Surround yourself with people who reflect who you want to be


“Your vibe attracts your tribe. Your tribe imprints a vibe on you. Life is very short. Choose wisely. Be fearlessly you and dare to let go of the people who dim your shine. Develop new and old relationships with people based on mutual support and empowerment. Give all of your authentic self.

As an entrepreneur, teacher, creative, and forever student of life, I make a conscious effort each and everyday to put myself around those who are pushing their own self perceived limits. The people who raise the bar on themselves daily, share their gifts openly, and empower me to be more of myself.

People who are loving and living their passion and purpose ignite the same within you. So, keep your own vibes high and prioritize time with those who reflect the same. Plan adventures, gatherings, work and play time with them often. Rub off on each other. Fan each other’s flames.”– Amber Suckswert Founder of


Hiya there,

This passage resonated with me today and I thought you might enjoy it too. Thank you for being a light in my life. Continue raising the bar daily, share your gifts openly, and empower yourself and others to be more yourself.

Shine ON


Livin La Vida Loca in Brooklyn




Since moving her God has worked in and through me. This universal love has lead me here to refine of my heart and grow my faith. Living in New York City is beautiful. Sure, it is not easy but who said it was supposed to be. through living here I have been given abundant light and love.


Recently I found myself watching this documentary on emotions called E-motion. The beginning of the movie starts with this passage.

There was a man on his death bed. He did not have much strength left and he said to his wife, “come close I want to tell you something. Listen very carefully I can only say this once I don’t have much strength left.” She replied, “I am listening darling what is it?”

He said, “Remember this always each morning the moment you take your head off the pillow you have all you need.” 

These works are now written on my heart. How profound. I hope you find the sustenance you desire everyday. Livin la vida loca in Brooklyn has refined my spirit and strengthened my faith in God. For this I am truly grateful today. Where ever you are in life know that you are loved.

Enjoy this video of our band The Bergamot performing our new single Forget About Tomorrow

Shine ON



Isn’t it funny how one small moment can activate faith. Like yesterday for instance I was just doing my thing, all hot and sweaty running errands in our Greenpoint hood and three seemingly normal yet extraordinary events occurred.


I recently received Test Pressings of our new album TONES on vinyl. However, due to our tiny space we were un-able to bring our record player with us to Brooklyn. So, I was on a hunt to find a local shop who would let me spin our record. Low and behold, the first shop I stepped into was an vegan ice cream shop called Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.


The guy behind the counter was so kind. He said, “sure lets do it, I know how important this is given that I am in a band too, I would be happy to spin your record”

“Thank God for this sweet guy he just made my day. I went ahead and supported the shop and made sure to give him a nice tip too. For me, this was a small miracle, I needed help and a stranger helped me.”


As, I sat there listening to our new record I watched a small 21 month old child dance to one of our songs called “Alive”. Then another women was humming along to “Burst Out” while tapping her foot.

No, one knew it was our band playing. It was really liberating watching how folks in Brooklyn responded to our album. I am humbled.


Then a California blond-haired blue-eyed girl walked into the shop. She gave free juice drinks to the workers and then we hit it off and she even gave me one too.

When I told her that I was listening to our new record she got chills on her right arm and said that she was so inspired by the music… the song that was playing is called “Money Honey.”


We all exchanged information and then I went on my way to the bank, and the laundromat.

As I walked on the sidewalk I looked down and there was a wad of crumpled up money. I looked around to see if there was anyone around me that could have dropped it. And there was no one. This is what I like to call “Activated Faith in action”


I was filled with glee like a five year old on her birthday party. I felt like God was giving me a $17 gift and so as I tucked it away into my bag I gave thanks for his loving provisions. For a long while I had been asking God for clarity and provisions to make it though to the next pay period and yesterday God reminded me that he is there and to watch for the small miracles that are occurring around us all the time.

The whole day unfolded into one big miracle of small beautiful moments.


This life is beautiful. God is good and deserves all of our praise. I hope you have the opportunity to do something beautiful for beauty beckons beauty.

Shine ON /// Jillian

shine ON


With belief , hard work, love, joy, and following your passion… dreams do come true!

It took 10 years but last night my dream of performing on Notre Dame’s campus at the DeBartolo performing Arts Center came true.    



Life is good!

Shine ON 

48 hours To DeBartolo 

Today marks the 48 hour countdown to stepping up onto Notre Dame University’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center’s stage. (A dream realized)

Below you’ll find a collection of shots taken today from different views and perspectives.



I hope this finds you well and if you’re around can’t wait to see you at Notre Dame on Saturday 7:30 PM at The DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Shine ON 


After a tremendously emotion filled week we made it to Maryland last night. This past Sunday at 2AM we got a phone call that Nathaniel’s beautiful grandma had passed away.

photo by even perrigo

This photo was taken on the dance floor at our wedding reception on August 24th 2013

I have been grandparent-less for two years. During those years I have shared many dinning room table talks with Grandma Joan. And to be frank I simply adored her, heck who didn’t.

She was a beaming snugly joyful woman who lived for God, her husband, and children (she had 10 kids)

Needless to say it was a huge emotional loss for both of us.

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Currently, I am sitting next to my handsome husband in our beloved Volvo with 261,582 miles on it headed home from NYC to the viewing and funeral.

headed out of New York City on 4.17.15

After, the life celebration occurs we continue preparation for our homecoming debut at Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.

Our new Brooklyn indpired logo. in Brooklyn you will see BKLYN everywhere so this is our take with The Bergamot – BRGMT

Yesterday, we left Brooklyn at 12:30 – Maryland bound. Then we had a high energy show at Goucher Colleges – GIG festival.

post show with fans who have become friends ❤️ these ladies

To say the least its been a heck of a week. More to come.

Shine ON


The Pace of life in NYC hits me hard at a tornado speed. 

I arrived home this past Monday. My husband and I had been out on a three week tour. 

Now I am back and my uniform is black on black.

I walk fast to keep up. 

I create more, and work harder than ever. 

You can design, plan and approach your deadline.

Then out of the blue things happen, plans change, people say goodbye. 

And you are left out of sorts, scrambling to re-calculate. 

And again, plans take flight in, note books, napkins, on walls, in halls. 

They grow, progress, and come to action like a spring bud about to bloom. 

NYC it’s good to meet you once again. 


As I near 6,900 miles on this cross country tour I find myself ready for NYC again. 

Just today a friend of mine sent me a New York quote and it snapped me right back into the drippy, bustling New York subway platform. 

The one I was standing on a few weeks back when I was squinting my eyes to read what the tiny letters on the billboard across my platform said.

Below you will find the exact words I read that day. This happened right before we left for this American tour. 

Below you will find the words my friend Paxton sent me today the same exact words I read right before I left and now as I prepare to be welcomed back home to our Brooklyn flat I re-read them. 
But this time around they have new meaning. You see the road changes you, it refines you. Like a rock crashing against the sand. 

Being weathered through the storms and calm. 

Touring changes you and gives you new experiences that seem unimaginable until they occur. 

Anyways it’s 1:30 AM and I am somewhere in Iowa nearing the Illinois boarder with these words rolling around in my brain. 

New Yorkers expect the best of everything. What’s incredible to others is [New York’s] everyday. Our average. As such, we’re more discerning and more demanding…We reward the best of the best with loyalty and pride, holding every New York icon of creativity, culture and science close to our hearts…” 

~NYU Langone Medical Center

Happy Friday !