Shake The Dust

Today was a great day!

Work was good (minus the almost unbearable heat) and I made lots ‘o money.


After work, I headed to a place near Grant Park called Grocery on Home.  It’s a cute, small, music venue where I was about to see my favorite spoken word poet, Anis Mojgani. 

Wow.  It was a little surreal to see him perform.  I’ve seen so many of his videos, but this was live!  In person!  I actually spoke with him after the show, bought a book (that I apparently already had), and he signed the book.  :) 



Mieka Pauley, a musican, also played tonight and she was great too.  I bought a copy of her cd as well, and I can’t wait to learn more about her stuff. 

Here’s a link to an interview with Matt Arnett, owner of Grocery on Home.

And if you haven’t seen or read any of Anis Mojgani’s work, please check him out.  I promise you’ll love him!



Today, I’m thankful.

I’m thankful to have wonderful, caring managers.

I’m thankful to have coworkers who make me smile.

I’m thankful for the past year I’ve spent with Will.

I’m thankful to have a family that loves and supports me.

I’m thankful to be able to spend time enjoying live music, and to be inspired by it.

I’m thankful for the determination to push through the difficulties of school.

I’m thankful it’s almost over…

I’m thankful to be alive, and to not have to really contemplate that concept often.

I’m thankful for moments of self reflection and appreciation.

I’m thankful for you, I’m thankful for me.

Sun showers


There’s something simply beautiful about daytime rain showers.  Instead of an ominous, dark, dreadful feeling, they are filled with  hope, joy, and feelings of renewal.

The raindrops sparkle with the sun’s reflections and rainbows appear in the sky. 

Even now…days after this event occured…I am filled with feelings of serenity by simply recalling that moment.  It’s refreshing. 

If only I could bottle up moments like that.

You are what you eat


Today I saw a nutritionist.  It’s not that I don’t know how to eat healthy, it’s that I just don’t do it.

My hope is that by seeing someone regularly, I will feel accountable and stick to a better eating routine.

The good news was that I didn’t have a copay today.  (Yay preventative care!)  This made it possible to buy some delicous, healthy food.  Aldi is the best place I’ve found to get produce for a decent price.  Now…to just eat it!

Flowers of the sun


I love taking pictures of flowers, and I’m lucky enough to have a great boyfriend who buys them for me.  :)

These are some beautiful sunflowers that we got about a week ago.  I spent a lot of time outside with them, and these are some of the best shots I got.

Blood bites


I’m really hating getting bloodwork right now.  Today made the second office visit, and sixth stick with no results.  What. The. Heck!

I guess I’ll just try again tomorrow…this time at the lab.  They better get it or I’ll be really upset…

ATL Collective presents Jeff Buckley – Grace


Tonight Will and I saw an amazing show by ATL Collective, Jeff Buckley’s Grace.  ATL Collective is a super tallented collaboration of local musicians who cover albums from start to finish. 

This show was no exception.  I first saw them at Eddie’s Attic last year, and that’s how I was introduced to Prisca and Faye Webster. 

Tonight I was introduced to a few more musicians that I can’t wait to learn more about – Landon Pigg, Adron, and Marshall Ruffin. 


Music is such a beautiful thing.  It seeps into every crack of your soul and vibrates perfectly.

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