Week 4: List the Soundtrack to Your Life

  • Iris – the Goo Goo Dolls
  • Unwell – Matchbox Twenty
  • Fast Car – Tracy Chapman
  • Walking in Memphis- Marc Cohn
  • Greater – MercyMe
  • Thunder – BoyslikeGirl (such a throwback but so good)
  • Con Ti Partiro – Andrea Bocelli
  • Moon River – Audrey Hepburn
  • Who I am – Jessica Andrews
  • Landslide – Dixie Chicks
  • Under the Bridge – Adele
  • Road Less Traveled – Lauren Alaina
  • Just Kids – Mat Kearny
  • Air I Breathe – Mat Kearny
  • Fight for You – Grayson|Reed
  • The Way – Matchbox Twenty
  • Work Song – Hozier
  • Scars – Alessia Cara
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • Sunday Morning – Maroon 5

There are so many more songs that make my heart happy but these are a good batch. It amazes me how songs can take you back to a certain time in your life or just make you feel a certain way. Music is such a gift and something you can pass on for generations. My goal for you readers is to make your own soundtrack of your life . . . so you can reflect on it years from now and remember how good (or bad) you felt in this time of your life and just be able to be grateful for those memories. – Lex.

Week 3: Happiest Moments in Life.

  • My first kiss. 12 years old, underneath the bleachers of a soccer game.
  • My Baptism. August 20th, 2016
  • My first concert ( Hannah Montana, The Jonas Brothers, and Miley Cyrus)
  • Goo Goo Dolls and Matchbox 20 Concert
  • Meeting Rascal Flatts
  • Meeting my little brothers at the hospital ( July 29th, 2005)
  • Moving into college
  • When I found out I got a car!! (p.s Thanks, Dad!!!)
  • Visiting Disney for the first time
  • Seeing Cinderellas Castle
  • Meeting Woody and Jessie & crying for a half hour
  • Performing in Disney
  • Winning any award at a dance competition
  • Being invited to nationals for dance.
  • Asking my BFF to prom
  • Junior and Senior prom
  • Graduating high school
  • Visiting the bridge of flowers with Julia
  • Getting dance lessons from the Rockettes
  • Anytime I was ever on a beach
  • Putting together my brothers birthday parties
  • Eating Dole Whip
  • Getting accepted into my dream school.
  • Laughing until I wheeze with Salena
  • Gio’s annual Christmas parties
  • Getting over 600 views on my G.A.D post
  • Finishing therapy for my Anxiety disorder
  • Stargazing with my high school love
  • When I got my puppy, Riley, in fourth grade
  • My late night convos with my guy best friend

I could honestly write an entire novel of all the things that have made me happy in this lifetime but I like to keep these small. I encourage you to write down your own list and try to reflect on it whenever you feel life is getting rough. We have so much to be thankful for when we compare it to the small amount of things we can complain about. Be happy. Be merry. Enjoy this life and soak it all up because we only get so many trips around the sun. Thank you. – Lex.

What It Means to be Pro-Life.

The Pro-life vs Pro-choice argument is something that has been going on for generations and will continue to grow. As a Christian, it is typical to believe I have the same views on Abortion as the rest of my fellow believers, but that is not the case. I am Pro-life. I am anti-abortion but I am not anti-women. That seems to be the new perspective you are either pro-baby or pro-women and can’t be both but I am here to tell you that you can. My views on this issue are very unorthodox but I am proud of them.

First of all, Pro-Life is not limited to just babies. Pro-life also qualifies as being anti-death penalty, anti-euthanasia, and fighting against anything else that takes away life or diminishes the quality of one’s life. There is nothing that irks me more than the hypocrisy in many Republicans ideas that include “fighting for life” for the sole purpose of putting on a good face but then fighting to keep the death penalty alive in states all across our nation.  These conservative politicians have no issue promoting a cause like Pro-life because it prohibits killing babies in the womb but have no problem killing a full grown human? Give me a break. Politicians will never overturn Roe v Wade because it gets them votes, it get’s those deep blooded right wings fired up at the idea but if that law got abolished what else would there be to vote for a conservative, their 2nd amendment views? Their trickle-down-economy tactics? I don’t think so. Conservatives want to push this pro-life movement but then somehow be anti-social programs. Hmmm. How do you expect these women to take care of babies without help? We want to tell women “Hey you made a mistake and now this baby is the consequence so have fun with that.” That is inhuman and completely unethical. Conservatives are only pro-life when the baby is inside the womb, once it is born it suddenly seems like an abuse of the system. If they actually cared about the life being carried inside the mother’s womb, they’d be fighting for more sex education, birth control access, and programs to help sustain a good life for the mother and the baby, NOT abandoning the cause as soon as the baby takes its first breath.

I do not like abortion, I never have and I never will but if I want to sit here and preach about being Pro-life, I need to do just that. Making Abortion illegal is not going to solve the issue. Women will get desperate and try to do these procedures on their own or through back-alley, unqualified, “doctors”. This will lead to the killing of babies AND the harm of the mother,  with potential death from botched abortions. Now, we are taking two lives instead of one so abolishing this law is not the answer to this equation. We need to make birth control more accessible, we need to better educate kids AND adults on sex, and add some restrictions to Roe v Wade. Here’s where it get’s tricky.

Roe v Wade has no limit to when an abortion can be performed. So hypothetically speaking, you could have an abortion a week before your due date. A baby can easily survive outside the womb at that stage so I feel sick to my stomach knowing that. Women typically know they are pregnant after the first month and up until the first month the fetus is literally still a clump of cells. The real question is “When does it actually become life?” Well, no one is really sure when a baby receives its soul but what we do know are the stages of development. I am not going to take the time to list out the week by week growth of the human fetus but a quick search on google will clarify all of that information. This is a situation where everyone feels compelled to state why it should and shouldn’t be legal. All these “What if” scenarios but the reality is that the largest percent all abortions (27%) are because women weren’t ready or it was poor timing and while I do not think we should completely criminalize abortion, there needs to be some accountability on the women’s (and men’s) end. We need to start accepting the fact that having unsafe sex is the mistake, not the baby. We need to stop shaming the women for getting pregnant. We need to start making the Fathers a more prominent aspect of whether or not that baby will make it to full term or have it’s life cut short because the truth is, the baby is 50% his DNA and he has just as many rights to keep it as the women do.

Abortion is taking the life from the innocent, taking a child from the safest place it will ever be. The way to end this is to support the women in need not making them feel as if they are less regardless of the choice they make. Do I hope that abortion will one day be something of the past? Yes, but not in a way that is going to cause more harm than good. I think this will be a slow process, one that may take generations but in a situation where you want the quality of life and the quantity to multiply it is difficult to just let it take its course. All I want is for the babies and their mothers to have fulfilling, healthy, and sustainable lives and for that to be true abortion cannot be the solution but it can’t be a crime either.

Thank You.- Lex.

 

Week 2: List Your Favorite Characters

  • Holden from Catcher in the Rye
  • Jessie from Toy Story 2
  • Boo from Monsters Inc.
  • Will Smith in The Pursuit of Happyness
  • The entire cast of Friends
  • Jim Halpert from The Office
  • Bradley Cooper in Silver Linings Playbook
  • Snow White
  • Holly Golightly from Breakfast at Tiffanys
  • Reid from Criminal Minds
  • Rapunzel
  • Guido from Life is Beautiful ( an Italian Film)
  • Gatsby
  • Belly from The Summer I Turned Pretty

It amazes me how such a different spectrum of characters can pull at certain heart strings. I admire the adventurous soul of Holly Golightly, the overflowing love that pours through Guido, the determination in Gatsby, and the laid back life of Jim Halpert. I don’t think these characters have much in common except for the pure fact that I envied them for having these personality traits that I wish I could have. They set a little fire in our hearts to keep pursuing this life in a different perspective & I think it’s beautiful. Thank God for movies, books, tv shows, and everything else that gives us more creative lenses for this world to see things through.

 

Week 1: List Your Goals and Dreams for This Year.

  • Get to my goal weight
  • Baptize someone
  • Read the entire Bible
  • Visit Canada
  • Make Dean’s List
  • Start a club
  • Pray everyday
  • Start my youtube channel
  • Go to Hawaii
  • Get a tattoo
  • Love myself more
  • Serve people more often
  • Volunteer
  • Sing more
  • Go on a mission trip
  • Eat healthier
  • Exercise more
  • Build more friendships
  • Save more money
  • Complete everything on my bucket list
  • Watch more documentaries
  • Find a new job
  • Start my internship
  • Be more open minded
  • Write more often
  • Celebrate little victories
  • Talk more openly about my Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  • Talk about God more
  • Work on my patience, bravery, and strength
  • Work on stopping my swearing.