March 8, 2012

Partners Filming Tomorrow

Tomorrow, my mom and I are going to LA to see the pilot taping of Sophia Bush's new show, Partners, at Warner Brothers Studios. I am beyond excited! Actually, I'm not sure if it will be the real taping tomorrow or not, because they sent out another email this week saying it was just a rehearsal so I'm not really sure of what to expect. Either way I'm excited!

She's definitely one of my favorite people and I can't wait to see her in action! She is so driven and focused, it'll be cool to see the way she gets into the zone, especially with it being her first project since One Tree Hill. I'm excited to be a part of this milestone in her life and career. Also, in honor of her, tonight I'm watching the best of Brooke Davis episodes on One Tree Hill. It consists of some of my favorite episodes and my friends' favorite episodes.

She's one beautiful human being and so inspiring!

I'll be sure to blog about the experience at some point over the weekend! Stay tuned :)


Making A Difference

"Don't listen to them when they say, 'you're just a fool, just a fool to believe you can change the world. The smallest thing can make all the difference. Love is alive, don't listen to them when they say, 'you're just a fool to believe you can change the world.'"
~Carrie Underwood~

Sophia Bush has really inspired me lately with wanting to get involved in a cause; to be passionate about it and let my voice be heard. She has reminded me that my opinion does matter and that no matter how small your contribution to something is, it makes a difference and can change the course of events. I'd really like to run a marathon or volunteer at a homeless shelter or something where I can just help brighten up someone's day; to give of my time. I have been so blessed in my lifetime and I'd like to give back to others. I have had friends and family that have sacrificed of their time and money to help me and I would really like to do the same.

But, I guess those things don't have to be the only way you can make a difference is if you're volunteering or saving the whales. Use your talents and gifts for the purpose of others; share your story, help someone with their problem, give someone a smile, listen to them, sing a song that will lighten the load, help out in a classroom, or whatever else it is that you're passionate about.

Me? I'm passionate about letting girls know that they're beautiful and they're special (organizations like Team True Beauty and B.A.B.E). I always have been, because I know what it's like to be picked on, even over the dumbest of things. I want girls to know that they are going to make a difference no matter what size they are, what color their hair is, or whatever else the world is telling them they should be. It really is about their heart, and they shouldn't let anyone else look down on them. God created us to be unique for a reason and we are all great at something. We can all be something really great if we believe in ourselves and shoot for the moon. The moment you put limits on your self and the goals you want to achieve, you'll settle for whatever comes your way. This also ties in with bullying and belittling others, which has really grown in the past couple years in our world. I see it everyday with people on Twitter and Facebook, over petty someone got something they didn't and their jealousy got the best of them. GET OVER IT PEOPLE, do you not see that the suicide rates are up over things like that? Get out of your shallow, self-centered bubble and see what's going on around you. I want to get involved in organizations that promote TRUE beauty and stop all the bullying and petty internet crap.

Girls, find your inner strength and stand for something! In fact, it's actually International Women's Day! So, go out there and do something really empowering. Say something that has been on your heart to get out, sign up for an art class, or volunteer to help with kids or animals. Do something that's close to your heart and let your voice be heard.

Here are a few blogs that are all about making a difference and changing the world through art, inspiration, stories, and just speaking the truth that I've found to be really helpful and incredible, because I'm all for girls standing up for the truth and what they believe in:

This is also another cause that has been going around. Actually, they came to my high school I believe it was my Junior or Senior year and I remember signing the petition back then. The way the guys in the documentary were so on fire for this subject was really inspiring, and still is today. They're trying to protect these kids from the danger that they're being faced with on a day to day basis, and that's wonderful. I really hope this campaign makes a difference and gets around like never before. 

That's all for now,

Memories With Carrie Underwood

I've had a lot of wonderful memories with and because of Carrie Underwood. I've been able to see her in concert quite a bit and I've met so many wonderful people that I call close friends today. The past seven years or so have been really amazing, so I thought I'd share some pictures with you guys!  I was going to share a video, but for some reason it's not uploading like it should. 
Carrie's truck she used on tour :)

Carrie's wax figure! 
Softball game! 
At the taping of Carrie's Christmas special

In the audience when Carrie was on The Tonight Show
My friend, Mandy, from the fan club :)
Fan Club parties!  

Lots of Opry performances during CMA Fest week :)

Ashley and Mandy! I <3 them :)

Hanging out by the buses

That's all for now,

One Tree Hill Recap-Every Breath Is A Bomb

Mark Schwann seriously knows how to step it up season after season. No matter what crazy story line has come into our path, it has turned out for the best. Therefore, we need to just trust that he's going to end the series the way the fans would want it to, even if it's not necessarily what we had in mind from the beginning. 

I really liked last night's episode, but it wasn't my favorite. There was actually a lot going around that people thought it was a bad episode, which I don't really agree with. They didn't understand why Haley dressed the way she did and did what she did to just find out information about Nathan. I completely understood why she did that...she's desperate at this point. Heck, she's working with Dan; she thought that was stooping to the lowest level. She was extremely tough, and I enjoyed seeing that side in her come out. Nathan's not around to fight the battles for her and she stepped out and found her inner warrior.Paul Johannson and Joy Galeotti are incredible together. I have seriously enjoyed their scenes this season, because like Mark Schwann said, they find the things that other people might not see and they have a certain rhythm. No words can capture just exactly what they're doing to pull this story line with Nathan together. 

As for Brooke, oh how I'm afraid of what comes next. I think Xaviar has been up to something all along; if he had really changed, her following him around town wouldn't have just "triggered" something in him to want revenge. I don't think it was smart of Brooke and Julian to just follow him around town the way they did, where he would see that they called the police on him, because that will just mean more bad news for them. I think Brooke needs to tell Julian about her little run in later that night with Xaviar in front of the cafe. Judging by that last scene where he's holding Davis, it does not mean good things for the Baker family. Also, Tara is really making me angry. She's a B$%^#...literally. They said that she was a bad girl, but she really IS a bad seed. I feel like there's going to be something that ties her in with Xaviar's character and the overall reason that she opened her cafe across the street from Brooke and Haley's. 

I really enjoyed the story line with Clay; how he told Quinn he has a son and the fact that he actually told Logan he was his father. It broke my heart that Logan ran out and doesn't really want anything to do with him, but I'm sure he'll come around. It's obviously a lot for a little kid to handle and for it to come out of the blue like that. I think now that Clay has addressed the real issue of why he has been acting the way he has been, he'll be able to move past that and start getting back to his normal life. Or at least a new normal for him, now that Logan's in the picture.

Finally, I'm glad Chuck finally came around and spoke up for Chase. I'm kind of wondering if that's the end of that story with his dad, though? It seems kind of short-lived and like there wasn't a lot to it really other than to show the relationship between Chuck and Chase, and to sort of see why his mom was an alcoholic for so long. Maybe now their family can start over. 

Next week's episode is called, "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will." The title alone sure seems to say a lot. 

Here's the link to a short scene between Brooke and Tara in Karen's cafe. Things are about to go down between the two of them.

Now, there are only 4 more episodes left until the SERIES finale 
:*( I think we should all start stocking up on tissue now. 

That's all for now,

American Idol Recap

Last night on American Idol, the guys sang Stevie Wonder, while the girls paid tribute to the late and great Whitney Houston. I think the girls are proving that they are here to stay, but the guys are still just sort of mediocre and finding their way. 

My favorites of the night were Hollie Cavanaugh and Jessica Sanchez! They blew me away with their pipes; singing such huge songs for Whitney. Normally when people pick powerful songs that should be sung by the original, it makes you cringe...but these girls really did them justice, but gave it a little something new for this generation. My mom and I voted for them, so my fingers are crossed for them tonight! I also really enjoyed Phillip Phillips' version of Superstitious. Over the years, countless people have sang that same song on the Idol stage, and every single time it's nothing different. Phillip finally changed the arrangement and made it something fresh. I was extremely impressed with his performance, and I think he's getting better as the weeks go on. He's definitely one of the guys to watch this season.As for the weakest links, I have to say that I agree with Jennifer and Steven that it goes to Elise and Shannon. I was really pulling for Elise, but you could tell she wasn't very comfortable with the song and didn't connect with it as much. The connection level also goes for Shannon too. I think she has the vocals, but doesn't necessarily relate because she's only sixteen. On another note...Heejun needs to go. I'm sorry that I'm not sorry; I'm just not a fan! 
That's all for now,We'll see who goes home and who will proceed to the next round.

March 6, 2012

Renew My Heart

"Sometimes happiness comes from being around good friends and family. And the quiet nobility of leading a good life."

The past couple days have been so wonderful! It will be something that always holds a special place in my heart. So much in fact, that I'm learning that not everything is meant to be shared. Sometimes there are moments that are only meant to be shared with the people we experienced it with. That's how I feel about this.  I want to share a few pictures, but I don't want to go into detail about everything that happened like I usually do.

I think I found my "Luke's Diner"! 

"Breathe life into these bones
Lord I give you all control
I worship you
You are my King
Renew my mind
Renew my heart
Renew my soul, oh God, I need a brand new start
Forgive my sins
Cleanse me within
Holy Spirit come today
Renew my heart."

As I sat on a rock this morning, taking in God's beauty I heard a couple things that I needed to. I wrote a few notes down and hope they inspire you as well.
  • Always be bold and stand up for what is right. Tell others about Christ and why you live the way you do. I've always been the shy/quiet one, but not anymore. Now when someone asks why I believe what I do, I want to be able to courageously tell them. I want to be able to say it through words, whether it's something I write on my blog, in a story, or whether it's something I sing. I want it to say something about the way I live and what God has done for me.
  • Don't be in such a rush or in such a hurry to get nowhere. Take your time and see what I do along the way! Have faith in me. Be still and know that I am God.
  • Be in the moment; aware of what God is doing. Be content with where you are and believe that God will guide you to each event and point in your life when the time is right. 
  • Wake up to whatever it is that is right in front of me...the life I'm meant to be living and awake from what it is that is holding me back. We weren't meant to live comfortable lives, we were meant to live BIG lives for God.
  • 2 Timothy 4:7
  • I Peter 3:15 (a verse Chris gave me at Bible Study on Friday)
  • Fear can stop us in our tracks and Satan uses that against. It is one of the most crippling things from letting us live the lives we were meant to.
That's all for now,

March 5, 2012

Revised Bucket List

Every once in awhile, it's good to look back at some of the things you've accomplished in life and set new goals for things you still want to work towards. That's exactly what I did this weekend. I started thinking of how I've changed over the past year since I made the last one. So, I thought it was appropriate that I make a new one.
  • See a movie at Mann's Chinese Theater
  • Go swimming with dolphins
  • Try parasailing
  • Do karaoke in Nashville
  • Be in a flash mob
  • Go on a date at a Dodger game, Disneyland and Santa Monica Pier
  • Experience Christmas in New York and the 4th of July in Washington
  • Try out for American Idol
  • Attend American Idol finale
  • Go horseback riding on the beach
  • Be in a Warner Brothers movie or on a TV show
  • Go on a road trip with friends
  • Sing on The Grand Ole Opry stage
  • Write a song with Taylor Swift
  • Sing a solo at church
  • Have a "Gilmore Girls" week in Connecticut (Bed and breakfast, find a coffee shop, etc.)
  • Open for Keith Urban
  • Help make a movie
  • Find the Luke to my Lorelai, the Nathan to my Haley, and the Julian to my Brooke (basically the love of my life)
  • Dance on the rooftop of a building with someone special
  • Be on "kiss cam"
  • Host Thanksgiving and Christmas at my house
  • Get a book published
  • Write an editorial column for a newspaper/magazine
  • Open a stationary/coffee store
  • Become a "regular" somewhere where they know my name and my order
  • Go stargazing at Griffith Observatory
  • Take an art class
  • Go to a Vegas nightclub for New Year's Eve for a girls night out, even though I don't plan on drinking
  • Go bowling at Pinz in Hollywood
  • Get lost in a city I've never been in
  • Go to an NFL game
  • Sing The National Anthem at a Dodger game
  • Travel to Australia, Italy and London
  • Sing at Disneyland
  • Break into song somewhere
  • Play at Rabobank and Crystal Palace (hometown venues)
  • Visit all the baseball parks in the U.S
  • Visit all 50 states
  • Hold an Easter brunch at my house
  • Own a house in Nashville and LA
  • See a Broadway play
  • Go on a Disney cruise
  • Own a real Chanel
  • Work at Warner Brothers Studio
  • Have my own clothing line
  • Win a Grammy/ACM/CMA
  • Walk the red carpet at an awards show
And the beautiful thing about Bucket List's are they're ever changing. You can seriously write them down or come up with stuff as you go. The choice is up to you! :) Create a life for yourself that's worth living, that when you're on your deathbed (as morbid as that might sound) you can look back on with no regrets. 

That's all for now,

Stay Connected With Me!

As you can see, I'm a big fan of the social media networking. I have an account on just about every main site out there and would love to have more followers! :) So, what are you waiting for?!/ShelbyN92

That's all for now...hope to talk you soon,

I Live For The Little Moments Like That

"Enjoy the little things in life...for one day you'll look back and realize they were the big things."

The older I get, the more I start to realize that it's the little things that count. It's not the huge things that have happened in my life that I remember; it's the way it made me feel, the short conversations I had with's the little details that make the most impact. 
It's so easy to get caught up in the bad or how things didn't work out the way I'd planned. Now, that I've started working on being more positive it has changed everything for me. I used to think that the best days of my life were automatically when something major happened, like going to a concert, having a celebration, or something really out of the ordinary. But, now those things don't matter so much. It's a text from someone I wasn't expecting, coffee date with a friend, hearing my favorite song on the radio, watching the sunset, nice weather, someone saying a prayer for me, and other things like that that bring a TRUE smile to my face. Knowing that I have the support of my family and friends can't be topped. Those are things that are lasting. 

I was reading an old journal entry of mine, when I came across a list I had made of "50 Reasons To Be Happy."It can be a generic idea or something specific that always makes you smile. I want to start doing this at least once a day, where I can list the highlights and find at least ONE good thing about each day. There's a lot to be celebrated and I don't want to miss it just because I might be in a bad mood, it's not worth it. 
  1. Being alive-my health
  2. Family and friends that don't give up on me
  3. An unfailing, ever present God will never leave
  4. The talents that God has given me
  5. Music
  6. The beauty of nature
  7. Church family
  8. A bright future to look forward to
  9. Good times I've had in the past
  10. Incredible people I've met 
  11. The silver linings of situations
  12. Sun shine
  13. A talk with a best friend
  14. Forgiveness
  15. Knowing I can make a difference in this world
  16. Everything on earth is temporary, someday we'll all be in a much better place
  17. Being who I am. I'm not changing for anyone
  18. Not depending on others for my happiness
  19. Life is an adventure
  20. Love
  21. Knowing one day I'll find my Prince Charming
  22. You are not your mistakes
  23. Flowers
  24. Good food
  25. Small friendly gestures from people you don't know
  26. Marathons with family and friends
  27. The big blue sky
  28. Life in general
  29. The ocean
  30. Things happen, don't dwell on it. Move forward.
  31. Losing yourself in a daydream
  32. The power of my imagination
  33. God's word and the promises He has made us
  34. Hugs
  35. Warm weather
  36. Breathtaking views
  37. Vacations (or at least the idea of them)
  38. Knowing what's important in life
  39. Freedom
  40. Watching my favorite episode of my favorite TV shows
  41. Being included in plans
  42. Knowing the people you can always count on in tough situations
  43. Getting lost in a book
  44. Birthday cards
  45. Capturing that perfect moment in a picture
  46. A cup of coffee or hot tea
  47. A new journal
  48. A comfy sweatshirt
  49. A new dress to wear somewhere special
  50. Quiet time in the morning with God

That's all for now,

Girls, We Have To Believe This!

"Sometimes we're so focused on finding our happy ending we don't learn how to read the signs. How to tell the ones who want us from the ones who don't. Maybe the ending is just moving on. Or maybe the happy ending is this: knowing after all the unreturned phone calls and broken hearts, through the blunders and misread signals, through all the pain and never gave up hope."

It's so easy to get caught up in the daydream of it all: the idea of having that special someone, the fairytale ending, and everything we've ever seen in chick flicks. Sometimes it doesn't even matter to us who the guy is, it's just about what we'll get from it. So, we end up writing the ending, before we really take a step back and realize that all along the guy that seemed so perfect on paper was not the one for us. And someday, after all of those misses, we'll find our hit. We'll find the guy that was meant just for us. Through it all, we can't give up hope. Hold onto the idea that somewhere in the future you will find your happy ending and everything you went through will make sense, because it led you to that one special moment where everything changed. 

This Weekend

Saturday was a really long, emotional day. I woke up around 6 or so, got ready, and once my aunt met at our house we all headed to Fresno. It's about the same distance from here to LA, but I think it usually feels longer because I haven't been there as much. It was nice getting to see new scenery. I haven't seen my aunt in awhile, so it was fun getting to catch up with her.

We got to Fresno a little early, so we drove around to check some things out first, then headed to the cemetery for the graveside. It was good getting to see family members I haven't seen in awhile, but sad that it seems the only time we see each other is for a funeral. The service was lovely; the pastor was so spot on with describing Uncle Bud, I found it crazy that he had never actually met him. I learned so much about faith from everything he said. That didn't last very long, and we went to lunch as a family after that.

We had reservations at this place called, The Manhattan. They even had a special menu that day in honor of Uncle Bud. It was really nice of them! It was decorated very classy and elegant, with old Hollywood pictures all around. It was definitely my kind of place.

 We were able to catch up with many family members there. I talked to my mom's cousin and her husband, who are wonderful. I get along with her really well, because she used to work for Creative Artists Agency in LA and did a lot of the type of work I'd like to get into someday. She has worked with a lot of celebrities and has a lot of connections, so it's always fun to hear who she knows, etc. I talked to her husband and he was telling me how his daughter was a journalism major like I am, and how she had started her own website based out of Chicago, where he's from. It's mainly for girls in their 20s, who are getting started at making their mark in this world. I checked it out a little later and thought it was amazing! It's definitely the kind of market I would want to get into. Lunch was really
After that, came the hardest part of the day, I'd say. It was the memorial service at the funeral home. His immediate family (daughter, son, grandchildren, and people he knew from the rescue mission) got up to speak. Each one had me in tears, hearing of how much they loved him and the stories they shared. They also played a slideshow to Carrie Underwood's "Temporary Home". Him and my mom's aunt, Shirley were married 68 years and thinking about how different her life is going to be now that he's gone just really hurt everyone to think about. One, I can't even imagine being married or knowing anyone for that matter, for 68 years, and 2) How do you just pick up and move on after that? They showed me that true love is really out there. They said even in his last few days, every time Aunt Shirley would walk into the room, he'd go on and on about how beautiful she was and what a wonderful wife she had been. I hope to find someone like that.

We went back to my aunt's house after and visited some more with everyone and had more food, which was delicious. All around the house were pictures of Uncle Bud and Aunt Shirley, and even in the midst of everything, you couldn't help but smile. We didn't stay very long, but it was good getting to say hi to everyone. 

On our way home we stopped at their Macy's, because it's a lot nicer than ours. They had a lot on sale! While my mom and dad were in the shoe department, my aunt and I did a little exploring of our own. It was fun. We stopped at In-N-Out for dinner and came home, while playing 20 questions! That's always hilarious. Pretty soon, it came to where we were just doing TV shows and movies, which were a lot more fun and challenging anyway.
I though these would be fun hats for the tea party we're planning!
Yesterday morning (Sunday), I was scheduled to sing on the worship team, which when morning came I was really starting to regret. I was feeling exhausted and not feeling so well in general. Not everyone was there on time, practice didn't get started until 7:40 or so, parts weren't coming together easily (we didn't have practice on Thursday), and just all these little things that were making everyone irritated. But, in moments like that you just have to remember the whole reason you're singing in the first place. If the parts aren't there, just sing lead and focus on worship above everything else. First service actually went really well, and it was a lot of fun! And there were no critical comments to go over, so that was a plus :)

I hung out with the band after first service, like I usually do. I messed around with my phone, tried to read a little bit, and just talked to a few people. It's so much fun getting to hear stories about gigs they've played, etc. During the second service, I sat in the audience with my parents. The message was on, yeah! There was that. Interesting stuff, but it can be awkward at moments. After service, I hung out with a few friends that were volunteering. A couple (Makenzie and Hillary) were selling cake pops, so I talked to them for a few minutes. even about the new "relationship" between Tim Tebow and Taylor Swift. Then, I went into the coffee shop to chat with Febe.  I was really starting to get a bad headache and not feel so great, so I grabbed an ice tea and took medicine. Pretty soon, it was time for the last service of the day! That went really great. The last song really had everyone coming alive and feeling God's presence.

Red velvet! YUM!
My parents surprised me with new jeans! :D
I went to lunch with my parents to a local Mexican restaurant, Mexacali, which was so good! I came home yesterday afternoon and pretty much crashed. I was so exhausted that I took a nap, which I don't do very often. I think the last time I probably took one was my Senior year in high school. I even slept through two of my favorite shows, Gilmore Girls and One Tree Hill. That's when you know something's wrong with me. LOL. When I woke up, we went to the theater to see the new Dr.Seuss movie, The Lorax. A couple of our family friends met up with us, which was cool. It was a really cute movie, and I loved the message behind it, "It's not about the seed, it's about what you do with it." That's something we could all learn from it, and if/when you see it, then you'll understand it completely.

Last night was the first Sunday night I had been home in awhile. I decided not to go to Bible study since I had gone on Friday, and I was just not up for it. Instead, I went to California Pizza Kitchen with my parents which was fun. We came home and watched The Wonder Years together, and my cat (who used to really not like me) kept jumping on me and cuddling with me. CRAZY! I've really grown to love that cat.

When 11:00 rolled around, I was still ready for bed even with the nap. I turned on a episode of One Tree Hill and was out. Despite some of the events of the weekend, it was really great. I'm learning that it's important to find the silver lining of everything, because you'll be a lot better off for it.

That's all for now,

I woke up this morning to a text from Febe, asking if I wanted to get out of town for the next day and a half with the girls and go to the mountains. I worked some things out and will be able to! What a wonderful start to the week. Hope all of you have a great week! :) Make it count.