Thursday, October 31, 2013

30 Day Single Woman's Blogging Challenge Day 14

Day 14:   Describe the last moment you felt really, truly blissful

Ok so I am not alone. Mandy Hale has also been slacking in her posts as well. She just posted Day 14 so I figured I should go ahead and post mine. I actually started on this blog but really couldn't think of a moment that felt really, truly blissful and then this past weekend happened.

I work for the UGA Performing Arts Center and this season we launched a series of kids concerts for children ages 4-12. The concerts will feature the following Hugh Hodgson School of Music Ensembles: Wind Symphony, Percussion Ensemble, and Hodgson Singers. We titled the series The Saturday Morning Club. 

Since this was an event that we have never done before, of course we were nervous about the turnout. We did all we could in terms of advertising, dropping off brochures in different areas, and even ads in the newspapers but it was up to the parents to bring their children.

9:15 came around and the lobby began to fill with kids and their parents. It was a continuous flow.

Skip forward, the concert was amazing. The conductor had a projector set up and was very engaging to the children. She explained the different movements and had illustrations that made the kids laugh out loud. She showed them how to direct as a conductor and during a song they got an opportunity to direct different sections of the band.

After the concert we had an instrument petting zoo where kids got an opportunity to try out different instruments. It was an amazing sight. One kid was so involved with "playing" the trumpet that he began marching around the room doing his own field routine. 

In watching these kids whose eyes lit up once they heard a note come out of an instruments, or bobbing my head to the drumming of a kid playing "We will Rock You" to a parent telling me that her son wanted to hear more music was truly overwhelming in a good way. I felt truly blissful.

It is in experiences like this that will define their lives. It happened for me when I saw "Tell-Tale Heart" by Edgar Allan Poe at the Alliance Theatre in elementary. It was then I knew I wanted to be in theatre and that I wanted to work at the Alliance one day. I hope Saturday was one of those experiences where a kid said, "I am going to be a conductor" or "I want to play for a symphony orchestra". 

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Single Woman's 30 Day Blogging Challenge Day 13

Day 13: Describe how you met the last person you texted and talk about your friendship/relationship

Ok so I started this post yesterday and never got a chance to finish it. 
(See what had happened was...) 

But I did want to continue it even though I have texted other folks since I first started this post. But in general I like this post as well. The last person I texted was my linesister Brittney. I think it is appropriate that I talk about her in this post since her and I have been in constant communication this week about life in general. We have been texting back and forth about out life drama and always in the end, we come out of our conversations with a clearer picture of what we need to do to move forward. 

A little backstory....

Brittney and I went to middle school, high school and college together. I'm not exactly sure if it was middle school that we officially met though. All I remember is that I used to be a part of this organization called P.I.L.O.T. Program (Preparing Innovative Leaders of Tomorrow) in high school. One meeting, the founder of the organization began bragging about this 16 year old girl who was releasing her first book. That was what I associated Britt with: "The girl who wrote books". I was a part of the band and outside of P.I.L.O.T. I always was acquainted with her because of that. Her coming to UGA after me was probably when our relationship took a whole new level. Not only were we Redan Raiders, she lived in Brumby Hall where I worked, and eventually was a part of the Freshman Advisory Board like I was my freshman year. Because she started doing a lot of things like me (hehehe) I started calling her my protege. 

What has solidified our relationship even more is that Brittney and I crossed into the Zeta Psi Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. the Spring of 2011. Now as linesisters, we have gone through sooo much together. We have lived together, traveled together, argued about the craziest things, and made some memories that will never be shared with the public. LOL 

I am thankful that God places people in your life that understand what you are going through. And sometimes when you are just out of order, they can be someone to put you in check. Britt and I are that for one another. Thank you for being the best mentee, linesister, friend ever.

Like I mentioned a bit earlier, she is an author. Check out her website here.

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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Single Woman's 30 Day Blogging Challenge Days 11 & 12

Day 11:   Your worst/funniest/most embarrassing date
Ok so I am not really feeling this day. To be honest, I've always had good dates. Plus outside of my ex and when we dated, I have only been on two dates ... sooooo yeah there's that. Nothing exciting for this post. 
(Hint: Somebody take me out on a date and maybe then I can add more to this post. LOL)
Day 12:  Your proudest accomplishment
I can say that thus far my proudest accomplishment was graduating from UGA. It really signified so much for me as a young woman. Being able to turn my tassel was liberating and paying homage to:
My mother, Crystal Jackson who would drive to Athens almost every other weekend to bring me groceries or supplies. She would scrap to transfer a few pennies in my account when my Housing paycheck was getting low. She would travel to see every show or travel to cook my residents breakfast. 
My grandmother, Maxine Jackson who embodies strength in every fiber of her being. She taught me to be tough and push thru. My last semester was probably the hardest semester ever but I knew I had to keep pushing no matter what.
My aunt, Corliss Jackson who the older I get, the more I realize I am like her in many ways. She really does understand a lot of what I go through and even when she lectures, I know she comes from a great place.
My Uncle Skeeter who passed away in 2005. Although it doesn't hurt as much, I still find myself wanting to call him and tell him about what is going on. I remember that I would push myself each semester of high school to get all A's because if I did, my Uncle would send me $50. Even when I got to college, I was striving for the A's. 
My degrees are a testament to these people and those who raised me, prayed for me, and supported me and my family. I am sure I will continue to have other accomplishments but as  of today graduating tops it all. 

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

The Single Woman's 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 10

Day 10:  Google the meaning of your name and talk about how it fits or doesn’t fit you.

I think that this day is my favorite so far. So I read a while ago that my name "Bridgette" or "Bridget" was of Irish origin meaning strong. 

Pretty But seriously I think I have been created to withstand some pretty harsh things and throughout it all God equips me to make it.

But I did Google my name today and some more cool things popped up.

Here is what wiki says:

Bridget or Brigid is a Celtic/Irish female name derived from the noun brĂ­gh, meaning "power, strength, vigor, virtue". An alternate meaning of the name is "exalted one". Its popularity, especially in Ireland, is largely related to the popularity of Saint Brigid of Kildare, who was so popular in Ireland she was known as "Mary of the Gael". This saint took on many of the characteristics of the early Celtic goddess Brigid, who was the goddess of agriculture and healing and possibly also of poetry and fire.

Ok for those who know me. This is some good stuff right?

I think this really does fit me. I mean I really like the aspect of the characteristics of the goddesses. POETRY of course being one of the main ones. 

But the main words that my name means:

I am proud to say that I possess each of those qualities. I am in no way perfect but I am glad that my name carries with it qualities that I strive to uphold each and every day. 

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The Single Woman's 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 9

Day 9: Your favorite “weird/funny single behavior” – Anything you do that is uniquely YOU and that living alone allows you to do 
Mmmm this one I really have to think about...................................................................
(still thinking) ............................................................................................ Lol
Ok so for me I am all about routines. There is a specific way I do everything. It may seem like I am all over the place but there is a method to my madness.
So a weird single behavior for me is how I come into my apartment after work. This happens the same way, every day/every time I come into the apartment. 
Step 1: Click on the lamp near the left wall. (yes it's specific) 
Step 2: Find my lighter
Step 3: Light all the candles in my apartment. Start with the bedroom, then bathroom, the two candles on the dining table, the one on my bookstand, and last the one in my kitchen.
Step 4: Turn on chill mood music. (This varies on which artist I am obssessed with at the moment, right now it's Drake)
Step 5: Began cooking dinner and lunch for the next day.
I may pick up the phone if someone calls or text but I really try to have this moment to wind down without any distractions. Mmm what do you think, is it weird? Sorry I don't have a funny thing that I do. Well at least not to my knowledge, my friends may think otherwise. 
I will share Day 10 today as well. I am behind. lol 

Friday, October 11, 2013

The Single Woman's 30 Day Blog Challenge Day 8

Day 8:  Five things that are most important to you in a future mate

Ok this is simple enough and I touched on a bit of it in the last post 

But here are five things that are most important to me in a future mate:

1. A follower of Christ

- I can't follow a man leading a path to hell. Point. blank. period

2. A great sense of humor

I don't trust anyone who doesn't laugh, Maya Angelou

3. An attractive mind

- Ok so I will explain this one a little bit. I want someone who will engage me beyond their physical attractiveness. You can be fine all day long but if you are stupid, it's not cute. I need to have conversations with my future mate about everything! I want them to teach me things. One thing I loved about my ex was this he loved politics. I hated politics but I loved how he would talk about them and his passion would get me interested. I would find myself watching CNN more just so that I could talk to him later on about the subject. My future mate will need that. I want to have one conversation and feel like I can talk to that person for the rest of my life and not think I can't make it past the next hour.

4. Someone who is passionate

- Passionate about something. I always ask this to guys I am interested in, "What do you want out of life?" Some find it weird. Some have gave some crazy answers. Perhaps the best answer I got was, " I want to create a generation of artists". I was hooked immediately. Lol. But in all seriousness, a guy who knows what they want out of life and maybe not all of the details (because I don't know either) but is willing to do whatever it takes to accomplish that end goal.

5. Someone who is genuine

- Dishonesty is so unattractive. I don't need anyone to sugarcoat anything. Let me know the truth and I will make the decision how I will move forward. No matter what the truth is, let me know. Bump what society says is right. I need honesty from beginning to end and I promise you will get the same.

That's all I got. 

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

The Single Women's 30 Day Blog Challenge Days 6 & 7

Day 6: Sound off on the quote “Every woman has the exact love life she wants”
I haven't heard this quote before the challenge but I have heard similar things like:
"Women set the standards for how you want to be treated" or "You get the respect you want"
Something like that
But in thinking about "Every woman has the exact love she wants"
Mmmmm never really thought about it. 
What is the exact love I want? 
- I want a love that involves God. I have to be comfortable about talking to God with my partner. This includes being able to share all of my thoughts about faith, being able to pray with that person, going to bible study, someone who will wake me up to go to church, and someone who wants us both to be closer to Christ.
- I want a love that can deal with my "artist" persona. I tweet about it. I talk about it all the time. I am an artist. And when I say that, it is more than just the art I create but how I view the world. I want a love that understands it even if they don't. A love that will ask questions about what I love about being an artist and want to be a partner in creating art. I want a love that will go to plays with me, listen to me recite poetry and be my audience when I am trying out new pieces.
- I want a love who won't judge me because I watch Disney and will watch it with me. (seriously) Real talk, it is a happy moment in my life when I can watch Good Luck Charlie.
- I want a love that loves being around family. I love my family. Everyone is welcome to my home and I think it is a point of pride that my family will treat you as if they raised you. If you get to know us, we will spoil you. I want a love who wants that and respects my family.
- I want a love who will answer the phone at 4am if I call because I can't sleep.
- I want a love that will listen to music with me and analyze it with me.
- I want a love that will inspire me.
- I want a love who will be adventerous with me. Where one Saturday if we have nothing else to do, we will just randomly go somewhere and take whacky pictures of our fun. 
- I want a love that will be patient, because I can be stubborn. A love that won't give up when things get frustrating. Someone who is willing to deal with the downs and willing to make things work. 
So back to the quote "Every woman has the exact love she wants". I know what I want, and I am confident God will send that person along.
Day 7:   Where you are in your life vs. where you thought you would be at this point
I'm not that good at planning ahead. I never really did too much with thinking where my life would be at 24. The closet thing I did was create a 5 year plan in my last year of college. I took a Senior Seminar class and our final project included laying out what the next 5 years would be. I created mine and was pretty satisfied with it. Now as I think about it, I really don't remember the details but the highlights were:
- Get a fellowship with a theatre company in DC
- Go to graduate school 
Mmm that's all I remember lol
I know in general that I really wanted to go to DC.
Well in reality, I never made it there. Actually right after I graduated, I went to Chicago. And then out of all places, I returned to Athens and began working at my alma mater. 
I have no regrets though. And when I think about it, sometimes it is better not to have so many plans. God always sees bigger and better things for you.
Isaiah 55:8-9 For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.
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