This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.
A few days after we got back from Ohio, we took off for a Canadian adventure. We flew to Vancouver and joined a bunch of brand new friends for a trip to Malibu, Canada. Our friend Bob (and his wife Maria) invited us up to their lodge which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. We had to take several buses and boats to get there and it was totally worth it! The few days we got to spend up there were focused solely on resting, reflecting, swimming, jumping off waterfalls, and meeting new AMAZING friends. It was such a necessary break for us.
There was no cell service and no internet service (like, when we say NO service, we mean NONE) which was incredible. It was a little unnerving at first. I can’t tell you how many times I reached for my phone to check it. Check what? I don’t know, just whatever it is that I check when I look at my phone. But, it didn’t work there. We really are addicted to our phones and to constant online communication. You never realize how dependent you are on it until it’s completely gone.
And then this amazing thing happens: You realize that you CAN actually LIVE without it!
We didn’t tweet and guess what? The world didn’t stop.
We didn’t post a picture to Instagram and guess what? We are still alive and well!
We didn’t text anyone and guess what? Nothing happened!
It sounds ridiculous, but seriously. When was the last time you didn’t look at your phone or a computer for 3 days? It’s crazy.
For me, (Jill) I realized that it gave me some time to see where I was with myself. All of the crap that had gone on during the past few months had affected me much more than I had even realized. I was drained, weary, and discouraged. Even though we knew that there was purpose in getting fired and feeling displaced, it didn’t mean that it was easy to go through.
The 3 days at Bob & Maria’s lodge in Canada gave me time to reconnect with myself. There was so much time to be silent, think, and process. One thing that I did while I was there was I got baptized. It’s a longer story than I’ll write on here, but I’ve never been baptized even though I’ve been a Christian most of my life. This was so cool for me. I was able to share in this with new friends that we made over this weekend who have become some of my closest friends even in such a short time. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. It was a time for me to rekindle my relationship with God, be more honest with myself, and have a fresh start.
I felt like this was a chance to start over. I left the lodge with such a new excitement and appreciation for life. The people who we spent time with there were SUCH GREAT PEOPLE. This trip was almost exactly halfway through the year and it was a visible SHIFT for us. A turning point. We met inspiring friends who are doing AMAZING things in this world like rescuing child soldiers, writing life-changing books, making inspiring music, running successful, meaningful companies, and so much more.
As Bob often says, "God doesn't send us notes, he sends us people" and "love everybody, always." We couldn't agree more. We are big believers in the idea that relationships are the most important thing in life. When it comes to REALLY GOOD friends, our cups overflow like crazy and we couldn't be more grateful.
Speaking of really good friends, let’s talk about our friend Jann Arden. She’s Canadian (as most awesome people are) and we decided to go have a visit with her since we were already in that neck of the woods for our trip to the lodge.
So we finished up our time at the lodge and jumped on a flight from Vancouver to Calgary to spend a few days with Jann.
If you don’t know her, YOU SHOULD. Jann is a singer/songwriter/author/lover-of-people/lover-of-animals and SO much more. She is freaking hilarious and she’s one of the kindest, most humble, outrageously generous souls we know. We had the awesome opportunity last year to open her tour in Eastern Canada and it was to-date our favorite tour we have ever done. Jann has supported us in our music and in our lives like none other. It’s not often that artists are so incredibly supportive of other artists, but Jann is an incredible example of what it means to champion other artists.
We had such a great time at Jann’s. She took us to some of her favorite places in town, we took walks down #JannsRoad (search that hashtag on Instagram...it’s beautiful!), went to Banff, and spent hours talking about life and music. She also let us preview her Christmas album (which is out now) and has become our most-played Christmas album this season!
Jann is such an encourager and a mentor to us. She has lived this crazy music-industry life and we have so much to learn from her. She is humble, strong, vulnerable, kind...and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is always down for a good laugh...and laugh, we did!
This trip was so life-giving for us. Like we said, it was a SHIFT in our year.
Remember, in life, there are seasons. So if you are in a really terrible time, it WILL get better. If you’ve been in a lull, a drought, a funk....the SHIFT is coming. Be ready for it. Be excited. Be hopeful. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and who help you to be your BEST self.
Tomorrow the blogging continues.