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7 Weeks.........

The past seven weeks have been crazy, insane, hectic, and down right exhausting.  I know that's probably not the best way to kick off a blog post, but in all honesty its the truth.  Life lately has been busy, and before any more time goes by I wanted to take a moment a share some of my favorite pictures from the past seven weeks. 

 Matt and I headed to Fern Valley Farm with several of my coworkers and board members.  
 We had an awesome time, and the food was delish.  

Staff Photo for the Eclipse 

 RTE 23 Music Festival with these two!!  
And, apparently we all wore the same shirt without discussing with each other. 
Great minds. 

When I ask a good friend to drive me to work, because I am tired, I get this MEME back instead. 
There are no words.  

Tried this last month. 
It was interesting.  
I was reminded that I cannot cook.  

4 words - Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
Amazing weekend of great music. 

Bonus Pic!!!  This is one of many amazing pictures. 
Picture courtesy of Adam Martin. 

Ended this crazy madness with lunch with one of my favorite friends Janessa!! 

Life is not slowing down anytime soon, so here is to another exciting season.  


This Week...........

This week has been a crazy, insane, for the books type of week.  I've experienced a lot of highs and some lows, and wanted to make sure a captured these impactful moments. 

1. Goodbye Uncle David
The hardest part of this week was the passing of my Uncle David last Sunday.  We spent a lot of time with my family this week, and being there for my Aunt Mary.  I wrote a blog post last week that captured my heart during this difficult time for our family.   

2. College Best Friends Reunited 
On Tuesday night, my college best friend Melanie came into town and we met for Mexican and a 2 hour gab fest.  I just love our talks, as we can be let our guards down and just be transparent about how we are feeling about life, what we want for the future, etc. I cherish these times, and wish they came around more often.  She lives in Switzerland, and maybe one day we can go and visit. 


3. Natalie Grant Worship Hour
One of my favorite worship leaders is Natalie Grant.  I just love her voice, and she is so fun to follow on Instagram.  I just love how real and transparent she seems.  Anyways, last week, KLOVE released a special hour long acoustic worship set, and its is awesome.  Definitely worth taking time to listen to, as it will take you straight to the Throne of God.  

4. Red Carpet Premiere
The highlight of my week was a special Red Carpet Film Premiere that I have been working on for several months.  The event was a huge success, and I love hearing about the great time everyone had.  Its was definitely a night to remember.

5. Sweet Flowers
On Friday, I have to be honest and say that I was exhausted. The event on Thursday was insane, and I couldn't wait to get home from work for a date with my couch.   However, when I got home, I received a sweet delivery.  My incredible boss and mentor sent me flowers.  It was so sweet, and I am so thankful for her support, friendship, and encouragement each and every day.  I have always been blessed to work some amazing bosses, and she is no exception.  So blessed indeed to be on her team.

Have a great week, and hoping this week is a little calmer than last week.  ;-)
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Life has been busy.  A good busy, but still busy.  And, to help catch you up on the past few weeks, I thought I would share a few picture:  

 We kicked off the summer celebrating the Stanley Cup Playoffs!!  I am now officially an NHL fan. Love having hockey in my home state - Go PREDS!!  

We installed our new display at the Tri-Cities Airport 
Love how we thought out of the box on this one! 

 Started and finished physical therapy. 
Its worked a little, and now its going to be time that heals my leg. 

 I've loved hanging out with several of my friends this summer. 
Loved getting together with two of my Leadership Kingsport friends.  
Cannot imagine this past year without these two.  

 My sweet friend Marisa came into town for the Passion Concert.  
Loved spending some much needed time with her. 

And, my bestie, Tiffany came home last week.  
Loved spending some much needed time with her. 

 Matt and I have taken a couple of road trips this summer. 
One to the Smoky Mountains and the other to Greenville, South Carolina.  
Its been nice to get out of town for a day and just spend time together. 

4th of July brought our annual Family Fireworks Celebration 

And, we found out that we would be welcoming a NIECE to our family this winter.  

 This picture makes me smile, because it was 8:30 a.m. on a Saturday and we were getting ready for a morning full of interviews.

And, we loved hosting all these family members of 1927 Bristol Sessions Artists. 
Special day indeed. 

Its been a busy summer, and its not slowing down anytime soon. 

Here is to the rest of Summer 2017!
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You Will Be Missed

My Family at my Wedding in 2007. Uncle David is standing on the far left. 
My first memories of my Uncle David began before I was really even old enough to have memories.  He and my Aunt Mary lived behind our house, and I spent day after day running up the hill just wanting to hang out with them, because their house was always the fun house, where lots of talking and life happened.  I also remember him chasing me around my granddaddy's house, hiding in the bushes to scare all his nieces and nephew, and telling me tales upon tales about his childhood (some I even believed for awhile.)

He made my childhood so magical. He made being a kid fun. And, most of all he let us be kids, and didn't try to rush us in growing up.  

He and my aunt eventually moved away when they built their own house just a few miles from where my parents still live.  I again found myself driving up and down their hill and spending many Saturday nights in their downstairs finished basement, catching up, getting advice, and being surrounded with lots of laughter and letting life happen. 

Yesterday we had to say goodbye to my Uncle David, as the cancer became more than he could handle. The last time I saw him, I didn't know if he would know my name, but as I walked in the house and sat down next to him, he looked at me and said "Hello Kimberly."  It melted my heart because I knew that without a miracle, it was the last time I would ever hear him say my name.  

I have been praying hard for the Lord to heal him, but over the weekend I began asking the Lord if it was not His will to heal him, to not let him have to live with all the pain. 

And Sunday afternoon, the Lord called him home.

He went peacefully at home, with just my Aunt Mary by his side.  I know he is pain free right now, and being reunited with those that went before him, including his little brother who I heard all those tales about.  LOL!!  (Inside joke)

Uncle David - Thank you.  Thank you for loving me unconditionally.  Thank you for all the help you gave our family over the years, thank you for loving my Aunt Mary the way you did, and most of all thank you for the memories.  My childhood memories are filled with so many special times with you, and I will never forget the legacy you are leaving our family. 

All my love, 

five on Friday

Happy June Friends!!  I can't believe this year is almost half way over.  Time....please.... slow down.   This week has been a good week, and even though it was a short work week, with Memorial Day on Monday, its been another crazy busy week.  I am really looking forward to catching my breath a little this weekend, and getting some projects around our house taken care and fitting in some much needed "me" time. 

Hope you enjoy today's five on Friday:

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one. June Shenanigans
WOW.........June is a FULL, FULL month.  I have so many celebrations in our family, friends birthdays, and lots of BIG work projects that this month is PACKED!!  I am hoping this weekend I can take some time to wrap my arms around it all, get the details and plans worked out, and be ready on Monday to tackle this crazy month!!  Its all good stuff, but sometimes I just need to slow down long enough to plan out the details of the good stuff.  :-)

two. Power Sheets 
I kicked off my June Power Sheets yesterday, and to say I need to follow my daily and weekly goals to keep me on track is understatement.  I absolutely LOVE this product, but to make it work I have to work the plan day in and day out.  If you are looking for an effective way to measure your goals, this is an incredible tool.   

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three. deck project 
When we bought our house 2 years ago (WOW, how time has flown), we decided to extend the back deck and make it much larger. However, after we built the deck, we decided to let it weather naturally for a couple of years before we stained it.  Well, since two years have come and gone, its now time to stain it, but the problem is that we haven't had 4 straight days without rain since March.  We finally decided to bite the bullet and do the project in stages, so my amazing husband pressure washed the deck and our teak table and chairs this week.  Now, we wait until we have a few days without rain, and we will stain the deck and table & chairs, and then add some planters and lights to finish off the look.  I cannot wait to share the final results soon. 

four. Fruitful Friendships 
I kicked of this study this week, and to say I am excited to really dig into friendships is an understatement.  Since moving home and centering my life around our families, its been hard to find time to really press in and develop deep friendships. Don't get me wrong, I have so many amazing, wonderful friends, but I am truly missing that sense of community and closeness with a group of woman that I can share every day life with.  I am hoping that taking time this summer to dedicate to friendships will prove itself fruitful.  

five. audible 
I finally jumped into the world of audible and trying it out with a 30 day trial.  So far I LOVE IT!!!  The first book I downloaded was The Wellness Project and the second book was The Sacrament of Happy.  I absolutely love being able to listen to these on my commute to and from work each day, and I feel so much more accomplished that I am actually finishing books in a timely manner.  Does anyone else use audible?  Would love to know how and when you listen to books.  

Hope you enjoyed this weeks list, have a great weekend friends.   
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These are a few of my favorite things...........

Happy Saturday Friends!!  And, hello long weekend!!  I am cannot believe we are kicking off summer this weekend with Memorial Day.  We have lots of low-key plans, and I am thrilled that Matt is off this weekend too.

I thought I would kick off the weekend with sharing a few things I am loving these days!

one. Walk - A Mile a Morning
A few months ago I had a pretty nasty fall, and really bruised and hurt my lower left leg and ankle.  Exercise has been out of the question for a while; however, I am finally able to start walking again (for exercise) and been trying to log-in a one mile walk every morning.  I know this is low for  most of you, but I have to start somewhere, right?  I am starting to feel stronger, and hopefully by the end of June I will be up to 2 miles each morning.

two. Write the Word Journal
I have to admit that I have been struggling lately with getting in my quiet time with the Lord each morning.  I found myself wanting to sleep in an extra 30-45 minutes instead of getting up and spending time in the Word.  Then a few weeks ago, I came across the Write the Word Journals, and I LOVE them!!!  Each day it gives you scripture to write, and then an area to write your thoughts, prayers, etc.  It has been so motivational , that I now I cannot wait to wake up early and dive into the word.  And, the good news is that is only takes 15-20 minutes and I still have time to get in my walk.  Check out the journals - CLICK HERE!

three. Summer Playlist
To kick off the summer season, I've put together a summer playlist.  Its a mix of feel good, toe tapping music.Enjoy!! 

four. Homemade trail mix
I have always loved a good trail mix, but decided a few weeks ago to make my own.  Here are the ingredients. Its soooo good. 

This past winter, I went to my first Nashville Predators game and LOVED LOVED LOVED it!!!  We had a blast, and now that the Preds are in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is amazing. I am loving it, and cannot wait to the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin!! 

Happy Weekend Friends!! 

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In Every Season............

I truly believe that we go through different seasons in life.  Just like gardening, we have seasons of being planted, seasons of rest, seasons for growth, a season for pruning, and a season for harvesting.  Each one of these seasons brings new joys and challenges, and even though I prefer to go from being planted to flourishing overnight, I recognize the seasons of our lives really help us remain balanced.

The season I am in right now is a sweet one.  Life has its ups and downs, but all in all it is a low-key, precious time in life.  Matt and I have been married 10 years this summer, and with each passing day I love him more than I thought I ever could.  I praise the Lord for that, because as we know life can be hard, and often times we take it out on the person we love the most, yet, with God's grace He gave me the most patient, loving, giving, and amazing partner and I am beyond blessed.  

My family is doing well.  We have been facing a little bump in the road with my mother-in-law's most recent hip replacement surgery, but once again I am amazed by our incredible close family, and everyone stepping up and in to help her any way we can.  

My job is going great, and I am really excited about all the exciting things coming up in the next few months.  And, even though we (along with the rest of the community) are facing a few hurdles with local government, I am confident our organization will get through it and end up stronger in the end.  

 And, even in the sweet season, hurdles will still come in our way.  I am still praying for healing to my ankle/lower leg from a nasty fall I took in Nashville in March.  The swelling is still crazy, and my doctor and I cannot seem to find a way to make it decrease. Matt and I are always praying for wisdom in a few decisions we need to make in the coming months.  And, each week can offer a few speed bumps, but overall I am truly enjoying this season. 

I absolutely love being back in my hometown, being able to connect with my family, my church family, and my close friends.  I like the pace of life right now, and I am so thankful for each day.  I find myself stopping throughout the day, and just thanking God for my life.  He has truly blessed me, and I am so excited to see what He has in store for me.  

So in this sweet season of life, I want to remain joyful, content, and most of all thankful.  I know that to cultivate those things I must give of myself more, love bigger, and encourage and lift up those around me. 

So here is to celebrating this sweet season in life, and praising the Lord through even the hard stuff, because in the end I will face many seasons in life, and each season I will praise the Lord. 

 There is a time for everything, 
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,

a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,

a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,

a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,

a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,

a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

-Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

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Hello Hello Hello

These past weeks have been CRAZY!!!  I haven't been able to find 2 minutes to myself, but I have to say these last few weeks have been filled with lots of fun and exciting adventures.  Here are some highlights of life over the past few weeks.............

 The last weekend in April, our team headed to MerleFest in North Carolina to talk all things Birthplace of Country Music.  And, I love trips like this because I get to spend time with some of my favorite people.  

I took this picture around 11:30 p.m. at MerleFest, getting ready to dance the night away in the Dance Tent with Scythian.  LOL!! (I think we made it 30 minutes before our beds started calling our names.  Ha!!)

In April we also celebrated our last program day with Leadership Kingsport. 
This so very special to me.  

A gift I bought for a good friend in January, FINALLY arrived!!  This mug is perfect for Matt!!

 We held a special press conference to announce the 2017 Lineup for Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion. Check out the video. 

This past week we celebrated National Tourism Week with the Bristol CVB, and set up at the 2 Bristol Welcome Centers along I-81!!  Had a great time. 

Had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's annual awards luncheon.  We won several awards and had a great time. 

That same afternoon I graduated from Leadership Kingsport, which was so much fun. 
Did I mention I love this group.

Hoping I can get back on track with regular blogging.  In the midst of all these fun activities, my sweet mother-in-law had surgery and we were able to sit with her this week in the hospital and love her back to feeling better. 

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five on friday

Its Friday!!!!   Who else is doing a happy dance??  I know I am, as I'm really excited for the weekend ahead.  This week has been a hard one, and really looking forward to some rest and relaxation. To kick off our weekend, here are five random recommendations, events, or highlights from my life this week.  Enjoy!

one - fun video shoot
I love my job, I truly do.  One of my favorite parts is working with incredible marketing vendors. This past week our go-to video team was in town to film a new video for our music festival, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.  Here is a look at last year's Festival Recap video, and I cannot wait to share this year's Lineup video soon. 

two - two dots
Its official, Matt and I are obsessed with this game.  We have to play one or two rounds a night.  Its definitively my stress reliever at the end of the day. Its free and available in the App Store.

three - Hymns Album by Anthem Lights
Last week, I discovered a new digital album by Anthem Lights called Hymns and its AMAZING!!! If you get a chance, stream it online. 


four -  Spotify  Premium 
Speaking of streaming music, I have to recommend paying for a Premium subscription to Spotify.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and listen to music all day, every day with this app.  Download to your desktop and phone and your set.  The free version includes commercials, and the premium version is commercial free, which is amazing. 

five - new purse
Okay, I have had my eye on this purse since January and LOVE IT!!  And, it seems like I am obsessed with light pink these days.  I think it would be the perfect spring/summer purse.

Happy Weekend Friends!
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Having a plan when life feels too hectic

If you have blogged for any length of time, you know that sometimes its just hard to decide what the next blog topic should be on.  That's where I've found myself this week, so I decided to look back at some of the blogs I drafted and never published.  And, I was excited to find the following post because it is so timely in my life right now. 

My work life is getting more and more hectic these days with lots of projects all coming due at the same time.  Yet, I know I just have to focus, stay positive, keep moving forward, trust and rely on the Lord, and these next few weeks will FLY by.  I hope you enjoy this post and all these great reminders:  


I came across this incredible “Manifesto” from Ann Voskamp’s Blog, and thought there is no better way to face a chaotic and overwhelming season in life than to face it head on. Below is a Sanity Manifesto, and to break it down into bit size amounts I thought it would be helpful to recap the top seven things that jumped out to me most.

1. First things first: Word in. Work out. Work plan.
Open your eyes every morning and just do these three things first:  
1. Word in: Get into God’s Word and let it get into you.  
2. Work out: Work out. Even  5 minutes of moving is better than nothing.  
3. Work plan: Take time (the night before is preferable) to write out a "to-do" list for the day.  Next, just work the plan you have in place. 

2. “What a heart knows by heart is what a heart knows”Its so important, as a Christian woman, to always be memorizing scripture.  The wisdom and guidance I have received in this simple practice has been life changing for me.

Write your memory verses on a spiral bound note card, a sticky note, your planner, anywhere where you will see it throughout the day.  "Because when you are memorizing Scripture, quiet time with the Lord — becomes all the time. (Who doesn’t want that?)"

3. Your work is art: it needs a soundtrack.
Music is so important to your day.  Be intentional to take time to select music to fill your office or home throughout the day.  My go-tos are Americana music, Praise and Worship Music, Classical music (if I have a lot of writing), and then a little bit of new-country.  

4. Step on the Snake Before Breakfast
Look at that list you made last night or this morning for the day and quickly identify the biggest or most crucial task on your list.  (You know the one that will be a HUGE relief when you finish.)  Then TACKLE IT, and when you finish it (or finish an important portion of it) the release will be propel you into a great rest of the day. 

5. Clean a space = clear head space
I live by this rule, and it helps improve my productivity 100%.  Keeping the work space clean, clears your head space to think.

6. Envision the End Goal
I work on EVERY major project from the ending to beginning.  I imagine the results I want to obtain and then work backwards, step by step, to ensure I set myself up for success. I then add each of those steps and tasks to my project management system, and finally just work the plan one small step at a time. 

7. Rest so you can have the rest of God.
I am really preaching to myself here, but this one is important.  I love how the manifesto said - sleep is more than your friend — it’s your God-given fuel. Tomorrow always begins with the night before, so turn in early so tomorrow can turn out well

I am taking each of these to heart, and hope they encouraged you too.
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