ORDER CHAOS & BACON

Impressions of a transplant turned freelancer in the Mile-High city. When it doubt>write it out

Walking through the city listening to this entire album just made me unbelievably happy. If you aren’t in the Christmas spirit yet, just take a listen.

See you soon OHIO lovers!

(Source: Spotify)

fall is escaping the city soundscapes

The way the night looks when it is cold

The way the night sky is illuminated

The way the colors mix—a mix of a light pink and pastel purple.

The way the light pollution looks

The way the clouds above me look like a foggy Friday Night Lights football stadium.

A high school’s stadium

The sound of a car driving by

Whisking the leaves into night’s chill

A wave of wind guiding it to the mountains

The way the Homeless Couple fight

They are quiet and dislike the cold

The way my couch swallowed me whole

The way I felt after hibernating today

The way my friend will still make a Mixtape

The way I am moved

The way I am grateful

The way I am enamored by such kindness

The way I am rocked to sleep

The way I close my eyes

The way I float into the night

Chasing Fall

Chasing Sounds

Chasing the last of today

Waiting for tomorrow.

Gratitude Monday

Turned around a Mundane Monday by thinking about every live show I’ve experienced in 2013. In no particular order…

  1. STS9 NYE 
  2. Phish (x3)
  3. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros
  4. Alabama Shakes
  5. The Motet
  6. String Cheese Incident
  7. STS9 (x2)
  8. Lotus
  9. the xx
  10. Grizzly Bear
  11. alt-j
  12. Pretty Lights
  13. Thievery Corporation
  14. Toro Y Moi
  15. Local Natives
  16. The National
  17. Bob Dylan
  18. Wilco
  19. My Morning Jacket
  20. Dada Life
  21. Trampled by Turtles
  22. Bonobo
  23. El Ten Eleven 
  24. Eliot Lipp
  25. Papadosio
  26. Flosstradamus
  27. Big Gigantic
  28. Grizmatik 
  29. Beats Antique
  30. Emancipator

What a summer/music-filled year. Feeling a lot of gratitude for these experiences and how music moves my soul. 

Up next… ;)

Arcade Fire - "Afterlife"

ONE MORE WEEEEEEEEEKKKKK

Stream Ryan Hemsworth: Guilt Trips on Pitchfork Advance

CRISPY

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As I sit here creeping on my good friend, Zackary’s Facebook page--one that I rely on for the assortment of great music I can plague my ears with — I am suddenly overcome with nostalgia, true happiness, contentment. Cross-legged on this gray, yet comfortable couch, I find myself pleased with the day. I lived by my new mantra—rejoice in every moment. Try to see the little things about life that are compelling and overwhelmingly beautiful, those specks of beauty, signs of life, if you will. We often overlook them because we are too consumed, too busy.

Helll, maybe I am reflecting so intently on the day, on my life, on my whatever, because I’m not as busy as some of you. I don’t have as many commitments to attend to. Does that make me lazy? Does that mean I have it easy? Well, no. It doesn’t mean that at all. And I’m thankful for that. Truthfully, it just happened to be my day off.

I try my damnnist to keep myself busy on my days off. I read, write, search for new music, bartend at neigborhood galleries for my neighborhood parties, clean yoga studios, practice yoga, consume way too much coffee, ride my bike, etc, etc. To me, that’s a damn good busy day.

It’s not just a good day because I had my caffeine and plenty of time to do everything mentioned above, in addition to finishing tasks for my internship. It was mostly a feel-good day because when it was all said and done, I just felt exceptional.

Why exceptional? Let me explain.

I bartended at an art gallery owned by one of the most interesting men I have the pleasure of knowing—William Havu. It was my neighborhood, the Golden Triangle’s, monthly neighborhood gathering. Wine, beer, cheese, and some of the best desserts I’ve had in a while, accompanied good company and compelling art. One piece was even named “For Megan”, an oil painting on pichort (sp? I don’t know, I left the paper now and will edit this later).

It was great to finally chat with my neighbors who I see almost every morning at Rooster & Moon. It’s almost always the case that I’m too busy to converse with them other than to ask them for their drink order. After finally having those long-awaited conversation, I left with a newly-found sense of community. The simplicity of having those conversation is what I find strange. It’s just that simple—being curious enough to ask those question that lead to a genuine conversation.

The ah-ha! moment that yep, the journalist in this gal still lives. The fire still burns. The search for a story is continuous. It made me feel certain. 

Those conversations made more certain about the road I’m currently on—freelancing, writing, interning, marketing, etc. I felt like I could write a story on every person I met tonight. (Typical journalistic mindset ;)). It might seem silly to some of you, but to me, it’s the beauty in the art I’m so fond of. Those genuine conversations, almost every single time, lead to the best quotes, a new angle, or underlying story.

There’s more. There is almost always more.

After helping Bill clean the remnants left behind, I began the short, literally two block, journey home. As soon as I stepped outside, I was overwhelmed by my emotions. It was strange—haven’t felt that way in a while. No, it wasn’t the caffeine or the sugar high. It was revisiting that little stretch of the neighborhood, the part that even in the dim glow of street lights and stars above, is still breath taking. A sense of security. A sense of belonging. 

Furthermore, as I turned onto my street, the city skyline became remarkably clear. Each building was so crisp, glowing among the night mist. And then, the smell. That sweet, crispy odor of Fall. Not just Fall, but snow. A deep inhale of the autumnal bliss stopped me in my tracks. I smiled and locked my eyes to my West. To the right, the Full Moon. To my Northwest, a stop sign that read ‘Stop—collaborate and listen.’

So many signs. An abundance of crystal clear signs of life. The transparent signals telling me to keep going, keep enjoying the ride, keep doing what I’m doing, keep dreaming, keep soaring past false limitations.

Those little signs help remind us that life is beautiful. In my case, it helped me realize that I’m headed in the right direction, even though I didn’t think so. Even when you can’t see them, all you have to do is stop and look around.

Isn’t this the truth. Pairs well with my previous post. Be here now and enjoy it. 
It’s also one of my favorite quotes from the wise mind of the late, and most certainly great, Jack Kerouac. 

Isn’t this the truth. Pairs well with my previous post. Be here now and enjoy it. 

It’s also one of my favorite quotes from the wise mind of the late, and most certainly great, Jack Kerouac. 

Equinox Cleanse

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I haven’t posted since May. Seriously, MAY?! This makes me a little disappointed. Fortunately my self-disappointment, in this sense, isn’t as negative as it sounds. It’s motivation to do better—to do what I know I should be doing. 

Should is now will. I declare it so. I’m tired of seeing the same damn vision board. It’s become mundane. Instead, it should be an altered vision board—altered to implement new goals after I’ve accomplished the previous few. Instead, I want to see a multitude of lines through those set goals to signify milestones and allow me to set new one ones. I also will myself to stay afloat and not drown in this vision board. I’ve found myself so attached to the vision that I’m losing sight of the present. 

I’ve realized in these past few months that it’s time to be here now and to live in the present. I know it sounds cliched, but have you really ever thought about it? Lived by it? Do you truly live in the now? I’m not saying to lose sight of your future ambitions. I guess what I’m saying is that I think I’ve finally realized how important these three words are (Epiphany #1).

Living in the now isn’t something I’m just rambling on about for no reason. I’ve recently dove head first into the yoga world, and I am thankful for both the physical and mental results. Before each session, our teacher sets the intention for the class. Today it was to be here now. Last night’s was to live life life with compassion. I know these seem like lessons we should already be living by, but what we don’t realize is that our actions do not always follow suit. I know mine don’t.

And by all means, it’s not easy to do so. It’s so easy to put off a task for tomorrow, or to take a job you might no necessarily care for whatsoever, but you take it knowing that in 5 years you’ll finally be working for your dream firm. You’re always thinking about the “next thing”. Instead, shift your mind back to the present.

Try it. I dare you. Next time you’re driving into work or sitting mindlessly at your desk and you begin day-dreaming of what you’ll be eating for lunch or what concert you’ll be attending this weekend—stop! Come back to the present. Literally inhale the words “Be Here Now”. Doing so will have a significant impact for both your mindset and productivity. 

I’ve personally experienced the impact mentioned above. This wasn’t without looking deep within. I had to delve into the past few months and reflect. There is still a fair amount of reflecting to be done, so I want to quickly do so. I want to briefly reflect on what I am personally thankful for and why I’m trying my hardest to live by this list AND keep the big picture at bay. Essentially, this is my equinox cleanse.

This reflection is to not just provide a laundry list of what I’m thankful for, but it serves to help me realize the upside of where I am in life and downside of unhealthy thinking. Epiphany #2: just because I’m not working full-time job for some PR firm or have a column covering politics or the food and beverage industry for a local magazine, I’m not failing at The Adventure. Quite the opposite.

Although it’s not Thanksgiving quite yet, it shouldn’t have to be in order to express gratitude.  Always be grateful for the ability to be here now, to be able to imagine a bright future, and for the little things—that butterfly flying with you while riding your bike, sunsets/sunrises, your favorite song coming on the radio when you’re stuck in traffic, a random text, a stranger smiling at you—that can turn around any average “meh” day. 

List of Gratitude

  1. Independence
  2. My family + friends. My family is like no other. I deem them the “Super-Fam”
  3. My full-time position at R&M. It’s great networking, too! 
  4. My internship (thanks, Sprocket!)
  5. Whiskey
  6. Insatiable learning curve
  7. My apartment. It’s slowly coming together. I have a couch, yo!
  8. Sense of self
  9. The amount of live music I’ve experienced. A summer of pure bliss and perma-smile
  10. My bike + bike rides through the city. 
  11. The constant mountain view. Just look West.
  12. The ability to smile. Having a reason to do so. I love smiling at a stranger for no apparent reason. Try it. You’ll be surprised.
  13. City-living + Mountain getaways
  14. Yoga

I stopped at 14 because it’s my favorite number, and to obviously prove my point. Once you start thinking of everything you are truly grateful for, hopefully, it becomes a never-ending list. 

Don’t just look at what you’re not doing or accomplishing in your life. Make a list like I did above. What are you grateful for? Are they all the things you’ve accomplished? If so, how can you utilize this list? I challenge you to utilize it to the fullest. Do so with the intent of keeping your future at bay, but to live in the now. You already took the ticket, now enjoy the ride.

breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next
NBC News: The Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 
President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”
After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News. 
Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)

breakingnews:

Senate passes debt deal; House votes next

NBC NewsThe Senate voted 81-18 to reopen the government and raise the debt ceiling. 

President Barack Obama spoke from the White House after the Senate’s vote, saying he will sign the bill as soon as it arrives on his desk. The House is expected to vote on the measure tonight.

“There’s a lot of work ahead of us, including our need to earn back the trust of the American people that’s been lost over the last few weeks,” he said. “And we can begin to do that by addressing the real issues that they care about.”

After a long and tedious process, the Senate compromise is only a short-term deal allowing the federal government to operate through January 15, and conservatives who fought to de-fund or delay Obamacare have had to concede defeat. NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell reports.

The House is expected to approve the bill and send it to the president’s desk for signature within hours.

Follow updates on Breaking News

Photo: President Barack Obama speaks after the Senate vote. (NBC News)