Music as My Life Coach

Gone – Jack Johnson

We are all consumed in materializations—our “fancy clothes…and cars and phones and diamond rings” (to quote the song). We must take the time to actually consider what’s really important—our new Steve Madden shoes or the footprints that we make with them to lead the way (be leaders) and make a path; texting on our iPhones (which I think lead to being anti-social) or social skills that will get us through many of life’s challenges—just to name a very few examples. Realize that there are more important things in life than our materials. Yes, maybe these “things” make life more enjoyable, but it is possible to survive them—think for a minute, what would you do if you couldn’t use your phone for a day? Chances are, most of us would be very unhappy. Life is all about prioritizing—what’s most important to you?

 

What Means the Most – Colbie Caillat

This song talks about romantic love, specifically, but I can relate it to any kind of love. Make sure the people that you love most know that you love them.

 

Laughed Until We Cried – Jason Aldean

Make the most out of all of life’s experiences and whatever gets thrown your way. In this song, the “narrator” reminisces about friends and high school memories, family and now his own baby. “Oh man we were livin’…we laughed until we cried.” I have my own memories and can’t wait to see what else my life has in store for me—our experiences shape us into the person that we are today and the person that we are still becoming.

*Note: Also, listen to the song Lessons Learned – Carrie Underwood.

 

You Get What You Give – The New Radicals

“Don’t give up / You’ve got a reason to live / Can’t forget / We only get what we give.” (to quote the song) Put forth an effort and don’t ever give up because “If you have made mistakes, there is always another chance for you. You may have a fresh start any moment you choose for this thing we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford

* Note: Also, listen to the song Unstoppable – Rascal Flatts.

 

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

Overcome fears. Do the unthinkable. Live without any regrets. Live as if today was your last.

* Note: Also, listen to the song Life is a Highway – Rascal Flatts.

My Love for Maroon 5

About a month ago, Sydney proposed the idea of driving to Tampa for a Maroon 5 concert to Beth and me. At first, I was skeptical since it’s an hour and a half drive, it’s during the school/work week, and I have an early class the next morning (Thursday morning). But let me tell you, it was totally worth the drive!!!!!!!!! BEST CONCERT I’VE EVER BEEN TO!!! Matt Nathanson opened–I love his music, but am not too familiar with him. I only know a few of his songs. Maroon 5 and Train were the main attractions. Maroon 5 came out first. Honestly, that’s who I was there for (Adam Levine is beautiful. Enough said.)! I’m obsessed with their music–they have an absolutely fabulous sound and you can tell that they have real talent. I feel you can always tell what artists are truly talented by how they sound live compared to their albums–Maroon 5 sounded the same–absolutely marvelous! Train came out to perform next. Sydney, Beth, and I felt that we would probably leave halfway into their performance because we weren’t as familiar with their songs and we’re not their biggest fans, but boy were we wrong!!! We ended up staying until the very end. Their performance skills were off-the-charts-amazing! And they sounded great. We also realized that we knew more of their music than we thought we did. OBSESSED WITH THIS CONCERT AND THE WONDERFUL MEMORIES CREATED!

Summer Excursions

The end of summer is near, fortunately and unfortunately. I am excited to get back into my routine, be on my own schedule, see my friends up in Orlando, and meet my new roommates. but I am sad leave my friends and family from back home. Looking back on my summer memories, there are a few in particular that stand out. I call them my “excursions” and I would like to elaborate:

Excursions

  1. Atlanta- Beth and I have a close, close friend who lives in Atlanta. We went to visit her and her mom for a long weekend and we had the most amazing time. It was so wonderful to spend time with people who seem like family. I have only been privileged to have friends like Shira and her mom, Debra for about 5 years, but it feel s as if I have known them a lifetime. To view more about my experience, click here
  2. Miami- Jill is one of those kind of friends who you know now will be in your bridal party—a true friend. We met in college, but she has since transferred to a different school, much to my dismay. She now lives and studies far away, but we are so lucky we had this time during the summer to spend together. We have discussed a day trip to Miami for at least a year and we finally had our day this summer! It was so much fun, enjoying a delicious meal at a café called Aroma, which made us all reminisce about trips that we’ve all taken to Israel (both together and separately). After a scrumptious meal, we walked around Lincoln Road and went into some of the shops. We all indulged in some freshly squeezed juices that were out of this world and visited a “Chabad on Wheels.” This experience was so meaningful to us because we originally met in our campus Chabad.
  3. Orlando/Gainesville- With Ashley, our confidante since Parkland Kids Camp when we were about 8 or 9, we went to visit our schools and apartments for about 5 days—mine and Beth’s being in Orlando, and Ashley’s being in Gainesville. In Orlando, we visited with some of our friends from school and spent time both shopping in the wonderful outlet malls and being big kids in Disney—Epcot, to be specific. We then drove up to Gainesville where we saw what Ashley’s school life is like. We met some of her dearest friends and devoured a home-cooked Shabbat meal at her school’s Hillel.
  4. Naples- This was my last “excursion” of the summer with my grandparents, parents, sister, cousin, aunt, and uncle. Every summer, we all drive over to the west coast of Florida for a few days. This year, our trip entailed yummy meals, shopping, tanning on a beautiful beach, swimming in a brand new pool, and being with loved ones.

These are all experiences that I will never forget with people I will never forget. Reflecting on this summer, seemed a tad disappointing (I think in comparison to last summer when I went to both New York and Israel, it looks kind of dinky) and not all that I had planned for it to be. BUT, I have accomplished so much this summer—growth as a person and growth in my knowledge and my abilities. So, how could I be disappointed in that? It turns out that I really enjoyed myself and my quality time with family and friends this summer and I have absolutely no regrets—wouldn’t have changed it for the world. Maybe it wasn’t as exciting as last summer, but fond experiences and memories will always be present.

Yummy In My Tummy

Red velvet anything is my favorite! Red velvet cake. Red velvet cupcakes. Red velvet pancakes. Love! Love! Love! So my sister, Beth, and I decided to make some for some company we were having over for dinner. These were the perfect dessert! I will admit that the cake came from a box mix, but I made the cream cheese frosting all by myself. Completely homemade! Enjoying these babies with our fabulous guests was the “icing on the cake.”

WWF—Words With Friends or WorthWhile Friends?

Now that I have left the Stone Age and entered into the modern world by becoming a smart phone user, I feel so up-to-date and in-touch with the world. I am absolutely in love with my new phone! Like most other new smart phone-users, I have gone app-crazy! There are just so many to choose from… what’s a girl to do! Among my favorites, however, is Words with Friends (or WWF as I like to call it—Words With Friends is just too long to keep repeating).

For those of you who have never played the game before, WWF is very similar to Scrabble—each player builds words based on the seven letters in his/her hand and based on the letters already placed on the board.

Not only is WWF a wonderful game to keep my mind going, it is also a fabulous way of keeping in touch with friends and family! There is a chat tool in the game where you can communicate with the other player (whether it’s to brag about your high score or complain about only having vowels). Because I am away at school most of the year, it is sometimes difficult to keep in touch with friends from home; so, the chat tool (as well as all of the technology available to us today) really helps with this dilemma.

Besides the great fun we have playing the game, my friends provide me with strength, comfort, and the ability to always help me see the best in the game of life; it is essential to maintain relationships with them. I am fortunate enough to have friends that share memories which date all the way back to elementary school and I know that they will be the ones that will be in my wedding party, the ones I will race down the halls in our wheelchairs when we are too old to keep walking. They will continue to always stick by my side for the rest of my life and I will be by theirs. Each one of my friends holds a special place in my heart.

“A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart, and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words.” – Bernard Meltzer

For now, we’re just happy to enjoy a few rounds of WWF!