You Belong Among The Wildflowers

Have you ever experienced something so wild that it was sure to be fate because there just couldn’t be an explanation for how it could possibly happen to you? Me too.💁🏼

Specifically this past weekend. The bf and I went to Seattle to see Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers with The Lumineers as the opening act – our personal fave. And the entire experience was nothing short of magical. Let me tell you why!

The concert was at Seattle’s own Safeco Field and can I just say that this was the most EPIC venue – aside from The Gorge amphitheater – that I’ve ever been to. We were among 40,000 people and it was surreal to hear just about all 40,000 of us sing Free Fallin’ in unison. I’m telling you: pure magic. But that’s not how it began…dun dun dunnn…

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Pre-concert photo – before we knew of the chaos we’d be in for…

We arrived at a time we thought might be early enough…spoiler alert: it was NOT! The lineups were like nothing I’d ever seen. I’d say most of said 40,000 people were in line with us at this very moment. I would later find out that security were performing some new methods which caused the major delay getting in. Both of us were worried and came to terms with the notion that we would likely miss the opening act entirely…disappointment ensued….but….by a stroke of luck we finally made it in.

At this point it was 8:00 and the Lumineers came on stage at 7:30. We knew we had missed a few songs but hoped we would at least make it for some of our favourites. Once we made it passed security, Ramsey took my hand and we raced as fast as my ankle boots could take me – impressively fast might I add – up many stairs and through crowds of people to discover we were just in time for the next song. We were beyond thrilled! And this next song that we had arrived just in time for just so happened to be it…the one…the one I’ve proclaimed to be ours. I can’t begin to express the sappy typical-emotional-Amy feelings that followed. Many months of anticipation and excitement led to this moment and we hoped for nothing more than to be able to hear one of our favourite bands play this particular song. It proved to be one of my favourite moments we’ve ever had together.

The concert was nothing short of incredible and I’m so grateful to have been able to experience it with my person. I gotta say, I really do live for moments like this with people that mean so much to me.

That’s what it’s all about ❤️

-Amy

PS – couldn’t end this one off without a Tom Petty classic:

 

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Renovations and Revelations

Well, on this beauty of a Tuesday morning, excluding one carpet installation nightmare, (another entry in itself!) I’ve realized how much I’ve neglected this blog lately. We are already halfway through the last month of summer, and it has made me aware of what little time I actually have to get sh** done and still make time to see my friends and family. My boyfriend and I are currently in the middle of renovations in order to list our condo. We are ready for a new home, a more spacious home, a home which allows us to house his not-so-small minion collection and my art supplies – pushing 30 but still children at heart! I am finally on holidays and am happy to have some downtime, because aside from the renovations, this downtime has also brought new revelations!

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Let me tell you, I’ve battled with this for quite some time. Learning to accept that I cannot change another person’s behaviour hasn’t always been easy. What I’ve learned is that it’s not up to me or anyone else to convince someone that their behaviour is toxic or wrong. You can voice your feelings, but ultimately it’s for them to decide. If it’s not something they can recognize then you must swallow your pride and move on because from that point forward it is out of your control. Difficult to adjust to as it may be, focus on what you can change, that being your response, your attitude and possibly how you interact with others in the future.

But let’s be honest, we’ve probably all had life experiences that have left us feeling bitter with negative thoughts and as such said things we maybe wished we hadn’t… “foot in mouth disease” as my mom calls it. It’s a real thing folks! If I can leave you with one piece of advice today it would be to be careful with your words, sometimes having a filter is important in situations, and sometimes not, but just be mindful of the situation you’re in and trust your gut – if it feels wrong, it probably is. Allowing yourself time to think before you respond can save you from grief later on too. I’ve come to the realization that it does not serve me or anyone else when so much negative energy is put out into the world. And I know I tend to preach a lot about positivity but I also can recognize when it’s perfectly ok to have an off-day. I think it’s just important to remember to bounce back from it. It’s really tough to live a peaceful life when you have unresolved feelings and are dwelling on things you have no control over.

 

Be Grateful. Be Present. Be Kind. 🙂

– Amy