Music = Life

I will be posting my thoughts about life and the music that inspires me.

I was tagged in this so here are my answers.  I’m not going to tag anyone because I hardly ever go on here but wanted to answer the questions someone tagged me with.

1. If you knew you couldn’t fail, what would you do?

I would be a world traveler! There are so many places I want to visit and many adventures I want to go on.

2. Do you have any behavior or personality quirks?

I’m a very organized person and like my stuff a certain way.  I have a bit of OCD and if things get out of place, I have to put them back the right way.  Also I like my job and get annoyed when people don’t have the same work ethic that I do.  It’s something I’m trying to not let bother me.

3. What is something you like about yourself?

I’m a good listener

4. If you were Bill Gates wealthy, what would you do with the money?

I would help people.  Especially kids in the united states that need help with food and shelter. 

5. What’s a happy memory you have?

Going to my family reunion last year and seeing a lot of people I haven’t seen in a while.

6. Are you a morning person or a night owl?

I like to sleep in but I would say I’m a morning person

7. If financial, academic, and career obligations weren’t a thing and you were able to spend a year any place or doing anything you wanted, where would you go/what would you do?

I would like to do something with music.  Maybe go on tour with a band. 

8. Are you more future oriented or do you tend to live in the moment?

I like to make plans for things I will be doing in the future but also love doing stuff if someone asks me to do something.

9. Are you more persuaded by facts and objective, hard data, or ideas, possibilities, and abstract concepts?

I like facts and knowing about certain things

10.Is there a certain smell, taste, place, or otherwise small sensation that always makes you feel warm and fuzzy?

the smell of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies

11. What’s food you are most likely to reject?

Live and onions! EWW!


Today, 8 years ago, I saw Switchfoot play at FAU in Boca Raton, Florida.  They are one of my favorite bands.  I was there celebrating a birthday of a dear friend, Cindy.  Jon had started to talk about an organization called To Write Love On Her Arms and to check it out.  I went home that night and looked it up.  From that night until today I have been a supporter of spreading hope and letting people know they are loved. 

I believe in hope and love and wish more people cared about it.  It would be a much brighter place to live in.  I’m thankful for the past 8 years and all that I have been able to do for the people that I love.  I’m thankful for the friendships that I have been blessed with and new ones that I have recently found. 

I’ve lost a lot of people I have cared about since that time and I know one day I will see them again.  It makes the memories that more special. 

While you’re reading this, know one thing, You are important and loved. 

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Ever since I heard this song last Sunday on the grammy awards, it’s been stuck in my heart.  I wanted to write something about it and share my thoughts.  I love how songs can tell stories and make connections with people.  That is my favorite thing about music.  I have lost count of how many connections I have made because of it and how many people I have connected with that I don’t even know about.

"Trust the one
Who’s been where you are wishing all it was
Was sticks and stones
Those words cut deep but they don’t mean you’re all alone
And you’re not invisible”

The main message in this song is to let you know that you aren’t alone in what you are going through and that you have someone out there that cares for you. 

This song struck a chord deep down inside and made me remember when I was a teenager and getting picked on and made fun of.  I was a shy and didn’t talk much.  Also I moved around a lot so that made it harder to make friends. 

"So your confidence is quiet
To them quiet looks like weakness
But you don’t have to fight it
‘Cause you’re strong enough to win without a war
Every heart has a rhythm
Let yours beat out so loudly
That everyone can hear it
Yeah, I promise you don’t need to hide it anymore
Oh, and never be afraid of doing something different
Dare to be something more

These words are telling my story and they have resonated so much with who I was and who I am today. 

"These labels that they give you
just ‘cause they don’t understand
If you look past this moment
You’ll see you’ve got a friend
Waving a flag for who you are
And all you’re gonna do
Yeah, so here’s to you
And here’s to anyone who’s ever felt invisible”

I’m here to tell you that you aren’t alone with what you are going through.  This is for anyone that has been called names, felt alone in a crowded room, felt not good enough.  You are loved.

Listen to the song and here the messages that are for you or someone else that needs to hear them.


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top 20 of 2013

I usually post my top ten albums but there was so much good music that came out last year that I’m making a top 20. 

Here is my list.  I love music.  It’s such a huge part of my life.  I have so many amazing and heartbreaking moments from last year and some of these songs helped me celebrate  and helped me heal. 

Let me know some of the music that spoke to you last year. 

One Republic - Native

The Band Perry - Pioneer

Seabird - Troubled Days

Sara Bareilles - The Blessed Unrest

The Afters - Life Is Beautiful

Ben Rector - The Walking In Between

The Lone Bellow

Andrew Belle - Black Bear

Hillsong United  - Zion

Hawk Nelson - Made

Royal Tailor

Jars of Clay - Inland

Jimmy Eat World - Damage

Courrier - Cathedrals of Color
The Gallery - Restless

Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors - Good Light

The Begging Sea - The Distance

Audrey Assad - Fortunate Fall

Matt Wertz - Heatwave

Green River Ordinance - Chasing Down The Wind

Also forgot to add Leagues - You Belong Here


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Today is World Suicide Prevention Day. I’ve been a supporter of To Write Love On Her Arms for 7 years.  They are trying to get the word out about today and let everyone know that they are important and loved.  Just know that if you are reading this you cannot be replaced

There is only one you and that is unique and special.  Listen to the words of this song and know that you are loved and worthy.   



By playing on a normal set of street signals, this cheerful video teaches us to find joy in the most normal of circumstances and to have fun in everyday life. We don’t have to always settle for monotony in our routine. Like the video asks: why walk, when we can dance?

I love this!

I don’t listen to the radio much anymore but I heard this song a few months ago and it struck a chord within me and I know that someone out there needs to here it also. 

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Your story is incredibly significant. No matter where you’ve come from or where you go, you will always matter.


Your story is incredibly significant. No matter where you’ve come from or where you go, you will always matter.


“Don’t Give Up”
Josh Groban

“Don’t give up. It’s just the weight of the world. When your heart’s heavy, I will lift it for you.”

I first heard this song on a church retreat a few years ago, and to this day, it still gives me chills. The amount of truth in this song, then and now, is staggering to me.

There have been so many times in my life when I haven’t believed that I was loved or that people hear me and want to walk with me through life. I thought those were lies. If I had been given the chance to talk to Josh Groban as he wrote this song, I would have said, “You’re wrong! No one’s going to lift this weight for me. No one’s going to help me. I might as well give up.”

Well, as it turns out, I was the one who was wrong.

“Everybody wants to be understood. Well, I can hear you.”

When I first heard this song, I interpreted it as God speaking to me, telling me that He hears me and will guide me. It was a powerful moment for me. My faith was struggling, and I couldn’t bring myself to believe that I was lovable, much less that God loved me. But in the moments, months, and years that followed, I found the truth in that song. I didn’t give up on my faith; I started to rebuild it.

“When darkness blinds you, I will shine to guide you.”

I also had some rebuilding to do in my everyday life—and it would mean allowing others to help me. There were so many people who loved me, but I honestly couldn’t always see it. I assumed if I showed my true self—if others knew about my struggles with depression, self-injury, and suicide—they wouldn’t want anything to do with me. I thought I’d scare them off, or they’d think I was a freak.

But again, I was wrong.

When I started to tell people about my struggles, they were wonderfully supportive. Not everyone knew how to respond, and not everyone knew exactly how to support me. But I could tell they loved me and wanted me to get better. Sometimes it was as simple as telling someone, “Hey, I’m having a rough time right now. Can we hang out, maybe get some coffee?” They were always happy to walk with me through those times. My friends and my family brought that light into my darkness. I have no reason to give up, because I am surrounded by hope radiating from those who care about me.

“Don’t give up, because you are loved.”

Just like TWLOHA’s Fears vs. Dreams campaign illustrates, we all have a greatest fear, as well as a greatest dream. That dream is what drives us. No matter what we struggle with, no matter what we fear, we all “want to burn bright.” And we all have the ability to do so.

Please don’t give up on yourself or your dreams, no matter how heavy the world may feel sometimes. Remember that there are others who want to help carry that weight—and that you are loved.