Frodo: “I can’t do this, Sam.”

Sam: “I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.”

Frodo: “What are we holding onto, Sam?”

Sam: “That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.”

Lord of the Rings - The Two Towers

Life Lesson Learned

Here’s something I’ve learned over the past few weeks. Happiness isn’t a destination. It is absolutely a choice. If you find that difficult to accept, just let it happen. Find the little things that make you naturally and genuinely smile, laugh, glow….. build them into a bigger thing… or not. Let them all thrive. We focus too often and too much on a path to happiness with an undetermined finish line. The problem is when that finish line is insurmountable and completely terrifying. Then, unfortunately, your view on happiness takes on a quick and painful downward spiral. Instead, focus on the friends who make you laugh. Focus on the family that awaits your next visit. Focus on that upbeat song that you obviously just HAVE to blast in your car. Focus on the fun times you’re planning with that circle of friends. If you aren’t planning any, go plan some. Find something to be passionate about and damn it… CHASE IT DOWN.

Life isn’t something we can define as “easy” or “simple”. Life is hard. Life is one ass-whooping after the other. Life is full of emotions and experiences that just happen and are a part of us.

But life is also an adventure. Life is a blessing. Life is a string of laughing until we cry and smiling so much it hurts. Happiness is a choice. Sometimes, it’s not an easy choice. We can’t sit here and think, “I’ll be happy when blank happens.” What about that time you’re wasting while you wait for that thing to happen?

Stop it.

I get this inexplicable, natural excitement when it comes to making people happy. It’s this strange, yet fun, giddiness that just forms a ball in the center of my body and floods outward at a faster speed than I can control. Then it’s smiles for days that help me through whatever negative moments I let affect me. 

Cliche is an understatement when it comes to what I’m about to proclaim. Yet, here it is anyway. My ultimate goal in life is simple. I want to help people. I want to make people happy. I want to help people see the value they have within themselves and I want them to understand that life is a journey. It’s not about finding yourself. It really, truly is about creating yourself. There’s no rewind. There’s no fast forward button. There’s just the here and now. There’s this moment… when we can decide to smile and laugh so as to enjoy the fact that we’re alive - and that’s enough to celebrate right there. We’re here and we’re surrounded by this incredible adventure. Create yourself. Be happy.

I apologize now. I’m unfortunately really talented at that unruly thing called “word vomit”. I promise I’ll get better at it. ;) 

Anyway. I’ll return to the point of this blog post. I want to make others happy. I’ve been on this crazy journey of discovering what passions are my future. What do I really enjoy doing on a daily basis? What do I want as a part of my every day life? What is the overall theme of my own personal joy? It turns out that the answer was simple. 

All of you. 

Making you - that’s right… YOU… whether you’re a total stranger or a friend or a family member or a co-worker or previous someone to my life - making you happy is the over-arching theme of my personal joy. That was the easy part. Then I had to figure out how to best use my talents and skills to incorporate that theme into a career of some sort. There’s the hard part.

For about 18 months, I was increasingly involved in creating a vision for brides and grooms and making that oh-so special day that much more special for them. I am so incredibly thankful for my time learning the ins and outs of lighting (and some small audio) for weddings and events in Nashville. My time within that industry taught me massively imperative lessons about responsibility, perseverance, true beauty, respect, leadership, and much more. I met some incredible people who I am quite blessed to still know and have a relationship with. I learned a few things about myself as well. Looking back, I strongly believe one of the biggest mistakes I’ve made was leaving that industry and one company five months ago. Having said this, I cannot (more like will not) allow myself the word “regret” when it comes to the decision I made. I left the industry for several personal reasons, and one was to pursue the old, but still current, passion that led me to this city in the very beginning. Fortunately, I was blessed with the chance to use my degree at a company that I am proud to call my employer. 

Strangely, only a couple months into this new job, I found myself constantly looking back at what I had left behind. I craved to go back. More than anything else. This is something I didn’t expect. And I realized that my time away from the industry is probably a deciding factor in something I will explain shortly.

If I’ve learned anything since I first moved away from home in 2008, it’s that you have to grab hold of things and feelings like that and hang onto them like you’ve never held on before. I found the following quote on one of my many Pinterest strolls, and it fits perfectly.

"If you can’t stop thinking about it, don’t stop working for it."

When I uncovered a deep, admittedly frightening passion to make musicians’ dreams come true, I went through six months of decisions that led me to this very city. I picked up my entire life and moved it twice just to follow that passion and because I did not want to let it go. It was something new and something strong in my heart. Why wouldn’t I follow it, right? I ended up here, and it was undoubtedly the best decision I’ve ever made. 

With that being said, I’m feeling that passion again. That old passion has not died. It is just a bit sidelined right now. It’s a bench warmer for a while. This new passion is something that directly incorporates my ultimate goal in life into a career. Well, hopefully. (My ultimate ULTIMATE goal involves a lot of charity work that incorporates music, but that’s an entirely different story that will probably be word vomit for another blog post on another day.) 

Anyway. I’ve got that feeling of intense passion again, and it’s exhilarating. I truly hope everyone gets to experience this kind of passion. It’s something incredible. 

I want to become a wedding planner, or an event planner in general. If I can be a pivotal part of making a bride and groom’s special day THE most special it could possibly be, then I will just…. I can’t explain it. I was blessed with the chance to experience deep, real love for the first time in the past couple years. It’a a beautiful, inspiring thing. So… helping that kind of love flourish AND making an entire room of people happy? Pssh. How perfect is that? 

I was asked to be a part of an extremely adorable proposal for a co-worker, and this is really what sparked my discovery. (Thanks, Barrett, if you read this.) Watching his excitement and his fiance’s emotions during that “pop the question” moment made my heart just explode with joy and inspiration. Then I was able to use my knowledge and experience from my previous jobs to help them with their planning process. Now my good friend Ashley and I are their day-of coordinators. I cannot contain my excitement. I’ve also been able to reconnect with my absolute favorite wedding planner and her team, and she has been so wonderful to me and my new adventure. I helped her out during a recent wedding, and it was so much fun to see her side of things. Now I am helping her at another wedding soon. As she has told me, “Just jump in.” On the other side, I am so lucky to have formed a relationship with the Event Coordinator at one of my favorite Nashville event venues during my time in the industry. She is just wonderful to be around, and I am so extremely thankful to her for allowing me the chance to pick her mind and volunteer my time to learn more about it all from her. I am so excited. I have also been meeting with some truly fantastic professionals in the industry, including my old bosses, and it just serves to continue inspiring me. So many people in the business of making others happy are willing to help me do the same. Who would’ve thunk it? ;) Totally kidding, obviously. 

I’m trying my hardest to 110% dive into this new passion. I want to learn every single aspect of the industry and how it works from each angle so that I can make myself the best planner I can possibly be. Luckily, I’ve got a leg up on a lot of these, thanks to my previous experience. Why, though, right? Well, why not? It can only mean that I’ll be able to create and bring to life and reality the best possible moments for a bride and groom on their special day. And THAT is all that matters, truthfully. 

Just this past weekend, two more of my co-workers got engaged, and I immediately wanted nothing else but to extend my experience and knowledge and help them as much as possible. It’s so surreal to feel that deep, deep desire to help make these people in my life as happy as possible. Nothing else. Seeing others around me so happy about a part of their lives is truly something to behold. And I just hope I get to help in their big, special day. 

And so begins another adventure. As another stroll on Pinterest showed me, the following quotes just personifies a truth. 

"There’s a great, big, beautiful tomorrow."

"Today is the perfect day to start living your dreams."

"The best feeling of happiness is when you’re happy because you’ve made somebody else happy."

And I’ll leave it at that. My apologies for this super long, rambling post. I’ve just felt the need to share my thoughts lately. And my rambles seemed best in a blog post. Hopefully that doesn’t sound crazy. (Not that it matters… if you’ve made it this far, you obviously don’t think I’m too crazy…… right?)

I’ll leave you with this reminder. And I’ll be back. 

"Do what makes your soul shine."

Okay… wow. So, apparently it has been a about a year and a half since I last posted on this website.
Weird.
It IS pretty cool to read through my posts from 2012, though. Strange as well, but cool.
Anyway. Long story short? Looking back, I realized that I stopped posting on this blog when a very difficult, rough patch of my life began. I went through a lot of new, terrifying experiences with death, love, adulthood, financial battles, and something else pretty downright frightening. I cannot say that I came out of these experiences well at first. I will not go into detail, because that is now part of my past. I learned a lot. And… I mean A LOT. Life lessons learned. Life lessons tucked away. I am proud to say that I am rediscovering myself and finding my way in this bright, big world. I am much happier lately than I have been for several months. 
Up there in that picture? That’s my momma and me. Oh, I graduated college! Weird, right? That happened in 2012. Anyway.
I figured it was time to blog again. I love writing things out, and I love sharing my experiences. 
So? Here we go again. :) 

Okay… wow. So, apparently it has been a about a year and a half since I last posted on this website.

Weird.

It IS pretty cool to read through my posts from 2012, though. Strange as well, but cool.

Anyway. Long story short? Looking back, I realized that I stopped posting on this blog when a very difficult, rough patch of my life began. I went through a lot of new, terrifying experiences with death, love, adulthood, financial battles, and something else pretty downright frightening. I cannot say that I came out of these experiences well at first. I will not go into detail, because that is now part of my past. I learned a lot. And… I mean A LOT. Life lessons learned. Life lessons tucked away. I am proud to say that I am rediscovering myself and finding my way in this bright, big world. I am much happier lately than I have been for several months. 

Up there in that picture? That’s my momma and me. Oh, I graduated college! Weird, right? That happened in 2012. Anyway.

I figured it was time to blog again. I love writing things out, and I love sharing my experiences. 

So? Here we go again. :) 

Hello October

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Inspiration

"Rowers can do it all, and they can do it well. Joining the rowing team will be the greatest decision you will ever make, if you choose to accept the harsh realities of the sport. By doing so, you will understand the incalculable value of an indomitable spirit—and you will learn, above all, that your achievements in life are limited only by the magnitude of your drive to achieve them."


People say that I inspire them because I have an endlessly passionate spirit. Well, when you go through the change and experiences I went through during my freshman year of college and you win a silver trophy at a national championship from those changes and those experiences… you learn a little something. :)

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How funny would it be if like at the top of a roller coaster before it goes down the big drop they had a sound effect of a gun shooting off and they didn’t tell anyone it would just be like the ultimate moment of terror

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