Monday, July 24, 2017

An Ode to My Younger Self


“The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” 
~Ralph Blum

      It' true that I hadn't had much human connection until I chose to let go of those I wasn't connecting too.
In my lifetime (until now) I have had little support from those around me. I had constant doubt thrown my way, I had people who never believed I would amount to anything and I had a never ending battle of wanting to believe I was good enough and never feeling like I was.

     I was abandoned by my father at a young age and have yet to reconcile with it. I have never been close to any of my family and because of this I have always been alone. I always had no choice but to be independant, to not give up, to work hard and to make smart decisions because at the end of the day I had no one to lean on but myself.  I do not share my story because I am a victim. In fact I have never victimized myself and will not allow myself to become a victim to my circumstances. Living the life I do has only forced me to work harder, to do better and to become stronger.
        
      I can honestly say that I am living a life I love.  You may wonder why I am choosing to share this now?  because for the first time in my life I don't feel like I owe anything to anyone, I don't feel like I have to be "good enough" because I know my worth and I choose not to hold on to those who show me less value then I deserve. This summer marks 10 years being gone from my hometown and I can honestly say i have exceeded any expectations I ever had of myself. I have redefined me as a person ...and I have LIVED... oh 1000x I have lived.
      
      For any of you who may be in a tough spot or may not think you are good enough please don't limit yourself. Thoughts become things and the universe is ready to take you on a wild ride. 

And at the end of the day just be you... you are more then enough.
 ( 🔝 No filters, no fillers, no makeup, no prep... just me raw + real) 🍎 - Michelle Apples

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Nashville ... The Heart of Country Music

Sorry I've been MIA for awhile now. Life had taken over and was overwhelmingly busy with little time left over for myself let alone blogging. 

I can't believe my life sometimes though. I have been all over the place this year and I am so excited for what is to come. 

About a month ago I hit up Nashville for CMA Fest and if you have never been to Nashville YOU NEED TO GO!!! I loved it. I actually think my heart is still in Nashville. 



The locals play live music in every restaurant & bar you go to, country music everywhere, and the atmosphere is what I describe as utmost "southern hospitality". People just wanted to chat with you and know who you were. I met so many new friends and got to re connect with one of my friends that I haven't seen in a few years. 

  We hit up bars such as FGL bar, Honky Tonk Central, ACME, Rippy's & so many more. The weather was soo warm, the 

 We hit up all the country concerts Nissan Stadium had to offer which was about 5 headline acts per night. Some of the acts were Blake Shelton, Brad Paisley, Brett Eldredge, Garth Brooks, Brothers Osburne, Chris Young, Cole Swindell, Darius Rucker, Dierks Bentley, Dustin Lynch, Eric Church, Florida Georgia Line, Kenny Rogers, Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt, Thomas Rhett and many more ... (that's a lot of concerts lol) 

I cannot wait to go back, till next year.