My Solo Adventure to the West



Alone. It’s a word that many of us are so scared of and what the word itself may entail. I know it was that way for me for a long time, but it is slowly starting to become something I embrace. I am someone who usually seeks refuge in solitude, but ultimately I always have had this fear of being alone. It was a big part of the reason I chose to leave school in 2015 because I was fearful of being alone with myself. Flash forward to 2018 and I am about to embark on my first journey ever completely by myself. I am terrified, but I have felt for a long time that it is something I needed to do. I feel like some of the best ideas and self-discoveries happen when you can be alone with yourself, and this is my journey.

Denver, Colorado was one of the most beautiful cities I have ever been to, but yet it also was one of the most simple. This city was on my itinerary simply because I wanted to see the Rocky Mountains and saw them I did. I grew up with the Smoky Mountains all around me so the mountains represent home for me in many ways, and seeing the Rockies confirmed that for me. Denver felt so much like home for me because I was surrounded by so much familiarity. The moment I think I felt the safest was when I went to Lookout Gulch in Boulder, and I saw the vast expansion of the mountains all together right in front of me. It took my breath away, and I didn’t ever want to leave that moment.

Besides the ethereal beauty of the Rockies, Denver is also filled with so much goodness in terms of people and places. Every place I went to was so welcoming, and they advertised as such. Everyone was encouraging of local food, places, and art. It was so refreshing to see everyone being so supportive of people doing what they love no matter what it may be. It made me feel like I could do anything that I desired as long as I had the passion and the will to succeed. I walked away from Denver feeling very hopeful of my future, and also a strong desire to come back and see a show at Red Rocks Amphitheater.

Many people know that the one city I have always had the strongest desire to visit is London, England, but before I ever had that desire my dream city was Seattle, Washington. In high school when I really got into writing, I wanted to move to Seattle to work in publishing, but my dream has kind of matured and shifted over the years. I still had a strong desire to explore the city, and I never thought I ever would, but I finally got the chance. Everything about this city was calling me, and I never fit in so well in one place before. From all the local coffee shops to the farmer’s market, everything was centered around supporting local businesses and art. Pike Place Market was my dream, and I went there almost every day. They had the best shops there, and they were all locally sourced. I loved to see all these local businesses getting the support they deserved.  It was so amazing to see all that supportiveness again from everyone because it is not something I tend to see every day where I am from. I love to support people’s passions no matter what, and seeing everyone encourage that there was so beautiful.

Seattle is such an art oriented city that there really is no shortage of things to see no matter the art form. I had the privilege of seeing a movie at the SIFF Cinema Uptown where they have the Seattle Independent Film Festival every year, and it was just so cool seeing so many people support independent films. The Museum of Pop Culture was one of favorites as well, and the David Bowie exhibit made me cry. I wish I could be surrounded by these things every day because it was just so exciting to be exposed to all of this within walking distance. Art is so important and to see it so celebrated there in all aspects made my heart so happy.

While in Seattle, I also got the chance to take a train to Portland, Oregon for the day, and it was just as beautiful. The cities are very similar in every aspect, but Portland seemed to be easier to just explore. I walked every where and went to Powell’s City of Books which was the best day of my life. I probably could have spend days in there because it was so overwhelming. I wish I had more time to explore all of Portland because they also have such a good art scene as well. I also went to the rose garden even though there were no roses because of winter, but the scenery there was still so beautiful. It had such an amazing view of the city. It was just so peaceful. I definitely want to revisit in the future so I can see more of the city, and really get a taste of what they are about.

Seattle was just way better than any thing I ever could have imagined, and I didn’t want to leave. It physically hurt my heart to get on the plane to go home. I just kept wishing I could have that feeling back in Nashville, and then I realized I could I just have to look around more. I definitely will be visiting again in the future though because I connected to that city in so many ways.

This trip as a whole has shaped me in more ways than I could ever have even imagined. I was nervous to do something completely by myself because I have relied on being with others for so long. It made me realize how much I truly like being alone with myself now. I love being around people, and I hope to someday have someone go on adventures with, but for now I am learning to be happy with myself. Learning to be alone with oneself is the first step to true happiness, and I’m finally getting there. I cannot wait to see where life takes me next. To many more adventures.



The other night I had the pleasure of attending my first LANY concert in Nashville, Tennessee. To be honest, I really didn’t know what to expect because while being a huge fan of their music I never really got to see much of their live performances besides a couple of videos here and there. The only thing I knew besides their music was that Paul Klein, the band’s lead singer, was everything I aspire to be in life. All that being said, I was blown away. I never wanted to leave that room, and in that moment they actually became my musical heroes.

The energy of the band from start to finish blew me away, and it felt like I was taken to another place. Paul commanded the stage and engaged with fans so beautifully. Nashville was where the band started so you could tell how much this show meant to them. It was almost like they couldn’t comprehend that they were playing to this huge sold out show.

The lighting and on-screen graphics they used made me so happy. They were so aesthetically pleasing and fit so well with their breathtaking lyrics and instrumentals. One of favorite parts was the little box Paul would jump on to sing to the crowd. He just kept dancing with us and it really made you not think about anything just for that little bit of time we were with them.

Of course, the band would not have been complete without Jake Goss and Les Priest. The band as whole just has the best dynamic and it’s so amazing to witness on stage. They truly are something special. One of my favorite moments of the night was actually when they played their opening song “Dumb Stuff,” and the way they all came out on stage and their vibe together was just so magical. I was completely in awe.

LANY was already one of my favorite bands but after seeing them live I completely fell in love with them. They connect with the crowds so well, and they really take you to another place. I am so grateful to be able to witness them get to do their thing live. I hope to see them many more times in the future. Thank you for doing what you do. I Love You So Bad, LANY.


Harry Styles: Live in LA

Harry Styles, what a man. If it wasn’t evident from his debut solo album he’s not messing around, and his tour is no different. Being that I am from Nashville, Tennessee, seeing him in LA was quite a different experience. The overall energy was just so much more charged and the people were so cool and inviting.

The Greek Theatre itself was neat because it was in Griffith Park right below where the Hollywood Sign is. It made the acoustics sound amazing, and it was just absolutely a beautiful view. The venue was truly a special place to get to intimately experience his music.

I was very intimidated by going to the concert alone since I was unfamiliar with the area and people, but it was such a surprising experience. I felt so welcome especially since I met so many amazing people while waiting for the concert to even start. Shoutout to Katie for making my experience even better than it was, and wanting to hear my story of how I ended up there.

Harry commanded the stage right from the very start when the pastel pink and floral curtain (reminiscent of the graphics for his album) dropped to reveal him in his breathtaking blue floral suit with his guitar in hand singing the first lines of “Ever Since New York.” The crowd erupted in screams, myself included, as he lured us all into his beautiful world for the next hour and a half.

He truly made time almost stop and all everyone could focus on was what he had to say with his music. Every song from his album was sung along with some One Direction hits as well as a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “The Chain”. One thing that no one can deny about Harry is that his stage presence is remarkable. He is always engaging the crowd and getting fired up especially during his song “Kiwi”. Harry truly loves his fans, and there’s no denying it. Most people say that artists just like to say things to fans just to appease them or because they feel like they have to. He really cares though, and you can really tell that he loves all of us even going as far as to call us his best friends.

The thing about going to see Harry live is that you are guaranteed when you walk into whatever venue it may be that you are in a safe place. He even has merchandise with the  statement ‘Treat People with Kindness’ on it. Harry has always been supportive of all people and is always making sure to spread love to everyone and he encourages his fans to do the same. At every concert he proudly prances around stage with a rainbow flag making all of his LGBTQ+ fans feel loved and accepted. It is so important to know that someone you look up to and admire is so accepting of all people. He truly is a safe place.

My favorite moment from the concert has to be when he sang One Direction’s “What Makes You Beautiful.” It brought back so many memories for me, and it was so incredible to sing it with everyone in the crowd. Harry really enjoyed singing his version of it and you could tell it made everyone in crowd so joyful. It really brought us all together because that song is apart of why most of us were there anyways.

Harry ended the concert with his first single “Sign of the Times” and it really brought tears to my eyes. The song has become very important to me ever since it came out, and I even got some of the lyrics tattooed on my body. He sang it with a rainbow flag tied to his mic stand while he blew kisses to the crowd showing us how much he loved us and it was very evident how much this all meant to him. I didn’t want to leave this bubble he had created for us.

I am so happy to be a fan of someone so incredible and loving. Harry is truly one of my biggest inspirations. He has helped through so much within the past 7 years I have known him. Seeing him grow as an artist and a person has been so rewarding. I’m so grateful that I got to experience his first tour in a place like Los Angeles. Thank you Harry Styles for being everything that you are. I’m so honored to know you. See you next time.

LA: Truly the City of Angels

I just got back from an absolutely eye-opening trip to Los Angeles, California. This trip was a lot of firsts for me being that I am a 22 year old who has never flown in a plane nor have I ever traveled to the West Coast. I have always had a love for travel in my blood but I have either not had the funds or I was honestly too scared. I never thought I would get to ever experience any traveling besides in my own little East Coast bubble.

All that being said, traveling to Los Angeles has changed my life forever. I never thought visiting there would impact me as much as it did. It made me crave more adventure and just more out of my life as a whole. I completely fell in love with the city and everything about it. It truly is the City of Angels.

I want to start off by talking about my plane ride because WOW!! I was so scared of what to expect when I knew I was gonna fly so I had all these ideas about how flying was scary, but it was far from it. The window seat was all mine so I got to see everything, and my eyes never left that window the whole flight. The moment we took off I knew I wanted to do this all the time now. It was such a rush and I never ever want to forget that feeling.  I saw so much ethereal beauty from up there that it brought actual tears to my eyes just knowing that I could have been seeing this my whole life.

Landing in LA was such a surreal experience, it didn’t even feel real that I was actually there after all this time. It was an hour drive from LAX to where we were staying so driving through the whole city was just so overwhelming seeing all these places I’ve only ever seen in pictures. As we pulled up to our place in Hollywood, it really hit me that we were here. We rented a little studio apartment from Airbnb so it fit well with the LA lifestyle.

The first thing we did was go see the Hollywood Sign, and it left me so speechless. It was so much better than I ever could have imagined. The weather was beautiful so it made it even more breathtaking. I am so glad that was was the first thing we did because it really set the mood for my whole trip. The week was filled with many adventures, tons of food, and music.

My mom and I experienced so much within the 6 days we were there, and there was still so much we didn’t even get to explore. One thing I really fell in love with in LA was the people. We encountered so many types of people with so many different stories, and I found myself so enraptured by what they had to say. Many of Uber drivers were eccentric and they were so fun and engaging that I found myself wanting to be friends with them. It really blew my mind how much I talked to them and I wanted to know more about how they got to the place they were currently at. The thing that made me the saddest though was the high number of homeless people there. People that live there are used to it but I was so in shock. It was so different than Nashville. Everyone that I encountered though were all super nice and friendly. My heart just ached for all of them.

The iconic places I visited all really amazed me, and I don’t think I stopped smiling the whole time I was there. We visited Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, Santa Monica Pier, and so much more. Universal Studios in itself was such a wonderful experience so I’ll probably be writing separately about it, but it was so beautiful. I lived every childhood dream I ever had when I went to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I felt nothing but pure joy.

I also got to go to some cool music venues while I was there which I will be writing about in separate posts as well because I have so much to say. The Hollywood Palladium was where I saw Niall Horan, and it was such a cool venue. Niall was absolutely amazing as well. It was just an overall happy atmosphere. I also went to The Greek Theatre in LA to see…. Harry Styles, and it was honestly so iconic. The venue itself is at the bottom of where the Hollywood Sign is located so it’s surrounded by mountains. It made the acoustics sound so mind-blowing. The concert itself was one of my favorites and thanks to Harry I felt so unified with everyone there.

The food scene in LA was so extraordinary. I had a list of so many places I wanted to visit, but also found some gems along the way. It was so funny to me how there were so many healthy places to eat there, but they also had so many good, unhealthy sweet shops. It was perfect for us because we would have a healthy lunch, and then sweets or junk food for dinner. #balance

When some people go to LA all they worry about is meeting celebrities, I did not really worry about if I saw someone or not. I saw a few Youtubers and JAKE GYLLENHAAL, but I honestly was not interested in pictures. I am too awkward for that, but it was cool to see people that I recognized. If I was more of an outgoing person I probably would have wanted to sit down and ask them a ton of questions about life because I am honestly that weird. If you are looking to go to LA just to see famous people, visit somewhere else because there is so much more to the city than that.

Los Angeles became such a special place to me. I am so glad that I got to experience it with my mom because it made me realize that she is just as adventurous as I am. My visit there only fueled my craving for adventure even more, but I honestly could see myself there permanently one day. I truly fell in love with the city in every single way. It opened my eyes to so many possibilities in my own life. I now have a sense of wanting to do better in my life. I am capable of so much more.

Thank you to my mom for willingly coming on this trip with me and always supporting my adventurous heart. Thank you Harry for selling out all your tour dates and influencing me to think that traveling 1,700 miles was going to be the best option for me. Most importantly, thank you Los Angeles for opening my eyes to so many possibilities and opportunities. I will definitely see you soon.


It’s been awhile…..

Um, Hi! I started this blog for a journalism project back in college and a lot has changed since then. This blog began as a music blog, and I want to start it up again but I will be changing some things. I still will be posting music related things but I want to start posting things like my adventures, my general thoughts about life, my reviews on new places and things, and etc. Writing and travel is my passion so I hope to start consistent blogs in the future because I love doing things like this. Stay tuned for more!

Music when I’m happy

For my last post for this assignment, I wanted to post about songs that make me happy or that make me feel good. I have mentioned the power of music multiple times before, and I talked once about how music gives me comfort when I am sad. Today, I wanted to talk about the opposite side of that emotion, happiness.

I believe that there is music for every kind of emotion, and these songs below are some of my favorite to listen to when I’m feeling really happy. All these songs just heighten my happiness even more, and it puts me in an even better mood.

  1. I’m Good – The Mowgli’s
  2. Different Colors- WALK THE MOON
  3. Up&Up- Coldplay
  4. EASE- Troye Sivan ft. Broods
  5. All You Need Is Love-The Beatles

What are some of your happy songs?

Hey, No Pressure

Ray LaMontagne is singer-songwriter, and he has been making music for almost 20 years. He recently released two new songs from his new album, Ouroboros, which will be his sixth studio album.

“Hey, No Pressure” was so amazing. It had almost this psychedelic vibe, and the rasp in voice was absolutely beautiful. I always have admired his voice because it’s so soothing and unique, and it really makes for a great singer-songwriter. I cannot wait to hear more from this album.

Songs of the past

I love listening to older music because there is just something so pure and honest about the music of 70s, 80s, and 90s. Pop music nowadays is my guilty pleasure, but I still will never be able to stop listening these older artists. All these artists were just purely talented and they didn’t need any fancy beats or crazy theatrics. It really showed how powerful the music back then really was.

These are some of my favorite songs that I will never stop listening to. It was really hard for me to narrow down to just a few, but these are some great ones. What are some of your favorite songs of the past?

  1. All You Need is Love by The Beatles
  2. Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon & Garfunkel
  3. Rhiannon by Fleetwood Mac
  4. Wild Horses by The Rolling Stones
  5. Heroes by David Bowie (God rest his soul)

Bad Man

Pitbull is just one artist I could never get into. I love pop music a lot, but his music just always annoyed me. I don’t think there has ever been one song I liked. The lyrics of his songs never make any sense, and it seems like kind of a joke to me at times.

The newest song he released of his new album, Climate Change, is titled “Bad Man”. It features Robin Thicke, Joe Perry, and Travis Barker. The song actually isn’t that bad. I love the beat, but the only part I didn’t like was when Pitbull started to rap. The lyrics and style just was not something I was in to, but I guess it could be a good song for someone to dance to.

Check out the song below and see if you like it.