Lucky

This week is seriously dragging on and all I want is for it to be Friday. I get to go home and celebrate my birthday (a little early) and see the loves of my life aka my parents. I haven’t seen them since January and it is seriously breaking my heart. I am a huge homebody, and if I don’t get my “home-fix” every so often I go insane.

Talking about my parents makes me the happiest person alive. So I’m going to write about another one of my mom’s favorite songs. It’s a duet by Colbie Caillat and Jason Mraz, “Lucky”, and it is probably one of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. I’ve always been a huge fan of both of them, but this song is just pure gold.

Lucky I’m in love with my best friend
Lucky to have been where I have been
Lucky to be coming home again

My goal in my love life is to fall in love with my best friend. I mean that by saying I want to find someone who makes me, happy, and loves me for me. I think those qualities come from a best friend, and can be best found in a friend first. Friends are the family you get to choose in life, isn’t that the same as a husband? They become your family and you choose them so I feel the connection is close. Plus, I’m just a hundred percent myself around my friends and family which is the best way to be.

They don’t know how long it takes
Waiting for a love like this
Every time we say goodbye
I wish we had one more kiss
I’ll wait for you, I promise you, I will

Like I’ve mentioned before I fall in love with lyrics, waiting for love seems like it takes a life time. I know I’m only 20 (almost 21!) but as girls watching movies programs us to think that it is out there. That something big will happen, we will be swept off our feet. It’ll happen, but you have to put yourself out there. But I love the fact that this song says that when they say goodbye they never want to stop. It’s adorable, and exactly what I want. I have high hopes I know that, but why settle for something less than love? We should want the best for ourselves, and no we shouldn’t just “accept the love we think we deserve” unless that love is 100% the best it can be.

Every girl deserves to be treated like a princess, regardless of what day it is. Find the love that is worth it, that makes you feel lucky that you’re in love with your best friend.

Love, Lindsey

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February 27, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . love songs, music. 1 comment.

When it happens

I have been way off of my blog flow this week, and strangely enough even though I’ve been really busy I’ve missed blogging. Blogging is such a great source of  creative energy and a good mind cleanse. It just helps to get all of my thoughts out there, without being annoying and texting everyone in the world. Plus, I’m talking about something I love.

When bookstores still existed I used to go into Borders with my Dad and he would let me go pick out a few books. It became how I started to love to read. He used to come over after he finished his book shopping and he would help me decide which books to read because I always had trouble deciding between two or three of them. I want to read everything!

One time in Borders my dad helped me pick out Susane Colasanti’s book When it Happens. It is a really cute chick lit novel that revolves around a relationship inept teenager, like me, who as never really had a boyfriend. Going into the school year her one goal is to change that, she wants the real thing, the total package.  What girl doesn’t want that? I know at my school where it is 60% female and 40% male the choices are slim pickings.

Sara, the main character, first gets a chance when “total package” Dave asks her out on a date. She loves his popularity and how it seems like a real relationship. All the while, bad boy Tobey thinks Sara is the real deal and tries to get her best friend Laila to help him out. He may have the bad boy reputation, but he wants more.  I guess guys actually want relationships too sometimes, or maybe this is just wishful thinking fiction.

The story is told in alternating perspectives, so you get to hear inside of Tobey’s head too. I love books where you can tell what both characters are thinking, it gives you the full picture of what is going on. It gets beneath the surface and make you feel like you are in on the action. Once I started with When it Happens, I moved on and went through all of Colasanti’s books. She just has a cool writing style that is very easy to read. It’s a quick read, I’d say it will only take you a few days if you read at a semi-fast pace.

I think we’re all waiting for when it will happen, when we will be swept off our feet. I’ll let you know when it happens to me, but for now I’m going to find some new music to blog about.

Have a fantastic weekend!

Love, Lindsey

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February 22, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

The point of delusion

This weekend has been the most insane weekend of my life. I have never laughed, cried, bonded or loved something so much. We had recruitment, and although it was draining it was also fantastic. So this blog may be a little different than usual.

There is nothing like recruitment weekend for a sorority, the level of bonding that happens is off the charts amazing. You meet an amazing group of women that could possibly join you’re sorority all while going through the experience with an already amazing group of women. I know having this experience has made best friends from girls who I didn’t talk to. Everything I said to the potential new members about how unique and stellar my sisters are was 100% truth. There is something about standing for three days straight in a  room, praying you get great girls, and pushing each other to be the best we can be that makes a sisterhood so real. Plus, those songs really get stuck in your head.

There is nothing like preference day and bid night. It is such a thrill to see all those girls “come home” to your sorority and be there to welcome them with open arms. I started crying because I saw two girl crying, it was a big emotional event. I wouldn’t trade a second of this weekend for anything in the world. It was something so incredible it makes the words fly out of my head.

There is something about putting the time in that makes the outcome all the better, which is why I’m obsessed with Josh Turner’s song “Time is Love”. I know that putting all this time in for our new members was completely worth it, and that they will make an incredible addition to our family. I know we had to “put in the hours” to find our new members.

Time is love gotta run, gotta fly

Angels were meant to fly, I think Josh Turner knew I would be talking about my sorority with this song.

But I got someone who waits,
Waits for me and right now
She’s where I need to be,

Side note about this: I love it to pieces, because it just makes me feel like I’m floating on air. If someone sang this to me, I would probably marry them on the spot.

My sisters are a perfectly great reason to blog, and to share this song with. They might not all like country music, but at least it’s really cute. Now off to my bed to sleep until forever!

Congrats to all the new angels! I made one of the best decisions when I went Greek, and I’m sure that you’ll feel the same way too.

Love, Lindsey

February 19, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . music. Leave a comment.

Ta-da!

The big day is finally here, it is finally the fourteenth of February.

Happy Valentines Day!

For a blog that is full of love, today is a special day near and dear to my heart. It may not be my favorite day yet, but it is a day full of love which can’t be too bad. I fully enjoyed the chocolate I got from my nutrition professor, it was dark chocolate so it’s better for you, and the cute valentines day cards I got from my sorority sisters.  Our postal service isn’t very good though, so with it already being awful and the snow I couldn’t get my mom’s package. Twenty years later and my mom is still the best valentine!

Personally, I am a huge fan of the romantic comedies where they have a bunch of really good actresses and actors and they have these separate story lines that all somehow connect in the end. That being said there just so happens to be a great movie like that centering around this happy holiday. Valentines Day the movie with Ashton Kutcher, Jennifer Gardner, Jessica Biel, Jessica Alba, Emma Roberts, Taylor Swift, Taylor Lautner, Patrick Dempsey, Anne Hathaway, Jamie Foxx, Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, Kathy Bates and Eric Dane. It’s crazy how many big romantic comedy legends are in the film.

The movie takes a look at all different types of love; young, old, engagements, cheating, unlikely couples, family, and the atmosphere of valentines day. I love all of the story lines partially because they all have some type of happy ending. Even if Jessica Alba does leave Ashton Kutcher on the day he proposed, at least he gets to kiss Jennifer Gardner. A movie about Valentines Day shouldn’t ignore the ugly, but it should have a happy ending. Today is the day to watch great sappy love stories, it can’t end too sad. This movie is a must for today, if you don’t have it rent it.

I’m not the biggest supporter of today, mainly because I don’t have a valentine. But, I did receive really uplifting texts from friends and family today. Sure people will argue today is a made up holiday that the card companies use to make money and that it is solely a capitalistic venture, but I have to argue with that. So what if it is all about capitalist and money? What is so wrong about celebrating love for one day? Although I agree when people say it shouldn’t be just one day, but isn’t one day to be a sappy, happy person a good thing? I loved making a valentine for my friends and seeing the smile on their faces. It feels good to feel loved. It isn’t singles awareness day, it’s a great day to tell the people in your life just how much they mean to you.

All people should embrace the day, and walk into it with a smile. Wear pink or red, say Happy Valentines Day to total strangers, buy that three dollar rose they are selling in the student center for a friend. You don’t have to make a card or buy into the capitalism of the day, just enjoy the time to tell the people you love that you love them. Someone loves you, and you love someone (even if it’s just your parents) and that is worth celebrating. So be a bright ball of sunshine today and smile in the face of those who snarl at you. Oh, and eat lots of chocolate too!

Have a lovely Valentines Day.

Love, Lindsey

February 15, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . movies, romantic comedy. Leave a comment.

Blast from the past.

Since it is loves favorite week to make an appearance I feel this week is a very important week to blog. I don’t usually go way back in the vault of love songs, I like to keep things current. Yet, as I was debating over what song to talk about I couldn’t help but think of an oldie but goodie. When I say old, I mean the year was 1963 old. That’s one of the fantastic things about growing up with amazing parents, they give you a music education from a young age of the classics.

I wanted to feature The Chiffons “One Fine Day” because it is a fun, happy, and hopeful song that I think every girl should listen to at one point or another. You’ve probably heard it in the movie, The Wedding Date or in Riding in Cars with Boys. There is just something so universal about the message:

One fine day, you’re going to want me for your girl.

One day I know you’re going to look at me and realize that I was the one, and that you actually want me as the one. That happens all the time on Valentines Day, the boys ask you to “go steady”. ( I couldn’t resist the terminology) I just love how it’s a girl saying, one day you are going to want me. One day you’ll be “proud to have me by your side”. Isn’t that all we really want to start? Someone who’s proud to call us theirs? Isn’t that what Valentines Day is really about? The public display of affection, a declaration of love.

One fine day, you’ll look at me  and you will know our love was meant to be.

We all want that instant gratification of someone looking at us and saying, wow that’s exactly who I want. It may seem shallow, and quite frankly it can be if they take it just based off looks. Yet, it would be a fine day indeed if the exact guy you wanted decided they wanted you too. If they walked out before, or if they were just friends and nothing more. That day when they pick up their head and realize, something special is right in front of me. I think every girl deserves to feel that, but I also think that every girl is special in their own right. No guy should decide if you are special or not, you are. One fine day girls, you’re going to be wanted by the person you want.

I saw a tweet the other day that said, “I want to be rich someday so I can send flowers to all the girls who won’t be getting any of Valentines Day. You’re all beautiful. #Ipromise” This just goes to show you, there are good fish left in the sea, and there is hope for all the Valentineless girls. Check the song out if you’ve never heard it. And check back Thursday on the big day!

Love, Lindsey

February 13, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . love songs, music. 1 comment.

Fun Fact

Here’s a fun fact that you may not know about me, besides a maid of honor and bride, I’ve been each role in a wedding party. I’ve been a flower girl, a junior bridesmaid and bridesmaid. It may be obvious, but I love weddings. They have something so magical about them that can make even a cynic tear up.

I’ll never forget being a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding. I was a sophomore in high school and I loved every bit of that summer wedding. I loved my pink dress and my really pretty bouquet.  I loved staying up the whole night before with my cousin, I was that girl who kept her up all night because I couldn’t sleep. Poor girl was stuck awake for most of the night, so my fault. There was just something about seeing her in that gorgeous gown and walking down the aisle that made me so emotional. She was the perfect bride.

Now something that I had never thought of before I watched Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses was to look at the groom when the bride is walking down the aisle and see his expression on his face. The fear, the excitement that huge gamete of emotions will be right here on his face, and his facial expression can pretty much say it all about the marriage. I’m so excited to look at the groom when I go to every wedding from now on, of course I’ll take a glimpse of the bride walking down the aisle, but I want to see how he’s feeling. I think that is a pretty good sign of how far the marriage will go, if he’s looking like a scared little boy and not for the regular this is a lifetime of commitment thing then maybe you picked the wrong guy.

The movie was fantastic, Heigl plays such a likeable and relatable character. As women we are programmed to always please people. We think that it is our job to put everyone above ourselves, to push for their happiness and eventually karma will come our way. I don’t know if I could manage being in 27 weddings, but I’m only 20 (none of my friends currently married) and I’ve already made it in 3. That isn’t even close, but I do love weddings.

Lets be honest, I totally watched this movie just to see James Mardsen, because he is adorable and can be my leading man any day. But what I got from the movie was a fun-loving appreciation for the girls who try to do everything, and for the look a groom has when his bride walks down the aisle.

Do you have any fantastic wedding memories? Have you Pinterested your wedding out already? I know my Pinterest board is pretty serious in this area. (http://pinterest.com/lindseycraigg/wedding-ideas/)Its a great way to pass time, and get really cute ideas.

Love, Lindsey

February 12, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , . movies, romantic comedy. Leave a comment.

Pants?

The snow has officially trapped me in my residence hall, and there is no way I am leaving the comfy confines of these halls. With a kitchen there is very little reason to venture out. The snow has put a damper on our school’s sorority recruitment, which scheduled for this weekend.

In honor of recruitment weekend and Blizzard “Nemo” that has us trapped in our rooms I want to talk about one of my favorite books of all times, Ann Brashares The Sisterhood of The Traveling Pants. In the first of five books, Brashares starts us on a journey of friendship, love and loss.

An interesting facet of love, is friendship. The most pure love of all can come from a really great friend. Friends pick you as their family, opposed to family who are stuck with you. Those who are your real friends are best people in the world. Real friends can be defined as:

1. those with your best interests at heart

2. those who love you for all of your flaws and your strengths

3. listen to you unconditionally (even if they don’t want to hear what you have to say)

4. those who support you

5. the people in your life that once they are in your life, you couldn’t imagine being without.

It’s funny how friendship and lovers are intertwined. I think those five qualities are things we should look for in friends and in our partners. The four girls in the story Lena, Tibby, Carmen and Bridget show us just what it means to be a best friend. They have a pair of pants that holds their friendship together, but also stands for versatility of life. Wherever they are the pants are always with them. The cycle follows the girls through their adventures in the summer.

Lena meets Kostos (my favorite story in the book) and falls head over heels in love, which is such a foreign thing for the quiet, artistic and reserved girl. Tibby finds the love of a young girl, who teaches her the simpleness of life. Carmen deals with the addition of a stepmother to her complicated life. While, determined Bridget gets under the skin of one of the trainers at her soccer camp.

The first book was incredible, and each book always had great quotes to live by before each chapter. Each girl takes a turn telling her story, while the pants follow along after their summer ritual that determines the cycle of the pants. If you want to learn something about how to step outside of your comfort zone, or experience friendship this is almost a good manual. Love, it doesn’t have to be cookie cutter or just about the love you have when you fall for someone. It can also be for those who create your “extended” family. The people who make your day just a little bit brighter when you don’t want to smile.

Think about your friends, have you told them you loved them today? If not tell them, then go cuddle up with this book.

Love, Lindsey

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February 9, 2013. Tags: , , , . books. 2 comments.

The Beyoncé Bowl

I usually don’t like to blog about three songs in a row, but I feel it is important for this edition of Weigh-in Wednesday to talk about the most important thing from this past weekend, The Beyoncé Bowl. Don’t get me wrong, I love football more than most girls. I was rooting for the 49ers all the way, and that last quarter of play was inspiring when the lights came back on. Yet, when you focus on what everyone was tweeting and talking about the next few days it was all about the halftime show.

Let’s face it the past few halftime shows have been pitiful at best. Beyoncé took it to a whole new level and was fantastic. Not only does she have fantastic songs, which she played almost all of my favorites, she was just basically entertaining to watch. She has a great live voice and played to her strengths. I was dancing around the room with a few friends freaking out to how good she was, and even if I never really got into Destiny’s Child it was really cool to see them make an appearance too.

She was better than any commercial and I really wish she would’ve sang for longer. I’d like to pull out one of my favorite songs from her medley on Sunday, “Halo”.

Baby I can feel your halo, pray it won’t fade away.

You can hit me like a ray of light on any of my darkest nights, you’d be my saving grace and pretty much the love of my life. We all have our walls up at one point or another, and we all want someone to come break them down. The best way to break down a wall? A really “safe embrace”. If we can just find a way to let someone in, until they break our heart it’s the best feeling in the world.

I swore I’d never fall again
But this don’t even feel like falling
Gravity can’t forget
To pull me back to the ground again

Gravity, you almost have to love it. When you’re happy it doesn’t exist your head is up in the clouds and so far away from the ground below. When you’re sad well it brings you crashing towards the ground at a very alarming rate. Well, who cares about gravity it is always there and is always going to remind us there is a bottom. Bottom is where we learn to walk before we run though.

I’m going to go rock out to some of Beyoncé’s classics from her Super Bowl performance, but enjoy the week and put your halo on.

Love, Lindsey

February 7, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . music. Leave a comment.

Defining Time

Yesterday was a very exciting day in my family. It was my parent’s 23rd wedding anniversary. I consider 23 years a pretty good amount of time, and couldn’t be luckier to have the parents I do. My mom and I have a little bit of an obsession with Christina Perri.  We could listen to her music on repeat for days and still not be sick of it. In fact, over break my mom had her CD in the car which we replayed over and over again. Needless to say, my dad got really tired of it.

But in celebration of their anniversary I’m picking “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri for today’s blog post. This song is incredibly beautiful and very  soothing. I know my parents haven’t been together for a thousand years, but the lyrics celebrate love and the fact that can still last. I know it was used for The Twilight: Breaking Dawn Part 1 , but I found the song because of Christina Perri.

Heart beats fast
Colors and promises
How to be brave?
How can I love when I’m afraid to fall 

Hello every girl from 18-20 years old who is afraid to get involved with someone because they don’t want to get hurt. How is it possible to love when we are afraid to fall? If we don’t take the first leap you can’t get any further. Love is always going to be scary, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try. At 20-25 this is the time of our lives where we are thinking to the future and getting into relationships that start to define our future. Nothing wrong with being single ladies though.

I have died everyday waiting for you
Darling don’t be afraid I have loved you
For a thousand years
I’ll love you for a thousand more

I honestly believe that this song is beautiful enough to be a wedding song, it would be the perfect song to have a first dance to. Can you imagine being with someone for 20+ years, let alone a thousand if that were possible? Can you imagine being happy and happily married for those years? Every marriage is going to have days that aren’t perfect. Life isn’t about being perfect. Life is about being with someone who makes you happy, even if they drive you mad sometimes.

Like the song, I believe I will find someone and that you will too. (If you haven’t already)

Love, Lindsey

February 5, 2013. Tags: , , , , , . music. 1 comment.

Oh Sweetheart,

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart

That’s simple enough right? I belong with you, and you belong with me. That is beautiful and straight to the point. Why can’t all guys be like that? Why can’t we just go up to someone and say listen, I just belong with you and you just belong with me because you are my sweetheart? Life would be so much easier if everyone said what they wanted when they wanted.

I think as gender relations go we talk in code. Well, as a girl I over-analyze everything a male says to me and basically come up with the most ridiculous explanations in my head. Like most girls, I have the weird notion that if a guy isn’t texting you he doesn’t want to text you, or if he is and he says something sweet he could like you. Our logic is purely flawed though, because well boys don’t seem to put half as much energy into the whole process of texting as girls.

Like why would a guy text a girl out of the blue, but then not want to continue a conversation? I don’t think I’ll ever figure that one out, but I will be patiently waiting for the day someone says I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart.

If you don’t know the lyric, it’s from The Lumineers popular song. “Ho Hey”. The song is one of my new favorites and opened me up to their album which was the first album to make it to my car as a playlist in forever.

Love- We need it now Let’s hope for some

Love, I think we all need to feel love at one point or another. Not just the unconditional love from our parents, but unconditional love from another human being that doesn’t have to love us.  Although, every family dynamic is different I think we all want someone to love us who we love back.  An important component of love is hope. If we have no hope that we can love and be loved then we won’t be able to love. Hope is a funny thing, you should never give up hope.  Those feelings that you can’t see/touch are always the most important. Just because it isn’t tangible doesn’t mean it isn’t there.

So have a little hope tonight and listen to The Lumineers, maybe they’re on to something. You may be my sweetheart.

Love, Lindsey

February 1, 2013. Tags: , , , , . music. Leave a comment.