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11 Aug

Note shared with me…


Daydreaming of a Bedroom Makeover

27 Jun

If I had the funds to give my bedroom a makeover (which it desperately needs), here are a few items I’m dying to get my hands on. I also love the idea of a circle bed canopy with mix-matched curtains, but I’ve yet to find something I think would go with all this. One day, one day.

Power Down and Unwind

21 Jun

With technology at our fingertips 24:7 it can be hard to realize when it’s time to power off and unwind. However, many studies have shown how important it is to do so, especially when it comes to getting enough rest and general wellness. I encourage everyone to take a look at their technology usage and see if where/when you can unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures in life, i.e. a good book, a new record, conversation with a loved one, or much-needed exercise. If you don’t believe me… take a look…

“Unfortunately, cell phones and computers, which make our lives more productive and enjoyable, may be abused to the point that they contribute to getting less sleep at night leaving millions of Americans functioning poorly the next day,” Russell Rosenberg, the vice chairman of the Washington DC-based National Sleep Foundation (NSF), said in a statement.

Read the full article on Reuters here: Not getting enough sleep? Turn off the technology. 

First Taste of New Orleans

6 May

Shrimp n' grits at Lüke

Last week I headed out down to New Orleans with my boyfriend and one of our friends to hit up the Jazz & Heritage Festival and explore the deep South. This was my first trip to New Orleans and I was pleasantly surprised with just about everything. From the food, to the music on every street corner, to the southern hospitality- I was loving every bit. We went to the Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday and got to see one of my favorite bands right now, Mumford & Sons, along with the Avett Brothers. Both bands killed it and the entire festival was phenomenal. We ending up meeting some great people from all over the country, tried some tasty food including crawfish and alligator pie, and jammed out to some incredible tunes.

Highlights of the trip included the Jazz & Heritage Festival, John Besh’s Restaurant August, John Besh’s Lüke Restaurant (best bloody mary and shrimp n’ grits EVER), Cafe DU Monde, wandering around Jackson Square, Frenchmen’s St. and the gorgeous houses in the Garden District. There were lots of cute shops around the city too! Here are a few pictures from the trip. Enjoy!

Are you ready for a change?

3 Jan

Resolutions. Many of us are full of ideas on how we’d like to improve or what we’d like to change. However, many of us lose sight of these resolutions after the novelty of the New Year wears off. But guess what? It happens, and it’s okay.

As you all begin to think about your New Year’s resolutions, I encourage you to read this post from Brass Tack Thinking by Amber Naslund. The Brass Tacks of Resolutions aims to help us understand the concept of change while keeping in mind motivation and dedication.

Find ways to keep your goals a top priority and who knows, maybe you will be ready to take on even more challenges come 2012. It’s simple…

“You can do this. Today and every day. If you want it badly enough.”


Butler Basketball is Making Moves

26 Mar

WOW, WOW, WOW- how about those Butler Bulldogs?

After last night’s incredible 63-59 victory over No. 1 seed Syracuse, Butler is headed to the Elite Eight and hopefully back on the road to Indianapolis for the Final Four. It was your classic David vs. Goliath, man vs. boy match-up and Butler came out on top. So to all you Syracuse fans, especially those who think funner is a word, SAYONARA- Butler is making moves!

I played basketball for nearly 15 years and learned the game is about a lot more than just skill. Here are a few of my personal mottoes- looks like Butler has these down pat.

  • Play as a team.
  • Play with heart.
  • Hustle… on and off the court.
  • Stay focused.
  • The least important thing is the score at halftime.
  • Never, ever give up!

A Passion Fearless of Limitation

3 Mar

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed, soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul.”

In a world sometimes clouded by fear and endless worry, there is still one bullet-proof method, in my opinion, to deal with it all. Expressive Art- whether it be music, painting, sculpture, photography, dance or writing.

Yesterday I had the privilege of meeting a musician who has truly captured the soul behind expressive art. His raw lyrics, strong stance, calm beat, soothing voice, and genuine honesty have given me a hundred plus reasons to keep his music playing over and over again. His work has helped me find comfort in my experiences with love, trust, pain, fear and peace. And for that, I am thankful. He sings, he writes, he plays guitar… but most importantly, he does it with passion.

His name is Clarence Greenwood. His music is Citizen Cope.

Clarence Greenwood, Citizen Cope

If you’re not already, go and type his name into Google so you can enjoy a nice tune while you finish reading this post. Or if you’re lazy, just click here for one of my favorites; Sideways, Healing Hand, Let the Drummer Kick or Pablo Picasso.

I enjoy music from all styles, genres and cultures, but the way to my heart is to elicit emotion. Make me feel something, give me goosebumps, make me move. Using his own inspirations and experiences, Clarence began the “rebel street music” movement and has since delivered an unforgettable spiritual sound on and off stage.

So whether it’s a good day or bad, music with passion has the power to heal, to elevate, to love and to inspire. What music do you love?

**Huge thanks to 92.3 WTTS for hosting the studio show. Also, be sure to check out Citizen Cope’s latest album, The Rainwater LP- it hit stores yesterday! And hopefully the next time I meet Clarence is over a cup of coffee and a guitar lesson- I have many questions.