“Be Like Garth Brooks” – 5 Tips For Being Positive

“Each morning when I open my eyes I say to myself: I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.”

~ Groucho Marx

I’m not a super fan of country music or even Garth Brooks music so don’t be afraid I’m going to lay out all my country obsessions for you.   A few weeks ago I was able to see Garth Brooks in concert during SXSW. I’m not familiar with his music, I realized at all, but that didn’t matter.


Garth Brooks had the most incredibly positive attitude I’ve ever seen in concert, and in life.  Happy, laughing, loving, humble.  Whether or not that’s how he lives his life doesn’t matter to me because the energy during the concert radiated through everyone watching, even if you didn’t know his music.  And what a gift to give that feeling.

I want to make people feel like Garth Brooks does.

And you should too.

Why not make people feel good?  Why not give them a positive day?  We’re able to do that.  It takes worrying less about OURSELVES & more about our surroundings.  Even if Garth Brooks was having a shitty day he was able to be positive enough for his audience to feel good, and I imagine that attitude can also change his shitty day into a good one.

And it wasn’t only via music, which can also make you feel a certain type of way.  The happy feelings came from him, his energy, his conversation, his appreciation, the way he treated his band, his overall attitude.

We can all be like Garth Brooks you guys.  Imagine walking around, making everyone feel like they’re going to have a great day?

 Being Positive

There were two Uber drivers that did the same thing for me.  I had a 5 minute interaction with them but my entire day changed.  I still remember each of them, our conversation, and the feeling I had when I got out of the Uber.  And I’m not typically someone that loves conversating with Uber drivers (*cough*cough* Wafiq).

If you’ve ever met this type of person, it’s something you shouldn’t forget.  Take notes.  Because these people instantly make you feel comfortable, they have such a gift!  I imagine they lead a really positive life, always seeing the glass half full, and because that’s their lives it radiates in their everyday interactions. Every single time I run into these people I desperately want to pay it forward.

I consider myself a positive person, but I want to do better.  I want people to leave conversations with me, feeling my energy.  Feeling the positivity.  This is also why it’s so important to keep negative people away. How can you stay positive when you constantly have people with a negative attitude around you?

Being Positive

5 Tips For Being ‘The Positive Guy’

  1. Treat People Well:   Garth Brooks adored the hell out of his band.  He took plenty of time to showcase each member of his band & their talents, hobbies, attitudes, and families.  It feels good to see people treat people good.  Simple.   When you see a husband treat his wife with respect, love, priority & care – you feel good.  You know what I mean?  To be around others that treat “their peeps” well, gives you positive energy as well. It makes you want to treat your peeps the same way.

  2. Smile:  This is very easy & something I make an effort to do.  Mostly because one time I was at the lounge in The W waiting for the bathroom and these two extremely gorgeous girls walked by glaring at me & I felt so upset afterwards.  What did I do?!  When I came out of the bathroom I asked Wafiq to make sure I’m always smiling.  Even to the meanies.  I don’t want to glare at people or look sad or angry – I want to look happy & positive.  Trust me, it makes a big difference. Those girls went from 10’s to 2’s real quick.

  3. Pick your people:  Like I said, being around negative people makes it a constant challenge to remain positive.  As easy as positive energy can make you feel positive, negative energy can do the same.  Surround yourself with positive people & you’ll see how easy it is to be positive yourself. And if you don’t have any friends, or positive people in your life right now – keep searching until you find them 🙂

  4. Don’t Play Victim:  A hard one for everyone!  And similar to my Listening Post.  Nothing errks me more than people who are constantly trying to make you feel sorry for them.  Don’t be that person.  Don’t project YOUR stress from work, money, relationship, life onto other people.  Think about others.  Every single person has their own struggles & battles.  You’re not unique.  You’re not special.  Unfortunately, we’re all going through something we could bitch about.  So, be grateful for what you have, act like you are, and send that energy out into the world – even if you had a  bad day.

  5. Let Go:  I’m always preaching this one to Wafiq & I happen to think it’s something I’ve mastered in the past year or so…  If you have a bad day, bad situation, bad conversation, woke up late, car broke down, ran out of money or anything else that sucks big time – Let. It. Go.  None of that shit really matters in the whole scheme of things.  Time is going to pass by and you’ll never remember it happening.  So don’t let it effect the people around you, because that can ruin someone’s day, and it’s not worth it.  The important thing is to let it go, deal with it and forget it.  Don’t let it seep into conversations, your attitude, your energy, your smiles.  LET IT GO.  I think this is the hardest for most people, but I would argue the most important.

 Being Positive

Whenever Wafiq or myself starts having a little negative moment we’re quick to say: “Be like Garth Brooks”.  LOL!  Better than saying: “You’re being an asshole”.  Right?!  Whatever works guys.

Being positive sounds normal & easy but it’s a lifestyle. And a choice you have to make everyday.  You either live with the intention to be positive or not, so lets work on it! Let’s make people feel good!  Why not?!

Be like Garth Brooks today & as always, be thoughtful


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Your Go-To Festival Ready Lips

The BEST festival lips are right here!

I’m a major fan of music festivals – carefree, creative, musical, happy, high energy, fun places to be.  And fortunately for me, Austin is hosting the Austin City Limits festival, coming right around the corner.

I discovered these particular lips, in this particular color, a couple years ago & now it’s my go-to beauty item come festi time. Ouiiiiii.


Here’s why you’ll love Sephora’s Cream Lip Stain in the color Always Red:

Smudge Free

IMPORTANT!  The number 1 reason I need this lip stain during a festival.  Lots of people, means tons of bumping into each other.  You usually have a long day to get through & worrying about your lips is at the bottom of the list.  Also, if it’s hot, which I’m in Texas so it’s always hot, these lips won’t go running down your face in a hot mess.

Long Wearing

I can wear this lip stain the entire day & it still looks as bright and bold as it did when I put it on.  I swipe it on before I leave the house & forget it.  Of course, throughout the day I through chapstick on top for the SPF & moisturizing properties 😉

Bright Red

Making a statement in a carefree way is difficult at festivals.  The fringe, glitter, mesh, fishnet looks are all fantastic but sometimes, hurt.  Physically.  It’s too hot or too cold or too much.  This lip is BRIGHT, with a cool undertone that makes your teeth sparkle & really stand out – plus its so easy you’ll forget about it. You can skip any extra dramatics.

Have I ever mentioned the story of me landing on the kiss cam in a crowd of 1 million people?  And frantically trying to hide on the ground?  awwwwwwwkward… A memory I try to erase.  But for the sake of proving this is the perfect lip – I wanted to mention, the kiss cam must agree.  And it won’t even smudge for the camera!  Bingo.

What’s your MUST HAVE for festival time? And what festivals do you enjoy, I need to expand my festival horizons…

Happy Tuesday, be thoughtful!



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My Love Affair… with Rap

Rap has saved my life a couple different times.

 My favorite music, rap

I happened upon Rap.  I used to make fun of an old boyfriend for listening to Eminem. (I still think he looked ridiculous –  shame on me, I know.)

For whatever reason he left this CD in my car. I turned on the radio one day and the rest is history. Full-on believer in the genre.

One of the reasons is the energy. The hustle. The go hard lyrics.  There’s no skipping through meadows, kissing on the second date, twirling across dance floors.  There’s hustle! Sex, work, parties! Struggle!

Rap tends to carry heavy material.  And even if what you’re going through isn’t as dramatic as the lyrics, whatever you’re carrying can feel dramatic in its own way. SO, adjust and relate.


Thank God, one of my friends was in the car listening to “I Got the Juice” by Meek Mill and after he finished rapping along to the lyrics (Obviously turnt) –>  He looked over and said “Doesn’t that song just make you want to “RAWWWR?!”

Finally.. I knew.. I was not alone.

I knew EXACTLY what he meant.  Certain songs can make you feel unstoppable, alive, and validated.

 My favorite music, rap

This Eminem album got me through what I thought was hell. I had it raging on the radio after work every single day.  The job I had at the time was the closest thing to a jail cell + abusive police officers that I can imagine.

This music helped me leave that feeling at work.

 My favorite music, rap

Rap is poetry.  When you listen to each word, then verse, and chorus.. You’ll see what I mean.   It’s sooooooo good & such an art! I’m completely obsessed you guys.  Once you find the song that speaks to you, you’ll be on board with me.

 My favorite music, rap

There’s another version of rap.  The more-raunchy-the-better style.

I happen to enjoy that music as well.  This is the real –> zero fucks given lifestyle. And I appreciate that.  Lyrics I hear on the radio shock me, how can they say this stuff?

How many people can say or do whatever they want… & not care?  They can rap about literally any single thing on their mind!

What a luxury.

I feel like everyone today, myself included, cares so much about what other people think or say about us.

We’re so careful.

These songs, are NOT careful.

Rap is a genre that discusses love, work, loss, money, and injury in a different way. Raw & intense. Full throttle. Not your average frills and flowers.

My favorite music, rap

 So it’s either Jazz or Fetty Wap.   Extreme, I know.

It all depends on the audience & mood. Jazz is great for company, or a relaxing night.  A way to turn off the mind.

Rap is great to work through your thoughts, give yourself the confidence you deserve, walk through the door with your shoulders back & head up!  Rawrrr amongst the lions!

My Favorite Music

Rap is most definitely not boring, let your mind go there and give it a try next time you’re sitting in traffic.

Currently loving Fetty Wap station on Pandora. But this Eminem album gives you all the feelings & so does Drake, because he’s easy to understand. LOL!

What music speaks to you?! I’m always on the prowl…

Have fun and hustle hard!!



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All The Reasons You NEED Jazz !

For the love of Jazz.

 why you need jazz music

I’m always listening to music. I love using music as a way to let the mind wander. Isn’t it wild how different styles of music can take you so many places?

On the way to work a couple years back I remember listening to Taylor Swift’s album “Red”, then sitting at my desk feeling like I got hit in the face with rock of emotions. It was exhausting but relieving at the same time… Weird? (I was late on the Taylor Swift train but am totally on board now, sorry Kanye.)   

Anyways, music is the shit. Lately it’s either Jazz or Gangster Rap.

And today we’re talking JAZZ.

Why you need jazz music

I started listening to Jazz a couple months ago when I first arrived in Los Angeles. I stayed at a guest house and the beautiful woman that cleaned before our arrival left the radio set to jazz.   (Shout out KJazz 88.1)

I assumed I would eventually change the station… but hours passed, days passed, weeks passed and I had that damn radio playing Jazz day in and day out.  From morning till night. Jazz. Jazz. Jazz.

Now let me explain why Jazz is wonderful and something you should have playing at your house.


Listening to Jazz music

5 Reasons you NEED to be listening to JAZZ:

Perfect for any occasion: If you want background noise, there’s plenty of instrumental jazz options to do so.  If you want something with a little kick, Latin jazz can keep it spicy.

Musical Xanax: This shit WORKS. Let me tell you, Los Angeles was stressful.  There was so much unknown, as if a black hole was quickly approaching to suck me in.  Having Jazz in the background helped the mornings be brighter and the evenings be quieter.

Variety: Different & interesting. Jazz has enough genres to keep things fresh. So no, you don’t need to hear Taylor Swift on repeat, one. More. Time.

Peace:  Unlike the car ride listening to Taylor Swift, or the nights of Adele – Jazz turns down the thoughts / memories / and emotions.  Although I love that music can take your mind to so many memories, sometimes that’s the last thing you need.  Jazz, with no vocals, takes you to a quiet place. Quiet the mind, quiet the emotions, quiet the body = Relaxing made easy.

Everyone’s Genre:  Music is tough because everyone loves it. And everyone has their own preferences. Jazz eliminates the problem. If you have people over for dinner, Jazz is the perfect background music. People might not know what to say, how to comment or what to ask for. Usually, one person wants country, one wants Selena Gomez, one wants Rock & Roll (eye roll, Wafiq).  Shut it all down with Jazz.

 Why you need to listen to jazz

Wafiq and I ended up going to Hollywood & Highland’s Wine & Jazz Concert Series every Tuesday night throughout the summer in Los Angeles.  We were both in shock of the awesome Jazz community and the happy spirit wrapped around it.

Having these small, but impactful experiences reminds Wafiq and I how much we don’t know.  We had no idea Jazz music was so badass, and there was a whole community in love with it.  (Totally motivating to keep trying new things + giving them more than one chance. )

My go-to for Jazz music right now is Smooth Jazz on Pandora.  {Got that shit playing all day er day.}

I’ll also switch it up to Jazz, Latin Jazz or… Fetty Wap.   But that’s another day. For now, set the mood – bring out the candles, flowers, favorite drink and R E L A X ! Enjoy yourself.

Who knows Jazz music and can offer some listening suggestions? Also, are there any other genres I need to check out? What’s on your Pandora?


Ok, off to dream away to jazz!

Why you need to listen to jazz music


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