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