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Oh (Sweet) Canada! #31DaysofBlogging

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

A few days after we got back from Ohio, we took off for a Canadian adventure. We flew to Vancouver and joined a bunch of brand new friends for a trip to Malibu, Canada. Our friend Bob (and his wife Maria) invited us up to their lodge which was OUT OF THIS WORLD. We had to take several buses and boats to get there and it was totally worth it! The few days we got to spend up there were focused solely on resting, reflecting, swimming, jumping off waterfalls, and meeting new AMAZING friends. It was such a necessary break for us.

 

There was no cell service and no internet service (like, when we say NO service, we mean NONE) which was incredible. It was a little unnerving at first. I can’t tell you how many times I reached for my phone to check it. Check what? I don’t know, just whatever it is that I check when I look at my phone. But, it didn’t work there. We really are addicted to our phones and to constant online communication. You never realize how dependent you are on it until it’s completely gone.

And then this amazing thing happens: You realize that you CAN actually LIVE without it!

 

We didn’t tweet and guess what? The world didn’t stop.
We didn’t post a picture to Instagram and guess what? We are still alive and well!
We didn’t text anyone and guess what? Nothing happened!

It sounds ridiculous, but seriously. When was the last time you didn’t look at your phone or a computer for 3 days? It’s crazy.

For me, (Jill) I realized that it gave me some time to see where I was with myself. All of the crap that had gone on during the past few months had affected me much more than I had even realized. I was drained, weary, and discouraged. Even though we knew that there was purpose in getting fired and feeling displaced, it didn’t mean that it was easy to go through.

The 3 days at Bob & Maria’s lodge in Canada gave me time to reconnect with myself. There was so much time to be silent, think, and process. One thing that I did while I was there was I got baptized. It’s a longer story than I’ll write on here, but I’ve never been baptized even though I’ve been a Christian most of my life. This was so cool for me. I was able to share in this with new friends that we made over this weekend who have become some of my closest friends even in such a short time. It was definitely the highlight of my trip. It was a time for me to rekindle my relationship with God, be more honest with myself, and have a fresh start.

I felt like this was a chance to start over. I left the lodge with such a new excitement and appreciation for life. The people who we spent time with there were SUCH GREAT PEOPLE. This trip was almost exactly halfway through the year and it was a visible SHIFT for us. A turning point. We met inspiring friends who are doing AMAZING things in this world like rescuing child soldiers, writing life-changing books, making inspiring music, running successful, meaningful companies, and so much more. 

As Bob often says, "God doesn't send us notes, he sends us people" and "love everybody, always." We couldn't agree more. We are big believers in the idea that relationships are the most important thing in life. When it comes to REALLY GOOD friends, our cups overflow like crazy and we couldn't be more grateful.

Speaking of really good friends, let’s talk about our friend Jann Arden. She’s Canadian (as most awesome people are) and we decided to go have a visit with her since we were already in that neck of the woods for our trip to the lodge.

So we finished up our time at the lodge and jumped on a flight from Vancouver to Calgary to spend a few days with Jann.

If you don’t know her, YOU SHOULD. Jann is a singer/songwriter/author/lover-of-people/lover-of-animals and SO much more. She is freaking hilarious and she’s one of the kindest, most humble, outrageously generous souls we know. We had the awesome opportunity last year to open her tour in Eastern Canada and it was to-date our favorite tour we have ever done. Jann has supported us in our music and in our lives like none other. It’s not often that artists are so incredibly supportive of other artists, but Jann is an incredible example of what it means to champion other artists.

On the #janntour last year…this was walking out to play our first ARENA. That's right, we were OFF THE WALL   excited.

On the #janntour last year…this was walking out to play our first ARENA. That's right, we were OFF THE WALL excited.

We had such a great time at Jann’s. She took us to some of her favorite places in town, we took walks down #JannsRoad (search that hashtag on Instagram...it’s beautiful!), went to Banff, and spent hours talking about life and music. She also let us preview her Christmas album (which is out now) and has become our most-played Christmas album this season!

#JannsRoad

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Jann is such an encourager and a mentor to us. She has lived this crazy music-industry life and we have so much to learn from her. She is humble, strong, vulnerable, kind...and she doesn’t take herself too seriously. She is always down for a good laugh...and laugh, we did!

This trip was so life-giving for us. Like we said, it was a SHIFT in our year.

Remember, in life, there are seasons. So if you are in a really terrible time, it WILL get better. If you’ve been in a lull, a drought, a funk....the SHIFT is coming. Be ready for it. Be excited. Be hopeful. Surround yourself with people who believe in you and who help you to be your BEST self. 

Tomorrow the blogging continues.

xo 

j&k

Checking In...

It's been a little while since we've blogged...sorry! Here's what's been going on in j&k world...in no particular order:

SPRING!!!! The trees were blossoming in Springfield, MO and the weather was amazing. Love it.

Our AWESOME friends sent us a giant cookie cake and a huge basket of cookies, cake pops and goodies to our dressing room. It was one of the best days ever. Seriously, a giant cookie cake can really make any day great...Not to mention having the greatest friends around.

Jill and Miles were cracking themselves up by putting chip clips on their fingers. Lots of time to kill on the bus. Obviously Miles was extremely amused by this. Or in severe pain. Not sure.

Rockband in our dressing room! We never had time to actually play, but we did pretend to play...haha.

We went on a 3.5 hour walk with Cory in Sioux Falls, SD to find the falls. It was exhausting, but so fun! Also, it was our first time to South Dakota. Beautiful...and a great crowd!

Thanks for the Canada mittens! They are awesome!!

We decorated the bus with pictures from all of our travels over the years. Here is a picture of Kate in front of the pictures. She is wearing a scarf around her head...not sure why. Again, we have a lot of time to kill on the bus.

So that's a little peak into our last few weeks. Hope you've been enjoying yours. St. Patty's Day tomorrow...Wear green and catch some leprechauns!

LATER!

-j&k-

Sunrise Over The Falls...

Randomly woke up way too early while we were in Niagara Falls....opened the shades & saw the sun breaking through the clouds...

It was pretty cool. Except all that fast, rushing water scares me a little...so this time around this picture is about as close as we got to the falls :)

But let's not forget the last time we were there...ummm...awhile ago...we got this close:

That's right. We were CLOSE. So this time we stayed indoors and admired the falls from afar.

Good times in Canada...but more about that later :)

-j&k-

Two thumbs up.

Hey everybody... Thanks for all of the love for the SOT17th. That's super cool of you guys...we had no idea that it would catch on the way it did :) Yay.

We are in Canada now--2 normal flights, one weird seat mate, and one prop-plane later...we made it! And this time with all of our luggage :) Woohoo!!

It's an exciting week...we get to see our fun work family who we've missed...New Moon is coming out...we'll be in LA which means In-n-Out and Coffee Bean...Thanksgiving is right around the corner which means stellarrrrrrrrr food. Ahhh....the next week is looking swell.

Hugs, love and a sugar buzz...

j&k

Kate's Trip to Canada.

So this last weekend we were heading to Canada to perform at the Much Music Awards.   I had spent a few of my days off with my family so I was flying from Chicago all by lonesome.  I get to the airport, nice and early...two hours before my flight...check in....go sit at my gate..all the routine nonsense. My flight was supposed to take off at 3:45.  So at around 3:00pm they announce that the flight had been cancelled. Awesome. So I call the airlines and they book me on a 7:25pm flight on a different airline. So I park my butt at a Chilis with my book (currently reading "My Sisters Keeper") and chow down on some chips and salsa. I figure that's a good way to kill 4 hours. Well, then at around 5:00pm my 7:25pm flight gets pushed back to 9:25pm. Then, not twenty minutes later that flight gets cancelled. At this point I've got laughter that cannot be controlled. I am so amused. So I call the airline again and they book me on a flight that leaves at 9:25pm. An hour later it gets pushed to 11:40pm. And I was like...WOW. That's some time to kill. Then it gets pushed back to 12:40am...and I'm thinking...geez oh peet this is gonna be the LONGEST day ever. So I'm still chillin' at the airport when at 10:00pm they cancel my third and final flight of the evening. I can't get my bag back that evening and they rebook me on an 11:20am the next day. So I hop in a cab and go crash at my cousins house...I was really happy that she only lives ten minutes away. The next morning my flight actually doesn't get cancelled..WOOHOO...and I arrive in Toronto :) But sans my bag. They have NO idea where it is but promise me that it's probably on the next flight in. Fast forward 6 days later and my bag arrives back in Nashville at my house. Yup, my bag is gone for 6 days. Pretty awesome.

That's my story.

Canada was amazing. Crowd was rockin'. The Jonas Brothers were precious as pie. Good to see some of you out there!!

-kate

First blog of 2009.

Hey hey. So we've been all over the place the past few weeks so haven't been blogging as much, but check it out. We're back and here's a little look at what's been going on in J&K world since the EP release. :) We got to go to Canada and go snowboarding, zip-trekking, dogsledding, snowmobiling and overall got to have a fantastic time with friends. That is also where Kate celebrated her 26th birthday...yay! Here are a few pics...

Here we are getting ready to zip-trek...it was SO cold so we were so bundled up...i mean, it was COLD.

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Zip-trekking was AWESOME! Oh and we didn't both get orange jackets on purpose...haha...
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So Canada was awesome and after that we went to the lovely Los Angeles for a few days before each heading home for Christmas. Kate made her way to Chicago and Jill went to New Hampshire...both places were cold and snowy. It was good to be with family and see some old friends. Here is a picture outside of Jill's house in NH taken over Christmas...brrr...
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Although the snow is pretty and lovely and everything nice (sense the sarcasm here) it was pretty exciting that we got to go celebrate the start of 2009 in warm and sunny Mexico! Here are some pictures of the Mayan ruins and some other cool stuff...
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We had an awesome time. We're really glad to be back in Nashville too though. We've been writing a lot and are excited about the new song on the 17th...only 3 days away now. Get ready. :)

Peace out.

j&k