Monday, November 3, 2014

What Learning to Play Drums Has Taught Me

     

     I started playing drums in July, the very first instrument of any type that I've attempted to play. With no prior knowledge of reading or playing music and barely knowing each part of the drum kit I began taking lessons. Lets get this straight; there's beginners... and then there's me, way down below beginner level. Within the first month I was sitting at my drum kit, blurry eyed from tears, staring at my snare drum sheet music I taped to my crash cymbal. In that month I also learned simple beats, including a bass snare bass snare rhythm that is very basic but used a lot, excited I listened for it in every song on my play list or radio. With this, I persevered knowing that "anything worth having doesn't come easy."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

New Years Resolutions

I've never failed a New Years resolution simply because I have never made any. I can't fail if I don't try so I never bothered. But this year I pulled out my notebook and plotted different ideas for possible goals and what I would do to achieve them. These were the four I picked and what I'm doing to stay motivated for them.

1. Workout more (eating healthy ties in with this one obviously although it not one of my specific written goals)
- Workout at least 3 times a week
- Follow fitness related Instagrams, Pintrest boards, and Twitter accounts.
- The "Pop Punk 5" workout (Via)
- Never skip a Monday because knowing me, I won't do it the rest of the week. 
- Find new workouts, keep it fresh. 

2. Drum more
- 15 minutes almost every day
- Keep my practice pad where I can see it
- Pictures of my drummer inspiration/music quotes (Pat Kirch from The Maine is my biggest inspiration <3)
- Watch drumming videos

3. Write more
- Write something or edit something almost every day
- Poems, blog posts, stories, journal entries
- Jar of journal prompts (from Pinterest)
- Read writing tip posts to motivate myself and better my writing. 

- ipod reminders so I don't forget about it



Monday, December 30, 2013

My hopes for 2014...

- To continue to learn from my mistakes
- Go to more concerts
- Write more
- Become healthier 
- Create, create, create
- Fully enjoy more great music
- Get through the inevitable hard days
- Live in the now.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Arizona Tea Flowers

Arizona tea is one of those things that once you try it you want it all the time. There's nothing better than walking into a gas station during the summer and seeing that display of colorful cans just like all the hipster photos I see online (Example). I saved a can a while ago after seeing a few projects using the tin cylinders, rinsed it out and tossed it into the dark abyss called my closet. But this weekend I finally got around actually using my treasured piece of patterned metal, something I could wear made it about ten times better.

Via Pinterest I found this tutorial and it sat in my "Jewelry" board for longer than the empty can sat in my closet; So, a long time. There aren't many written steps but the abstract design of making a flower doesn't require much more than the pictures given. Mine isn't as good as hers but I really think that because its flower shaped it still looks great even if its not as clean cut as the example.


With the addition of hot glue, a small piece of felt, and a clip I made it into a hair clip. 


For me it just screams summer, and reminds me of lots of nice stress free moments and fun events (Concerts and a camping trip are included in that c: ).

-- Shea --

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Favorite Songs of 2013

Oh, the great music each year brings.
The songs I play on repeat for days or weeks.
The songs I tell no one about. (*cough* OneDirection *cough*)
The songs I hear in concert and yell the lyrics with a grin on my face.
The ones that get me through the hardest days.
The ones that are musts for dance parties by myself.
Each song becomes my own personal sound track, and here's the biggest ones for me from 2013.


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Make a Check Mark on My Wish List


I make my wishlist way far ahead of time. My mother has been known to go shopping as early as August in effort to get sales and find thing we will truly enjoy. My wishlist was narrowed down to five things this year, but two became unavailable so this is whats still on it!

1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Mask: $15.50 (Availableat The Body Shop in store or online)
- I have tried this before in the small one use packet and loved it, by far my favorite facial mask I've tried

2. Baking Date Socks: $14.99 (Available at ModCloth
- Perf to pair with flats and skirt, I can just imagine the winter cuteness now. 

3. Glamour Kills Lost and Found shirt: $18.90 (Available on evo)
- Been wanting this for a long time, in fact it was on my wishlist last year and Idec how extremely hipster it is

4. Cosmetics and nail polish
- Because when is it not a good idea to get new beauty products.

(((Title from "Wishlist" by The Ready Set)))

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall Bucket List

1. Paint nails for Halloween
2. Make a fall playlist
3. Wear a beanie 
4. Make a fall food
5. Do a fall/Halloween craft
6. Drink lots of warm drinks
7. Go for walks 
8. Go to a Halloween party 
9. Decorate for fall
10. Buy Halloween Oreo's

:)

--Shea--