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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 differentlyโ€“mean something different to each and every one of usโ€“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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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#LiveYourList Project…Best. Thing. Ever.

Please, let me tell you about a fantastic project that my amazing friends Ryan Eller and Jerrod Murr have put together. If you follow/read my blog regularly, you know what I write about, what I focus on: being an inspiration, making a difference, and living your life to the fullest. This project encompasses all that and more.

These two great guys are in charge of their own awesome organizations. Murr coordinates Believing in a Better Way and The 20 Leadership Camp (which I often talk about ๐Ÿ™‚ ). Eller has created and runs his own team building and leadership training business, Paradigm Shift. They have come together on a new project starting this year of 2014โ€“the Live Your List Project.

You can read specifically about the project at either Eller’s site (here) or Murr’s site (here). They will probably explain it better, but here is my explanation: They want to help people live their life to the fullest; therefore, they are trying to help people achieve goals and bucketlist items. From learning how to juggle to skydiving to going on a missions trip, they want to help as many people as they can live their list. They even want to help you live your list. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you want to help out with it, please consider buying a book Murr wrote. All the proceeds go to helping people live their dreams. You can by it for about $5…here.

I say all of this to lead up to one of the most exciting moments of my life. I thought I was going to a normal day of 20 Camp train. I thought they just wanted to film a team-building activity. I thought my team was going to win an fun race. Instead, I was surprised with most incredible gift. Readers, this video is my life!

I honestly ran into that room thinking “how in the world did these other teams beat us? We were so fast!” Thinking my team still had a good shot and pushing on for fun, I took that next card and read a wonderful tear-jerking letter. Honestly, that letter, that moment, and just what it all meant was…was… incredible, amazing, beautiful. I love those people: Jerrod Murr, Ryan Eller, and the 20 Camp Blue-shirts. It means the world to me that they care so much and believe so much in me. I mean, trust me, I was not the only one in the room crying. Truly, I am blessed.

So I’m living my list! I’m…

  • Going to Ireland
  • Going on a mission trip out of the U.S.
  • Getting my own passport

I’m telling you, start living your life now! Really living it. Work hard. Encourage others. Be passionate. Chase after your dreams. Things can happen. It is possible. You can do it!

Live Your List

-Steph ๐Ÿ˜‰

14 Goals for 2014

Alright everyone, I have had a busy ending to 2013 and an amazing beginning to 2014, but I haven’t forgot about those 2014 goals. I am incredibly excited to chase after and achieve all of these! Here they are in no particular order:

  1. Get into and graduate from the Disney College program.
  2. Read the whole Bible in one year.
  3. Blog at least twice a week.
  4. Go to Ireland on a mission trip ๐Ÿ™‚
  5. Get a passport.
  6. Go Skydiving.
  7. Run the Color Run 5k (and actually run it).
  8. Become a 5 am hustler.
  9. Gain a 100 followers on my blog.
  10. Complete my English Education degree.
  11. Give something different up every month. (Coffee, Social Media, Desserts, etc.)
  12. Read 30 books.
  13. Visit 10 States.
  14. Help 15 people complete an item on their bucket list.

I fully believe that 2014 is going to be a great year. Honestly, any year can be a great year if you try to be positive, take opportunities, and live an intentional life. What are your goals for 2014?

-Steph ๐Ÿ™‚