Raising kids is hard and it can suck the life out of you… literally.
When I was in the thick of having “two under two” I would use any stolen moment I could find to write down little mantras that would run through my head all day long. At the time these mantras were what got me through the toughest hours of the day and now they exist on this EP as a beautiful and empowering representation of the resilience and growth I’ve undergone since becoming a mother.
The album starts with “Doin’ Just Fine” as a bit of a mission statement for the whole project. I was bursting at the seams to be really honest about how much I was struggling. I think women in particular find it easy to compartmentalize their darkness. It’s easy for us to believably tell everyone around us that “we’re fine” even as we find ourselves losing our grip.
Something took over in my darkest hours and the music that was coming out of me was taking the form of a high energy pop songs. In hindsight, I think I was tired of being polite and easy to digest in the way my folk music used to be. I had a lot of pent up energy, I was angry and I was tired of being overlooked. I needed to dress my mental illness up in rhinestones and teach it how to dance in order to keep living.