#PlannerLoveGiveaway: Heidi Swapp Memory Planner and Goodies

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Planners. I absolutely loved planners! I have always been organized, or at least as far as I can remember. I like things being in one place all the time. I like knowing where everything is. I like knowing what I have to do for the day. This tendency to over-organize can be seen as something a Type-A(wesome) person might do. Little did I know that this whole time, there were many other Type Awesome people out there just like me.

I bought my first paper planner from Target during college. There is just something about putting a pen to paper that really solidifies something for me. This year I bought my first “luxury” planner from Erin Condren and with that I found this community of planner girls and planner love! Not only did all these women inspire me to be more organized in my day to day, but they showed me this online community that spread across borders to other cities, states, and countries. Continue reading

Music Monday: Kydd Jones Redefining Austin Hip Hop with “Patience”

Native Austinite Kydd Jones returns with a new single off his upcoming album “GR33D” which will feature artists like Kirko Bangz, Tory Lanez & more. Kydd has performed at festivals like SXSW, NXNE, A3C, Fun Fun Fun Fest & the Brooklyn HipHop Festival and has previously collaborated with artists like Yelawolf and Pac Div.

SXSW 2012. I went to a hip hop show on a Tuesday night. Out came out this scruffy black dude with a a simple shirt and some shorts. He had a cap that bared the letters LNS. He began his set and as the show went on I could not look away. Here was this kid from Austin, a place I had been living in for the past 5 years, and I had never see, or even heard of him. How did I miss this? How did I not know someone so talented was living and performing in the same city I lived in this whole time? Austin has a hip hop scene? Ha.

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For my Father: Para mi Papá – “El Bribón”

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When I was 15, I told my dad I hated him. I told all my friends and peers at school I hated him. By the end of the month the whole town knew that I hated him.

See when you’re 15 and your dad tells you that you can’t have a boyfriend, can’t go to the movies with your friends, and takes your phone away at 9 PM when “free” minutes start…you can start to develop these types of feelings towards him.

We used to fight ALL THE TIME. I got into the habit of just being in a bad mood any time he was around. I never REALLY listened to anything he told me and realize now that in all those years that I was ignoring him, I could have learned so much from him.

He would wake my brother and I up really early during on our days off in the summer so that we could go and work for him. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I “grew up”, but I swore at that age that I would never be anything like my father.

I used to sneak out and go to Mexico. I started going when I was 14 after I made friends with some upperclassmen. I would sneak through my window at first, as the years went on I stopped caring and started just going out the front door as quietly as I could. This was my system for a good year and a half. So far, so good. Continue reading

Book Review: I Am That Girl by Alexis Jones, Sophia Bush (Foreword)

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Book Information:

In a crazy, media distracted world the important questions often get lost like: What’s your passion? What’s your purpose? Who do you want to be? Alexis Jones has built a career listening to and helping girls around the world figure out those questions in order to inspire them to think for themselves, to speak their truth, to discover their purpose, and to dream HUGE! Alexis believes that you’re not broken nor do you need to be fixed. You already are that girl who creates magic wherever she goes, who lives fearlessly, who inspires those around her to dream bigger, and who will leave the world better, just for having been in it.
Stop listening to that voice inside your head that tells you you’re not good enough. Stop worrying that you don’t have the perfect body, perfect job, perfect relationship, or perfect anything for that matter. Stop letting other people draw boundaries and limits around your life. And start living the life that you truly want (now!), the one you didn’t think you had the courage to imagine, but the one that’s absolutely possible! Including stories from thirty incredible women, Alexis has compiled everything she’s learned into one complete guide to being That Girl, the best version of you.

My Review:

I guess I read this book at the perfect time in my life. I am going through somewhat of a transition right now. Sometimes it feels like I am not where I WANT to be in life. I love my career, but the spark I used to get about it is gone. “I Am That Girl” helped me see that I can find my passion and go for it without any fear.

My favorite part of the book was reading all the personal stories and quotes from leaders of all backgrounds. I really felt like I connected to all the stories in one way or another. Continue reading

48 Years Ago: The first TRUE Music Festival – Monterey Pop 1967

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In the Spring of 2011, I was going through a lot. My ex had just broken up with me because he started liking a girl he would study with. I was failing almost all my classes and really didn’t think I was going to graduate at that point. I turned the TV on in the middle of the night and a movie was on about a band with a self-destructive lead singer. The movie was called “The Doors” and I found out that night they were an actual band. I fell in LOVE with Jim Morrison. The rest of the night I went down the rabbit hole we call google search and found out more about the music and the bands and the revolution people my age at the time were leading. I became obsessed with the 60s and the change that came in that decade.

At the time I was going to music festivals like crazy. Mostly EDM festivals, but there were always those few acts that played something other than EDM. It was amazing. All these people that love the same kind of music; all in one place. I wanted to know more about music and about festivals. I wanted to learn the history of music; how it affected the nation and the world. I researched Woodstock and stumbled upon Monterey International Pop Music Festival. Continue reading

Music Monday: This Week’s Spotify Playlist – Julian <3

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06-08-2012.

3 years ago Julian asked me to be his girlfriend at the pool after my sister asked him what we were.

It was random and unplanned just like the rest of our relationship up to that point. He was unexpected and I honestly wasn’t looking for him, or anyone for that matter, when I found him.

I thank God each and every day for bringing him into my life.

It’s been an amazing 3 years and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for us! Continue reading

Foodie Friday – Houston (Katy) Edition: Green Garden Chinese Restaurant

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Green Garden Chinese Restaurant

19922 Park Row Drive
Katy, TX 77449-4915

I love take out. I have been to almost every “Chinese” food place near me. And it’s almost always the same. Sometimes it’s too sweet or too sour or doesn’t have enough taste. The chicken usually comes out in small pieces and is a mixture of light and dark meat. I’ve never had AMAZING Chinese food, but there have been some that come close.

From the day I started dating my boyfriend, he had been telling me about the BEST Chinese food he had ever had. He would talk about it every time we tried somewhere new and he could not help himself but compare it to what he says is the best.

About two weeks ago, we had the opportunity to go to Houston. On our last day there, he finally decided to show me this Chinese food heaven that he had been bragging out for the last 3 years.

And let me tell you…

IT WAS AMAZING! Continue reading