A few interesting (or not so interesting) facts about me..
You've got a friend
I love making stuff, all kinds of things and I don't know very many other people who will participate in my DIY projects but last week I had the pleasure of taking Miss Hannah with me to the fabric store, I was getting fleece to make blankets and so she decided to get some of her own and make a blanket for her room! We had so much fun and I'm so excited that now I actually have someone that will play arts and crafts time with me! See pictures below..
Jake from state farm
Just kidding, he's not from state farm I just couldn't resist making it the title.
My favorite moments are those when you get to experience someone doing something they are truly passionate about. That mixed with talent opens your eyes to a realm of possibilities that didn't even exist before. Jake is one of these people. He can sit at the piano and play better than my 7 years of piano lessons taught me how to play. This first video is him playing the blues at 12 years old!
The next video is his drum cover of "Uptown Funk" and there is something really special about this video because Jake did all of the editing too!
I have to say though that while these are both incredibly impressive, my favorite is this last one because this was the first time that father/son father/son played on the same stage together, Jake just turned 15 before I captured this one on video at their family reunion. A little interesting fact, all 4 of these guys have the same initials, JDT! This one is Jake (lead guitar) playing with his dad Justin (drums), his uncle Jerry (bass) and his cousin Jeremy (lead singer). This is The Tiptons cover of "Wagon Wheel"
my call to action!
Dear Santa or Fairy God Mother or anyone willing to buy me an awesome present! Until recently I referred to these as "Sumo Suits" but that was before I discovered the awesome adventure waiting to happen in a Zorb Ball!!! This all started when I really just wanted to punch my boyfriend in the face. Then I had a great idea, we could get sumo suits and fight it them and it would be epic! Well my quest for sumo suits has morphed into an obsession over Zorb balls! Please someone send me two of these!!
Many of my recent posts have been either of the serious or negative tone so I think its time to get the sprinkler out and fill it full of positivity!
So to start this off right, here are the rules:
1. You don't control everything and you are not always right
2. No blaming and no excuses
3. Live today forward, leave the past where it is
4. Keep your mind and your eyes open
AND MOST IMPORTANT.....
5. Be nice to yourself, you hear yourself talk more than you hear anyone else talk, if you wouldn't let someone else say those things to you then why would it be acceptable to talk about yourself that way?
- This post was inspired by my new bestie and she totally knows who she is!
The power struggle
I recently read a book by Harville Hendrix called "Getting the Love You Want" and while I can't say that it is the holy grail of relationship self-help books, I have to admit parts of it were very interesting! It talks about how at first with a new relationship your in the "romantic" love phase but then the next phase is "the power struggle" and if you don't find a way to resolve the power struggle you will have no chance at a satisfying relationship.
So.. What is the power struggle? It happens in every relationship, you start to sense you're being held to a set of expectations you didn't really know existed, you're shocked by things your partner does or says and maybe you even start feeling a little betrayed, like your partner misled you and they are not the person you believed they were.
The power struggle will surly continue to the bitter end leaving you in despair, no more hopes of being happy together or loving each other like they do in the movies and all hope at a truly satisfying relationship are gone. That is unless you manage to resolve it before that happens!
careful with your opinion
Freedom of speech only extends the distance of the consequences you are willing to accept and rest assured you will be held accountable for your words.
Innocent until proven guilty exists solely dependent on the caveat that a jury would find you guilty or not guilty, but never innocent. Your name will be tarnished regardless and the life you once lived will cease to exist.
Our fate relies heavily on whether or not the majority of the population have a moral compass that points the right direction and if I'm being honest I don't love my odds.
Then you shouldn't do it!
Due to recent events I've spent a lot of time thinking about friendships and relationships. I like to think that my moral compass points the right direction most of the time so I put together a list of, I'll call it "Best Practices" and here they are:
- If you keep saying the same thing over and over, you are trying to convince yourself not whoever you're telling.
- If you immediately feel the need to defend yourself or tell your side of a story then you're probably the guilty party.
- If you have to hide it, lock your phone, delete it - either you A) shouldn't be doing it or B) You should make whatever decisions necessary so that you can do it without hiding it.
- If you Change someones name in your phone so that you can text/call them without drawing suspicion, you definitely shouldn't be doing it (refer to my last point for other options).
- If you do something to hurt another person but can only manage to give a public, social media apology then you probably don't mean it and they are definitely not going to see it as sincere but rather as attention seeking.
- And last, sometimes silence speaks volumes but eventually you do have to assess and take action to either get closure or resolution.
OFF MY SOAPBOX!