I am not sure where to begin...there have been so many incredible changes and wonderful things happening just the past couple of weeks!!! We have been on this journey for almost 2 years January 1, 2019. When we started this new chapter in our lives we had no idea what we were doing lol. All we knew is that we were not happy where we were in our lives, we knew we wanted to do more, travel, make a difference in the world on a big scale, do what we loved to do (sing and perform) together! Through our personal development training we learned to find the thing that we would love so much that we would do it for free, then find a need and fill it. The belief is that when you find and fill the need, everything else will fall into place. However, fears step into the picture like not enough finances, limited time, becoming homeless, starving or whatever the fear, these are all the things people worry about and use as excuses/reasons not to follow their dreams. Believe me we experienced most of these same fears ourselves in a big way. A few months after we were approved for the bus loan, we found out that we had a very significant fuel tank leak and not enough finances to repair the fix AND make the necessary renovations needed to leave on our January 1 deadline. But wait there's more, we were already committed to appearing for 8 shows past the January 1 date in 3 different states!!! We were closing a very successful business due to an injury, going through bankruptcy which we never thought we would ever do and unbelievably we were approved for financing a Greyhound bus to follow a dream that neither one of us knew the first thing about doing....YIKES! We had family, friends and business associates thinking (and telling us) that we were crazy LOL and yet here we were so excited to start living our lives the way we wanted to...so ready or not we kept pushing forward through the fears!!!
I am so excited to report believing works!!! We started our journey with basically just enough fuel to get us to our next destination, money for groceries for a few weeks, a financed bus that we renovated in 8 days with $2,500 and only 8 concerts booked!!! A TRUE LEAP of FAITH!!! I kept believing that we would attract a sponsor that saw our potential, believed in us, our mission and would choose to want to be a part of it too. Joshua and I kept telling each other as long as we are committed to doing what it is that we love...no matter what... that all the other pieces would fall into place. I am thrilled, excited and happy to report...it has not always been easy and it is true!!! We keep booking shows, they are becoming more profitable which is allowing us to do more contribution shows in the areas we get booked, we are writing our own music, we keep growing, shifting and changing our next steps based on "what is working and what do we get to do different?" Each of these steps that we keep taking forward toward our dream keeps providing more opportunities.!
While we were in Cheyenne, Wyoming we had just started to look at performing in venues other than churches, RV Resorts and private events. We were hired to do a couple of local bars and we had the best time. About a week and a half ago we were contacted by a gentleman that we met while we were playing in one of those bars in Kimball, Nebraska. He has a transport company, he had been thinking about us, believed in us, our dream and has the resources we need...he reached out to help us. I was absolutely shocked, blown away, I really couldn't believe what I was hearing!!! We had been praying for this man for almost 2 years and here he is....an answer to our prayers! Is this real?!?! We talked over the phone for about an hour and a half so I could ask him all kinds of questions lol just to be clear that this was for real and I wasn't dreaming. Last night we drove 5 hours back to the site where we were staying when Zack contacted us. With all the bus maintenance, fuel, tire replacements, even a new generator...all the things we have been praying about now complete. I can not begin to express the peace of mind that our new sponsor - Zack Porter of Triple 7 Transport - has provided for us (and others) by stepping in to fill a need where he saw it <3 We will be forever grateful for him!!! While thanking Zack for everything, he told me "Someone believed in me once, I am doing really well, have everything I need and I want to pay it forward" this is the kind of guy he is....the world is full of GREAT people sharing their GREATNESS and we are GRATEFUL!!! Keep going after your dreams and know....DREAMS really do come true!!
Watch our LIVE Facebook posts for details about the bus and repairs and the full interview with Colton from Sapp Brothers who performed the work at www.facebook.com/thebandwanted