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Now What Does This Make Possible (#31DaysofBlogging)

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

So 

We got the call that we were fired while we were in Los Angeles to play our own show.

There’s nothing quite like waking up in sunny LA after a stressful few weeks (Afghanistan, being called HUGE, etc.) to get FIRED in a 1 minute phone call. 

But if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that life doesn’t always make sense….that ambivalence is present in almost every situation that you face and it is better to embrace it than to get freaked out by it.

So, we woke up in LA in our AirBnB in West Hollywood, got a phone call that we were fired, and then drove to Santa Monica to sit on the beach and drink Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf! Because when you have an Iced Vanilla Latte and a ridiculous view of the Pacific Ocean, life’s pretty darn good....fired or not fired!
 

We were there with our friend Chris (you remember Chris from earlier in this series) and we all decided to not let anything get us down. We were in LA, playing the Hotel Cafe the next night, hanging with friends, and we wanted to enjoy every minute.

Los Angeles has been such a significant city to us in our career. It’s where we got our first big job in the industry. It’s what inspired some of our most meaningful songs….(if you have no knowledge about this, check out our song, Burn It Down.)

It’s where we performed on shows like Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, The AMA Awards, Jimmy Kimmel, Jay Leno, Ellen….

This city is full of incredible memories for us. Some good, some bad. It’s where some of our best days and some of our worst days have happened. So it’s significant that all of this craziness that had happened in the past few weeks came to a head while we were in LA.

We were a bit thrown off by getting fired...confused, angry, scared, upset,...the emotions were running rampant. There is nothing quite like that feeling of having been treated unjustly. But again, we didn’t want getting fired to affect us negatively. We had songs to write, shows to play, things to do! We knew we had to stay level-headed for our show at The Hotel Cafe.

We LOVE playing this venue. We’ve played it twice now, but we’ve also seen some amazing shows there. (One of those shows was Patty Griffin who you may know is one of our favorite artists of all time. To play on the stage that we had seen her play on a few years ago is always surreal.)

Okay, let us have our geek out moment here for a minute…(remember, we’d had a rough day the day before, we had NO idea what our year would now look like, and we needed something good to happen.)

Then…...Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman came to our show at The Hotel Cafe!

Guys, PARENTHOOD. Gilmore Girls. The Duff. You get the idea.

Talk about 2 of the coolest people around? These two.

(Most-joy-to-ever-be-had in a selfie…ever. And yes, we are sweaty and gross but you guys, it was so hot in there and sweat + nerves will run their course…as displayed in our hair.) 

(Most-joy-to-ever-be-had in a selfie…ever. And yes, we are sweaty and gross but you guys, it was so hot in there and sweat + nerves will run their course…as displayed in our hair.) 

See, we had written a song earlier in the year called “Someday, Someday, Maybe” after reading Lauren’s book. (READ IT!) We were so inspired by the story that we wanted to write a song about it. So we sent it to her and she actually listened to it and liked it!

We got to play the song live at our show that night in LA with her in the audience and that was pretty cool/scary/awesome/*enter every other emotion here*.

We also got to talk to so many of you guys after the show which is one of our favorite parts about doing what we do. We love meeting you all and hearing your stories. This show was such a good distraction from all the other crap that was going on in our world at the time. Just know that your support in coming out to the show, bringing us gifts, telling us your stories...those are huge encouragements to us!

We stayed in LA for a few more days after the show and started to think about what the rest of the year might look like for us now. We had planned on being on tour with the other artist for the rest of the year and because of that not happening, we now had a huge blank calendar in front of us. We had no plan and no income. But at the same time, anything was possible! We had a wise friend/counselor (Al Andrews...LOVE you Al!) say to us: “Focus on asking yourself the question ‘Now...what does this make possible?’”

So that was the question we began asking ourselves as we started to think about where we were headed this year….

If you're stuck with an unforeseen road block or upsetting situation in your life that you weren't planning on…maybe now is a good time to ask yourself….

What does this make possible?

The journey continues tomorrow...tune in and follow along.

xo

j&k

PS. Thanks for all the love and support over our blogs the past few days. We knew we needed to share our story and the fact that you all are sharing it, telling us your own stories and helping spread a positive voice about being brave is bringing us so much joy.

Tis the season indeed…

XO

HBD to the J to the H.

It's June 3rd folks...which means that it is non-other than Jason Halbert's BIRTHDAY! We did a blog last year with pics & we decided to do it again this year. We have the pleasure of working alongside him & this last year has proved yet again why we are so thankful for him! He is our fearless musical leader on the road, a great friend, kick-A running buddy & an example of a fabulous husband and father. Also, he is always inspiring us to take pictures to document our many travels so we decided to put together a collection of those from the last 12 months. We are so happy to know him, laugh with him and j&k are looking forward to seeing what awesome things are in store for JH this year.

Jason...first off.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY...

This is how we see you a lot...

Sometimes you wear a shirt to remind us who you are and what you're doing there...

Australia soundcheck...

VH1 Unplugged rehearsal.

"STRONGER" video shoot rockin' the key-tar.

No clue when this was...some rehearsal in the last 365 days :)

When things really get going you'll move on to this instrument...

Power faces.

Food is an important staple...Cracker Barrel pit stop...hmm...

Chowing down on Koi NYC. Yum.

Music City Hot Chicken Festival, Nashville, TN.

BK & long car rides....good combo.

Just normal breakfast table conversations happening here...

We like to run...Sydney, Australia.

Run club...West Hollywood, CA.

We hauled our butts over that bridge & back...hoo-yeah run club 2012! San Francisco, CA.

We admire all of Jason's modes of transportation....swing....

Mini-car...

Surf board...

Bike...

We also support a creative wardrobe...when you feel like wearing all grey animated uniforms....

And wizard costumes...

And star shaped glasses....

And yuppy yacht apparel...

And bibs...

And neon green suits...

And mostly when you wear your party rockin' LMFAO lovin' gear.

Group shots extravaganza....

These next few pics didn't have a category but thought they were honorable mentions of good times!

Weirdest city ever for a wine bar...Reno.

Dance party on the bus.

Best day ever...Universal.

Jill's birthday....Denver, CO.

Made up game...entertainment for at least 30 minutes.

Free drinks on January 1st flying to New Orleans!

Culture Committee party Jacksonville, FL.

Jay Leno!

Dressing room at SNL. Aben looks thoroughly entertained.

Recording in Australia.

Some coffee shop somewhere in the world...

Best German driver ever. #preoseccoforever

New iPhone photo app DIPTIC...all of us demonstrating the "jet lag"

UK X-Factor.

Stretching it out before our pre-flight to Australia.

NO idea where this was but I bet we were having loads of fun!

Australia.

Until next year....

-j&k-