Goodbye 2017

Goodbye 2017. See you later. Wouldn’t want to be you, never want to see you again. I know that sounds harsh, but it was a really rough year for a lot of people. So much tragedy- much of it centered around the ugly sides of humanity. There was such a dark cloud over 2017 between world-wide natural disasters, the wild news cycle covering the unpredictable White House and gun violence in the USA. We saw clashes over race and color, sex and gender. We saw a revolution that spread around the world proclaiming intolerance to sexual assault in the workplace across genders. This revolution devastated Hollywood, politics, and corporate businesses alike. We saw people come together and people torn apart because of their beliefs. We saw a president who enabled racists and white-supremacists to come out from hiding and take off their masks proclaiming their hatred on the streets. As someone who traveled to 29 countries in 2017, I can safely say that the majority of people I came across blame The United States for the degradation of humanity that has come raging in full force. I saw friends pass away from tragic accidents and mental health reasons. Other friends turned to drugs and alcohol to deal with their grief from the tragic things that happened to them. It was a rough year.

It was a year for me that I am extremely grateful for. We saw so much growth in our business. We picked up so many fans along the way in our travels. And thanks to you, we sold out nearly every venue we played in around the country. We are overwhelmed at the support you continue to show us. Our year in 2018 promises to be just as exciting. MORE exciting, actually. We have BIG NEWS coming. I’m thrilled to be marrying James Andrew Clark, the love of my life on Saturday, January 13th in Puerto Vallarta. Our Moms are going to walk us down the aisle. For those of you who have been following my journey since the beginning, you know how much that will mean to me!  I’ll have to put on my poker face not to cry my eyes out! We have come such a long way as a mother and son and I too feel proud that I have grown in love and understanding and have been able to see things from different perspectives. James and I are so grateful for the family and close friends in our lives, we only wish we could see more of them. Next year, we will be in Europe for a great portion of the year. Like I said, we’ll fill you in on that soon! So it is with bittersweet sentiment I say, “Goodbye 2017.” May 2018 be a better year centered in love and kindness and respect for one another. And please God make all of the petty fighting and all of the violence stop. Happy New Year everybody. We love you more than words can say…