On a more serious note, one thing that tends to get overlooked about us is how incredibly influential our girls have been in our Hadley Park journey. Most have heard the story of how we got our duo name.... (Long story short, our girls were born four days apart. My daughter's name is Hadley and Courtney's daughters name is Parker. Courtney and I met in a blind co-write before we were pregnant and found out not too long after, that we were both expecting! We bonded over impending motherhood and dreamt about the future.) Never would I have expected "Karker" and "Addey" would bring us THIS much laughter and motivation.
What drives ME the most, is knowing that Hadley will grow up to be a woman someday. It's hard to imagine my giggly little guitar banging baby as anything but that sweet lump of sugar that she is. But life is short and the first year has already flown by WAY too fast. Soon there will be another year gone and then another. I want her to believe that NO dream is a crazy dream. Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. Money isn't everything but it sure is nice to have a little! A supportive spouse and family is INVALUABLE. Shoot for the moon. It's okay to fall. Learn from your mistakes and ALWAY ALWAYS ALWAYS be true to yourself. I strive to practice what I preach. I'm certainly not perfect. I have tried to walk away from music to find a better "job" so many times. But what I keep coming back to is this: music is buried so deep in the depths of my soul that I could NEVER truly walk away, even if I wanted to. Not using my creativity is like taking oxygen away from a flame. The fire dies. I have come to realize that if I don't chase this dream, no one else will chase it for me. If I want it, I'm going to achieve it. And here we are. We work hard, we play hard and we have a ton of fun. Any good opportunity that comes my way, I am open to! THAT is the example that I want to leave my daughter. Find what you love and do it well. Don't compare yourself to others because you don't know their journey and they certainly don't know yours.
Who knew that a little 8 lbs. 5 oz baby girl would bring so much inspiration, strength and drive to me on that hot July morning. She is my reason for every decision I make and I thank God for her every day. If I don't show her how to fall gracefully or be a strong, honest and compassionate woman, WHO ELSE WILL?
But until then, I'll continue to let her bang on my guitar a little too hard. Teach her to sing, play ball and dance like a fool in the kitchen. And we'll enjoy every single minute....