Hi, I'm Bristen.
I'm a calligrapher, writer, and worship leader currently based in 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. Like, I really know Him like a friend. And I'm nothing with 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 degree at LSU in 2013 and have been navigating "adult life" ever since.
I have always loved to write. I grew up writing songs, fictional and non-fictional books (for my eyes only), poems, and filled countless journals. English was always my favorite subject. Also, if you know me, you know I love to sing. Singing is my passion and I have been trained in voice from age 12 to the collegiate level. Vocal Performance was my major 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.
After a few years of working full-time in the corporate 8-5 world, I realized that type of life was not for me. I experienced a ton of anxiety (leading to a severe anxiety disorder) from this mode of living and working and realized something had to change. It was in June of 2016 that I decided, with the kind direction of my husband and doctor, to quit my job and focus on my health. It was a difficult decision. However, in this process of slowing down and dreaming again, I re-discovered my love for calligraphy, art, and writing. God started showing me who I really am, how I have been designed by Him, and the type of life He has called me to live.
It's been a joy to start this business. I'm learning every day what it looks like to be an entrepreneur and I am not perfect at it. But I truly love what I do and am free of anxiety now. I have learned that you truly have to live the life you love, not the life you feel obligated to. Society has a way of shaping us to think there are only certain types of acceptable modes of living. But it's not true. To follow God and to follow your dreams with Him is the greatest joy and fulfillment. Don't be afraid to be different. Don't be afraid to risk with Him.
I am a calligrapher, yes. But calligraphy is merely a vehicle 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". 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. Your story is not over, and neither is mine. If it's not good, it's not the end yet.