aspire: indies taking the world by storm / Abbiee


You can tell a lot about someone and how they operate by what you find on their desk - and an ipad, a camelbak full of water, a macbook, a stack of pages to edit, and an agglomeration of wires to hard drives, chargers and various other equipment is what you can find scattered across the dining room table on most mornings.

Abbie sits by the window with her eyes closed and her earbuds in. she tips back her head, and i can see her eyes twitching beneath their closed lids. is she listening to music? at a first glance, most would say yes. but i am at an advantage... i have known Abbie for over two decades, and i can tell you for certain, that is not what she is doing; she is feeling the music.


my sister, younger by two and a half years, has eyes like portals to a cloudless sky, long, poised "piano fingers" and the sort of eyebrows you see on the silver screen. she sits at the piano and she stares, wide-eyed at nothing, her fingertips resting on the ivory keys. she sits at the dining room table we've occupied since we were both kids, and she closes her eyes and she feels the sound, running her hand back through her short hair.

she smiles, the kind you can hear, because with her smile almost always come her laugh-- her bright voice as she flips the computer screen around.

"what do you think of this..."

a phrase we have swapped like trading cards since before I could remember. for Abbie, when she asks this question, it could be a line she wrote in one of her multiple novels. it could be a poignant verse in a song, or a sweeping flow of a music video she just edited.

Abbie is completely unashamed and bold in her simple mission statement: multitalented

"Most of us are told from a very young age that we must choose something to do with our lives. Preferably one thing. We go to college so that we can get degrees and, ultimately, get good-paying jobs. But let me ask you a question: What is better? A job that you might end up hating? Or a life that you might end up loving?"

Anyone who knows Abbie knows that when it comes to talk or action, she's action every day of the week - this concept is far from something she just talks about. she actually lives it.


"I like to make a daily schedule, double spaced, and check things off as I go," she says, always. "I love the feeling of accomplishment I get each time I check something off."

on that list you will find things like write a chapter of WIP, finish writing song, do yoga, meditate, answer blog comments, schedule posts, edit video, record vocals - the list goes on. Abbie is a firm believer in doing more than one thing - and doing it well.

"how many novels have you finished - like-start-to-finish finished?"

she pauses, making tea in the kitchen. she taps the count out on her fingertips.

"eight." she says.

"how many songs have you released in the past year?" I ask.

"four -  three of them were covers and one was a single," she recaps, "the single is called Back to Normal, and I wrote it because I feel like normality isn't really normal. and maybe we're part of something more divine and important than we think."

"what to you is normal?"

"i think we define normal incorrectly," she leans over her light blue macbook. "i think it's more normal to be superlative than to be ordinary. in fact, there are a few parallels to Narnia in the song, because i feel like maybe we are the kings and queens of Narnia, but we think we're "just kids"."

"so you believe we're not just kids?"

"exactly."


"and you just finished a novel."

"I am wholly in love with the novel i just finished. it has a theme that's very close to my heart and it's probably my favorite fictional work to date."

"do you feel some correlation between the songs and stories you write?"

"yeah i feel like theme is very important for me in both fiction and songwriting, and i want to use both art forms to deliver the messages i feel most convicted about, in the most poignant way possible."

she built her own recording studio.

"it's full of potential," she laughs, "big awesome incredible dreams are going to be made in that room. I loved getting all the equipment and putting it in there, and just... feeling that commitment to doing it professionally. it's a very good feeling."


"what drives you - and if you could give another aspiring indie a few words of encouragement, or a mantra to carry with them, what would it be?"

"you are full of potential. you can do anything you want to do. there is no limit to what your future can contain - if you set your mind to something you can achieve any goal. you have the same physiological makeup as your greatest hero."










35 comments

  1. Abbiee is simply the best and this post is #goals <3

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  2. This was seriously the sweetest post. I love both of your blogs so much and having two sisters myself, relate wholeheartedly to your relationship. I cannot wait to read more of this series. <3

    ~ Ella Marie

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    1. AHHH that's awesome, Ella! Aren't sisters the best?? <3 Thank you so much for your kind words!!

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  3. I absolutely love this post :) You both are such a huge inspiration to go get it. And I love the second to last picture so much. BEAUTIFUL.

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    1. You comment seriously means so much to both of us Autumn. WE LOVE YOU!

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  4. OH MY GOSHHHHHHH I love this!!! Abbiee is AMAZING and INSPIRING, and so are you!! I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the series. <3

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  5. You two are just so incredible!!! This is such a sweet post!
    I always look forward to y'all's posts because they inspire me to do the best I can and dream big. Thanks for being awesome people! <3 <3

    ~Ivie
    iviewrites.blogspot.com

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    1. your comments always seem to make my day, Ivie. Keep dreaming BIG!

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  6. HER HAIR IS SO CUTE.
    loved this post so much. you two are both so sweet <3 <3 <3

    sophy of sophyslighthouse.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you so much, Sophy! I am so stoked that you liked the post. We so appreciate your kind words!

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  7. I adore this idea for the new series, Kate. Very exciting!!! (And gahhhhhh, Abbie is so cute and amazing I just can't handle it.)

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    1. YAYYYY! I am pumped as heck that you're stoked for the series. I'm thrilled with the response it's getting - woo! Thank you for your kind words, Kate!!

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  8. First off, Kate. THESE PHOTOS, MAN (also, your editing skills are rad).
    You are both just steller humans, and I can't wait for the rest of this series.

    xx.
    k.

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    1. AHHH THANK YOU SO MUCH, KEIRA. <3 I take that as a huge compliment coming from you!

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  9. Both of you are such inspirations and so amazing. I adore Abbiee's music, and I can't wait to get to read one of her books. :)

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    1. YOU are an inspiration! <3 Thank you so much, Evangeline! I can't wait for her book to be published!!

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  10. MANNN THIS WAS SO BEAUTIFUL. You're writing style is phenomenal. And ABBIEE IS THE BEST LIKE YESSSSS SHE IS SO AWESOME you don't even have to tell me her blog is like -- as awesome is yours. Which is like....unbelievably awesome. <33333333

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    1. that means so so so much to me, Amelia Ruth. <3 thank you!!! Abbie is a blogger with INSANE SKILLS. but then i have a hard time thinking of somehting she's *not* skilled at??? XD Thanks so much!!

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  11. THIS IS SO BEAUTIFUL. I love the way this was written, Kate. You are one lucky girl to have such an amazing sister <3

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    1. Thank you so so much, Audrey!!! I am so stoked you enjoy it. And I know right??? SO SO BLESSED TO HAVE ABBIE. <3

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  12. I AM SO IN LOVE WITH EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS POST. The fact that it is about Abbie (duh) and HOW YOU WROTE IT. You both are amazing and I have chills (the good kind. like when you read a really good book or listen to your next fave song).

    Keep it up girls. <3

    xx Kenzie

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    1. *insert large keyboard smash here* <3 SO TOUCHED BY YOUR KIND WORDS & THRILLED YOU ENJOYED IT, KENZIE!!!

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  13. I love the way you write, Kate! And Abbie is such an amazing person. You both inspire me so much and I loved this post! Basically I want to be you guys when I grow up!

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    1. dude, this comment puts such a big smile on my face :') you are an absolute gem, Hannah - we love you! Thank you so much for your sweet & wonderful words, I'm thrilled you enjoyed this post!!

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  14. SO THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE POSTS IN EXISTENCE ABBIE IS WONDERFUL. I am in love with how you wrote this!

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    1. AHHH YAY!! Thrilled you enjoyed it, Nabila! Gotta agree with you 200% - Abbie is le bomb

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  15. first of all, abbie is the love of my life HAHA
    this is seriously one of my favorite posts/ideas of all time
    i just can't even handle it
    you are both so beautiful and an inspiration to me and just WOW LOOK AT ALL THE LORD IS DOING THROUGH BOTH OF YOU IN YOUR WILD CONFIDENCE AND TRUST IN HIM
    I FREAKING LOVE IT
    these photos are stunning. abbie ur beautiful. can't wait to see y'all irl. xxxxxxxxxx

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    1. :'''')
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      WELL HEY THERE DITTO, LIV <3 we love you so much!!! and need to go on a coffee date!!!!!

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  16. THIS IS THE COOLEST POST. GAH.

    you two are so mind-blowingly incredible. watching you both chase your dreams is an honor.

    these photos are gorgeous and your words paint more vivid pictures than any canvas i've ever seen.

    goodness gracious i love you both.

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    1. GAAAHHHH GRACE ANNE WHY DO YOUR COMMENTS ALWAYS MAKE ME WANNA CRY :'''') I LOVE YOU, DEAR FRIEND! It is every bit as much an honor to watch you chase your amazing dreams!!

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  17. Love this! What a sweet sister relationship. And as someone who prides myself on doing many things well--even though people are always telling me that I spread myself too thin--Abbie's mission statement has always resonated with me.

    Hailey
    www.haileyhudson.wordpress.com

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