On Keeping a (Writing) Notebook (or Three)

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Late Night Wonders

It’s funny.. As I’m about to embark on another life changing adventure to Seattle, I find myself lying in bed thinking of childhood memories…

I used to go outside and sit on the front porch of my home, tucked away into the rural countryside of Southern Indiana and I would watch the planes…

I used to always imagine the captain and his passengers could look down and see me, so I would wave…

I would wave and pretend they were waving back. I had no idea that I resembled a speck of dust to them…

Now, I’m thinking of my first time on a plane and how I made sure to have a window seat so I could look below my feet and down onto the front porches of all the homes in the “fly-over states” and wave to the kids who haven’t had a chance to make their first trip on a plane…

The kids who were waving to me and wishing me well on my travels and imagining the magical places that my plane was flying to…

In two weeks I will board my flight and wave to the kids who will soon be filling my shoes and arriving at the airport for the first time with butterflies in their stomach, but excitement in their eyes for a new adventure…

Best. Birthday. Ever. 

As some of you may know, I am currently on my Davecation road trip for Dave Matthews Band. I just had two concerts in Alabama. Our first stop was Orange Beach on June 2nd. GREAT SHOW. (As usual) Our next stop was on my birthday, June 3rd, Tuscaloosa AL. 

Our day started at 4 am in the pit line with about 5 other people. We sat and hung out and spent our time talking about our recent adventures. Throughout the day we would hear other fans saying they had seen some of the band members around the venue.

We ran into Jeff Coffin, saxophonist for DMB and he was so sweet to stop and take a picture with me for my birthday. About an hour later we ran into DAVE MATTHEWS! 

DAVE. MATTHEWS. 

I always told myself if I ever got the chance to meet him, I would have him autograph next to my Firedancer tattoo and I would get his signature tattooed. Well, he rode up on his bicycle and removed his helmet and gloves and I told him that it was my birthday. He smiled and wished me a happy birthday and I asked for a photo and he said of course! He apologized for being sweaty (like I cared) and he squeezed me so tight I thought I was going to melt. 
After the picture I almost forgot about the autograph so I asked if he would sign and he said yeah, of course. I was wearing high waisted shorts and they were covering my ribs where I wanted him to sign so I proceeded to unbutton them while mentioning that I wasn’t planning on removing them and Dave laughed and said oh no, that’s quite alright! 

I honestly could not have asked for a better birthday. It was by far the best day of my life. I am one happy happy girl. 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME! 

Life is short but sweet for certain.  

     

Let’s catch up..

It has been a while since I’ve made a post, but as I lay in bed and watch a live stream of the Dave Matthews Band concert I am overwhelmed with excitement. 

This summer is going to be one to remember. (As every summer should be for a college student) In two weeks I will be road tripping with a great friend to Alabama for two DMB shows. The Tuscaloosa show happens to fall on my birthday and my excitement level is THROUGH THE ROOF. I have never been to a show on my birthday and to top it all off, we have PIT tickets!

Now, after the Alabama shows we come back for one day and then we’re hitting two more shows closer to home. Four shows in five days. This is the kind of thing that I live for. Road trip with best friends, great music, seeing old friends, meeting beautiful people along the way. 

I will be attending a couple shows in July and then in September I will be returning to the beautiful state of Washington to revisit the place that changed my life, The Gorge. Three more amazing days of Dave and the boys and I’ll be traveling with my cousin who is now located in LA, so we’ll drive along the coast and make unforgettable memories together. 

Now, let’s back up a little bit. Last week I traveled to Nashville and Louisville to see Frank Turner perform. (Yes, I am a live music junkie) While there, I saw a girl in the front row next to us with tears streaming down her face. Not due to sadness, it was due to the happiness that his songs made her feel. I was tearing up because I know that EXACT feeling. Music has a way of reaching into our souls and lifting us up higher than we’ve ever been. 

I am so grateful that I’ve been given this life and I’ve been able to experience the amazing things that I have. Music is a way of life for me and I’m sure, to many of you. I have met some amazing, beautiful souls due to the Dave Matthews Band and if I’ve learned one thing from them; always be accepting and show the love that everyone deserves. Be true to yourself and great things will happen. 

Now, with that said, I wish you all a beautiful summer and you’ll be able to keep up on my travels during the next few months because I will definitely be posting about my adventures. I hope you all enjoy! 

Peace & Love

(WO)Man’s best friend

I decided to visit home last night and as I was leaving this morning I was struck with a sudden sadness because I didn’t want to leave my dogs.

I have a Pitbull and Boxer at my parents’ house. They are the sweetest animals I have ever encountered.

Diesel (Pitbull) and Walter (Boxer) slept next to me the entire night, one on each side. It was one of the best nights of sleep that I have had. They have such strong personalities.

Walter is outgoing and the life of the party. Diesel is more laid back and carefree. They both love to run and play tug-o-war. Max loves to be in front of the camera while Diesel is more apprehensive. (They both warm up quickly if I’m the photographer.)

As I was driving back to my house today, I realized how much of an impact a dog can have on your life.

They know exactly how you feel. They lay with you when you’re sick, they are happy when you’re happy, they greet you with such excitement every time you walk in the door. Your mood can go from the lowest low to the highest high. It’s such a contagious happiness.

Whenever I visit home and have to leave it breaks my heart to say goodbye, but I know that as soon as I see them again it will be like I never left. These two dogs are my entire heart and soul. Unconditional love at its finest.

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Where you are is where I wanna be

I may or may not have a slight obsession with the Dave Matthews Band. Hint: I do. I definitely do.

I really sat down and started listening to them my freshman year of college. I was floored. I had never been overcome by music like that.

I decided that summer was when I would finally attend a show. I bought tickets for Riverbend in Cincinnati, Ohio.

I took my cousin along with me and it has since become tradition.

That first show was quite a spiritual experience, no doubt. My mind was blown. The energy that they put into the show was unparalleled to anything I had ever witnessed.

At that same show, I realized what I wanted to do career wise, which is strange to think about now. I wanted to change my major to journalism with a concentration in music. My main interest is photojournalism. After seeing that performance I knew I wanted to capture images for those who couldn’t be there. I wanted my images to be able to bring the show to life and let the people who couldn’t attend, feel the energy through the photo.

Since visiting The Gorge, I have been obsessed with going to new venues. This year if the boys are at Red Rocks in Colorado, I’m definitely attending. I love the feeling of being in a new atmosphere with people who share the same passion as you do.

I’m looking forward to being able to travel to new places while seeing my favorite band do their thing. Adventures upon adventures.

Where you are is where I wanna be.

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