Birthday 2016

Today is my 24th birthday! Woohoo! 23 was rough, but it had many amazing moments. Let me reflect on the 23 best moments of this past year!

  1. Met Kunal Nayyar.
  2. Saw Wolf Blitzer speak at Temple University.
  3. Saw David Axelrod speak at Temple University.
  4. Almost Queen concert.
  5. Published several articles.
  6. First Letter to the Editor in the Rolling Stone.
  7. Went to Rittenhouse Square.
  8. Went to the Hard Rock Cafe for the first time.
  9. Made Dean’s List at Temple for the first time.
  10. Saw City Hall’s Christmas tree.
  11. Went to the Plough and the Stars.
  12. Saw Keith Harkin in concert twice and met him.
  13. Went to Painting with a Twist.
  14. Went to Movie Tavern.
  15. Got published in Hyphen Literary Magazine.
  16. Won the Get InVOLved award from work.
  17. Learned new skills at work.
  18. Went to the Michener Museum.
  19. Walked around Doylestown.
  20. Saw Re-Creation in concert.
  21. Helped form Temple’s Owl Speech Writing Club.
  22. Helped form church’s technology committee.
  23. Elected to Consistory at church.

Playlist: Change the World


-“Put A Little Love in Your Heart”

-“Heal the World,” Michael Jackson

-“One Vision,” Queen

-“Sign O’ the Times,” Prince

-“Keep On Pushin’ Love,” Hall and Oates

Playlist: Sing!


-“Sing, Sing, Sing,” Chris Tomlin: This a song that praises God for His works. It talks about all that God has done and created. All of earth and heaven worship Him in perfect union.

-“I Will Sing of My Redeemer,” The Don Marsh Chorus and Orchestra: This song is a gospel version of a classic hymn. It is about singing and telling others about what God has done in our lives.

-“Till I Hear You Sing,” Andrew Lloyd Webber: This song is from Andre Lloyd Webber’s musical, Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. This song tells of Phantom’s longing to hear Christine sing once more.

-“Sing, Sing, Sing,” Benny Goodman: This song is one of the most iconic swing songs of all time. It has been covered by several artists. It is upbeat and catchy, making it a great song to dance to.

-“Sing Out!,” Celtic Woman: Sing song is about singing the message of God’s word. It is about spreading the Gospel to the whole world. While we may be afraid of not being heard, we will be heard.

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Playlist: South

-“New South Wales,” The Town Pants: This song is a traditional Irish song done with a rock flair. It has been performed by the likes of Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, among several others.

-“The South Wind,” The Hit Crew: This song is a traditional Irish song. It was written in the 1700s and is about missing Ireland. It has been performed by many artists, including the Chieftans.

-“Down South Camp Meeting,” BBC Big Band Orchestra: This song is a big band song. It was originally done by the Benny Goodman Orchestra and has been done by several other artists.

-“Take Me Home Country Roads,” John Denver: This song was released in 1971 on John Denver’s breakout album. It has since been covered by bands such as Re-Creation. It is one of John Denver’s most popular songs.

“Carolina in My Mind,” James Taylor: This song was released in 1968 on James Taylor’s debut album. It is a song about homesickness, longing for the place he loves. It has become anthems for several organizations in the Carolinas.

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Playlist: Underestimate

-“Never Underestimate a Girl,” Vanessa Hudgens: Women are constantly being underestimated, though, thankfully, it is getting a bit better. Women can do (and do) so much for our world and have so many amazing accomplishments.

-“Perfect,” Pink: As humans, we are not perfect. We make mistakes and we have flaws. We underestimate our own capabilities sometimes and this song is about how even in our imperfections, there is someone who thinks we’re perfect.

-“Underdog,” Jonas Brothers: This song is about a girl next door who appears to have it all together, but is secretly falling apart. She is an underdog and people underestimate what she is going through.

-“Stronger,” Kelly Clarkson: This song is about defeating the odds and being stronger than someone expects you to be. People have the tendency to underestimate someone’s strength and capabilities, but this song is about rising above the doubters.

-“Pushing Back the Dark,” Josh Wilson: This song is about Christians being able to fight the darkness in the world with God’s help. God is so much stronger than anyone or anything, and we cannot underestimate His abilities.

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Playlist: Vision


-“One Vision,” Queen: This song is all about making a difference in the world. The singer is focused on one thing, and that is making the world a better place for all. The song even references Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

-“Be Thou My Vision,” Jars of Clay: This song is a classic Irish hymn. It is a Christian prayer to have God be their focus throughout the day. Christians are called to follow God and keep their focus on Him.

-“See You Again,” Carrie Underwood: This song is about saying goodbye to someone but knowing that you will see them in the future. Goodbyes can be difficult, but this song gives hope that even if you do not see someone again in this life, there is an afterlife where you may meet.

-“Long Time No See Ya,” Cheap Trick: This song is off Cheap Trick’s latest album. It is about reuniting with someone you have not seen in a while. The song is catchy and holds true to Cheap Trick’s rock style.

-“See You Tonight,” Scotty McCreery: This song is a love song about wanting to see someone you have not seen in a while. Talking on the phone or long distance gets tedious and does not satisfy the longing of being with someone you love.

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Playlist: Survival


-“Survivor,” Destiny’s Child: This song takes me back to my childhood! I remember hearing it on Olympic Day at my elementary school! It is a song of fighting on and not letting anything defeat you.

-“Eye of the Tiger,” Survivor: This song is such a motivational song! It is about fighting to reach your goal and not giving up until you get there. On a personal level, this song has encouraged me through some difficult times.

-“Don’t Stop Me Now,” Queen: This is one of my favorite songs, personally. It is motivational. It inspires me to keep going in life and to keep doing what I’m doing so that I can accomplish my goals and dreams.

-“The Warrior,” Scandal: I remember the first time I heard this song. It was such an encouragement! The lyrics are powerful and the vocals are strong. The singer is affirming that she is a warrior, strong and fierce.

-“I Will Survive,” Gloria Gaynor: This song is about surviving your most difficult circumstance. While it appears to be about a breakup, this song can be interpreted in any kind of situation.

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