Spring Country Jams

I am a big music fan (mostly country music). Music to me is happiness. Even sad songs. They can give you a sense of comfort and understanding. This time of year is my FAVORITE time of year for music. I think it’s because everything is coming back to life, and I can roll my windows down in the car and feel the wind through my hair while blasting my favorite tunes. So far my new favorite albums this spring are Dan + Shay’s Where It All Began, Dierks Bentley’s Riser, and David Nail’s I’m a Fire. 

However, my FAVORITE new spring jam is Frankie Ballard’s Sunshine and Whiskey album. I’m hooked. This album is not leaving my playlist anytime soon and I already know it’s going to be my days off, windows down, heading to the beach and road trip tunes. It’s a great album that really reflects Frankie’s personality. It’s young, charismatic, and mixes today’s with yesterday’s country in a seamless way. If you check it out, let me know what you think. 

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Little Changes Make Big Improvements

In the struggle to get what I want out of life, I have recently decided to try this crazy idea of making changes. With the mindset a little goes a long way, I have been slowly changing my eating habits, phone addiction, and writing more. Realizing that my life isn’t going to change unless I actually change it (crazy concept, huh?), I really want to make an effort. As I stated in my last post, I finally have new goals and dreams to chase and I intend to reach them.

I have been making better choices when it comes to what I eat. Instead of stopping and grabbing a burger and fries or some fried chicken on the way home, I am cooking. I used to tell myself that I didn’t have the time. Well, oddly enough, if I plan out what I am going to make and prep it in the morning before I leave for work, I DO have time. Go figure? So, now it’s been about three weeks, and my “fat” jeans are feeling less tight, and I have more energy. Also, adding an extra 15 minutes a day to the pup walk time helps to make my clothes fit more comfortably.

Another small change I have started to make is to put my phone DOWN. I will be the first to tell you that I am a full fledged iPhone addict. I reach for it every two-four minutes. I went to a concert a couple weeks ago and found myself on my phone more than I was paying attention to the concert. I was too focused on getting the perfect picture or a great video to post on Instagram. I knew then that it was time to put it down. So, at work I keep my phone in a drawer, and allow myself 3-4 glances a day. If I am going out to eat with a friend, I leave it home or in the car, and when I am at home I try to keep it out of arms reach. What I have noticed is, I have more time. I am not getting sucked into Facebook, games, Twitter discussions, ect. I am playing with my dog more. Instead of sitting on the couch with my phone in my hand, throwing her ball, I am actually on the ground with her playing tug of war.

Also, I have been writing more. I know it may not seem like it since this is my first post in three weeks, however, I bought a journal, and have been writing little things, a paragraph here, a poem there, a lyric here. It has been helping me to rejuvenate my creative juices and getting my mind back to where it needs to be, on writing.

More changes are on the horizon. Little by little, I will reach my goals. Brick by brick I will build the life that I want to live.

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Cruising Down This Winding Road

Life sure hasn’t turned out the way I expected. I thought right out of college, I would grab a job as a television news reporter. I thought by the time I was 34 I would have worked my way up to the anchor desk. I also thought, I would be living in a five bedroom, 3.5 bath home on a lake with my handsome, successful husband, and my three little boys (Garry, Oliver, and Chase). My family and I would want for nothing.

The reality is pretty much the complete opposite. I’m not sure when the dream of being a television news reporter left my heart, but it did. And when it did, I was left staring down this long, one way road that magically became curvy and treacherous. So, I took the easy route and got a job with my best friend’s mom. I went into sales. I was in sales throughout my whole 20’s. I wasn’t happy but I was good at it. I quickly became an Assistant Manager and I was comfortable.

Then an opportunity came. An old college friend offered me a job doing marketing (with a little writing on the side) for his newspaper company. I thought, “it’s now or never,” so I took it. Sadly, that didn’t last long and I found myself on the unemployment line.

I took that summer off, and tried to really think about what I wanted in life. I was single, living alone, trying to make ends meet, and wondering what happened to all the dreams I had. Then, in between job hunting, and going to the beach, I landed a new jig.

It’s really a great job and I get the opportunity to do things I never could have imagined. I get to see and meet my favorite country artists, and be a part of a company that truly cares about it’s employees.

However, it’s three and a half years later and I’m realizing I never answered the question “what do you want in life?” I find myself still, single (again), living alone (well, I do have a pup), and trying to make ends meet. It’s as if nothing has really changed except this time around is, I have new dreams.

So at 34, I am cruising down this winding road with new focus, new purpose, and new perspective. Wish me luck!

Believe in yourself