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The Genius of a Songwriter

This past Thursday my family and I got to attend a concert. This concert was held at Klipsch Music Center in Noblesville, IN and did not start on time due to a storm that passed through. However, unlike the people that gave up and left/tried to sell their tickets, we stuck it out because nothing was going to stop us from seeing these amazing artists. This concert was called the Honda Civic Tour with James Arthur opening (sounded just like the album, oh my goodness I fell more in love) followed by Fitz & the Tantrums and last, but not least, One Republic came on and graced the stage (cue screaming). Not too long ago I became a pretty big fan of James Arthur and have had his album entitled “Back from the Edge” on repeat in my car. When it comes to Fitz & the Tantrums, everyone knows their one song that is on the radio all. the. time. but their other music is really good and catchy as well so I made sure to take a listen before the date of the concert. My ears have been listening to One Republic for years and years without having seen them in concert. When the day finally came, I was more than excited and the show was better than I could have expected…

Ryan Tedder is the lead singer of One Republic and if you do not know who they are or who he is please go to google and do yourself a favor. I shall post a group photo below for your enjoyment:

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First off, Ryan Tedder does not write songs for only his band. He has written and co-written several pieces with other major artists including Beyoncé, Adele, and Ed Sheeran. Ryan is just plain amazing so if you do not listen to One Republic, it is now obvious that you should. Pull out your smartphones, tap that YouTube button, and go nuts. During the concert, he sang “Halo” (Beyoncé), “Rumor Has It” (Adele), and “Happier” (Ed Sheeran). I love all the original versions of these songs and I now officially have a second favorite for each. If you would like to take a listen to Ryan performing these songs, shoot me an email and I can send you the short videos I took.

Every song Ryan writes has meaning and when he sings, you can hear the emotion and the love that he has for music. He does not just go through the motions. He gives the performance his all and never disappoints. I made the title of this post “The Genius of a Songwriter” because that is exactly what Ryan Tedder is. He is humble, he is brilliant when it comes to songwriting and music in general, and he is not hard on the eyes either (bonus!). Ryan gives the world of music his heart and soul, so what more could we ask for? When One Republic came out and after they sang a few songs, Ryan confessed he was afraid that the show was not going to happen because of the weather, but then God said ‘let there be music’.

20170713_225704“I’m a sucker for pop melodies, things you can’t get out of your head” – Ryan Tedder

I know you are itching to go listen to One Republic songs now so I will conclude this post with lyrics from one of their songs…

Hope when you take that jump, You don’t feel the fall
Hope when the water rises, You built a wall
Hope when the crowd screams out, They’re screaming your name
Hope if everybody runs, You choose to stay
Hope that you fall in love, And it hurts so bad
The only way you can know, is give it all you have
And I hope that you don’t suffer, But take the pain…
Hope when the moment comes, you’ll say
I…I did it all
I…I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places
The things that I did
Yeah, with every broken bone
I swear I lived

~Lex

Personal Life

For the Love of Tap Dance

Last night I sat in my room with my mom while we watched this weeks episode of World of Dance. One of the duels was between Les Twins and Kyle Van Newkirk. Their styles of dance were on complete opposite ends of the spectrum with the Les Twins being more hip-hop and Kyle a tap dancer. Les Twins got to pick who their opponent was for this duel and during one of the brief interviews with them, it was obvious why they picked Kyle. Unlike most of the other contestants who chose groups or individuals to duel in order to be challenged, Les Twins chose Kyle because they had no doubt that they would win even though they did not come right out and say that exactly. They basically dissed tap and made me like them even less.

Now, I am not saying they are bad dancers because they are not, but their style is not my cup of tea and the attitude they had towards tap just did not sit well with me. In my opinion, a tap dancer should never have to go up against hip-hop dancers because the technique for each of the styles is so unique and different from the other. How can the judges possibly compare the two fairly? It is not possible. I say this because I was and still am a dancer at heart.

I started dancing when I was 3 1/2 years old at Becky Seamster Dance Studio and kept dancing with the studio for 15 years until I graduated from high school. The styles I danced included ballet, tap, jazz, musical theatre, and modern. I also tried pointe for a year, but decided that it was not for me and I was better off sticking to ballet. Out of all of the styles, however, tap was and always will be my favorite. Whenever I put my shoes on and stepped onto a stage or in a classroom, all of my troubles would melt away and all my concentration would be on the sounds I was creating with my feet. No other dance style could make me feel the kind of peace that tap dancing gave me.

Back when I was in middle school, the love I had for dance was so strong that I believed that I would go to college and pursue a professional career. Shortly after 7th and 8th grade, that all changed…After I hit a certain age and was old enough to go into the studio alone, my mom allowed me to do so without coming inside and watching my classes. I appreciated this because I liked being able to surprise her with what we were working on and it made me feel mature when I would go in alone.

However, most of the other moms were always in the waiting room watching every dance class. It came to a point where I felt like I was being judged because when I would sneak glances out the window, some of the moms would be watching me instead of their daughter and all I could wonder was what I was doing wrong. Then came drama within the competition team that I had joined my 6th grade year. To add on even more, I began to hear people talk about me. Not only some of the girls, but also some of the moms when they thought I could not hear them. I do not remember what was said exactly, but I do remember that from that point on my love for dance slowly started to dissipate.

I quit the competition team after my 3rd year as a member due to money problems and also needing a break from it all. During my year off, I missed competing and seeing all the girls head to Chicago for the competitions made me very jealous. The next comp season came around and my grandpa told me he was willing to help pay for the costs if I really wanted to do it again so I decided I would give it one more try. It was a fun season, but it also made me realize that my heart was not in it like it used to be. Something inside me that had loved dance with my whole being had been broken. That comp season was my fourth and final one. I continued taking regular classes and performing in the recital all the way through high school, but I knew I would never pursue dance in a professional way after that.

Yes, there are days I miss dance, but that is because dance will always hold a piece of my heart and I could never deny that. That piece of my heart mainly belongs to tap, however, due to that being the style I connected to the most and the one that came the easiest to me even with its challenges. I still love dance, but not in the same way I used to and as I have gotten older, I realize that is the path God wanted me to take. Everything happens for a reason even if we do not understand those reasons at the time. tap 5-1tap 2-1

So I would love to see Les Twins try tap dancing and then hear what they have to say about it.

Have you been watching World of Dance? If yes, what are your thoughts?

~Lex

Miscellaneous, Television

When Life Gives You a Rainy Day…

 

Today is a very rainy and gloomy day. It is one of those days that makes you want to crawl into bed and never come out. That is until the sun decides come out from behind the gray clouds and shine its rays down, increasing what little motivation we had to stumble out of the warm cocoon of our nests. If you know me, then you know what my number one go-to activity is on a rainy day: reading.

First off, I am not the stereotypical “make myself a cup of tea and sit down with a nice book” gal. Overall, I am a very picky eater and drinker. I always have been and I will be surprised if that ever changes. I do not drink coffee, tea, orange juice, and other beverages that are loved by people all over the world. Unfortunately, this means I can never share those memes online talking about how tea and books go so well together and let me tell you, there are a lot of them out there.

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For me, I just crack open a book or my tablet and get comfortable in my bed, on the couch, at the table, on the floor, or any other location where I can allow myself to put all attention on the words that are written on the pages in front of me. Sometimes I will multitask and read while watching television at the same time. I have gotten rather good at it, but it takes practice and I do not advise doing this if you are watching a very important television show. This happened to me a few times and I became so immersed in my book that I had no idea what is happening on the screen and then my mom got upset with me for asking.

As I said in a past post, I know not everyone is going to want to read and as everyone knows there are more things you can occupy your time with on a rainy day…

– Have a movie day, alone or with friends/family.

– Spend time with a loved one or friend you have not seen in a while and just catch up. A rainy day is perfect weather for sitting and shooting the breeze with someone or discussing more important topics.

– Make it a lazy day and lay in bed all day while watching Netflix and stuffing your face with junk food because who does not love junk food??

– Get a group of people together and play some board/card games. Turn it into a competition if you want to raise the stakes.

– Google ideas because there are a lot out there and mine are obviously pretty generic so if you want to think outside of the box, google is your best friend.

– Do a combination of all these suggestions or just a few, it is all up to you!

*Do not forget to look for a rainbow when the rain is coming to an end, it is one of the best parts about rainy days*

What is your go-to activity on a rainy day? Comment your thoughts below

~Lex

 

Personal Life

My First Job

First off, let me apologize for not posting in over a week for those of you that keep up with my blog (keep spreading the word about how awesome it is! *please and thank you*). If this is your first time reading my blog: I appreciate the steps you took to get here and I hope you decide to take the time and read through my past posts and hit that subscribe button in the bottom right corner! I promise you will not be disappointed…

I have been very busy this past week and could not find a time to sit down and type out the happenings of my life or the thoughts that have flitted through my brain. A major event happened this past week in my life: I got my first ever job! I now work at a gas station and there is so much information to try and absorb that I always have this tiny part of me that is afraid of messing up. I already knew the people that work in gas stations work very hard, but I do not think I ever truly knew just how hard they work. Since I have started working, I can testify to just how hard and tiring the job is. Here are a few of the things I have already learned…

  • There are so many different types and brands of cigarettes. So. Many. I do not smoke so I had no clue just how many there are. I have been in gas stations plenty of times, but I never notice or really look through their cigarette supply. tenor2
  • My job is to work the register and help with the front of the store whether it be stocking, cleaning, or other side work. Since being at the register, I have really  started to appreciate the customers that use their credit or debit cards to pay because it just makes my job so much easier. idiva_gifs_things_a_person_suffering_from_anxiety_wants_to_tell_her_friends_8_1
  • Trying to change the trash outside while it is windy is one of the hardest things I think I will ever do. It. Is. Windy. All. The. Time. It is especially more difficult when you have to double line all the trash cans. It is a lot like trying to keep your umbrella under control during a windy rain storm…tRY4Rg
  • Ask questions if you are not sure what you are doing. It is best to have something done right rather than risking the task getting done incorrectly. zJDk7_s-200x150
  • Last, but not least, be kind and patient with all customers. No matter the mood the customer is in, take it in stride and smile with pride. Ha…see what I did there? I am a poet and I did not know it. emma-watson-laugh-smile

 

I only have two more shifts left before I am considered done with training for the most part. Am I nervous? I would not be me if I was not. Jobs are not meant to be “easy peasy lemon squeezy”. I am ready to tackle this next step in my life before going back to school and classes in August!

Any thoughts or comments? Type below or like always, shoot me an email! (Found in the ‘contact’ section of my blog)

~Lex

 

 

College, Personal Life

Decluttering for a Peace of Mind

Everyone has a pet peeve and sometimes even more than one. I have multiple, but for this post I will focus on one of my main pet peeves. The culprit: DISORGANIZATION/UNORGANIZATION. (There is a slight difference in meaning between the two words, but in my case I will be using both to stand for the same thing)

Right now, my room is the epitome of disorganization and has been for almost a week now. I just recently came back home from college for the summer and brought back everything that was in my dorm. I noticed first off that I was going to have issues unpacking, but the mountain I had to tackle became a lot bigger when I began to put away clothes. I could not get them all to fit at all! How did I end up with so many clothes??? I had to shove random articles of clothing in drawers that I would never put them in. My closet was overflowing and I felt defeated. A couple days later I came to a realization that not only were my summer clothes out, but so were most of my fall/winter clothes. For those of you reading this, do yourself a favor and store away your winter clothes when it is summer and the opposite for when it is fall/winter. I got lazy last summer because I was too busy stressing about my first year of college. It made a HUGE difference in my closet because just picking out a select few articles to give to Goodwill will not make a dent. Trust me, I tried that tactic first.

I still have piles of winter clothing stacked on my floor waiting to be stored away, but I have made bounds and leaps when it comes to the organization of my clothes and I will definitely be more mindful when I pack for my next semester at school. Even though my clothes may be close to decluttered, I still have crates and trash bags full of miscellaneous items to unpack from my dorm room. Because of this, my next step is to declutter my entire room. I am going to go through and make tough decisions on what things I should keep, give away, or throw away. Most likely, my room will get even more messier than it already is before it gets clean. If you could see my room right now, you would be wondering how I make it to my bed to sleep at night.

Overall, I am an organized person in all parts of my life. There may be times where I become disorganized, but I do not let it last for long. This organized part of me has slowly been losing its mind over the state of my room. I am going to declutter, declutter, and declutter some more until organization has won over yet again. Luckily, I received my new Life Planner by Erin Condren *pictured below* in the mail the other day and I cannot wait to begin using it. It will definitely help keep even more organization in my life.

 

Are you an organized or unorganized person? Leave me your thoughts and comments below or shoot me an email! I love discussing different ways to stay organized 🙂

~Lex

College

Finals Week as Told by Friends

Freshman year of college is about to come to a close, but before I can celebrate, I have one last obstacle to defeat: Finals.

  1. Trying to work up the motivation to begin studying for finals:

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2. Crying because all you want to do is sleep, but you can’t until finals are over:

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3. Eating junk food all the time because that is the only food that will make you feel better:

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4. Counting down the days until you can go home and not worry about homework for a few months:

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5. Silently cursing those students that get to leave for home before you:

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6. When your last final is finally over and your parents come to pick you up and this is how they find you:

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Good luck on finals to all of you out there in high school or college that have them coming up!

~Lex

Personal Life

Time Flies By

It seems like just yesterday I was starting my 6th grade year at my new school and now my freshman year of college is coming to a close. We only have 7 days of classes left until finals begin and then it is summer break. It is exciting and scary at the same time. I always knew that time goes by fast, but life feels like it is going at the speed of lightning right now. Today I finished putting in my applications for summer jobs, or should I say my first job ever. I know I know. I am 19 years old and have yet to have my first job. That is because during high school, I was either dancing, playing soccer, or doing homework. I wanted to give my school work priority so I made sure to not overflow my already decently full plate. I like to give 100% or close to 100% commitment to all of my life endeavors. Now I am in college and having a job is not only a want, but a need and that is ringing ever more true as time ticks by and gains speed rather than slowing down.

With this realization of time flying by came a realization that I needed to put more positive thinking in my life. I always try to be pretty optimistic, but I definitely have my days where that optimism flies out the window. So I have turned some of my negative thoughts into positive ones and ever since then I have felt more content. Life is too short to let it be consumed by grey when it could be dressed up with color.

~Lex