The start of a New Year is a pretty easy time to be a blogger. Here’s what happened last year…and here are some thoughts about the year ahead…so earthshattering, I know;) You’d be surprised, however, at how many times I’ve edited and rewritten this post!
In sharing these photos and stories, I have to emphasize that 2015 was full of ups and downs. There were moments of pure joy, laughter, and crazy excitement, and there were moments of sadness or anxiety. I am thankful for all of those moments.
Because those moments have been continuously teaching me that, when it comes down to it, the things we might view as ‘detours’ are really our life. They are beautiful and unexpected twists that write a better, or at least more interesting, story than we could ever create ourselves. Because there’s far more to life than just getting to where we want to be. Life is in the hope for something greater, and life is in the living right now.
As a way to reflect on the past year, I compiled a little collage above with some of my favorite music photos from 2015.
(Starting in the Top Left Corner)
1 – This is one of the beautiful studios that I recorded at with Sam Ashworth, Richie Biggs, Matt Slocum, and of course my dear friend Jenavene Bazacas – a dream come true!
2 – This is a still from Andy Paulissen’s camera of Jordan Ippolito’s gorgeous dancing. Jordan was my roommate for 4 months in New York! The whole time living in NYC, I kept meeting people in incredible ways that were by no means coincidental. To me, this is evidence of God’s provision over even the tiny details in our lives. Meeting friends like these and many others (including those in our new Alexandria home) have been examples of this!
3 – This is from a few hours spent recording live takes of some of my songs at Earthwork Recording Studio with an awesome engineer, Brandon Bankes.
4 – After a day of searching for a place to film our video in NJ with TJ and Sarah Laury (in the freezing cold, might I add) we finally met someone who knew someone who knew someone who had this beautiful barn. LIFE IS SO COOL SOMETIMES.
5 – This is a photo from a show at Tree House Lounge with my friends Ruthie, Doug, and Allan.
6 – Restore cover designed by my designer friend from college, Camilla Dorinsky.
7 – Amazing time opening for Emily Hearn at Jammin Java with my friend Matt Boyles.
8 – Jordan Ippolito leaping into the air in front of the open barn door. It was so dark in the barn that the camera automatically washed out most of the background, which helped us to start creating the imagery for the song. Andy Paulissen of course worked his magic to create this final photo that I’m kind of obsessed with.
9 – Another photo from Jammin Java taken by a new friend, Jessica Westberg. That evening was so much fun!
10 – TJ Laury: http://www.saltystache.com
11 – Andy Paulissen: http://www.andypaulissen.com
12 – In March, I played my first show in D.C. (which is kind of crazy since I grew up here!) at the National Cherry Blossom Festival. It rained a lot, but hey, it was still fun. Thank you to Rodney and Doug for joining me – and thank you to my family and friends who literally stood outside in the pouring rain! I will never forget this act of kindness, hahaha!
13 – Had a blast writing Kickstarter Letters and sending little packages. Can I just send you guys snail mail ALL the time?
14 – Made a ‘lil Christmas medley with Doug and Ruthie.
15 – The Restore project team 🙂
2015 started off with a Kickstarter Campaign to record my song “Restore” and film a video to go along with it. You all completely blew me away with your support. I had the opportunity to reconnect with many people that I hadn’t had the chance to chat with for a while, and also met brand new friends in the process. It is still so cool to think that a project that I had so much fun working on literally wouldn’t have been possible without all of you. The song will always be sold and I will always be donating the funds. [[itunes: http://smarturl.it/6lbsmg, youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ob20GI8tIK8]]
As you may or may not know, I’ve been working a lot to save up funds for my next project. So my goal for 2016 is to release a new 5 song EP, and this time I’m doing it right. That being said, there will be many fun surprises along the way, and I am so excited to have you on this journey with me! I am TRULY thankful for each and every one of you and all of your support. Please let me know how I can be praying for you and supporting you in this crazy life we live.
So this concludes my reflections for 2015. To close, I thought I would add on some quotes that have been speaking to me over these past 12 months.
Cheers! oh and HAPPY NEW YEAR 2 u 🙂
“Promise me that you will not spend so much time treading water and trying to keep your head above the waves that you forget, truly forget, how much you have always loved to swim.” -Tyler Knott Gregson
“I tell you this to break your heart, by which I mean only that it would break open and never close again to the rest of the world.” – Mary Oliver
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, ‘Your God reigns.'” Isaiah 52:7
“He leads me beside still waters, He Restores my soul.” Psalm 23:2