It's been a CRAZY last few weeks of summer here! Between KISS & Def Lep at Montage, me getting nominated for two Electric City Music Conference Awards (thank you BTW), apartment hunting with my boyfriend (cohabitation time - yikes haha), and my friends having wonderful fun celebrations (babies & birthdays), it's almost escaped me that summer is ending. I don't mind - I love fall! Always been my favorite season.
I'm THRILLED I got to see two of my best friends I rarely see - the first, Nicole (those of you who've seen me play live, you know I wrote a song for her "Nicole's Song") I hung out with her Saturday. SUCH an inspiration, such a joy to me! And we always laugh til we cry!
And then on Tuesday I went to the Pitbull concert in Allentown with my girl Danielle! You may remember Danielle as our former intern - she was on the air with us for a semester in 2012. She's a friend for LIFE definitely!! She's finishing up school at Temple (gradutes in December) so I'm gonna try to get her a job here! Haha of course...
This week on GIRL TALK with Melissa from The Weekender we reflected on our 20's. What was the biggest thing you took with you from your 20's?
I learned how to be independent. After college, I moved to Ohio and lived in a small apartment on the first floor of a house. I thought this was the coolest thing ever. My own place! But I didn't know the first thing about cooking, cleaning, or keeping the place up and running. It was on the job training. And for me, the ultimate learning experience.
And I also learned how to drive a stick! :)
How about YOU?
Here's a few comments from listeners...
--I wish I had the knowledge in my 20's that I have now...but what I have learned is what is meant to be will ALWAYS find it's way & does not need to be forced.
--I didn't think that I had a look at price tags so in my 20s I had that same attitude so I was robbing Peter to pay Paul until one day they took my car so I went to my parents for help and for once my parents did not help me. They said "figure it out" and I did. I learned a really good lesson from that!
--In my 20s I learned that it's ok to be single. Worry about your goal because there is always time for a relationship.
--I'm only 24, and realizing just how real those college loans are at a few hundred $$$ a month on top of rent, gas, groceries, cell phone, etc. I have an elementary teaching degree and of course I'm still trying to get a permanent position.
--Don't loan money to friends!
--I learned to not compare my accomplishments to anyone else's. We all do things in our time. Who cares if all your friends are married, that doesn't mean they are all happy.
--I learned to talk things out instead of getting angry and letting things ruin my day. This has made every day happier!
--I learned that student loans are real, and not "so off in the future".
--I learned it's all downhill after 25 (I turn 47 next month)
--I learned not to base life decisions on a guy. I have 2 daughters and my hope is they learn from my experience.
--I had triple digits partners, thought it was cool then, but now not so much. Alot of women don't take me serious or won't give me the time of day because of how many women I've been with....they think I'm after one thing. So my lesson learned is, don't sleep around. Even though I was safe, its not cool. They remember.
--I learned the value of patience and taking my time with pretty much everything.
Friday I was issued the Ice Bucket Challenge by my friend Brian Coe of the Penguins.
It's a simple concept. Someone accepts the challenge, records themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their head, then challenges 3 or more friends to do the same. If you are challenged, you have 24 hours. It's all about raising awareness for charity.
Ice Bucket Challenge
Get a bucket of water and fill it with ice.
Lift the bucket...
Dump the bucket...
Feel the chill...
Call out at least 3 of your friends to complete the challenge for themselves.
I issued the challenge to Lissa & Fast Freddie Friday afternoon. I'm still waiting...
*Photo Courtesy of the Hollywood Reporter and Associated Press*
As I reported this story to YOU on Saturday...here it is, in case you missed it!
MICHAEL JOHNS from Season 7 has PASSED AWAY at the age of 35!
They say it was a blood clot in his ankle and my inside sources tell me that the swelling & bruising was traveling up his leg (which means the blood clot is traveling) & doctor gave him "all clear" to go home...BIG MISTAKE! :( He should have been admitted immediately and this possibly could have been avoided!
He was such an amazing person and talent...and he will definitely be missed.