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Bit of Happy #140: Take Me There

11 Apr

“Take Me There”
by Rascal Flatts

“There’s a place in your heart where nobody’s been.
Take me there.”

This song stole my heart in the first two lines. I don’t think there are enough words in the world to describe how this song touched me. “Take Me There” by Rascal Flatts is, without a doubt, a love song but even then, it seems to reach deeper than that.

It’s not just any love – it’s a love where nobody previously has been before. It is a love that will go deeper than ever before. Grow stronger than ever before. Reach further to the depths of your soul, of your heart, than ever before.

And to make a statement to someone like the very first two lines of this song shows commitment. Shows willingness. Shows the passion to know their love inside out, better than anyone else in this world. And to me, that’s saying something. A lot actually.

A few more lines of the song follow, along with the video (which is pretty cute by the way). Take a moment to read and listen/watch, and if you like the song as much as I do, click the link below to hop on a fast track to buying the song and making it your very own!

“I wanna know, everything about you.
And I wanna go, down every road you’ve been.
Where your hopes and dreams and wishes live,
Where you keep the rest of your life hid.
I wanna know the girl behind that pretty stare.
Take me there.

Your first real kiss, your first true love, you were scared.
Show me where.
You learned about life, spent your summer nights, without a care.
Take me there.
I wanna roll down Mainstreet and back roads like you did when you were a kid.
What makes you who you are, tell me what your story is.

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Bit of Happy #125: Hold My Hand

21 Mar

Hold My Hand
by Hootie and the Blowfish

It’s finally getting warmer, and with the beautiful weather will come some amazing summer songs! I’ve been holding out and trying so hard to wait for spring. And since the first day of spring was yesterday, I’m not waiting a moment longer! I love listening to this song in my car with the windows down and my hand floating in the breeze. “Hold My Hand” by Hootie and the Blowfish has a powerful message that brings people together and shows the strength in taking on the world hand in hand instead of trying to do so all alone.

“With a little love, and some tenderness,
We’ll walk upon the water.
We’ll rise above this mess.
With a little peace, and some harmony,
We’ll take the world together.
We’ll take ‘em by the hand.

‘Cause I’ve got a hand for you.
‘Cause I wanna run with you.”

Whether a cherished friendship, the love of your life, or the unbreakable bond between parent and child, “Hold My Hand” has incredibly strong lyrics that can touch the lives of many. With a little love, some tenderness, a little peace and some harmony, this song pulls us closer to our loved ones in a gentle, yet gravitating way.

I hope you listen to today’s song and find the same feeling in your heart that I have!

Happy Monday!

Watch the Music Video OR Listen to the Song

Bit of Happy #85: I Could Not Ask For More

24 Jan

I Could Not Ask For More
by Edwin McCain

Though there are many Edwin McCain songs I adore, “I Could Not Ask For More” is probably one of my favorite love songs in regard to lyrics. The undeniable love expressed through these words and the ever gratefulness of possessing that love brings this song to life. The selflessness and docility of the relationship portrayed bare optimism for the possibility – the possibility of finding the kind of love where… you couldn’t ask for anything more. And because of that very possibility, I revisit this song often when I’m looking for a little hope.

To pick out a few of my favorite verses:

“Lying here with you,
Listening to the rain.
Smiling just to see,
The smile upon your face.”

Sometimes I imagine what it would be like to live in this moment. At times, I’ll lie by my window and just listen to the droplets of a warm summer rain. And sometimes I find myself wishing when I looked over, there had been someone there lying with me. In that moment.

And as much as you may see this as an adverse recollection, I see it as opportunity. The opportunity to truly appreciate and cherish that moment when I finally do find someone to share it with. To me, there’s no better feeling than being with someone who can make me smile with their smile alone. That’s when I know I’m truly happy – when I can mirror the same optimism, no matter what kind of day I’ve had.

“Looking in your eyes,
Seeing all I need.
Everything you are,
Is everything to me.”

I think it’s pretty plain to see why I’ve fallen in love with these lyrics. I hope I can one day look into the eyes of the love of my life and see the world reflecting back at me. And this verse, more than any other lyrics I’ve ever come across, has conveyed this very connection I can only dream of one day possessing. And if I am blessed with this kind of love, I can only hope to then learn how to cherish it each and every day of my life.

Bit of Happy #72: Looking Back

22 Dec

Today’s quote was submitted by my mother, Christine (very informally might I add). She would never be able to figure out how to download the Submit A Quote form, nor fill it out, nor send it as an attachment back to me! Therefore, I did all the grunt work; being computer savvy was a gift never passed to her through the world of technology. But that’s okay, because after an INCREDIBLY hectic day, she provided me with a quote – and a very good one at that!

When my mom got home from work tonight, she came in my room with a piece of paper in her hand – small and torn. She handed it to me, and in her handwriting was this quote written by Robert Brault.

“Thought you might like this for your blog,” she said with a grin, proud of her thoughtfulness.

I read it over and looked up to her, a smile tugging at my lips. “You’re right. I love it! Thank you.”

And from there, today’s inspiration was born!!!!

Decorating the Christmas Tree

As something we should all keep in mind, this quote brings up a great point. The insight into what is truly important in life – not always the big things – we are encouraged to take a moment each day and smell the roses, or feel the breeze through your hair or the warmth of the sun on your skin.

One of the little things in life that I tend to appreciate the most is the turn of each season. Not only do I love the physical changes each season offers – the beautiful colors of the turning leaves, the budding flowers of early spring, the falling snowflakes of winter, and the growing cornstalks of summer – but I also love the things I can’t see.

The little things that we must close our eyes to fully experience. Like the dewey, fresh smell of spring, or the crisp, autumn coolness that bites at your nose. Like the sounds of summer birds dipping and diving through the air, or the howling of the winter wind at my window as night falls.

If you’ve never taken a moment to take in your surroundings (which hopefully is not the case, but if it is), take that second or two. Or even a few minutes. In the summer, lay out a blanket and stare up at the clouds floating by. Or in the winter, cuddle up next to a fire and listen to the crackle of the burning wood. It’s never too late to pay attention to the little things in life. It’s never too late to appreciate them.

What are some of the little things you appreciate?

What are some of the little things that you may be missing out on? Or that you don’t take enough time to appreciate?


Bit of Happy #36: Make Mistakes

2 Nov

Reese, a close friend of mine, claims not to be much of a writer, so he left it open for me to write most of the entry. However, he did add in his two cents, and what the quote meant to him personally. Thanks again for submitting a quote, Reese. Means the world!

Reese and I when he was visiting from Australia

“I just reckon it’s a good thought. It’s okay to make mistakes, but we need to learn from them. Mistakes lead us to greater experience in life. Life shouldn’t be spent wrapped in the safety of the known. We need to push into the unknown, enjoy it and learn a thing or two.”

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Easy going and adventurous, Reese is one of those people that I will forever hold close to my heart. There aren’t enough words in the world to say about him. He and I met when he was visiting the States (as he would say) for a cousin’s wedding. He was only in for a few more days after we first met, and there was no way I was falling for a guy who lived on the other side of the world. He left with a twinge of heartache – not knowing the next time he’d see me. I, on the other hand, had protected my heart against any type of butterflies I could possibly feel for him – or so I thought.

Long story short, he slowly reeled me in. We grew close – from friendship to a little more. We talked through email and on Skype all the time. That was pretty much all I had – we had. I found so much passion about life and travel in his eyes. He would tell me story after story about living in Australia and what it was like – he still does. I had stars in my eyes. Before I knew it, I was in deeper than I every wanted to be. He was coming back the following summer for another wedding, but that was a year away!

He was always encouraging me to try new things and not live in fear of making mistakes. He was always outside, going on ridiculous adventures during his holidays. He wanted me on a plane to Australia as soon as I had the money. I even looked into studying abroad a semester, but I wouldn’t have been able to graduate on time. So, we left things open. The only fair thing to do. Neither of us wanted the other to miss out on opportunities with other people. We were both in agreement that if someone came along, we wanted to let the other explore that chance. At the same time, there was a part of me that didn’t want someone else to come along.

We were each others’ comfort, and at the same time, our long distance relationship made us feel even more lonely at times. We would sit on Skype and wish somehow one of us could be on the other side of the computer screen. Just to touch his face, hold his hand, hug him, kiss him… The experience certainly made me realize that I would never take the little things for granted in any relationship that may bud in the future.

Do I regret the time I spent with him? Not for one second.
Do I regret giving him a piece of my heart? Not for one second.
Do I regret waiting for him to come back the following summer? Not for one second.

Those few weeks were some of the best days of my life. Days that I wouldn’t trade for anything. Memories that will last forever. I felt so alive. He got me to try things I would never dream about doing. He brought out the spontaneous, carefree side of me – the best side of me. Before he came the following summer, I contemplated even seeing him. I was afraid I’d fall in love with him and bury a deep, dark hole when it came time for him to leave. But I took that chance. I risked making that mistake.

Was it hard having him leave? Yes. It was one of the most difficult good-byes I’ve ever had to say (well, not good-bye – see ya). I never say good-bye. If there’s one phrase I hate, it’s that.

Anyway, the point is… I tried something new. I took a chance that I was hesitant to take, and he ended up bringing out the best in me. And when it came time for him to leave and go back to Australia, our relationship was so free and happy that not even him going back to the other side of the world was going to squander that. Not to mention, I think a big part of me not grabbing a shovel and starting the dig to my deep, dark hole was the fact that it was our norm. Being apart was our norm. As much as we hated to admit it, as much as we cherished every moment we could spend together… we both knew that he belonged in Australia. And I belonged here.

The distance is ultimately what made us separate enough that we could remain close friends, while living out the lives we were meant to without holding back. It was difficult, but gradual. It was necessary. I didn’t want to take him out of Australia as much as I knew I couldn’t leave the States. So, there was only one mature and logical thing that we could do. The only problem was… hearts are blind to things realistic. My heart will always have a special place for him. My mind will always have a tiny thought of ‘What if things were different…’

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I wasn’t surprised for a moment when I read the quote Reese chose to share. It shows so much about him in just a short phrase. He’s a great person with the whole world reflecting in his eyes. He’s someone I’m sure I’ll mention again and share more stories about because some of my happiest and best moments were spent while with him. Some of my greatest times of growth were spent while with him. Some of the biggest realizations and dreams of life were recognized while with him. And even now that we’ve taken the level of a friendship, he still has the power to make me smile no matter what the circumstances. No matter what the stress. No matter what new boy I’m crying over. No matter what the obstacle or challenge I’m facing. He encourages me to get up every morning with a smile on my face and the optimism to try something new. And even though you never know when that chance may surely turn into a mistake, it could also very well turn into something quite perfect.



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