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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Life is NOT too short!

I have decided I need to write more here! I have had an amazing weekend and an awakening week so far. Why not write about it!

My weekend included: Performing, music, interviews, boating, good friends, and family!

I have been blessed to be able to do what I love, and I don't show enough appreciation for it. Many people are in jobs they feel they "need" to do, due to finances, etc. however very few are able to truly do what they love. Last Friday was spent something like this: Radio interview, released my first single from my first album, newspaper article interview, press conference, t.v. interview, concert. What an amazing day! I stood on the stage that night in the perfect warm, Utah summer weather, with a member of my band on each side and thought, "It doesn't get much better than this!"

The next day, I must say, I was a little nervous because I was headed to the lake! Don't get me wrong, I LOVE the lake, however for those who know me I am always freezing, and I don't like not doing things well. Here I was about to encounter both! I made a decision before reaching the lake that I would not worry about either, and just have fun. Within a few hours I found myself in the lake face-planting more times than I ever have, but never having so much fun! There is something about doing things you didn't think you could, or would ever do. I have found we often don't give ourselves credit and often sell ourselves short. Who is to say we won't be good at something unless we try it first? And even if you fall on your face a million times, one time you are bound to stay up. I now can, happily, add wakeboarding to something I like to do. Who would have thought?!

The beginning of this week has been a little rougher than my weekend needless to say. Monday night the friends, family, and acquaintances of Sophie Barton were hit with devastating news. This beautiful, talented, smart, and incredibly nice 17 year old passed away suddenly. It's news like this that makes you realize the importance of the people in your life, and the blessings you have. You never know when today will be your, or someone you love's, last day. I think we often take life for granted. There are so many things that can go wrong during the course of one day, and luckily we don't focus on them, however I think sometimes we forget them all together until one of those things happens. Last night made me realize life is too short to not realize what you have when you have it. Life is too short to worry about the small things. Life is too short to put great importance on the less important things in life, and life is too short to take it for granted!

This morning I found out that my Grandma was in the hospital, and starting tonight was in need of care, by her family, 24/7. It was amazing to me to see the number of family members who came and spent hours with her, caring for her, loving her, and being there when she needed them the most. It again reiterated the point that life is not to be taken for granted. There are people around you every day that you may not notice, until you need them. There are people you love, but may not hear that you do until it's too late.

This weekend has taught me so many things:
Life is too short to not realize what you have when you have it.
Life is too short to worry about the small things.
There are people around you every day you may not notice, until you need them.
There are people you love, but may never hear you do, until it's too late.
Life is too short to put great importance on the less important things in life.
Life is too short to take it for granted!

What great lessons to learn, and luckily not too late! I hope to live every day like it's my last! Life is NOT too short to: try new things, though you may be scared of them; to tell people you care, and not hold back; and most of all to realize the blessings you have, and spread them around!

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

June 19th Vlog

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June 18th Vlog

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"Who are we not to be ..."

"We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God." 
                                                                                  - Nelson Mandela