I'm asking him to change his ways.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

My favorite singer doing my favorite Michael Jackson song. Enjoy.

The good life.

“It’s laughing with your friend at a time when you shouldn’t. It’s the sweat in your palms wanting to know someone you see and the pit in your stomach when they actually see you. It’s being touched by hands that aren’t your own. It’s the thrill of an escape that almost wasn’t. It’s helping a friend find something they lost. It’s a smile, a joke, a song. It’s what someone does that they like doing. It’s what someone does that they like remembering. It’s the thinking of things you may never do and the doing of things you may never have thought. It’s the road ahead and the road behind. It’s the first step and the last and every one in between, because they all make up the good life."

A sense of destination.

Friday, June 26, 2009

The capacity for hope is the most significant fact of life. It provides human beings with a sense of destination and the energy to get started.
- Norman Cousins



Leaping from this cliff in my thoughts.

I have had the best couple of weeks recently. It's been a rush of a two weeks - visiting friends all over. Two weekends ago I was in Atlanta visiting Lauren and it was incredible. I got in late Thursday and the fabulousity began. It was so nice to sit around and talk and catch up. Lauren and I have this ability to not see each other for six months and as soon as we're back together, we pick up right where we started. We went to the Coke Factory and tried Coca-Cola from all over the world and then we went to the Worlds Largest Aquarium. Hanging out with Lauren instantly throws me back into the Vitamin C lyrics, "And as our lives change from whatever, we will still be friends forever." I don't think those lyrics could ring anymore true. From 1st grade to college graduation and still going strong. We were having too much fun together - that we didn't worry about tomorrow. We always have the best talks. We talked about life, careers, relationships & friendships. We talked about passion and emotion and the need for it in all circumstances. Regardless of, if that passion and emotion is positive or negative its unrealistic to think one can live without it. Journey said it right, "Living just to find emotion." We both realized that we rather live with passion and emotion in our lives than to be complacent and boring and stuck. Call me a hopeless romantic or unrealistic but it's hard to believe that there is life without that. Because passion is about living for what matters the most.

After that I got to spend a fun-filled week, getting a new dog Henry, spending time with my family and enjoying Arizona. "There's no place like home." After a great Fathers Day, I ventured back to California for a week in the ocean-kissed air and soaked in everything Malibu. I forgot how absolutely breath-taking Malibu is, I know I've only been gone for a little over a month but from that first look at the ocean after coming through the tunnel on the I-10 to the view seen from campus, it really is a diamond in the rough. From the second I got into Malibu it was a whirlwind of events. Visiting friends all over the 27 mile stretch that is Malibu - I was never bored to say the least. I was lucky enough to spend the week with Kate & Kate. After wine nights, movie nights, wine tasting, Taco Tuesday, the Whiskey and more pictures than ever, we all realized how blessed we are to have each other. Granted we've all only been friends for the past six months, we've grown close regardless of time & place. We're not together every day, we don't get to see each other all the time (besides Skype dates) but we have made a friendship that works. It's one of the most comforting feelings to know that regardless of how hard it might be to maintain, I know at the end of the day these two girls are here. Leaving college I knew I'd lose touch with some people, I knew I wouldn't talk to or see people like I used too, but I'm ecstatic to know that Kate & Kate are two girls that won't disappear, like so many others have. This trip was exactly what I needed.
It was my Malibu-closure that, for the last 6 weeks, I've been desperately trying so hard to find. I think for a lot of people who graduate it's hard to officially say goodbye to something that has become such a huge part of us. For some, closure is found in a new job or a new relationship. For me, it was going back to the place I missed the most, soak it in, remember it for everything I loved about it and leave knowing I'll be back soon. It's hard, but you can't be afraid of everything you don't know.

Take a look at yourself.

The cool thing about Michael Jackson is like my mom said, he didn't just sing and make music videos. He sang about things that mattered. Yes, he had his fun, happy songs like PYT & Rock with You but he also produced songs like Heal the World, Black & White and my favorite Man in the Mirror.



"I'm starting with the man in the mirror. I'm asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself, and then make a change"


I think this video shows the effect Michael Jackson had on his fans. This is my (and Coti!)'s favorite MJ song of all time - You are not alone. Enjoy.



We love you too.

Lazy days.

My favorite - Lunch at Malibu Mutt's with Rachel & Henry.
Lazy days in Los Angeles....

may you forever rest in peace

Thursday, June 25, 2009

"We all die. The goal isn't to live forever, the goal is to create something that will." -Chuck Palahniuk
The King of Pop and America's #1 Pin-up died today and I think it's safe to say that they both created something that will live forever. Michael Jackson is and will always be the American Dream and a musical icon. His music transcended the ages and although he may no longer be with us, his music will continue to inspire. No one does the moonwalk quite like Michael.

Farrah Fawcett isn't your typical blond bombshell. While she may be the most sought after pinup of the 1970's she had more to offer than big curls and a pretty smile. She proved her talent throughout the years in a variety of movies, TV shows and of course her Playboy covers. The courage she showed in the final stages of her life is a testament to all.

"For you are not alone for I am here with you. Though you're far away I am here to stay. For you are not alone for I am here with you. Though we're far apart You're always in my heart.
For you are not alone..."

Close your eyes.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

“You can close your eyes to the things you do not want to see, but you cannot close your heart to the things you do not want to feel.”


Who loves you, really.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Nothing to do with luck.

Agonizing discomfort.

Have you ever, in your life, had hours, or days, or even weeks when all your ordinary activities provoked a rather agonizing discomfort, and when everything you usually consider important and worthwhile seemed silly and worthless? When you didn’t know what to do or where to turn? When you vaguely felt that somewhere, sometime, a desire transcending the sphere of earthly pleasure might be fulfilled, and you grew silent about everything around you the way a child brought up too strictly dares not express himself at all? When the spirit filled your heart with longing for an unknown something hovering everywhere you went, in transparent shapes that fled from closer scrutiny like an ephemeral dream? When you crept around with sad looks like a forlorn lover, and all the things you saw people doing in life’s gay, colorful tumult incited neither sorrow nor joy, as if you no longer belonged to this world?
The Golden Pot

Hapy Fathers Day!

Happy Fathers Day!
I'm probably a bit bias - but I have the best dad ever.
I love you pops.

Perez Hilton has a soul.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

In the midst of everything going on in the world it's hard to remember that there really is hope and sanity and love and a peace of mind. I rarely go on PerezHilton.com anymore because to me it's a negative site dedicated to the exploitation of everything bad in this world (although I do love my gossip rags). But today in complete boredom, I ventured to his site and was pleasantly surprised. This story gave me chills and to say that it was due to, in part, Perez is quite rare. Enjoy and remember that despite what Fox News and CNN is reporting.... there is hope for this world after all. Way to go Pixar, thanks for being the little bit of hope I needed today.

The folks at Pixar helped a dying girl fulfill her final wish when one of their employees hand delivered a DVD of the film Up to the family's residence for a private screening.

10-year-old Colby Curtin was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in December 2005, and ever since she saw a preview for Up, she'd been excited for the poignant film about a man who goes on an adventure after the loss of his wife by tying balloons to his house and flying away.

After the family had made a request that was never fulfilled for a wheelchair to take Colby to the theaters, a family friend began frantically calling Pixar as Colby's health dramatically worsened. Finally the friend got through the automated messaging system by guessing a name. Pixar immediately sent out an employee to the girl's home in Huntington Beach armed with a DVD of the film and a gift basket of toys. The family sat around to a private screening. Colby had difficulty keeping her eyes open through the film because of the pain she was in, so her mother narrated it to her.

Colby died 7 hours later and we hope her final moments were that much more comfortable for having her final wish granted!

Rest in peace, little angel.


always praying, always caring, always there.

welcome to the family.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Henry.


it's a celebration.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

"There is still no cure for the common birthday"
John Glenn

Thanks for another fabulous birthday. I think it's pretty safe to say we've gotten celebrating down to a science. I couldn't ask for better girlfriends or a better brother. I have the best family and friends anyone could ask for. Thanks to everyone who made this another birthday for the memory books. I can't wait for the next chapter. Coti, you're next - get pumped.

I wanna be hardcore.

Deep down, everyone wants to believe they can be hardcore. But being hardcore isn’t just about being tough. It’s about acceptance. Sometimes you have to give yourself permission to not be hardcore for once. You don’t have to be tough every minute of every day. It’s okay to let down your guard. In fact there are moments when it’s the best thing you can possibly do… as long as you choose your moments wisely."

Meredith Grey

what makes you feel alive?

Friday, June 5, 2009

For everyone, there’s a person, place, or time that brings you back and makes you feel alive.”
Better Than Ezra

never stop

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do."
Johann Von Goethe

My dad always told me the day I stop learning is the day I stop growing. He said that it doesn't matter how old I get, or what I end up doing - it's imperative to keep learning.
"My experience has shown me that the people who are exceptionally good in business aren't so because of what they know but because of their insatiable need to know more." - Michael Gerber
It's so true. there is this inherent sense and desire for constant knowledge. It's so easy to become complacent, content with what you know. and as a 21 year old i think i know everything, right? Especially now, I'm a college graduate, with a decent degree and it would be very easy (or has become easy) for me to be home, and learning nothing. It would become very easy for me to never grow and to be content with exactly where I am. But even in this down time, it is obvious how important it is for me to continue my quest for knowledge. Because the second I stop learning... is the second I stop growing.

Started believing that I could be wrong
But you give me one good reason
to fight and never walk away

"As we acquire more knowledge, things do not become more comprehensible but more mysterious." -Albert Schweitzer







november 20, 2009.

Before you, Bella, my life was like a moonless night. Very dark, but there were stars--points of light and reason...And then you shot across my sky like a meteor. Suddenly everything was on fire; there was brilliancy, there was beauty. When you were gone, when the meteor had fallen over the horizon, everything went black. Nothing had changed, but my eyes were blinded by the light. I couldn't see the stars anymore. And there was no more reason for anything. ~Edward

Cannot wait. It's going to be epic.
OFFICIAL New Moon Trailer - MTV MOVIE AWARDS - For more funny videos, click here

dangerous beauty.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Wherever this is... I need to go there.

The place in your heart.


There’s a place in your heart where nobody’s been. Take me there.
Things nobody knows, not even your friends. Take me there.

stunning. show me where.

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