Hey there, friend!
I’m so so glad that you are here. My name is Dana Marie and I’m a singer-songwriter, speaker, blogger, and basically your new best friend :)
Life in your 20’s can be overwhelming. It’s a decade that truly does define the rest of your life! From taking ownership of your faith and figuring out your purpose to deciding who you’re going to marry and finding a solid group of gal-pals, life is full of really major decisions. It’s so easy to identify ourselves according to the world’s standards instead of looking to who God says we are.
If I had a best friend to guide me and help me understand the truth of my identity, I know I would’ve avoided a lot of pain. It would be a privilege to be that for you! 💜
Like so many others, I’ve experienced agonizing amounts of pain in my life. At the age of 17, I was date raped. The following year, it happened again. Quickly thereafter, I spiraled into a severe depression which led to a suicide attempt. A few years later, I became so physically sick with Crohn’s Disease that I endured multiple surgeries, ultimately leaving me with a permanent ileostomy – a bag on my stomach. I was only 24.
To say I felt broken is an understatement. Shattered. Damaged. Scattered in pieces…that’s more like it.
How do you build yourself back up when every piece of who you think you are has been shattered? Is there purpose in the pain? Is there beauty in the brokenness? Is there a message within the mess?
From my knees, I discovered that the world can break my heart, it can break my body, but it cannot break my spirit. These scars have become my armor. My story has become my testimony. The brokenness only adds more fuel to the fire from which I’m rising. The weight of the pain is only outdone by God’s capacity to love me, pick up the pieces, and make me new, from the brokenness.
My mission is to encourage you to live the life you’ve always wanted to live, as a woman with intention, confident in her identity, and after God’s heart. I used to listen to who the world said I was, and I almost lost my life because of it. Now that I know who God says that I am, I am safe, overwhelmed with peace, beaming with joy. He makes me brave. And nothing makes me happier than sharing this ultimate love story with you. 💕
Stick around here to be updated on my latest music, encouragement in your faith, some silliness, and I’ll even share wellness tips that I pick up along the way. I believe that when we understand our true identity, we begin to live intentionally – from the way we take care of ourselves + others to how we choose to spend our time. I pray that this place becomes a glimmer of light in your life. 🌟
I’m sooo excited to be friends!! :)