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Interview with CanvasRebel

I was recently interviewed by CanvasRebel, an online magazine that seeks to promote creatives and small business owners and create space for them to learn from one another. Check out the interview below...



Alright, Vanessa thanks for taking the time to share your stories and insights with us today. What sort of legacy are you hoping to build. What do you think people will say about you after you are gone, what do you hope to be remembered for?

I desire to see a world with more love and grace. That might sound a bit flowery and idealistic, but love and grace take grit. They require humility, vulnerability, and a willingness to dive deep into our own stories, sifting through the brokenness and the beauty in a way that leads to wholeness. I write with this in mind.


I started writing as a way to share reflections on what it means to live on the side of grace in a world of polarizing opposites and unrealistic expectations. In the midst of growing divisions within our country and world, I longed for a space to humanize the issues that were being debated in public discourse. As mic drops and echo chambers have become the status quo, I’ve felt this tension inside to hold onto my convictions without alienating and demeaning those who disagree. Along the way, I’ve realized that my ability to show grace to others is absolutely intertwined with my ability to show grace to myself. As I wrestle through both peacemaking and self-grace, I love to bring others along on the journey.


My hope is that as people engage with my writing, they will not only consume more content, but they’ll be invited to reflect on what it means to live on the side of grace and the barriers that stand in the way. What that looks like is going to be different for each person, but if we each do our part to bring more love and grace into the world, we can leave the world a little better than we found it.


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