Music City Music

When I moved back to Nashville one thing I was excited about was all the great opportunities there are to hear great live music. Over the past couple of years unfortunately I haven’t taken full advantage of the talent that is in or comes to Nashville. As you know part of my 30 before 30 bucket list I set out to see 30 concerts this year. Here is a quick update of some of the shows I have been to.

Gospel Showcase at Belmont University

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Candice Glover

She was great on American Idol so I decided to check her out live.

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Fisk Jubliee Singers

First time seeing the Jubilee Singers!

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Gladys Knight

Gladys…Legendary

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Jon Mclaughlin

Jon Mclaughlin

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My First Tattoo

Well y’all I did it! I got my first (probably only) tattoo. I have thought about getting this done for a while now but was always too chicken to do it. Mainly because I knew it would hurt but also because I wanted to be really sure this is what I wanted. Since, I am not a big tattoo fanatic I knew whatever I got had to be small, dainty, and most importantly meaningful.

I chose to get the word agape tattooed on my left hand ring finger. Some may think it is cliche but for me it held several different meanings. Agape, means love in Greek. But not just any kind of love it is the unconditional type of love that God and your family has for you. It’s also a reminder to me that love is possible and that I am loved. So often I feel love is overrated and not attainable but reality is I am already loved by God and family. I also chose my left ring finger because it is the avenue that possibly one day I will showcase my unconditional love and commitment to someone.

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30 before 30: Update

Over the last couple of months I’ve been busy checking off items on my  bucket list. This has been such a fun experience and I feel like I’m finally living life. For so long I talked about doing different things but never actually got up and did them. If I have learned anything so far is do wait to try new things. Just go out and do it. Life is short.

So let’s get to the fun stuff and  do a quick recap on what I’ve done so far.

So far I have been to  2 of 30 concerts.I went to see Ruby Amanfu and Dynamo. Both shows were awesome! Just out snippets below

Ruby Amanfu!

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Dynamo

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Checking another item off my list I even took a train ride to the Dynamo concert. 

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A few weeks ago on a rainy Saturday I had a movie day with my best friend and watched Gone With the Wind. Now when people quote the movie I’m not as clueless to what they are talking about lol.

Checking one thing off my bucket list. #GoneWithTheWind

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Budgets and Savings Accounts: Tips on How to Save When You Really Want to Spend

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I like to spend money. I love to shop. I hate trying on clothes, but I love to shop nonetheless. I actually find extreme joy in bringing home a new item. Whether its from the dollar store or Macy’s, I enjoy bring home something new Now, I’m not the type of spender that purchases $500 or $600 items just because but I find that I often nickel and dime my account. Before I know it I have already spent several hundred dollars.

For my 30 before 30 bucket list I set out to save $1000 before December 16, 2017. So far I am  well on my way to goal. Here 3 easy tips I have found that help me save money when I really want to spend it.

Tip 1: Find a Hiding Spot

Some hide money under their mattress or a shoe box, for me I chose to hide my money in a savings account. What ever works for you find a spot where you can stash the extra cash.  Leaving money directly in your possession will be an ultimate temptation for you to spend it.

Tip 2: Out of Sight Out of Mind

For me I remember every time I directly transfer money to my savings account. In the back of mind I’m just loaning that money out and soon I’ll get it back. However, if the funds are out sight out of mind I don’t even realize my money is being stashed away. I have found utilizing my direct deposit at work to be the easiest way to achieve this.  I have $40 a paycheck being directly sent to a savings account. Often I don’t even notice the money missing from my paycheck. I just got used to the new normal.

Tip 3: Pay Yourself First

Recently we just got  our bonus.  While I planned to use the money to pay some bills if I have learned anything about managing your fiance is to  pay yourself first.  Paying bills is important but setting aside money and having a savings will be more beneficial in the long run.

What are your top money saving tips? 

New Restaurant Alert: Liberty Kitchen and Oyster Bar

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While in Houston for the Thanksgiving holiday I decided to get started on my 30 before 30 list. Being stuck in landlocked Nashville anything closely resembling fresh seafood was screaming my name. For a while now I’ve been wanting to try Liberty Kitchen and now was the perfect excuse.

The restaurant has 2 main locations and a few smaller spinoff locations. We opted for the one in the Heights. The restaurant in quaint but far from claustrophobic. We were sat in booth on the back wall tastefully decorated with pictures of Houston streets. I ordered a glass of Reisling and perused the menu.

The were quite a few fresh fish options and plus you standard burger and sandwich choices. Plus a whole section dedicated to Mac and Cheese. The menu also had a number of salads and soups including a gumbo.

Being that I was on “vacation” I decided to fully indulge in all the carby options they had to offer. Mainly, that mac and cheese was screaming my name! I mean who doesn’t love mac and cheese. Also the gumbo sounded so good I wanted to try that as well. And boy was I right.

I ordered the cup as a starter. Not only did it have a yummy rich dark roux it also had crab, shrimp, sausage, okra and a fried oyster. Yes, a fried oyster! While I tend to be a traditionalist I was definitely here for the fried oyster.

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Keeping with the fried oyster trend I decided to order the seafood mac and cheese as my entree. It had lots of ooey gooey cheese, shell pasta, shrimp, greens onions and topped with… you guessed it fried oysters.  It was simply heavenly.

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If you’re ever in Houston I would highly recommend Liberty Kitchen. It was totally worth the calories and a great start to my 30 new restaurants check list!

Are there any restaurants in the Nashville or Houston area I should try? Let me know in the comments.

30 Before 30

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As I previously mentioned my 29th birthday is less than a month away. That means the big 30 is quickly approaching. I feel like I haven’t experienced half of the exciting this most do before they turn 30. Things like traveling and taking big risk. So while I’m still a tad bit young 🙂 I decided to embark on a bucket list challenge. I’ve picked 30 things I would like to do before my 30th birthday.

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Do you have a short term bucket list? If so what’s on yours? Let me know in the comments!