Hello everyone!! Gosh I am the worst at writing blogs! It has been forever! Honestly, it’s because I wasn’t quite sure what to say. So be prepared…this may be a little lengthy, but here’s an update and some answers to those who have asked
Ever since music got put on the back burner last April I’ve realized that I’m at one of those crossroads in my life where I am just waiting. Waiting on what? Well, for God to speak, give me some direction, clarity or anything really that gives me some kind of indication of what my next step should be. Am I still to pursue music, or perhaps speaking engagements to youth groups, or should I start a new band, create a new album, start a new career, go back to school… and the list goes on and on.
This waiting period really began last year when we moved right outside of Washington DC in a city called Reston, VA. After 14 years of doing music in some capacity and my hubby continually putting his career dreams on hold, last April we felt that it was time to do something totally different. He submitted resumes everywhere for months to see what doors might open. His ultimate goal was to get back in his desired field of “Purchasing” for residential builders, and God opened up an amazing opportunity in VA as Purchasing Manager. Truly it was a God-send and even though it meant moving 11 hours from family and friends and leaving my band (and touring) behind…it was what we knew God was calling us to do.
My husband and I fell in love with the area and the people immediately! My hubby’s job was even better than he had hoped and after only about 6 months he was promoted to Director of Operations. Boy could we see God’s hand in all of it! As for myself, I secured jobs with two wonderful families as a nanny and also became a pet sitter and dog walker. All three jobs have been amazing blessings and I am looking forward to continuing with each of them in the coming years, but a year has passed since our move and people continue to ask me “what about your music” and as always my answer remains…I don’t know.
My mom often mentions “seasons of life” and how God moves us in and out of seasons. I find myself in a waiting season being thankful for where I’ve been and what I have but also looking forward to what lies ahead. I’m not sure exactly what’s next for my life concerning music and to all those people who have asked me “what’s next” I apologize for not responding. That was rude of me. I didn’t respond because I didn’t know what to say.So here’s what I do know… I LOVE creating music, performing and ministering to teens and I hope to do it for years to come! I also have a few other passions that have been slowly growing over the last year!So to better clarify…here’s a few answers to some of your actual questions….
Are you going to be touring again soon?
I have not found a new band yet in VA (which is why there is no shows on the calendar) I do have my ears and eyes open but have found it’s much harder to find musicians in VA that like to minister and “rock hard” aka head bang. ;) But I know they are out there…so if you know of anyone holler! I have also been wondering if God is just wanting to do a new thing. Perhaps I should get in a band with all girls or do music stylistically different than I have done in the past? Or maybe I should do speaking engagements at youth groups and perform just a couple of my tracks afterwards? Maybe my music ministry is singing on the worship team at my church? So basically the short answer is…I don’t know. Waiting and praying.
Would you tour full time if you found a band?
Even if I had a band I would only be able to do occasional shows so that I could work around my jobs as well as my hubby’s job (who happens to be my keys player). I’m not sure if I can ever tour full time again…it would have to be a God thing! It is very expensive to tour…so basically it comes down to surviving and paying bills…oh and obviously God’s plan.
Are you going to make a new album?
Absolutely!! This I do know! I’m just not sure when. We are currently paying down debt and when that is done we would love to do another one. I’m guessing it will be about a year. I think album making will be in my future for a while! I love the process!
Do you have any future goals?
Most definitely! With my music I always have new goals! A new album is the top of my list, getting speaking engagements is a priority as I really want to minister one on one with the youth. I also really want to perform overseas. I have been offered opportunities in the past, but financially we couldn’t make them work. But I have come to the conclusion that even it’s not for music I have to see Italy! I also want to learn French and Italian!
Besides music goals I have actually been considering going back to school for Interior Design. I have a BA in Fashion/Visual Merchandising but was really drawn to the residential side when we started selling antique furniture a few years ago. I could really picture myself doing computer designs and meeting with customers to design the aesthetics of their homes. This passion has really been stirring in me the last few months and it’s surprised me to see a passion inside myself other than music. I’ll admit it has made me nervous to pursue something new because I’m afraid it’s leaving the music behind. My hubby however alleviated that worry today when he said…”You can have both. You don’t have to let go of music to try something new. Music may just look a little different than it used to. Do your album and get your new degree.”
So there you have it! In summary…I’m praying for direction because regardless of what plans I lay out for my own life…God’s plan is far greater. I’d rather have his vision than my own! Ephesians 3:20 says “Now to him who is able to do immeasurable more than all we ask or imagine according to HIS power that is at work within us” I don’t know about you, but I can come up with some pretty amazing plans for my life but this scripture says that he can do immeasurably more and that applies to YOUR life too! Let God lead and guide you! Don’t be afraid to go where he calls you to go or leap in faith where he tells you to leap! Rest assured his plan is far greater and it’s also worth the wait! Love yall!! ~Eowyn