Well, here it is. Just over a year after leaving a steady job I have a full record to share with you guys- and what a journey it’s been. From touring the West Coast, recording with some great engineers, and meeting people I’d never cross paths with without a guitar in my hand, I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
I’m writing this memo on a 1938 Smith Corona typewriter. The clicking and clacking swiftly prints each letter on this page saying “yes sir” with no opinion of the marks it makes. Many of my ideas start on this machine, incubated in a safe space away from the judgement of the outside world, unlike what will come out of this debut album. This past year I’ve had to carve out a blind path with little guidance, direction, or stability, just free falling with a gut feeling that in the end it will all be worth it.
Who’s to say an album can really be “finished”, but with the help of those listed below, I think we did good by it.
To Jonny: We had our hurdles to overcome, but thanks for hanging in and pushing me to do better.
To Colin: For giving this project some new light when it was a bit dark.
To Joe, Mike, Greg, Matt, Austin, and Eric: For helping me understand what the songs were really asking for.
Most of all,
Thanks to the family, friends, mentors, and fans who have supported me thus far and believe in the music. It pushes me more than you know.
Parts of me wanted to keep these songs hidden, but they don’t really belong to me anymore. They’re yours to listen to, relate to, sing to, and to hopefully inspire you to take the leap of faith into something unknown.
Just as I’ve done with these ten songs.
Dive into them,
Throw it WAY back. Back to when I was sure I'd be a large animal vet or a rancher. I wanted ALL the animals. Ok, I still do. My favorite color hasn't changed, and you'd still need to fight to get me into a dress.
I think 6 year old me would be pretty happy with what I'm doing.
I also think 6 year me would wonder where all the horses, donkeys, sheep, goats, turkeys, and peacocks are.
Don't worry....they're coming. .
Happy Birthday to you my love 😘😘 from me and the boy, thank you for all your hard work, all the long days and the short nights I know it isnt easy but we love you for everything you do. Here's to another year of growth, happiness and positivity 🎈🎉 #keeppushin#27#comealongway
They say that once you get married, you don’t celebrate the anniversary of your first date. Well, I don’t think that’s right. This guy right here has turned my life into something I never thought possible. I make him travel and get outside of his comfort zone. He makes me do actual household chores and learn to relax. Life is a lot different than it was 3 years ago, and I just can’t imagine it! Happy (First Date) Anniversary, Honey! Thanks for being the best partner I never thought I would have and an even better husband. 🥂
Christmas is coming up fast...I always say, "Ready or not, it's happening!" 🎅
I'm making it through the hustle and bustle of it all, sometimes winging it, sometimes with a plan, but trying to focus on those chances to just take a breath and enjoy. 🙏
It's possible to enjoy the holidays and have health and fitness goals! I intend to make my way thru Christmas and the New Year with celebrations and while treating myself with some love. 💕
Sometimes that love is a crazy sweaty workout 😅 and sometimes it's pasta and wine with friends. 🍷🍝 #balance
I'm already making plans for a 2019 that will have some really big, scary, fun, challenging goals...and I want to invite you to prepare for your 2019. 🌟
Have you ever made a vision board? Keep an eye for a chance to get in on some goal-setting and vision board planning with myself and some friends! Get your goals on paper and then make them happen! That's my plan...and have fun doing it...and maybe a glass of wine too. 🥂
DAY 10 of the #AdventChallenge with @theselflovesummit and @iammelwells: “Your challenge for today might sound cheesy, but it's powerful AF. Your challenge is to look yourself in the mirror, stare deep into your soul, and tell yourself the words you know you need to hear.” 🤦🏻♀️ Seen so many fab ladies making videos and posting pics of themselves taking part today - fair play to you girls as that takes guts. This is the first day I wanted to refuse to do this challenge as the thought of doing it did not bring joy or any sense of happiness; it brought fear and discomfort. A sure sign that I need to push through that and do something about it. So what do I need to hear? I need to hear and actually believe this: “It’s ok that you don’t look like how you want to look yet. You are still worthy and deserve to be loved. Your weight does not define you. You are allowed to be deeply loved, wildly successful and live the happiest, most joyful life, each and every day. Everything you dream of achieving is within your reach - so go get it baby girl! You’ve got this!” 💜 Despite how uncomfortable embracing this challenge was, I have done it and said this out loud to myself in the mirror, which I guess is a one step closer in the right direction 💜 #mirror#mirrorwork#barriers#resistance#gratitude#workingonit#comealongway#adventday10#whatdoyouneedtotellyourself#pushingthroughcomfortzones#youvegotthis