Thursday, November 21, 2013

Day 11: I'm Thankful For...

Falling leaves!

I was standing outside the music building on campus this morning.  It was stormy and blustery and as I stood there, I noticed the wind plucking the leaves from trees and letting them dance through the air as they made their way to the ground.  It was such a beautiful magical sight and I couldn't help but smile!

Day 10: I'm Thankful For...

I'm thankful for this girl!

I'm so glad we've become friends and tonight's girls night was great!  Boots, BBQ, Booze, and Boys!  I....Booze!  ;-)  I look forward to many more great adventures and fun memories in the future!!!  :-)  And, you got new boots!!!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 8/9: I'm Thankful For...

Day 8

I'm thankful for Salsa!  No, not the salsa that you eat, although it is good!  Salsa, my wonderful dog!  My mom brought her out to visit me yesterday at school!  She is always smiling and happy and can always cheer you up!  :-)

Isn't she so adorable!

She likes to hold hands!

Day 9

I'm thankful that my ten hours of classroom observations for my introduction to music education class are done!  I just finished them today and it's one less thing that's weighing me down!  The semester is almost done!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Day 7: I'm Thankful For...

I'm thankful for my mom!

Most people would say their parents and a whole, which I am thankful for, but my parents each deserve a post of their own because I am thankful for both of them in different ways!

My mom is also my best friend and has always and will always be there for me!  I can't even begin to explain how much I appreciate having her in my life!  She is the best and I don't know what I would do without her!  She was a stay at home mom while I was growing up.  We would always do fun things together like crafting, tea parties, dress up, and all sorts of fun stuff!  I have so many great memories with her and the list just keeps growing because as we get older, the closer we have become!  She is one beautiful, talented, kind, amazing woman!  I could just keep going on and on about how amazing she is and how lucky I am to have her as my mom!

I love you so much mom!

Day 5/6: I'm Thankful For...

So, I missed the last two days... here they are.  :-)

Day 5: I am thankful for Fall!  
Fall is probably one my favorite seasons with the leaves changing colors and the cooler weather!  There is just a magic in the air when it's Fall!

Day 6: I'm thankful for the sunshine!
I don't know what it is about the sun, but my day tends to always be better when the sun shines.  I think I am solar powered because when it's cloudy (especially for days on end), it's hard for me to start my day and I tend to not be as cheerful as when the sun is out!  Plus, the sun just makes life beautiful and without it we wouldn't have beautiful sunsets or sunrises!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Day 4: I'm Thankful For...

I'm thankful for the harp!

I don't know what I would do without music in my life!  Playing the harp has brought me so many opportunities and the ability to share something with people that I am unable to explain!  Music has a magic that I could never live without!  I love my harp and being able to play it at the level that I'm at is amazing!  I would never be able to live without it!  Whenever I have to go a few days without playing, it drives me crazy and I can't wait to play again!  I'm am so thankful to have such a passion, and to be so sure about what I want to do with my life!!!  I love the harp and music!!!

This is the love of my life...Zel!  Isn't he gorgeous!  He's a six foot tall blonde and is always there for me!  ;-) 

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Day 3: I'm Thankful For...

I'm thankful that I have the opportunity to go to college!  I am now on my fifth year of college...most kids would be sick of it by now, but I am loving it.  It's a lot of hard work, stress, and one heck of a crazy schedule, but I really appreciate all of the things that I have been able to learn over the years.  I've learned more that just what they teach in the classrooms, I've grown as a person as well. I wouldn't be who I am right now, if I hadn't gone through some of the stuff I have and learned things from those experiences.  

I may be taking a less conventional route through college, but it's been worth it!  I spent three years in community college and earned two associate degrees before transferring to the university I am at now.  If I hadn't spent the extra year at community college I wouldn't have earned those degrees.  And now, I'll have spent three years at the university before graduating with two bachelor degrees.  Spending these extra years has given me the opportunity to learn more than the average student that only spends four years in college.  And, to top it off...after six years, I will have earned four degrees!  But, it's not just about earning extra degrees...those are just pieces of paper after all.  It's that I've been able to learn so much more about music, what I want to do with music, more about myself and how strong I can be!  I've learned so much about myself!  I've also come to love music more than I ever have before because I have a deeper understanding and knowledge of it!  With transferring to the university that I am currently at, I have had many amazing opportunities that wouldn't have been offered to me had I not had the opportunity to go to college.  In the past year, I have performed at Walt Disney Concert Hall, been a hand double/recording artist/composer for a film, recorded a piece of music for a CD for my schools conservatory, and recorded music that will be on a video game!  The extra time that I've taken has also blessed me with an early partial acception for my masters degree to study with one of the top harpist in the world...which I wouldn't be applying for until next school year!

So, even though I can't wait for the semester to end, and sometimes don't want to go to class...There are so many things that college can offer that goes beyond just the classroom and I am so grateful to have that opportunity!

My beloved harp that has helped me have the opportunity to go to college and study my passion!

(this picture was taken in front of one of the many old buildings we have on campus!)