It's been 2 years.
2 years since it all started.
When you begin something new, you pour everything you have into it. You pour your life, your resources, your hope, your time, your abilities, everything. Always pondering the process and listening, to build with truth, hope, joy, love, abundance, rest. "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain." (Psalm 127) I believe that anything built out of a place of rest, will produce rest. If anything is built out of a place of strife, it will produce strife, and so on. More on this soon.
The reward of even the last 2 years with The Farm House has been great. I am in awe of each and every person and story, and honored to be a part of it.
With the growth of anything, there is rest needed. A pause between one level of growth into the next. This is especially necessary as an artist. "The discipline of rest makes way for creativity."
Since this past August, I have created choreography for a beautiful community concert in collaboration with other local artists and musicians, 'A Night of Hope and Reconciliation: For the City, Through the Arts,' traveled and photographed some of my favorite projects to date, and poured into the growth of the community at The Farm House as artistic director. Needless to say, the amount of creating has been abundant and beautiful, as well as challenging and difficult at times. But whatever is sown in tears and hard work will be reaped with joy.
With much prayer and thought, I will be taking the month of April off from all commitments, teaching engagements, meetings and work, and dedicating my time and energy to the rest of the heart, mind, body, and spirit. I will be traveling and visiting close friends, taking a few days away in a hidden place to write and reflect, and listen to what God has for me in this next season.
With anything like this, you have to prepare for your rest. It is as much of a vital part of the process as the rest itself. This month (with exciting changes and growth being announced soon), I have been preparing in every way I can. Delegating tasks, saving up, protecting my commitments and time, and declaring this rest to my community to keep me accountable. (Woo, woo! Thanks guys.) With what I know is ahead in the coming months, this time of rest is needed and necessary, as well as a spiritual commandment.
As I been preparing, there are still needs to be covered to allow me to take this sabbatical time in its fullness. So, I am offering discounted portrait sessions for a limited time.
All sessions must be booked before April 1st, and will be executed in the month of May (or other suggested or preferred time). I have an incredible community around me who has been beyond supportive of me taking some time away from the every day pressures and commitments with running a community space and small business, and I am honored by their love and support.
You can sign up for a portrait session here, with details to follow and an email to schedule your session. I am excited for the future of The Farm House, and for everything there is for me to continue create as an artist. I cannot wait to share with you all of the incredible things that have conspired over the past few years, and especially the last few months, through this space, community, teaching, and stepping out in faith. It has truly been miraculous and beautiful.
If you're interested in helping me in this way through booking a session, or if you simply would like to leave a comment of encouragement as I head into this next month, I would be so grateful. I will also be documenting my time of rest and travel as seen fit, so feel free to follow along.
I find it amazing that this is my first real post in my new blog -- beginning things out of a place of rest.
I truly believe this is not a coincidence. : )
April 1st is around the corner, so book your session today!