Faithful – A Song I Wrote at 1am

I wrote this song on Thursday night… at about 1am (I call this my golden hour). A song about my dream of becoming an artist (now realised) and how Kenney and I have come to terms with our individual decisions for our lives together. Hope you guys enjoy! Love Jess xo

Stressed Out Cover Song Explained

It has been 6 years since I have listened to music (other than my own) so since I began this adventure I have been listening to some awesome music. A friend told me about this song and I love it! Stressed out by 21 Pilots is a song that I can totally relate to right now.

I wanted this cover song to really emulate the raw honesty of the lyrics. None of us realise what is coming when we are kids. We think of all the wonderful dreams but don’t think of the reality… that we are responsible for ourselves, not until we are all of a sudden “grown up.”

But you know we aren’t alone. Music has a way of bringing things to the forefront of our lives and helps us to get through things.

You may not relate to this song but if you ever have in life then this is for you.

Love Jess xo

Find a family in a place where you don’t know anybody

We arrived at Waiheke Island on Saturday, so we have been here for almost a week now. I know it has only been a week but I felt like I just wanted to get out there and meet people in the community as soon as we got here.

Our first trip was to Count Down for groceries and I tried to make conversation with people in the store, who seemed to look at me like I was a bit crazy (I don’t really blame them because I was being QUITE friendly)… After a few days I really felt like I needed to meet some people because being stuck in the house with kids makes me a bit batty… so I did two things: I joined a community facebook group and asked if there are any Play Centres for us to join. I shared our story and straight away a dozen people commented with info and then a few people even asked if I wanted to hang out. I met up with a gorgeous girl named Jess and her beautiful baby girl. The kids had fun playing while we got to know each other.

I also rung up a local church I found online and asked when their next home group was. We went there tonight and met up with about 6 strangers that totally felt like family. They were so inviting and loving and said we were welcome there anytime. Made us feel at home and very welcomed into the community.

We all need community and a sense of belonging I guess. I think one thing I know is I love people and I can’t do life without them. Be it family, friends and strangers.

We have arrived! Waiheke Island

We arrived a few days ago and it feels like we have travelled to a different country! We came from Erua and I swear I hadn’t seen the sun in weeks. Today the sun is streaming through, we have no choice but to open the bifold doors right up.

We are house sitting for a lovely couple who are travelling and we are taking care of their gorgeous chocolate labrador. We are a few hundred metres from the beach which is the main destination we take Max for walks. We had no intention of swimming here, but Joel seems to have every intention to swim I’ve discovered!

So far I’m spending my time with the kids and am doing a lot of singing. Kenney is trying to burn off energy by running and kayaking. We are starting to think that maybe we are kidding ourselves. Are we really cut out to live like this for an ENTIRE YEAR??? Working here and there to get by… taking life as it comes and doing things we enjoy doing… just for fun…???  I’m not so sure about the travelling lifestyle when there is no progress being made in our lives, careers, dreams… What do you think about it?

Here is a song I sung the day after we arrived and this is our new home for the next 2 months! Comment below if you have a song you would like me to sing and if I am inspired by it, I will make a video to it – Jess