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.
After a few years of working full-time in the corporate 8-5 world (doing what I felt I had to do instead of what I felt called to do), 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 realized something had to change. It was in June of 2016 that I decided, with the kind and timely direction of my husband and doctor, to quit my job and focus on my health. It was a very difficult decision. However, in this process of slowing down and dreaming again, I re-discovered who I was. 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 blog + 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 were made for, 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.
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.