It's A Trap

I’m just going to ramble here for a second. Stay with me...or don’t...I’m literally just thinking out loud...and by out loud, I mean on paper...and by on paper, I mean on my screen. Good Lord, I’m already rambling. 

So, it’s Sunday. I woke up early, all on my own, and I essentially have the entire day free. Aren’t these kind of days totally awesome? They are rare and wonderful and I just don’t want to miss the good glory of it. So, I woke up at 7:27am and the only thing I *have* to do today is meet wonderful friends for dinner who are flying in from out of town. That’s happening at 6pm.

That means that I have approximately 10 hours before I have to leave for the dinner... and let’s say 9 hours of TOTAL FREE TIME ...giving myself an hour to get ready...which is a lie...I’m going to spray some dry shampoo in my hair and probably do my makeup in the car because that’s how I roll. 

So, that leaves me with 9ish hours to do whatever I want. So let me recap and bring you up to speed on what I’ve done:

  • Went for a 3 mile run...aka...week 8 of my couch to 10k training...I’m really on week 10 but didn’t feel up for running for 45 min today. Yack. 
  • Got back, ate some cereal & had coffee and chatted with a friend who is staying with me who used to live here but now she lives in Denver. (I am including so many unnecessary details but I can’t stop...)
  • Wrote in my journal. (wouldn’t you like to know…)
  • Paid some bills. (on a Sunday, I know...why Kate, why?)
  • Made lunch...really more of a brunch...but whatevs. Egg white omelette with chicken sausage, broccoli, onions and tomatoes...with a side of guacamole.
  • Showered. Even shaved my legs. Winning. (but didn’t wash my hair because of earlier said dry shampoo use. Dry shampoo is life and if I washed my hair as much as Jill did that would be my full time gig. Just washing and drying my hair would’ve taken half of my day. It’s nuts. Ahhh, again with the non-useful info. Sorry.)
  • Threw in a load of laundry. 

AND THIS BRINGS ME TO RIGHT NOW. It’s 1:51pm and I’m just not sure what to do with myself. I have a “to-do” list that I could definitely cross some things off of...doesn’t everyone always have a proverbial list of all the things I should do in my free time but never really do. Like cleaning my car, or organizing my closet, or sorting out my pile of “I-don’t-know-what-to-do-with-you-papers” that have been piling up since March. Part of me wants to GSD (get sh$t done)  and the other part of me wants to lie on the couch and watch Bloodline and if I’m honest--maybe have a glass of wine...but I find this internal voice in my head telling me I should go, do, be, see, work, cross-off, hustle, etc. Instagram is not going to instagram itself you know.

Why is it so hard to rest? To say, I am enough. I have done enough. I can lie here on the couch and chill. Why do we feel so guilty about that? Also, I’ve already gotten a few things done today. Exercising, laundry, journaled, paid bills...I should be able to say to myself, “good job self. Look at what you’ve done. Go do whatever you want now. No need to cross off or document or do anything with jazz-hands.” 

All of these thoughts led me to sitting down at my computer to write this blog...and if I’m honest I wrote it for 2 reasons. One, because I get my best thinking out on a keyboard in words--it’s my way to process, to filter out all of the noise...and two, I wonder if deep down if I wrote it, then I’d feel another wave of accomplishment allowing me to finally rest. THAT’S CRAZY MAKING KATE. Gah, I should be able to rest, not because I’ve done anything, just because I’m human. 

I think with social media, we see peers going and doing and seeing and accomplishing and sometimes I’m like--cool, i’m just going to be here on the couch guys. Or sitting by the ocean, looking at the water for hours, doing nothing. And boy, that’s got to be okay. I am working on my inner dialogue. My inner voice that tells me I need to keep up. BUT IT’S A TRAP. You can’t keep up. You just have to go at your own pace. You are your own pace-setter for the race that you’re on. 

And all of this can be summarized into what I am really trying to focus on: be present in YOUR moment and don’t be anywhere else. UGHHHH. That’s so hard for me. I’m a 7 on the Enneagram and so I am always looking for the next adventure or exciting event...and I miss stuff, you guys. I miss it because I’m not always present. I literally may need a tattoo on my hand that says PRESENT...that’s how quickly I forget. When I park in a parking spot, I am thinking about  the best way to get out of the parking lot. Say wuuuuttttt? Truth. 

OOfta. If you’re still reading. Thank you. Ha...this was my way of processing and to process I normally do a lot of rambling...this was maybe even an excessive amount of rambling...even for me. 

To summarize: don’t keep up with someone else’s pace--it’s a trap and be present in YOUR moment and don’t be anywhere else. 

Alright. I’m off to go watch Bloodline. Love to you all. Thanks for being in this together with me. We really, really are, all in this together. 

xo

kate

We Fought The Law

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Happy Friday, Friends!

Cover Sessions are complete! (For now...)

We are releasing our final acoustic cover today and it’s about a little run-in we had with the law. And by “run-in with the law” we mean the song is titled I FOUGHT THE LAW and that’s the extent of our interaction with the law. Haha!

We love how inspiration can come to us in all different ways. Earlier this year we binge-watched the entire season of Big Little Lies and loved the cinematography, storyline, the acting, AND the music...so much so that when we decided which songs to cover, we knew this needed to be one of them! We changed the song up dramatically and made it as eerie and haunting as possible.

Basically this song is perfect for fall and we hope it puts you in the mood for all things dark and moody and pumpkin spicy. :)

We’ve had a blast releasing this batch of covers…did you have a favorite out of the bunch? We’d love to hear from you! Leave a comment with your favorite song. You can listen to all of our covers on Spotify, iTunes and anywhere music is sold/streamed.

Much love from your running-from-the-law-rebels,

Jill and Kate

 

 

side stage with coldplay

In celebration of FIX YOU coming out on Friday, we thought we’d share a couple pics of when we saw Coldplay in England in 2012. We were singing backup for Kelly Clarkson and so Kelly & Coldplay were both a part of The Capital Summertime Radio Ball: a giant, 80,000 person show with a ton of different artists who all play 4 or 5 songs. Coldplay was right before Kelly and so we got to stand on stage during their set. Insert happiest version of Kate you’ll ever see. She literally was glued to the side of the stage and smiling like a weirdo THE ENTIRE SET. It was the coolest to be side-stage and see the crowd react...as well as get an upclose view of the Coldplay dudes doing their thing. THEY ARE THE BEST.

So, here are a few pics...please note Kate's giant, HAPPY, over-the-top face. 

The view from side stage. LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE.

The view from side stage. LOOK AT ALL OF THOSE PEOPLE.

Guy, Chris, Jonny....{Will not pictured}...all rocking it. 

Guy, Chris, Jonny....{Will not pictured}...all rocking it. 

Have you ever seen Kate's smile this large? 

Have you ever seen Kate's smile this large? 

And just for funsies...here's one of us singing with Kelly right after Coldplay! Such awesome memories. 

And just for funsies...here's one of us singing with Kelly right after Coldplay! Such awesome memories. 

Don't forget. FIX YOU on FRIDAY (August 11th) on Spotify, iTunes or wherever you buy/stream music. xo j&k 

 

 

FIX YOU ON FRIDAY.

Happy Monday!

We hope you guys have been enjoying our latest #ACOUSTICCOVER sessions that we’ve been releasing. The next one we are releasing THIS FRIDAY--AUGUST 11 and it is one of our favorite songs EVER.

Let’s review. Our theme for this batch of acoustic covers has been “THROWBACKS.” Because, well, why not? Older songs allow us to really put our own spin on classics that everyone knows. Girls Just Want To Have Fun was our first release. Leaving On A Jet Plane was our second….

And now, ladies and gents….our next acoustic cover is FIX YOU by COLDPLAY!

Can you handle it? We cannot. There are many reasons why our excitement levels are off the charts... we shall explain.

  • If you know us at all, you know that we are obsessed with Coldplay...and in all actuality I, Kate, am by definition: a super fan. I have seen them live on 3 continents (which all happened sort of by accident) but every time has been the best time of my life. If you haven't seen a live show of theirs...GO RIGHT NOW AND GET TICKETS. The energy and emotion and just overall GOOD TIME is next level.
  • I am 100% positive that someday we will sit at a piano and sing with Chris Martin. Don’t worry….Will, Jonny and Guy will all be there too. It’s going to happen and it’s going to be magical.
  • Let’s talk about the lyrics to this song. They are some of the most simple, yet profound & gut wrenching, emotionally charged lyrics that you hear and immediately identify with.  
When you try your best but you don't succeed
When you get what you want but not what you need
When you feel so tired but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
When the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
High up above or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
If you never try you'll never know
Just what you're worth
Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you
  • So, we were nervous and excited to take a stab at recording our own version of this song...as with all of our covers they are all LIVE + ONE TAKE. That means when we are recording in the studio if one of us messes up we have to stop and start all over. This is not how recording is typically done. But, we chose to record it this way because we feel there is some sort of magic and rawness and emotion when we do it this way.

Anyway. Mark you iCals and your Day Designers because on Friday you can hear our version of Fix You and we hope you love it and we hope that Chris, Guy, Jonny and Will like it too.

Ahhhhhhhhhhh.

Love y’all,

Jill and Kate

PS. Here’s the artwork!

 


 

 

 

Mondayzzzz.

Happy Monday friends.

Hope you all had a rad weekend! Here in j&k land we had a great weekend--we had a slumber party celebrating our friend Ashley’s birthday which included way too much champagne, wine and cheese...but is there really such a thing as “way too much” when talking about those things? No, no there is not.

It’s been about a billion degrees in Nashville which is why we decided to go swimming at 10:30PM...it felt somewhat refreshing at that hour. There is a literal heat advisory so we spent a good portion of the rest of the weekend indoors...saying many prayers of thanks for air conditioning!

Here are a few random things to kick off your week!

  • Have you listened to our first release from our new #COVERSSESSIONS yet? Girls Just Want To Have Fun is available everywhere music is sold. It’s a harmony driven, chilled out version...thanks to everyone that has downloaded or streamed it! We appreciate it so much!
  • Also, THIS FRIDAY (7/28) our next acoustic cover comes out! We will start leaving you hints this week on our socials so you can begin guessing…

  • Have you heard? August 21st there is a celestial event happening and NASHVILLE is one of the best viewing points. Would you believe or not believe that we have already ordered our special viewing glasses? If you guessed YES, then you’re correct. Bring on the eclipse, baby! Also, I think we should have mandatory viewing music blaring in the background. Our suggestion, EARTH by Sleeping At Last. Oh, it’s happening.

Alright, that’s it. Happy Monday. Go be kind to the ones around you.

You are loved.

j&k


 

 

What Makes You Healthy?

Yesterday I was scrolling the socials on my phone and started seeing multiple posts about Chester Bennington. He was 41 years young. The lead singer and frontman of Linkin Park committed suicide. Anytime this happens I feel like my heart just breaks.

How long was he feeling like this? How dark were his last moments? How could we have helped him? Those are the questions that run through my head and heart.

You look at a guy like that and think, why? You seemed to have it all. A successful career. Songs that were listened to. Fans that showed up to shows. It was success in most senses of the word. He had a wife and six kids. Why? What pain is so constant, so grievous that you have to escape it? I think it’s hopelessness and loneliness.

I know mental illness is something that we as a society don’t talk about a lot, but I wish we did. I wish there weren’t stigmas surrounding treatment and therapy and seeking help. Because none of us can escape the dark times. Dark times will find us all, but the only way we make it out of them is through and the only way we make it through is with other people.

Jill and I always say that loneliness is the worst disease. When we are going through a dark time you often hear the lie in your head that you are the only one who has ever felt like this. You are the only one with these circumstances...but it’s not true. That’s what lies do. They isolate. They want you to stay small and alone, but that’s why we as humans have this incredible gift to care for one another. To watch out for each other and to share in each other’s grief, loss, fear, hardship, etc.

I never met Chester, but I did share an elevator with him once about 5 years ago in Vegas. We were both headed to the same venue for an event and were in the bowels of this fancy hotel, both taking the dingy service elevator with a kind security guard leading the way. He was tall, seemed very kind, and for about 5 minutes we shared the same oxygen. I don’t have anything poignant to say about that story, just something I recall.

All of this got me thinking that I want to be healthy and I want you reading this to be healthy too. The headline is far too familiar...someone successful, wealthy, and good-looking has ended their life. By their own volition they couldn't bear the pain any longer that breathing was causing them. So, it makes me think. What are the things that make us healthy? I’m not just talking about eating kale vs. donuts...although physical health is definitely a component. I’m talking about what makes you feel alive? What issues have you not dealt with? What brings you joy? Who do you love...and are you seeing those people enough? Are you in a job that you hate? Do you have something to look forward to? What keeps you up at night? What makes your body feel great? Are you happy? What makes your heart beat faster?

In the entertainment industry, there is sort of this weird thing. Unhealthy people sometimes make great art (write great songs) but at the cost of hiding/running/drowning themselves in numbing the pain that they’re feeling. Call it being a “tortured artist” or what have you. But, it’s definitely something we’ve seen. If you’re writing great songs or putting on a killer show... no matter the cost on you as person, sometimes people want you to keep doing it. Keep drinking. Keep shooting up. Keep doing whatever it takes. Anything to keep up the “product” you now are.

And I just want to say no. Personal health is so much more important. Because you can have the number one song and all the money in the world, but if you are dealing with pain, real pain...none of that will satisfy. Nothing will ever be enough to cover the pain. You have to deal with it. I want to be a healthy person...and I think I can be a healthy person and a great artist. It takes work, but I value myself and my health more than a #1 or a million dollar bank account.

For me, my faith in Jesus has also helped me overcome pain and I think that old adage of a “God-shaped hole” inside of each of us is true. We will try and fill it with whatever we can find...and sometimes something works for a little while..or maybe it even fills the hole for years...but it won’t last. If you’ve never talked to God, you can start wherever you are. If you’re looking for a starting place for purpose in your life, The Purpose Driven Life is a great book. A group of us read it on tour a while back and it was a great guide.

Anyway, what I’m saying is that the news about Chester broke my heart. It also breaks my heart to think that his death was reported because he was a celebrity and yet there are suicides happening all day, EVERY day. Ughhhh….this is just so sad and heartbreaking.

We’ve always said, there is no shame in needing help. Both Jill and I have sought counseling and therapy. We even see a therapist for band counseling and it’s one of the best things we’ve ever done. So, if you are in a dark spot, please reach out, ask for help...you were not meant to carry all of your feelings alone. It is SO helpful to speak them out loud.

If you’re reading this and you find yourself NOT in a dark spot right now...excellent. Keep up the good health. But, someone in your circle of friends or neighborhood or office is probably not in the same place. Sit and think of the people you know and see if there is anyone you think might be having a hard time. The best thing you could do is extend kindness and a listening ear. Again, a LISTENING ear. Our job is to sit in their pain with them and let them know they’re not alone. Our job is not to give them a “how-to” or to tell them anything for that matter. We listen. We hug. We hold their hands. We hand tissues. We tell them that we are for them and that we’re with them.

I don’t really know how to wrap this up, except to say: You are not alone. We are all in this together. Life is precious and WE NEED YOU HERE. If you want a list of songs we’ve written from our sadness and dark times, you can see that here. We need your thoughts, your smile, your ideas, your work, your inventions, your laughter, your writing, etc etc etc. WE NEED YOU HERE.

Hug the ones you love tight today. Let’s all aim to be the healthiest versions of ourselves.

Love to you all,

Kate

 

Fiercely Loyal Friends...aka Ride or Die

Today is a very special day. It’s one of our best friend’s birthday….HAPPY BIRTHDAY ASHLEY! Look at her...is she not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen? This pic was taken at her baby shower for her little girl...yes, while pregnant. All the #pregnancygoalz :)

But, we aren’t writing this blog simply to say Happy Birthday. That’s part of it...but what we wanted to share is what we’ve learned from our friend because she brings something to each of our friendships that isn’t too often found these days.

When we think of Ashley, we both of think of one word: LOYAL. Maybe two words: fiercely loyal. Do you have a friend in your life who is fiercely loyal to you? It’s quite possibly the best thing on the planet and we are finding that this character trait is getting less and less common.

Here’s the thing about Ashley. When she extends her friendship to you, you are IN. She will have your back, cheer you on, be by your side...no matter what. Someone is hurting and she’s the first to get in line to make a meal or watch someone’s kids. We think she might be behind the catchphrase that’s become so popular...ride or die. Because she is a RIDE OR DIE friend. You could call her at 3am with a body to bury and she would grab the shovels. No lie. She is so loyal to her people that it has taught us about loyalty and how to defend and show up for your tribe.

For us, she’s been a friend who has cheered us on and yelled loudly for us to keep going when we hit rough patches. One of the sweetest memories was when we had the opportunity to play the Bluebird Cafe for the first time. It was super last minute (we found out the day before) and we asked Ashley and Jenny (other BFF in town) if they’d like to come. Both of them canceled other plans and were in the front row cheering us on. Ashley said, OBVIOUSLY, there is no other place I’d rather be than here cheering for you. Here is a pic of us after our show. #lovelovelove

YOU GUYS. Loyal friends are the best. And what we’ve learned from Ashley is that showing up for your tribe is so valuable. We need more ride or die people in the world. If you’re reading this thinking...man, I don’t have a friend like that, we have a solution. No, you can’t have Ashley...haha…but here is the way you start to manifest ride or die friends in your life. Start stepping out to be super loyal to someone in your circle. GO out of your way to SHOW THEM you are there for them. Bring them a coffee. Offer to run an errand for them. If you know they’re going through a hard time, offer to sit and listen.

Fad friends are fun for a season. But the loyal, sit-with-you-when-you-are-ugly-crying, know you at your best and worst friends, they’re the ones to hold onto. They are the ones to invest in. Find friends who are honest and vulnerable and will hold your joy and pain well. There is nothing like loyal friendship.

Thank you, Ashley, for being such a wonderful friend and true teacher of FIERCE LOYALTY. We adore you and are so grateful for your friendship. Happy, happy birthday. We celebratin’ FRIDAY. xo

j&k

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Wants To Have Fun?

Hey!

So if you’ve been following along the last few days via email or on our social media, you will have heard this exciting news that we have to share: WE RECORDED NEW ACOUSTIC COVERS!

Woohooooo! We are so pumped. At live shows and on our socials you guys have been pretty vocal about your love for our first acoustic covers album, so we thought...WHY NOT DO MORE? We are so living on the edge, folks. Hahaha…

Our first Acoustic Covers album had a theme. They were all female pop songs that we loved. If you haven’t listened yet...you can listen to them here! Our #1 streamed song on Spotify is Baby One More Time...yes, you read that correctly! So, we obviously wanted to do a theme for these next covers and we landed on THROWBACKS. Who doesn’t love a great #TBT y’all? We do. So, that’s the general theme for these new covers and we are SO FREAKING EXCITED FOR YOU TO HEAR THEM. Like--they might be some of our most favorite work that we’ve EVER recorded.

So, you want to know what our first release is going to be? We have been leaving hints on our socials...some of you guessed….both correctly and incorrectly, but we LOVED all of your guesses...and by far our favorite guess/suggestion was that it was going to be Smelly Cat from FRIENDS. Hahaha. Best. Idea. Ever. Why didn’t we think of that??

So, without further ado...our first release is: GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. And you know why we picked that one? Because, GIRLS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN. Hahaha...ok, maybe it’s not that simple. Here’s the backstory about why we landed on this song.

There are SO many unbelievable songs out there that sometimes it’s hard to narrow down which songs to cover. But, as we started looking at songs, we wanted to take popular throwbacks and put our own twist on them. Put our very own j&k stamp on them. Some covers are fun to make very similar to the original...but, with most of these new covers we wanted to make them totally different and totally our own.

We have always loved this song...with its carefree attitude and synth glory...and when we started singing the song & messing around on the acoustic guitar...this slow, sort of epically heartbreaking song came out. The song is harmony-driven and since we slowed it down it makes you think of the words in a different way than before. This song sort of unlocked something in both of us. We went to record this happy song and somehow this sad song came out. Weird how music teaches us something about ourselves that we might not even know yet.

For us, we realized that we aren’t having as much fun as we want to be having. That may be that balance has gotten a little bit out of whack--the pressures of being an adult human have maybe encroached on the ability to let loose and have fun. You obviously need balance in life and it can't all be fun-tea-la-la, but we think that we’ve gotten a bit out of balance. Funny how this song opened our eyes to that. It was sort of several layers underneath in both of us but singing this song (over and over again) brought that to the light.

Not sure if you are like this, but sometimes it’s the music and lyrics of someone else’s song that just causes something inside of you to break open and come alive. Who knew that Cyndi Lauper would have that effect on us? Haha! It was a good wake up call and we have made some changes because of it. We’ll be sharing more about what we mean by that in the days and weeks to come...but...for now...we are just excited for you to hear the song! Oh, what’s that you say? You want to see that single artwork for GJWTHF? (Yes we’ve resorted to typing GJWTHF because typing out Girls Just Want To Have Fun over and over again is taxing, people!)

So here it is:

The photo was shot by the incredibly talented Pockets Of Film photography. 

We can’t wait for you to hear it. YAY. YAY. YAY.

Thanks for the excitement and for being the best fans/friends two girls could ask for. Keep your eyes on our socials...we'll let you know when it hits iTunes & Spotify, etc.

Lets.Do.This.

j&k

 

 

We've Been There Too

Hello friends.

So, there is this show that’s out right now and some of you have watched it and some of you probably haven’t...it covers some serious topics including rape and suicide. We watched it and all I can say is that since we have finished it we have both been consumed with sadness. The show is graphic and hard to watch...and while I don’t think I would recommend you watching it, it did awaken something inside each of us that made us want to share this blog and some thoughts with you.

At the end of the day, there are a lot of people hurting, feeling sad, feeling alone, and hiding how they are really doing on the inside. The outside might seem shiny and put together, but on the inside things are falling apart. Friends, readers of this blog...we need to acknowledge this. Depression is normal. Sadness is normal. Hurt is normal. But, while thinking that you are alone in the world is normal, it is NOT TRUE.

If you were to ask us why we write songs, we would tell you we do it for 3 reasons:

  1. It is therapeutic for us.
  2. God made us to do this.
  3. We want to fight loneliness.

That last one. That is the big one. We write songs and share our experiences because we want you to hear a song that we wrote and realize that you aren’t alone. That we’ve felt it too. We always say that loneliness is the worst disease and if someone can hear a song or meet another person at a show and share an experience or a feeling...that’s what it’s all about for us. That’s why we do fan meet-ups, J&K 5K weekends, meet & greets, etc. We want you to feel seen, connected to others and maybe, just maybe, less lonely. And we want to feel less lonely too.

We decided to make a bullet point list that is hopefully helpful to you. It’s a list to show you that what you are feeling...we have felt it too. And we've written songs about it. We are all in this together.

If you're feeling lonely: we've been there too: TIRED OF BEING ALONE

If you're feeling too worried: we've been there too: QUIT WORRYING

If you think you'll never get over the person that just broke your heart and is ignoring your texts/calls: we've been there too. NEVER OVER YOU

If you wish you could bring someone who has died back to life: we've been there too: BRING YOU BACK TO LIFE

If you're feeling hopeless: we've been there too: MY LOVE

If you've just been through a breakup & nothing makes sense: we’ve been there too: NOTHING MAKES SENSE

If your friends change and are maybe going through an addiction: we've been there too: ONE DAY

If you're feeling happy (and a little sassy): we've been there too: POP SONG

If you're devastated after a breakup and never want to open your heart again: we've been there too: IN LOVE AGAIN

If you feel betrayed & need a clean start: we've been there too: BURN IT DOWN

If you’re feeling discouraged about the state of the world: we've been there too: SAME SIDE

If you have a crush and everything reminds you of them: we've been there too: TOGETHER BABY

If you are feeling jaded: we've been there too: HEART OF STONE

If you feel like you're getting in your own way: we've been there too: CHASING STORMS

If you’re wondering if love will ever happen: we've been there too: YOU MIGHT BREAK MY HEART

If the pain is too much & you are numb: we've been there too: DON'T FEEL A THING

If life is changing fast: we've been there too: I CAN'T REMEMBER WHAT IT'S LIKE

If something is over and you need to move on: we've been there too:  GUESS I BETTER MOVE ON

If you need a role model: we've been there too: SARAH

If you are needing a miracle and need God to rescue you: we've been there too: RESCUE

 

So, this is sort of a reference guide for some general feelings that we’ve written songs about. What we want you to know is that you aren’t alone. If you are reading this and feel like giving up on life because it’s too hard or you’ve screwed up one too many times...you haven’t. There is always hope. Please, ask for help. Tell someone how you are really doing. If you don’t know how to start, just say “I’m not okay.”

Social media doesn’t always help because most of us really only post the highlight reel of life...the shiny, perfect, winning moments. There aren't a lot of pictures of broken hearts or pillows drenched in tears...which is fine because social media wasn’t meant for that...humans were meant for that.

We always say, “share your truth.” Speak it out loud to someone. Even if it’s a stranger on a help hotline. We promise that by verbalizing your feelings, by naming them out loud, they start to not threaten you as much. And if we’re all honest, life is hard...and these feelings that you are feeling are universal. We’ve all felt a version of them. So, we are begging you, remember, you are not alone.

We all can make a change. In our homes, communities, schools, workplaces,  neighborhoods...wherever we are. Call someone and check on them. Ask people how they are really doing. Look for the person not talking to anyone at a social event.

We think this is so important, you guys. So we are going to be having a “j&k family meeting” on FB LIVE tomorrow (WEDNESDAY 5/3) at 3pm CST to talk a little bit more about this and to play a few of these songs. Tune in.

And remember, if you are hurting and need help: we have ALL been there. You are okay and you CAN get through this. Reach out to someone. See you tomorrow.

Seriously, we love you all.

Jill and Kate

National Suicide Prevention Hotline Number: 1-800-273-8255

To Write Love On Her Arms: https://twloha.com/find-help/local-resources/

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!