Life Really is Like a Box of Chocolates

Dang, it's been a few weeks since I've checked in. Lets catch up!

Two weeks ago, I was able to take some time off and drive back home to see baby Wylder, the newest addition to the Gaston Carroll family. What a dream he is. I've been babysitting his 2 year old brother Jasper since he was a few months old! They are my second family needless to say. Just before I took the trip, life has been...well, like a box of chocolates according to Forrest. I really didn't know what I was going to get into. Luckily, the timing of everything yet again felt right. I met a few people who began to start motivating me again. Who I could learn from, experience things with, musically and emotionally.  At the time, I wasn't looking for it but they came into my life when I needed that booster. 

When my grandpa passed, I took some time off musically to work on my body, mind and soul. I wasn't inspired, or motivated mentally to write a song or play. I thought I'd immediately turn to my guitar for an escape, but surprisingly, it just wasn't there for me. I did yoga for a week straight, and fell in love with it. My body thanked me as well. I work at Nashville's tallest rooftop bar as a cocktail waitress and I absolutely love it. They are long shifts, but the money is good... too good. So good that I am able to get away with only working 2-3 shifts a week. That was so important to me because I came here for one reason: music. I couldn't just work my life away, so I made sure that I found a spot to give me the freedom to do so- and I did. The time off was much needed and enjoyable's time to get back to the grind.

I feel rejuvenated, healed, and overall, happy again. (YES!)

I woke up yesterday with a fire in my ass, I was ready to get shit done. Here's what I accomplished:

  • I booked a show in Rochester, New York in September
  • I found room lighting and a better camera to shoot my next video coming up. (stay tuned!)
  • Secured another performance in a few months I was asked to participate in (secret for now)
  • Sought out vocal coaches and got one!
  • Worked out
  • Did a shit ton of laundry
  • Cleaned my entire apartment 


I can't stress this enough. It is the absolute best feeling when you can stay productive working towards the end goal- which for me is always knocking off things from my to-do list- and finish the day with results like above. It keeps you motivated and positive when you know you put the work in and you see it fall into place. I'm back in it, and I can't wait to show you all what is next. For now, I need to prepare for my American Idol audition!

Keep up to date with my adventures in Nashville through my snapchat: jenmariestl

Cheers ya'll!