Happy Fall, Y’all!
I took September and October off from performing so that I could focus on writing and traveling the country in the RV with my husband. We explored Wyoming, Idaho, Utah and Arizona, and took our time getting lost in the in the turning-gold Aspen groves, climbing mountains and then heading to the desert when the first snow dusted the Rockies. I have a permanent Chaco tan right now and I’ve forgotten how to wear makeup or anything other than yoga pants. I’m sleeping well, cooking nourishing food, writing most days, and working on a whole bunch of new songs!
I’m also meditating on what I want this next phase of my life to hold for me. I’m setting clear, heartfelt intentions and practicing gratitude and wonder and presence. I’m the healthiest and happiest I’ve ever been since quitting the last vestiges of my "day job" in April. I could not have imagined then how much beauty was waiting for me in the unknown. I am deeply happy.
I have a ton of exciting things coming up, but one big announcement I want to make is that we are moving to Austin, Texas for the winter!
Rous and I are really excited and ready to put down roots for 5 months in one place. Austin has a wonderfully supportive and creative community where I'll continue to grow my music career. Rous plans to work in the climbing industry over the winter, and we'll be right at home with lots of other "Snowbirds" in our RV!
And speaking of Texas, I'm going on tour with my fellow Kerrville New Folk Winners next month! We are playing in-the-round shows at some fabulous, intimate venues in the cities listed above and would love if you would join us at Uncle Calvin's in Dallas, Blue Rock in Wimberley Sam's Burger Joint in San Antonio, or at Fischer Fest! We are also headed to the Southeast in December and playing shows at the Blue Plate Special in Knoxville, the Red Clay Theater in Duluth, and the Old School Theater in Mississippi! Stayed tuned for a few more dates in the Southeast (I'm winking at you, Nashville.)
In the frigid month of February, I'm going on tour with my dear friend Caroline Cotter! We will be playing shows and warming cold winter hearts in such lovely spots as The Depot in Norman, Oklahoma and Opening Bell in Dallas, as well as playing house concerts throughout the region. All the shows are listed HERE! Don't see your hometown or favorite venue on the list? Drop me a line HERE and let me know where you want to see us! We are still booking.
Life in the RV is pretty swell. It's such a good fit for us, in fact, that we are already planning at least 1-2 more years of being full-timers! Rous and I are dreaming up another big loop of the West next summer and can't wait to spend time in the Pacific Northwest and California, exploring and playing shows there! But for all the dear friends and family of mine back in the Southeast, worry not! I'll be home for Christmas and playing a show at Muddy Creek Music Hall on December 29th! I also have a Southeastern tour in the works for next March.
On a contemplative note, I've been reading a lot this fall. I used to devour books when I was a young girl, but I thought my heavy reading requirements in high school and college had all but killed my love for it. But no... I believe that all things that feel dead in our lives and spirit can grow again with time, space and healing.
That's how I found myself burning through my personal library during these past two months. Pictured above is "All The Light We Cannot See," which was so beautiful and devastating that I cried when it was over. Then I mailed it to my Grandma, who loves books even more than I do.
I also read "Tiny Beautiful Things" again. This copy of mine is dog-eared and well-loved. I underline parts that speak to me. This time, I underlined part of Dear Sugar's letter to a young writer who is struggling with jealousy over her other, more "successful" writer friends:
"A lot of artists give up because it's just too damn hard to go on making art in a culture that by and large does not support its artists. But the people who don't give up are the people who find a way to believe in abundance rather than scarcity. They've taken into their hearts the idea that there is enough for all of us, that success will manifest itself in different ways for different sorts of artists, that keeping the faith is more important than cashing the check, and that being genuinely happy for someone else who got something you hope to get makes you genuinely happier too."
That's what I choose to meditate on this season: abundance, faith, support and gratitude. I'm going to put all my eggs in that basket.