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Today officially marks my one year in London. I’ve seen so many things and places and learned so much about myself and the world. I’ve found the love of my life and I’ve found myself. I’m finally, truly happy and there is no greater feeling. Here’s to the next year and many, many more!

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 14 - July 20 - What’s on your iPod?

I don’t have an iPod, so I’ll go with what’s in my iPhone music library.

Remember those things that make you put your music on shuffle and list the first 10 songs? I’ll do that.

1) Walk of Life - Dire Straits. I got into Dire Straits as a child, because father would often play the cassette tape over and over on our long road trips to Minnesota. They’re a great band, but I’ve also got a nostalgic tie to them.

2) Never There - Cake. I used to confuse people in school when I said I loved Cake. Mostly because I love Cake, but I don’t love cake. Anyway, Cake are an amazing band with a sweet brass section, bitchin’ beats, and a just plain cool singing voice from John McCrea. They do some of the best covers I’ve ever heard, like “I Will Survive” and “War Pigs.” They are incredible live, especially when John drinks too much and makes the band do a 12-minute jam session in the middle of songs. Money well spent.

3) More Than a Feeling - Boston. I don’t really listen to any other Boston songs, but it’s hard to ignore this classic. It just flows and it makes you feel good. Can’t ask for more than that.

4) Manthem - The Bouncing Souls. Ahh, remember back in the day when all the cool kids were into punk music? Yea, well this song is STILL cool! Boom.

5) Everlong - Foo Fighters. I’ve been into the Foo Fighters since they started and although this song is one of their most mainstream and popular, it really is one of their best. It’s got a classic, but unique sound and it never gets old.

6) Narrative of Soul Against Soul - AFI. This song, as well as the entirety of AFI’s Black Sails in the Sunset, got me through my awkward years and it remains one of my favourite albums.

7) Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival. CCR was another band I inherited my love for from my father. This one, in particular, I remember listening to on our classic wooden boat, cruising up the Mississippi River. Also, it’s just an awesome song.

8) I’ll Cry Instead - The Beatles. The entire Hard Day’s Night album is pure gold, but this is one of my personal favourites. It’s just so catchy, but with real emotion of a common situation we can all relate to.

9) Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash. Considering how many Johnny Cash songs I have on my phone, it was only a matter of time before one of his songs came up. I can’t explain my love for the man in black, but I’ll try: his voice is smooth and cool, he’s a badass, he’s funny, and he secretly has a big heart (his songs with June will make you cry).

10) When Two Worlds Collide - Chas & Dave. This song, along with many of theirs, mean so much to me. They are one of Ben’s favourite bands and many of their lyrics seem to connect with us and we consider a lot of them “our songs.” This one is one of them.

31 Day Blog Challenge: Day 13 - July 19 - Do you have regret?

I believe that you can’t live with regret. You can be upset or disappointed in yourself for something that you’ve done or haven’t done, but do not regret it. It makes you who you are, it shapes you. You must learn from things and move to make your life better. Then, you can better appreciate what happens, because you made a change and made it that way. How you move on from bad things facilitates growth of person, of morals, and of self-worth. There are certain aspects of life that you can decide. Don’t be ashamed of your past. Don’t forget about it. Use that experience and the knowledge you gained to build a better future. I wouldn’t be where I am or be the person I am without my mistakes and without moving forward from them.

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