I Don’t Like New Year’s Resolutions.

Happy New Year! Better late than never, right?

Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions. Well, I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions. I think waiting for January 1st to make a change is, well.. Kinda stupid. I get that people see it as a blank slate, a chance to start over maybe. But hey, if you want to lose 10 pounds, learn a new language, or save more money, why wait until January 1st to do that? I also think people tend to set New Year’s resolutions that are a bit unrealistic. So, I don’t like resolutions. However, there are a few things I would like to accomplish in 2015. They are things I think are totally attainable & that I am pretty excited about!
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1. 365 Project. I’m sure most of you know what I’m talking about.. The photo a day challenge. I have completed one already, from August 2012 to August 2013. I had tried to do it many times before, but I always failed. For reasons I won’t get into, it was difficult for me to take my camera everywhere with me. But in 2012, I found an iPhone app called “Project 365” that allows you to track your project. I take TONS of pictures on my phone, so completing the project was easy. I do still want to complete the project with my actual camera, but I know that’s a bit unrealistic for me at the moment. SO, I am going to do this again, from January to January. Just looks a little neater. (:
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2. This is Not a Book. (From the creator/writer of “Wreck This Journal”) I’ve had this “book” sitting on my bookcase for YEARS. I think it was actually a Christmas gift.. Seriously, years ago. I’ve told myself hundreds of times that I am going to open it up, and complete it, but have never gotten around to it. Well, 2015 is the year! IT WILL BE DONE. There’s some info on it here. It looks like an awesome project.

3. Go to Big Bear. I know. It sounds like a ridiculous goal. I live 2 hours from the mountains, and have only been twice, MAYBE three times, but have never seen snow up there. I have a Jeep, and have never done any of the trails. It might be a while before I am able to drive myself around up there, but at the very least, I need to tag along on someone else’s trip. I’ve been saying this for years, but I swear, this will be the year I actually do it.

BLOGGING GOALS: As some of you know, (and can probably tell by looking around) I’m still quite new to this whole blogging thing. I launched my blog in October of 2014, and still am quite clueless on a lot of things. In the months to come, I am going to…

-Learn how to generate blog post ideas & organize them.
-Take more photos of the boring crap I do. (Which shouldn’t be hard)
-Really get on this SEO crap.
-Spend time learning how to utilize WordPress plugins.
-Get more involved! Tweet like crazy. Comment on other blogs.
-Do something about my blog design. Whether that means saving change until I can afford a custom design, or even just purchasing a graphic to do in the header. I need to do something to spice things up around here.

I hope everyone had an amazing 2014, and I wish you all the best in 2015!

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2014 Review Extravaganza Week #4

WARNING: This is a long post, and I have no problem with that. (: This is the last week of the 2014 Review Extravaganza I have been participating in. I have to admit, I enjoyed it more than I thought I would.. As some of you may know, I didn’t start blogging until October, so months January-September I was just re-capping stuff I did throughout the year. (Thanks to Facebook, I was able to easily remember what I was up to in the previous months.) It was pretty fun to go back on my Facebook timeline and see what I was doing, posting about & taking photos of. I haven’t blogged much over the last two months, so there isn’t a lot of blogging related things to talk about in this review. But that’s okay. (: Be prepared for a lot of Jeep related photos to come, because I did a lot of that. I will not apologize, though, because this is my blog & I’ll post what I want!

trabucocanyoncaliforniaI’m not sure when I took this photo in October, but it’s definitely one of my favorites. I’ve written before about how much I love Holy Jim canyon & that I would probably go crazy without it. Fall is ABSOLUTELY my favorite time to be back there. The leaves are bright orange & there’s lots of mud. (:

In October I wrote THIS POST titled “When In Doubt, Dance It Out.” It was pretty much me rambling about love, my crappy dating life, and what I do to get myself out of a bad mood. But for some reason, it was slightly popular.

indesperateneedofahugWhenever you are feeling alone, I suggest posting something like this on Facebook. It amazes me just how many people will step up & say something nice & encouraging. For whatever lame reason, I was having a pretty rough night when I posted this. I was actually hanging out at the bar. I don’t remember why I was sad or needed a hug, but I needed one. I think hugs are incredibly underrated, and as a society, we should hug more often. So I posted this. As you can see, a bunch of my friends commented on it. The comments you can’t see, (there’s 7 more up there) are much like the ones that are in this screen cap. Minutes after I posted it, I walked up to the bar to order another drink. I was standing right next to my friend David, who was on his phone. I really wasn’t paying attention, and what seemed to be pretty random, he threw his arms around me. Not gonna lie, I was a little confused at first. Turned out, he had literally just seen my post, as I was standing next to him, and he hugged me. It was one of the sweetest moments of our friendship. (Don’t tell him I said that, though.)

November 24th, I gave to you 5 Things You Might Not Know About Facebook. I still stand by them.

cleghornoffroadtrailNovember was the month of JEEPS! I took this gorgeous photo in Cleghorn. (In case you are wondering, the trail is in San Bernardino, off the 15 & the 138.) So, some of you know that I started a Jeep group called Jeeps of SoCal. We’re on Facebook & Instagram and everywhere else on the internet. The meet & greets I plan are pretty well thought out and planned weeks ahead of mine. The off-road trips, however, are a little more last minute & random. This one was exactly that. For weeks I had been trying to plan a trip with other people. But my friends always have excuses, or we can never agree on a date or WHATEVER. It’s complicated and annoying. So, I picked the trail, date, time & meet place and put it on our Instagram page. I pretty much said, this is where I am going to be, I’m hitting the trail by 10:30, everyone is invited. I talked to one guy who said he would definitely be there, and he was bringing a friend. I said cool, see ya there. I had a few other people comment on the photo on Instagram and say they would be there as well, but no actual conversations about the trip took place. I thought at best, a few other people show up and that’s good enough for me. The Jeep community once again blew my expectations out of the water – we had at LEAST 18 Jeeps show up that morning. By the way, I had never met any of these people. The guy that I had talked to before the trip assured me that he would have my back throughout the day, because I’m not nearly as experienced as every one else that showed up that day. That was incredibly comforting, considering this whole trip was out of my comfort zone. I HAD A BLAST THOUGH. It was my second favorite trip this year. I did about 80% of the obstacles on the trail, completely alone, no man riding shot gun telling me where to place my tires, and I only needed to be spotted twice. One of those times I’m convinced I almost died. Anyway – it was an epic trip and here’s some more photos from that day because I had so much fun.
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That’s the picture of me almost dying. It was a terrifying moment, even if most of my Jeep friends say it doesn’t look that bad.. It was scary. And amazing.

foursonsbrewinghuntingtonbeachNovember 8th I had another very successful Jeep meet & greet, held at Four Sons Brewing in Huntington Beach. There aren’t very many exciting pictures from that day, though. I won’t bore you with all the parking lot Jeep photos. 😉

**Random side not here.. Most of November & December was pretty boring for me. I’ll probably talk about that at some point on the blog, but I won’t get into the details now. That’s why there’s really nothing between the beginning of November and the end of December.**

December 9th, I wrote THIS POST celebrating my two years of being anti-depressant free!

20141225_161347000_iOSMy dad did this on Christmas morning. We do have a fireplace in the house, but the Christmas tree was in another room. So my mom put out the stockings like this, and my dad found that fireplace thing on Netflix.
20141226_000055000_iOSEventually, we got my entire family in the same house. (Immediate family, at least) My parents, two sisters, my brother, my Grandma, brother’s fiancé, sister’s boyfriend and my adorable niece. It wasn’t this crowded for very long on Christmas day, but I enjoyed every second of it. (:

trabucocanyonholyjimDecember 28th was my second day back in the real world, so OF COURSE I had to get out to Holy Jim. My sister bought her brand new 2015 Chevy Colorado a few weeks prior, and despite almost crying whenever it gets dirty, she did it anyway. Her truck makes my Jeep look TINY. It was cold and pretty out there, and even though it hadn’t rained in a while, still a little wet. How gorgeous do our vehicles look together, by the way?

I plan to end my year at the bar, where I usually spend New Years Eve.. With the people I call my friends, plus my sister & her boyfriend. It’s not a very exciting night, but it’s something I enjoy. Overall, 2014 was a pretty damn good year, and I’m absolutely looking forward to 2015! (More on that later.) Hope you all had a wonderful year, as well.

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2014 Review Extravaganza Week #3

YAY week 3 of the 2014 Review Extravaganza is here!

cleghornJuly 19th – It was a pretty boring Cleghorn trip, but I managed to have fun. This is the first offroad trip I went on that I hadn’t planned myself; someone else did. There was a LOT of people that met up for this one. The guy running the whole thing split us up into two groups, and had all these weird rules, and wanted to get the whole thing done in 4 hours & said last time it took two long.. I thought that was all weird. My group went first, and then later we got word that the second group didn’t even make it, for reasons that are still unknown to me. My tires were pretty worn out when I took this trip, so I stayed on the main trail most of the day. It was cloudy and a little rainy that day, so there was some mud. It was an okay day, nothing too excited. Late that afternoon though, was when my parents informed me that the boyfriend I had living with me was the one who stole my dads camera equipment (worth a LOT of money) and took it to a pawn shop. So that was a bit of a blow. I had to spend the next 48 hours ignoring me, and then figuring out how to tell him he’s a lying, scheming sack of shit and that I never wanted to see him again. Okay, that wasn’t too hard. And I was necessarily heart broken, either. (We hadn’t been dating that long) Still sucked, though.

vegas-july24-27July 24th – My mom, sister, sister’s best friend & myself went to Vegas for a couple days to celebrate my sister’s 21st birthday! I’m not a big fan of Vegas.. it’s hot, and expensive and there’s way too many people for my taste. But my mom said something about being there for support, so I went. We didn’t even really do much.. Hung out by the pool, did some window shopping. ate dinner at Toby Keith’s Bar & Grill. It was a pretty mellow weekend with the girls. (:

august16-fobAugust 16th – I saw Fall Out Boy live for the 8th time. Yes, you read that right. I’ve been to EIGHT Fall Out Boy concerts! My two best friends & I have been going to their concerts since high school. Every tour they go on, we make sure to go to a show. We’ve been to a couple without each other, and I saw one of the tours twice, once without them. BUT this is our thing. It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen them, I am always just as excited as the first show when they get out on the stage. There is no feeling like seeing your favorite band live. One of the best things ever!

august23This picture was taken on August 23rd. I made a lot of new friends over the year, all through the Jeep community. Between the months of May and September, we had TONS of bonfires out in the canyon. We spent hours sitting out there, drinking beer, watching the stars, making inappropriate jokes.. Every once in a while we did a little off-roading, but it was more about just being outside & with good friends. I took a lot of pictures of the fires over the months, but on this specific night, I finally brought my actual camera out. I set up the tripod and everything, and probably took close to 100 pictures of the fire. I HAD SO MUCH FUN DOING IT, TOO. I won’t bore you with any more, because they almost look all the same. How cool looking is it, though?

september1September 1st – We had my bestfriend Alex, her boyfriend, and their two kids over to celebrate Alex’s birthday. We hung out in the pool, took some shots of fireball, and had one of our awesome Hicks Family YouTube nights. It may not look like much, but these nights are some of my absolute favorites!

september6September 6th – I saw the Ataris at the Observatory in Santa Ana, CA. I also saw them back in March, but seeing this band live never gets old!

september14September 14th – This is me, with both of my little sisters, and our niece. Our parents were on vacation in Hawaii for 10 days. We are definitely not the “throw a party when our parents are out of town” kind of kids, (mostly because we don’t have that many friends) but we did have a couple people over that day. My brother & his girlfriend were there with their daughter. I had a few friends over and we hung out in the pool most of the day. We had all been drinking throughout the day, and come dinner time, my sister Lauren, (on the right) was prettyyyyy drunk. I was too, especially after teaching Madelyn, (the other sister, she’s 17) how to take shots of fireball. And then we thought it would be a good idea to take a bunch of selfies. Obviously this isn’t a selfie. No one really needs to see those. They’re blurry, and our faces aren’t in them completely. In fact, I can’t even remember who took that picture. It was a good day, though. Things always get a little interesting when Lauren drinks too much. Pretty entertaining, though.

That concludes this weeks review.. I’ve had so much fun doing it, I’m actually a little sad that next week will be the last. But don’t forget to come back & see what I was up to in October, November & December. (It’s super exciting, I promise!)

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The Best Songs of 2014

Today I’m linking up with Helene over at Helene in Between to bring to you the best songs of 2014, as told by me. I’m sure so many of you have a different taste in music than me, so this link-up should be interesting! Can’t wait to see what every one else things, but for now, here’s some of my favorite songs from 2014. (In no particular order)

1. Centuries – Fall Out Boy. Because they’re my favorite & anything by them is automatically amazing.
2. Rollercoaster – Luke Bryan. Or really, any song by Luke this year, because who doesn’t love watching this butt?
lukebryansbutt3. Neon Light – Blake Shelton. Because everyone loves a good drinking song.
4. One Hell of an Amen – Brantley Gilbert. A real tear jerker.
5. Shotgun Rider – Tim McGraw. A favorite for personal reasons. Brings back some memories, too.
6. Leave the Night on – Sam Hunt. Super catchy, and super cute.
7. Shake it Off – Taylor Swift. #SorryNotSorry, I’m a T-Swift fan, and this song is catchy as shit.
taylorswiftshakeitoffgif8. Talladega – Eric Church. For some reason, it’s always stuck in my head.
9. Too Fast – Jason Aldean. Hits a little close to home.
10. I Don’t Dance – Lee Brice. Everyone loves a sappy love song, right?

What are some of your favorite songs from 2014?! Don’t forget to link up with us over at Helene in Between!

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Blogging Frustrations

So many blogging frustrations!!

I don’t have a “niche.” I knew that going into this.. I’m not crafty, I don’t bake, and I have ZERO interest in fashion, hair and make up. I don’t have a cute family or adorable pets that people want to see. I feel uninspired. I know part of that is being stuck in the house and I feel like January will bring better blog posts. But then there’s this.. I’ve looked at plenty of “blog post idea” posts on other blogs and Pinterest.. The majority of them seem like good ideas but then I think, “who wants to see that from some random woman they don’t even know?” Like;
-Share a family tradition.
-Show us what’s in your purse!
-Current book you’re reading.
-Share some of your silly habits.
They’re all great ideas, but I feel like as a new blogger, this isn’t going to bring in traffic.

So here’s my dilemma.. Do I force myself to write posts that will bring in traffic because I’m a new blogger? Or do I just blog what I want, because it’s my blog, and know that eventually, it’ll grow?
I know I didn’t start this blog as a way to make money. I don’t see myself making money in the blogging world for a while, if ever. I’m struggling with content. I know I should just get over my “I don’t think anyone wants to read this” problem and just write what I want. But that’s easier said than done, right?
And also, Etsy is failing me with WordPress themes. Everything I’m seeing is either too expensive, (I’m cheap, I’m sorry) too plain, or too GIRLY. I’m not a very girly person. I can’t see my blog title having a bunch of cute flowers around it. I also can’t justify spending $100 on a blog theme, unless I was making money from the blog. Or unless that was my plan.

I dunno. Maybe I’m being too picky. Or over thinking this entire thing. If you’re good at this blogging thing, you should leave me some awesome words of wisdom or advice. Or just tell me to shut up because I’m being ridiculous. Your choice. 🙂

Cheers to Two Years.

December marks a pretty cool anniversary for me. It’s been two whole years since I first went through something called brainwave optimization therapy. It’s an AWESOME treatment for things like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and all kinds of other things. (You can read more about that here. Or visit www.brainstatetech.org) I am also celebrating two years of being anti-depressant free!

Two years ago, if you would have asked me what my future looked like, I would have never been able to even imagine the point where I’m at now. For those of you who didn’t know me two years ago, (that’s most of you, I’m assuming) let me explain to you a little about the type of person I was.

I was very depressed. I’m not just talking about being sad from time to time. It wasn’t the type of depression that follows a streak of bad luck, or shitty life circumstances. Things were pretty bad. I remember the last two years before Brainstate, I pulled away from most of my friends, let go of the hobbies that I loved so much, and I was absolutely no fun to be around. (Even for my family.) I was mood ALL the time.. When I did want to go out, I’d sit alone, or not be very engaging with my friends, or I just looked depressed. Seriously; no fun at all. I have people who can testify to this, too. I spent countless days curled up in bed, watching TV and eating dry cereal right out of the box. I felt incredibly hopeless. I had no idea where my life was going and the future terrified me.

What I’m trying to say here people, is that things were bad. REALLY BAD.

It’s hard to explain to people what depression feels like. It’s something that’s not easily put into words. I remember in high school people saying cliché things like, “snap out of it!” or “just try to look on the bright side.” The bitch about depression is that it takes away your ability to see the good in life. It takes away your ability to feel joy, about anything. It’s this thing that sucks you into a black hole and makes you forget about everything good in your life. You forget about your friends and family, and that they love you. You forget how much you love being outside, or photographing things, or listening to your favorite bands. You forget the simplest things in life. I like to use Eeyore as an example. You know, when he’s the only one with the rain cloud above him. That’s what depression is like; it’s raining on you all the time, and you can’t figure out how to make it stop. You look around and see your friends having a great time out in the sunshine, but no matter what you do, you can’t quite feel what they feel. You can’t make that rain cloud go away.

What Brainstate did for me is equally as difficult to put into words. I feel like words don’t do it justice, and the ways I can think to describe it just sound so cliché.. It was like, coming up for a breath of fresh air, or seeing a sunset for the first time. The rain cloud was gone. I can honestly say that before December of 2012, I don’t think I had ever felt pure joy. Don’t get me wrong, nothing about my life is perfect. I stumble and I fall, and my future still looks a little hazy. What’s important is that doesn’t terrify me anymore. I don’t feel hopeless. I have a passion for life now that I never had before, and I can’t even begin to imagine what things would look like had I never discovered Brainstate.

So, here’s to two years. Two years of figuring out who I really am, and being happy every step of the way. (And doing it drug free!)

brainstateI took this picture on my last day of treatment back in 2012. I liked the way the clouds looked, so I snapped the picture and didn’t think much of it. It wasn’t until I went back and looked at it later that I realized the way the sun hit the lens.. It’s beautiful. It’s become one of my favorite photos. 🙂

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2014 Review Extravaganza Week #1

During the month of December, I’ll be participating in the 2014 Review Extravaganza Link up with SO many other lovely ladies. I haven’t been a blogger for very long, but I love the idea of sharing some photos and moments from 2014! Every week, I’ll be reviewing 3 months of the year. This should be fun!

jan1January 1st – my first photo of the year! I took one of my most favorite drives, through Santiago Canyon, (here in Orange County) & snapped this awesome photo of my Jeep, Jerry. I had every intention of completing my second 365 day photo project. Turns out, though, the camera on my phone doesn’t focus, and the project failed miserably a couple weeks later. Still a pretty cool shot, though!

jan24January 24th – I saw one of my favorite bands, The Maine, perform an acoustic show at the Chain Reaction in Anaheim, CA. I had seem them a couple times before, but never an entire acoustic set. It was absolutely AMAZING. The venue is a tiny hole in the wall, too, so the whole thing was very intimate. I loved it! Recently before this show, I had read some article online by a musician, (I can’t even remember who) who talked about how kids at shows are so focused on taking photos and videos on their phone, that they don’t REALLY enjoy the show. So, as a challenge, I didn’t take one single photo during this show. Right after, I was kind of proud of myself. I’m a photographer, and I’m addicted to social media, so it was difficult for me to leave my phone in my purse for that long. But now looking back on it, I’m kind of bummed I don’t have at least one photo of the show. I’ve never been one to use my phone much during concerts, but never again will I not take a single photo. This photo is of the ticket & the “program” the band had made.

vday2014February 14th – Valentine’s Day! I was single, which doesn’t bother me. My sister & I went out into Holy Jim and did a little off-roading. I took this opportunity to take some badass pictures of my Jeep all covered in mud. Then I stopped off at the liquor store for a bottle of wine & my one shot of Fireball whiskey! It was a pretty good day, if you asked me. 😉

saddleback-feb26February 26th – This day was nothing special. Just another trip up Saddleback Mountain, with one of my besties. That’s Mike. I took this picture about halfway up, and for some reason, it’s been one of my favorites.

march7thMarch 7th – I saw the Ataris at the House of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Another one of my favorite bands, and I had seen them before, too. This show was especially cool because it was the “So Long Astoria” 10 year reunion tour. They played the album “So Long Astoria” from start to finish. This album, hands down, is my favorite album by any band, in any genre of music. I’ve had it on repeat since I was 14 years old, and I LOVED hearing every song performed live. After learning from my mistake at the Maine’s show in January, I took this one photo, and one very short video clip.

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1656423_595511317212527_1853333155_nMarch 30th – My birthday! That first picture is the aftermath of the balloon wall my mom put on the other side of my bedroom door. I’m sure you’ve seen them on Pinterest before.. You use streamers to kinda make a balloon net, and then put balloons in it.. Then when I hope the door from the inside, all the balloons fall in. I wish I had a picture, but I think you get the idea.

I planned an off-road trip for that day with a bunch of Jeepers I had never met before. (Okay, I had met one of them) I took a few of my friends with me in the Jeep, as well. It was an interesting day, to say the least. About half way up the mountain, one of the gates was closed. Didn’t bother us much, we just took one of the other trails that went off to the left. None of us had been that way before, either. We spent probably 2 hours on that trail, before running into someone who told us the gate was closed at the other end. SO, we had to turn around and essentially ride the trail back to where we had started. We were on the mountain for HOURS and I had a freaking blast! Even getting horribly stuck was fun.. I had was in good company, though, and the boys knew what they were doing. Only took 20 minutes to get me out of that ditch.

Well, there you have it. Some of the highlights from January, February and March. Come back next week for April, May and June! And if you’re interested, check out the 2014 Review Extravaganza link-up!
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Things I might do this December

thingsimightdothisdecemberIt’s December! This is probably my favorite month of the entire year.. I love that the weather finally cools down, (as cool as it’s going to get in southern California) and I LOVE LOVE LOVE the Christmas season. Now, I’m not one for season bucket lists.. Back in October, I created a sort of “Fall Bucket List” as part of Blogtober. I did not do a single one of those items. There wasn’t even that many, either. So I am not going to make a December bucket list, I’m just going to show you some of the things I want to do, and hope that I do them. I will have a lot of free time on my hands this December, so there really shouldn’t be any excuse.

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I don’t bake, or cook.. But these cookies look simple enough. I clicked on the link, and it brought me to a page with just a photo, not a recipe. I’m assuming they’re just sugar cookies? And if not, that’s how I’ll make mine. But how cute are they!? This can be found on Pinterest, but it’s really not an exciting pin.

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I’m probably going to print some of these Christmas coloring pages because my inner child is like, ten years old.

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This looks pretty cool, and it might be cheaper than a candle from Bath & Body Works.

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This. Because vodka.

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Sledding Marshmallow Snowman! – Something cute to eat that doesn’t involve baking!

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I love candles & I love mason jars, so naturally, I love candles in mason jars. You can find this on Pinterest, but it’s pretty self explanatory.

You can find all of these, and maybe more, over on my Pinterest board, Things I Might Do This December. I promise to share my experiences and finished products this month. If I even make it around to doing any of these things.. What’s on your list of things to do this December?

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4 Reasons Why Social Media is Awesome

I can’t tell you how many times I see a post on Facebook that looks something like this; “I’m in the break room at work, and there’s like, 5 people sitting here, and they’re all on their phones. Like, why can’t we just talk to each other? Are we that addicted to social media and our cell phones?” My response is, 1, how ironic is it that you are venting about this on social media, on your cell phone, in the same room with these people? And 2, if it bugs you that much, why don’t you try & start a conversation with them rather than venting about them via Facebook? Just a thought..

I hear too many people these days complain about how obsessed society is with social media. How there’s too many kids using cell phones at concerts, and how we should get off Twitter and be a part of a real conversation. Do people not realize that social media is, essentially, one BIG conversation? Sure, there are times when you need to put your cell phone in your purse, or your pocket, and focus on the people that are next to you. There are times when it’s nice to be out somewhere, enjoying nature and good company, without cell service. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for those things. But I’m also a big supporter of social media, and here’s a few reasons why.
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1. You can stay in BETTER contact with people. Yes, I realize that we have telephones. I know it’s easy to pick up the phone and call someone to see what’s been going on in their life. But how cool is it that we have Facebook to help us out now? We all have relatives, or old friends that we like to stay in contact with, and I think Facebook is a GENIUS way to do that. I tried not being on Facebook once, and all it did was make me miss the people that I really don’t get to talk to on a regular basis.

2. You can meet new people! This is a big one for me. About a year and eight months ago, (but really, who’s counting?) I was just starting to get into the world of off-roading, when I got my Jeep. SO many people see their vehicle as just that; a vehicle. And I did, too. Until I got online and saw the hundreds of thousands of other Jeep enthusiasts out there. With the help of Facebook, Instagram, and through the amazing power of the hashtag, I now have some of the best friends a girl could ask for. I’ve met SO many new people through the Jeep community and I doubt it would have been possible without social media. The first meet and greet I planned was on a whim.. I planned it randomly, because it sounded like fun. I posted it on Facebook and Instagram for about 6ish weeks, and come June 28th, 2014, I had at LEAST 60 jeeps show up to my event. ALL THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA. Seriously, it’s a beautiful thing. Just a few weeks ago, I planned an off-road trip via Instagram. I had about 20(ish) other people show up; people I had never met before. And we had a freakin BLAST.
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3. You get news/current events faster than ever. For those of you who don’t know, I am a big Angels fan. Throughout the season, the number one place I go to for news, updates, or even a play-by-play of the game, is Twitter. News travels SO fast on Twitter, it’s ridiculous.

4. It makes big events more entertaining. I’m not a football fan, but I do, however, watch the Superbowl so I can live tweet on Twitter with everyone else. Remember that year the power went out at the Superbowl? Yeah. I was on Twitter when that happened and the tweets were HILARIOUS! Award shows are sometimes fun to follow on Twitter, too.
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It’s no secret that I love social medial, and I will never get tired of defending it. So tell me, what do YOU love about social media? (Tweet me, or write to me on Facebook!)

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Song of the Week Wednesday

As most of you may have heard, (or figured out first hand) Taylor Swift & Jason Aldean have recently pulled their music from Spotify, and it seems YouTube as well. I understand why, but it sucks when you want to blog about their music and can’t find a video to embed! So – I’ll leave you some lyrics from this weeks Song of the Week Wednesday.

On My Highway – Jason Aldean

On my highway, the yellow lines
Have disappeared from time to time
And I’ve wound up
On the wrong side of the road

On my highway, I’ve gone too fast
Afraid that I might finish last
I hooked a curve too hard and lost control
Oh, I never know which way it’s gonna go

But what a feelin’ chasin’ the sun
Livin’ my life like it’s shot from a gun
Laughin’ a little bit more with every mile

Oh, what a freedom racin’ the wind
Dyin’ to know what’s around the next bend
And smilin’ as I watch the years roll by
I’m learnin’ how to take it day by day
On my highway

On my highway I missed some signs
And left a damn good love behind
I see her in my rear view like a ghost

On my highway I’ve broken down
And cried when no one else was around
And prayed that God would save my soul
Ya, I’ve paid a lot of heavy tolls

Oh, what a freedom like a sail in the wind
Not lookin’ back, not forgettin’ where I’ve been
Smilin’ as I watch the years roll by

I’m movin’ on from my mistakes
And I’m learnin’ how to take it day by day
On my highway

And obviously the chorus repeats 5 more times at the end of the song. This song has meant a LOT to me over the years. I feel like it accurately describes the way I’ve lived my life; without fear, making irrational decisions based on feelings, and loving every minute of it. I have made a lot of “mistakes” in life, and one of the biggest challenges for me has been letting go of them & learning to take life one day at a time. This song also means a lot to me because I played it in my truck about a million times the day I left Nebraska. I listen to it when I’m feeling down & need a little pick me up, and even when I’m in a great mood and want to remind myself why.

Now, to lighten the mood, I present to you – a guilty pleasure song. Please be advised, this song is EXPLICIT. If you are offended by foul language, I don’t recommend listening to it. However, it is an awesome song & I love every second of it. One of my best friends and I discovered it in high school and proceeded to learn every single world. We used to write the lyrics in notes to each other, and I’m pretty sure we spoke the lyrics to each other too. People thought we were weird. Well, we were weird. Still kind of are. BUT ANYWAY. It’s a guilty pleasure song, so don’t judge me.

Helene in Between Song of the Week Wednesday

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