Friday, February 26, 2010

The greatest heart I know


Quote of the day:

Love is patient, love is kind.
It does not envy.
Love is never boastful, nor conceited, nor rude;
It is not self-seeking, nor easily angered.
It keeps no record of wrongdoing.
It does not delight in evil,
But rejoices in the truth.
It always protects, trusts, hopes, and preserves.
There is nothing love cannot face;
There is no limit to its faith, hope, and endurance.
In a word, there are three things that last forever:
Faith, hope, and love;
But the greatest of them all is love.

-- 1 Corinthians 13:4-7

Song I am loving right now:

You are the best thing by Ray Lamontagne

The Greatest Heart I know:

The greatest heart I know is gentle and kind. It is consistent and steadfast. It is never jealous, and it is always honest.

The greatest heart I know has passion for the world; it sees beauty in all things and finds brightness in the darkest of grays.

The greatest heart I know is pure and clean; never punctured or bruised.

The greatest heart I know is rarely fearful or nervous and has the ability to bring calmness to any situation.

The greatest heart I know is always confident and self-assured. It isn’t afraid to take chances and live in the moment.

The greatest heart I know is satisfied with the simple things and never takes life for granted. It is aware than life can take turns and things can sometimes topple, but it is certain that life does move on.

The greatest heart I know has the biggest dreams; it knows its accomplishments and takes pride in the past. It is not easily tampered with and cannot be shaken.

The greatest heart I know is genuine and authentic; it is not hiding a second coat and is not willing to be dishonest.

The greatest heart I know opened its windows to me and has left me with a bittersweet souvenir.

The greatest heart I know is my greatest love.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Music is love


Quote of the day:

“In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun. You find the fun, and - SNAP - the job's a game!”

-Mary Poppins

Song I am loving right now:

Lover lay down by Dave Matthews

Music is love:

There is something about music that always brings me into another world. Is erases all worries and fears that I have in life; at least if only for moments at a time. It is an escape that is unlike any other. A good song can honestly cause me to have a new perspective on life. I think it is fascinating that one song can instantly draw you directly back to a memory or an experience. I have learned in life that music can be one of the best healers of your worst wounds. There have been several times that I have selected a song on my iPod in order to purposely sweep me away to a place of peace and comfort. Even though a song ends and forces you back to reality, for those few minutes, nothing can harm you. Through the beats in the music, you begin to realize that all of your sorrows will be fixed and you will return to normal again. Another great thing about music is that it is one of the best forms of communication. Words are so powerful and sometimes a song can say them better than you can. I can remember years ago when one of my friends ended a relationship, we were driving in my car. I had a CD in and once she heard a certain song, she kept it on repeat. We had not talked about the relationship ending, but from that song, I could understand basically what she had been feeling. Music also has a way of bringing people together. This past summer, I can clearly remember my brother, sister, and I sitting on our dock listening to “Big Green Tractor” while sipping on a cool beverage. We all developed a love for this song and I believe that it brought us even closer than we are. Anytime it was on the radio, we would turn it up and belt out every word. Even though we probably looked like a bunch of hillbilly children, I love the fact that throughout the song we would glance at each other and smile. Another memory I still hold close to my heart is listening to the song “Butterfly Kisses” with my dad before bedtime. This song would always bring up conversation about me growing older and the things I had already accomplished. It gave my dad and me a connection and to this day tears come to my eyes when I listen to the song. Any oldies song immediately brings me back to the days of kitchen dancing with my brother and mom. Yes people, this is where I learned all of my skilled moves. Even though I was so young, I can still see my mom doing the twist and my brother doing the over-dramatic monkey; similar to the one Macaulay Culkin does in home alone. And finally most any old Dave Matthew song brings me back to the feeling of falling in love for the first time; a feeling which I will treasure forever. Music has the power to do so many great things. Listen to a song today. I don’t mean just to hear a song today, actually listen to it. Let it sweep you away. And “in the words of lady gaga, just dance, it will be okay.” Have a beautiful day.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Awkward Bus Moments


Quote of the day:

“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

- Abraham Lincoln (a very tall man)

Song I am loving right now:

Brown eyed blues by Ben Harper

Awkward Bus Moments

I have become more and more aware of how awkward the UGA bus system is. Maybe it is just that I am always there for the awkward moments. Lucky or unfortunate? I think both. Let me just walk you through some of the things I have encountered in the past few days or weeks. First of all let me start off by saying this; make sure that you apply deodorant daily. This is absolutely necessary when riding the bus because at any moment any body part can be flung into a strangers face. Most of the time, it is an armpit that is flung my direction, which I am going to be honest, is not always pleasant. Secondly, be prepared to learn everything about the girl sitting behind you talking on her phone. If there were a word per minute score for language, this girl would have scored 120+. Not only did I learn about her new pair of Christian Louboutin shoes, I also learned that her boyfriend got her a pair of lacy underwear from Victoria secret for Valentine ’s Day and she was surprised that he could pick out something so sexy. Even though this is highly entertaining, it becomes better when you get both of the friends on the same bus. A recent conversation I heard between two friends this week: “I watched pineapple express this weekend.” “Oh, ya, the first time I watched that, I was drunk and then I got high.” “Is it better that way?” “Oh, duh.” “what about Superbad? Is that better drunk and high too?” “Oh, duh.” I really enjoy when I see people that I know on the bus. However, it becomes super awkward when the bus is crowded. I usually debate for a while whether or not to say anything. Once, I decide that I should, I immediately regret it because suddenly I have 25 people looking in my direction; which is not at all desirable. Finally, be prepared to possibly fall. Although this has never happened to me, I have definitely fallen into people. I am not talking about a cute, flirty, soft fall either. I am talking about a linebacker tackle style fall. The gray hand holders are not built to support my entire body weight, as I always seem to anticipate they are and I end up falling into someone’s arm, face, head; whatever is closest. Then the cup or coke I usually have tucked securely into my backpack drink holder goes flying out of my bag and ends up at the back of the bus. In the end, I believe the experience is directly correlated to the driver you have. You either get the smooth rider or the bumpy breaker who cant decide if they want to stop or not at a non-pedestrian cross walk to wait for people to cross. Either way, I think that this one person might have the power to affect your entire ride to your desired destination. Is it actually ironic that I am finishing this blog on a bus? Overall for me, I have had very interesting bus experiences. I enjoy boarding the bus each morning ready to conquer anything that comes my way. Who knows, by the end of the day I might even have a new best friend thanks to the bus system! This is all for now, have a beautiful day.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

uh oh


Quote of the day:

“Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So... get on your way.”

-Dr. Seuss (one incredibly honorable man)

Song I am loving right now:

In your atmosphere by John Mayer


Every year around the same time, I get an awful idea. I always think that it is brilliant in the moment and then after it is done I am completely remorseful. You will probably think I am silly when you hear the subject of debate, but to me, its complex. Ok, so here it goes, I think I am going to cut my hair. Yes, that is the big dilemma. I know it’s about that time when I start noticing every short hair cut in Athens. For instance, I must have pointed out every short hair cut in downtown Athens on Sunday. The big problem is, whenever I decide to roll with this idea (in the past), immediately when it is over I start noticing every ones long locks wishing that I could curl my hair into beautiful waves. But, lets’ be honest, how often would I curl my hair into beautiful waves? It’s hard enough to completely dry it these days. Anyway, so I have been looking at short hair cuts online because I am definitely not brave enough to walk into a salon and let them do anything they want. It is been proven from Sheer Genius on Bravo that this can be complete disaster. Not to mention those are the top 10 hairdressers from around the world and they sometimes mess up. Therefore, I have been searching tediously for the perfect hair cut and I stumbled across one that I keep returning to. So, I think it has to mean something if I keep thinking about it, right? That’s what happened with my hot pink fanny pack. So, the lucky winner of the hair search goes to Hayden Panettiere. Once I pointed it out to Amy she said that she liked it (she is always honest) and that she and I had the same face shape (which is always a plus). So a date just needs to be set to get rid of the extra 7 or so inches I am carrying around. But, I am fumbling with the idea. Whenever I think about doing it I get scared and talk myself out of it. It’s really an easy decision that maybe should not be even blogged about at all. For all of you out there reading this: welcome to my mind. This is the way it works most of the time. I am indecisive and over analytic. This is where my spontaneous attitude lacks the most; when it comes to haircuts. Sad, I know. After all this rambling, I will let you all know what I decide to do. I am pulling for the snip, but we will see. Have a beautiful day.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Irrational Purchase

Quote of the day:

"Imperfection is beauty. Madness is genius. & it is better to be absolutely ridiculous than absolutely boring."
-Marylin Monroe (one scandalous lady!)

Song I am loving right now:

The New Love Song by Joshua James

Irrational purchase (picture coming soon):

So again, on Sunday the weather was absolutely gorgeous. So what did I do? Yep, headed downtown to soak in the rays. This time it was just Amy and I and we were just planning on it being a casual day. She was wondering about a store that she had never been in and me being the curious one, insisted that we go into the store. The store is called Dynamite and is filled with a bunch of vintage goodies. Of course, right away the oversized 80s sweaters caught my eye and I instantly started searching through them, not finding any that I thought would be good enough to complete the Reese Witherspoon in Four Christmas’ look. Therefore, I foregoed the mission and headed to another part of the store where I found a fantastic globe. I want a globe for my apartment next year so that I can put red dot stickers on the places I have traveled to and green dot stickers on the places I want to go. I know, it sounds a little tacky but using this method I will never forget the places I want to venture to. I could write them down, but with the way I lose things, who knows where that piece of paper would be in a week. So, the globe was $30, way to overpriced for my budget, but hopefully one day I can save up and purchase my dream globe. I walked back downstairs to find Amy trying on some fabulous bug-eyed sunglasses that I can unfortunately never pull off. As we were heading to the register, something great caught my eye; a hot pink fanny pack. I left the store without it and we headed to Youguri. The entire way there (which actually only took roughly two minutes), I was debating whether or not I should return and purchase the retro fanny pack. Of course, Amy being the good friend she is, convinced me that it would be hilarious if I purchased it to wear on the cruise. I started liking the idea of sporting a fanny pack and looking like a complete tourist, so we returned to dynamite and I purchased the fanny pack. Instantly I was pleased with the purchase and buckled it right on. As I walked through downtown I saw people glance my way and this confirmed that my purchase was indeed necessary and practical (which it was neither). Therefore, I now own a hot pink fanny pack that sticks out like a sore thumb on my purse rack, but I think it adds flavor and I genuinely love seeing it every time I walk past it to go into my bathroom. While other girls in Athens are stopping at Heery’s to purchase frye boots, I am buying a hot pink fanny pack..who am I? All I know is that this interesting accessory will bring lots of laughter and fun times in the future, and I can’t wait for that!