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Anyone that knows me knows that I am an extreme fangirl. This means that I have many celebrities that I am a huge fan of (and probably take that fandom to the next level), and tend to talk about those people a lot. And I mean a lot. It can also mean that you buy into any and all products associated with that person. My fangirling habits are why I have three major concerts to look forward to. I am excited beyond words!

First up is Ed Sheeran. He is coming to St. Louis at the Scottrade Center in May, and I have floor seat tickets for him! My cousin Katie (whom is practically my sister) and I are going together. Initially, we were fans of his because he writes songs for One Direction (our absolute all-time favorite singers). However, now Ed is becoming extremely successful with his own solo career. He is such a talented song writer, guitarist, and singer, and never seems to stop giving me chills. This show is sure to be a good one!

Following that, this summer is another round of a One Direction concert! Nothing, and I mean nothing, gets me more pumped up than One Direction. This concert is in Chicago since they are not coming to St. Louis this year. This will be the third time I have seen them perform live. The group going to this one includes my cousin Katie again, Emma, and Kara (which are sisters that I used to babysit for years). This same group of four has gone to all their concerts and movie premiers together. Any event related to One Direction brings us back together. Literally, I spend more of my free time listening to and talking about One Direction than anything else. Also, the amount of One Direction products that I own is ridiculous. Don’t even get me started on that…

And then there is Taylor Swift! She is coming to St. Louis later in September. My best friend, Brooke, and I are going to this one together. I am a huge fan of pop music. So ever since Taylor has become a full-fledged pop artist, I have loved her even more than I did before. I saw her concert in 2011, and it was very entertaining. But I have a feeling that this one will be even better! Being a fangirl, I can hardly contain my excitement with all these huge, amazing shows coming up!

#fangirl #fangirl

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If you live on campus and have walked along the third floor, you have probably heard Taylor Swift’s sweet voice emanating from behind my doorway. Spotify has so kindly reminded me that I “have not listened to Taylor Swift in awhile.” If you are a Spotify user, you know that there is a “Discover” section, where Spotify reminds you of artists you have not listened to in awhile and introduces you to new artists. Anyway, I could go on and on about the advantages of Spotify, but I’ll save that for another post. The point is that I’ve been listening to Taylor Swift, and only Taylor Swift, for four days straight. Listening to the old albums and “dancing around in my pj’s” while prepping for my day has left me reminiscent — and kind of homesick. It’s funny how music can change your mood and remind you of specific memories. I remember dancing to T-Swizzle in my friend’s living room when I was about thirteen years old. We used to choreograph dance moves and sing along to the songs at the top of our lungs! Of course, like every good heartbreak song, many of Taylor’s songs remind me of past relationships — ones I can look back on and smile and ones I would rather forget. But sometimes even if a song makes you sad, it can help you deal with your emotions and reflect. Sometimes you just need to grab your iPod, sit down outside, and think. Or maybe you need to grab the car keys, blare the radio and drive down a back road. My mom always says you need to take time to yourself and think in silence, and while the first is true, the latter I could argue. You don’t necessarily need silence to reflect, in fact, my thoughts flow better while I am listening to music. You know how people can never find the right words to say? Well, sometimes I don’t even know the right words to think. Music sort of nudges my mind and helps me figure out exactly how I feel about a situation. I encourage you to find a song this week that throws you into flashback mode or helps you figure out your emotions. Oh, and if you’re looking for a place to start, I’ve compiled a list below based on mood:

Heartbreak:

The Dumbing Down of Love by FrouFrou

Fun/In The Car Sing-a-Long:

Slow Down by Selena Gomez

Anxious:

Help I’m Alive by Metric

Tired/Over-worked/Stressed:

Hands by The Ting Tings

Ready to Travel:

You Are A Tourist by Death Cab for Cutie

So Over You:

We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together by Taylor Swift

…And I’ve moved on:

Begin Again by T-Swizzle

I Feel Like Dancin':

Dancin’ in the Street by David Bowie

Hopeful:

Be OK by Ingrid Michaelson

No One Understands Me/Rebel Phase:

Noserings and Shoestrings by Nina Nesbitt

Happy:

Don’t Worry Be Happy by Bobby McFerrin

Starting Over:

Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

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