friday favorites

^^^one year ago today... via timehop (btw, such a fun app)^^^

just a note: most of today's favorites will be music-related. :) i just can't help myself sometimes. also, i know that we all have different tastes and preferences so a lot or maybe none of what i'm going to share will appeal to you, but i do hope you give them a chance. ps. music is my life. pps. apologies to those who don't have spotify, but seriously though - you guys should get it. it's changed my life!

1) this album... especially this song.
2) this song... who knew i'd like nick jonas so much?
3) this other song... that my brother shared with me. what a sick beat, yeah?
4) this playlist... because that's how i roll
5) kenny rogers... because his music was my first everything.

what about you guys? care to share some of your friday faves?

have you heard maroon 5's new album "v" yet? it's sooo good!
what happens when a cool parent texts...
i seriously want to do this.
things to do in nashville this fall.
iphone 6 plus or the samsung note 4 (in pink!). discuss & help a girl out, please?

suddenly i see

^^^taken on 4/9/11 at the massapequa reserve in long island, ny^^^

she closed her eyes and took a sip of her morning iced coffee when she had an epiphany. well... maybe it was less of an epiphany and more of a realization. she's spent the last few years in a blind depression. always focusing on just herself and her selfishness.

it seemed liked she was always complaining about her injuries, her health and her finances. she forgot about all the good that was present in her life. she was loved and she could love. she had a home and was never hungry. she lived in a great country that afforded her more than she needed. she had so many luxuries. but most importantly she had faith and hope. so why did she take it all for granted?

maybe all she needs to be happy was to stop looking within herself and to start focusing on others. but first, she needed to re-learn how to be kind to and start thinking about other people and less of herself.

ps. now i feel like singing britney's lucky. i didn't even realize the similarities until i read it over. ha.