2:00AM IN L.A.

2:00AM IN L.A.

Hello!! I know I have been pretty much MIA for a couple of weeks. I HAVE A GOOD EXPLANATION I SWEAR. Two weeks ago I was on a cruise and had no wifi and I also didn’t take my computer with me. I was busy catching rays and eating, sue me. And last week I had just gotten back from vacation and I was tired. So I didn’t write then either.

Anyways, I don’t really have a plan for today’s post, it’s just going to be a sort of ‘catch up with Dallas’ kind of thing I guess. I was going to tell you guys about my cruise, but I feel like that’d be boring and I don’t think anyone really cares….so instead y’all get to hear about what I’ve been up to lately! Enjoy…? I guess?

So as I mentioned earlier, I was on a cruise. We went to Key West, Florida; Havana, Cuba; and Cozumel, Mexico. It was wonderful and I’m in love with Cuba and how beautiful it was, even though I only saw a part of it. I ate lots of yummy food and had so much fun. I also went snorkeling which was an incredible experience. We all know how much I love the ocean!

More recently I got my license (finally). Yes I am indeed 19 years old and just am now getting it. Oh well. It’s great to have that freedom but at the same time, my mom has sent me to the store so many times!! Which is kind of annoying but whatever.

I also have a trip to Mackinaw Island planned with some of my friends from high school. If you’re not from Michigan than you’re probably not familiar with what I’m talking about, but Mackinaw is like, the one thing in Michigan that everyone knows about so I’m sure you’ve at least heard of it…? Right?

On to more important things! I’M GOING TO SEE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE ONCE AGAIN TOMORROW!!!! Austin Mahone is coming to Michigan and I got tickets to see him tomorrow and it’s going to be amazing and I can’t wait and yeah! The place where he’s performing is really small so I think it’ll kinda feel like the Spencer Sutherland and Rajiv Dhall show that I went to back in December. I’m so excited, I haven’t saw Austin live in like three years! Now he has new music out and it’s a lot more mature than the early days of Say Something and 11:11 but I still love it just as much. I hope he still sings Say Something though because that’s my favorite.

OH! Has anyone checked out Jake Miller’s new album?? 2:00am in LA? He just released it Friday and I haven’t stopped listening to it. If you don’t have Jake Miller music in you’r life you’re totally missing out. Some of you may know that I went and saw him perform last summer in Chicago. Jake’s music has gotten me through a lot and to be honest I don’t know how I survived as long as I did without him. Anyways, this is Jake’s first album release since his Us Against Them album back in 2013. I mean, he’s released EP’s and singles and whatnot. As a part of the ‘Millertary’ I am incredibly proud of Jake for how hard he’s worked on this new music for us. He produced and wrote all the songs so they all have a really personal feel to them. Back to the Start or Palm Blvd is my favorite track on the album. It’s pretty much been on repeat since it was released and I’ve added it to most of, if not all, my Spotify playlists. I haven’t actually bought the album on iTunes yet because I don’t have any money but once I get paid, it’s first on my list of things to get! If you haven’t checked out Jake’s new album I definitely suggest you do because it’s amazing and incredible and okay I’ll stop talking about it now. And also that is indeed the reason for the title of this blog post. I just love Jake a ton and want him to know how excited I am for this new chapter in his life.

Okay, now that I’ve talked about Jake Miller and Austin Mahone for pretty much this whole blog post I will stop rambling. Wednesday I will be back with a normally scheduled blog post full of random and annoying Dallas things. Talk to y’all later!!!

-xox, dallas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dallas is awesome and she smells like fruit.

 

 

Just a small town girl

Just a small town girl

I grew up in a town where everyone knew everyone. I grew up on a dirt road. I grew up with my best friend living less than five minutes away. I grew up in a town with a McDonald’s, grocery store, and not much else.

I couldn’t wait to get out. I couldn’t wait to see the rest of the world. I couldn’t wait to be somewhere where no one knew who I was. I couldn’t wait to get away from the same 70 kids I’ve known since kindergarten. I couldn’t wait to leave.

I felt like I was in the middle of nowhere. Where’s St. Charles? I found it was easier to tell people I lived near Saginaw, which was slightly bigger. I felt like I didn’t belong because I didn’t love country music and didn’t hunt or fish. I felt like I wanted more. I felt like I needed more.

I was different. I didn’t care about Luke Bryan or Little Big Town or any of the country stars. I immersed myself in pop and hip hop music. I didn’t care for the country music played at school dances. I would sit out those songs instead of dancing with my friends because I felt out of place. I didn’t hunt deer or turkeys or whatever other animals all my friends shot. Instead I dreamed.

I dreamed of skyscrapers. I dreamed of busy streets. I dreamed of constant noise. I dreamed of big cities. I dreamed of the Hollywood sign in California. I dreamed of the Statue of Liberty in New York. I dreamed of the Bean in Chicago. I dreamed of the sounds of honking taxis and city sounds. I dreamed of Central Park and The Grove.

I wanted more. More than the same crowd of people. More than a one-stoplight-town. More than the one grocery store. More than just a Subway and McDonald’s. More than backroads and a constantly dusty car. More than country music blaring in the school parking lot. More than Friday night football games being the highlight of my week.

I even dressed different than everyone. I didn’t wear camo every day of my life. In fact I never wore camo. I didn’t wear cowboy boots, instead I opted for Converse sneakers or cute flats. I didn’t wear baseball caps, if I needed protection from the sun I had sunglasses.

I was just a small town girl with dreams of the big city life. I have roots in this tiny town, but my heart aches to get out. I want more than what this town has to offer me. I want change. I want something different and new.

-xox, dallas

Friendship is…

Friendship is…

Growing up, friendship was play dates and sleepovers. Friendship was running around during recess and sitting by each other in the lunch room. Friendship was being so excited on the first day of school when you see them in the same class as you. Friendship was birthday parties and field trips. Friendship was saving each other seats on the bus and hundreds of friendship bracelets.

Now? Now friendship is not seeing each other every single day, but feeling like no time has passed when finally reunited. Friendship is laughing so hard for so long even if it’s not that funny. Friendship is complaining about family and other friends. Friendship is random Facebook tags just to make them smile. Friendship is phone calls that last hours and three in the morning texts complaining about not being able to sleep. Friendship is spending time together, even if you’re sitting in silence on your phones. Friendship is thinking no guy is good enough for them, even if he’s perfect. Friendship is driving the backroads just to talk and catch up, and having no real destination in mind.

Friendship is being 100% honest with each other. Friendship is saying things that they might not want to hear but that makes things better in the end. Friendship is telling the truth, even if it hurts. Friendship is sticking with each other, even through the rough patches.

Friendship is laughter. Friendship is giggling until the early hours of the morning on those rare occasions when you are together all night. Friendship is remembering a funny memory at the most random time and bursting into laughter. Friendship is laughing at everything and at nothing. Friendship is using laughter as medicine, to make the other feel better.

Friendship is comfortable. Friendship is not worrying what you look like when you’re with them because you know they don’t care. Friendship is FaceTime calls with retainers in and pajamas on. Friendship is singing loudly in the car, even though your voice sucks and having them join in. Friendship is not caring if you’re thin enough, pretty enough, if your hair looks perfect, if your makeup is okay. Friendship is accepting flaws.

Friendship is sticking together. Friendship is getting through literally everything. Friendship is being there for each other. Friendship is being a shoulder to cry on. Friendship is making the other smile through tears. Friendship is being the light in the dark. Friendship is never feeling alone.

Friendship is supporting. Friendship is saying ‘go for it!’. Friendship is pushing beyond comfort zones. Friendship is cheering the other on, whether it’s to ask out that boy they’ve crushed on forever or to eat their fourth slice of pizza. Friendship is saying ‘you can do this!’ or ‘I believe in you!’ or ‘you got this!’. Friendship is not letting the other take the easy way out of anything.

Friendship is arguments. Friendship is getting pissed at each other for stupid things. Friendship is silent treatments. Friendship is anger. Friendship is fighting over boys. Friendship is not always understanding why they do the things they do. Friendship is not always easy.

Friendship is more than just a word. It’s more than seeing someone all the time and simply getting along with them. Friendship is having a bond that can withstand distance, arguments, mood swings, stupid mistakes, and drama. And true friendship is something that only few lucky people can find. I’m one of those lucky ones.

-xox, dallas

 

 

The joys of being home alone

The joys of being home alone

Hey friends!! Welcome back to Life of a Teen Chick, and yes it is almost 7:30 pm and I am just starting this post. Typical me.

Since getting done with my second semester of college I have  had a lot of downtime. I start babysitting in June but for right now I pretty much sit at home all day. I don’t have a car (or my license) yet so I can’t go anywhere. My friends all have lives of their own. Both of my parents work. So I just stay home.

However, even though that first paragraph makes it sounds like I’m complaining I am not about to load up this blog post with complaints. Oh no. I LOVE being home alone during the day. Here’s why

I can get up as late as I want. We all know how much I love to sleep right? Now I don’t have to worry about getting up for class at an ungodly hour of the morning or anything. I get to sleep as late as I want.

I get to watch whatever I want on TV. I don’t have to fight with my siblings or sit through ANOTHER episode of The Middle. I can watch whatever!!! I can watch episodes of Friends I’ve saw hundreds of times or catch up on episodes of Catfish I haven’t saw yet.

I can blast music without my family getting annoyed. I can jam to Spencer Sutherland, Austin Mahone, Hunter Hayes, or Jake Miller as loud as I want and no one is here to tell me to turn it down.

It’s quiet. With three younger siblings, my house gets pretty loud sometimes. Someone is almost always talking over someone else. The TV gets louder as the kids talk louder. There’s always some sort of noise happening when my family is home.

 

Yeah…that’s pretty much it. I love my family to pieces, but I enjoy being home alone during the day. But anyways, that’s all I have for today. sorry it was kind of a short post, I just needed something to write about and this was the first thing that popped into my head. Talk to you all next week!!!!!

-xox, dallas

Let’s talk about music

Let’s talk about music

What’s up guys?! I’m actually posting on Wednesday and I didn’t wait until late Tuesday night to write it!!!

I have once again been cursed with writer’s block so I took to Pinterest and found this 30 Days/30 Songs thing. But I’m going to just write it all in one blog post because we just got done with a daily blog thing and I’m not physically/mentally/emotionally ready for another one just yet. So here we go!

  1. A song from your childhood – my childhood was full of Disney music and movies. But Jesse McCartney, Greg Raposo, and the Jonas Brothers had and still have my heart. Anyways, a song from my childhood would probably be Hound Dog by Elvis because it was on the Lilo and Stitch soundtrack and I listened to that song so many times in my dad’s old truck.
  2. A song that reminds you of one/both of your parentsEverything I Do by Bryan Adams. That was my parents’ wedding song and every time I hear it I can’t help but think of them.
  3. A song that calms you down Lord I Need You by Matt Maher. It’s probably my #1 favorite worship song and always brings a smile to my face when I hear it. It reminds me that I’m never alone and that my Lord is always there for me even at my lowest moments.
  4. A song that reminds you of your best friend Oath by Cher Lloyd and Becky G. When my best friends moved away in seventh grade I listened to this song all the time because it made me think of her and all of our memories. We’re still close and this song will never not make me think of how lucky I am to have such an amazing best friend.
  5. A song that reminds you of last summer Dazed and Confused by Jake Miller. I saw him perform for the first time last summer so obviously this is my choice.
  6. Favorite artist you have met – well I haven’t met very many but obviously Spencer Sutherland and Rajiv Dhall. They were both super sweet and I miss them.
  7. A song you like with a color in the title Fool’s Gold by Aaron Carter. (Is gold a color?) Aaron just released his new album and this is one of the songs on it. I’m in love with it and have listened to it so many times.
  8. A song by your favorite band – there’s so many I could put here so I’ll name a few: Amazing by Big Time Rush; Year 3000 by the Jonas Brothers; Cinderella by The Cheetah Girls; and Pour Me Another Drink by Sounds Like Youth.
  9. A song on the soundtrack of your favorite movie Start of Something New from High School Musical. This is what hooked me on Zac Efron and I couldn’t imagine leaving it out.
  10. The last song you heard Shape of You by Ed Sheeran. I’m surprised I’m not sick of this one yet, I’ve heard it so many times and my mom is obsessed with it.
  11. A song that is often stuck in your head Selfish by Spencer Sutherland. Honestly I just put this because it’s a catchy song that was stuck in my head for the longest time (and I love Spencer).
  12. A song you love singing along to That’s What I Like by Bruno Mars. How can you not jam to this song when it comes on the radio??
  13. A song that has made you cry A Million Lives by Jake Miller. Every time man, EVERY TIME. My mom cried the first time I made her listen to it too.
  14. A song that makes you want to dance Gasolina by Daddy Yankee. It’s got a good beat and I love it.
  15. A song that you love but rarely listen to – I don’t think I have one for this. I listen to all the songs I love….
  16. The first song alphabetically on your phone All Time Low by Jon Bellion if we’re looking at my iTunes music; 1 Life 2 Live by Sammy Wilk if we’re looking at my Spotify music.
  17. The last song alphabetically on your phone – iTunes: 24K Magic by Bruno Mars; Spotify: ¿Dónde Estás? by Maluma.
  18. A song you could listen to all day without getting sick of Selfish by Spencer Sutherland. Because I love him. If you couldn’t tell by number 11 on this list.
  19. Your favorite song – right now? You Broke Up With Me by Walker Hayes. I don’t listen to a lot of country but this is definitely one of my faves.
  20. Favorite St. Patrick’s Day/Irish song – what???
  21. A song that needs to be played LOUD Lady by Austin Mahone ft. Pitbull because it’s my jam and incredible.
  22. Favorite Christmas song – don’t judge me but Mistletoe by Justin Bieber. What?? It’s a good song!
  23. Classical music? – I don’t really listen to classical…
  24. Favorite version of Pachelbel’s Canon? – I’m not sure what that is….
  25. First song/album you bought – probably something Disney related. I’m not sure exactly though.
  26. Artist you would like to meet but never have – Jake Miller, Austin Mahone, Jojo, Becky G, Daya. Any of these.
  27. Favorite album – of all time? Hmmmm….the first Jonas Brothers album is pretty great….
  28. A song you listen to that cheers you upMake It Better by Spencer Sutherland or Ghost by Jake Miller.
  29. A song you want played at your wedding God Gave Me You by Blake Shelton.
  30. A song you know every word to – there’s so many……I’ll just say Beautiful Soul by Jesse McCartney.

So guys! That’s all I have for you for today! I hope you enjoyed this post and checked out these songs if you haven’t heard them before or if you have and love the songs as much as I do. I will talk to you all next Wednesday!!

-xox, dallas

That time I….

That time I….

What’s up guys!! Yes, I know it’s Friday and I didn’t post Wednesday. I thought I’d be better at this whole ‘weekly blogging’ thing considering I did 40+ consecutive days of blogs but APPARENTLY NOT. I’m home for the summer and have literally nothing to do, but I get so caught up in my boredom that I don’t actually do anything except think about my boredom. So that’s why I didn’t post on Wednesday and instead am posting today…Friday.

Something exciting did happen on Wednesday though! And as soon as I knew it was happening, I knew I had to turn it into a blog post, so here we are.

I GOT A TATTOO!!! I’ve wanted one for a while, but I never realized how much I wanted one until this year. My mom has been bugging me about getting mother-daughter tats for a while now, and at first it was kind of a joke but after a few weeks I really started thinking about it.

My dad has a few different ones and always told me that they had to mean something. So I didn’t want to go and get ink permanently in my skin if it was just to look cool. I wanted something that meant something to me, but was still cute. Thus my idea was born.

Here’s a little backstory: ever since I was a kid my mom would always tell me ‘I love you to the night-night moon and back’. Even now, I am almost 19 years old, she still tells me that all the time. And that’s where the idea for my mom and I’s ink came from.

I started sketching some ideas in a journal one day when I was bored. I sent my mom the ideas, which she loved. And my dad passed them on to the lady who usually does his tattoos so she could fancy them up a little bit.

I have a pretty high pain tolerance so I wasn’t too worried about how bad it was going to hurt. My sophomore year of high school, a girl in my grade got a tattoo and she said it felt like the constant sting of bees. So that was scary. But it didn’t feel like that, I don’t really know how to explain the feeling. I wouldn’t say it hurt but it was kind of uncomfortable. However, our tattoo was small so it didn’t take long.

I was super excited to get my first tattoo and I already know it won’t be my last. Even if it’s the last for my mom. However, I would never get a tattoo that I would regret or one that has no meaning at all, I don’t want to end up on one of Joe Santagato’s ‘The Worst Tattoos Ever’ videos.

 

That’s really all I have for you guys today, kind of a boring post now that I’ve re-read it. Oh well. Hopefully next week I have something a little more interesting for you guys! Later homies!

-xox, dallas

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10 reasons why it’s important to have a good relationship with your parents

10 reasons why it’s important to have a good relationship with your parents

What’s up guys? I’m back with your regularly scheduled Wednesday blog post! I hope you all enjoyed my 40 Days of Blogs series, even if some of them were boring. I had fun writing them all and am very proud of myself for not giving up, even when writer’s block hit.

Today I thought I’d talk about a couple of people very near and dear to my heart: my parents. The two most important people in my life. The two people who love me no matter how annoying I get or how many mistakes I make. The two people who gave me life and since 1998 have given me everything I could ever need/want.

Growing up, I had friends who weren’t as close to their parents as I was. I had friends who were disrespectful to their parents, who talked back, who openly disobeyed the rules, and I always thought it was crazy that they acted like that. I’m sure those friends thought I was the crazy one though, a girl who never breaks the rules? Who listens to her parent’s every word, even if it’s outrageous?? Insane!

However, I can’t imagine the type of person I would be if I hadn’t listened to my parents growing up and if I decided to be a rebel and not follow their rules. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today without them.

Without any more blabbering and rambling from me, here are 10 reasons why it’s MAJORLY important to have a good relationship with your parents, or grandparents, or whoever raised you.

  1. They will always believe in you – no matter where you go or what you do, they will never give up on you.
  2. They will always know when something is up – there’s no sense in trying to hide something because they’ll just be able to tell. It’s one of those scary but cool things parents know how to do.
  3. They care more about you than anyone else ever will – and they love you to the end of the world and back.
  4. They’re pretty much stuck with you – no matter how hard you try, you can’t get rid of them, but that’s okay. Other people come and go but parents are forever.
  5. They will never tell you that you cannot do something – even if that something is totally and completely insane.
  6. They accept you, flaws and all – ’nuff said.
  7. They will have confidence in you, when you have none in yourself – when you’re feeling your lowest, and like you can’t do anything right, they will be right there to life you up and remind you that you can.
  8. They know when you need to work things out on your own – and even though it pains them to not take care of all of your issues for you, they step back and therefore allow you to grow.
  9. They will provide you with important (and sometimes not so important) life lessons that you will carry with you forever – for example, my dad has taught me to be a leader not a follower; my mom has taught me that coffee is always a necessity and that a nap is always a good idea. Two very different ideas, but also things that I live by.
  10. You probably wouldn’t survive a single day without them – do I even need to explain this one? I can’t even go a day without texting my mom, I can’t imagine complete radio silence. After all, who would send me pictures of Zac Efron when I’m having a bad day??

Well guys, that’s really all I have for today. I have been truly blessed with the best. My parents honestly are the most important people in my life and I can’t imagine life without them.

Feel free to share this post with your own parents! Until tomorrow my lovely readers!!!!!!

-xox, dallas