Hi, I'm Bristen.
I'm a worship leader, calligrapher, writer, and essential oils educator from Louisiana. I am also a wife to my amazing husband and best friend, John Paul.
I love Jesus. Not in a religious type of way, or in a "I'm a good person" type of way. I actually know Him like a friend. And I'm nothing without Him.
I grew up in Monroe, Louisiana (home of Duck Dynasty) and moved to Baton Rouge upon graduating from high school. It was in Baton Rouge that I completed my college degree (with the exception of a year spent in Tulsa, OK attending Oral Roberts University). I completed my Bachelor's degree at LSU in 2013 and have been navigating "adult life" ever since.
I have always loved to write. I grew up writing songs, poems, and fictional + non-fictional books and have filled countless journals. English was always my favorite subject in school and my teachers took advantage of that, often letting me help edit papers (which I loved).
If you know me, you know that I love to sing. Singing is my first and foremost passion (besides Jesus), and I have been trained in voice from age 12 to the collegiate level. I studied Vocal Performance on a vocal scholarship in college until I decided to change my major to one that focused more on the science behind the vocal apparatus so that I could further understand the voice physiologically. I have devoted my entire life to learning all aspects of the vocal folds, the mechanics involved in singing, music theory, music history, sound science, worship leading (a whole other subject), and the like. I'm an absolute, total nerd when it comes to these things. I'll talk about it forever.
I love hearing people's stories. Deep talks over coffee, getting to hear someone's story -- the good, the bad, and especially the ugly: these are the things that make my heart feel most alive + fulfilled. I am an INFJ personality type (according to the Myers-Briggs test), and I completely resonate with that type 100%. I'm naturally a counselor and I truly love to listen and hear the hard stuff...mostly because I've experienced quite a lot of hard stuff in my life and I can relate.
Thank you, truly, from the bottom of my heart for following along this journey with me. It means the world that you would stop by and read my words. I'd love nothing more than to connect with you, so please don't hesitate to comment or message me! I seriously read every word.
My gifts don't define me. They are vehicles I use to accomplish something grander my soul is set on - telling stories and inspiring hearts with them. The word "inspire" literally means to "breathe in". I want people to breathe in life-giving strength from hearing stories that cause them to realize they are not alone. Stories of pain, of struggle, of uncertainty - and stories of the gracious Savior who has the power to redeem every single one.
I am passionate about creating from this place of awareness that "from Him and through Him and to Him are all things" (Romans 11:36). He is in the midst of our stories. He isn't on the outside looking in, watching our struggle without helping. He is in the midst. He is in the thick of the plot, causing all things to work out for our good and for His glory. He is an expert at creating beauty out of brokenness. Your story is not over, and neither is mine. If it's not good yet, it's not the end.
I hope that, through my vulnerability in telling my own story, you can realize that you are not alone. I hope that, through seeing and hearing of God's faithfulness in the midst of my pain and struggle, you can feel a hope rise up within you and know that He can do the same for you. I hope that my decision to never give up would inspire and encourage you to never give up.
If anything from this site encourages you, please let me know! It helps a ton to hear feedback and to know what is helpful to share with y'all.