10 more days until my album release.  10 days!!!

                                     It feels like I have been waiting and working on this forever,                                         but the reality is that even one year ago, I had no idea this would be my life.  A year ago, I hadn’t even started writing the songs that I’m getting ready to release into the world…So very much can change in a year…right?!?!

Ok…here’s a little background for you…

  In university I worked in a couple different garden centre/greenhouses and actually really enjoyed the work.  It kind of happened by accident.  I was having a really hard time finding a summer job and ended up working at Canadian Tire.  I was assigned to the garden centre, which was super busy at first, but then completely dropped off and was totally dead in a few short weeks.  The store started letting people go, as there was no longer need for so many staff.  I was kept on (perhaps because I had memorized the code for every single plant we carried? Like….what the heck is wrong with me?!) and was basically alone in the garden centre for hours and hours at a time.  I would help one customer…more hours would pass…then one more customer….you get the idea.  It was painful.  I read the entire rack of gardening books cover to cover, because…what else was I going to do??  The next summer I was hired by a different company that had multiple greenhouses around Saskatoon and I worked for them for the next couple of summers.  The work was not easy…it was more physically demanding than I had bargained for (especially when the same little old lady kept showing up and buying 20 bags of soil that I had to load into her car.  20 bags.  Multiple days in a row.  Actually.) and I was sweaty, dirty, and totally exhausted at the end of every day.  But I really liked it!

I moved to Calgary after finishing school and started filling the balcony of my cute little apartment with pots of flowers.  Then I ended up in a house where I could really put my knowledge to good use.  I had a big, beautiful garden in a big, beautiful backyard.  I grew tons of vegetables, herbs, and plenty of gorgeous flowers.  It was my own little oasis, my summertime paradise.

Depression, anxiety and some very difficult circumstances were my reality for a number of years and I think my little garden was just about the only thing that got me out of bed a lot of summer mornings.  I cared so much about my plants, and tending to them gave me something positive to focus on.  Working in my garden brought me a joy and a sense of peace, if only for a little while.

One year ago, May Long Weekend 2016, I found myself wandering through a greenhouse, feeling a little sad at no longer having a garden.  My circumstances had changed and I was no longer living in that house.  I was in a way better place in every way…my mental health, physical health, spiritual health…everything in my life had changed drastically for the better.  But I really was sad as I walked through that greenhouse, smelling that familiar smell, looking at all the beautiful flowers that I had no use for.  Sure, I could have a few flower pots in my tiny yard, but it just wouldn’t be the same.  Not even close.

Little did I know.

Writing “Flourish” was my garden last summer.  It is no coincidence that the lyrics are about seeds and flowers and gardens.

I am looking forward to sharing a little more about the story at my album release show which is in 10 days.  10 days!!!!!  Holy Moly.

You can find tickets to my release party/show here;

ALBUM RELEASE TICKETS!!!

and check out my Facebook page here;

My Facebook Page!!

I would love to see you at my release party!  Bring your friends!  Spread the word!  It is going to be a great evening!!


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