Rachel tagged me and I am awaiting 5:00, so let the fun begin!
Eight things I am passionate about, in no particular order:
1. My family. My mom and brother are not just my flesh and blood, they are my friends. For a long time it was just the three of us and we are extremely close. Sure, like any family we have our moments, but those are few and far between. They are my biggest source of strength.
2. My best friends. Without them, life would be terribly dull. They are my family and while we share interests we all have our own individual traits, quarks, and idiosyncrasies that we bring to the table. Spending time with my friends is priceless!
3. Freedom of Speech. I've seen this quote attributed to a few different people but its one of my favorites "I may not agree with what you have to say, but I'll defend to the death your right to say it." I love having the freedom to say what I think and voice my opinions without fear of being arrested or stoned to death. I do not believe in censorship, banned books or any thing of the sort.
4. Reading. I will read anything and everything. I love reading about different religions, different people's lives, fiction, nonfiction, books, newspapers, blogs, anything. It keeps my mind active and when need be serves as an escape from reality. With that in mind, I need book suggestions for summer reading. Read something you like? Leave me a note and let me know what you would suggest.
5. Music. I love music, as with books, all kinds. I really truly believe that life would be better with background music. Since I don't live in a tv show, I have to make the own soundtrack of my life. So far today that has included, Bon Jovi, Sugarland, Peter Paul and Mary, and at the moment John Legend.
6. Discovering who I am. I am constantly learning new things about the world and myself. Who I am changes. I mean the basics like my morals and values stay the same; but with each new person I meet, with each new thing I learn, with each new experience I have--I change a little bit. I figure this whole discovery thing, won't stop until I do.
7. Living my life the way I intend to. I strongly dislike people telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to go about doing it. I am a huge NONCONFORMIST. This might sound like a little thing, but its not. I have some family members (ok, mainly a grandmother-who-knows-best) who feel the need to question every decision I've made along the way (you should have gone to this college, you should have done this job, you should yada, yada, yada). My life is my own and I'll make my own path (and decisions), thank you very much.
8. Bonfires and beer. Add in number two and you have my idea of a perfect Friday/Saturday night evening. Its my ideal way to unwind, relax, and regroup. Throw in cornhole, smores and music and I'm happy. There is nothing like sitting around a dying bonfire as only the embers glow, the dark night sky gives way to the first hints of morning, discussing everything from who is the reigning flip cup champ to political thoughts to what the future will hold with your best pals.
Eight things I want to do before I die:
1. Travel to some exotic locale off the beaten path.
2. Have a book published.
3. Work for QVC.
4. Drive cross country with my best buds (and be able to afford the gas that such a trip will require.)
5. Live overseas for a period of time.
6. Get a PhD.
7. Actually weigh what my driver's license says I do.
8. Live to be the old lady who is completely content with where life has taken me and still has lots of fun.
Eight things I say often:
2. That's funny.
3. What the F*#K!
4. Y'ins (this is the Ohio Valley equivalent to y'all, I've tried to make it go away but it seems to be ingrained)
5. I miss you.
6. I love you.
7. What's happening?
Eight books I've read recently:
1. The Camel Club by David Baldacci
2. Collectors Club by David Baldacci
3. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
4. Bitter is the New Black by Jen Lancaster
5. High Tea in Mosul by Lynn O'Donnell
6. Good in Bed by Jennifer Weiner
7. Dangerous Surrender by Kay Warren
8. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
Eight movies I've seen eight times (or more):
1. The Wizard of Oz
2. Gone With the Wind
3. Peter Pan
4. Sweet Home Alabama
5. The Devil Wears Prada
Eight people who should do this meme.(A lot of blogs I read have already done this or some form of it so I don't have eight...)