Monday, May 23, 2011

Things I notice at a concert...

So my summer concert tour extravaganza continued this past weekend with two amazing concerts. Friday night we saw O.A.R. and Sunday (literally all day) we saw many country artists including Dierks Bentley. Both of these were at the LC pavilion which i had never been too before, but was quickly reminiscing of old concerts had at the Polaris amphitheatre back in the day. There is just something about going to a concert at a great outdoor venue with mostly only lawn seats!
At any rate, i was reminded this weekend of how much I LOVE going to concerts and listening to live music...but i was also reminded of how much i people watch and observe the general public most everywhere i go, and i do it way more than the average person. So let me go ahead and fill you in on all the greatness i found at the concerts.
Not only were there some really great outfits going on but if you could get past the half leather vests and crazy shirtless wonders you actually saw just a bunch of people all enjoying the same thing. It's amazing how a good song (and let's be real...probably some beer too) can bring together even the most unlikely pairs. It shows when the crazy college kid that is dancing like no one is watching pairs up with the unsuspecting business man with penny loafers on...suddenly they are dancing around like they have been great friends for years. It is that few minutes of complete care free fun that makes concerts sooo much fun. Most every one let's go and just has a darn good time.

And again if you can get past the crazy clothing choices (and let me tell you there were many) you can see the two people that really love each other, slow dancing like they are the only two people in the world. I am personally touched by these quite observations I somehow am drawn to make no matter what my situation is. At any rate...concerts have always been and will most likely continue to be one of my favorite things to involve myself in.

Don't worry i have many more coming up...zak brown this week, NKOTBSB later in the summer (i will finally make Joey McIntyre mine!!!) i am sure i will have more simple observations to share with you so stay tuned!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

How old are you?

How old would you be if you didn't know how old you are?

I recently read this somewhere and literally just stood there re-reading it and thinking about what my answer would be. I know I sometimes get caught up with the whole age thing...I mean the entire purpose of my blog in the beginning revolved around my turning 30. So to read this statement/question really rattled something inside of me.

I just don't think there is a straight answer to this question and that is probably the point of it...to get you to really think about yourself and how old you live your life. Age really is just a number when you think of it from this prospective. Plus there are days when I live my life like a 21 year old, and then there are days I live my life like a 65 year old...it really just depends. I would have to say that for the majority of my life i have lived and acted older than i really was or am, even though i am often told i look younger than i actually am (which i am not complaining about at all!)

The older i have gotten the more i think about age...at some point you wake up realizing your life will not go on forever and that ticking clock gets louder and louder and that list of things you keep meaning to do before you die gets longer and dustier.

How old would I be if I didn't know how old I was...I guess my answer would be: If i woke up tomorrow not knowing anything about my actual age I would probably look at my life and assume i was younger than i actually am because in my mind and expectations i always assumed at the age of 30 i would be living a different life than i am living right now. I would assume because i don't have a husband, kids, a house i would have to be younger than 30. now of course that is not fair at all...but that is my honest answer.

In the end this question has really just got me thinking...I need to start living with a little more intention... What age would you be if you had no idea what age you actually are???

Another quote I read today: Age is just a question of mind over matter, if you don't mind it doesn't matter!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Too bad, too bad, too bad...



Recently the world lost one of the most wonderful human beings I have ever had the chance to know. My great-uncle KK passed away and it has taken me the last couple of weeks to even begin to come up with the right words to express how I feel about this man...his life, his death and everything in between.


He is my mom's uncle, but to even just say that sounds totally wrong...he was like her second dad. He was my grandpa's brother and best friend. He did everything with my mom's family and he did everything for my mom's family...at least that is the way I remember it. My mom and her brother and sister have different, equally as wonderful, memories of this man...but I can only speak about my memories and what it was like to have the most magical great uncle anyone could ever imagine.



He loved his family beyond words and was NEVER afraid to show it...having tea parties with just me and him, hiding coins all over our house every time he would visit...the excitement of finding those coins was amazing! Looking back at his life I have come to realize things I never have before...this wonderful man somehow managed to embody a childlike spirit up until the day he died. He would get excited and find simple wonder in things that the average person would pass right by. Because of him I notice more, I enjoy the little things...because of his love of taking pictures, I now really appreciate the beauty of catching every moment you can with a picture. He gave and gave and gave and never expected anything in return.


He was precious...and I will miss him more than I ever expected. Below are a few pictures of the memorial service we held on our own for him...Even in his death he was still giving by donating his body to Ohio University for research. We decided to play several of his favorite songs, read a few reading and leave flowers on the steps of what used to be the house he grew up in. It is now a flower garden which couldn't be any more perfect because he also had such a love for nature, he was always reminding you to literally stop and smell the flowers.








Saturday, May 7, 2011

Race day energy!

As I was driving to work this morning (i fill in at the medical spa i used to work for on the occasional Saturday...sweet discounts on products and makeup, what more can i say) I realized it was the morning of the Capital City Half and full Marathon. My first clue was the many people walking around in running attire, but I swear I could also feel that energy you only get from a race. There is just something unexplainable about race day. If you have not ever ran in a race...even a 5k, you MUST, MUST, MUST try it at least once. The energy is like nothing else, and as I was driving (feeling a little lazy) I was reminded of this time last year. My entire family signed up for and walked in the same half marathon. We wore matching green outfits and proudly looked like a group of big old dorks, but we had so much fun. It made me a little sad that we didn't sign up again for this one, but we couldn't pull it together in time.

However, just seeing all the action of race day has convinced me even more to sign up for the Columbus Half Marathon in the fall. I am actually going to join MIT (marathon in training). Yes, I have finished numerous half marathons and am not new to the idea surrounding them. I am able to train by myself, but I decided to join a group because I figure it will be another much needed way to hopefully meet new people. I know I need all the help I can get in the "meeting new people" department, so why not combine a few things I like to do and kill two birds with one stone. Also I have never seriously trained for a half marathon, so i am putting all of my effort in to this one so that i can say for the first time "i trained my ass off for that race and couldn't have done any better!"

At any rate, hopefully my 30 year old knees and plantar fascitis foot will hold out for one more race! If you have any interest in joining me on this journey check out: http://www.fleetfeetcolumbus.com/marathoners-training-mit If I can finish these types of races literally ANYONE can do it. I don't even think you can call what I do running...sometimes i am certain i could be walking faster, but i get it done and usually enjoy most of it! The great thing about MIT is that anyone can do it at any speed, including walkers so check it out and let me know if you have any questions. Here goes nothing...

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Rain and sweat

I am completely and utterly sick of this rain!!! I woke up this morning, barely, and did not want to get out of my bed. Somehow I managed to find the will power to get up and as i was driving to work i realized the grey skies and Ohio weather were getting the best of me.



Somehow, today, I was determined to find something positive about all of this rain, and just when I was thinking how nice and green everything must look in the sunlight (sort of positive) I parked my car, got out and nearly stepped on this:


WORMS!!!!! And not just this one...they are all over the ground. As if that isn't disgusting enough it actually smelled like worms. Now I know I have the nose of a dog but it was really bad. Let me recap...not only did i have to play hopscotch to avoid stepping on a worm but i also had to do this while trying not to throw up a little in my mouth from the smell. I really tried to be positive about this rain, but today was not the day...maybe tomorrow. Ohio weather:1, me:0




With that being said I did partake in something good today...my sister and I attended a hot yoga class at Tracey Gardner Method Studio http://www.traceygardnermethod.com/ I have attempted this class a couple of times and am actually starting to enjoy it. They heat the room,which is only lit my candles and a small amount of rope light, to a sweltering 100 degrees! They have humidifiers going, loud great music, and it is not your typical yoga. Supposedly you burn near 1000 calories in one class which i totally believe...you look like you just got out a swimming pool when you are finished but it isn't water it is sweat :) At any rate Molly (my sister) and I are planning on keeping this up once a week...watch out world i potentially could have nice arms for the first time in my life.


Here is a pic after the class...since we both decided to go all Johnny Cash and wear all black you cannot tell that our clothes are completely soaked in sweat, but you get the point. Check out her website and her class if you live in the Columbus area...totally worth it!

Monday, May 2, 2011

This is me...now

This is me...the real me, the me that loves relaxing on a hammock reading a book, the me with no make up on (and the me that is totally fine with that) the me that loves being with her family and close friends... the me that for several moments can forget every worry...can stop second guessing and over thinking every decision i have ever made in life...the me that enjoys laughing at silly things with my sister when everyone else thinks we are completely weird...I LOVE this picture because it reminds me to be the real me more often.

I am writing a post about the real me because as embarrassing as it is to admit...i have somehow managed to lose a little bit of her over the past couple of years. I have woken up and realized i am not where i ever thought i would be at the age of 30. I have also had to come to terms with the fact that although I'm not exactly where i want to be, i am still happy with the way things have gone...i have had sooo much fun, learned so much about myself, and had the chance to live a little more than i ever have before.


I lived my life up until recently with the assumption that if i did everything i was "supposed" to do then i would always end up where i was "supposed" to be. That plan didn't really play out like i thought it would. I did things because it was the right thing to do, because i didn't really know what i wanted to do or who i wanted to be...so i just did what i thought i was supposed to do in hopes i would feel passion for something or someone along the way and figure it out eventually.


Living my life the past couple of years in a total different way then i have ever before...the good and the bad, has made me realize that sometimes you have to lose yourself a little before you can really find yourself.


Realizing what parts of me I have managed to let slip out of my reach and also realizing i really like and need those parts of me has really helped me to piece together the kind of person I feel most comfortable being.


And so...after having started my blog one year ago with totally different intentions (i lived thru turning 30) i now want to take it in a little bit of a different direction. During all of this learning experience and finding slash losing myself i realized how much i enjoy blogging...it makes me feel passion and so i need to continue it. im not sure the exact direction i will take but i do hope to post more on a daily basis about my life...it really helps to keep me grounded and somehow taking pictures of what i do and telling everyone make me stay real to who i am and want to be...so in a way you help me be more like the first picture i posted on here. Stay tuned...