I love you better now.

It has been one world-wind lately in my life. From being at school and trying to finish the craziest semester of my life, I finally have a minute to breathe. What do I want to do with my free time? I really felt like blogging. Believe it or not I have missed this part of my life, but free-time just really didn’t exist for me at school.

So naturally when I get back to blogging, I want to talk about something that got me through the semester, music. I listened to a lot of soundtracks and Broadway to get me through the craziness. I won’t talk about that, because it’ll be super boring for most people who don’t get the fun of show-tunes.

Ed Sheeran is a new first love of mine, it wasn’t just the A Team that caught my attention but really his duet with Taylor Swift. Then, I started to get smart and listen to more of his stuff. That being said, Lego House is probably one of my top ten favorite songs of this year.

If you’re broken I will mend you and I’ll keep you sheltered from the storm that’s raging on now

We all want to be mended, and to be sheltered from the storm. We want a hero to save us from the dark corners. We should be able to save ourselves, but it doesn’t always work that way.

I’m out of touch, I’m out of love
I’ll pick you up when you’re getting down
And out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now
I’m out of sight, I’m out of mind
I’ll do it all for you in time
And out of all these things I’ve done I think I love you better now

Sometimes the music speaks for itself. Out of all the things I’ve done, I think I love you better now. Some times we think we need to change. We think we need to go somewhere else, to see something else because what is in front of us isn’t good enough. We think that whoever is here, isn’t what we want. Even if we know in our hearts that they are, we try to get out of sight and out of mind so they forget about us. If they forget about us, they make it real easy for us to run away.

We shouldn’t run away, we should learn from all the things we’ve done and love that person better. We should love that person more, because they aren’t anything but themselves. Which, if you think really hard is absolutely perfect in every way.

So if you feel the need to run, hopefully you love someone better after.

Love,

Lindsey

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May 16, 2013. Tags: , , , , . love songs, movies. Leave a comment.

Royally interesting

There are very few things that are easy to do when it is sunny out. All I’ve wanted to is sit outside, but it is next to impossible to see a computer screen outside. I did go for a drive and ended up shopping instead of just getting Starbucks. I’m getting prepared for all the sorority life crafting I know that is coming up in the following weeks. I’m actually really excited to be crafting again, I never thought I’d be any good at it but I do a half decent job.

So since a computer screen is usually off-limits for outside, and shopping well let’s face it can get pretty pricey, the best thing to do outside is grab a towel and a book (maybe some Starbucks) and enjoy the sun! A really great, cheap, small, and entertaining book is Niki Burnham’s Royally Jacked.

This funny teen read is one of those great books that flies by. It’s little size makes it perfect for the beach or for on the go reading. The poor girl has a lot of random things happen to her that cause a situation where her dad moves to some European country to be a chief for a royal family. She decides to go with her dad, because the situation with her mom just wasn’t what Valerie (main character) wanted to deal with at the time.

She then goes on to live my dream life, the family of course has a really cute son her age. It isn’t easy at first, like any relationship ever is, and she struggles with the fact that he’s a real life prince. All bets are off when they meet and it makes Valerie really happy that she took the chance and went with her dad. It also has two sequels, which I was also obsessed with. Who doesn’t love a cute, quick read? I don’t always have time to finish a major novel, but these little books are easy to start and finish!

Simon Pulse does a lot of these cute quick reads, I was really into reading them at one point and am starting to get back into them again. I’m a bit of a bookworm if you can’t already tell.

Well, time for me to go outside and get off this computer! Hopefully you get to do that too!

Love, Lindsey

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April 18, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , . books. 2 comments.

I’m going there.

It’s finally time to hit the tween of all tween mother-ships and write about: One Direction.

One Direction happens to be my guilty pleasure, there is just something about the whole boy band thing that brings me back to a time where N’SYNC and Backstreet Boys were the kings of the land and used to make me dance around my playroom for hours on end. Boy bands are just ever 90’s kid jam. If you are a girl from the 90s and you don’t at least appreciate the One Direction phase you had an awful childhood.

My favorite, adorable love song of theirs Little Things. There is not a lyric in the song that doesn’t make me want to curl up in a ball with my stuffed animal and blanket. Can you imagine a boy saying to you they are in love with you and all your little things? Like how you can’t go to bed without a cup of tea, or your voice and your thighs? Ha, if a guy said that to me in a heartfelt way they could marry me tomorrow.

You never love yourself half as much as i love you
You’ll never treat yourself right darling but i want you to
If i let you know, I’m here for you
Maybe you’ll love yourself like i love you oh

My favorite third act twist in the song comes in with the above lines. A guy is supposed to love a girl twice as much as she loves herself. Well, a girl has to love herself to be able to handle a healthy, stable relationship but the guy loving her that much doesn’t hurt the situation. I’ve always said that girls should be treated like princesses, so thank you One Direction for telling the world to treat their girls right. Some things should just be common sense, but as our tour guide in Italy Jose would always say, “Common sense is the least common of the senses”. Our one chaperone loved that quote.

You still have to squeeze into your jeans, but

You’re Perfect to Me.

Hi, all girls listen to that. You are perfect to somebody, and you can squeeze into those jeans all you want. They look fantastic on you! Quinnipiac is doing a confidence week and I’ve really been appreciating it. I found this in the bathroom yesterday and I couldn’t help but smile.

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So you should smile, because you are beautiful, and listen to Little Things by One Direction and pretend someone is singing it to you! You deserve it!

Love, Lindsey

March 27, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . music. Leave a comment.

St. Baldricks

I usually hate to blog about song after song after song, but tonight I was inspired.

I went to a St. Baldrick’s event sponsored by our Student Programming Board. For those of you haven’t heard of St. Baldrick’s it’s mission is to help cure children’s cancer. Attendees raise money for children’s cancer leading up to the event. Then, on one big night guys AND girls get up on stage to shave their heads. A kid with cancer will face the challenge of not having hair, what a better way to support them by going through the feat with them. If you want to learn more you, or even donate, check out their website: http://www.stbaldricks.org/history

While in the crowd at this event I saw a Quinnipiac female go up and have her head shaved. It was one of the most moving things I’ve ever seen. I may not know her reasoning, but I do know that is one of the bravest things I’ve ever seen. How incredible is it that a girl shaved all of her hair off to support childhood cancer?

In the shock and awe of it all one song really came to mind, Lee Brice’s “Love Like Crazy”. It’s probably one of my favorite songs out there, with some of the best advice out there.

Be a best friend, tell the truth
And overuse “I love you”
Go to work, do your best
Don’t outsmart your common sense
Never let your prayin’ knees get lazy
And love like crazy

If you ever take one piece of advice from this blog, I’d love it if you could take that message away. Being a best friend is the best gift you can give a person. I know my best friends have made me the person who I am today. They have changed me from a shy, awkward little girl into someone I can be proud of.

Never lie, it is my mom’s biggest pet peeve.

Overuse “I love you”, please do. Tell the people you love that you love them every day, every hour, every minute. You never know when life can change or when tragedy can strike. I’d rather you annoy someone by telling them you love them over and over again than them not knowing exactly how you feel. Love is a small word, but the power of it is impossible to describe.

Do your best, because at the end of the day the only person who has to be proud of you is you. If you do your best than you should feel accomplished and know that you are great just for being you. We can’t be good at everything all the time, but we can push ourselves to do our best and show the world what we’re made of. If we do our best then others will do their best and make the world a better place.

This part is completely selfish, but a guy held the door for me today to go in front of him and I thought it was the most gentlemanly thing ever. Guys do more of that and:

Always treat your woman like a lady
Never get to old to call her baby

If a guy can do that, well they’ve just won any woman’s heart who they want to. Treat a woman like a lady and you will get her whole heart. She’ll never even want to take it back. We value being respected, that’s a fact.

Most importantly readers, Love like Crazy.

Love, Lindsey

March 6, 2013. Tags: , , , , , , , , . music. 1 comment.

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

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.

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.

Happy Friday!

I’m incredibly excited to finish my first week of classes! It’s crazy to think we’re already down to 14 weeks left of classes. I’m just so ready to be back and be with all of my school friends. This week has been a week of catching up with friends, meeting new friends and trying to keep  up with home friends.

In the spirit of all this excitement I decided to do a very peppy, happy, and fun love song. After winning American Idol Phillip Phillips have become  my third favorite winner, Carrie and Kelly will always have number one and two in my heart. His second big hit, “Gone, Gone, Gone” is a really neat, upbeat song. It’s lyrics are something we should all aspire to.

Baby, I’m not moving on
I love you long after you’re gone.
For you, for you.
You would never sleep alone
I love you long after you’re gone
And long after you’re gone, gone, gone.

There pretty much isn’t a lyric that I dislike in the song, but the chorus really sticks out for me. Love isn’t just for the moment, it’s for the long hall. You should never have to sleep alone, and someone should love you long after you’ve moved on or have gone. I’ve talked a lot lately about what it means to have your first love. What it really entails, and the most important question: Does it really ever end? I’m leaning more towards it doesn’t end, you don’t just magically stop loving them.

I think they’re will always be a soft spot for that person and “when they fall like a statue I’m going be there to catch you” is always going to apply. I know most of us would do anything for the boy or girl who first stole our heart, no matter how difficult the break-up was. I think the most important thing is to forgive but never forget. I think it is fine to move on with the relationship and move it to a healthy place, whether as very distance friends or just amicable relations. I just urge you to never forget why you broke-up in the first place. If something broke, it broke for a reason. Not to say some small cracks can’t be fixed, but some things just weren’t meant to be.

You’re my back bone,
You’re my cornerstone
You’re my crutch when my legs stop moving
You’re my head start,
You’re my rugged heart 

You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed

That right there is true love, if someone is your backbone and lifts you up  in such way that is a part of you like being your rugged heart, that means something. You must be pretty important. That to me is love. I think my definition of love is a little rough around the edges, but I see this stuff in my parents and couples around me which reinforces what I think I know.

Well this weekend like a drum baby don’t stop beating.

Love, Lindsey

January 26, 2013. Tags: , , , , . music. Leave a comment.