Pep Talks #31Days2016

Recently, I needed a pep talk. I didn’t know I needed one. I was having one of those days…and my bestie saw it. You know when people know you well and they can see what’s going on in your head sometimes before you can see it? It’s a strange and wonderful thing all at the same time. So, I as having one of these days and it was 4:30PM and getting DARK (insert eye roll here…the early sunset time kills me. womp womp) and she gave me a pep talk like no other pep talk. It was the mother of all pep talks. It was like a straight 10 minutes of telling me the truth of my life. 

It was weird because if I’m being honest, I like giving pep talks. It’s easy for me to see the truth in other people and tell them exactly what I see in them. I love reminding people of the greatness within them. It’s easy for me to see the beauty, depth and wonder in others. But, sometimes it’s harder for me to do to myself (which I think is pretty normal-thank God.) That’s why it was so helpful to have her words. 

Guys, our words are SO IMPORTANT. They can help people. You, with your words, have the power to help someone. Tell people who they are. As our dear friend Bob says, “Tell people who they’re becoming.” If they’re stuck in a rut, tell them how you see their future unfolding. Tell them they are loved. Tell them they are valued. YOU GUYS. It’s so basic but if we all opened our mouths and used our words for good a little more often…maybe there would be less pain. Maybe there would be less loneliness. And it doesn’t have to be a 10 minutes mother of all pep talks…a simple 9 word text will do. “Hey! You’re such a valuable part of our community!” or even 6 words: “Keep going! I believe in you!” And sometimes it’s just helpful to check in with people. “Hey! How are you?"

I was feeling in such a cloud before that pep talk Jill gave me. I was wallowing and low…and after that pep talk I felt SO MUCH BETTER. My spirits were lifted…I literally got off the couch and went and ran 4 miles. I’m telling you guys: IT WAS THAT GOOD. Hahaaha…and I did it because Jill told me I could…there is a giant hill that if I ran I told her I wouldn't be able to run up it…and she very matter of factly said, “Yes you can.” And you know what…when I was running…I ran up that damn giant of a hill because someone thought I could. It sounds ridiculous but it’s so true. Our words have power. 

As I ran, I had one glimmer of a realization. By the time I was done with my run it was almost completely pitch black. I looked up at the sky and realized I could see a TON of stars. It was barely 6pm and the sky was bright with twinkly lights. This little voice inside me was all of a sudden thankful for the early sunset because it gave me more time with the stars. See, I LOVE the stars. I l could sit and stare at the night sky for HOURS and be completely content. So, there was a bonus I found in the early sunset…a positive spin on the early darkness. 

So, I got back that night, thankful for a best friend who could speak positive things over my life. Thankful for the body I’ve been given..that I have the ability to run. And thankful for words. Let’s use them, guys. 

And let me be the one to say this to you, the reader, if you are needing some sort of encouragement today. You are awesome and you are so valuable. You have an important role in your community and you are capable of INCREDIBLE things. If you are reading this, thank you. Thank you for valuing our words on these blogs and the songs that we share. Thank you for the times that you’ve tweeted/FB’ed/Snapped/showed up at shows….you are a gift to us. And even if you feel like no one cares about you, you are wrong. We do. We are all in this together and hope that you KNOW that you are loved, valued and appreciated. You are capable of greatness. 

With much love,
-Kate

Daniel...what a gem. Not sure what city this was in but we love that we have this memory!

Daniel...what a gem. Not sure what city this was in but we love that we have this memory!

Group shot with so many fabulous ladies in Chicago!

Group shot with so many fabulous ladies in Chicago!

With Abby after our Heart Of Stone release show in Nashville! She's the best!

With Abby after our Heart Of Stone release show in Nashville! She's the best!

Miriam...(was this in the ATL?) She's loyal, encouraging...we just adore her! 

Miriam...(was this in the ATL?) She's loyal, encouraging...we just adore her!