In the name of freedom, today feels a fitting day to re-introduce myself. My name is Brittany but the artist in my heart and the voice I've found, is BriJoRae’.
I’ve loved the earth as long as I can remember and tend to think it may have something to do with being born in Colorado… a place that has ALWAYS called to me, sung to me... the wide open valleys at the base of enormous mountains... the hills and rivers that sing songs as they move so quickly and precisely, with a peaceful rhythm all their own. I’m constantly drawn back to this land, to capture it's beauty with both my spirit and my camera… it is home.
And so is Kansas, right next door... the place I was raised. Where I went to school, learned my favorite sport, started a business and have connected with the hearts and minds of soooo many people... one of which being my best friend.
My beautifully resilient husband has taught me so much. He's implanted his strength, passion for service and willingness to extend beyond himself, within me. He is the reason I've had the courage to spend the last eight months traveling to places I've never been, all on my own. And it's during this isolated journey, that I was able to come face to face with myself and the God I serve. I discovered who I truly am and what I'm meant for in this life, and not just due to the light in me... but also the dark.
In Kansas, I am a servant. I work as hard as I can to help others see themselves in the loving light that God sees them in. I try to pull at their hearts and minds, to help them learn to be led by their spirit, which is inherently guided by the spirit of Truth... our God. So many of us are completely unaware that the gifts we have come from some place greater and if we can fight to fully lean into them, we can pave a pathway to the freedom we so crave in life. But it can be quite difficult to lean into your gifts when life sets so many road blocks in your way.
Over the last few years, of trying to help others discover their own freedom, I pushed too hard, too fast, piling too much responsibility on my own shoulders. I got out of touch with the truth of why I'd begun my journey in the first place. So on December 1st, 2020, I set out toward the west coast on an adventure to rediscover myself and my true passions. At that time, the noise inside my mind had gotten so loud, I didn't even know what I was looking for, but I knew I had to distance myself from all distraction, silence the external voices I'd begun listening to and find my way back to my beginning.
I made several stops along the way (stories for another day) but once I reached the ocean... the farthest I could possibly get from the noise of the world I'd known, I spent hours in absolute silence, hearing nothing but the waves of the Pacific ocean and the howl of the wind.
And then one day, I missed home, my people... so I turned back... not yet aware, of what I know now.