I realized I dont blog enough…so im going to try and blog a little more. no guarantees though.
Recently something that I have been praying for in the mornings is for God to reveal himself to me, and to give me opportunities to love other people.
THe other day I was at the park with Justin balling, and this one random lady was watching us. She seemed a little awkward kinda, but after we were done she started talking to us. At first she gave me a pinecone to give to my mother, and im like uh…..ok haha. I converse with her a little, and she asked to read me like a quote. Even though I was kinda in a hurry, and I decided to give it a listen, and it was something that I felt like I needed to hear. It ended up being stuff super relevant to what I’ve been going through, and she even spoke some insight into a situation that I am in right now. Ends up maybe that meeting was divinely appointed? Who knows, but def blessed by that random encounter. Imma try and keep my eyes open to what God has in store for me each day.
Ill update my fall quarter soonnnnnn hopefully….haha
Have a firm handshake.
Look people in the eye.
Sing in the shower.
Own a great stereo system.
If in a fight, hit first and hit hard.
Never give up on anybody. Miracles happen everyday.
Always accept an outstretched hand.
Be brave. Even if you’re not, pretend to be. No one can tell the difference.
Avoid sarcastic remarks.
Choose your life’s mate carefully. From this one decision will come 90 per cent of all your happiness or misery.
Make it a habit to do nice things for people who will never find out.
Lend only those books you never care to see again.
Never deprive someone of hope; it might be all that they have.
When playing games with ! children, let them win.
Give people a second chance, but not a third.
Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know.
Loosen up. Relax. Except for rare life-and-death matters, nothing is as important as it first seems.
Don’t allow the phone to interrupt important moments. It’s there for our convenience, not the caller’s.
Be a good loser.
Be a good winner.
Think twice before burdening a friend with a secret.
When someone hugs you, let them be the first to let go.
Be modest. A lot was accomplished before you were born.
Keep it simple.
Beware of the person who has nothing to lose.
Don’t burn bridges. You’ll be surprised how many times you have to cross the same river.
Live your life so that your epitaph could read, No Regrets
Be bold and courageous. When you look back on life, you’ll regret the
things you didn’t do more than the one’s you did.
Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.
Remember no one makes it alone. Have a grateful heart and be quick to acknowledge those who helped you.
Take charge of your attitude. Don’t let someone else choose it for you.
Visit friends and relatives when they are in hospital; you need only stay a few minutes.
Begin each day with some of your favorite music.
Once in a while, take the scenic route.
Send a lot of Valentine cards. Sign them, ‘Someone who thinks you’re terrific.’
Answer the phone with enthusiasm and energy in your voice.
Keep a note pad and pencil on your bed-side table. Million-dollar ideas sometimes strike at 3 a.m.
Show respect for everyone who works for a living, regardless of how trivial their job.
Send your loved ones flowers. Think of a reason later.
Make someone’s day by paying the toll for the person in the car behind you.
Become someone’s hero.
Marry only for love.
Count your blessings.
Compliment the meal when you’re a guest in someone’s home.
Wave at the children on a school bus.
Remember that 80 per cent of the success in any job is based on your ability to deal with people.
Don’t expect life to be fair.
o1. tell me the truth, what made you start liking the person you like right now? o2. what on your body is hurting or bothering you? o3. what was your last thought before going to bed last night? o4. what are you listening to? o5. what’s something you’re not…
Well, I don’t really have my eye on anyone right now in particular, but I guess im looking for someone who:
- knows me for who i am truly, support me in my ambitions -is very down to earth, I can always be myself around (when im stupid/serious/whatever) - somewhat musical? nice to have someone to jam with - understanding - cute :]
I can only think of one person, but that was way back…but basically he was super annoying, and would do the worst things to people. We used to do these things together, then one day i realized that the stuff we were doing was messed up….we made kids cry haha. Then I was like naw man, its done
I dont really have a best friend like a single best, but I guess i would say a lot of the good friends I have I can talk to about anything, be stupid and have them know its just the way I am sometimes, and the best part is that I don’t have to talk to them all the time. Its kinda that unsaid thing where u just know that life is busy and you don’t have as much time to talk to everyone, but you both know nothing has changed
Haha I just realized that people replied to that one post a long time ago, so here goes!
In case the post was forgotten (cuz i know i had to go back to look for it as well)
1 - My best friends are. 2 - What I hate most about myself. 3 - What I love most about myself.
4 - What I’m really good at. 5 - What I’m really bad at. 6 - Biggest turn ons. 7 - Biggest turn offs. 8 - What I want to be when I get older. 9 - My relationship with my sibling(s). 10 - My relationship with my parents. 11 - My idea of a perfect date. 12 - My biggest pet peeves. 13 - A description of the girl I like. 14 - A description of the person I dislike the most. 15 - A reason I’ve lied to a friend. 16 - Where I have lived before. 17 - A description of the family I want to have when I’m older. 18 - What my greatest achievements are. 19 - What I hate the most about school. 20 - How my last kiss when down. 21 - Most embarrassing moment. 22 - What my last text message says. 23 - What words upset me the most. 24 - What words make me the best about myself. 25 - A description of my self-esteem. 26 - A description of my best friend. 27 - The reason behind my last break up. 28 - My favourite songs right now. 29 - A wish that I’ve wished for repeatedly on 11:11. 30 - An internal conflict I have with myself. 31 - The meanest thing anyone has ever said to me. 32 - The sweetest thing anyone has ever said to me
#31….I dont really remember, but I remember most recently “You are the reason I don’t want to be here)
#32 ” I think you would be a good father”….i guess haha
I need to start writing more, I realized in college without english classes I rarely write. Also, I am very lazy and I don’t like to read. With this realization, it has become obvious why it is that I can no longer write songs….I simply don’t write enough at all! Whether it be papers, homework assignments, or music, the art of writing creatively is slipping away from me. Partly due to my laziness, and partly due to my lack of inspiration, I feel like a former shell of my old self. Songs came so easy when I was younger, and I truly miss that. I miss making music haha….but I guess its time.
So many ideas…but just can’t put them into words……oh the frustration
Mostly trying to deal with money stuff, I finally realized how expensive life is haha, and therefore I am so much more grateful for my parents. I been working in Irvine this summer, and sometimes I don’t get many hours so less hours = less money. The drive is a pretty long commute, and gas has been adding up. Plus, karma finally caught me and I got a parking ticket for using Frankrin’s parking pass (thanks though franklin). Looks like the Guitar fund is going to have to wait for later, the new costs of this summer is going to have to be more important for now.
I’m a guy that worries a lot, even since I was a kid. I always liked the security of knowing whats going to happen next, how one move would change another and another and etc….but I’m just learning to trust in God. It’s funny because my ipod has been on shuffle and recently “Take Heart” by Hillsong United has been popping up a lot. I remember at the concert Joel talking about how the song was written so that we would not have to worry….because God has overcome the world. How awesome is that? Funny how my money sucking machine is the time when God reminds me of who he is.
"I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world." - John 16:33 NLT
I know all this sounds like jargon, but my verse that I love about being worried is finally becoming more literal for me…
“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. - Matthew 6:25-34.
Taking things one day at a time baby…one day at a time. Peace out. A town
looking back on some old photos….its funny how a moment of time can be preserved that way. it kinds sucks though to see old photos and remember how things were, just to realize that things today are so different……
everything has a purpose, everything happens for a reason. Even though the path isn’t always clear cut and visible, and we take a bunch of different turns we never thought we would, we will end up where we need to be in the end.
That’s why it kills me to watch and see you cry searching for what you want from this life and now it’s breaking my heart to know that you’re slowly falling apart but there’s a better escape from this empty chase I’ll show you the meaning of perfect grace that will meet you in your lowest place A Greater Love
Past weekend played at Rowland Benefit concert for japan…super chill and had fun with the guys. Its been a while since we have played a show. Honestly I been struggling, thinking that where are we going with this? whats the point of all the effort we put in…….and it was all answered this weekend. Some random person came up saying she felt God in our songs, even through our lyrics weren’t cutting through our music (sound team had trouble). She said she felt like God was saying he was proud of us for doing what we do….proud. wow..if you know me and my past, making God proud is something i feel like i could never do. definitely have a lot of guilt on my shoulders that i carry…..regardless, I was able to make Him proud. It was definitely an ecouragement….a moment of WOW for me, showing that there is substance in what we do. We dont play songs or make music to make a name for ourselves….instead we do it for something way bigger than all of us. I always tell myself even if our music impacts just one life, it was all worth it.
Most of the songs i write are about or for broken people. I have come to have a big heart for brokenness, because i know how it can either make or break you. I believe everything happens for a reason, and how beautiful transformation can be. one thing i remember hearing was that scars dont have to be ugly. They remind us of our past, of what we have been through, of what makes us unique. Its not the healthy that need a doctor, but the sick.
"maybe salvation is somewhere on the way an answer to the cries my aching heart has prayed i long for the day when you turn this all around i long for the day when the sun breaks through these clouds”
-still resonates everytime i sing it. Constantly learning and being reminded that He holds the universe, he holds everyone on earth. NO matter where you have been or where you are or where you will be. HE HOLDS YOU. (hence my favorite song) Its only a matter of time, and i know this will be all used in the future for greatness. Definitely that time again, but it gets easier everytime
no longer living in the past, forgetting what i missed about you and starting to see what it is that i dont miss about you now….
When you stop chasing the wrong things, you give the right things a chance to catch you.
So starting today…
Give up trying to be perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. Read Getting Things Done
Give up comparing yourself to others. – The only person you are competing against is yourself.
Give up dwelling on the past or worrying too much about the future. – Right now is the only moment guaranteed to you. Right now is life. Don’t miss it.
Give up complaining. – Do something about it.
Give up holding grudges. – Grudges are a waste of perfect happiness.
Give up waiting. – What we don’t start today won’t be finished by tomorrow. Knowledge and intelligence are both useless without action.
Give up lying. – In the long-run the truth always reveals itself. Either you own up to your actions or your actions will ultimately own you.
Give up trying to avoid mistakes. – The only mistake that can truly hurt you is choosing to do nothing simply because you’re too scared to make a mistake.
Give up saying, “I can’t.” – As Henry Ford put it, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you are right.”
Give up trying to be everything to everyone. – Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world. Start small. Start now.
Give up thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises. Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
Give up setting small goals for yourself. – Many people set small goals because they’re afraid to fail. Ironically, setting these small goals is what makes them fail.
Give up trying to do everything by yourself. – You are the sum of the people you spend the most time with. If you work together, you will be far more capable and powerful than you ever could have been alone.
Give up buying things you don’t need. – Manage your money wisely so your money does not manage you. Do not spend to impress others. Do not live life trying to fool yourself into thinking wealth is measured in material objects. Read I Will Teach You To Be Rich
Give up blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can live your dream life depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life. When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
Give up making mountains out of molehills. – One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time? Three years? Five years? If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
Give up trying to live up to the expectations of others. – Work on it for real and exceed your own expectations. Everything else will fall into place.
Give up the ‘easy street’ mentality. – There is too much emphasis on finding a ‘quick fix’ in today’s society. For example taking diet pills to lose weight instead of exercising and eating well. No amount of magic fairy dust replaces diligent, focused, hard work.
Give up making promises you can’t keep. – Don’t over-promise. Over-deliver on everything you do.
Give up letting your thoughts and feelings bottle up inside. – People are not mind readers. They will never know how you feel unless you tell them.
Give up beating around the bush. – Say what you mean and mean what you say. Communicate effectively.
Give up avoiding change. – However good or bad a situation is now, it will change. That’s the one thing you can count on. So embrace change and realize that change happens for a reason. It won’t always be easy or obvious at first, but in the end it will be worth it.
Give up your sense of entitlement. – Nobody is entitled to anything in this world. We are all equal. We breathe the same air. We get what we give. We get what we earn.
Give up waiting until the last minute. – Those who fail to plan, plan to fail.
Give up being dramatic. – Stay out of other people’s drama and don’t needlessly create your own.
Give up being anti-athletic. – Get your body moving! Simply take a long, relaxing walk or commit 30 minutes to an at-home exercise program like the P90X workout
Give up eating as a means of entertainment. – Don’t eat when you’re bored. Eat when you’re hungry.
Give up foolish habits that you know are foolish. – Don’t text and drive. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t smoke. Etc.
Give up relationships with people who bring you down. – Saying “no” to right people gives you the time and resources required to say “yes” to right opportunities. Spend time with nice people who are smart, driven and likeminded.
Give up being shy. – Network with people. Meet new people. Ask questions. Introduce yourself.
Give up worrying about what others think of you. – Unless you’re trying to make a great first impression (job interview, first date, etc.), don’t let the opinions of others stand in your way. What they think and say about you isn’t important. What is important is how you feel about yourself.
Give up trying to control everything. – Life is an unpredictable phenomenon. No matter how good or bad things seem right now, we can never be 100% certain what will happen next. So do you best with what’s in front of you and leave the rest to the powers above you.
Give up doing the same thing over and over again. – In order to grow, you must expand your horizons and break free of your comfort zone. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.
Give up following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile. Don’t find the easy way out. Do something extraordinary.
Give up persistent multi-tasking. – Do one thing at a time and do it right.
Give up thinking others are luckier than you. – The harder you work, the luckier you will become.
Give up filling every waking moment with commitments and activities. – It’s okay to be alone. It’s okay to do nothing sometimes. Think. Relax. Breathe. Be.
Give up making emotional decisions. – Don’t let your emotions trump your intelligence. Slow down and think things through before you make any life-changing decisions.
Give up doing the wrong things just because you can get away with it. – Just because you can get away with something doesn’t mean you should do it. Think bigger. Keep the end in mind. Do what you know in your heart is right.
Give up focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen. Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story. If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
Give up taking yourself so seriously. – Few others do anyway. So enjoy yourself and have a little fun while you can.
Give up spending your life working in a career field you’re notpassionate about. – Life is too short for such nonsense. The right career choice is based on one key point: Finding hard work you love doing. So if you catch yourself working hard and loving every minute of it, don’t stop. You’re on to something big. Because hard work ain’t hard when you concentrate on your passions. Read The 4-Hour Workweek
Give up thinking about the things you don’t have. – Appreciate everything you do have. Many people aren’t so lucky.
Give up doubting others. – People who are determined do remarkable things. Remember, the one who says it can’t be done should never interrupt the one doing it.
Give up fussing with every beauty product on the market. – Good looks attracts the eyes. Personality attracts the heart. Be proud to be you. That’s when you’re beautiful.
Give up trying to fit in. – Don’t mold yourself into someone you’re not. Be yourself. Oftentimes, the only reason they want you to fit in is that once you do they can ignore you and go about their business.
Give up trying to be different for the sake of being different. – Nonconformity for the sake of nonconformity is conformity. When people try too hard to be different, they usually end up being just like everyone else who is trying to be different. Once again, be yourself.
Give up trying to avoid risk. – There’s no such thing as ‘risk free.’ Everything you do or don’t do has an inherent risk.
Give up putting your own needs on the back burner. – Yes, help others, but help yourself too. If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.