It's hard to believe that another year is coming to an end today. What do you do with 365 days that are done? How do you bundle up a year's worth of memories, heartbreak and joy? It seems like a whirlwind and slow-motion tied together. 2013 was an amazing year. It was the first full calendar year that we spent dedicated to j&k since ending our time singing with Kelly. We learned a lot. We wrote a lot. We cried a lot. We got to meet a lot of our amazing fans ALL OVER THE WORLD. It was seriously magical and a true highlight for us this year. You know, we will never get these days/years back. The things you start and hope and strive for...you only get those beginning stages once...it's all a part of a journey. So we are thankful that you have been a part of ours. And if you weren't a part of it...our story would look different...so thank you for being with us on this.
2013 was also a hard year for us. We lost our William. The bravest, kindest, most amazing soul you'd ever know. God chose to take him home. We still cry and ask why. In every decision we make in our career we still want to ask Will if he thinks it's a good idea. Our hearts broke a certain way this year in a way we have never experienced. He will be missed for a lifetime.
So, how do you hope for better in 2014? What dreams are you setting? How far will you push yourself to reach a goal? Write it down! Each Dec. 31st we each write a letter to ourselves and seal it and open it on the next Dec. 31st. It's crazy to see what goals you set and see what you've accomplished. It's eye-opening to see what mattered 365 days ago and to see if it still matters now. If you set goals and you know EXACTLY how to accomplish them all next year...we have bad news...YOU ARE DREAMING TOO SMALL. Write down one or two things that seem absolutely impossible. Dream big dreams. You never know!!!
Something we are trying to focus on in 2014 is love. How will you love the people around you more? 'Cause in the end...it's not the #1 songs, or the accolades that matter...it's love. Sounds cheesy but we think it's true. It's how you love those closest around you. How you love the strangers among us. How we love ourselves. People need love. Simple.
"Love your neighbor as yourself." Wouldn't that be crazy if we all did that?
Alright. 2013...we say bon voyage. All the mistakes...we're learning from. We are saying goodbye. We are deeming you in the past. All the things we learned...we are taking you with us to 2014.
We hope and pray YOUR 2014 is filled with unimaginable LOVE and light. Hope instead of fear. Lots of accomplishment. Wildest dreams realized.
Let us know what you are hoping for in 2014...we'd love to hear some things from you guys!
MUCH love and GRATEFUL hearts...
jill and kate
PS. 31 Days of Blogging over and OUT. (Can you tell we've been watching New Girl? Schmidt. Out.)