The Story Behind SoulShine
My Mama and my Aunt Cissy at Coon hunters event with their daddy’s in Waverly Tennessee when they were 12 years old. They quickly became best friends. Mamas daddy, Tommy Stewart and his family all lived in Waverly as well as my Dad’s parents.
Mama started spending tons of time over the Big House and ended up falling in love with my Daddy 💑
She loved her dad’s family and her new Best friends family. This town is where she felt at 🏠 Home.
Mama became a part of this place. When she died she died happy because she was on that Ranch. In this town.
4 years ago I was at a cross roads 👩🏻💻I knew I needed to come home but I didn’t know what home looked like anymore.
Franklin is where I grew up, 👩🏻 where all of my friends are raising their kids and their lives.
It’s where my brother and his family are. Our family home 🏡 still stands on the land where it was built almost 75 years ago.
One day i was out jogging by Lake Washington and God 📿 whispered so vividly i can still hear it now. He said “you can take them home”
I was hit with a vision of dirt, a house that was wood and cozy, animals 🦉🦋and my Memaw.
I always said “there’s no way I’ll live that far out, where Target? Ain’t no Target or Starbucks!” ☕️
God 📿said it again. “You can take them home”
I saw my mama coming over for supper and Cissie being with her. A relationship renewed.
I saw my kids running around like wild cowboys. I saw my husband fulfilling his dream to have land, animals and work with his hands.
I saw me as a 👵🏻 on that same front porch, rocking my grand-babies.
When we got out here all of that happened (well i ain’t a granny yet) but so many of those visions are set in process. They are our world.
Things i didn’t know to expect would be the community both at the Ranch (they are like family even the ones who ain’t) and as a real gift the community of the actual town of Waverly. I had NEVER spent time in Waverly. Ever. Maybe once when i was young and wild with my cousin Beth. But never any true time.
I immediately loved it. For those of you who didn’t grow up in franklin, Franklin and Waverly were similar when we were younger. I’m a small town raised girl and i easily felt at home here.
The people. The community. That’s where the heart beat of this place thrives. With the people.
…..my children will be raised here. We will live on this farm and i will rock my grand babies on that porch swing.
So we must invest ourselves and become part of the foundation of our town. Of Waverly TN.
I’m good at about one thing 😉 that’s performing and hosting people. 💕
I’m good at making people laugh and feel welcome. 🦋
The Sims Family is amazing at that too 😇
So The Sims and The Fingers have invested in our town. Pulled up a plot in the dad gum center of the square!!! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼
We have created a space that is COZY, WELCOMING and full of music with a blasted Food Truck right outside the door! 🥓 🎶 🔥
My Mama called me Sunshine ☀️
Now that’s she gone i hold her in my Soul.
I’m now her SoulShine. 🕊 🕊 🕊
The Sims are full of sunshine and their Souls are too!
We agreed 100 percent that this would be the name of our new Music 🎶 Nook. 💕🦋☀️
SoulShine’s Grand Opening is November 30th and December 1st.
We will have a multi layered concert with comedy; Local Eats Food Truck and serve coffee, Tea, Sodeeee POP and desert.
Our vision is that you feel warm, entertained, have a place to go right here in the town of Waverly for a date night or Music and you don’t have to drive to Dickson or Nashville.
We want our kids to grow up and have this place. To stay local. To build local. For us all to commit locally.
We have been so blessed to be able to create this. We hope you come along with us. That you join us for Opening Weekend!
We only have seating for 50 people. We have about 10 seats left for both shows. To get your name on the list, text (425) 503-7893 and pay at the door.
I’ll end with this-yes i know you thankful for that.
I get bored fast. I’m a runner. I love Target. This venue is so much more for me-to me than a business. It’s a labor love. For the community but also for my sobriety. My recovery. To give is to get. Is to stay sane. To be of service to people is to stay out of self. I wanna still go go go and God wants me to slow down. Be present. Be surrounded by my people. I want so badly to be the woman God has created me to be. To be able to Travel and sing then come home and bring what i know right here to my home town. To just bring joy and music. That’s it. I Love you 💕
Disclaimer: I’ll leave the Sims to tell their side of the story 😂