of pride from them. Proud that their daughter has decided to take a leap of faith and most importantly maintained God at the center. Love you ma and pa! (and bro bro, I know he would be sad if I left him out, lol)
And one last thought that pops up every now and again…
4. And If I fail….
I won’t. Because I tried. And maybe I’m meant to learn something or end up exactly where I need to be for God to take my life to a different level or place. Either way, God will catch me when there is nothing else. But thats really hard when he is (in) everything.
Thanks for reading.
And Remember to: Always have Faith. Keep a Vision. And Make Art in Everything you Do.
Matthew 6:25–28, 30–21