All My Flowers Grew Back as Thorns

I know no one is shocked to hear me talk about Taylor Swift again (and if you are, you must be new here), but she released a new album yesterday, and I definitely lost my cool, and I need to talk about it. I have been a fan of Taylor Swift and her music for over a decade—since the day I heard “I’d Lie” in a Hannah Montana fan video (Yeah, I know.)—and I am completely in awe of how she manages to create something so new and so different, but still so true to who she is, every single time. Read More


Pack Yourself a Toothbrush Dear

My semester abroad in Ireland started off a little rough. I had an especially good time the previous semester when I was still at my university in New Hampshire—good roommates, good friends, good classes. And while I looked forward to going, I was apprehensive to leave. It was my first time out of the country by myself and I wasn’t all that great with big changes. I was struck by overwhelming homesickness the moment the plane landed. Read More

25 Songs from the Mid 2000’s That You Need Back in Your Life: Part One

Last week, as I plugged away writing blogs, working, and beginning a serious cleaning purge, I listened to a lot of music–either iTunes radio or my music library on shuffle. This led to a number of serious throwbacks (particularly to the mid 2000’s) and some nostalgia for my angsty and dramatic middle and high school years–and I know I wasn’t the only one! And aside from the ’90s, which were the best decade period (says the ’90s kid), the mid 2000’s had some of the best music.

If you’re looking for a trip down memory lane, or some good music to fill your otherwise boring week, I have you covered. Read More

This Night Was Sparkling

It seems that no matter what direction Taylor Swift takes her music, it is always a good one. When she released the first single from her fifth album last August, she began the big leap from country to pop music. Many people worried that it wouldn’t be a good move while others believed she had already made that transition. “Shake It Off” immediately became a hit though, and only a few short months later, so did the rest of Swift’s 1989 album. With over 1.287 million copies sold in the first week, 1989 had the largest sales week for an album in more than twelve years.

I stayed up late one October night so I could listen to the album as soon as it was released. Instantly, I loved the 80’s pop feel and all of the risks Taylor took with new sounds. It was lyrically and musically wonderful in a way that was so different from her previous albums, but still so her. Read More

17 Hours in Massachusetts and New Hampshire

(There are a lot of “firsts” in life, and I realize I talk about those quite a bit on this blog. Some things just stick with you though, and for me, that includes a lot of “firsts.”)

When I was an itty bitty wee little soon-to-be college student, I drove up to New Hampshire with my parents for one of the first times. I had been there a few months prior for orientation and the previous November for an open house, but this time I would be leaving home and moving to campus to begin a new chapter. We drove up on a Sunday, spent the night in a hotel, and I moved in on Labor Day. That morning, while everyone was getting ready and I was nervously pacing around the room, a video came on one of the music channels on the hotel TV. Read More

8 Songs I Can’t Get Out of My Head This Month

Raise your hand if you sing in the shower.

Okay, I think that’s most of you. You can’t see me right now, but I did not raise my hand. I’ve never been big on singing in the shower. I will dance in the shower sooner than I will sing in the shower, and that says a lot because I do not like to dance. (Dancing on wet surfaces also happens to be much more dangerous, so please do not try this at home.) It happened once (the singing, that is) last month and was such a rare occurrence that I caught myself off guard, which I didn’t even know was possible.

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