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Impact of Music

Who doesn’t like music?

I honestly can’t think of a single person out there who dislikes music. Sure, they may not like singing or dancing but music all together? I don’t go to concerts. I’m not a concert type girl. Seriously, all I’ve seen is one Winter Jam and NSYNC in my whole life. However, I went to one two weekends ago and…wow. I give major credit to the artist, who came to entertain and did so incredibly. It is more than that though. It is more than the artist, the concert. It is even more than how the songs affect me.

imagesAs I stood amongst the crowd, I thought about the moment. Here we are, a sea of strangers, sharing this moment together, these emotions together. A song can affect each person differently–mean something different to each and every one of us–and here we are feeling it, experiencing it, enjoying it together in that moment.

And that moment, knowing someone else is be moved by this song like I am, makes me feel more connected. Connected to the music, connected to other people, connected to life.

I had the simagesame pull from music earlier that day but in a different situation. I have not been a part of a worship team in long while. No reason in particular; just not the opportunity or drive for it. Well that opportunity came a knocking when the interns took over the worship for youth group that week. I had no idea what effect it would have on me.

I know this post may come across as cheesy, but I am honest. Up on stage singing with some phenomenal musicians for the glory of my heavenly father, I felt unbelievable. I felt like I was a solid part of that team. I felt like I was closer to God in those moments. I felt solid in who I am.

“I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music.” –Billy Joe

Music makes an impact.images

Whether it how the lyrics in the song match your emotions, how the beat of the music makes you feel, or how you feel in a moment on stage or in the crowd…

Music moves us, changes us, connects us.

-Steph 🙂

P.S. I’d love to hear your thoughts on music and how it has impacted you!

Like a Girl….

You run like a girl

You throw like a girl

You fight like a girl

What does this truly mean? Most of us have been raised our whole lives in an environment where this phrase “like a girl” as a negative connotation. It is thought to be an insult. Why?! Are girls not strong? Are girls not capable of great things?
I don’t mean to go on a feminist tirade, but this video moved me. Seriously.
I’ve written about it before and am one to revisit this fact: your words matter.
Your words can impact someone’s life. Your words can make a difference.
Have you ever really thought about this phrase “like a girl” or even just your own words?
Think about those words impacting young kids…because the fact is that is where we use the phrase. That is where the phrase catches fire and affects young impressionable girls. Kids hear adults say it and copy-cat it. They repeat it over and over to each other whether intentionally being mean or joking. It is a phrase consistently passed down from generation to generation with this negative undertone. Let’s stop it.

One girls in the video asks ” Why can’t run like a girl also mean win the race?”

So why not?

Your words can make a difference. You can make a difference. Make the choice to watch what you say. Attempt to positively impact lives. Use “like a girl” as a compliment not an insult.

-Steph 🙂

I’d like to point out one girl’s response in the video because I really love it:

“If someone else says that running like a girl, kicking like a girl, or shooting like a girl is something that you shouldn’t be doing, that’s their problem. Because if you’re still scoring, and you’re still getting to the ball in time, and you’re still being first, you’re doing it right. It doesn’t matter what they say. I mean, yes! I kick like a girl, and I swim like a girl, and I walk like a girl, and I wake up in the morning like a girl…Because I am a girl. And that is not something I should be ashamed of, so I am going to do it anyways.”

The Power of Words

As a future English teacher, I love this video.
As a human being, I love this video.

Words are powerful. Whether you are giving a speech, writing a blog, proposing a solution, addressing a problem, or just talking with someone, your words matter.

It is all through communication. Communication is vital in relationships, leadership, teamwork, and everyday life, and that communication is made up of the words you choose to use.

Words can cut deep and hurt a person. They can damage a reputation or cause. They can backfire and harm you.
Or
Your words can inspire, impact, encourage, and change an attitude, perspective, someone’s day. Your words can make a difference.

Think about the words you use.
Think of that power you hold in your words.
Think about the impact you can make.

—Steph 🙂

“If you think y…

“If you think you’re too small to have an impact, try going to bed with a mosquito in the room.”
– Dame Anita Roddick

 

Seriously, think about this. I came across this excellence quote in a book I was skimming through, and I love it! It is honestly an great explanation of how anyone can make an impact. Even if it is a small act, it will have an impact.

 

You really can’t tell me that you haven’t woke up one morning with several new bug bites (if you can, you’re a very lucky being), and you didn’t know where they came from. Was a swarm of mosquitos in your room? Nope, most likely it was just one little hungry mosquito stuck in your room for the night. Is he going to waste the opportunity to make his impact? To miss out on an easy yummy meal? Nope. 

 

Now, you can have an impact with anything you do. In big and small acts, you are going to impact someone; however, the question is whether it will be a positive or negative impact? Obviously, the little mosquito’s impact was negative. Those little bites will cause a big negative itchy impact. 

 

What will your impact be? 

 

All I have to say is, Go for it! Be impacting! Be positive! Make a difference! 🙂

 

-Steph