(Photo by Nate Burrell)

It’s that time of year where everyone is reflecting on the past, and making good intentions for the future. I suppose it’s my turn now.

This time last year, I was pulling together final details for our big video release party. It turned out even better than I could’ve imagined, thanks to the help of generous and talented friends. Putting three music videos out felt like a great accomplishment. All the work was worth it, and in the end, it was one of my favorite shows I played all year. If you missed it, I blogged about it here.

2014 was a transitional year. A year of creating, and a year of taking chances. Kit took the plunge to become a self-employed agent, which allowed us to spend more time writing and touring. It’s truly been one of the hardest, yet rewarding years of my life. Leaving a place of comfort and security is really hard. We said goodbye to things like full time jobs with health benefits, paid vacation time and retirement plans. What had been predictable now became unknown. It’s been a year of building things, and sometimes in order to build, you need to tear down the old and refuse to look back.

The past year has not come without its disappointments, and that’s just a part of life. Sometimes the things we hope for the most just don’t work out. In these moments, it’s hard to step back and see a bigger picture. But among the lows, there have also been highs. Overall, it’s been a wonderfully encouraging year. I have worked hard sowing seeds that I hope will grow into beautiful things this next year.

I could write a small novel about the specifics of this past year, but I’ll leave you with a few highlights.

  • Driving on scenic route 128 through Utah
  • Touring the Southwest and Colorado
  • Twangfest
  • David Rawlings and Gillian Welch at the Sheldon Concert Hall
  • Ryan Adams at the Peabody
  • Making a record at Jettison Studios
  • Performing at the 5 Spot in Nashville