A few years ago, we posted a blog around this time called “The Aftermath.” We posted it because earlier that year we had posted a blog that led to us being fired from a male country artist’s tour.
As you can imagine, it was not a fun time in life. We had taken the blog down in May of that year and we decided to re-post it in December during our #31DaysofBlogging. We hadn’t been able to fully talk about why we took the blog down or some of the things that had gone on throughout the year, and so we re-posted the original blog, “When Someone Calls You Huge” and then the next day, we posted “The Aftermath” blog. We really like to be honest on here, and well, it was as honest as we could get. And you guys. The response to those two blogs was crazy. Crazy awesome.
A bunch of people reached out to us and wanted to talk about what had happened. Even the Washington Post reached out to do an interview. This was about 2 years prior to the #metoo movement taking off, so it felt like we were stepping into extremely unknown territory.
People told us not to talk about it. People said it would ruin our career if we told our story.
But we couldn’t not talk about it, because we really believe that stories and truth-telling ARE WHAT CHANGE THE WORLD. We knew that if we had this experience — a really shitty one by the way— that it wasn’t just about us anymore. It felt so unfair, so unjust. But with the help of dear friends who were our sounding board— we really realized that this situation had not happened just for us. It happened to us so that we could help anyone else who may be experiencing the same thing….Because sharing our stories will hopefully make someone else in the same situation feel less alone in their own.
Since then, we’ve been able to speak to groups of women about speaking your truth even when it costs you something. It’s been an incredible thing to see something that felt so dark and hard be used for something good.
Literally, we have met so many wonderful people because of it. We’ve begun working on a book. We started a podcast about “What to do when life doesn’t go the way you planned it.” The experience was traumatic and awful and we hope to never walk through another season like that. BUT, we’re grateful for it. We’re grateful because it taught us so much. Isn’t it weird to be grateful for the hard stuff?
If you want to hear more about how to be grateful for the hard things…like getting called huge and getting fired, you can click here.
Jill and Kate
Tomorrow we are going to tell you about how we ended up in Vegas watching JLO do her thang. And her thang she did do.