Let’s waste time chasing cars

I recently witnessed Ed Sheeran perform at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California. He’s quite the entertainer, but this post isn’t about him.

This post concerns his opening act: Snow Patrol.

When I was in high school, Snow Patrol became popular. Their hit song “Chasing Cars” was on everyone’s lips, but their popularity ultimately faded as they failed to produce new music.

They became forgettable.

So when I heard that they would be opening up for Ed, I was annoyed. Snow Patrol was old news. I didn’t care that they had a new album; I didn’t want to hear it. In my mind, opening acts should be for bands who are up and coming, and as far as I was concerned, Snow Patrol’s ship had already sailed.

But on the day of the concert, when they finally started to strum, drum, and sing, I couldn’t help but notice their fervency. Between songs, the lead singer communicated that it had taken them seven years to release a new album. He joked about how incredible their new music had to be since they had made their fans wait so long.

This got me thinking about time. I, too, have my own seven year gaps, secret dreams that drift, hoping to rescued, valued, and tended.

When the band finally performed “Chasing Cars,” it didn’t matter that seven years had passed.

We still knew every word.

Podcasts I’m currently listening to…

Happy Tuesday! Tomorrow is my 3rd wedding anniversary, and it is also the first day of Spring semester! I am SO ready to go back to school. Christmas break was slightly overrated. I got a Christmas cold, and then I got the flu. But I’m healthy now, and that’s all that matters! I’m also ready to have a routine again and see some sun. I’ve been inside way too much.

Anyway, I wanted to share with ya’ll what podcasts I’m currently listening to. I haven’t been listening to podcasts for very long, probably just this past year. Really, I’m always eager to learn about how different people do life, and podcasts are another way I can get inside some fascinating minds.

So, let’s begin!

1) Dais Podcast- Find Your Platform

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This podcast is hosted by the brilliant Rachel Hollis. I originally found Rachel on Instagram, because of my interest in adoption.
At that time, her and her husband were seeking to adopt a little girl to complete their family, and they will actually finalize the adoption next week! However, that is not what Dais is about. Although Rachel is a mom of four, she is also a CEO and an author. Her main goal is to empower women in life, but more specifically in business. Therefore, she introduces her listeners to “fellow business powerhouses” so that we can kick butt too! She talks about:

  • How to start your own business
  • How to grow your business
  • How to sell your product
  • How to balance work, life, and family
  • How to dress for the job
  • How to achieve a goal
  • How to ask for a raise/negotiate pay
  • How to get your book published

Let me emphasize, the advice she gives is tangible. She be breaking things down into bite size pieces for those of us with a lot of fears and a lot of excuses. I forgot to mention, I’ve never been interested in business (I blame the English major in me), but Rachel has me hooked, and she’s convinced me it might be nice to have money one day. 😉 Also, although this podcast is geared toward women, I wholeheartedly believe men can enjoy it too!

2) The Happy Hour with Jamie Ivey

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Jamie Ivey is a Christian, wife, mom (she’s also adopted children), author, and Texan! Each week she interviews a new guest, and they somehow never disappoint. I say that because she has SO many episodes. You’d think there would have to be at least one dud. Jamie only interviews women, and as you could probably glean from the title, her show is meant to make you feel like you’re sitting around a table among friends. Every conversation includes God. Her atmosphere is chill and lighthearted, but every now and then you get those deep, serious conversations. Often her topics include:

  • God/faith/ministry
  • Marriage/family/parenting
  • Community
  • Adoption
  • Authors/books (She interviews quite a few authors)

She also may interview people you already know. She has interviewed Kathie Lee Gifford from Today, and Catherine Lowe from Sean Lowe’s season of The Bachelor. (Which may or may not be a good thing 😉)

3) After 10 with Dave & Joe

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This is a brand-new podcast started by my brother and his friend Dave! Although they have hit some bumps in the road, I especially recommend episode 2-goals. Beginnings are difficult. Even this blog can mess with my head sometimes, and I’ve already started to question whether I should be writing at all. But, this is NORMAL. It is scary to step outside of one’s comfort zone, and that is one of the issues addressed on episode 2. It is vital for people to go for things beyond their reach. Otherwise, we grow stagnant and crusty. Ha, what a visual. Although this podcast does not have a fixed direction yet, you can be sure Dave and Joe are gonna share matters close to their hearts.

That is all for today! I hope you all had a marvelous Tuesday.

If you have any podcast recommendations for me, please leave them in the comment section! 😊

Blogmas Day 22: “Goals” for 2018

It’s Blogmas Day 22, and I can’t wait for Blogmas to be over. I genuinely thought posting everyday would be easy… ridiculous.

As 2017 comes to a close, many people are beginning to plan for the new year. This got me thinking about my own goals.

I’ve never been a dreamer. I wasn’t that kid who wanted to be an astronaut, a police officer, or a teacher. I missed that phase.

I remember being in my senior year of high school, sitting in between my two best friends at lunch, and them being worried about me. One wanted to be a doctor, and the other wanted to be a teacher. They knew what discipline they wanted to major in and which school they wanted to attend, but I didn’t know anything.

It’s funny. They told me to major in English, and I said that was the most boring major of all. I don’t even know how they knew that about me. My senior year, all I did was complain about my English class, but they were right.

Since then, I’ve graduated from three colleges. I have three associate degrees and two bachelor degrees. Trust me, that wasn’t planned. I’ve done a lot of wandering, attempting to find that thing worth pursuing, and I’ll have you know I still haven’t found it.

It’s not that I’m not interested in anything, but that I’m interested in everything.

In 2018, my main goal is to graduate with an MA in English. I only have one class left, and I need to write my thesis. Ideally, I will finish in May. Realistically, I will probably finish in August. Then, I’ll officially be done with school (but not with learning).

I’m also planning a stay-cation with my close friend, B. Golden in January. The purpose of this trip will be send out our poetry to several journals. This outing won’t just be about our writing, but about spreadsheets, bios, and cover letters. Ya know, the stuff we’ve been avoiding.

Perhaps, I am finally finding what I love, and all of you are a part of it.

xoxo

Btw, did any of you also see the UFO tonight? 😉