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"21 Days To Better" Group

You guys!

We are SO EXCITED to be launching the 21 Days To Better Group! If there is one thing we’ve learned in the walkabout, it is that we cannot do this life alone. We NEED community…and we’ve realized maybe you need that too?

We’ve been working on this idea for months, and if you’ve ever asked yourself any of these questions, this group is probably for you:

How can I get into better community?

How can I better control my negative thoughts?

How can I be better at self-care?

How can I be better at managing and eliminating stress + anxiety?

How can I feel better overall?

How can I have more fun and be more inspired?

If you’ve asked yourself any of the above questions, you should definitely join this group. We are navigating some of life’s tough areas like stress and anxiety, friendship and community, how/where to find purpose, and how to live your most fulfilling life. We have spent several years asking these questions and gaining incredible tools to help navigate these areas of life. We have searched and pursued answers to some of these questions and want to share all we have learned with you.

So, what will you get when you join?

  • 3 Live webinars (no worries, if you can’t make the live sessions, we’ll email you a recording)

    • What the heck are webinars anyway? Really they are like Instagram Lives or Facebook Lives but these are going to be ONLY for the 21 Days To BETTER Group members. In these webinars, we are going to be sharing the tools that can actually change your life, the things that we’ve learned and are practicing every day that have made BIG differences in our lives...And they aren’t magic...You can do them too. We will answer your questions, we will get vulnerable, and we will have fun! We will also break out the guitar and sing some songs for you too!

  • 21 Days of text messages from yours truly J&K starting on 2/1

    • Start each and every day with encouragement to focus on creating a better day... from your friends J&K! Better days lead to better lives. We are all in this together!

      *(International members will receive these messages via email instead of text.)

  • Access to a PRIVATE Facebook group with all the other BETTER group members with daily interaction from us

    • This is a place we are SO excited about. Actually, this is probably the thing we are MOST excited about because here’s the deal. You guys DM us and send us emails all the time, and so we know your stories and we know what you’re going through and how incredible you are. BUT we want the 21 Days To Better Facebook group to be a place for you guys to get to know each other as well. There are so many like-minded people in our crew. Remember, we cannot do this alone. You cannot do this alone. We need each other and this is the place to connect. Not only is this the spot to post encouraging notes or questions, but we will also be popping in -- posting, commenting and chatting with you guys too. This is going to be sooo fun!

  • Downloadable PDF Worksheets to guide you through the webinars

    • These worksheets will help you make personal notes that you can refer back to as you start taking tangible steps to apply some of the tools we share in the webinars in your own life.

  • Exclusive access to Jill and Kate and the 21 Days To Better tribe

    • We love connecting with you guys on the podcast, Instagram, etc., but this will be a different level. We want to really KNOW you and have you really KNOW us. Ask us anything, chat with us on the Facebook group, hear things we have never shared through other J&K platforms.

  • Community, connection, inspiration

    • You have no idea how much motivation, inspiration, and FUN comes from connecting with other people in groups like this. Let’s build an awesome community where we support one another and spread more awesome in the world!

  • Some surprise bonuses along the way (cannot WAIT to share these with you!)

So, we’d LOVE for you to join this special group of people. We are all going to be better together and we can’t wait to see the transformation that takes place in all of us over these 21 days!

The group CLOSES on January 31st, so don’t miss out. SIGN UP HERE!

The group starts Feb 1st! Cannot wait to see you there!

Much love,

Jill and Kate



We Need Other People

Have you ever felt like quitting? Have you ever felt like giving up but you’re already “in too deep?”

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That’s how I felt when I was half-way up this hike and I almost burst into tears — for equal parts realizing how much further I had to go and that it also seemed impossible to turn around. AND I WAS TIRED. When you have a goal or vision or dream, there will be lots of days when you feel like giving up. Actually, scratch that — there are lots of days when just being a human without a goal or vision or dream is hard and will make you want give up.

So, what makes us keep going?

What gets us through those stuck moments? This is something we’ve been learning so much about over the last year, and it’s something that we’re making much more of a priority in 2019. It’s two words: Other People. That’s right. Other people. Other humans.

See, I was hiking alone. I had Beyonce in my ears telling me that we run the world (obvi) but there I was…hiking alone. But, I passed two girls who were stopped. And then they passed me when I was stopped just a few steps ahead. After about the third cycle of this happening, we began small talking whenever we passed each other. And there was this other guy. He was older than I was and the same thing happened — when he would stop, I would pass him and then vice versa. I would see him start to get up and that would be a kick in the pants for my butt to get back into gear. We never exchanged names, but we did share things with each other — how hard this freakin’ hike was. We talked about if this was their first time or if they’d done it before. I watched the gentleman breathe when he took breaks…how he would put his hands on his head, and I wondered if I should do that too. We shared how much we wanted to be at the top — done.

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I began to feel not as alone hiking. When I made it to the top, I “woohoo’d” for the people that made it before me and I cheered for the strangers behind me that mirrored my journey up the hill. We were all strangers, but all knew we were heading to the same place. It was a great reminder that we NEED other people. We need community.

We have loved being on this journey with you guys and really sharing at a new level with you guys this year. What it has shown us is that we need each other. So, we are dreaming up a place for us to gather  —  not a physical place, but an online gathering space that will connect you to other like-minded people and allow us to share some of the things we’ve learned over the past year that have dramatically changed our lives for the better. We’ve loved doing meet-ups before shows and podcast meet-ups…so much so that we want to do that in a new way. You might not know it, but if you’re reading this, you are a part of our online tribe and community. We feel honored that you’ve chosen to hit that “follow” button and be a part of the journey.

So if you’ve ever…

Wished you could find more contentment and fulfillment in your life…

Wished you could be part of a life-giving community with like-minded people…

Wanted to live a life filled with more adventure and excitement…

Wished you could wake up every day feeling more peace within yourself…

Wished you had less stress in your life and a better way to deal with the stress/anxiety that creeps in…

…Then this is something you don’t want to miss.

We will be sharing more in the next few days about how you can join the group, but for now, what we want you to know is this: You cannot do this life alone — you need other people. You are loved. You are on this earth for a reason, and we want to help make sure that you love every single day. Leave a comment and let us know if this sounds good to you :)

Much love,

J&K

ACTION BABY!

So, you’ve written down your goals. You’re not comparing, not competing and you’re taking baby steps. NICE WORK SO FAR.

Today we want to tell you about: ACTION items!!!

We heard recently that you need to look at your calendar and see if your calendar is reflecting the goals that you’re setting...because if your calendar is not reflecting it, that probably means that it’s not going to happen.

So, remember baby steps from yesterday? We meet again. Write down 2 (baby step) things that you can do this week to work towards that goal. You don’t have to schedule your whole month. Just look at this next week and add some actionable items that will help you meet your goals or whatever you wrote down.

See, it’s easy to be all talk and dreams and ideas and color-coordinated lists, but when it actually comes to doing it -- actually taking action -- that’s where we can get tripped up.

If your goal is to work out twice a week -- schedule it now. Find the time now. Schedule it. Say what you’re going to do. Example: I am going to walk on Thursday morning before work for 30 minutes, and on Saturday morning I’m taking the spin class at 10am. DONE.

If your goal is to write more, schedule it. Block out the time. If you don’t, you won’t. Because wishing and hoping that you will accomplish something is VERY different than actually DOING it.

So, today…write down those action items. It’s Thursday, so, look at next week. Just do 2 little things. You will be SO PROUD when you’ve accomplished them, and you will be two steps closer to achieving what you wrote down!

If you feel like sharing, tell us in the comments below what you’re tackling!

Much love and ALWAYS cheering you on…

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J&K

3 Steps For Making 2019 Your Fav Year Yet

So, you read yesterday’s blog and you wrote your thing down, right? You’ve written down at least ONE thing that you want to accomplish in 2019. If you are still feeling lackluster-y, here are our 3 best tips/tricks/pieces of advice for keeping your sanity.

Step 1:

Don’t compare yourself to anyone else’s journey. Do not go poking around and seeing what other people’s goals are. Your goals/dreams/vision are for YOU, not for your roommate Sally or for your Aunt Susan to judge or evaluate. Take confidence in your OWN journey. As our friend Chip said in this podcast: “Enjoy the drama of your own story.” Be obsessed with you — forget everyone else for the moment. Keep your eyes fixed on what you wrote down.

Step 2:

Don’t compete with anyone else’s accomplishments. Your goal might take you 6 months or a year, and someone else’s might take 2 weeks. No good comes from comparing successes — however, you know what always turns out REALLY well? When you cheer someone else on. If you cheer your friends/peers/strangers on, you will NEVER lack friends. True story. Remember, no comparing and no competing. Be obsessed with your own journey.

Step 3:

Baby steps. Have you seen the movie “What About Bob?” If you haven’t, please watch it immediately. It will make you laugh and then you will also get the “baby steps” reference. But the idea is to set small goals — to help you achieve the greater goal. Whatever you wrote down, you can absolutely accomplish, you just need to be smart about how you go about tackling it.


Need help making those practical steps? We’ve gotcha covered.

Tomorrow. Same time, same place?

J&K

Which Train Are You On?

Welcome to 2019! It’s a new year. Time to evaluate and dream and look to the future. Everyone is all setting goals and setting intentions for the new year -- time to crush it, right? Well, what if you woke up this morning and are not feeling like you got off at motivation-station? What if it feels more like you still have your ticket for the bi-polar express?

Fear not, we have been there.

We know the feeling of having what seems like everyone else on the planet be 100% cheery and on top of the world with this intense and awesome #newyearnewyou energy, and you feel like a freaking alien.

But, here’s the secret. You can start exactly where you are with exactly what you have.

Maybe you have a job you don’t like? Or you have 20lbs you’ve been wanting to lose. Or maybe it’s that you don’t have the friends you hoped you’d have.

For now, we just want to share one super power tip: We want to tell you that you CAN change your life, and our best most practical advice is to WRITE IT DOWN. Even if you think there is no way on God’s green earth that you can make it happen, write it down anyway. Write it on a napkin or a sticky note or on a secret page in your journal...you don’t have to show anyone... just one thing you’d like to see happen in the new year.

It won’t magically fix anything or change anything in an instant, but you will have started the momentum train. And the momentum train is magic.

What you might not realize is that if you’re reading this right now...you are already one foot on the momentum magic train…

Get ready for the ride. Tune in tomorrow where we will share 3 helpful tips for navigating the new year.

You are loved.

J&K

You Gotta Know You - Day #31 #31DaysofBlogging

Guys, here it is, the final day December, 2018!  Another #31DaysofBlogging in the books. We hope these blogs have made you smile, made you think, given you hope, encouraged you, made you LOL and maybe, just maybe made you feel less alone during this crazy month called December.

Here’s the thing, in all honesty, most times January 1st rolls around, we feel a sort of relief after blogging every day and then somehow we forget and don’t blog again until March. YIKES. Well, that’s not going to happen this year. We are wanting to make some changes in 2019, and one of them is blogging more often and engaging more in this space with you guys. Who’s HERE FOR IT? We are.

WE HERE.

(somehow this became one of our phrases this year: WE HERE...not sure how or why but the walkabout definitely brought it out of us and now we laugh everytime we say it….and by “say it” we mean “yell it.”) We digress, anyway, GOOD news: we are sticking around...don’t un-bookmark this page just yet.

Looking to 2019, one of our major goals is to ENGAGE more. This past year was a super necessary one for both of us -- personally AND professionally. We were running on empty and needed our tanks filled back up...and OUR TANKS DID IT FILL! During the walkabout, we learned so much, and SO many of you have sent us DMs, emails, tweets, and texts asking us really specific questions about what you were going through, and asking for our advice. You guys, we are SO HONORED that you think of us worthy of giving advice….seriously, we do not take that lightly. And answering so many of these DMs/emails got us thinking. We realized that a lot of you are wanting advice/thoughts/ideas in the SAME AREA of life, and we realized that you guys need to know each other more because there are likeminded people all around this “Jill & Kate community.” Which also means that you who DM’ed us about something don’t know that another person also DM’ed us about the EXACT SAME THING…which means that YOU don’t need to feel so alone.

We got thinking some more and decided that our fans need to know each other more. You guys, we are all going through the same thing. We’re not talking about becoming besties, (well, maybe you will!) but there are so many INCREDIBLE people who are a part of this community -- and you guys don’t know each other. So we were like, what if we created spaces for you to connect in smaller groups WITH US. Bringing together likeminded people who are also finding themselves in similar situations.

In 2018, we learned how to live more exciting, intentional, fulfilling lives, and if we can pass along ANY of that information to you, we want to do that!

Anyway, just some ideas to get swirling in your head. Be on the lookout for more ideas like this.

Thank you for being a part of this crazy journey with us -- 2018 was an incredible year and we are SO PUMPED for 2019! YOU GOT THIS.

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Love you all so much,

Jill and Kate

PS. Need 30 days to get re-inspired? TODAY is the last day to download our Inspired eBook for FREE. Don’t miss our day by day guide to living your most inspired life.

A BONUS EPISODE - Day 30 #31Daysofblogging

Today, we have a VERY fun surprise for you! We have missed podcasting so much that we have a NEW BONUS EPISODE FOR YOUR LISTENING EARS.

You can listen here, or here for non-Apple podcast people.

The episode is one part catching you guys up on all things #walkabout and then one part introducing you to our business coach, Blain Wease. You guys. No matter if you are in business or not…this episode is chock full of advice for every human on the planet. Anything we learn, we want to share with you, and Blain has so much wisdom to share. Especially towards the end of the episode, he drops some serious truth bombs that will just help you on your way to making 2019 EPIC.

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Seriously friends, don’t miss this episode … we talk failure, what business is really all about, and what he thinks is the psychic cancer of our age. IT’S GOOD Y’ALL.

Tomorrow, you guys, it’s NEW YEAR’S EVE — 2018 is PEACING OUT. How are we feeling about it?

xo

J&K



Saying Peace Out To Worry with Lauren Graham - Day 29 #31DaysOfBlogging

One of the things we say a lot on our social media is “We’re all in this together.” We say it a lot because we genuinely mean it — we are all on this crazy journey of life together and anything we learn along the way that might be helpful to you, we want to share it. We love being inspired by people…especially people who are in the entertainment world. People who have no ego or air about them…and when we meet these people, we want to share them with you. You are our people. You are our tribe. You are our community.

So….earlier this year, we asked our friend Lauren Graham if she would be willing to share a conversation with us for our podcast community, and you guys: SHE SAID YES.

This podcast interview with Lauren was a dream come true interview for us, and also one of our most popular of the season. We talked about a lot of things, but one important topic we covered was self-esteem, which is why we named the episode something that Lauren said during the interview, “Why Can’t We All Just Enjoy Ourselves More.” AMEN, y’all, AMEN.

Another one of our favorite things about Lauren is that she has this outlook on life that is one we aspire to have. It is basically summed up in the title of her latest book, In Conclusion, Don’t Worry About It. See, there are these seasons in life that we all face...forks in the road we will all come to, where we really don’t know if there’s anything good up ahead, which way we should go, or what the future may hold.

In fact, these seasons, we have found, seem to appear far more often than we’d like them to. We can’t control them, we can’t wish them away, but we can do one thing: We can look at them positively, with hope, instead of fear or dread. We can DECIDE not to worry about what may or may not be around the next corner, and just take the next step that is in front of us.

We always leave our conversations with Lauren feeling a little more positive and hopeful, and a little more relaxed about whatever is up ahead of us. That is the kind of person we can all benefit from being around, #AMIRIGHT? We hope you feel this way too when you hear this episode…while either enjoying it again, or for the first time, if you haven’t heard it yet.

And remember, worrying about things doesn’t help, so you might as well quit it. (Here’s a song of ours to cheer you on in this whole venture.)

Tomorrow we have a SURPRISE for you….

xo

Jill and Kate

Chatting with Hunter Hayes - Day 28 #31DaysofBlogging

We may have written a song called Nashville recently that may give the false idea that we dislike the city in some way. In all truth, Nashville is a magical place. It is a one of a kind, special, incredible town filled with talented, generous, and interesting people. It is full of a “You never know what could happen” attitude, and we credit our willingness to go find out what could happen in large part to that attitude that is so felt there.

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Today we want to tell you about a magical place in Nashville called The Bluebird Cafe.

The Bluebird Cafe is a place for songwriters. They have 2 shows per night, and songwriters sit in chairs in the middle of this tiny (yet magical) venue and take turns telling the stories behind the songs they have written. Audience members are sitting all around the songwriters making it quite intimate. It’s been an iconic venue for a long time, but since the TV show Nashville aired, its popularity skyrocketed. Most shows sell out in under 5 minutes and there can be lines seen halfway down the block on any given day -- people just waiting for any last minute available tickets.

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We’ve had the privilege of playing there a few times, and each time we feel the magnitude of what an honor it is to be able to share our songs in the same spot where so many of our song writing heroes have sat and shared theirs.

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Not too long ago, our friend and super talented pal, David Bradley asked us to do a round with him and Hunter Hayes. We were pumped! We arrived and got caught up with both of them, and as we were chatting, Hunter asked us what we’d been up to. We told him about the podcast and the idea that we were exploring of talking about “What to do when life doesn’t go the way you planned it.” He was like, “I love that idea -- I’d love to talk to you guys about that on your podcast sometime.” SO THAT WAS AWESOME!

So, we played the round -- which was so much fun. Honestly...if we could do that show every night of the week, we’d be happy. And a few weeks later we went to Hunter’s house and recorded THIS episode. It was one of our favorite conversations because Hunter doesn’t hold back talking about the hard parts of life and the music industry. It’s a MUST listen.

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We just want to remind you, in case you are like thinking we have all of these amazing guests planned out and in our pockets ahead of time, we don’t. We want to remind you that sometimes the coolest things in life JUST HAPPEN when you say yes.

So, maybe you need a sign right now that you need to say yes to some opportunity or invitation you have in front of you, and maybe this is your sign, us telling you that you should just DO IT. You don’t know who you may meet, where you might end up, or what door might be opened just from making one small move.

Tomorrow we’ll tell you about interviewing one of our favorite authors who also happens to be a TV/movie/broadway star.

Hope you guys are liking the blogging as much as we are!

xo

J&K

Someone To Look To - Day 27 #31DaysOfBlogging

Life can be so intimidating and scary. It can be confusing to know which way to go. When you are chasing a dream, it’s helpful to have someone to look to, someone who has been there before you, walked the road you’re wanting to walk. You need a mentor, an example, a champion.

We have been lucky enough to find a few of these people along the way, but today we want to tell you about one that has had a huge influence on our lives and career.

We first met Jann Arden via Twitter after we covered one of her songs on our blog...way back in like 2010. (You can watch it here, and please disregard Jill’s very DARK hair stage. She learned through that experience that blonde was her true north.)

Jann reached out to us and asked if we wanted to meet up for coffee when she was in Nashville. UH, YEAH. We have been fans of Jann since the mid-90s when we were 14 and her song Insensitive rocked our worlds. We couldn’t believe we were going to actually meet her!

We got together, chatted for hours about music, life, career, and more...plus laughed our heads off because she is absolutely one of the funniest people we have ever met. We all stayed in touch, getting together every time we were in the same town, and then Jann asked us to come open her tour in Canada in 2014. Over and over again, Jann encouraged us in our music career. Whether it was shooting us a text or email, listening to our new music, or telling her fans and followers about us, she was always showing support.

As artists, dreamers, and humans, we could not ask for a better example in our lives than Jann…

...and because she is just the best, we were really hoping to have her on our podcast so you guys could hear more from her too. Well, SHE AGREED! We went to Canada in October and interviewed her for Girls Just Pod To Have Fun before her show in Hamilton. She brought inspiration, wisdom, and of course laughter. If you missed this episode, please go listen!

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Not only that, but after our interview, she asked us to sing our song Nashville for her audience during her show that night! You can watch that here. Here are some pictures of us getting ready and sound-checking for the show…

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So today we just wanted to say thanks to Jann for believing in us, supporting us, and being someone we can look to as we navigate this crazy life. May we all have people like Jann around us, who make us better and bring so much good into our lives….and may we all learn to be those people for others around us too. Love you Jann (and Midi!)

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Tomorrow we’ll tell you about one of our very favorite shows we played this year, and another podcast guest that came from that experience!

J&K

Heart Goals - Day 26 #31DaysOfBlogging

We hate to alarm anyone, but….

There are ONLY 5 days left until 2019.

Say what? That’s incredible.

One of the most helpful things we’ve learned about starting a new year is how to set goals and how to get organized. One of our real-life BFF’s and business heroes, Whitney English, has this amazing plan to start you off on the right foot.

Here we are in Napa (Whitney is on the left, our other awesome friend Jess on the right!)

Here we are in Napa (Whitney is on the left, our other awesome friend Jess on the right!)

It’s a workbook called Heart Goals and it’s been such a helpful tool to us…we wanted to share it with you. Go check it out!

We talk to Whitney about the Heart Goals in this episode of Girls Just Pod To Have Fun, as well as lots of other fun things like who we would get celebrity pedicures with, donuts, and other generally fun life topics.

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We are so lucky to have such incredible, inspiring friends. We know you will love Whitney and Heart Goals as much as we do!

xx,

J&K

You Are A Gift - Day 25 #31DaysOfBlogging

It’s Christmas Day! Merry Christmas!

As we thought about what we wanted to post today, we wanted to talk about gifts…because that’s what is on everyone’s mind right now, right?

Well, we are here to tell you that YOU ARE A GIFT.

Thank you for being you. The world needs more of you, just as you are. This is not to say that we all can’t grow, change, evolve, and become even better versions of ourselves...we can, and we will all do that in our lives.

BUT, today we just want to remind you that YOU, as is, with all of your talents and quirks and individuality and loveliness that you bring to the world, are a gift, not only to us, but to everyone who encounters you.

So, thanks for the gift of you.

It is just what the world needs. So, don’t try to be someone else, just be you…because you are enough, and you are valuable, worthy, and loved.

Merry Christmas, and may we all be each other’s best gifts!

Much love from your favorite goof-balls,

J&K

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Don't Miss The Thing - Day 24 #31DaysOfBlogging

Do you ever feel like you just miss the moment?

We saw this great post last month from our friend Brad Montague, and on Christmas Eve, it’s SUPER timely.

It’s so easy to get caught up in the build up to the moment, and then to get through with it and rehash the moment, but in all of this, we miss the ACTUAL moment. (Shoutout to any fellow Enneagram 7’s out there!) We have found a super great tool that will really allow you to REMEMBER the actual moment.

It’s called grounding yourself.

The way this works is when you’re right in the middle of something really cool, something you’ve anticipated, a really special event or moment, you stop and ground yourself. The way to do that is this:

Close your eyes.  

Take a deep breath.

Feel how your feet feel, wiggle your toes.

Open your eyes.

Be still.

Look all around and take everything in.

Note something that “shimmers” or stands out to you.

Say something you are thankful for in the moment.

You can do this anywhere. In a car, on top of a mountain, at the dinner table, with a group, or on your own. We put this into practice during our trip to ICELAND and noticed that we really were able to remember each moment that we grounded ourselves.

Life goes by so quickly.

Even now, as we draw close to the end of another year, it’s so easy to just go through life without really noticing the small moments. This grounding exercise is a perfect thing to do to make sure you don’t miss out. Try it with your family over the holiday. Remember to take everything in.

Merry Christmas Eve!

J&K

When You Meet Your Idol In An Airport - Day 23 #31DaysOfBlogging

So, apparently this year was a year where we got to meet some of our favorite artists. Remember back in March we met Amy Grant? Epic.

Well in September, we got to meet another musical idol of ours, Patty Griffin. We saw her play at Red Rocks on September 30th, and the show was amazing.

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The next morning, we loaded up our rental car, grabbed a coffee and bagel at Einstein Bros, and headed to the Denver airport. We were heading back to Nashville that afternoon.

We were sitting at the gate, as you do, drinking our Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Iced Coffee (Thank you, Lord,) and probably scrolling through Instagram, again, as you do. I (Jill) got on the phone to call the hair salon we go to in Nashville because I had to change our upcoming appointments.

As I’m talking to the receptionist, I look across the way from us, and sitting right there in plain sight, with a big bottle of Smart Water and a travel guitar case, is you guessed it, PATTY freaking GRIFFIN. Surely that is not her real middle name, but for the time being, let’s say that it is.

I would like to offer an honest apology to the receptionist at Hunter Paige Salon for what happened next.

I lost my ability to communicate. I start tapping Kate trying to subtly point out who was sitting there across from us...OUR FAVORITE SONGWRITER EVER. I am also trying to tell the receptionist that I need to change two appointments for Jill and Kate, but I can’t get out words, I tell her I am Kate, I tell her the wrong date, and I hear absolutely nothing she says to me in return.

Meanwhile, Kate is not getting my hints at what I am trying to tell her, and she is all but fully annoyed at me, and practically making a scene.

I AM TRYING TO BE COOL HERE, KATE.

I tell the receptionist I will call her back. Some things can wait, ya know? (Sorry, again. I was probably so rude.)

I get off the phone and tell Kate, kind of like how Chandler says, “I’m-in-an-ATM-vestibule-with-Jill-Goodacre,” that “We’re-in-the-gate-area-with-Patty-Griffin.”

At this point, Kate understand what I’m saying, looks up, sees Patty, and proceeds to start weeping. YOU GUYS...WEEPING. (If you want to see this in real time — go to our instagram and watch the highlighted “Colorado” story.) She couldn’t control her emotions. JOIN ME, WON’T YOU? I’d been trying to tell her this for a matter of minutes.

Now, we are pretty careful when it comes to seeing notable people in public places. We know that they get approached a lot and we have a general rule that we really don’t approach them. But Kate insisted that this was a different scenario. This is our all-time favorite songwriter and we needed to just thank her for putting all of the goodness she has put into the world, for the ways she has inspired us in so many ways.

So after much back and forth, (I really didn’t want to at first,) we walked over to her and said that we had been at her show last night, it was incredible, and thanked her for making the art she has made...that she’s a huge inspiration to us. She was lovely and appreciative, and her manager (we think) was there with her who was also very kind to us.

As we got on the plane, we had this moment of realizing that we were flying to Nashville with Patty Griffin (okay, with may be a generous word) but we were sharing that space with her for two hours and that was pretty freaking cool.

Not sure why there is weird lighting…but this was the flight (!!!!)

Not sure why there is weird lighting…but this was the flight (!!!!)

Inspiration is such a huge part of life. It’s how we all keep going, it’s where we find creativity inside of us, it’s what really touches our souls. It was such a cool full circle moment for us to meet this woman who has inspired us so much in our songwriting journey.

If you want to hear some amazing Patty Griffin songs, click here. 

If you want to find out other ways we get inspired, check out our free eBook, Inspired, a 30 Day Guide To Inspiration here.

Same place, same time tomorrow?

J&K

When A Song Spills Out - Day 22 #31DaysOfBlogging

As songwriters, every once in a while, there is this magic thing that happens. The song just spills out. It’s not always the case. Sometimes we labor and labor over lyrics, melody, chord changes…but when the magic happens, and the song pours out, you never forget it. This has happened for us a few times, and the songs that have come out that way are the most honest songs we’ve ever written. My Love was one of those, Same Side was one of those, and this past year, Nashville became another one of those magic moments.

Nashville had been “home” for 10 years, and while there is so much to love about it, we also had had a lot of heartbreak there. There had been personal heartache and professional heartache, and we were feeling completely depleted. We had worked and worked, given and given, tried and tried, and it always felt like we were coming up short. We had friendships that struggled, relationships that failed, career opportunities that stung, and we felt at rock bottom.

The song Nashville spilled out of us one night in April, and we never even made changes to it after that night.

That is so rare for us. Usually we will edit a song, make some lyric changes down the road, but this song came out as it is to this day.

In September, we got to go into the studio and record it with one of our best friends, Luke DeJaynes. It is probably just one of the most important and personal songs we have ever written and recorded.

If you have ever felt like a person or a place has let you down, especially when you have REALLY tried to make it work, if you have ever felt like you are running on empty, if you have ever felt STUCK and like you just needed SOMETHING to change, we hope you can find a bit of reliability in this song. Yes, we wrote it about a town, but it’s honestly a love letter/breakup song about anything in your life that has caused you heartache. You can click the picture below to listen:

It’s been really amazing to see how you guys have connected with this song. That’s why we write. That’s we share the painful stories…because if we can make any of you listening feel less alone and say, “me too,” we know we are on the right track. Songwriting is so special and sacred to us. Thank you for allowing us into your story.

Speaking of songwriting…tomorrow we’re telling you about when we met our all-time favorite songwriter IN AN AIRPORT…

Much love,

J&K

Lullabies & Annie - Day 21 #31DaysOfBlogging

So, here’s the deal: our friend Jenny was pregnant for the 3rd time.

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She had two little boys — one of which we are the proud Godmothers of (yes, still looking for Godfathers) but she was pregnant for maybe the last time and we wanted to do something special for her. See, since her boys were little, she’d been asking us to write a song for her kids to fall asleep to. So, we had this crazy idea to write her a whole album for this new baby she was carrying. We found out it was a girl and all was right in the world.

So, we did what we do, and started writing songs.

By the end, we had written an entire Lullabies album for this new little babe. Her name was Annie, but we were sworn to secrecy to not tell anyone. This album was for her (and her brothers) and we poured so much into it. Being at the end of this tremendously hard year of getting fired and facing all of these fears, it felt like a bright spot. We wrote songs that spoke life and hope and love over these little listening ears. We wanted these songs to communicate safety, hope and most importantly, love.

Since the album would be coming out before she was born, we could only put the instrumental version of the song on the album…because the actual song would’ve given away her name: Annie. But it’s weird. We wrote this song for this little love we’d never met, and yet, the song we wrote for her is TRUE.

Annie, Annie, the sun, it shines for you

Annie, Annie, our hearts beat for you too

You light up every room…You light up every room…

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She really does, you guys.

Here is a pic of us going to meet her in the hospital. Jenny had requested that we bring a guitar and play her HER SONG.

If that’s not the most #Nashville thing we’ve ever done…

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Look at what a little NUGGET she is. Just a couple hours old in the above pic. Annnnnd below is a pic of us with Annie & Jenny today. She is the light of every room and teaches us so much about joy. We cannot believe she turns 3 TODAY!

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You can hear her FULL (officially unreleased) song here: ANNIE

Tomorrow we are going to tell you more about songwriting and how our latest single, Nashville, came — literally — pouring out of us.

Much love,

Jill and Kate

If You Can't Change A Tire, You Can Change Your Attitude - Day 20 #31DaysOfBlogging

Have you ever blown a tire? It’s just the worst feeling.

You hear it, you feel it, the thudding starts, and gets more and more intense, and even though time is passing at a normal rate, it feels like it takes 100 years to get to the shoulder of the road.

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This happened to us this year, as we were in our pajamas on our way to a girls’ hang at our friend’s house in Nashville. It was 6pm on highway 65 in Nashville, which is just plain busy. It’s not an ideal time to have a tire blowout…(when really IS an ideal time for that?) But it’s definitely not ideal when you are IN YOUR PAJAMAS. Full on.

See, girls’ nights are the best, especially in PJs, (see GGN), but you just don’t expect to be in said PJs on the side of the highway as all of Nashville commuters pass you by.

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Here’s the thing. We are 30-something single women. We should know how to change a tire, but guys, let’s be real here, we don’t. It’s just one of those things we both missed when it came to learning the practical parts of life.

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So there we are, in our PJs, on the side of the road, with a blown tire, missing out on pizza, wine, and girl talk. We could’ve really been annoyed, ticked, angry, embarrassed, or any number of other negative emotions you could list, but we decided this:

If we couldn’t change a tire, at least we could change our attitude. (listen to our podcast about this here.)

So we decided to have a little fun with it. After calling AAA (Thank the good Lord for AAA,) we realized we had a guitar in the trunk, and that there was no better time or place than on the side of highway 65 in Nashville to whip out that little sucker and write a tune about our current circumstance. And that’s just what we did. We laughed and laughed, insta-storied the whole thing, and the time flew by until finally AAA arrived to save the day.

Here’s the thing. Those little inconveniences in life happen all the time.

A plane gets delayed. A friend bails on you. Your car breaks down. It’s just the way life goes. And we can be upset and annoyed if we choose to be, but we can also be light, easy, and free if we choose to be. What we’re finding is that life’s a lot more enjoyable, even with those negative circumstances, when we choose the latter.

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So, give it a whirl. The next time you blow a tire or miss the bus, chip a tooth or get yelled at by a customer, try to find some good in it. Maybe even a little humor. Also, maybe if you don’t know how to change a tire, learn how to do that…we should too. Could we all take a class on that together? It sounds more fun that way!

Much love,

J&K

Tomorrow we are telling you all about the biggest secret project we’ve ever worked on…

Crushin' It - Day 19 #31DaysOfBlogging

Let’s talk about crushes for a minute.

First thing’s first: I wish there was another word for “crush” because the word just makes me feel like I’m in junior high, which is obviously NOT helpful to the situation…because having a crush is already weird. Am I right? Who can fix this for us? We need a new word.

Secondly: When you have a crush, it is simultaneously the best and the worst thing ever. It’s the best because you are all up in that infatuated-everything-is-glowing stage. The can’t-eat-can’t-sleep cliché business is a cliché for a reason, because it is TRUE. There is this weird and magical thing that takes over your body. And your brain. How is it possible to think of someone so often? How is it that everything you see reminds you of that person? The inside jokes, the last time you were with them — but really, how is it possible to think of someone that often? #crushes

Now, here’s why it’s also the worst.

It’s the worst for this reason: What if the person you have a crush on does not have a crush on you back? You are all lost in La-La Dream Land, and the other person is like: “Yeah, she cool.” But actually not interested and not aware that you are harboring such “crushing” feelings. This is terrifying. Just absolutely terrifying. And it’s vulnerable. I feel so exposed. I hate being in positions of weakness. I hate the thought of being hurt...of being, sorry, crushed. Especially when I have been many times before. It’s awful. Rejection is THE WORST.

If I’m honest, when I have a crush, I usually try to shut it down in my mind. I keep telling myself the other person is not interested. Why would they ever be interested in me? I keep playing the past failed relationships and rejections in my mind. Anybody with me? I know these are lies, but this is what I’m fighting. The lie that says I’m not good enough and I’m not worth loving or being pursued. But I’m working on exposing those lies and not believing them.

I also think it’s tough because I do really want a relationship. I want an awesome man in my life. I don’t think I’m picky, but I have some really, REALLY, amazing people in my life. The bar has been set high for who I let into my life and who I make time for. So, it’s hard when you find someone that genuinely interests you because it feels so rare. Like finding a gem in a pile of rocks. Or a unicorn.

So, anyway, if you are reading this and also have a crush — here is my best advice for navigating (based on what I am trying to do myself —it’s hard, btw.)

  1. Keep being yourself.

    Don’t shy away from being your true self to try and get the other person to like you more. It’s like my good friend Ally Fallon said in our podcastwhen we are faced with rejection, our tendency is to shy away from who we are. BUT, we need to do the opposite. If you’re rejected, commit to FULLY being yourself. When we are rejected, we try and change — to fit in more — because the lie is that maybe then there will be less rejection. But that’s a lie. So, lean into more of who you really are.

  2. Affirm yourself early and often.

    Remind yourself constantly of who you are. Take your hand to your heart right now. Is there a beating feeling? If yes, then that means that you are absolutely, 100%, undoubtedly worthy of love. If the answer was no, you might be dead so you should probably seek medical attention. But honestly, you are so loved. So LOVED. If you have blood pumping through your veins, you are here for a reason, a purpose, and you are so wildly loved. You are worthy of a loving relationship.

  3. Ask your friends for advice, but ultimately, trust yourself.

    Your intuition is telling you things. Yes, sometimes when we are in that La-La crush mode 😍, our vision can be a little rosy or unrealistic and this is where your inner circle of people you trust and who LOVE YOU come into play. Ask them for advice/wisdom. However, at the end of the day, trust yourself. This is something that is probably the hardest for me. I struggle with intense self-doubt. I want to lean on my friends and the advice of others vs. trusting myself and listening to my own still small voice. This is a practice for me…I’m learning how to trust myself more and more. (Hear our podcast about trusting your gut here.)

  4. Lean into the crush.

    Not actually physically…or umm, yes, do that too (wink wink, nudge-nudge 😉), but allow yourself to really feel it. Thank God & the Universe for sending you this crush. See it as a teacher. Allow yourself to enjoy it and surrender to NOT KNOWING THE OUTCOME. Oh dang, this is THE HARDEST part. You can be all affirmed and kicking self-doubt’s butt and conquering the world, but guess what? You cannot control other people. You cannot control the outcome of a relationship. If you are in the crush stage or if you’ve been married for 100 years — you still cannot control other people. Surrender the outcome. Be intentional. Have a vision of what you want. Know you deserve it, but surrender the outcome.

So there you have it, friends. The wonderful and the weird world of being all googly-eyed over someone.

Here’s to enjoying it and leaning into more and more of who we really are.

You are enough. You don’t need to be someone else.

Much love,

Kate

PS. If you want seriously good dating advice, we consulted an expert on our podcast and she DISHES on the best ways to reply to a text, what should and should not be discussed via text and so much more. She is never wrong. Listen here.

PPS. Tomorrow we talk about how a minor mishap on the highway (in our pajamas) lead to a major revelation….see you here tomorrow.

LAUGH! - Day 18 #31DaysOfBlogging

What’s better than wine, friends, and laughter? It’s like the trifecta of awesome. We got the chance to go to Napa in April with two of our closest friends, Whitney and Jess. We went to dream up some ideas….more on that soon.

(We are working on putting together a retreat for YOU to come to where we dream, laugh, drink wine, and get inspired. Can’t wait to share more of this with you. )

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Another thing we got to do while we were in Napa for this trip was to go see our favorite comedian, Kathleen Madigan. We’ve learned that laughter truly CHANGES things. There’s a reason why it is said that it’s the best medicine. We believe it. We take any chance we get to laugh. We were so stoked that Kathleen happened to have a show in Napa while we were there! Her show was amazing, as always, and if you ever get the chance to see her LIVE, go!

Life can get so serious. All of us humans are under a lot of pressure to perform, provide, do, do, do all the time. Sometimes you need to escape the pressure and just laugh. Life is funny, after all. It’s not all serious.

As you head home for the holidays, or to in-laws, or whatever you may be doing, make sure to add laughter to the mix. Play some funny games, drink some wine, and watch these Kathleen Madigan specials on Netflix. The whole fam will love them!

Bothering Jesus

Bothering Jesus

Madigan Again

Madigan Again

Tomorrow the blog is all about answering your burning questions about if we’ve been dating on the walkabout. Hint hint…we have! And we’ve got stories for you!

Much love,

J&K

These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things - Day 17 #31DaysOfBlogging

One time we wrote a song called “Things I Like.” You can hear it on our Songs on the 17th album. We love sharing with you guys some of the things we like/love, whether it’s food, books, places, TV shows, or other people.

We did a whole episode about this on our podcast called These Are A Few Of Our Favorite Things.


You can listen to it to hear more about why we love all these things, but here are links to all the things we talked about in this episode. Maybe you need to do some last minute Christmas shopping?? US TOO. Hopefully this will give you some ideas!

CLOTHES AND SHOPPING

Carly Jean Los Angeles

The Shop Forward (they donate a portion of all sales to different charities and make the famous #4ThingsTote bags and our most favorite #hallmark sweatshirts —see below and you have until TODAY (12/17) at 2PM CST to get your Christmas orders in!)

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BOOKS/ MUSIC/APPS

You Are A Badass

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

Sigrid

Troublemaker by Leah Remini

Calm App

Plested

FOOD/DRINK

Kale & Mozzarella Chicken Burgers

SweetLeaf Sweet Drops

TV SHOWS

Happy Valley

Broadchurch

Young And Hungry

SKIN CARE

Anti Bump Solution (if you struggle with cystic acne — this will save your life.)

Weightless Protection SPF (looking for a daily SPF moisturizer that won’t make you break-out? this is it!)

Triple Berry Smoothing Peel

Tomorrow we are going to tell you about our #1 mood booster…true story.

See you tomorrow.

J&K