Thoughts From Gate C-9

I'm sitting at the airport thinking about how one choice, one action can cause a HuGE ripple effect. The flight that I'm on was supposed to be boarding in 10 minutes from gate C9 but there was weather in Florida that delayed my flight. It not only delayed my flight, but it also delayed the flight before mine too. My plane is going from Fort Lauderdale to Tampa then to Nashville (to pick me up) and then to Denver, Colorado.

But there was weather in Florida and that weather had a ripple effect. It delayed 3 flights and it got me thinking. For who is this ripple causing some dramatic change to their life? Is it causing them to miss something important? Was someone rushing somewhere to say goodbye to a loved one? Or witness a graduation or wedding and will now miss it? For me, right now as I sit in the food court, it doesn't affect much. I'll get to see my family about 2 hours later tonight than I thought annnnnd I just have to entertain myself longer in the airport (hello Vino Volo 🍷😉.)

I've been talking to some dear friends today about how one person in your life can have such a grand ripple affect in your life & in others lives. If everybody's life is affected by some sort of ripple (because we are all coexisting here) then what kind of ripple am I putting out there? What am I sending out from myself? What wave am I creating? Selfishness? Love? Fear? Hope? Hate? 

Sometimes I convince myself that one person, one idea, one voice isn't enough to cause a ripple...but I'm wrong! It's a trap! Don't fall for it like I have in the past. One person, one idea, one voice can start a ripple that can affect MILLIONS of people. 

So, ask yourself, what waves am I creating? What are people walking away with after colliding with my ripple? 

Just some thoughts from the Nashville airport as I wait at C9. xo -Kate

Inspire Nashville 2016

A couple nights ago we got to attend an event called Inspire Nashville 2016. It was an evening raising funds for Onsite Workshop's Possibilities Inc. & celebrating two honorees, Scott + Tracie Hamilton, for their humanitarian work in Nashville and around the world.  

We have so many things to say about the event that it's hard to even know where to begin.

Let's start with this. In promo for the event we heard things like, "You'll leave the event more inspired than when you came." We both thought, yeah...okay...sounds good. But, neither of us realized how DEAD ON that statement would be. We absolutely were blown away by the stories, the music and by learning from so many amazing friends in the room. 

It would be hard to find two better people to learn from than the award recipients, Scott + Tracie. Their humility and kindness literally radiates from their core. They are genuine in their love and that's something so rare to find. They've been examples for us...lights on the horizon to follow. They kept saying: "We're all in this together. We couldn't do it without you. It takes all of us to make a change. How can you make the world a better place?" Yes. We are all in this together. It takes ALL of us together. 

We heard our friend Bob share about needing friends and voices we trust in our lives. His joy and love will hit you smack in the face in the most lovely way and make you want to get right out of your seat to start making some change. We all need trusted voices in our lives. 

We heard so much GREAT music. Melinda Doolittle, Calvin Nowell, Emily West, Sheryl Crow. Goodness...the voices that filled the room took the event from one level to the next. It felt holy and spiritual...literally like God was in the room. We cried. Like, almost on the verge of ugly crying. 

It's a beautiful thing to see people come together with the main goal of going out afterwards and actively participating in making the world better for others. You don't need a title or a skill set to help those around you. If you hold your hand up to your chest and feel that thumping...that means that you've got what it takes to be a world changer. You're ready. You've got what it takes to make humanity better by showing up and saying "How can I help?" And what's awesome is that the people on the stage weren't doing it for the recognition or applause...they are doing things in secret, going unnoticed, in the background and on the sidelines...doing it quietly for the betterment of others. Bob said it best: "Humble voices carry the furthest."

After an event like that it makes us want to re-focus. It makes us want to slow the busy schedules and the meetings and look closely at ourselves and our business and say: How can we help make the world a better place? 

If you aren't familiar with Onsite, go check out what they do...we cannot say enough good things about them. And possibilities Inc helps people go to Onsite that wouldn't be able to afford it otherwise. 

Thank you Miles, Onsite Workshops + Possibilities Inc for the wonderful work you do. Thank you for gathering us all and pointing us in the right direction.

Oh and one more fun note. They had a fancy red carpet at the door which is usually reserved for VIP's and celebs but they wanted everyone to walk the red carpet and feel special and important. Isn't that fun? So we hammed it up and cheesed our way for the photographers like we knew what we were doing. Check out the pics below :)

Ok...we could probably write like 6 more pages about how amazing the evening was, but we'll just leave it here.

Hand to chest. Feel the beating. Go change the world...one person at a time.

Love you all!
j&k

To The Brokenhearted on Mother's Day

I had intended to write a blog about my mother and how much she has taught me over the last few years. But, I wrote her a card (that didn’t arrive on time...#fail) and called her today and told her all of the things I would’ve written about here on the blog.

Instead, I have this nagging feeling that I’m supposed to write about something else. But, in all honesty, it scares me to write about a topic so grand, so sensitive, so fragile, so personal...it feels overwhelming and so for the majority of the day I just kept putting it off...but my courage has caught up with me and I’m going to try. I may not succeed, but at least I’m going to try.

This is the letter I’ve been wanting to write all day:

To the brokenhearted on Mother’s Day,

I’m sorry and I feel you.

I’m writing to the ones that have lost their mothers.

I’m writing to the ones that have lost their babies.

I’m writing to the ones that are currently waiting to become mothers.

And I’m writing especially to the single ladies (thanks Beyoncé) that find themselves in the situation where motherhood isn’t even an option...cause that’s where I’m at.

When I was younger I didn’t seem to mind as much. I actually didn’t even notice really. I wanted to celebrate my mom and that was about it.

But now on days like today I feel a lonely-heaviness I haven’t felt before. See, a majority of my friends are married and have kids. If truth be told, most of my friends are like, “having their last kid.” And through no fault of theirs, their reality makes me feel sooooo far behind in life. And it feels super lonely.

You might be thinking, well, you could have a baby now if you wanted to. True. I’ve got the goods and I know how the birds and the bees work...but, I really would love to find a husband first. If I’ve learned anything from observing, it’s that being a single parent is hard--like, ‘they should get their own holiday’ kind of hard. In my world, having a two parent home is just where my sights are set...and that hasn’t happened for me yet, which means that being a mom hasn’t happened yet. And because I’m sharing this does not mean that I don’t love my life and yes, I’m trusting in the timing of my life...insert all the good quotes here...I’m just saying days like today feel hard and bring something to the surface that I wanted to get out on paper.

I have all but avoided social media today. Picture after picture of happy people my age with their babies or husbands proudly adoring their baby mama’s. And I want to celebrate with them. I do, and I have. But, if I didn’t acknowledge the heaviness I feel today I wouldn’t be telling the whole truth.

Maybe you’re reading this and you feel the same way. Welcome. Maybe you’re reading this and think I sound like a whiner...that’s okay, you’re welcome here too. I just wanted to write something to address that days like today can hurt.

So...

  • If today is hard because you’ve lost your Mom: I’m sorry and I honor you and your mom today in my heart.
  • If you’re a mama who has lost your baby...born or unborn: I’m sorry and I honor you and your baby(ies) today in my heart.
  • If you’re waiting patiently right now to become a mama: I’m sorry and I am celebrating you in hopes that you will soon step into motherhood.
  • And finally, if you’re like me, where motherhood doesn’t even seem like an option on the table: I’m with you and I honor you in the struggle on days like today that are hard.

You are seen.

You are noticed.

You are vital to your community, with or without a spouse or kids.

If I could encourage you to do one thing today...find a mom in your life who’s doing it well and call or text her and tell her that. Tell her she’s doing a great job. Never cease celebrating even in your own pain. It’s kind of a holy experience...and one that I believe is truly healing.

You are loved. There is hope. Don’t doubt that miracles happen and that all could change in a minute.

You’re allowed to be hopeful and hurting at the same time.

Sending much love to you today,

-Kate

 


 

Why We Care About Kelly Ripa's Return

“Our Long National Nightmare Is Over.”


That’s what Kelly Ripa said as she quieted the audience after a supportive, cheering crowd welcomed her with a long standing ovation this morning.

Yes, you bet your cute butts we were watching this morning with eyes and ears glued to the TV.

Why, you ask? Well, here’s why.

One, we love Kelly Ripa. Actually, we really, really respect her. She is an absolute pro in her craft and never takes herself too seriously. Watching her do her thing is inspiring and we love to learn from people who are doing things excellently. Plus, she loves the fans. She is always polite and kind and tries to talk/take pictures with excited folks in the crowd. She sets an example for us to follow. She remembers that without those butts in the seats or the seats of viewers at home, she has no show. We’ve gotten to meet her once and what you see on TV is what you get in real life.

Two, we have heard all the news cycle drama over the last week after Michael announced his exit to GMA and we wanted to see how she would handle it.

Do you know what was super annoying about all the news? How people immediately called Kelly a “diva” because she was taking a few days to herself. Please note, this was the second time she found out moments before it was announced publicly that her co-host would be leaving. She’s been with the company for 26 years. It just seems like that would never happen to a male co-host. And if it did, if he took a few days to think it over, he wouldn’t be called a “diva” or other colorful words that people have been calling her.

Here’s what we loved about what Kelly said. She said, that she did take a couple days to think things over so that she wouldn’t say something she regretted. She said it had opened up conversations about communication, consideration and respect in the workplace. She said apologies had been made. We watched and had so much respect for her in that moment. That is how real life works. You aren't always going to be in perfect, non-confrontational situations...but through this we were shown an example of how it's possible to work through difficult situations. 

She didn’t cower in fear. we're sure a lot of voices were telling her to just be quiet. To stand still, and look pretty. But she told her truth. And we could not be more inspired by her strength and courage.

We fully believe that when a woman tells her truth, even when it’s hard, even when her voice shakes, even when she loses her job over it (we would kind of know about that), that it moves the needle forward for women everywhere.

We are living in a time when women need to use their God-given voices and experiences to stand up for themselves and for other women.

Kelly, we love you and are SO proud of you. Thank you for being honest. Thank you for telling us that you are human...that the situation hurt, but that through communication and courage you have set an example for us all.

And let’s be honest. If a diva is what you are, then gosh, we want to be diva’s 24/7.

Much love,

j&k

PS. If you missed the show this morning you can watch it here.

 

 

 

 

 

Legit Note To Self

I (Kate) have been trying something new these past few weeks. Trying to take action over my own life. One thing I noticed that I've been doing is when I wake up--first thing--before I’m even really awake--I pick up my phone and check email, check texts, and check all of the social medias.

It’s funny, this NEVER puts me in a good mood. I don't like that I do it. It starts me out on the comparison/failure route before I'm even fully awake (I wrote about this earlier) and it's information overload. Getting business emails (good or bad) should be read only after coffee, preferably when you are ready and in a productive mindset...not when you are cycling out of the last stages of REM.

This needed to change. So, because I am a visual person and learn more from action than thought, I had to make it a very practical, tangible change. Before I went to sleep, I wrote a note to myself and I put it over my phone. Ha! So funny, right? At first I thought I would just write: DON’T TOUCH THIS. WAKE UP FIRST. STAY AWAY. But then I thought about making it more intentional. So I wrote myself a note of intention, declaration and affirmation for the day ahead. It’s been awesome.

I wake up. Come to full-ish consciousness. Then grab my note to myself and I read it OUT LOUD like a lunatic. Haha. I kid you not. And you guys...it’s been awesome.

I read this book recently called “Switch On Your Brain” and the author says you wake up with 300 new brain cells each morning (or something like that) and that you decide what to do with them. I’m like….why would I want to program them to make me feel less-than on social media or like I"m already behind at the start of my day?

So, you should try it. Before you go to sleep, write yourself a note. Tell yourself what a great day you are going to have. Mind over matter. Put it on your phone if that's the first thing you look at when you wake up.

If you need pointers, I Pinterest-searched “positive affirmations” and got loads of great ideas. I include some Bible verses in mine--do that if that’s your thing...if not, don’t :) Are you trying to be more patient? Tell yourself how well you are doing at being patient. Are you trying to be less hard on yourself? Write kind words to yourself that you need to hear!

Here’s a pic of my note one morning this week:

It’s legit note-to-self time, y’all.

Let us know how your note-to-self changes your day. Much love.


xo

 

H2o YO.

As you well know, water intake is numero uno of importanc-o. You’ve got to stay hydrated to keep everything running healthily...especially as we move into spring and summer. So they say.

So, we’ve been experimenting with fun water flavors. A little pizzazz for your H2o. Here are some of our favs...and it's really easy. Just slice up the fruit. Add loads of ice. Then H2o. Sometimes we even put it in a wine glass if we need to trick ourselves into thinking we're fancy (or drinking liquor.)

Strawberry slices + Lemon slices

Mint + Cucumber + Lemon

Lime + Strawberry

What are your tricks for kicking up your water?

We'd love to hear them.

xo j&k

 

 

Don't Let Winter Kill You

Recently I’ve let myself slip into the mindset that change isn’t possible. The way things are right now is the way they’ll always be. That’s the lie I've been telling myself. That’s the lie that snuck in.

It’s easy for the lie to sneak in while you’re waiting. Whether you are waiting in the Dr.’s office or waiting metaphorically in life...that’s when the quiet gets quiet and the lies start to sneak in.

I was mentally trying to work my way out of this mindset a few days ago and so I went for a walk. (Holy mother-of-all-that’s-pure-and-holy, people...if you are stuck or need refreshment or are depressed or sad or frustrated or impatient...GO FOR A WALK. Get outside. It helps every.single.time.)

I saw the trees in their new lovely spring-ish glory. All bright and green and budding like it was their job.

I was reminded how a few months back we had an ice and snow storm.

There were no leaves. No buds. Just ice, snow and death. Do you know what the trees didn’t do during this time? Rip themselves from the ground, throw themselves in a fire and call it a day. They didn’t give up and adopt the mindset that this was forever. You know what these trees know that I am needing a reminder of today: SEASONS CHANGE. The trees trust the process of dying during the winter, of being pruned back, but they know that when winter is over, SPRING COMES. They submit to the process. They have accepted it. Because they know that seasons don’t last forever. They can’t. Good or bad, it’s a universal rule that the one thing you can count on in life, is CHANGE. (Guess who’s not so good at change? This kid.)

If you are in a season of waiting and deadness, I have good news. SPRING IS COMING. After the winter season, the only option is to grow. Thank the Lord above. That is hope, friends.

I love Spring. I think it’s my favorite season. When I’ve had a long, hard winter (literally or metaphorically,) it can sometimes be hard for me to get myself in the Spring mindset. Warmth. Newness. Opportunity. Growth. Hard work. Yes, there is still the occasional frosty morning that takes you by surprise, but don’t let that throw you backwards. Winter is DONE. Gone. Done-zo. Behind us. Get in the mindset of SPRING.

I just googled “spring,” for shiggles, (shits + giggles) and here’s what Wikipedia said:

Spring and "springtime" refer to the season, and also to ideas of rebirth, rejuvenation, renewal, resurrection and regrowth.

Yes and amen to that. If you have been living in a winter mindset like I have, let’s jump into this weekend with a full on spring fling wake up call. Deal? Deal.

xo

-kate

 

 

Insta Stole my Mojo

I've really wanted to blog more lately. But, for the life of me I can't seem to get myself to do it. I have been mulling it over in my mind relentlessly because in my heart I feel like I have so much to say...if not for others, but for my own sanity & self-care and I just CANNOT seem to do it. Arghhhh.

I will wake up with determination: "TODAY I BLOG!" I say to myself. Then one thing leads to another and something gets prioritized above me sitting down to write....and then at the end of the day I'm mad at myself and feel all "womp womp" because I didn't do what I set out in my heart to do. I end up feeling disappointed in myself and discouraged overall. But alas, my positivity remains, so I wake up and well...pretty much the same thing happens. And this cycle has been going on for the past few months.

When you're a writer, you get these pangs throughout the day--ideas you need to explore and thoughts you want to share...burdens you carry that can only be lightened by sharing. Writing them down, laying them out and looking for the familiar voices to resonate with the "yeah, me too" comments.

So...I sat with myself and tried to really think about it.

I came up with 2 things and they both involve Instagram. Instagram stole my blogging Mojo. Well, sort of.

 

Here's #1: I feel emotionally spent cross-posting on every social media platform. By the time I've Instagrammed, Facebooked, Tweeted and Snapchatted, it's NO FREAKING WONDER that I don't have any emotional energy to pour into a blog post. I mean, really. I've already shared a quick pic, posted a recipe, an inspirational quote or joke....Who has time for a whole blog after that?

 

Number #2: Instagram was the real culprit. I would get lost looking at pictures of people that I don't know. I love double-tapping on my friends and family--yes, this is all good and happy. But, I find myself scrolling through and falling down a rabbit hole of people who are strangers. Then I start comparing myself to them (friends & strangers.) These are the thoughts while falling down the rabbit hole:

"I'm not doing enough. Look how much they're doing. Look how pretty they are. Look how skinny she looks. Look how happy they are. I want to be on an exotic beach, etc etc etc."

I am comparing myself to them and it is STEALING MY JOY, PEOPLE

And I am doing it to myself (!!!!)

That's the real humdinger. I keep choosing it. I keep picking up my phone and scrolling and scrolling and, well, you get the idea. Face in palm. Why, oh why, would I do something to myself that would steal my joy. I also think it has stifled my creative juices. When I scroll, that small voice in my head starts to shout "everybody is ahead of you" and "everyone is already writing all the words and singing all the songs" and "everyone has it together" and I start to believe it. That is dangerous territory for me...maybe for you too? When I gather my sound mind, I realize that no, Kate, that's not true. Everyone is not ahead of me (like that's even a thing) and no, Kate, all the words and songs have not been written and sung. Phew.

 

(Also, I'd be remiss not to say that another reason I may be a bit subconsciously apprehensive about blogging is because last year at around this time, I wrote a blog that quite literally changed the course of my year. Shortly after posting the blog, I was fired. It literally brought so much emotion into my life: anger, joy, fear, etc...pretty much all of it. So, as you can imagine, I think somewhere inside I am still recovering from the damage that caused.)

So what's the solution? How do I move forward? I have a two-step plan:

 

1) Post less on social & scroll less on Insta.

2) Blog more.

 

Wow...not rocket science, huh? But I am going to give it a whirl and dump all my thoughts and ideas on the blog. Sure, it's a little less convenient than Instagram, but I think that's where I want to build a life and community. I want to trade-in the double-tap life for the real life.

-kate

 

 

Laugh Cause It's Just Funny Sometimes

Last Monday, I sat in the car and laughed so hard that I full on cried. Well, I think the laughter was brought on by feeling somewhat defeated in certain areas of my life and you know when you have to laugh at the irony of it all...but that laughter somehow taps into the reservoir of hurt and suddenly you aren’t laughing anymore...you are bawling your eyes out. But kind of giggling too. Ahhhh..we women are just a big ball of awesome emotion. And no, I wasn’t even going to start my period...I know that’d be the obvious cue, but alas, no such luck. Here is a photographic sequence of proof. (PS. Jill really is a bestie for life isn't she??? Taking pictures of me LOSING it. Haha...she wins.)

See, I’ve felt stuck lately. S-T-U-C-K. (See, I just spelled out stuck letter by letter..that’s how stuck I feel.)  In certain areas (or maybe all areas) of my life I’ve been feeling stuck, and gosh, I just haven’t got the foggiest idea what’s going to get me out of it.

I mean, I’m doing all the right things. I am. I promise. But sometimes I think God just wants us to wait...ugh, the “w” word. It closely resembles the “p” word. Patience. Let me be straight, I have a lot of natural strengths...none of them naturally lie in those two words. Being patient and waiting SUCK for me. Maybe they do for everyone, but I loathe it. Efficiency is the name of my game and neither the ‘W’ word or the ‘P’ word fit nicely into efficiency.

So, I’m here for you, fellow traveler. If you’re stuck or being told to wait, I’m sorry...but I bet it’s for both of our overall good. I’m going to tell you what I am telling myself. Literally. Here is a letter to myself:

Kate,  

Don’t give up. Keep going. Your breakthrough is right around the corner. Smile. Find something to be thankful for. Think about if you were going to be diagnosed with cancer tomorrow, what would you be disappointed that you didn’t do TODAY? Don’t grumble or complain. Have that glass of wine at 4 pm (ehh hem 3:30pm) if you want to. You got this. The waiting is good for you. God has got you. Chill. He withholds no good thing. Be thankful for today and what you’ve got. Seasons do not last forever. Just look outside. Love, You.

So, there ya go. I wish I had a magic pill to hand out if you’re feeling overwhelmed in the waiting. Just know you’re not alone. You’re never alone. Okay, it’s 3:38...you know what time it is. Wink wink.


Much love...and happy National Margarita Day. (I’ll be enjoying one after my 3:30 glass of wine)

-Kate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A {Guest Post} About Our Lullabies Album

Hey friends...Happy Friday!

We saw someone tweet a link to a blog about our recent Lullabies album a few days ago and after reading it we HAD to share it with y'all. Reading her words reminds us of two things:

  1. We are all in this together. 
  2. Music has power to change us. 

So, without rambling on, and with her permission, please read these beautiful words. We hope they inspire and move you as much as they did us. Thanks Megan (@mcaro05) for your honesty, openness and for sharing your story. Much love...j&k

Lullabies

When I was in high school, a loved one was suffering from severe depression. I remember another wise friend of mine saying to this person "you need to arm yourself with the necessary tools to fight this." I loved that phrase then and I love it now. Whenever I find myself struggling, I go back to those words. Over the years I've personally found solace in many different "tools:" prayer, writing, talking it out, and, most recently, working out. I've found all of these things to help clear my head, to give me confidence, and to bring me comfort, and peace. But above all of these things, there's one that stands above the rest:

Music.

Music brings something out in me like nothing else can. I am so often comforted by lyrics or a melody. I have certain songs that I turn to for nearly every mood. When it comes down to it, music is there for me. And no matter the genre, I can always find something that sparks a fire in me, or something that brings me peace. And as someone who is very often filled with worry, peace is something I long for.

Nighttime is a parade of worry. It's like as soon as the world starts to calm down, my brain decides it's the perfect time to craft to do lists, negative thoughts, long term worries, and overall emotion. I've struggled with this for several years. There are nights I only get a few hours of sleep because I simply cannot get my brain to settle. I've tried nearly every remedy: meditation, prayer, Melatonin, oils, deep breathing, the list goes on and on. And usually, these things work. For a short time. And then it's back to the struggle. 

Music, though, has once again come to the rescue. A few months ago, one of my favorite musical acts, Jill and Kate, released an album called "Lullabies." And. As the title suggests, it is an album of lullabies that they wrote. The duo surprised a good friend for her baby shower, as this friend had been requesting this kind of album from Jill and Kate. 

So, at 28 years old, I decided to give this album a try to help me sleep. And it's worked. The songs are so beautiful and pure. Each song is special for its own reason, but the song "Sunshine" brings me a unique sense of comfort. I could see that most would think the song is intended to be a parent's message to their child, but when I listen I imagine it's God's words to me. I take great comfort in knowing that God is on my side. This song has done wonders for my prayer life.

I never quite make it through the whole album without falling into a peaceful sleep. I just put it on shuffle and let it do its work. I find something new every night. 

I don't usually listen to the album during the day. I kind of like to have it saved. I don't want it to lose it's magic. I do, however, turn to it in moments of panic, when I need something to bring me back down. 

I've been trying to figure out the best way to share the impact this album has had on me. It didn't seem enough to just post a Facebook status. This album is so much more. It's my safety net, it's the words I need to hear, and it's the tool I use to arm myself for battle. My hope is that by sharing this, others who may struggle with nighttime anxiety or insomnia will take a listen and find just as much comfort as I do.

And while you're at it, check out Jill and Kate's other music. Those two have something so special. Their songs are written from the heart and they harmonize so beautifully. Their music has been part of my life for several years now, and I'm super grateful for that.

You can find Lullabies on ITunesSpotify, or Amazon.

 

 

 

 

Put Yourself On The List

Hey friends…

It’s winter where I am. This means gray skies, some snow, cold temps and if I’m being honest it’s sometimes a real fight to stay out of the depressed zone during these months. I am slowly still coming off my post Christmas holidaze...what, you mean it’s not normal to have dessert for breakfast and start drinking festive cocktails at 3pm? Ah yes, back to reality.

I kind of let myself go in the winter.

Like, what’s the real importance of shaving your legs in the winter anyway? Or why do I need to get off the couch and go for a walk outside? It’s cold out there people. I sort of hibernate. But, that never makes me happy. So I am trying to not have January suck this year.

I had this thought the last few days. We blogged about it towards the end of December and the thought is this: TAKE IT BACK. Whatever you’ve let go--take it back.

For me, January in Nashville is gray and I sometimes get into a funk. I have prayed and worked really hard at taking my January back. Not letting the gloom get to me and as an added bonus it’s actually been pretty sunny this January. Woop woop.

Oprah said it best, “Sometimes you need to put yourself on the list.” Do something for you. Take yourself back. Yesterday I got my eyebrows waxed. This might sound silly, but it was something that I wanted to do that would make me feel better about myself. I know it can be a frivolous expense but I was doing something for me. I was putting myself on the list.

Maybe you need to put yourself on the list and take something back? Maybe it’s your joy. Maybe it’s your sense of adventure. Heck, maybe it’s just soaking in a tub and shaving your legs. Whatever it is, I encourage you to take it back. You can’t control everything in life, but you can control yourself and your mindset.

Put on your power pants and say to yourself: I GOT THIS. I AM TAKING IT BACK. Now go and put yourself at the top of the list.

Much love,

Kate

 

 

Failure Is Your Friend (Part 3: 3 things We've Learned in 13 years)

 

This is the final segment of the blog series today: Three things we’ve learned in 13 years of being independent musicians.

Here is our #3:

3. Success will likely not look how you think it will look and failure doesn’t mean you’re finished.

 

Let’s start with the failure part. Failure is not a sexy word, but guys, WE HAVE FAILED SO MUCH (and we will continue to fail as we continue to grow.) You might remember our blog about how we went to law school and told a bunch of law students about our biggest epic fails. We had a long list of them! Failure exists and you will experience it. But, it’s not the end! It feels like it sometimes, but often it’s just the beginning.

Sometimes failure can be your greatest asset.

We look at our last year and in some ways we felt like we had failed along the way. Or that we were failures. Getting fired, wanting to give up, feeling adrift. But what we got out of those experiences went way beyond our expectations. We were able to share our experience with so many people, stand up against body shaming, and meet people along the way who have changed our trajectory in a big way. Don’t look at failure as the end. See it as the beginning of something new.

When it feels like you’ve failed, instead of focusing on what can’t be anymore, ask these 2 questions:

 

1. What can I learn from my failure?

2. What does this make possible?

 

Asking yourself these questions will change everything. It opens up a new world of possibilities. The only failure that you can’t recover from is giving up. Pretty crazy right? You can only be stopped, if you stop.

And now onto success...wow. When we started out, we thought success maybe looked like becoming the next Dixie Chicks or Destiny’s Child (who doesn’t secretly want to be #QueenBey?) Or having a huge smash hit on the radio? Or maybe having our own reality show? It hasn’t looked like that for us. We have had, and continue to have, our own unique story and our own unique successes. The amazing part is, we could have never dreamt them up.

We didn’t know that success would look like...

...traveling the world as backup singers. We NEVER even thought about being backup singers. Like, we didn’t consider it once. Ha! Then all of a sudden, there we were, at the Daytona 500 in front of 250,000 people singing backup for one of our favorite singers, which led to over 6 years of touring as backup singers. Didn’t see that one coming.

We didn’t know that success would look like...

...playing house shows in your living rooms and backyards that would be some of the most rewarding shows we could ever play. The connections we have made with so many people have been truly encouraging and enjoyable.

We never imagined success would mean...

...we’d be on tour opening for one of our favorite artists ever, Jann Arden, traveling around Canada singing our songs and then getting to listen to her sing her songs every night. We had “pinch me” moments all tour long. We still do when we think about it.

We didn’t know that success would mean...

...that in 13 years we’d have relationships in our lives that have kept us breathing when we’ve wanted to stop, filled us with hope and laughter, and given us our greatest memories. Nothing beats that kind of success.

If success had looked how we thought it would look, who knows if we would have ever had these incredible relationships and experiences or if we would have even made it 13 years at all.

You have your own story...it will likely not look like anyone else’s. Don’t limit your success to looking like someone else’s success. It can and will be so much more special and unique, because it’s yours.

So those are 3 things we’ve learned in our 13 years on this crazy journey. To recap:

 

1: Be thankful for small beginnings.

2: Never sacrifice a relationship for an opportunity.

3: Success will likely not look how you think it will look and failure doesn’t mean you’re finished.

Maybe you thought we’d write about how we learned to use ProTools or what kind of vehicle is the best to tour around in. Maybe you thought we’d write about how the internet has changed how we do business or what microphones our voices sound best on...how to record an album independently in your basement. Or what it was like performing on Ellen for the first time! How and what REALLY goes on behind the scenes at SNL. Not this time around. Yes, we have learned all of those things and will share them with you soon, but these are three of the most important things we’ve learned along the way.

Thanks for being part of our story..and if you’re reading this, count yourself as a part of our success. We are counting you with grateful hearts.

Let’s all get started on the next 13 years: thankful, holding relationships close and loving failure!

Much love,

j&k

Living In Tension (Part 2: 3 Things We've Learned in 13 Years)

Today we want to tell you why we've tried to live in tension for 13 years. It might sound miserable, but it's not. It's a tension we hold dearly to. Read on and we'll explain what we mean...

Yesterday we gave you a little history about how we got started 13 years ago. We also shared one thing we learned.

1. "Be thankful for small beginnings."

Today we’re sharing a second thing we learned. This one is CRUCIAL to how we run our business, our personal lives, and how we navigate all of our decisions. We've learned it the hard way sometimes and have seen how it can hurt us when we do it wrong. We've also been in this long enough to see the benefits of doing this the right way. So here it is:

2. Never sacrifice a relationship for an opportunity.

This is perhaps the most important thing we have learned. At the end of the day, all we have are relationships. We’ve messed some up along the way, that’s for sure. We’ve lost friends, screwed up dating relationships, and have experienced loss both personally and professionally by choosing opportunities over relationships at times.

Opportunities come up and sometimes they sound like they’ll change your life. Maybe they sound like a good networking opportunity or maybe they pay really well. Sometimes that’s great. Those things are needed to keep your career alive and moving forward. It’s often right to say yes to good opportunities. But we cannot think of an opportunity that we’ve been offered or that could arise in the future that would outweigh the benefits we have in having strong, healthy relationships with friends, family, and in business. You just can’t replace that. It sounds trite or like it’s “the right thing to say.” But we’ve lived it, learned it and found it to be true.

So, invest in relationships. Yes, take opportunities that come along...you have to. Life involves balancing so much, but always consider the whole picture first. If an opportunity will compromise or take advantage of a relationship, take time to consider what’s more important. What we’ve found is that for us, relationships trump the opportunity every time.

Remember how we said in our blog yesterday that we drove from NH to LA with our 2 friends...here is a pic to prove it :) August 2006. Pitstop in Vegas. Ha! Great memories.  

Remember how we said in our blog yesterday that we drove from NH to LA with our 2 friends...here is a pic to prove it :) August 2006. Pitstop in Vegas. Ha! Great memories.  

Our professor Warren at The Contemporary Music Center has been a guide and a mentor for us throughout our career. He is someone we still go to for advice to this day. Early on, we were preparing to go out on one of our first huge tours and he was talking to us about business and life. We were concerned about staying grounded, keeping level heads and not getting swept up in the hype of it all. He told us this:

"If you are aware of the tension, you're probably okay. If you've lost the awareness of that tension, then you're in trouble."

He was saying, if you're still worried about being swept up in it, it means you're not swept up in it yet. If you’re concerned about asking for that favor from a friend that could boost your career and are debating it heavily, you’re probably perfectly living in the tension. Keep that tension. As soon as you're swept up in it, or ask for favors without a second thought, the tension is probably gone which means your perspective might be gone too. You will start valuing opportunity more than relationships.

That's why we've spent 13 years trying to live in the tension. This word can be so negative, but we are talking about a positive, healthy tension. The tension of caring more about people than opportunities. The tension of trying to have integrity and strong character over “success” according to the world or industry standards. We try to hold this tension even if it feels uncomfortable and we try to hold it in every decision we make.

Relationship investments look different than opportunity or business investments. We’d venture to say that the relationship investments will always pay off in the long run...whereas opportunity investments might pay out quickly but may not last. We want to build lives, legacies and business that lasts...even if it takes longer. And yes, sometimes we've missed out on opportunities because we weren't willing to make the sacrifice. As we look back, we are always glad we did. 

What are you investing in? Do you need more of the “good tension” in your life? That’s been one of our biggest lessons the 13 years has taught us. Tomorrow we’ll share one more thing  we’ve learned in our 13 years...things aren’t always as the appear.

Until tomorrow...

xo

j&k




 

3 Things We’ve Learned In 13 Years

You might be new to us or maybe you’ve been journeying along with us for several years. Either way, here’s what you might not know: We met 13 years ago today (January 11th) on a tiny island off the coast of Massachusetts called Martha’s Vineyard. You might be thinking, 13 years?!? You were only 10 when you met? Thank you. You’re very kind. That’s right. ;)

We were in college and we both decided to spend a semester of our junior years studying music at The Contemporary Music Center. Green as can be, we each stepped off the boat (you have to take a ferry to get there) and showed up in our new digs, a rustic cabin, where we were randomly placed together as roommates. Jill, a shy basketball player from a small New Hampshire town, and Kate, an outgoing California girl who loved makeup, matching outfits and had grown up all over the world. We were as different as could be, but something clicked.

One of our oldest pics together...please note Jill's MV hoodie :) We're thinking this MUST HAVE BEEN a middle of the night rehearsal because we look SOOOOOO tired!

One of our oldest pics together...please note Jill's MV hoodie :) We're thinking this MUST HAVE BEEN a middle of the night rehearsal because we look SOOOOOO tired!

The first time we sang together was for a class assignment for which we had to co-write a song. When we started singing, we felt like Joey from F-R-I-E-N-D-S when he finds his identical hand twin. We had a musical chemistry that just worked and we formed a duo pretty much right away.

Thinking back on that time, it feels like a million years ago and sometimes we wonder what the heck we were thinking, going out into the world trying to make it in the music industry. But you never know the dreams you will find in your heart and how God will direct you towards them. We spent 4 months writing, harmonizing, recording, and planning our big jump into the world of music. Then off we went to chase the dream.

We’ve learned a heck of a lot in those 13 years and we are learning more today than ever. One of the greatest pieces of advice we ever received when we started out was to “Be teachable.” Always be willing to learn new things and never think you’re too good, too smart, too famous, too experienced, too rich, too old to learn from anyone, anything or any situation. So we wanted to share with you 3 things we’ve learned along the way. Here we go:

  1. Be thankful for small beginnings.

After we recorded our first album (which we did mostly ourselves to save money) we decided to move to LA to try to get our foot into the pop world. We had no idea what that meant, but it sounded good to us at the time. We drove from New Hampshire to LA with two of our other best friends. On the way out, we stopped by Jill’s great aunt and uncle’s house to say goodbye. They gave us an envelope with $100 and sent us on our way (thanks Callie + Bill.) It felt like 1 million dollars to us. We got to LA and shared an apartment with another friend we knew there. We shared a room and a bathroom, living in very close quarters.  We worked tons of weird, boring, odd jobs to pay the bills and we learned how to live off of very little (and a couple credit cards...thanks Amex...#sorryDaveRamsey.)

The first shows we played when we started out were coffeehouse open mics or hole-in-the-wall bars where no one listened and we were paid in beer, which we hate. (Give us some wine and now we’re talking.) But we were getting experience by playing in public. Testing out our songs, working on our show.

There were times down the road where we had much more. We eventually got bigger apartments where we didn’t have to share a room or a bathroom. We booked shows that actually paid us in money, not beer. We got to have jobs that were the opposite of boring and mundane. Dream jobs. We had more than we needed. (We paid it off, Dave Ramsey!)

We have also had times where things have been slow again, where we’ve had to go back to saving money and living off of very little. But guess what? We knew how to do that because that’s how we started out. We didn’t even mind it because we learned how to appreciate both extremes. Thankfulness is everything. Learn how to find it in whatever you are experiencing because it will change you. Small beginnings are the best beginnings.

Tomorrow we'll tell you a second thing we've learned in this 13 year journey...it's something that has drastically changed the way we navigate opportunities. Tune in tomorrow. 

Much love,

Jill and Kate

PS. If you need us for the rest of the day we'll just be partying -jumping up and down cause t's our Friend-A-Versary! A-wooo-hooo!

PPS: In honor of 13 years, we are offering 10 EXCLUSIVE packages, for a limited time only. This package is our ENTIRE catalog of physical albums (all autographed) including Finding My Own Way which will only be available digitally from this point forward. The package also includes a t-shirt, a journal and pen set, and a handwritten note from us. Get yours here!


Take It Back (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

Well hello last day of 2015…how is everyone feeling?

2015 has been a crazy year. One of the best things to come out of this year for us both personally and professionally has been learning/feeling/carrying the word perseverance.

Perseverance is defined as:  “steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success.”

As we reflect on 2015, there were many dark days, nights and weeks. Nights so dark that the haunting, dark voices spoke loudly calling us to give up, that it was “too hard” or that is was just “not in the cards for us.” Yes, they were hard, BUT two things made a difference:

 

People + Hope.

 

Friends and community came alongside us to gather up the broken pieces and to tell us we will be whole again. Hope that came from on high that reminds us that we have a purpose.

It’s funny because we really should think of 2015 as an awful year...but we don’t. There were so many gifts to receive and lessons to be learned in the dark times. Out initial reaction is to want to be out of them, but when we were knee deep in them, we decided to try and learn. And learn we did. We learned so much about ourselves, God, friends, the music industry...that we are looking back at 2015 as one of the best years. The gifts of learning are truly so great that the hard times pale in comparison. Would we want to live it again? No. But, did we learn more than we ever thought possible? Yes.

So, as we head into 2016 we are urging you to embrace this theme with us: TAKE IT BACK. If you lost something in 2015, take it back in 2016.

 

Take back your confidence.

Take back your gratitude.

Take back your joy.

Take back your dreams.

Take back your wonder.

Take back the control you have over your own mind.

Take back adventure.

Take back loving yourself.

Take back positivity.

Take back valuing others.

Take back your family.

Take back friendships.

Take back your health.

 

What have you taken from yourself? What have you let others take from you? What has been taken from you without you even noticing?

That’s the gift of a new year--a blank canvas of endless possibilites. Do you know exactly what December 31st, 2016 will look like? No. None of us can know that. But we have this gift of life and this year, we can give a gift to ourselves...we can TAKE IT BACK.

We could give you a list of goals/dreams/ideas that we have for us individually and for “Jill and Kate” but we’re not going to right now...we’ll share more details as the year unfolds. But, since we are all in this together, we wanted to tell you about TAKING IT BACK so that you’ll join us! What do you need to take back in your life? What are tools that are going to help you do it? Who are people that have done it before you? These are all ideas that we’ll be exploring throughout the year.

We’d love to hear what you are taking back in 2016!

This concludes our #31DaysOfBlogging...man, that was fun! Probably the most memorable one yet! Thanks for following along, being part of our story, and letting us be part of yours!

Stay safe tonight in all of the celebrating...we are believing in you for 2016!

xo
j&k

Shots! Shots! Shots! (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

Making the LULLABIES album was definitely a highlight of 2015. You can read more about how we got the idea to make it here, but now we wanted to tell you two fun side-stories about LULLABIES….

1) 

Our friend Jenny (who we made the album for) needed shots once a week for 12 weeks of her pregnancy and she asked us if one of us would learn how to do it so she didn’t have to go to the hospital once a week for an appointment just to get a quick shot. Now, we all know how Jill feels about needles or blood or anything medically related….she is NOT having it.

So, that left me, Kate. Nurse Kate, apparently. I went to the Dr with Jenny and Nurse Donna taught Nurse Kate here how to give a shot {insert all the fear and emotion here.} Not only was I going to have to stick a needle into my freind, I also had the pressure of not paralyzing her in the process. The shots went into her “lower back area--upper gluteous maximus” if you get my gist. The first time I did it, my hands were shaking and I reconfirmed that my calling in life is music, not nursing. OMG, how do you guys do it? Mad respect.

Anyhow...we made it through...the process got easier and let’s just say that only one time did I almost give her a shot with the wrong sized needle. Oopsies. And by almost, I mean I definitely stuck her with the needle, panicked, knew something was wrong, and then stopped. OMG. But, all the other times it was great and there is definitely a new bond that forms with a friend after going through something like that together.

Here’s a picture of our last shot on Tuesday...just 2 days before we surprised her with the album.

So, if any of you ever need a shot--I’m your gal. Well, probably not. I’m kind of glad that I don’t have to do it anymore. But, I didn’t know 2015 was going to be the year that I learned how to give shots. Who knows what next year will hold?? Nurse Kate, signing off

2)

We wanted to tell you a bit about how one of the songs was written. We were at a conference and we heard a friend, Jami Nato, speak. She has an incredible story--she’s writing a book and we cannot wait to read it because it’s going to change people's lives. Follow her here and stay up to date with all of her goings-ons because she’s amazing. That's Jami upfront, next to Jill in the rockin' shades. And our other BFF Whitney in the back with Kate.

Anyway--she spoke at the conference and she said something that really moved us. She is a mom to four littles and she said she doesn’t tell her kids to “be brave” or “be kind.” She tells them to ask God to help them to be brave or be kind. That we can’t do it on our own. That we need God to fill the gap, to change our hearts when we can’t do it on our own. YES. We love this thought and concept. It’s simple, but it’s huge.

There are so many things that we think we can do in our own strength, but we can’t. Not on our own. We need to ask for help. So we wrote, “Love Be Near.” It’s a prayer asking for God to be near us and to help us hour by hour, day by day.

Below are the lyrics. We hope they are a reminder of a small prayer we can all sing in our hearts.

Who can believe tomorrow is the last day of 2015?? Wow.

Much love,

Jill and Kate

 

LOVE BE NEAR

Help me be brave

Help me be strong

Help me choose right over wrong

Love be near me now

Love be near me now

 

Help me not fear

Help me to grow

Help me to know I’m never alone

Love be near me now

Love be near me now

 

Help me be kind

Help me be free

Help me always see what you see

Love be near me now

Love be near me now

 

Love be near

Love be near

Love be near me now

Love be near me now

 

Help me to sing

This song in my heart

Be a light in the dark

Love be near me now

Love be near me now

© Jill and Kate, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Chicago & Stories (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

In November we had the opportunity to go to Chicago to attend a conference called Storyline. This conference is put on by Donald Miller and it has been going on for 6 or 7 years. We have always wanted to go, but have never been able to make it work. 

This year, we knew a bunch of our friends were going to be there and our calendar just happened to be open! :) Again, anytime our friends are going to be somewhere, it doesn't take much convincing to make a plan to be there!

So we hopped in the car and headed to Chicago. It's about an 8 hour drive and the weather was perfect. That almost never happens when driving to Chicago, so we knew this was bound to be a good couple of days. 

And that it was. 

This conference is 2.5 days filled to the brim with inspiring people, challenging ideas, and fun times. It came at the perfect time for us...we were mostly recovered from the hard-knocks that came earlier in the year and we were ready to be inspired and start planning for what was ahead. And it wasn't just planning. We were learning from some of the greatest thinkers/world impacters around. We were trying to absorb as much as possible so that we can become better writers/speakers/humans, etc. Sometimes you just need to step outside of your own world...out of your own head...and hear some fresh ideas and perspectives. We always want to be open to being taught. We are never done learning.

(We were so fortunate this year to have a few opportunities to do this---remember we got to hear Brene Brown speak a few weeks before? And we got to go to another conference with our friend Whitney and meet so many inspiring people there. All of these experiences refreshed us and got us excited to do new things in the world of J&K.)

Storyline is a place where creative people all get together and learn how to live a better story. Don took us through the art of story and it was fascinating. He taught us that great characters in stories TAKE ACTION. Yes. We love that. Guys, we all write so much of our own stories...but not all of it! There's so much out of our control. But at the same time, we have a lot of control in how we deal with the ups and downs of life. How we use the negative turns and make them positive.

There's a lot in life that we get to choose.

Remember "Choose Your Own Adventure" books from when we were kids? That's life sometimes. Especially in this country and in this day-in-age, we are free and able to do so many things! We can turn to pages that we pick...they aren't always picked for us. We don't have to be stuck. We can have dreams. And we can chase those dreams. And more importantly in all of this, we can choose our attitudes...how we approach this life that we get. Now, we don't know about you, but we think that's HUGE.:) 

While at Storyline we also got to play a few songs for the conference attendees. That was super awesome. We love playing wherever we can and it was cool to be in a room full of so many dreamers getting to play some of our songs for them.

We left after those couple days in Chicago and drove back home with full hearts and full minds. We were full of new ideas and renewed dreams. 

Tomorrow we'll tell you about how/find/who/what/where and when we decided to record LULLABIES.

Until tomorrow...

xo

J&K

 

An Open Letter To Adele (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

Hello!

Kate here. So, did anyone else absolutely lose it in November when Adele released the 29 second teaser of “Hello?” No. Just me? It’s cool. I’ll own it. I lost it. I literally listened to it about a million times...which PS. ...thank you Nicki Manaj for filming it and tweeting it. After listening about 15 times, I cried. I did. I went up to my room, laid down on my bed, listened to it over and over and cried (not dramatic at all, right?) I cried because something in me resonated with the pain in her voice and with the simple words. But it felt like the words were resonating from so deep within me. It’s what I have felt so many times. “I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet. To go over, everything. They say that time’s supposed to heal us, but I ain’t done much healing.” Ughhhhh, it hit me so hard. I listened. I cried. And I could not wait to hear the rest of the song and the whole album.

So the week the album came out and I listened from top to bottom, I wrote this letter to Adele and I thought it’d be fun/awkward to share it with you. Haha. Allow me this nerd-fan-girl-moment if you will. 

An Open Letter To Adele:

Dear Adele,

Thank you for making music that makes me feel like something is broken inside me and yet is being fixed simultaneously. The songs shed light on the darkest crevices of my heart and pour warmth back in, all at the same time.

Thank you for sharing your stories with us and reminding us that we’re all in this together. That we’re all living similar stories and feeling the same things. Thank you for being honest with your truths...I think it makes us all braver in telling our own truths.

Thank you for having a smashing, literal-record-breaking career and only having a 9 week old Instagram account. Thank you for not having distracting bells and whistles. You remind me that the best way to bring my art into the world is to be myself. To not bend to the status quo or “what has worked before," but to be me. Thank you for being you. All you. Your talent is bettering the world because it is authentically you. I know it couldn’t have always been easy, so thanks for easing the path for others.

Thank you for not sharing your each and ever-loving thought with us while you’ve been “off the grid.” Thank you for having a life, and living it, because of that I feel like you’ve been able to give us these songs. I don’t know what you ate for lunch two weeks ago, I don’t know what vacations you took over the last year or what other celebrities you’ve bumped into. Thank you for living your life. Thank you for not making your job suddenly “being famous.” Thank you for taking the time to fully live and letting these songs marinate and be birthed. You’ve set a good example for me. From living, is where the songs come from. The heartache, the joys, the surprises, the losses...if we aren’t living, we’ll miss all of this.

Thank you for singing. You’ve always sung and you’ve made people realize what a gift vocal chords are. You’ve honed your craft. I remember seeing you play to a sold-out crowd in Boston at the Orpheum Theater. You were so present and engaged on stage. You honored the audience. You stood there and sang...and it was wonderful.  

This new album is my favorite so far. The whole album has an effortless cool. It feels original and authentic and somehow familiar. And those alter-melodies...good God, they’re glorious!!! Well done! They remind me that while we think one thing is going on in our lives, there can often be a totally different thing unfolding simultaneously--sometimes we push against them but ultimately they make it better.

Thank you for making music that I can’t wait to play for my children someday. Thank you for being a classic.

I hope you keep living life to the fullest and writing songs that bring emotion to the surface.

You are a National Treasure Adele and I am grateful for you.


With much love,

Kate

 

The Gift of Adventure (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

This fall we finally got back into our groove after the chaos of this year. We started writing a lot more...and we were working on a secret LULLABIES album this fall too. But we weren't just writing songs that were lullabies. We were also writing songs that reflected on our experiences throughout the year. We told you a few days ago about "Quit Worrying" which was a song that came out of the trials of this year. 

But after we wrote that song, we wrote a song that was inspired by the adventures of this year. We got to have a lot of adventures this year. We went overseas to play for the troops, met tons of new friends in Canada where we got to do things like jump off cliffs and swim under waterfalls, went paddle boarding for the first time, went on last minute road trips, became adjunct law professors, and so much more.

Adventure is a gift. It can change your mindset, your morale, and your momentum.

So in November, we wrote this song called "We Go Running" all about adventure. It's about being tired of the mundane and needing a change. It's just a fun, feel-good song and we had fun writing it. 

Writing songs is what we love to do. We love how therapeutic and healing it can be. We will continue to blog through the year this December, but as we begin to approach 2016, we will live by a line in the bridge of this song that says:

The best days are in front of us...and we won't stay, where we're stuck..

Maybe you need to join us in living by this motto? The end of a year/beginning of a new one is the perfect time to leave the past behind, learn from it, and move on. 

See you tomorrow!

xo

j&k

Run Club REVIVAL (#31DaysofBlogging)

This blog is a part of a series #31DaysofBlogging … we are going through the year (2015) chronologically.

If you’ve noticed anything about us it’s that we like to do fun stuff and we like to do that fun stuff with friends. Friends make everything BETTER. Always.

A few years back when we were out on tour with Kelly Clarkson, we started “run club” with our BFF Jason Halbert. We've been friends with Jason for about 8 years now and he's the best. He and his family are like family to us. We are soooooooo thankful for him. He's kind, ridiculously talented, will show up when you need him to….we could go on and on about him but…back to run club :) At this point none of us were "runners" so we started slow….and this pic was pretty much our motto…hahaha...

We started by running for a few minutes at a time and then walking, running a bit more, then walking...you get the idea. It was fun on tour because we felt like we were getting to see different vantage points of cities and countries that we were in...we’d tuck some money into our running belts, run for a bit and then end up at a local coffee shop or breakfast joint. It was SO FUN. Thinking back on these memories...they are truly some of the best.

Run club in action…we think this was in Australia somewhere!

Run club in action…we think this was in Australia somewhere!

We’ve run all over the world together (which is crazy.) Over the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, along the water-front Opera House in Sydney, Australia and in our very own neighborhoods here in Nashville, TN.

San Francisco!

San Francisco!

Running across the Golden Gate…yes this was a true action shot…note Kate's finger. Ha!

Running across the Golden Gate…yes this was a true action shot…note Kate's finger. Ha!

{sidenote: you might be reading this and be thinking...”well isn’t that just convenient that they could just go run across the golden gate bridge. must be easy for them.” we never want you to get the idea that things just easily fall into place. for "run club" to happen we all had to commit. we had to make a plan, and we all had to take a cab to near the bridge so we could run across it. we had to take a cab back to our hotel. most things that might look easy breezy generally have a great amount of planning and effort put into them. that shouldn’t discourage you--just be willing to put in effort and some planning.}

Sydney Australia!

Sydney Australia!

So in November of this year we decided to kick it off again. Since we all still travel, it can make it tricky to coordinate schedules, but we met up this year and re-booted “run club.” We’re SO pumped about 2016 and all the “run-club” adventures we are going to have :) Maybe you should start a run-club with some friends in 2016? Just saying. It’s good times.

Run Club 2015!!!! 

Run Club 2015!!!! 


We also created and did our very own 70 day challenge which ended yesterday on Christmas. Jill’s goal was to run 70 miles in 70 days and she did it! Kate’s goal was to finish her 10k training app...and she did! Woohoo! We’ve loved challenging ourselves in a new way this past year. We are feeling stronger and proud of ourselves for accomplishing those goals.

What goals are you setting for yourself in 2016? We'd love to hear some. 

Much love…see ya tomorrow. 

j&k