Monday, October 31, 2016

Random thoughts that aren't long enough for their own blog post - October 2016

Oh look, this is on time!

Cuz this is what I was looking at on Oct 1...

Ok, not a lot happened in October. Well, a very BIG thing happened, but I talked about that in my last month in a review which ended up being like a month and a half in review, but ANYWAY

In case you missed it, I got the opportunity to sub in as a piano player for a gospel group for 2 concerts! It was so great, and I can't wait till I get this degree so I can do that full time!!!

Also, I went to my first Nashville album party which was really cool! The songs the group sang were GREAT, and my piano teacher KILLED it on the piano! This also happened:

Anyway, life just went on for the rest of October. To make up for the lack of stupendiosity (I totally didn't make that word up), here's some random thoughts I had rolling around in this draft for a wee bit:

As I was typing this, I was on the brink of something super exciting in my life, getting to start fulfilling one of my biggest dreams (see above)! Anyway, I was terrified and excited, but I'd thought I'd share some epiphanies that I had that day.

Han Solo having an epiphany...

1) Sure, there's always the question "What if I can't do it?", but there's also the question "What if I CAN?" Personally, I tend to think I'm not ready to do stuff. I'm not skilled enough, I don't have enough experience, I'm just plain not prepared! So I ask myself worst case scenario questions like "What if these people don't like you?" or "What if you're in way over your head?" or "What if you flat out can't play?" but there's also a flip side to this question. "What if these people do like me?" OR "What if I can play well?" or "What if I can actually do this?!" Like there's a 50/50 chance I could actually do this!!!! (And I DID do it!!!)

2) Anyway, leading from that point, God wouldn't open up opportunities if I wasn't ready/wouldn't learn something from the experience. The verse "Faithful is He that calleth you who also will do it" has meant a lot to me the last few months. God wouldn't call my family to move across the country if He wasn't gonna enable us to do it. God wouldn't call me to get a degree if He wasn't gonna enable me to do it! And man alive, God wouldn't call me to fill in at the last minute for a group if He wasn't gonna enable me! It's just a great verse that really encourages me!

3) Leading on from THAT, we had a guest pastor at my church who talked about being a missionary in China. He brought up Revelation 3:8 which says that God set an open door in front of the church that NO man can shut. How cool is that?!?! Now, I gots a lot of stuff I wanna do in my life. Big things, little things, things that can ONLY happen if God orchestrates like everything. (isn't that how everything in life should be tho?) That verse really encouraged me today that if God has something in store for me, He'll open the door and NOBODY or NOTHING can close it!!

WOW that went deeper than I was anticipating, but that's what I've been thinking about this month. Basically, I'm learning to trust God (who's not tho) and be optimistic! God has really shown Himself to me in the past few years, and I look forward to seeing what He's gonna do next! Thanks for reading this and being awesome and here's my favorite internet video this week. Be as happy as this dog!

Coming up:
Cold - PTL it's not cold yet!!!!! (it's like 80 and everyone's complaining but I've had a taste of this cold and nope nope nope I'm counting these 80 blessings)
Thanksgiving break - AKA imma watch 22 episodes of a TV show in a week
Christmas break - AKA sleep for a month
Christmas - Umm maybe a record player maybe a new phone maybe every Roger Bennet (piano player) CD in existence
Sometime soon I hope - I find out if Uncle Sam has come through for my college tuition next year..

So, what's up with you? Did anything big happen in October for you? Thanks for getting to the bottom :)

Saturday, October 15, 2016

September 2016: Ummm September was kinda awesome

Live look at the graph of the craziness of my life

Read the title folks, that says it all. September was crazy awesome! I did so many cool things and got to see/meet so many new friends. I can't even begin to explain how awesome it was!

Seeing my friends from Phx, some of the nicest and most generous people I know!!!!
College is going pretty well. I like always have homework. It's not even that hard of homework it's just that it's always there!!! But I just accept it as part of life and move on... What I like about my classes is that I can do them at my own pace. I can't get behind, but if I have extra time, I can get ahead, so getting ahead is like the all-consuming goal of my life (I'm not even kidding). But it has actually come in really handy with my crazy life lately, so I think I'll keep doing it XD

Between work and homework this is me...

Oh, I started teaching piano this month! I have 11 students, and I'm having a blast! (And yes, teaching piano is good money and you get to be around a piano all day so win/win) However, the lessons are all on Wednesday starting at 7AM and ending around 5PM and then I have church in the same building 2 hrs later, so it's a long day. (I do have breaks!) Thursdays are actually the rougher days, just trying to recover from Wednesdays!!!
The Island at Pigeon Forge as seen from the top of the ferris wheel

I got to go to the Tennessee State Singing Convention this month (September)!!! It actually happened super fast like most things happen to me right now. I didn't think I was gonna be able to go, but then 2 hrs before I left I got a ride, and 5 min before I left I had a hotel room XD It was so much fun! I got to see a lot of friends I hadn't seen in a while and I got to sing convention music and play second piano (!!!)
Me just playing second piano for dayzzz (or 3 songs)
Just a primer, a singing convention is when everyone gets together to sing out of these books that have Christian songs with, kinda involved, 4 part harmony. You sing for like 2 hours, have lunch, and come back to sing some more. It's a lot of fun! There are 2 pianos: a lead one, and then the second that just kind of backs up the lead. I got to play second piano which was really fun, but also kind of scary!!! My biggest non-southern gospel piano goal is now to play first piano at a convention! The Alabama Convention is next month, and I'll hopefully get to attend that!

Typical convention song
The rest of September was pretty low key until NATIONAL QUARTET CONVENTION BABY!!!! So quartet convention is the place that ALL the big southern gospel artists go for a week every year. I got to see some of my best friends from Phoenix, music camp, and southern gospel music!!! It was a blast. I legit got to hang with friends for 2 days and hear crazy good music and switch seats on a high ferris wheel (I do NOT recommend) and spend a lot of money and get second row seats and just basically have the time of my life!!!

Oh look I took a decent pic of something...
Well, that was the end of September. Life settled down for approximately 48 hours, and then my piano teacher texted me that the gospel group her boyfriend sings with needed a fill-in pianist, and life took off again!!! Last Sunday, I got play at TWO dates for a group with a live band (bass, drums, piano) which was soooo fun! It was a little stressful trying to cram the charts into my head and hands and keeping up with the set list, but really fun a rewarding! I don't know where my "career" is gonna go from here, but man does God have some plans for me!!!

View from the piano...
So that was September/beginning October. I got no promises on coming back to blog, and I haven't been reading a lot besides school books lately, but I read all your lovely blogs! Keep up the good work y'all!!!

Coming up:
In 10 minutes - Algebra homework
Legit who knows because that's my life
Alabama State Singing Convention - 11/11-12
Thanksgiving - AKA the week I'm gonna binge watch the Flash Season 2 because my papers should all be done by then
Christmas - Call me a hipster but I want a record player