patriots

Super Bowl 2017

Kate here.

The Super Bowl happened last night. If you want to know the range of emotion we went through, please just watch our Instagram story. The Patriots won in an unbelievable comeback. Definitely the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

They were down by 21 points in the 3rd quarter. People had given up. And according to history, they sort of should have because in the history of the Super Bowl no one had ever come back from trailing more than 10 points. The Super Bowl had never gone into overtime. Both things happened and it was incredible to watch. It was insane watching Tom Brady. It’s like when he got into his element, when they were down and when people had counted them out, that’s when he started to shine. Easy, calm, mindful. It really was incredible to watch and bear witness to it all. History in the making. And I’ve got to say. I’m not a huge football girl, but the one thing I know about the Patriots is that they are the most clutch team and that comebacks are their masterpiece. It’s what they excel at and I never stopped believing and I never doubted.

I kept thinking about all the discipline and hard work that Tom has put in. I mean, everyone on the team works hard and puts in their time, but Tom is the face of it all. He stands out. I wonder how many times he has disciplined himself, denied himself something for the greater good of being a better version of himself tomorrow than yesterday. I’m trying to get better at self-discipline. It’s hard all the time but it’s especially hard when you’re a feeler like me. I am so in the moment that I just want to have the moment to have and to hold and to enjoy. Wait, what? You want me to put off this enjoyment for something greater? For a greater enjoyment down the line? It’s okay guys, I’ll just make my own joy when we get there...no need to deprive myself now. Ha. I digress. You see?

But honestly, how many hours, how much hard work went into that win last night? I think the thing that I am most amazed by is not the distance or precision in which he can throw. Or how hard he works to stay in shape (although I’m thankful for that.) It’s the mental toughness. It’s the mental ability to lock your thoughts down and not freak out. When 60,000 people are screaming at you, when you literally are in the worst position ever in the history of the Super Bowl, that no team has EVER come back from, how do you keep the mental reigns tight and on lockdown? Gosh, I would love to hear what Tom was thinking about during the last 20 minutes of the game. Do you think he just kept repeating to himself. I am a winner. I am a winner. I win. I am great at throwing a football. I see all the right plays at the right time. My eyes are focused. My mind is sharp. I am a winner. My breathing is calm. I am a winner. I will win this.

In case you were wondering, that’s how my inner quarterback talks. Haha. But, I honestly think there is a lesson here for all of us. How can we walk around and practice mental toughness? I think it’s when those pesky negative voices pop up in our heads we have to shut them down. We have to fight back and not give them any place to plant themselves. Tell them to find residence elsewhere because there is no place for them here. Just remember that your thoughts control a lot. LIKE, A LOT. So, be careful what you let run wild in your mind. Focus on the positive. Focus on truth. Focus on the end result you are wanting. Picture yourself crossing the finish line of that marathon. Picture yourself nailing that job interview with your wit and charm. Picture yourself on that airplane taking your dream vacation. Picture yourself pulling on those smaller size jeans (and them actually fitting!)

Also, isn’t it funny that I never doubted that they would come back and win it all? And yet, do I offer myself that same kind of unparalleled hope and belief in my dreams? I can’t say that I do. I’m going to start believing in myself the way I believed the Patriots would come back. That’s another way I’m going to practice mental toughness...I’m going to believe I can come back from anything and accomplish a “never been done before” victory. Because before yesterday, no team had ever come back from a more than a 10 point deficit...until now. And they came back from 25 points. 25! More than double. Wow.

Thank you, Patriots, for one of the most memorable nights ever. History in the making.

Much love,

Kate

Super Bowl food on point. 

Super Bowl food on point. 

Post win elation!!!!

Post win elation!!!!

 

 

 

The Answer, The Fall, The Superbowl, Chris (#31DaysofBlogging)

Waiting to hear about whether we got picked up for the reality show was like sitting on the edge of our seats for weeks and weeks. This would change everything about our year if it got picked up. Or, it could not get picked up and then the past few months of pouring our energy into it might feel for naught. We needed some distraction.

We were waiting to see if life was about to change drastically. We didn’t want to get our hopes up too high about it…and actually, we weren’t even certain that this would be the right thing for us. But we were taking the risk and just trying to say “YES” to things.

It was weird to hear the back and forth from our production company and networks. On any given day we would get a call or an email saying that one network passed on it, but that another had us in the top picks for next season. We tried not to base our worth around these decisions. Do people like us? Are we funny enough? Talented enough? ENTERTAINING enough? Those are not good questions to ask yourself! Man can you get self-absorbed and self-critical with those questions lurking in your mind all the time.

So after filming the sizzle and TONS of phone calls, emails, planning...the network liked us and we made it to the top few shows that they were picking from…it all looked like a go...

and then a few weeks later we got a call…

The network decided to not move forward with our show...they chose a show that had more drama. {maybe we were channeling too much Mary J “no more drama…” Haha} Go figure.

Were we bummed that we didn’t get it? Yes. Absolutely. Being on TV right now can really help broaden your platform and make new fans which we obviously want. We thought this might be a new way for us to be heard; to tell our story. BUT, we have been on this path for a while now. We know that God has directed each and every twist and turn. We knew not getting it was all a part of the grand plan. So, we were okay with it. Plus, we learned so much. We learned a tiny bit about the TV/production world. We made new friends with all the lovely folks at the production company. It’s a memory we’ll have forever...nothing is wasted.   

But, it was kind of hard kicking off the year with a disappointment.

Thankfully, we have the BEST friends who keep us sane and help us not take ourselves too seriously. Enter Chris.

We got to know Chris when we were opening for Jann Arden last year. Not only is he Jann’s tour manager extraordinaire, but he is also the kindest, most hard-working, selfless dude around. Oh how we love him. It’s so nice to have friends who get what you do. Chris was so helpful in talking through the reality show stuff because he lives in the same world we do.

Chris is from Calgary and he came to Nashville for a visit right after we had finished shooting the reality show. You might think that Chris came to town and we partied for a week, but guys....we did the opposite. We made broccoli salad, watched the entire series “The Fall” on Netflix, and talked for hours and hours about life. HARDCORE.

See, we were exhausted from the drama-rama (or the lack thereof apparently ;) of the reality show process and Chris understood that. He was exhausted too because he works CRAZY HARD on the road.  We also were still singing backup for a male country artist which meant traveling almost every weekend, and we were getting ready to put out our album “Eleven” in February. The chance to relax and be still was so welcomed.

(To go off on a tangent….let’s talk about the show The Fall for a minute. OMG. It is terrifying, exhilarating, and intriguing. If you need a new show to watch, check it out. But make sure you have some friends to watch it with and a blanket to hide under when it gets really intense. Also, get our new Lullabies album and put it on before you sleep so you don’t have nightmares after you watch the show. You get the idea?)

Also, Chris was here for the Superbowl….which coincidentally, THE PATRIOTS WON!!! Haters gonna hate (hate, hate, hate, hate,) but they are our team and we love them. We made a bunch of really bad-for-you food and watched the game with a group of friends.

It is nice to have friends and a life in Nashville. For so many years, we were touring so much that Nashville almost felt like a town we dropped into now and then, but not a town we lived in.

Tune in tomorrow...we will talk about working with a genius producer who is also in one of our favorite bands of all time…

Much love,

j&k