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New Year's Day Video & End of Year Reflections

Happy New Year! 2020 is officially behind us, and we're looking forward to whatever 2021 has to offer. Last year, we put out a set of tracks at the new year, called "New Year's Eve" and "New Year's Day". Super original, I know! 🤪

We didn't have a chance to make any music videos for the tracks before releasing them at the dawn of 2020, but one of the unexpected upsides to the craziness of this past year was how much we were able to dive into our music and creative direction. In October, we left Maui and did a cross-country road trip to return to our home state, Connecticut. Before we left, we shot a music video around the island. This video is shot mainly at the sunflower fields in Maalaea, and then other sections are filmed at the start of Poli Poli State Park in Kula. We're super grateful for the gorgeous natural backdrops for the video, and that we got to call the island home for a few years!

Living in Hawaii was beautiful, and during my time there, the universe brought me a lot of hard-won lessons. I learned a lot about myself and picked up a lot of new habits to remain mindful and present. One of these is journaling, and as we head into the new year, I have found these journal prompts to be good for reflecting. I got them from We're Not Really Strangers.

1. What are you currently holding onto that’s no longer serving you? Why are you still holding on? What’s one small step you can take towards letting go?

2. What was your biggest heartbreak in 2020? What did it teach you?

3. Set a goal for 2021 that excites you. Set a goal that scares you.

4. What did you accomplish this year you weren’t sure you could? Big or small. Take a moment to soak that in.

5. Who in your life made 2020 a better year for you? Let them know.

6. What did this past year teach you about yourself? Both good and bad.

7. What or who have you outgrown this year? What are you growing into?

8. Who came into your life this year that you're grateful to have met? Let them know.

9. What’s an important boundary you’d like to set going into 2021? With others? With yourself?

I think these questions are really great for guiding us into a new year whether in journal or in a conversation with someone important to you!

As we head into 2021, we can reset and start to focus on the countless possibilities of the coming year. 2020 was tense, so maybe--just maybe--we can all learn to laugh a little more in 2021. We have lots of new music in the works and we can't wait to share it with the world!

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