the best of my 2011

3 01 2012

I feel like I’m on a roll, and that 2012 has a LOT to live up to, as I look back on the past year. For the second year in a row, I’ve moved across the country and been widely recognized for my social media. I’ve grown as a person, learned a lot, and met a lot of amazingly important people. Beyond that, I learned how to juggle being a workaholic, but also living life for me and for fun as much as possible.  Now, I’m saying goodbye to last year and blindly walking into this year, being slightly terrified to find out what it holds for me. It’s a good terrified, though. It’s the kind where I’m so open for surprises, and as long as I’m making more dreams come true, I’m down for whatever curveballs are thrown at me. In fact- the more, the better!

Before I keep it moving, I’m going to take one more look back at what 2011 meant to me, and my best moments of the year.

The 90s Dance Parties

I brought the 90s back in a major way in College Station, and from day one of being there, I kept trying to prove that I could get a successful 90s happy hour event going every week. FINALLY they let me give it a try, and I proved that I was right. Playing games like Twister and Simon Says with listeners and friends every week was not only a blast, but a huge accomplishment in being able to say “I told you so!” It’s always fun to be able to say that.

Pool days in College Station

Okay, so this isn’t any major feat or something to be proud of, but it’s definitely something I brag about and always remember when I look back on Summer 2011. Every Saturday and Sunday morning, I’d wake up, my friends would huddle up, and we’d head to the pool for a day of partying. You tell me a better way to spend your weekends, especially when you’re not even a college student, and I’ll probably call you a liar.

Mardi Gras

One of the things I vowed to do when I was in Texas, is go to as many of the nearby cities as possible. When Mardi Gras rolled around, nothing was gonna stop me from driving the short 7 hours to see a bunch of boobs. It put me in debt and took 11 hours to get there, and there were non-stop tornadoes that kept us from seeing any parades, but it was worth it. You don’t get to experience Mardi Gras in New Orleans every year. 

My goodbye parties

My friends in Texas made it really hard to leave, and with everything they did to bid me farewell, it was even harder. I had two goodbye parties, one with the station/listeners, and one for just my friends. ALL of my friends were at BOTH parties. That would be enough for me, but they went beyond it by getting me real cowboy boots, Aggieland t-shirts that were signed, and more. They really do go big or go home down there, and I couldn’t be more thankful for it.

Moving to Virginia Beach

Part of this moving process was great, liberating, and fun… but only about 10% of it. Packing- miserable [and would have never gotten done if it weren’t for my friends coming over to help me, even if we did take breaks to pool it up and watch really bad TV “porn”]. Finding a new place to live- stressful. Having no home for over a month- uncomfortable. Getting all of my stuff stolen or broken by the moving company with no repayment- nearly life-ending. BUT! I managed to learn a lot, and the drive wasn’t nearly as bad as I thought it’d be, especially with the slut by my side. Now I know that if I ever move again, I will not be hiring a company. I’ve never trusted people to do my work before, and I’m not sure why I did this time, but I won’t do it again.

Getting a Texas Social Media Award

I wonder if they hate that I got the award 9 months into my stay in the state, and left 5 months later, but it’s too late now! I am beyond thankful for the people who stepped forward to recommend me for the award and support me after everything I asked for just months earlier during the TJ competition. I felt like a little girl in a very big world at the ceremony, but it was amazing to meet fellow social media know-it-alls and really experience a Texas life.

Starting “Why Party Today?”

When I got my green screen for Christmas, I brainstormed for the best ideas to use it as much as possible. Since I love telling everyone the reasons to celebrate, my coworkers and I decided to dedicate ourselves to daily videos that tell the world what the day’s reason to party was. It was a lot of work, and multiple hours were added on to my work schedule every day, but being able to get so creative every day was a lot of fun. Luckily most of the dates are the same every year, and we started in January… so you can keep up all over again!

Getting the job at HOT 100.5

It was a very interesting process. One day I was meeting Corey on Facebook and doing something for his show on HOT 100.5, the next day I was meeting him and his coworkers during my birthday weekend, and suddenly they were offering me a job. Well, maybe it didn’t happen nearly that fast, but it did happen in a bizarre way that I wasn’t entirely prepared for. You’ve heard it from me and plenty of other people, and I’ll say it again- the best way to get a new job is to network in any way possible.

There were a ton more moments that I’ll always remember like my birthday, helping Joplin residents after the awful tornado, several interviews, and the in-house Tim Halperin concert.
Seriously 2012, bring it on, and bring it hard.. because both 2010 and 2011 blew me away, and I’m prepared for the best now.

the best of 2010

20 12 2010

It’s been a while since I posted on this page, but I’ve been brainstorming and now I’ve figured out interesting ways to keep you updated with me in 2011. [Considering the point of me starting this was to talk about the search for a real job… and I got it a few weeks later.]

But it’s been a pretty crazy year for me. Both 2009 and 2010 brought me incredible life changing opportunities and it’s only right that I reflect on the past 12 months in a way that I’ll always be able to look back and remember.

These are my top 10 moments of 2010.

10. Getting my stilts

I’m not lying when I say these things are my favorite thing that I own. They’re epic. I was doing my radio show when they arrived and couldn’t wait to try them on. I had been wanting these suckers for 5 years or more and finally I was going to be able to flip around and do cool tricks….. Or so I thought. We all know how it ended:

9. MTV TJ commercial

When the TV is on in the background as you work and you suddenly hear your name as a front-runner of the competition you’re working so hard at, you’ll probably think it’s a dream. My friends started texting me saying they were crying from excitement, and it hadn’t even sunk in yet. Then it happened again. I can’t even explain in words how I felt as I rewinded and  played it again and again. I was ecstatic, of course, but I was also terrified. It meant I had a lot to live up to and I couldn’t let my momentum or success fall. I couldn’t let it jinx me…. but man, the butterflies were goin’ hard in my stomach.

8. Raini and Rico in studio

I’m a HUGE fan of Modern Family, so when I found out that “Manny,” AKA Rico, was from my new home, and his uncle was my taxi driver, I did everything in my power to get him in studio the next time he was in town. I was successful! It was my first in person, big time interview and they were both awesome. We played my new favorite thing to do- Truth or Dare, and even ate some crickets.

7. My goodbye party

My friends in the DMV know better than anyone that my motto is “work hard, play harder.” I wasn’t going to leave town without an epic bang. One night was spent at my favorite place- McFadden’s. I practically owned that place. [Or so I’d like to think.] The next day everyone I knew came to my house for a crazy daylong party that lasted well into the night and ended with people passing out all over the house. As fun as everything was, it was more about the amount of people that came by to see me off and remind me of how brave I am for making such a big move [still don’t know how I grew the cajones to do such a thing, but I’m pretty freakin’ proud of myself]. I have some of the best friends a girl could ask for.

6. Flying out for an interview in College Station

Before April, I had never been further west than Morgantown, WV. I had never traveled further than Florida, and that was less than a handful of times. Beyond that, I had been applying for jobs all over the country for almost a year, with no real bites. I had a feeling from the moment I saw the ad for the job that this would be my new home. I knew it before I even had the interview. The night after my interview and everything I did to meet everyone at the station, I walked along University Avenue alone, just taking everything in and preparing myself for the move. Sure, I didn’t know for a fact that the job was mine, but like I said, I had a feeling.

5. The MTV TJ Finale

Never, ever will I forget the journey that MTV took me on this summer. I’ll never forget the other 19 people who ran by my side or the hundreds of you that supported me. The finale gave me closure with the whole competition, but also allowed me to meet so many amazing people from all over the country [and Sway!]. The show was beautiful and just knowing I was a part of it, even if I wasn’t on that stage, was amazing.

4. The rejection

Well, I never really got a call to let me know that I didn’t make the top 5 of MTV TJ, but just like with my job here, I had a feeling it wasn’t meant to be for whatever reason. When all of us figured it out the night before, I sat in my bed crying, video chatting with the other rejects, drinking a bottle of wine [that I woke up to empty in my bed the next morning]. It was the most severe heartbreak I have ever felt in my entire life, and it’s actually pretty hard to relive in my head right now. The next morning was pretty hard considering the headache I had and the official announcement that confirmed everything, but it was my boss here that made everything better. By the end of the day my desk was covered in balloon animals, and I couldn’t help but smile.

3. Live Chat on MTV

After working my ass off on everything Real World: DC related, and hearing all these great things people at MTV were apparently saying about me, it was incredible to finally see it all publicly recognized on as I hosted a live chat right there on their website. More than 900 people came in to chat with me and all my fellow RWDC gurus and cast members. The high after the success of the chat was so great that I had to go out and get a Slurpee to let it all sink in. Chris Wiggins and I thought we were practically about to take over the world after that.

2. The MTV TJ call

I had been in Texas for one weekend. That’s it. Then I get a call that I had dreamed of getting my entire life, offering me a shot at my dream job with MTV in NYC. At first, I didn’t think I was going to be able to do it. What the heck would I tell my new bosses?! [Thankfully some industry friends talked some sense into me.] Just as I thought this would be a rather slow transition into a new town, I had to break the ice and dive in head first thanks to someone at MTV thinking I was a little entertaining.

1. The call that I got the job

The biggest, most life-changing call I have ever received happened as I was on my way to the station in DC after leaving my job at the restaurant. It was so matter of fact. “You want the job?” “Sure!” “Okay, see ya in two weeks!” Literally. That’s pretty much how it went. I immediately pulled off the highway and started texting all my radio friends, crying happy tears. When I had to make the call to the boy and my brother, the tears turned to sad ones. It was the craziest mix of emotions I’ve ever had. I had prepared myself for the move, but not this moment. There was no way I could have. Thankfully the excitement outweighed the sadness as I told my parents I was finally making their dreams come true and becoming a big girl, and my dad replied with “oh no.”

As always, I wish I could go on and on about my year and all the amazing things that happened, but that would defeat the purpose of “Top 10” lists. Plus, why waste my time if no one cares enough to read a word of this? I’ll just leave myself and all of us with a slideshow of my favorite pictures from the year. And also with one final thank you of 2010. Thank you for being my rock, my motivation, my everything. Without any of my blogs, I don’t know where I’d be today. And if I didn’t have you, I wouldn’t have my blogs.

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CHEERS to an amazing 2011, and the unknown craziness it will bring!

the mtv tj’s take new york city

10 08 2010

This summer has been insane and one I will absolutely never forget. It may not have turned out exactly how I hoped it would, but I must say I’m okay with where I am. In fact, I’m happy with where I am and what I’m doing… and I couldn’t be more excited to find out what the next adventure will be.

I have this past weekend to thank for this closure. As most of you might know, I went to the bright lights of New York City to meet my fellow MTV TJ’s, both rejects and top 5ers, and watch the finale of the most exciting opportunistic journey of my life.

**Before I tell you all about it, I have to give a special thank you and shout out to my absolutely amazing boss Big Daddy Downs for making it possible for me to go. He helped fund the trip that could have put me into a nice debt if I didn’t have his help. I can honestly say I work for the best company in radio [that I know of, anyway].**

Because of my budget, and the others’, we decided we needed to find a place in the city that would cost us no more than $100 total for the entire weekend’s stay. You may think this is crazy and impossible, but I’m a bargain shopper! We found a place in the Lower East Side that could sleep 10 of us [if we squeezed and brought air mattresses]. One by one, day by day, more people showed up and by the end we were one tight little family in our Jesus apartment. [Seriously… We even had a Jesus sculpture and paintings all over the apartment.]

I won’t get too much into what we did each night, because I’m saving that for a video series that I will cleverly call “The Real World: TJs.” Expect a few episodes with hilarious videos of us all.

What was awesome: We only went out one night. The other two we spent on the roof of our apartment that had an amazing view. Just about all of the TJ’s made it up to our roof party on Saturday night, including four of the top five. We toasted to “making surreal things real” as we met each other- the small avatars from all across the nation that were used to “TJ’s After Dark” being a tinychat chatroom. Now we were in the flesh proving that our online personalities were in fact our real ones. We meshed so well. We were a tight family from the minute we hugged hello. We had a blast and stayed up talking until the wee hours of the morning. We also decided to get matching bracelets with handcuffs on them. We were once handcuffed to MTV, but now we’re handcuffed to each other. 😉

We were there for reasons besides meeting each other: Making something of ourselves, exploring the city, and seeing the finale.

Though I’m sad I have to say that we didn’t get a tour of the MTV headquarters or tickets to the VMAs, we did make the most of our time in the city and I achieved one goal: becoming BFFs with Sway and giving him a hug. The night before the finale X posted a video from Sway that had me all giddy inside. The next night Sway himself told me I was crazy and persistent. Duh, Sway.

The finale was absolutely beautiful. Luckily we got to sit right in the front by the stage to really support the top 5 and experience this with them as much as possible. They did great. They showed the world why they were picked, and definitely handled defeat better than some of us did.

In case you happened to still be living in a cave, I’m happy to say @gabifresh is officially @MTVTJ! I dropped a bunch of hits that I wanted you to choose between her and X, so I’m glad that one of them won! I’m not going to lie though… Dannielle really proved herself and had me dying laughing at the things she did and said. She woulda rocked at that job just as much as the other two. As for Jose– I know he’s got something great coming to him too. I’m so upset by the way his elimination happened, but I hope he doesn’t let any of this upset him.

I freaked out for days trying to figure out what to wear to this finale and how I’d present myself to these people who already knew me so well. Somehow I wanted to make them think “We want this girl on the MTV team pronto.” We had about ten minutes to do this while meeting Brett from Oz, our producer, and other MTV TJ peeps. I’m not sure if I had them wanting more, but I really hope I did. Either way, I will prove it more and more as days go by.

That being said, this chapter of my life is officially being closed. I really wanted to do a formal thank you/wrap up of the entire experience, and hopefully I still will, but know that I couldn’t be more thankful for you, all of my followers, readers, family, friends, mentors, and most importantly- The MTV staff that made this possible. I couldn’t have done it without a single one of you and I hope you know that.

To my TJ’s- We’re destined for greatness. Each of us has a spark that can’t be denied, it’s just a matter of finding the place that can handle the brightness. I can’t wait to see the journeys we all take and keep reuniting.

Now I shall end my cheesiness, tell you that I mean it, and get back to making sure I give you the content you want. Thanks for sticking with me through the blogging droughts, but it’s time to get wet again.

…That sounds awkward.

i took the trapeze class in DC!

30 07 2010

All last summer I kept asking all of my followers if they wanted to try the trapeze class that’s in the middle of DC… No one ever seemed to think I was serious.

I was. 100%. And I finally found someone to go with me while I was home for the weekend- My big sister.

In just two hours, they expected me to be able to hang upside down and and be caught by a guy 6 inches shorter than me….. What?!

Yes, I made it as cheesey as possible with the video, and I’m okay with that.

Because I like to show off my accomplishments, check out some sweet pictures, too!

I wanna go back and learn some more tricks! Maybe I can holler at the one in Austin or something.

Have you ever done it!?

what’s a plogerpalooza?

21 07 2010

Two weekends ago, amidst all of the MTV TJ challenges, I flew home to Virginia for the annual Plogerpalooza party at my house.

What’s a Plogerpalooza, you ask?! Well it’s a party at mi casa, with all my friends and family, my dad’s band plays, we have rocket car races, a moonbounce, the pool, volleyball, and plenty of alcohol.

And this year we even have someone rushed to the hospital one hour into the party, and another surprise after 3 hours.

Here’s a quick sum-up video…. Even though I was slackin’ on my video-taking that day.

The one rule we have: Don’t let the crazy come out til after the sun goes down. 😉

Please oh please let there be a next year, Dad!

mtv asks: memorable mtv moments

20 07 2010

Challenge 5… The final challenge [in this leg.. hopefully I’ll have more!]

MTV wants to know: What three MTV moments in history have resonated the most?

Well… I have multiple answers. Some are very personal moments, and some are moments shared worldwide. I guess I’ll do 3 and 3!

BUT.. Before I get started, there are some things you should know. When I was growing up, MTV was basically the porn channel to my family. It was forbidden. My brother and I could not watch it. For whatever reason my mom thought it was a terrible influence on me. [C’mon Mom! AssMan on the VMA’s, half naked people hooking up on Real World, and the basically pornographic show Undressed aren’t appropriate for young teens?! Loosen up!] Anything I remember was mostly things I snuck onto the TV before she yelled at me or saw at my friends’ houses… Although I’ve caught up on my MTV history thanks to YouTube, this is a personal response… So I’ll talk about the things I remember and that have affected me.

Hopefully now Mom’s okay with the fact that MTV is going to run my life.

Worldwide/shared moments

I think the earliest moments I have locked in my memory [besides Real World or Spring Break shows] were watching my girl Britney Spears’ performances on the VMAs. Everyone agrees these helped define the late 90s and early 2000s. If I have to pick one performance though, it’s not going to be the kiss with Madonna like some may say, it’s going to be in 2000- “Oops I Did It Again.”

It was the first time she did something that I had to defend for her. People started getting angry that she was “naked” on stage and being a bad influence. I assured them all she had undies on under that promiscuous outfit and swore that she was still an amazing role model. To this day I’m defending every one of her actions saying that she’ll bounce back from it all, there’s a reason for everything, and I still look up to my Brit Brit.

This may not be one instant moment in time, but it’s something that happened thanks to MTV that really helped me get through a lot of hard times. When Laguna Beach premiered, I instantly developed a girl crush on LC. I felt like we had so much in common! She was going through all the things I was going through at the same time and talking them out in public. It was a therapy for me. I was going through one of the hardest times in my life, but I felt a connection with her and I began modeling my strength and determination off hers. I feel like we grew together. Graduated high school together. Started working on making our dreams realities together. Left things behind together. Maybe it’s a little creepy, but it’s true. Now I even model a lot of my look and style after hers. She’s absolutely someone I so greatly look up to, but at the same time it’s like she’s always been my best friend…. Through the TV screen.

Finally- the moment I literally thought all of my hopes and dreams were shattered- The end of TRL.

My first ever post on love, elizabethany was about the show coming to an end, and I covered “Total Finale Live” every step of the way. Why? Well, it’s obviously such a huge show in pop culture history… That’s a known fact… But all my life I told people I was going to be a VJ on TRL. They always said no, but I knew I would be. When TRL ended, they won. As emotional and devastating as that sounds, it’s exactly how I felt. Still- I celebrated with the rest of the nation and watched the show go out on a high note. Seeing Carson back, having the peeps from the 90s perform like no time had passed, watching everyone reminisce…. It was a beautiful thing. There’s no sense in recapping it all again when I have it written on love, e, but seriously- I cried watching it. That’s how ya know it was special.

The personal moments

I’ve said before I’m practically an MTV superstar… That’s because I’ve been on MTV a few times throughout the years, whether it be quick glances or a full-out interview on camera. Here are the moments that got me to the biggest one yet:

It may have been just another episode of TRL to most people, but in December of 2003 [or somewhere around there] my mom, brother and I took our first official trip to NYC. My #1 goal was of course to stand outside of TRL and get on TV. I told everyone I knew and luckily there was a Blizzard going on so it was a snow day! My mom and I waited in the crowd in the snow but she of course didn’t feel like sitting through the weather for very long, so she convinced me to leave early. Thank goodness she did! As we’re walking away, I hear the guys of Blink 182 talking to us. I turn around and there’s a camera following me! I totally cheesed it up -duh- and next thing I know they’re bringing me up into the studio with my mom, giving me a microphone, introducing me to Blink, and having me go over my lines. WHAT?! I had my mom go on “stage” with me as they interviewed me random questions about myself and what I wanted for Christmas, then I introduced Chingy’s “Holiday Inn.” The entire time I was freaking out, I stuttered [who cares, don’t judge!] and my phone was blowing up with people saying they saw me on TRL. After we left I was SURE someone recorded it. They had to, right?! False. I was on MTV’s TRL as a stand-in/temporary VJ as I’d like to say, doing my dream job, and all I got was these camera phone pictures:

Once upon a time I used to be fat. I mentioned before I had a rough time in life and I got through it by watching Laguna Beach. Another way I got through it was by taking ice cream and spreading it with a knife over a Chips Ahoy cookie, putting another one on top, and eating a bunch of them. I did this for a while and denied my weight gain until one day I was watching “True Life: I want the perfect body.” I looked down, realized what I was eating, realized how I looked, and realized that I didn’t want to live looking like that. I’ll be honest- I kept eating the cookies and ice cream that night, but the next day I swore to go on a hard core diet. Next thing I knew I was losing 10, 20, 30+ pounds and back in relatively good shape again. It was just another show that I was barely paying attention to but it hit me hard. Now I look back at that moment, laugh, and thank MTV for showing it at the right time. There’s no tellin’ what I would look like today if it weren’t for that show.

I hear that when the Real World: DC premiered there wasn’t a whole lot of hype or interest in the show. I can’t believe it. Ya see, you probably know I stalked the cast while they were in DC and created a huge buzz over the show and cast throughout DC. When the premiere night came on December 30th, it was like a night I had been waiting for my whole life. I teamed up with my other RWDC gurus to put together a premiere party for the cast and city that MTV and Bunim Murray wouldn’t think of doing.

We had 6 of the 8 roommates in town, dozens of media outlets in the bar we chose to hold it at, and hundreds of fans packed into the place and waiting in line outside hoping to catch the cast walking down the red carpet. It was such an unreal night. Cameras were flashing everywhere, interview after interview was being conducted, and I was [almost] just as known at the party as the cast. When “This is the story…” began, I was sitting with the cast of the new season of the reality show that started it all, watching them cry and see themselves on TV for the first time. It was absolutely incredible. It may have been just another premiere of a not-so-great reality show to some people, but it was one of the top 3 days of my entire life… and the beginning of a couple of crazy months while the show aired.

I could go on to tell you about each of the moments I saw my face/Twitter on MTV because of the MTV TJ ads, but I think you know the excitement that hit me.

MTV has been something I’ve had in my life as much as possible my entire life, whether it be a couple sneaked minutes a week or hours and hours a week between watching the shows and reporting on them. I don’t want this to change. As I finish this last challenge of this leg of the competition, I can’t help but hope this isn’t the end. This can’t be the end of the story. Please- help me write another chapter.

Thank you again for everything. Seriously. You da bomb.

mtv asks: what musical moments have impacted me?

12 07 2010

For challenge 3, MTV wants us to share 3 musical moments from our lives that have impacted us in one way or another.

The way I think I’m going to do this is A) share one memory per day of this challenge and B) share musical memories that are most prominent in my memory-library…. In order, of course.

Memory #1: Getting my first full album.

I don’t exactly remember why I got my first album on cassette tape or even if I picked it out or if I have the Easter Bunny or Santa to thank for it, but I can remember holding Ace of Base’s “The Sign” in my hand the day I got it and being so excited that it was a real tape that I didn’t have to record from the radio.

I immediately went into my room that I needed to clean, blasted the tape, and sang it at the top of my lungs into my vacuum cleaner. I seriously remember the day like it was yesterday. I convinced myself that I had to sing it at the talent show instead of doing my usual gymnastics routine. Needless to say, someone talked sense into me later and I did end up flipping around the stage rather than holding a mic.

I think this moment has a huge impact on the reason I love 90s music so much. Every time I hear them I smile and remember that day. Every time I get a request for Ace of Base, I play it without hesitation. The first album anyone gets is a historical moment, and I love that mine was a cassette, and is something that I still love to this day.

Memory #2: All of my memorable concerts

I wrote down all of my moments today so that I could properly pick only two more, and with all of my concerts that had an impact, I just can’t do it. So, I shall share all of my favorite concerts in one big “moment.”

My first real concert- NSYNC, Baha Men, and Dream.
I was the biggest NSYNC fan, it was crazy. Them and Britney, of course! I remember staring at them thinking they couldn’t be real on the stage. It was the first time I had ever been in the same place as a celebrity! I was literally in shock and disbelief. Baha Men were barefoot, too! That instantly made me like them more. It was just a great representation of the amazing [and not so amazing] pop music of the time! I couldn’t have picked a better show to make my first.

My first country concert- Tim McGraw
[Don’t mind the absolutely horrid picture… almost 
fat girl evidence.] I was always very anti-country music, probably just like most of you. My teammates dragged me to a concert one summer in high school and I haven’t looked back since. I still have the first CD they made for me with “country songs that will get you into country” and it’s one of my favorites. I also use it on people who are stubborn and refuse to give it a chance! Country music is absolutely my favorite kind of music. There’s nothing better than blasting it on a nice, sunny day and cruising down the highway while you sing at the top of your lungs. Don’t believe me? Try it. Just once. Not all of it is about losing your wife, your dog, etc.

My first stalking experience- The Making the Band Concert with Donnie Klang, Danity Kane, and Day26.
It’s a little ridiculous how big a fan I was of Making the Band. Once Day26 was being formed, it was definitely one of my top 10 shows ever. I am still obsessed with the guys and have to keep myself away from YouTubing them or else I’ll be stuck for hours. My friend Jenn and I went to the concert, talked to them while they were backstage, knew all the words, danced all the dances, and then happened to find out where they were staying. OF COURSE we went back, waited for them, and ended up hanging out with them for about an hour!!! They even asked if we were coming up to the room with them. If I hadn’t pooped my pants when they said that, I woulda gone. We did get awesome pics and ended up on MTB, though!

When I finally got to see Britney- The Circus Tour
Obviously I’ve wanted nothing more than to see Britney in concert since I was 12, but it was never a cheap ticket. When she announced her Circus tour, I was terribly afraid of her ending up dead within the next year, that I was willing to pay anything to see her. My mom dropped a couple hundred dollars as an early Christmas present and sent me on my way. I cried when she came out. Cried. Over a singer being on stage. I couldn’t keep my eyes off her. I couldn’t blink. She was gorgeous, it was amazing, and it was everything I had hoped to see for so long. To this day, she’s the only person I think I’d be so starstruck to meet that I’d be speechless.

Part 3: The soundtrack to my life

Okay, maybe this isn’t a moment or a memory, but if you want to see my passions, my beliefs, my personality… me… through music, you can absolutely see it with the songs I pick for the soundtrack to my life. Enjoy them. They’re amazing.

1. A Goofy Movie- Stand Out. Not joking. This song has been my theme song for many years now. There’s no explanation needed.

2. Rascal Flatts- Stand. This is maybe my favorite song of all time. I’m big on lyrics, as you’ll see throughout this whole list. Don’t let anything get you down. Stand back up and keep going.

3. Gretchen Wilson- Work Hard, Play Harder. Definitely no explanation needed here.

4. Britney Spears- Circus. Just like “Stand Out,” refer to the lyrics- “All eyes on me in the center of the ring just like a circus.”

5. David Cook- Time of My Life. I would blast this song every morning on my way to my internships in the summer of 2008. It got me pumped. Now “more than a name” stays as my phone’s banner. Don’t be just another face in the crowd.

6. Love and Theft- Runaway. I first started blasting this as a way to escape the fights I would have with my parents, but now I use it because I picked up my things and came all the way to Texas, by myself, without looking back.

7. Jessica Harp- Boy Like Me. I have a lot of boyish tendencies. All of my friends are boys for the most part, and I have the attitude of a guy…. It just fits.

8. Jason Mraz- Remedy. This song got me through probably the hardest time of my life thus far. I don’t know why or how, besides that it’s upbeat and fun.

9. Des’ree- You Gotta Be. Ever since I was 7 years old in gymnastics I’ve kept this song in the back of my head. It’s a song to live by.

10. Kenny Chesney- When The Sun Goes Down. I always tell my friends the “ultimate rule:” Work hard or act like a grown-up all day, but as soon as the sun goes down, it’s time to get wild.

11. Sugarland- Settlin’. Definitely doesn’t need explanation. Why settle for less when you can have the best?!

12. Mary J Blige- Each Tear. This is probably the newest addition to my list. “With each tear there’s a lesson.”

13. Billy Ray Cyrus and Miley Cyrus- Ready, Set, Don’t Go. It reminds me of my mom and some other people back home. It was hard to leave them, and I know it was hard for them to see me go, but it was my time… THIS is my time.

14. Carrie Underwood- Lessons Learned. You want a song to live by? This is absolutely the song… well… and all the others.

15. Danny Gokey- My Best Days Are Ahead of Me. There is nothing better than the future, right?! It can only get better from here. At least- that’s what I keep telling myself.

A lot of country in there, I know… That doesn’t mean it’s all I listen to, but it’s definitely the most meaningful of all genres.. At least as far as I’ve realized. I’m all about meaningful music. Lyrics are key. Once I started paying attention to them, my whole aspect on music changed.

And there we have it! The most impactful music “moments” in the history of EB! Challenge 3- you are complete… Right after the live, free, broadcasted Flawless Escape show tonight.