One More Chapter
A twenty two year-old's view on life, death,
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
and Taylor Swift conspiracy theories
I am starting this new segment of my blog for several reasons:
1. I think that there are many people in my life who don't realize just how amazing they are and how much they make a difference in other people's lives.
2. I think that it is important to feel appreciated, appreciate others, live a life full of happiness and love and to spread that happiness and love to those around you.
3. I think that what most inspires me is to meet new people and to hear their stories. Humans are pretty amazing people with some pretty amazing abilities. It's about time we start to show our appreciation for those who use those abilities for good and not evil. <3
So, that brings us to the first of many to follow.
Today I'd like to bring our attention to the first Human That Inspires : Jesse Katen
I should start out by saying that I don't actually know Jesse that well and I'm not sure we've actually spoken one-on-one in person, but that should just say to you just how inspirational he must be!
I first met Jesse through my experience going to Sophisticated Productions Dance Competitions all throughout my middle and high school years. He was very frequently the special awards judge. What does this mean? Well, basically he made people feel amazing.
His awards we not based on technicality or endurance or anything like that. It was just if he saw something special, something that really stood out to him in a routine, and he would create an award for it.
He would then call said numbers up at the beginning of the award ceremony and give a short explanation for how this routine touched him in a special way before announcing the personalized award. And let me tell you something: I wanted a special award more than I cared about getting a high scoring routine. Why? Because it meant that I had actually touched someone, I had done something more than expected of me, I was being appreciated.
So, when I first met Jesse, he was already making people feel special. In fact, it was his job to do so. And I thought that was pretty cool.
But over the fact that this man spends his life making other feel amazing, he is also just a genuinely great person. He is incredibly sweet and always wearing a smile.
I won't pretend like I know all that much about him. I know that he owns his own dance studio and he is a member of the Rotary Club, loves Maya Angelou and that he works as a judge/special awards judge for competitions. He is doing what he loves and he is making young dancers into respectable, caring, wise young women and men. I mean look at his note that a ten year-old gave him the other day:
I hope that he knows how much of a positive influence he is being on these young girls and boys and that he is shaping them into such strong young adults.
I have never seen a Facebook post or heard a word from his mouth that expressed nothing but the positive and caring attitude that Jesse is so known for. Reading his posts and keeping up with him often brings joy to my day and he always give such good advice when commenting on my own page.
I hope he knows that he is such an incredible role model and inspiring person in my eyes, and I have absolutely no doubt that he is the same thing to many, many others. He is the type of person that we should strive to be and I'm glad that I have been blessed enough to have Jesse Katen in my life, even if he isn't as much a part of it as I might like :)
Jesse Katen: you are one inspiring human being. And for that, I thank you.
Yes, that's right, I'm finally posting about my trip to the homeland!
The Keohanes hail from Southern Ireland - Cork to be specific - and while I wasn't able to make it down there this time, I certainly did have a fabulous time in Ireland during the few days that I was there for.
I must say, I give a TRIPLE THUMBS UP to the Paddy's Palace hostel! They were amazing! It was only 10 Euros a night with free airport shuttles and if you booked over two nights you got to go on one of their world-famous tours of Ireland for FREE. I told my family and we all agreed it was too good to be true and that it would probably be a sketchy hotel and pretty uneventful tour, but I was pleasantly surprised. IT. WAS. AMAZING.
I saw some amazing sights and visit adorable little Irish towns including the Wicklow Mountains, Kilkenny, Glendalough and of course Dublin. And not only were the sights awesome, our tour guide was fabulous. He gave awesome information and was so funny!
Here are a few picture from the tour:
And, of course, Dublin itself was not so bad either.
I must say that Ireland was one of the kindest places that I've ever been (next to Scotland, of course). Everyone was so happy and friendly and it was so refreshing to have a change of scenery. I recommend that everyone take some time to come to this awesome city.
It was interesting because, while it was clearly a city, it's nothing like the cities here in the US. It feels smaller, more intimate and more humble than our cities. The history is rich, the people are authentic and, while the weather has some trouble sticking to either rain or sun, it's undeniably beautiful.
Oh, and they are obsessed with literature and all things Oscar Wilde.
It's my kind of place.
Basically this place is totally is completely wonderful. I love it and I can't wait to be back.
Everyone should take a trip over here before they die if able. I promise you won't regret it and I am extremely grateful that I was able to experience it.
Thank you for reading,
Song of the Day
"Work Song" by Hozier
This song is powerful, beautiful and more than addicting
About This Blog:
I started this blog as a way to challenge myself to write more over the 2014 year, but it has blossomed into so much more than that. I use it to let people in on what's happening in my life, talk about things I find important and to spread the news about amazing people, places and art.