Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Things that Matter Most: Music

One of my favorite things to do is sit in my room and listen to music. Music helps me decompress, it helps me through some of the hardest times of my life. Sometimes, when I am feeling overwhelmed or needed a pick-me-up I listen to music. Some of my favorites are Ben Rector, Andy Grammar, and Rascal Flatts. I literally listen to some of the most diverse singers, but they all have impacted my life in some way.

The album "Brand New" by Ben rector is one of the best albums of that I have ever listened to in my life! I have listened to it over and over and I cannot wait for you to listen to it! the different themes and lessons that he brings up in his different songs are some of the best I have heard come out of a song. His song "Fear" is inspiring and has become a theme song for my life. One day my mom and I were driving to Farmington Station to go shopping and it came on and she told me, "This should be your new theme song!" Not really knowing that I had been listening to this song for a long time and that it had become one of my favorite songs! It has become a theme for my life. "I've been scared to death of failing. Scared that I'd look like a fool... Chase me down outside of Georgia, I was sure that I was done. Something in me would not turn around and run.” I love this part of the song, because he talks about even though he is scared that he may fail and he was worried about it, he still kept going and didn’t give up. I love this about Ben Rectors songs. He inspires, makes you want to be a better person.

Another album that I absolutely love is the "Feel Like Today" by Rascal Flatts. I grew up listening to Rascal Flatts. I remember driving in the car with my dad rockin’ out to their different songs and many other country artists that we all love to listen to. My friends would make up dances to their songs, and sing their songs so much that our parents would get sick of hearing us sing. But deep down, I know that they loved it! One my favorite songs that they wrote is "Sarabeth (Skin)." This song is about a girl who has cancer and about how she just wants to dance with her true love without a care in the world. It is a tear-jerker, but is literally one of the sweetest songs that I have ever heard in my life. The different emotions are felt in this song are some that I had never really felt until I heard this song for the first time. It was 2005 and I was 7 years old and I remember we were driving with my mom running errand and one of our neighbors was with us we this song came on, and my mom was in the driver seat crying and I actually listened to the words and I started crying too! This song moved me in a way that songs never had before and I have loved to song ever since.

Music can move you in ways that are never thought of before. It ccan make you want to be a better person and soften your heart. It brings comfort in times of need and whenever you need it is there with a click of a button.

Links for Music:
Ben Rector: Brand New

Sara Beth Music Video Link: (Trust me, I cry every time I watch this!)

Journal Entry #1: College Life

It's been almost 3 months since I moved up to college and I have had some of the best experiences and also some of the hardest. Change is really hard, and it has been an adjustment moving up to school, but I wouldn't change anything that has happened to me.

There have been two things that have gotten me through the hard times.
1. My Roommates
2. My Family
So basically I have some of the best roommates someone could ever ask for! They all are amazing and have some of the greatest personalities, and are so genuine and kind to everyone that they know. I cannot even begin to express gratitude for being able to get these 5 amazing girls as my roommates. They seriously all are beautiful and always have guys chasing after them, and it's really fun to watch! It's interesting to see just how different people are when they are around the person they are interested. Its probably one of the funniest things to watch when we go to hang out with a group of guys that invited us over, or when we have a group of guys come over to our apartment.

Here's a little about my roommates:  
Hannah: She is one of the spunkiest people I have every met in my life. She is the driver of our apartment and she is super funny! She is originally from Plain City, UT. Her family has been living in Tennessee for the past 2 ½ years while her parents have been serving as Mission Presidents for the LDS church. She is majoring in Communicative Disorders and she is one of my favorite people in the world!
Ellie: Where do I even start with Ellie? She is one of the most random people I have met, and you can find her awkward dancing or singing a country song. She is one of the sincerest people I have ever met in my life, and if I ever need someone who I positive to talk to, I go to Ellie. She and Aubrey are twins and they are similar in ways, but they are also very different! She is also studying Communicative Disorders! She is also an amazing guitar player and singer!
Aubrey: Need a haircut, manicure, or Pedicure? Just call Aubrey! She is going to Cosmetology school and is one of the nicest girls you will ever meet in your life! She is genuine, loving, and loves to sing. She is funny and has a sense of humor like no one else I know and we both love to watch chick flicks together!
Macky: Mac is one of the nicest people I have ever met in my life. She is super smart, caring, and hilarious! She is super fun to hang out with, and she also is very smart! Her major is Exercise Science, and Pre-Med. She loved oldies music and we both have been listening to Christmas music almost non-stop since Halloween and she seriously is the best!
Natalie: My roomie! She honestly is just what I needed for my first year of college. She is one of the most sarcastic people I have ever met in my life! She is super smart, and she is obsessed with Glee like no one I know. She is from Malad, Idaho and she is a great cook! She always is making something delicious for dinner, instead of the pasta or sandwiches that I usually make! She is my grocery shopping buddy, and when everyone else has plans, we also either go to movies or Chick Fil A together!  
(from front to back) Natalie, Me, Ellie, Macky, Hannah, and Aubrey!
I also owe everything that I have to my family. They are some of my best friends and I literally would be a mess without my family. They are my rock, and I literally go to my parents for everything. If you tell me something, chances are that my older sister probably knows it too! I cannot go a day without at least texting one of my family members. We are a very close family, and I have missed them so much since I moved to Logan. We did everything together, we would spend the weekends together, and we literally have some of the best memories, and I love to reflect on the great memories that we have had. I will be forever grateful for the amazing family that I have been given to help me through this life.
My family literally has helped me get through all the tough times of my life. I hope to always be close to my family, and go on random trips with each other and make even more memories with our families and able to stay best friends for the rest of our lives. I love them with all my heart, and I will always go to them when I need a good pump up or pep talk.
One of my favorite memories we had this year was our family pictures that we took this past spring. We are not very photogenic, so we have one of our family friends who is a photographer, who can make anyone look good take our pictures. my little brothers, Ryan and Kyle are teenagers who like to goof off and make my mom frustrated would photo-bomb our pictures. We took my senior pictures on the same day and my brother snuck behind me and got in a few of them. Haha! We all had a lot of laughs that day and it will be a day I will remember forever!
Kyle always has to Photo-bomb....

My favorite people EVER!
This post is about the people that have impacted my life in ways that I cannot even explain. Even though I have only known my roommates for a few short months, they have become one of the best friends that I have ever had in my life. We are all going through the same things together, and we are all helping each other through the struggles of college life. I hope to stay close to them when we all have moved on to different lives, ad can look back on our college days and laugh about the different things that we have done.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My Very First Blog Post!

A little about me: I am a college freshman at Utah State University in Logan Utah. I am originally from Layton Utah, and just graduated from Layton High School. (Go Lancers!) I love to read, watch sports, and hang out with my amazing roommates! One of my favorite things on the planet is a good sunset. Especially at the Beach. I LOVE the beach. I am majoring in Pre-nursing and hope one day to become a Registered Nurse. I am a proud member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints! My family means everything to me, and I am so grateful for everything that I have been blessed with in this life!
So here's the deal. I have always wanted to start a blog, but never knew what to write about, or how to even start one. When my English 1010 professor had us a specific genre of writing, I decided to do a blog post. I was talking to one of my friends in class, and she had started one with her journal entries. That's when it clicked! I could use a blog to write my thoughts down about my thoughts of what is going on in the world today. I hope you enjoy the random things that I love to write about!
Here's my Cute Family! 

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This is really making me want to go to the beach right now!