The most beautiful lyrics I’ve ever read

Last week, my dear friend Blake told me to check out a singer named Josh Pyke. I love music recommendations (especially international ones), so I was already excited. Then I listened to “The Summer” (Blake’s suggestion) and it was completely haunting and lovely, so I felt the need to look at the lyrics. Reading this song completely blew me away. Here’s the first verse:

If I could bottle up the sea breeze I would take it over to your house
And pour it loose through your garden
So the hinges on your windows would rust and colour
Like the boats pulled up on the sand for the summer
And your sweet clean clothes would go stiff on the line
And there’d be sand in your pockets and nothing on your mind

23: The Bucket List

As my 23rd birthday approached last month, I realized how the last few years have come and gone so quickly. Of course, I have kept track of each day of my twenties (as I started a 365 photo blog in July 2010– and have kept up with it to this day). But there was something about turning 23 that made me stop and think I need to really do something. So in an effort to make sure I do do something, I’ve started a bucket list of 23 things I’m going to accomplish while I am 23. The list isn’t complete, but I’ll continue to add to it until the end of 2013 (by then, I’ll hopefully have thought of all 23 things).

Without further delay, I present “23”

1. Leave my job at IB

2. Get a new job (and love it)

3. Go back to Australia (to study, work, or take a vacation)

4. Go on a Nick/Jess date with Blake

5. Get my first tattoo (if I’m feeling brave- second and third as well)

6. Visit NYC/NJ again- without the anxiety this time

7. Visit California (esp. San Clemente & Kristen Stewart’s handprints @ TCL)

8. Get paid to write

9. Go on vacation with Amanda

10. Run a 5K without stopping

11. Do/try something new/spontaneous. Anything.

12. Have a piece published on ThoughtCatalog

13. Meet someone famous (actor/musician/writer)

14. Meet someone that impacts my life in a positive way

15. Impact someone’s life in a positive way

16. Fall in love (with a person, place, or hobby)

17. Finally finish my Invisalign treatment

18-23. TBD

Look who’s back!

If you guessed me, then yes! You’re right. Here’s a virtual high five!

I took some time over the last couple of months to focus on my new full-time job (which has since ended) and my new weekly freelance column (which is still ongoing).

Here’s what you’ve missed. In May: I dated a boy and I started a new job. In June: I made some new friends at work and I started writing for Noisetrend.com (my weekly column can be found here!). In July: I turned 23, decided to write a “23” bucket list, and was laid off from my job as a result of the economy. In August: I’m constantly noticing time passing. I don’t have answers as far as why time picks up and slows down as it chooses, but maybe this is a chance for me to realize I need to slow down.

Having to leave my full-time job was more sad than upsetting/frustrating, in that I would be leaving my friends and my routine. On the drive home from my last day, I was sure I’d cry– it was a rainy day and it was weird saying goodbye to everyone. That’s the recipe for a tear-filled drive home. Instead, I drove home feeling like I was granted a chance to find something new. To go off and do bigger, better things. To find a job that allows me to come home and think hey, I made a difference in one person’s day.

So I hope you’ll stick around to see the 23 things I plan to accomplish while I’m 23, to see me find a new job, to read some new writing, and to possibly allow me to make your day better.