playing my first band show!

This past Saturday night at Hilton Tavern was one of the best nights of my life. There's no better feeling than playing my songs live with a band to a bar full of people - and when the response is positive and the crowd actually listens, well, that's the best feeling of all. Thank you [...]

a babble on persistence

Be persistent.ย  I've been repeating this to myself and pushing myself earnestly in the direction of persistence for probably a year now, becoming increasingly more aggressive as I go. Pursuing my career requires an insanely high level of persistence that I'm not sure I was prepared for going in. Writing songs? That takes persistence, especially [...]

Life Update: career success, publishing my newsletter, & anxiety

Every few months or so, life gets just busy enough for me to go MIA from the blogosphere. Most of the time this is actually a good thing, because it means I'm busy enough with music stuff that it takes priority over pretty much everything else - which is the longterm goal anyway! However, I [...]

January 2018 ABSQ: Ashley McBryde, glitter eyeshadow, & spreading love

The first ABSQ of 2018 is here! January felt like it lasted foreverย (in a good way), and now we're already a couple of days into the second month of the year. All of the Valentine's Day stuff is out in the Target dollar section, and every time I walk in, I have to resist my [...]

Creation Through Frustration | when the art isn’t coming

If you're an artist, you know this inevitable feeling. You want to create, but sometimes, the art just isn't coming.ย You've got nothing. Zilch. Nada. Well, have I got a revelation for you. Maybe I'm the only artist that missed this important piece of info, maybe all of y'all will be like, "yeah Kate, we know",ย but [...]

Resolutions 2018

This is the first time in years that I've made real resolutions. I feel like I always lackadaisically think of a goal or two in my head each January, but I never take them super seriously or hold myself to them. Now, however, I feel that my diligence and work ethic have grown so much [...]

December ABSQ | Jason Isbell, my dream boots, & feeling empowered

This post is going up a day later than planned, but nevertheless, the last ABSQ for 2017 is here! Since I started ABSQs in August, I've really enjoyed sharing my unique take on the classic "monthly favorites." After music, fashion and beauty are huge passions of mine, so I love being able to share bits [...]

all is bright|Christmas in pictures 2017

Friends, I truly hope all of you had a magical holiday! Christmas will forever be my favorite time of year, so today I decided to prolong some of that holiday cheer here on AbundantlyKate by recapping this year's season through all of the pictures I've taken over the last couple of weeks. Enjoy! the weeks [...]

Life Update: booking gigs, getting sick, & prepping for Christmas!

I can't remember the last time I was sick - that's how infrequently it happens. But here I am, sitting in my bed at noon on a Wednesday, when I would normally be at work, trying to make this day at least semi-productive, despite my achy muscle and swollen throat. Even though I'm not feeling [...]

Motivation & Inspiration: 3 Things I Do To Build Myself Up

As I write this, soft snow is falling in my little Virginia town, She & Him Christmas is playing in the background, and I am resting after a busy, but successful week. It's so nice to feel my work paying off, and that is the inspiration for this post. I've been striving extra hard recently [...]