The Reinvention of Raye

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The Pace of Peace

The recent loss of Naomi Judd has struck me in a tender place that reaches deeper than my well-known childhood “fandom”. And since I’ve always found refuge in words, I’m going there …

The Pace of Peace.

I lost my…

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The Pace of Peace

The pace of peace.

I lost my mentor of 15 years, who was both my manager and my soul mother, only a few months ago.  The loss of Susan feels like a mountain that isn’t moving. I can’t go around…

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the only thing harder than leaving…

Long ago, in what feels like another life, I wrote a song about visiting back home after I’d moved to Nashville. I was an 18 year old, sitting in a writing room on Music Row with two co-writers in their…

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The “before” and the “after”

It’s been one month in this new life.  The world as I knew it – divided into a “before and “after” instantly.  I’ve been searching for words beautiful enough to describe the light that always surrounded her and centered anyone…

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The florescent lighted fear.

I feel afraid of this world.  If I’m being completely truthful here, nowhere feels safe to me these days and I don’t know that I want to be anywhere anymore.  I’ve lived my whole life thinking that the national headlines…

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Two years today.

Two years ago today I set my alarm for 6AM, waking up earlier than anyone in the house. I quietly crept downstairs to my “office”, sat in my cheetah print reading chair in the corner, journal in lap. I knew…

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Window seat. (Day Five)

I’m sitting by myself in the library, my small table isolated from all humans but surrounded by books. I’m on the top floor, right alongside a large window wall overlooking the lake and all the fall colors from neighboring trees…

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Waiting Room Writing. (Day Three/Four)

Been spending a lot of time in waiting rooms again. I haven’t spent this much time on a faux leather chair with wooden armrests since my cancer treatments between Fall 2019 into early 2020. Before then, I simply never went…

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Words of love. (Day Two)

Believe it or not, I’ve always had a hard time communicating on a vulnerable level.

I have no problem expressing myself in my songwriting or while up on stage. I easily vent about my frustrations or gossip about the latest…

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Day One.

It’s a Monday and it’s November 1st.

For whatever reason, kicking off a new month at the top of the week has always held significance for me. It’s kind of like New Year’s or a birthday – a reset, if…

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The strong one + the sad one.

Confessions from a literal “bleeding heart”.  It’s been hard to share pretty posts when life doesn’t feel pretty right now.  So consequently, I’ve been relatively quiet on all fronts for a couple weeks now.  Which is less than ideal when…

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Expand.

Woman.

The word itself stands alone.  It is powerful.  It is big and bold, encompassing every ounce of the spectrum.  We feel.  We know.  And our days never lack in navigating when’s an appropriate time to ‘feel’ and when it’s…

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To begin.

I find it easy to begin things.

Journaling.  Eating better.  House projects.  Yoga.  Spanish lessons.

I always feel empowered when I decide to begin something new.  My inner dialogue encouraging me with, “You’re gonna crush this … Everyone can find

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I can do hard things.

Sat down to write a few days ago. But much like so many things in my life currently, I’m getting to it days after the fact…

It is Saturday morning. The sun is shining brightly and I immediately feel drawn…

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Raye’s Read for May 2020!

Hey everybody!

Quarantine 2020 has made us all work to find ways to feel sane and centered. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a struggle for me to remain in a good headspace the last few weeks. I’ve…

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Raye’s Read for May 2020!

Hey everybody!

Quarantine 2020 has made us all work to find ways to feel sane and centered. I don’t know about you, but it’s been a struggle for me to remain in a good headspace the last few weeks. I’ve…

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My silver-lining.

*LONG, TEARFUL POST ALERT* 

It’s wild how stillness has the power to change so much…our world as a whole, but also the world inside the head and home you’ve been isolated within.  

Truthfully, I thought I’d get by this quarantine…

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My silver-lining.

*LONG, TEARFUL POST ALERT* 

It’s wild how stillness has the power to change so much…our world as a whole, but also the world inside the head and home you’ve been isolated within.  

Truthfully, I thought I’d get by this quarantine…

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The breather.

I willingly woke up at 6:30am this morning. And as the orange glow filtered in through my kitchen blinds, it made me take pause as I mixed my celery powder into 8 ounces of water. (Don’t even ask, ha.) I…

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Perfectionist.

It’s kind of funny, really. Yesterday someone called me a “perfectionist” and it caught me completely off guard. So naturally, I laughed it off and told them to “stop talking stupid” (great rebuttal), but still they stood by their assessment.

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