Give thanks with a grateful heart

I guess everyone is feeling really excited or maybe exhausted because the thanksgiving break is almost here. This weekend was a very touching and heartfelt weekend for me; I had been so stressed about my grades and performance in nursing school that I forgot I hadn’t been paying attention to my spiritual life.

There are sometimes we just need a break from all the crazy dramas in our lives, and just breathe. Sometimes, we get so uptight that we literally forget to breathe or calm down. Life is always going to be crazy but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should go crazy because of what life keeps throwing at us.

I am so glad the thanksgiving break is almost here, and I know I am very thankful for the beautiful gift of love, family, friends, and a beautiful community.

God never puts us in a space too small for us to grow in. We need to always count our blessings and be thankful for the precious gift of love and laughter. I believe that is what thanksgiving is all about; it’s about taking that precious time to see the beauty of God in our lives, and just being thankful for being able to see the end of the year, and by God’s grace, another special year.

Have a great and fulfilling thanksgiving break.

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Think twice

Do you ever spend some time imagining perfect scenarios in your head?  Don’t you just wish everything is nice and rosy?

I was listening to this beautiful song by Celine Dion titled “Think Twice”; all I could think was, how many times do we actually think twice about the decisions we make in our lives? These decisions does not necessarily have to be about love relationships;  it is really important for us to think twice about the things we say to the people we love, especially when we are angry.

When I was in elementary school, my teacher used to always say, “anger is a small madness”. When we are angry or upset, we sometimes tend to forget that there are people around us that may be affected by the words we use or by our actions. I have seen relationships broken up because of the hurtful words said out of anger. Don’t you just hate it when you let something or someone go because you were so blind to see the value of that person or special thing? I guess we really appreciate the value of something when we loose it.

This song spoke to me because she was asking her lover to think twice before giving up on their love. Some of you might relate to the song in a romantic way, but I want you to just always think twice before making a decision that can affect the people you love and care about.

There are three things we cannot take back: spoken words, wasted time and past life.

 

O death where is your sting?

I woke up this morning with a heavy heart, I found out that my dearest friend died last night. He was such a sweetheart, and to think that he is no longer going to be on earth with me is very disheartening.

A minute someone is born, another minute someone dies; we just have to live everyday as if it were our last. Sometimes we get so comfortable and we forget that though life is going smoothly for us, it may not be going as well for the other people that matter in our lives. We get so caught up in the little things in life that we forget the major things like family and friends. I remember getting upset over the fact that I made a C on a test; I got so carried away until my friend told me, “you know other people have it worse than you do so be thankful”. After that moment, I just paused and thanked God because I really did let the little things get to me when I was supposed to be pouring my energy into other things that matter.

My friend lived a beautiful life; he believed life was not guaranteed, and so he always told me he would enjoy each day to its fullest. I am so glad I got to have him as a friend; it is just sad that he left behind some broken hearts.

I dedicate the song “it’s so hard to say goodbye to yesterday” by Boyz II men to my friend, and to all the good souls we have lost.

Growth

This week I learned a lot about growth; sometimes in life, we need to go through “doubtful” stages in our lives to get to the top. We have doubts about making decisions like; moving to a new place, applying for a new job, or maybe dating someone different.

Most times, we need a voice of encouragement from someone who truly knows you as a person to give you that pat on your shoulder and tell you everything will be fine. The doubts we get is perfectly normal because when we really need to move on in life, and make that bold step or leap of faith, we get scared just because we are probably stepping out of our comfort zone. Although, most times, we realize that the huge decision we made was indeed necessary for our personal growth. How else do we expect to grow if we do not do something different?

The song that stuck with me through this whole thought process was “Stronger” by Mary J. Blige. I love this song because it talks about doubts, fears, but also determination. Being strong is not really being independent, but having people to help you be strong, tell you the right words, and help you be the best that you can possibly be.

I hope you can think of that special someone in your life while you listen to this powerful song.

Stay beautiful.

The gift of love

I can honestly say I had one of the best weekends of my college days. I got to actually be at a live concert in Wichita Falls; it was an amazing experience that will forever be in my heart. Prior to the concert, I always wondered what made certain musicians stand out, and why people like me can relate to them. Matt Maher and Brandon Heath humbled themselves and shared their life stories with the audience; they explained the true meaning behind every song they sang.

What struck me the most was, I was made to appreciate the beauty of love through a song by Matt Maher, titled ‘my only love’. When Matt Maher first played this song, he did not say the exact meaning behind it; he only said he wrote it for his “only love”. When he finished writing the song, he realized that God was actually speaking to him through that song; he flipped the meaning of the song, and instead of him singing the song to his “only love”, he realized that God was actually singing the song to him. In other words, he was God’s only love. Matt Maher asked the audience to listen to the song again as if God was speaking to us; this time I saw it differently and I realized that as much as I try to find love in a person, God’s love supersedes all. I hope you enjoy this beautiful piece by the talented Matt Maher.

Have a great week. Stay positive.

 

Why Kids love Nicki Minaj!

Good day my fellow readers,

This week I will be blogging about Nicki Minaj, and why children love her so much. I guess some of these children see in her what we adults tend to miss out. First of all, she is so colorful, and indeed looks a life barbie; children are attracted to pretty colors, so I am guessing that is what makes her really attractive or like-able. Her cartoon animated character seems to come alive on stage; Growing up, most children loved watching cartoons.

I was watching the famous Ellen DeGeneres show today, and there was this little boy called Dustin who made my heart melt; he was crying because his mother would not let him sing Nicki Minaj’s song “starships” because of the curse words. My issue is, if Nicki Minaj really wants to go ahead with her multiple animated characters and personalities, she should let the children in on it; because from what I have noticed, she has lots of young growing fans. I mean, sing songs that the children will completely enjoy and not have to watch or think about the words; or better still, songs that can have great moral impacts in their lives.

Little Dustin is not the only child who is in love with Nicki Minaj, but also these little beautiful angels, Sophia Grace and Rosie. They love Nicki so much that they literally know all the words to her song. I think they are really precious. Well, Enclosed are the videos of Little Dustin, and Sophia Grace and Rose.

Stay positive.

 

 

Hallelujah- Leonard Cohen

Hello guys. Hope you had a productive weekend, well, my weekend was really productive, as the change of weather forced me to stay at home, and what better way to utilize my time, than to study! I studied the whole weekend and I am so proud of myself. So, for the past week, I have been learning about “fair-use” and how artists get inspired, draw ideas from original works made by other artists and make it theirs. Will that then be classified as stealing? or is it legal? My love for music is endless, and I thought to myself, let me get some real facts about one of my favorite songs. This song “hallelujah” was brought to my attention by Alexandra Burke the winner of x Factor 2008. I had never heard of the song before. I listened to it, thinking it was the “original” until I logged on YouTube and saw a million and one other versions (well I over exaggerated a little bit). I realized that the original songwriter and singer is Leonard Cohen and then later a man named John Cale re-recorded it. It was actually John Cale’s version of the song that got this song on the map. People knew about this song because of the way Cale sang it and the raw emotion he put into the song. Now I call that creativity.Please listen to the different versions of the song and notice how much an original work can evolve into a different but yet unique piece.  This week, I want you guys to think of things that inspire you, and how you can remodel it to become your own.

Stay beautiful. Live. Laugh. Love

Saskia

 

Skyscraper- Demi Lavato vs. Gagnam style

Hello my lovely readers! So, I had an awesome weekend, I went to Maryland to go see my brother. It was so awesome, I honestly did not want to come back to my stressful reality. Well my playlist has been a little bit mixed, depending on my mood. I had some self reflection coming back from Maryland. The songs that went through my head were pretty sad, just because I thought of some of the emotional battles I have been going through. The main reason I Love music is that one can always find the song(s) that speaks to him or her. Demi Lavato’s Skyscraper touched me, because to me, it meant strength. Strength. Strength. “I will be rising from the ground”. We shall rise. I shall rise.

 

But Ingreat contrast, this cheeky song that has been all over the internet just got me laughing.”gagnam style” I want to not like this song, but i find myself dancing to it. hahaha well…I guess it is just one of those songs that I love to hate but I can’t help but listen to.

Finally, I wish you all a great week. I pray you don’t get as stressed and worked up as i do. Find a song that speaks to you, and continue to grow.

 

Lots of love

Saskia

Stress Reliever- Florence and the Machine!

Ok Guys, today i have been trying to do my homework, study for my test! 19 chapters! wow! but i learned how to use this linkedin website thing  that i learned from my online internet and society class, which i think is pretty neat because i get to be in the professional network. The website allows you to be more marketable, and gives you information about new job positions..etc..Well, anyways, going through all this stress and not trying to panic is very difficult, and music helps me calm down. I decided to listen to Florence and the Machine- Shake it out! She sang, “and it’s hard to dance with the devil on your back”. Right now, my devil is all these tones of homework. like i can’t keep up, and time is really not on my side. So guess what, I am shaking it out and i will definitely get through these challenges of being a student. My mother always says, hardwork equals success.  I hope my hard work pays off because.I hope this song makes you dance, and appreciate the value of good beautiful music that helps calm the storms and make you believe everything will be okay!

thanks for reading..have a beautiful and wonderful week. Remember to Dream, Believe and Inspire.