Enough

Something I've been thinking about a lot is this question that keeps popping up in my head. Am I good enough? Am I enough? The lie that I am not enough is an insecurity that I've been fighting almost my whole life and if you're like me, you might ask that question too.

And some days are better than others.

But, I have the answer. Yes, that may sound a bit bold, but it’s true. I do.

I have a no-fail, 100% true way of testing to see if you’re enough. Nervous? Want to see if you qualify as being enough? Good. I thought you would.

I want you to put your hand on your chest. (yes...go ahead & do it now...hand to chest.) Feel that beating? That thumping in your chest? That beating automatically means that you are enough. It's really that simple. Congratulations for taking the test and passing with flying colors. You are a winner.

You are enough. You are living and breathing and showing up. You have a unique gift to share with the world. We need you. We need your vantage point. We need your ideas, your laughter, you specific fingerprint. We need you. And you are enough.

I know you might be thinking...this is all good and fine Kate, but what if I don't FEEL like I'm enough. Yes, you might not feel like enough right now. But, that's just not the truth. If you have blood pumping in your veins and a heart beating in your chest--you are enough.

Maybe I’m typing this because I am in need of this reminder. The insecure voices have been begging for mental real-estate recently and so I’m typing this as much for myself as I am for you. In my industry, there is so much focus on outward appearance. I am constantly reminding myself that I am not supposed to be anyone else but myself...and that I, Katherine Elizabeth, with my heart and blood pumping in my veins, just as I am, am 100% enough.

So when you are tempted to compare yourself to someone more talented, taller, thinner, happier, etc., whatever it is that is telling you that you aren’t enough--shut it down. Hold that hand to your chest and remind yourself that YOU ARE ENOUGH. I wish I could sit down with each of you reading this and stare into your beautiful face and tell you that even if you can’t believe it yourself yet, I know that you are enough. 

"Comparison is the thief of joy"--no matter who said it first...either CS Lewis or Theodore Roosevelt--they were both smart dudes and it's true. Don’t think of yourself and think, "If I were taller, more successful, prettier, thinner, a mom, married...then I would be enough." None of those things will ever make you more “enough” than you are right now at this present moment. Don’t get me wrong, I believe in self-improvement and marriages and all those good things...but we need to approach them realizing that your quota for being “enough” in the world has already been 100% met...just by being you with your beating heart. 

See, there is this notion going around that we can improve our self-worth. IT'S A TRAP, GUYS. Don't fall for it. No thing can improve your self-worth. You are worthy of love just as you are and that makes you ENOUGH. 

I’ve been hearing a lot about suicides recently and it just wrecks me. I don’t know what goes through a person’s mind before they take their own life, but I wonder if that lie about not being enough is somewhere rooted deeply inside. It starts small and can snowball so quickly. I know I’ve said it like a million times already, but you are enough and we need you here. If you are considering taking your own life--please tell someone. Reach out. Call a hotline. Call a friend. Tell your neighbor. Email us. We need you here.

If you are reading this right now, I think there’s a reason. Maybe you need the reminder that you are enough and that everyone is good at something. You may not be on a stage or in the spotlight, but that's not the point. Maybe you’re good at celebrating people? Maybe you’re good at painting? Maybe you’re good at holding babies? Maybe you’re good at cooking or baking? Maybe you’re good at making people feel welcome? Maybe you’re good at teaching? Or playing games. We are all good at something. Even if you feel like you're good at nothing, (that's not true) but you're still ENOUGH. 

If the lies pop into your head. Shut ‘em down. Hand to heart. Let that be our reminder. Deal? Deal. When I’m not feeling like enough, I’m going to put my hand to my heart, remind myself that I am enough and remind myself that we are all in this together.

With all my love,

Kate

PS. I started getting this idea for the blog last weekend while I was at the beach. I took long walks by myself thinking and talking to God...and just had to remind myself. I am enough. I am enough. I took this pic because I want to practice what I write. I am enough. Love, love, love.

 


 

Shoutout to Mila Kunis + Women Everywhere

I’m not sure if you saw this same headline in November of last year, but it made my heart beat faster just seeing the title. Something about it caught my eye and I could not click the link fast enough. The headline read: “Mila Kunis slams sexist Hollywood producer in powerful open letter.”

If I’m being honest, I do not know much about Mila. We’ve never met and I have only seen a few of her movies. I know she is a talented actor, but I really didn’t know much else about her. But, by the time I was done reading the first few sentences of her open letter, I was like OMG, Mila is a total badass.

First off, if you haven’t read her open letter, PLEASE read it. It’s right HERE. It’s not too long. Honestly...it’s so good.

Now that we are all on the same page of agreeing on Mila’s badassery, can I just tell you why I loved this open letter so much? Because we wrote a similar open letter a year earlier. In December of 2015 we told a different version of the same story. The details were different, the circumstances different, but the message was the same:

Speak your truth, even if it costs you something.

Something we learned from our experience is that if it’s happening to us, it’s happening to other women too. Mila also acknowledges that and that’s why we feel so passionate about speaking to women about sharing their truths. We believe the more women speak their truths and share their stories, the more the stigma will begin to change. We are not “troublemakers” for speaking out. We are not being b*tchy or hormonal. We have a voice and we will use it.

One thing I loved about her article was that Mila acknowledged that she didn’t have to fear what speaking out would do to her ability to put food on the table. Or her ability to work in this town again. Those threats can be paralyzing and we were told the same thing. “You’ll never work again in this town. You’ll be known as b*tches if you tell this story.” We know firsthand how those kind of comments can be terrifying and scary, but they are empty threats. Truth will never lead you down the wrong road.

We need to be aware of the gender gap and all participate in making strides to change that.

Another thing that we believe is crucial in order to see change, is having other women suppoort each other. Never forget that if you are a cheerleader for other women in your life, you will never lack friends.

Ladies, we are smart. We are capable. We are world-changers and life-givers. Let’s remember that if you have been mistreated, wronged, or put in a corner...you can say something. You can stand up to the voices and people that tell you that you can’t. The old-school thinkers want us to stay quiet, to deny our truths and to silence the power that’s within...and they do this because they’re afraid. They are afraid of the unlimited power that’s inside of a woman who believes in herself. Draw a line in the sand and say no more.

I love this quote:  

“But it's these very comments that women deal with day in and day out in offices, on calls, and in emails — microaggressions that devalue the contributions and worth of hard-working women.” She goes on to say: “I'm done compromising; even more so, I'm done with being compromised. So from this point forward, when I am confronted with one of these comments, subtle or overt, I will address them head on; I will stop in the moment and do my best to educate. I cannot guarantee that my objections will be taken to heart, but at least now I am part of creating an environment where there is the opportunity for growth. And if my comments fall on deaf ears, I will choose to walk away.”

Yes. All the praise hands emojis, YES. Women, let’s address these comments head on. Let’s not keep quiet. And men, don’t let your fellow gender make these kind of comments. We will and can change the status quo one person at a time.

Mila, thank you for telling your story and sharing your truth. We need more people using their platforms and shining a light on these stories. And you, reader, tell your story. The world needs your stories, your vantage point. We need you. Don’t let fear tell you what to do. We will all be here cheering you on.

Much love,

Kate (and Jill too)

 

 

"Year Of Yes" Book Review

We both just finished listening to the audiobook “Year of Yes” by Shonda Rhimes. It was great! Definitely give it a read (or listen) if you are needing a new book suggestion. Shonda is the mastermind behind little TV shows you may have heard of...*cough, cough* 'Grey's Anatomy," "Private Practice," "Scandal," and "How To Get Away With Murder."

For those of you who haven’t read it, (I promise not give away any spoilers) it’s her story about saying YES for a whole year.  The title told you that much, right? Here’s what I loved about her story: saying “yes” was her taking action. It was her showing up. It was doing and not just dreaming.

She talks about the difference between “doers” and “dreamers” and how people out there who are accomplishing things and taking the world by storm are not merely dreamers...they are out there DOING.

It’s an action word. Here’s the thing for me. I am a dreamer. I have been my whole life. There is always something playing out in my head. It’s often grand and whimsical...but I love dreaming. Give me a glass of wine, some soul-stirring jams in my ears and an airplane window seat...that’s pretty much dream heaven. I think dreams lay the groundwork for doing...but if you only dream and don’t do, you will probably not go very far. I have a printed out (non-final) bucket list in my office. I actually believe that one person can change the world with a simple idea. I really did dream about marrying Prince William. True story. I dreamt about it. I thought it could happen. Yes, that’s a silly teenage fairytale dream...but as a teen I also dreamt about standing on a stage in front of thousands of people singing my songs.

Here’s the difference. I took no action on hunting Prince WIlliam down and forcing him to marry me. I did however take steps in writing songs, performing, singing in front of people, etc. And today you can find me singing on a stage and not married to Prince Charming. (On a side-note, can you believe he married a different Kate??? I mean come on… my name is Katherine Elizabeth...I’m practically made shoe-in for the royal family. Haha!)

I love Shonda’s approach to being unapologetically who she is and how saying yes changed her life. I love how a simple 3 letter word shook her up and out of her routine. Never underestimate what a YES can do. Saying yes has been transformational for Jill and me too. We write about it in more detail in our Inspired eBook...and we challenge the reader to say yes when their normal gut instinct would be to say no.

Last weekend a friend invited us over to their house because some family was in town. It was 11:30pm...I could either say no, and go to bed at a decent hour, or I could say a YES and get in an uber at midnight because why not. So I did. I left my house at 12:04am and for a brief moment had flashbacks of being 23 again. But, I’m so glad that I did! I had such a fun night and even though I didn’t go to bed until 4:30AM (what the what?) I made memories that will last. I laughed hard. And being tired the next day wasn’t so bad. I had shown up. Said yes.

This was last summer and a friend included temporary tattoo's in her book launch package. I put that YES right on my arm and loved every single time I saw it. 

This was last summer and a friend included temporary tattoo's in her book launch package. I put that YES right on my arm and loved every single time I saw it. 

So, thanks, Shonda, for telling your story...when people share stories, it’s what gives us comfort and strength in our own storytelling. Thanks for being vulnerable and for taking us along on your journey.  Thanks for reminding us to show up, say yes and to love ourselves. By telling your story, you remind us to keep telling ours. Loneliness is the worst disease and by sharing stories we fight that disease.  Keep on with your badassery.


Much love,

Kate

PS. I have officially started using badassery and am forever in your debt for creating the word.

 

 

Super Bowl 2017

Kate here.

The Super Bowl happened last night. If you want to know the range of emotion we went through, please just watch our Instagram story. The Patriots won in an unbelievable comeback. Definitely the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

They were down by 21 points in the 3rd quarter. People had given up. And according to history, they sort of should have because in the history of the Super Bowl no one had ever come back from trailing more than 10 points. The Super Bowl had never gone into overtime. Both things happened and it was incredible to watch. It was insane watching Tom Brady. It’s like when he got into his element, when they were down and when people had counted them out, that’s when he started to shine. Easy, calm, mindful. It really was incredible to watch and bear witness to it all. History in the making. And I’ve got to say. I’m not a huge football girl, but the one thing I know about the Patriots is that they are the most clutch team and that comebacks are their masterpiece. It’s what they excel at and I never stopped believing and I never doubted.

I kept thinking about all the discipline and hard work that Tom has put in. I mean, everyone on the team works hard and puts in their time, but Tom is the face of it all. He stands out. I wonder how many times he has disciplined himself, denied himself something for the greater good of being a better version of himself tomorrow than yesterday. I’m trying to get better at self-discipline. It’s hard all the time but it’s especially hard when you’re a feeler like me. I am so in the moment that I just want to have the moment to have and to hold and to enjoy. Wait, what? You want me to put off this enjoyment for something greater? For a greater enjoyment down the line? It’s okay guys, I’ll just make my own joy when we get there...no need to deprive myself now. Ha. I digress. You see?

But honestly, how many hours, how much hard work went into that win last night? I think the thing that I am most amazed by is not the distance or precision in which he can throw. Or how hard he works to stay in shape (although I’m thankful for that.) It’s the mental toughness. It’s the mental ability to lock your thoughts down and not freak out. When 60,000 people are screaming at you, when you literally are in the worst position ever in the history of the Super Bowl, that no team has EVER come back from, how do you keep the mental reigns tight and on lockdown? Gosh, I would love to hear what Tom was thinking about during the last 20 minutes of the game. Do you think he just kept repeating to himself. I am a winner. I am a winner. I win. I am great at throwing a football. I see all the right plays at the right time. My eyes are focused. My mind is sharp. I am a winner. My breathing is calm. I am a winner. I will win this.

In case you were wondering, that’s how my inner quarterback talks. Haha. But, I honestly think there is a lesson here for all of us. How can we walk around and practice mental toughness? I think it’s when those pesky negative voices pop up in our heads we have to shut them down. We have to fight back and not give them any place to plant themselves. Tell them to find residence elsewhere because there is no place for them here. Just remember that your thoughts control a lot. LIKE, A LOT. So, be careful what you let run wild in your mind. Focus on the positive. Focus on truth. Focus on the end result you are wanting. Picture yourself crossing the finish line of that marathon. Picture yourself nailing that job interview with your wit and charm. Picture yourself on that airplane taking your dream vacation. Picture yourself pulling on those smaller size jeans (and them actually fitting!)

Also, isn’t it funny that I never doubted that they would come back and win it all? And yet, do I offer myself that same kind of unparalleled hope and belief in my dreams? I can’t say that I do. I’m going to start believing in myself the way I believed the Patriots would come back. That’s another way I’m going to practice mental toughness...I’m going to believe I can come back from anything and accomplish a “never been done before” victory. Because before yesterday, no team had ever come back from a more than a 10 point deficit...until now. And they came back from 25 points. 25! More than double. Wow.

Thank you, Patriots, for one of the most memorable nights ever. History in the making.

Much love,

Kate

Super Bowl food on point. 

Super Bowl food on point. 

Post win elation!!!!

Post win elation!!!!

 

 

 

Erica's Story

Today we are doing something a little different on the blog. We have a guest post from Erica. We met Erica at a show this fall...she has been listening to us for a few years and we hadn't gotten a chance to meet IRL until last year. Erica told us about how one of our songs (Chasing Storms) in particular had really helped her through a difficult time in life and we asked her if she'd be up for sharing her story on our blog with all of you guys. She said yes, so her story is below!

See, we get to hear your stories...when you email us, send us letters, or tell us in person, but we have this feeling that we ALL need to be hearing each other's stories. So many of you guys have OVERCOME, pushed through, risen after falling, achieved HARD goals and we are always so inspired by your stories. 

We've noticed that a lot of people we talk to and meet through our music have struggled with or do struggle with anxiety and depression. We've also shared with you guys how we each have struggled with those things too. Some of you might even have found us because of some of our songs that deal with those issues: (Life & Breath & Everything, My Love, Breakdown, Finding My Own Way....to name a few.)

There is no shame in having struggles with these things...and we believe they can not only get BETTER, but that by sharing our stories with each other, we can all make it through together.

So here is Erica's story...thank you, Erica, for sharing this with us and with everyone. We're all in this together!  

(Ps: If you want to share your story on our blog, you can send it to us at jillandkate@gmail.com)

 

ERICA'S STORY

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin.  Same town my parents grew up in and same town I live in now.  It’s one of those places everybody knows everybody’s business.
I’ll give you a little background of myself.  I was 12 years old when I was first diagnosed with A.D.D (Attention Deficit Disorder.) I was put on medicine almost immediately.   School was very difficult for me.  Keeping friendships was very difficult for me and life in general was very difficult for me.  I grew up in the shadow of my older brother.  He was 2 years older, smarter, taller and skinnier  than me.  It wasn’t until I was older that I learned to appreciate the smarter and taller genes he got!

Let’s skip ahead a few years.
September 2014 -- I decided that the medication I was on for my A.D.D. wasn’t working the best and I wanted a change.  I went and saw my doctor and she decided on a prescription that she thought would work best for me.  She said to try it for about a month and then let her know.
Month 1: Though I was still working full time, when I came home, I slept.  I was working full-time from 7am-3pm. I’d come home and sleep from 4pm until about 6 the next morning. 
The only thing that I knew would never ‘leave’ me…was music. 
Things in my head weren’t right.  I started to become sad.  My anxiety levels were at an all-time high.  My cry switch was on all the time. I started ‘abusing myself’ you could say.  I have numerous scars on my knuckles, large and small.  Cement walls were my favorite thing to punch. 
One time, I decided to take on a stop sign.  I had to superglue my knuckles shut on that one.  In my head, all I could think was that if I went into the ER, no one would believe me. 
The next morning, I called my doctor and left a message. ….something wasn’t right. But no one called me back.
Month 2:  I felt that punching things wasn’t enough pain inflicted on myself anymore.  Still no call back from the doctor.  At this point my friends and family knew something was wrong, but I had a few friends that wouldn’t leave me alone.  As good as it should have felt to know someone cared, honestly, it sucked.  This led to suicide attempts 1 and 2.  Details won’t ever be necessary.  All I know is that because of 2 people and 1 song…my life was saved.
My best friend then took it upon herself and called my doctor.  She gave her a good earful and my doctor responded to her/me by upping my medication dosage. At this point I was willing to try anything.
Months 3 and 4 blended together.  I started calling into work. I  stopped showing up.  By this point, my boss knew something was up. She pulled me into her office and tried to help.  She let me know she was there, that my job was there.  Suicide attempt 3 occurred.  I stopped doing some of my all-time favorite things and instead stayed at home and did nothing. Absolutely nothing.  I was 26, still living with my parents, absolutely hating life. 
And then, one night, literally out of nowhere, something in me became aware of everything the last 4 months had done to me.  That night, a friend showed up at my house and wanted to go to our favorite spot.  At this point I had nothing to lose, so we went.   We talked for hours about everything.  She sat there and listened and honestly it felt amazing.  One thing I remember her asking after hearing my story that was “What did you used to do that made you happy?  What made you believe anything was possible?”  One thing came instantly to mind: Music.
I called my doctor once again the next morning. I  told her I would no longer be taking the medication and that I wanted to see her physician’s assistant.  The P.A. called me back within 20 minutes of calling  and she had me come in within an hour.  She got everything straightened out that day, but now I was so far into my depression, that I needed help to get out.
I’ve always loved music, but being depressed made me appreciate music that much more. I used to just listen to the sound of the music, but I realized the words are the most important part.  That’s the part that tells the story.  That’s the part that draws you to the artist.  Whoever said there is a song for everything you go through, they weren’t lying. 
It took me about 5 months to get semi- back- to- normal.  In those 5 months I listened to music day in and day out. It was the only thing that made me happy; Inside and out.
The song Chasing Storms hit so close to home that I knew I could do this.  That there was a reason for that exact storm. That I could make my life…….Possible.
‘Cause you’re tired from chasing the wind. 
It was all at your fingertips but you can’t feel it anymore.
When everything is not enough
You’re so afraid to fight for it.
 

A Mother's Love + Happy Birthday

Only a mom can love you when you're rocking an all white outfit with a neon green visor and a pink plastic wicker basket (and why was I on the floor at the bottom of the stairs...not dramatic at all?!) Ha!

Love you Mom. It's you birthday today and I couldn't be more thankful for you. Thank you for loving that hot mess above for my whole life...you are a saint among men. Literally, I know no one else who is as selfless, encouraging and loving. I hope you feel celebrated today and that this year ahead is one of great promises and joy fulfilled. You are my hero. Thank you for teaching me how to cook, how to host, how to love, how to hold the hard things and how to pray. You have had the best attitude in the hardest and darkest of times and been a constant source of encouragement to me. Thank you. You mean everything to me. 

(Also, a side-note: she has been parenting for 40 consecutive years. The woman deserves a medal and a 40 hour massage.)

Here's to the many awesome, exciting adventures this next year brings, Mom.

LOVE YOU TO THE MOON AND BACK. Happy Birthday!

Love, 

Kate

                                      My sister Amy, the birthday girl, and me, Kate :)

                                      My sister Amy, the birthday girl, and me, Kate :)

 

 

Google Brain

As I begin a new year, I try to spend less time on my phone, you know, to be more present. Before going to bed I usually check my phone but I've been trying to not be on it before I go to sleep because I hear about neurons and the tiny lights on your phone being bad for your brain & sleep, etc. Who knows if it's all real, but I'm trying...

BUT...

I swear as soon as I turn off the light, my mind starts racing into "seeking all knowledge mode." I all of a sudden remember every single random thing I've ever wanted to Google. It's like my mind recalls all of these random, yet VERY important, gems that I am oddly VERY curious about. Really, all day I try and remember all of the VERY IMPORTANT things my brain tells me whilst trying to fall asleep and nothing. Want to know how many of these things I can remember during daylight/normal hours? Zero. Not one. I can think of nothing to google or research.

So, a few nights ago, I turned on the light and wrote down every blessed time I had an urge to Google. Yes, I got less sleep that night, but that's how important you are to me, dear reader.

  • Did that gymnast Aly Raisman really end up with that "football player blind date guy" that her friend Shawn Johnson was trying to hook her up with? If so, must try & figure out how to get into that friend circle.
  • *Recalls dream from last night...* Dreamt that a dolphin was my friend and followed me around. Google "dolphin in dream" meanings. And google chair lifts while skiing...dreamt about that too.
  • I need a library card. Google how to get a library card.
  • How does Instagram curate my explore page.
  • Lookup local volunteer opportunities
  • Find out for sure how much water I should be drinking again...2017 is gonna be different.
  • Must email XXXX about song idea
  • Look at recipes using frozen broccoli
  • Google hair color that compliments skin tone
  • What's in the purple rain smoothie I had today? (it was so good.) 

Not sure why I felt the need to share the inner weird workings of my brain with you, but...there it is. And no, I'm not going to answer all of these burning questions for you...do your own googling ;) 

Hope you've had a restful weekend and that the week ahead is FULL of really AWESOME SURPRISES! 

Much love,

-Kate

End of 2016 #31Days2016

Well friends...we DID IT! We made it to the end of #31DaysofBlogging and we made it to the end of the year! Wooohooo! Pat yourself on the back for making it another 365 days! 

There is always a great anticipation and excitement at the end of one year and the beginning of another...but we'd like to remind yourself to not put too much pressure on yourself. You're doing a good job. 

This has been an interesting year for us...lots of firsts and we're excited for ALL that 2017 holds. We are believing it's going to be our best year yet...both as "Jill and Kate" and as "Jill" and "Kate."

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for supporting our music, believing in us and continually showing up for us. We really believe we are all in this together...so let's all step in 2017 together and get excited for the future. 

And thank you for sending all of the pics of us together :) We have LOVED looking at all of them and we tried posting as many as we could! Below is the last batch. 

Talk to y'all next year!

J&K

Smiles!

Smiles!

JK5K in action! So fun!

JK5K in action! So fun!

We've decided Kate points in a lot of pictures!

We've decided Kate points in a lot of pictures!

Yay!

Yay!

Word on the 3rd...remember that? FUN!

Word on the 3rd...remember that? FUN!

Cheese!

Cheese!

Sophie is the bomb! Love her!

Sophie is the bomb! Love her!

This was in Nashville at CMA week!

This was in Nashville at CMA week!

Road Trip #31Days2016

Hey!

We both met back in Nashville yesterday & immediately hit the road for 8 hours. We had loads to catch up on, so that time flew by in the car :) Yet..we forgot to blog (!!!!!) Oopsies. 

We decided on a new favorite road trip food: Chili Cheese Fritos for the win. YUM. 

Also, a sugar free red bull will keep you up past the time you arrive at your destination. (hello insomnia!)

Here are some more fan pics...from the greatest fans on the planet. We love you guys!

xo

j&k

Skinny Jeans tee FTW!

Skinny Jeans tee FTW!

WILL!!!!

WILL!!!!

Say cheese!

Say cheese!

Ahhhh so fun!

Ahhhh so fun!

Head tilt + smile...FTW!

Head tilt + smile...FTW!

Flying Home #31Days2016

Hey y’all!

Kate here. I am sitting in the airport reflecting over the past week. I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the holiday with friends and family. Most of all, I hope you felt loved. 

I have had just over a week with my family and I’m so grateful for time together with them. I don’t have a ton to say…just that I’m grateful and feeling full. My heart is full—full of quality time with family which included playing games, skiing, staying in PJs all day, watching movies, singing & playing instruments…it was glorious.  Also…feeling full of the delicious food and treats…there is nothing like home cooked goodness :) Did you see the homemade caramels my sis-in-law made? I posted a pic on Instagram. OMG. So good. 

Skiing with most of the family...

Skiing with most of the family...

Hiking with my gorgeous Mom!

Hiking with my gorgeous Mom!

I love the window seat and took this shot as we left Spokane, WA…the sun and the snow…just something magical about floating above it all. And the colors.....WOW.

As I head home, I'm excited for all 2017 has to offer. It’s going to be a GREAT year!

Much love,

Kate

How about some more awesome fan photos? YES!

This was right after Songs on the 17th came out, right??

This was right after Songs on the 17th came out, right??

Group shot with some of our FAVS!

Group shot with some of our FAVS!

Big smiles!

Big smiles!

Our Trip To Africa Last Month #31Days2016

Hello!

Hope you are still having a wonderful Christmas break! We wanted to tell you a bit about our trip to Africa last month. When you travel abroad, there is so much to take in…it’s kind of nice to have a few weeks to process…to let it all soak in…and to see what memories and experiences are still brimming up and over your heart & mind after some time has passed.

Our main objective was to go up to the HOHA home in Zimbabwe and hang out with the kids up there. We didn’t have a building project this time…we simply went to have face-to-face time with the kids. Most of these kids have been at the house for almost 3 years and this marked our 3rd trip up there. These kids are all at the house permanently. The laws in their country do not allow adoption, so once they arrive, this is their forever home. We have built relationships with these kids and so our main objective is to keep up our end of our promise when we leave which is: “We’ll see you again! Until next time. See you soon.” They make it easy for us to keep...they are pure joy.

During this visit, we spent most of the time playing games, reading, doing puzzles, jumping rope, riding bikes, singing and eating some sugary treats! We thought we’d share some memories and highlights…and of course LOADS of pics because their little faces will make your heart skip a beat. Note: some of these memories are random and fun…some are more serious…we just want to give you a realistic view of our time there: 

  • When we landed, it was just as torrential rains started to hit the area. We are talking MAJOR FLOODING. It was crazy. We were waiting for Kate’s dad to pick us up from the airport but he couldn’t leave the grocery store he was in because of ALL OF THE WATER. Water was coming in the airport. We were waiting for the elevators and when the elevator doors opened, about 5 inches of water came rushing out of the doors. YIKES. We took the stairs. Thankfully the rain subsided and Kate’s dad made it safely to pick us up! Nothing like hitting the ground with a bit of excitement. 
This is a small glimpse of the flooding...and also that's the grocery store Bill was trapped in!

This is a small glimpse of the flooding...and also that's the grocery store Bill was trapped in!

  • It’s a 4 hour drive to the border and then an unknown time to cross the border...then about 3 hours past the border. We had angels watching us because we made it through the border in RECORD TIME both ways. Seriously. Sometimes there can be hundreds of people and no real organization and it can take anywhere from 3-6 hours. We made it through in about 1.5 hours! YAY!
  • We had our first real Grey’s Anatomy moment on one of our trips. A few hours after arriving, we got word from a house mom that there was a bicycle accident involving one of our orphans and the house mom was walking to see what had happened. She hopped in our truck and we went to go find him. (Important side note: we are literally in the wild bush of Africa. There is no electricity, no running water…the mode of transportation is bicycle or donkey cart. No joke.) So, she hops into our truck and we whiz through the bushes to try and find the accident. When we arrived we saw people gathered around, and a uniformed little boy face down in the ground with a bike behind him. Our hearts sank a bit. We had no idea what condition this little boy would be in and neither one of us does super well around blood or anything of that nature. But, there is adrenaline that kicks in and we all flew out of the car. As we approached we realized that the kid was conscious (thank God) and then we realized this wasn’t one of our orphans but a neighboring village kid. Still, this kid needed help and we all began to try and see what the problem was. We quickly figured out that his precious bare foot was bent behind him and stuck through the inside of the tire spokes. He had a gash almost down to the bone with blood trickling out. Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Again, neither of us do well with blood or wounds so this was a shock. But, my dad, his friend Johnsy and I (Kate) immediately tried to see if we could pull the spokes lose so he could get his foot out. But it wouldn’t even budge. My dad remembered a tool he had brought with him that would cut the spoke so we jumped into his truck and raced to Philip’s house to grab the tool & a first aid kit I always pack but truthfully have never had to use. Jill & Johnsy stayed with the boy to comfort him. We got back as quickly as we could and a little crowd had gathered. Another villager had showed up to help and it took 3 grown men to cut the spokes and get his foot out. We were worried it was broken so we all had to be super gentle. I put on gloves, channeled my inner Meredith Grey and cleaned his wound, gave him some Tylenol, and bandaged him up. We were able to drive him to his home and offered to drive him to the clinic if his mother wanted us to. She declined so we left him with some pain killers and candy. That was definitely an experience we will never forget and we are thankful that he was okay and that the accident was not worse. 
The bike accident scene.

The bike accident scene.

Bill, Johnsy & Jill working on the bike. If you look closely you can see his foot in the spokes. 

Bill, Johnsy & Jill working on the bike. If you look closely you can see his foot in the spokes. 

Jill was comforting him and giving him water.

Jill was comforting him and giving him water.

Johnsy, Jill & the little boy all bandaged up.

Johnsy, Jill & the little boy all bandaged up.

  • We brought jump ropes and these were a big hit! The kids jumped and jumped and the smiles on their faces when they were in mid-air are forever cemented in our hearts. PURE GLEE. Such simple fun. Also...Jill's still got it.
  • It was really hot. LIKE probably over 100 degrees with 100% humidity but we couldn’t check our phones to confirm because you know, NO electricity. Also, no running water means no showers. Kate’s dad has rigged this “make-shift” shower at Philip's (the orphan home director) home. Go to your sink, turn it to a trickle and that basically what the “shower” was. It’s a bucket that is filled up and just trickles out. But, we were thankful for even the slightest relief from the heat and the ability to get somewhat clean. 
Philip's son, Tsepo, climbs up & pours in our water for the shower. One of the favorite shots of the trip. Water = life. 

Philip's son, Tsepo, climbs up & pours in our water for the shower. One of the favorite shots of the trip. Water = life. 

  • We saw 3 scorpions. One was in Zimbabwe at Philip’s house where we were staying and it was a TINY baby one. Jill spotted it and she must have ninja-night-vision-eagle eyes. Apparently the smaller the scorpion the deadlier it is….yikes. 
This was the big scorpion we saw in Kruger Park. Jesus take the wheel...this was not a happy moment.

This was the big scorpion we saw in Kruger Park. Jesus take the wheel...this was not a happy moment.

  • Bill (Kate’s dad) wanted all of the kids (that are old enough) to have their very own bike. The children have access to bikes from their school but they are only allowed to use them when school is in session…so during school vacation they have no bikes. My dad thought having a bike during school vacations was important so he got new bikes to give to each kid. It was awesome to see their excitement and having something that was THEIR VERY OWN…with their names sharpie'd on so no one would mistake it as theirs. So fun! The older kids also gave rides to the younger kids…precious. 
The men who went to get the bikes!

The men who went to get the bikes!

New bikes!

New bikes!

  • We sang a bunch of songs and Jill even gave out some guitar lessons. Music is universal and it’s beautiful to see music translate & break all sorts of barriers. The kids love singing but finding songs that they all knew and we knew was a bit of a challenge. We have learned some songs in their language so that’s always fun to give it a whirl. 
Jill teaching some guitar!

Jill teaching some guitar!

  • The littlest guy at the house is named Thumi and he was terrified of us. He wasn’t there the last time that we visited the house and has probably not had much interaction with white people. So…anytime we got near him he would just melt down and wail. Also, we realized when we played tag with the older kids he didn’t realize it was a game. He thought we were chasing them and going to take them away so he would just sit and scream. The smiles and laughter were apparently not enough proof for him. Ha! Finally we realized and had the older kids explain that we weren’t taking anyone away and it was a game. He understood but still watched cautiously. Since the home operates like a family unit, it’s really a beautiful thing to see the older kids look out for the younger kids. The older kids take pride in caring for the younger ones..truly inspiring. PS. The only time Thumi allowed us to hold him was when we were feeding him cake and ice cream or holding balloons…hahaa…smart kid. 
Thumi's "get away from me" face. 

Thumi's "get away from me" face. 

This was on the last day...he was giving us a thumbs up!

This was on the last day...he was giving us a thumbs up!

  • After we left ZImbabwe, we drove back to the airport in Johannesburg via Kruger National Park. If you’ve followed us for any amount of time you know that this is our ultimate happy place. There is nothing that compares to seeing animals in their natural habitat like that. We saw the Big 5 (elephant, cape buffalo, lions, leapard & rhino) all in one day. It was INCREDIBLE. Such a nice way to end the trip. 
Giraffe!

Giraffe!

Elephants!

Elephants!

There is an elephant behind Kate...can you find it?

There is an elephant behind Kate...can you find it?

So there are some highlights from our trip. Many of you have asked how you can help: www.housesofhopeafrica.com/support You can sponsor a child monthly or you can give a one time donation. Also, if you are the praying kind…we ask you to pray for the children up there…for safety, for health and for their futures to be bright and prosperous. 

Thanks for loving these kids with us! 

Much love,

Jill and Kate

Here are some more pics from our trip! xo

Reading time!

Reading time!

Thumbs up in the back of the truck!

Thumbs up in the back of the truck!

Bill with the kids!

Bill with the kids!

This is Remember. He has the best smile and also hung the moon :)

This is Remember. He has the best smile and also hung the moon :)

Moon.

Moon.

Brought little point & shoot camera for the kids!

Brought little point & shoot camera for the kids!

Group shot!

Group shot!

Clarence on his new bike!

Clarence on his new bike!

Kate & Remember. 

Kate & Remember. 

Jumping on the last bit of paved road we saw in a while. 

Jumping on the last bit of paved road we saw in a while. 

Kate, machete scorpion killer. Just kidding. I didn't kill any scorpions...

Kate, machete scorpion killer. Just kidding. I didn't kill any scorpions...

All smiles!

All smiles!

Walking from Philip's house to the orphan home. Literally NOTHING around. 

Walking from Philip's house to the orphan home. Literally NOTHING around. 

Some of the HOHA property.

Some of the HOHA property.

Smiles!

Smiles!

Coloring & arts + crafts in the shade!

Coloring & arts + crafts in the shade!

Bill had this crazy idea to make ice cream for the kids...cause that's what you do in 100 degree weather with no electricity. HA! But, the kids had never had ice cream and he made it happen! They each got a turn to "churn" the ice cream...thankful for Bill & his crazy dreams!

Bill had this crazy idea to make ice cream for the kids...cause that's what you do in 100 degree weather with no electricity. HA! But, the kids had never had ice cream and he made it happen! They each got a turn to "churn" the ice cream...thankful for Bill & his crazy dreams!

Look at those smiles...eating ice cream for the first time!

Look at those smiles...eating ice cream for the first time!

Bill gets big hugs for his ice cream making!

Bill gets big hugs for his ice cream making!

It's 5:30am in the morning....ahhh!!! Oh also...the last day we were there is dropped to like 40 degrees. IT WAS FREEZING. Note the sweatshirts and cold looks on our faces. 

It's 5:30am in the morning....ahhh!!! Oh also...the last day we were there is dropped to like 40 degrees. IT WAS FREEZING. Note the sweatshirts and cold looks on our faces. 

Jill reading to the kids!

Jill reading to the kids!

Surprise. Always the best smile!

Surprise. Always the best smile!

This is Beyonce (no kidding) and she's the sweetest thing ever!

This is Beyonce (no kidding) and she's the sweetest thing ever!

Tsepo on his new bike!

Tsepo on his new bike!

Kate washing her face with a nalgene & her fav Renee Rouleau face wash!

Kate washing her face with a nalgene & her fav Renee Rouleau face wash!

Beyonce & Kate.

Beyonce & Kate.

The only sign in the middle of the wild African bush. Houses of Hope Africa! Until next time :)

The only sign in the middle of the wild African bush. Houses of Hope Africa! Until next time :)

 

 

 

Annnnnnnd...we couldn't forget awesome fan pics! Only 3 more days of #31Days :)

This was in Boston with Haley!! She's awesome!

This was in Boston with Haley!! She's awesome!

At the Storyline Conference!

At the Storyline Conference!

Kate with her dark hair! Does anyone think she should dye it dark again?

Kate with her dark hair! Does anyone think she should dye it dark again?

Trivia #31days2016

Tonight I played Trivia at a little pub in Newburyport, MA with my cousin and friend. It's sort of become the thing that we do when I am up in the Northeast for holidays or visits. Trivia is not as big in Nashville (as far as I can tell) but up here it is ALL THE RAGE. Every night of the week you can go play trivia at one bar or another. STUMP Trivia is where it's at. I love it...even though I am not very good. 

But, to be fair...I think some people LIVE FOR THIS. I mean, they are very serious about it and get all of the answers right. I think they play every single night.

The questions are not easy questions, either. I mean...maybe I need to read more. I know I do. But playing trivia like this makes me want to go back to school. Like, all of school. Grade 1 right on up through. I need a refresher on every.single.subject.

But we have fun. Our team name is "Small Wonder" (the next Netflix reboot anyone? I'd binge that any day.) We came in 14th place tonight out of 14 teams. HAHAHAHA! The team that was playing next to us was this really classy family...a mom, dad, and their college-aged son. They were getting all of the answers right and looked like they probably all graduated from Brown or Yale or Dartmouth. Then at the end when they announced the top teams, their team name was "Fart Smells." Are you freaking kidding me? Did not see that one coming. 

Anyway, I'm going to go now and touch up on my sports, art, literature, and history knowledge. If you have a bar/restaurant near you that does STUMP trivia, I highly recommend that you grab some friends, come up with a really killer team name...sorry, "Fart Smells" is already taken...and head out and play. Even if you come in dead last, you'll still have a blast. 

Until tomorrow. 

Jill

 

More of your awesome pics below!

Love that necklace!

Love that necklace!

Kate face in full effect.

Kate face in full effect.

LA LA LA. Hi Chris. Hi Will. 

LA LA LA. Hi Chris. Hi Will. 

Bonnie in TX!

Bonnie in TX!

WEIRD SITUATIONS


Strangers always talk to us when we are traveling and usually they just want to ask "Are you guys sisters??"
 But sometimes it's more complex than that. It's like strange people just find us and sometimes it gets awkward. Like a few weeks ago in the Atlanta airport....

We had just landed after a 16.5 hour flight. We had been in Africa for 10 days and we were...exhausted, un-fresh, and we may have both had a little bit of an ambien hangover from the flight. Either way, we just wanted to get some coffee (Coffee Bean in the ATL, hallelujah) and some American breakfast. We had barely had any time to process our trip so we were looking forward to just sitting at a restaurant and re-hashing it all.

We found a TGI Fridays (it was the best we could do) and waited while the hostess went to clean off a table for us. While we were waiting, this dude walks in. He was about our age, wearing a cowboy hat and looked a little bit lost.
He went over to the bar then came back to the line and looked right at us.

"Hey guys, could I ask you a question?"

NO WE'RE NOT SISTERS. (We didn't say it but we were both thinking it.)

"Yeah what's up?"

"Could I sit with you guys and eat breakfast? I don't know anyone or have any friends here and I just don't want to really sit alone."

Pause. Let's give you a little idea of our personalities here. This is my (Jill) worst nightmare. Introvert central, stranger danger. Kate is the one who is all about new friends and new people. If one of us was going to say yes to this dude, it was gonna be Kate.

HOWEVER.

Kate was so tired and over it. She just wasn't up for it. She didn't say it, but she was feeling it big time.

Meeeee on the other hand...I was feeling this sort of compassion for the world after the trip to Africa. The election had happened while we were gone and the world seemed like it needed a lot more love, so without REALLY thinking about it, I responded to the dude.

"Sure!"

Kate gave me the stare of death. A million stares of death. And to be honest, I knew right away it was a bad idea. But remember: exhaustion, Africa high, Ambien hangover. The combination is frightening.

So dude sits down with us. He says we are the Angels he's been praying for. Not sure if that was a line or what. But the waitress comes over to the table and he asks her about beer specials. It's 7:00am. No judgement, but a tiny red flag went up. There were no beer specials so he ordered a mimosa.

Then he just started to spill. Verbal diarrhea. He told us he was on his way to Florida. He had been on a flight last night but he got handcuffed and escorted off the plane by cops. 😳
"Could we believe that?" All he had done was ask for a beer and some peanuts. They thought he was being hostile. 


So he went to a hotel for the night. But he got kicked out of there too.
 

So now, he was on his way to Florida with no phone and hardly any money and his plan was to "sleep on the beach for a few nights."

RED FLAGS SURROUNDING US NOW.

I had obviously made a huge mistake and now here we were, stuck in a booth across from this dude who was probably, we realized now, still drunk from last night and who we were *probably* going to buy breakfast for. Smooth move, guy, smooth move.

I, hoping to avoid conflict, figured we just had to suck it up and ask for the check and go find breakfast somewhere else. At this point, I was a little afraid of the stability of this guy and didn't want to upset him.

Kate, however, has no fear of conflict. She also had about zero time for this dude at this point...with good reason. I had put us in this awkward position and it kept getting weirder.

So Kate, in the way that only Kate can, leaned across the booth, looked dude in the face and said very gently and with great ease:

"Can I make a request?"

He seemed stoked.

"YEAH TOTALLY!"

"Would you go ahead and leave our booth and go sit somewhere else?"

He sunk a little but was agreeable about it. So it seemed. He agreed to leave but then said, "Just let me look at the menu for a minute."

"You know what? You can take the menu with you. We know what we're getting. So go ahead," said Kate.

SHE HAD ZERO TIME FOR IT. It was kind of amazing to watch. She was a conversational wizard.

He finally got up verrrrry slowly and I think he kept thinking I would say, "Hey, actually sit down! It's fine!"

But wanna know what I did? I sat there frozen the whole time. I was totally useless. Haha. If it weren't for Kate standing up for what she wanted, I'd probably be on my way to Florida buying this dude food and drinks and a place to stay because I'm a SUCKER.

And ya know what? It bummed me out because I sort of took a chance and tried to be kind to someone who I normally would just ignore or say no to...because of my shyness...but I took a chance. And it ROYALLY went wrong.

I mean, it all worked out, as in, we weren't robbed or kicked out of the airport with the dude or anything, but it sort of ruined our breakfast that we'd been excited about. But sometimes, it happens. You take a chance and it doesn't go how you hope it will. And that's ok.

We hope this dude is ok and wish him all the best, but if we ever see him again, we are RUNNING the other way to Applebee's or Chili's or anywhere but TGI FRIDAYS. 

You win some you lose some.

 

Now...more pics of you awesome people! 

Shannon!! The best.

Shannon!! The best.

All smiles!

All smiles!

Excited faces?!?!

Excited faces?!?!

Merry Merry! #31Days2016

Merry Christmas, Friends!

From our hearts to yours, we are wishing you a VERY, MERRY Christmas!!! Jill is with her family in New Hampshire and Kate is with some family in Idaho. 

We are all spending the day eating yummy food, making memories with family and reflecting on the wonderful gift of the birth of Jesus...and we hope you are all enjoying your day too! 
 

(Jill and Syl "Kate-facing" It)

(Jill and Syl "Kate-facing" It)

(Kate and Bill missing out on the Kate face!)

(Kate and Bill missing out on the Kate face!)

Thank you for your support and love throughout 2016...it truly means so much to us. We hope and pray you've have a very lovely Christmas weekend!

MUCH LOVE! 

J&K

And how about some more fan pics...cause you guys...this has been SO FUN!!! #memorylane

At a Night For Hope in Nashville!

At a Night For Hope in Nashville!

Lynn!

Lynn!

Happy times!!

Happy times!!

I JUST CAN'T

We all have them. Things that WE JUST CAN'T. Meaning we just can't handle them. We can't even. Here are my top 10. What are some of yours? Leave them in the comments. -j

1. SMELLY SPONGES
As soon as a sponge or rag starts to smell...you KNOW that smell, it's time to throw it out. Come on, guys. Let's all do it. I believe in us.

2. REINDEER CARS
Whyyyyyyyyyy?

3. WAITRESSES WHO CALL ME "BABY, SWEETHEART, DOLL, ETC.)
I'd prefer Ma'am and that's saying a lot. ("Honey" I can handle ON OCCASION, but that's about as far as I'll go.)

4. STICKY FOOD THINGS
Speaking of "honey"...sticky food items. Think syrup, ooey gooey caramel, etc. AHHHHHH just thinking about it gives me the heebie-jeebies.

5. THE SONG "BAD DAY" by DANIEL POWTER.
Do you have that one song that just gets your goat? This is mine and it literally makes me cringe when I hear it. Shoot, now it's gonna be in my head.

6. POP ROCKS
They are exploding in my mouth. First of all, how? Secondly, OUCH. Thirdly, just no. I want nothing to do with these weird non-food, not-even-really-candy thingamabobs. Good riddance.

7. OILS
Sorry if you sell them and no I don't hate you, I just can't with the smells. So. Many. Smells. Little drops of smelliness that will not go away. I will definitely not be your next DoTerra team member. You can count on that. But I will still be your friend. 

8. THE GROCERY CART WITH THE WONKY WHEEL.
Why do I always get this one? Why, guys, why?! Just once, I want a smooth, gliding grocery cart. Is that too much to ask?

9. CARS WITHOUT BLINKERS
Isn't it crazy how many cars they make without blinkers now? I mean, it's just crazy! Yes I'm being sarcastic and kind of a jerk. Use your blinkers, people. Love you, mean it.

10. PHONE UPDATES
I'm protesting phone updates. I see you, little alert every day...asking me to update. I keep telling you tomorrow because you don't give me the "LEAVE ME ALONE" option. But guess what? I'm lying. I don't want you to remind me tomorrow or tonight or later this week. I'm not going to update until I literally have no other option. So there.

 

Now....Things that I JUST CAN??? More pictures of you guys! See below. :) :)

C2C Group shot! One of the greatest days!

C2C Group shot! One of the greatest days!

Rockin' that 5K in Styyyyyle.

Rockin' that 5K in Styyyyyle.

Dear UK, can we come back sooooooon?

Dear UK, can we come back sooooooon?

Thoughts on Emoticons, Bitmojis, and GIFs #31days2016

So many thoughts on Emoticons, Bitmojis, and GIF's. 

What's cool? What's not? Do you care? Do you hate any of them? Love any of them? Our friend Jenny hates Bitmojis so much that it's fun to send them to her just because she gets so irritated. Hahaha...I guess I should be a better friend. 

When emoticons came out it was like, YES. I can now express everything I need to express without using words. #lazy 

Then came Bitmoji which Jill got into and Kate did not. It's like Emoticons on steroids. You get to design your little character which is half the fun. You can express everything you need to while actually looking like yourself, and not just a yellow round face. #selfindulgent

And just when we thought Bitmojis were where it's at...GIFs took over the texting world. And admittedly, they are AMAZING. They are sure to get a laugh and a good GIF-ing text convo can go on for at least 20 minutes, easily. Oh how the youths love it. #relevant

 

So we thought we'd share with you our favorite/most used Emoticons, Bitmojis, and GIFs (pronunciation is a big debate here: GGGGIFS? JJJJIFS? We say GIFs not JIFs and we have been known to use the sentence: "You are such a GIF to me!" *Shout out to Carolyn Snell* 

So here are our top picks/most frequently used: 

EMOTICONS:

😂 😎 🙋🏼 🙈 🙄 (sorry they are so small!)

 

BITMOJIS:

 

GIFS:

Okay, well that was fun. What are some of your favorites?? We'd love to see them. 

Here are some more pics with you fine folks!

What a crew!

What a crew!

NYC, yeah you know me!

NYC, yeah you know me!

One day we will go to The Habit!

One day we will go to The Habit!

Cali girls.  

Cali girls.

 

 

 

Christmas time rules #31Days2016

Hey friends, 

As we enter the week of Christmas you will most likely be with family, friends and surrounded by more people than you normally would be. Cue excitement, enjoyment and also, sometimes a wee bit of anxiety. We wanted to share 2 friendly holiday golden rules that we’ve been learning that are good to acknowledge for holiday gatherings:

 

Try not to be easily offended. Someone will probably say something to you that might offend you. Just roll with it. Try not to take everything personally. If you mentally have that mindset of not being “easily offended" it can make conversations and interactions much smoother. Know that the ones surrounding you LOVE you. Know that people generally aren’t trying to be hurtful or offend you…doing this is not always easy but it’s worth it. Just smile, nod, practice that self-control and make like T-swift and “Shake It Off.” 

 

It’s okay to take a grown-up time out. Make a rule before entering the holidays that it’s okay to take time away from the people you love and adore. If you need to take time to be alone, DO IT. Don’t let guilt have a voice to try and tell you that you need every, single second participating with the people surrounding you. Know that if you need to take a drive for that “special errand” or if you need to go take a nap…that’s 100% okay. Seriously, everyone will be better for it. Self-care is important. 

 

Wishing the smoothest holiday gatherings ever! 

 

Much love,

 

J&K

Heyyyyy! Love that shirt.

Heyyyyy! Love that shirt.

We still use these bags daily. LOVE. #pampambambam #pamcakes #thebest

We still use these bags daily. LOVE. #pampambambam #pamcakes #thebest

JOSEPH!!!!

JOSEPH!!!!

7 people you'll see in the airport this week #31Days2016

A few weeks ago, we did a blog about the types of people you find at the beach. Today we are covering the types of people you see at an airport at Christmas time. All of which were observed today by each of us. Here they are, in no particular order. 

 

1) The "Sprinting-as-fast-as-Usain-Bolt" guy who has literally never run that fast in his life. He definitely woke up late and was in his bed fast asleep 22 minutes ago. Poor guy. We've all been there and it's such a rude awakening so you can't help but feel bad for the dude. But also, you have to laugh really hard because it's just so funny to watch it go down when it isn't you. Run, Forrest...run. Hope you make it, buddy.

 

2) The Mom who is freaking rockin' it with little kids who are so excited to be going on an airplane while simultaneously completely melting down because they are out of their routine and because, well, KIDS. You go, Moms. Mad respect. Hope you packed a whole lotta snacks...and some wine for yourself.

 

3) The family who we are going to call the "Nervous Nells." 

"Do you have our boarding passes?" 

"NO, Sue, I gave them to you!"

"Kids did you use the bathroom??"

"Is this our gate...where's our gate? JIM, we are going to miss the flight."

Meanwhile, there's an hour until boarding. Calm down, Nells. It's going to be ok.

 

4) The unbelievably uncomfortable 30-something woman getting a pat down at security in front of everyone. Oh hey, that's me. 

 

5) The retired couple flying to spend Christmas with their kids and grandkids. They are sitting down for one last meal and drink...the calm before the storm. Sipping their martinis all the while knowing when they arrive on the other side, the chaos will ensue for the next 5 days. 

 

6) The overly perky Gate agent cracking jokes over the loud speaker. The power is just so alluring. EVERYONE IS LISTENING TO ME. I WILL BE WITTY AND CUTE AND EVERYONE WILL LOVE ME.  We can all appreciate the positive attitude, but it's early, Ma'am. Jokes are lost on us. Sorry to burst your bubble. All I'm looking for is super dry instructions on where, when, and how to board. Please and thank you. 

 

7) The suave young businessman looking dude who has TSA pre check and cruises through security like a gazelle. Yes we are all looking at you and yes we are envious. (We know you already know that though.)

 

There are so many more as you well know...but these are just a few of the fun faces you can expect to run into if you're flying this week. Give them each a big high five. Except for the girl getting frisked at security. Do her a favor and just pretend you're not watching. 

Christmas is coming soon! Here are some more pics of all of us. Cheers!

Where the party at!?

Where the party at!?

We feel like this photo could be in a yearbook! 

We feel like this photo could be in a yearbook! 

NYC nights with Fred.

NYC nights with Fred.

Acoustic Covers release, right?

Acoustic Covers release, right?

Is today Thursday, cause this is a THROWBACK!

Is today Thursday, cause this is a THROWBACK!