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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Lorde is a queen

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I went to see Lorde in concert the other night in Chicago with some friends, and she was incredible. Even from far away up in the stands, we could feel her humility, genuine spirit, and wisdom. Her energy permeated the building. She spoke with such poise about what this album means to her and where it came from. As often happens at concerts, artists like to share a bit about what they’ve been through that influenced their music. And often these moments are inspiring. I think that warm, energized feeling elicited by these personal stories is magnified because it is connected to music and music always brings out all the feels (at least for me). If these stories weren’t told through music, they wouldn’t be nearly as powerful.

Lorde’s dynamism lies in her lyrics and her melodies of course, but also in her presence and performance. And her dance moves because they are just real and amazing. Her new album is a breakup album, so we cried, we laughed, and we danced. Because what else are you supposed to do in the face of heartbreak…

I like this performance of “Supercut”, because while it doesn’t show her explosive energy, it’s like a spiritual ode to an elusive memory of the past. Lucky for us, she sang this song at the concert and ran all over the stage in an happy/melancholic frenzy. It was definitely one of those experiences that I never wanted to end.

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Bike MS

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My friends will be participating in the BP MS 150  in April, which is a 150-mile bike from Houston to Austin. In order to participate they each have to raise $500, which goes towards research to treat and cure MS. They train for months to endure this grueling ride, which takes two days. This is something that I care about a lot because it hits close to home for me, and I can’t wait to cheer them on at the finish line in Austin! I’ve already donated, but if you can, please consider donating to my friend Katie’s fundraising efforts!

March for Our Lives

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I’ve been really inspired by the high school students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida for their fortitude and perseverance in fighting for change on an issue that is just absolute common sense. I’m sure the lack of support they’re receiving from certain NRA-owned politicians is infuriating, and yet, they keep fighting. Thank god this is the future we have to look forward to.

I’ve signed up for the march on March 24th in my city, Chicago. I hope you’ll be marching in your city.

Sign up here!

City girl

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I remember listening to this song when I was in high school and college, dreaming of living in the big city one day. Now I’m here and I’m not as happy as I thought I would be back then. I thought I’d live in a beautiful apartment downtown, but I don’t think I knew much about money then. I thought life in the city was glamorous and always exciting. While sometimes true, not always true.

There are moments when do I love the city though. I had one of those moments the other night as I was walking downtown on Wacker Drive. The city at night is my favorite time in the city. It’s something about the lights. But the other night, as I was walking along the river, it was freezing and there were some snow flurries but I didn’t care because I was so caught up in taking the city in. It’s also not as crowded at night so you feel like you have the city more to yourself.

Big city blues

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Although I love this city that I live in, I definitely have my frustrations with it. And they’re not necessarily frustrations with Chicago itself, but with the big city lifestyle overall. No one cares who you are in the big city. No one knows you, recognizes you, or looks out for you. In fact, there are people who are actually out to get you. I find myself craving a smaller community where people know each other, look out for one another, and where the lifestyle is more laid back and moves at a slower pace.

I’ve been feeling a stronger connection tho home lately. It’s interesting how when you’re away from home for a while, or from where you grew up, you start to realize certain things about home that you love, even though you could barely stand it while you were growing up. I think as you get older you also start to realize how important it is to be close to your family and those you love. They are an invaluable support system and they won’t be around forever. So we have to enjoy them, appreciate them, and love them while they’re around. We don’t even know how long we’ll be around…even more reason to be close to them.

I’m surprised by how much I’ve been loving my little home state of Indiana recently and the sense of pride that’s been building that I’m from there. As much as I love the vibrancy and beauty of Chicago, it’s never quite felt like home.