30-Day Song Challenge: Day 30

Who am I right now? That’s a good question!

So the finale of this challenge is a song that reminds me of myself! Of course, it just can’t be one! I’m a multi-faceted person! 😀 There are times when I wonder if that’s difficult to do since I sometimes find myself trying to be like someone else. It’s fun to imagine as if you’re someone else for a day, but not at the expense of losing yourself!

This past month I’ve shared with you music from a variety of artists who’ve impacted my life. I wondered where I would exactly fall by the end of this challenge. So, without further ado, here are a few songs that remind me of myself!

All my life, I’ve been motivated to help the unfortunate and suffering. I also strive to help make this world a better place. My goals and actions have been oriented towards leaving a positive impact and caring for others. I think Beyonce captures my purpose in life, many of my life experiences, and my feelings as she sings “I Was Here” during United Nations World Humanitarian Day in 2012.

My spirit takes flight with loved ones encouragement and surrounding yourselves with the right people can make you feel alive!

Tim McGraw expresses what I want to live by for the rest of my life in his song “Humble and Kind” because I never know what every person that I meet may be going through right now.

I feel like the rest of my life is unwritten and undefined. I’m the author of my own story, and no one else can feel what I’m feeling.

Show the room what you can do. Meghan Trainor’s song expresses my love for dance and everything I feel while I’m dancing! I also love to help people have fun when they’re in a slump. 🙂

What does it mean to give faith a fighting chance? When one door closes, another opens. I try hard not to take my only life for granted.

I wanna go wherever you want to go.” I think Yuna represents my artsy, carefree side, filled with beauty, flowers, travel, and companionship as she sings in a soft spoken voice. Hanging out in a coffee shop, riding a skateboard around town, painting outside in a park, taking photos in black and white, and long walks on the beach is something I would totally do on my days off when I’m not trying to save the world. 😉 I think this is the side of me that you see me share most often on my blog.

When I was 14, I created a marble maze for an science experiment. The end goal was to create a maze that would take a long time for the marble to go through. I was pretty excited and worked on it for weeks. I asked the pizza place if they could give me an empty pizza box for a school project. I used a deck of cards to create various walls and I took a huge poster board, cut some conic shapes, and created a huge funnel.

When I first watched this video of Wintergatan’s marble machine instrument, it brought back those wonderful memories. It reminds me of myself because of the gears that are always turning and the curiosity I have with all the various pieces of life. I love to think and tinker with things and create some magic in the process.

Marble Machine – Wintergaten

Alright guys! I’m going to wrap this challenge up! I may have over done it, but it was a lot of fun as I relax from school and work! I never thought I would be able to keep a 30 day streak! Thank you again for joining me on this journey! I’ve also enjoyed listening to the music that has meant so much to all of you. I hope I can catch up reading your posts soon when the craziness of the holidays winds down. 🙂

I’m going to wish you all an early happy new year! ❤

321 Quote Me- Celebration of Life: Thanksgiving & Black Friday

Good morning everyone! I hope all of you enjoyed Thanksgiving break! Rory from A Guy Called Bloke and K9 Doodlepip! nominated me for 321 Quote Me- Celebration of Life which is really befitting because I love to celebrate various occasions! So this past week was busy, and I feel that’s an understatement. Homework is giving me a lot of curve balls, and I’m now getting caught up with my drafts and tags on WordPress!

I sent Thanksgiving cards to loved ones that live all over the nation. Yes, I like email and other social media to keep in touch, but I still enjoy giving hand written cards every once in a while! It’s hard to get us all together for anything because we’re so far apart. I’m thinking one day I’ll go on a major road trip and visit all of them to catch up. There’s so much distance between us, yet it doesn’t change how I feel about them.

My roommates made a delicious Thanksgiving breakfast before I headed into work for early Black Friday sales. I had some turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, gravy, brussel sprouts, stuffing, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, pecan pie and washed it down with some cranberry cocktail. The food made me sleepy so I took a three hour nap before my shift.  When I woke up, I got dressed, packed my Kindle reader for any potential breaks (wishful thinking… breaks might be elusive), and was ready to go!

The day before, I had the opportunity to decorate my smock which I am so grateful for! I relish any chance to be creative especially during a chaotic retail holiday. Each department was color coded, and my supervisor gave us a bunch of creative materials. I went to town with the hot glue gun! (Did I mention that my hot glue gun and I are great pals?) When my boss first handed my uniform, my vest looked like a medical smock that I might wear to a gynecologist’s appointment. 

I had to change that immediately! I added a candy cane heart, penguins, sleigh on a shiny hill, wreaths, trees, gems, smiley face emojis, red bows, Mardi Gras beads. Decided not to take my sewing machine out and give it some shape because I need lots of freedom of my arms and waist. Yes, my boss seemed to skip the Thanksgiving decorations and jumped straight to Christmas, but oh well! I work with what I got. 

Here is my battle armor for Black Friday! My roommates told me I belonged on top of a Christmas tree because I sparkled so much. I was tempted to put on a football helmet because I heard last year a customer gave a worker a black eye during Black Friday, but I figured I’m a fast dodger! Brutal indeed, but all that Jujitsu training pays off. 🙂

I arrived at my workplace an hour early and gave my parents and siblings a call. They had a wonderful dinner and were playing a dancing video game. My dad created the Thanksgiving meal this year, and he told me he really enjoyed the process of cooking for the family.  Earlier I sent my siblings a Tokyo Treat Box for Thanksgiving which has a bunch of goody snacks from Japan. They enjoyed it! We said our farewells. They wished me luck, gave me some emotional support, and hung up.

Click. My one phone call is up. I clock in, and head into the battle arena. 

It’s like walking into the eye of the storm where it is eerily calm, but you don’t trust it. 

Understandably, I heard that some of my coworkers called in sick which according to my boss may be cause for termination. Others are anxiously manning their saran-wrapped stations. Customers are keeping an eye on their goods surrounding the station like vultures.

My smock is an eye catcher, and I receive a lot of compliments from coworkers and customers alike. Man, I feel like I’m walking the red carpet! I waved at my coworkers who smiled back and honestly looked relieved when they saw me. It looked like a brief moment of respite from the constant surveillance of their merchandise.

I push through the bustling crowd and finally reached up to the front end where there was caution tape closing off the checkout lanes. I enter the ringer. Several handsome (very handsome 😀 ) police officers were patrolling the area staying very alert. The HR director (aka the referee) greeted me and gave me a pat on the shoulder. Never saw him before, but he wanted to compliment me on my smock! 

We chatted a bit about technical incubators while the managers were priming up all the cashiers giving us their best pep talk. The store director paced the floors. One of our supervisors brought a huge speaker to play a motivational musical playlist. Then they played IT… one of the latest songs from one of my favorite musicals, The Greatest Showman!

All of this is rather intensifying the situation! Some of my newer coworkers are getting more nervous while I’m just getting primed up. I look at my watch and once the minute hand hits 6:00, I hear a full range of party horns signaling the go ahead for the masses of crowds to check out. 

I take a deep breath, and a big guy is headed towards me with a set of towering boxes of toys and electronics that seem to cascade down onto the conveyor belt. I silently talk to myself, “I can do this. I have an incredible team backing me up. You don’t have to go through life alone.”

I call for help from one of the burly, muscular cart pushers to help me lift all of these boxes (some of them were bigger than me!) throughout the night. A flood of customers came through my line with a variety of questions and complaints. I feel like they were dying of hunger the way the manic crowds were frantically fighting over goods. Grateful and puzzled for the kind, patient, and pleasant customers who stopped by! I would have thought they would stick to the online option. 🙂

Piles of merchandise were strewn throughout the store. We stayed on top of it by collected them before they got trampled on by the stampede. I filtered out the noise and focused on the task at hand. Some people may be of the opinion that a mosh pit is one way to celebrate life. Not me, but some people may find it thrilling.

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Sometimes, I think people get energized by spending Black Friday celebrating with the enormous crowds! A celebration of spending their hard hard earned savings to buy things to enhance their life or the lives of their loved ones. It may be an illusion of enhancement or a reality for others. They may enjoy walking around the store checking out the sales with their families.

I didn’t get anything that night. No time to, but I did have an eye on the 200 piece art set with an easel/stand and DIY Spa Kit. (Already thinking of methods for self-care after this onslaught 😉 ) Our supervisors provided us with a warm dinner in the break room.  I crashed on my bed the moment I got home. New memories swirling around in my mind.

Ah,
my sweet bed 
How I adore thee
Falling into the oblivion
of sleep that comes easily!

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