That’s what life is all about!
Jason Mraz and Travie McCoy are both huge sources of inspiration, hope, humor, and joy for me. They are both so human and down to earth. And SOOOOO unbelievably talented. Lyrically, musically, stylistically, free-styling, song-writing, collaborating and solo work: you name it-they’ve got it! Not only that, but from what I have read and seen about them, they both seem like pretty decent guys too. And I know I’ve said this like 10x before, but Mr. Mraz is from Virginia, just like me! Seriously, these guys bring me joy through their art. Don’t want to get my hopes up, but I would love to meet them just to tell them as much.
Here’s my take on one of JM’s songs.
And here’s me doing my own “interpretation” of one of TM’s songs.
Thank you guys.
This is my message in a bottle,
I hope that you receive it
If it washes up at your feet then open it and read it…
is a phrase that I have found to be quite useful as I navigate this journey of life. I am certainly not suggesting that we avoid making any promises, but only that we make sure we don’t get people’s hopes up when we cannot back up our commitments with 100% surety (myth vs. experience). Additionally, we needn’t “run faster than [we] have strength” (Mosiah 4:27) in trying to keep promises we perhaps should not have made in the first place. Now, don’t be calling me lazy! As I have said before, I desire to serve others, get out of my comfort zone, and work hard. Still though, I cannot do it all. Neither can you. Neither can any one person (and that’s okay, ya’ll!) So we must decide what kinds of things are worth the word “promise” (or at least the level of commitment that it implies). But when we do make those promises, let’s make them count!
line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety, line of propriety,
“I never make a promise I don’t intend to keep.”
~John Michael Montgomery
1) What promises have you made (or will make) that are important to keep (family, covenants, relationships, employment, etc.)?
2) What are some aspects of your life about which you should probably not make promises?
And now, one final question:
Is this blog the best thing in the world?
but there is a lot of joy, too.
The sky is the limit and I just wanna float.
Free as a spirit on a journey of hope!
~Ms. Natasha Ann Bedingfield
Nor does slavery* of any kind need be permanent.
“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
we can proclaim our emancipation from the slavery of trials and sin,
and thus (re)gain the freedom that is rightfully ours.”
Read more here about how I became emancipated from a kind of slavery
through an expression found in a John Mayer song.
1. What things have you enslaved (figuratively or literally)?
2. What ideas, resources, people, awesome blog(s) can be a Christ-figure and help emancipate you (figuratively or literally)?
*Slavery of any and all connotations (but particularly institutionalized racial slavery) is something that makes my heart heavy with pain. Please know that I never intend to be flippant or insensitive concerning these issues (read more here about how racism is absolutely 100% NOT compatible with true Christianity).
Also, I in no way mean to compare myself to Abraham Lincoln or to the Savior. And still I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy…
We at war with terrorism,
We at war with racism,
but most of all, we at war with ourselves.
A thousand little wars I have to choose between
Some of the greatest battles will be fought within
the CHAMBERS OF YOUR OWN SOUL.
I’m in the war of my life.
It’s not just those crazy stories about porn addict turns temple president (We ain’t all Saul-to-Paul or Alma the Younger gets a rude awakening). It’s for people like me: Miss Mormon girl to the max, does everything right and keeps all the rules, and life falls apart at 25. No matter who you are, no matter your situation, you can rise out of the ashes, find meaning, and be happy. If you’re interested, you can chat with missionaries here. Or just email/comment if you wanna talk. Dead serious.
*Pacing myself, people.
*Don’t get your hopes up or put all your eggs in one basket, but this is America-DREAM BIG!
*fine line between arrogance and confidence, doing the best I can…
*and no, still haven’t been paid anything……YET (looking into that)
Love the banjo (and the Hasidic Jew playing it), the civil war-esque drumming, the voice, the melody, the words. I get lost in it. So sad but still beautiful and hopeful…
“There is no manual for a broken heart. I want to use it but it’s all in parts.”
“I’ve knocked on every door in this cold town.”
“I don’t know if I have it in me to laugh again in the face of defeat…”
*Natasha has great stage presence…not too stiff but not too wild either
*Natasha always looks GREAT! I would LOVE to get in touch with her makeup artist/ stylist 🙂
*Hey Jess Collins (backup singer) if you ever get sick or bored, give me a call, ok?
*Hey guys don’t not listen/enjoy just cuz its a girl singer
Core Beliefs: Beauty, Expression, Humor, Kindness, Understanding, Christ
Men (and women!) are that they might have joy! If you’re not there at the moment, keep your head up and keep pushing forward. You’ll get there….
#maybe i can still get married someday 🙂
Core Beliefs: beauty (I’ve looked better but i don’t look terrible), kindness, Christ, humor
I wish the woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” had an Ipad. It would have made it easier to hide her writing. And she probably could have read all about postnatal psychosis and learned what good drugs could have helped her feel better. Mental illness is real. But so is help.
core beliefs: humor, expression, kindness, understanding