Thursday, March 19, 2009

Still Complaining?

Nationally, there are an estimated 3.5 million homeless individuals.

In the U.S.A., the average age of a homeless person is 9 years old.

There is between 10,000 - 14,000 homeless individuals in Maricopa County on any given day.

13% of Maricopa County residents live in poverty - that is nearly 450,000 people.
The number of unemployed persons increased to 12.5 million in February 2009.

Over the past 12 months, the number of unemployed persons has increased by about 5 million.
1.9 million people lost their job in 2008.

Roughly 2.9 million homes were foreclosed in 2008.

884 million people in the world, lack access to safe water supplies, approximately one in eight people.

Every 15 seconds, a child dies from a water-related disease.

854 million people worldwide are undernourished.

There is an estimated 982 million people in developing countries who live on $1 a day or less.

Kind of makes us wonder how big our problems really are, huh?

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Being Meagan.

How often do we let our regrets control our lives?

There is a new TV series on SOAPnet call Being Erica. The show is about 32 year old Erica who has nothing but regrets about her past. One day she meets Dr. Tom, a mysterious therapist who takes her back in time to do over those life-defining moments with the foresight and wisdom of seeing how they played out. Erica allows all of those regrets to impact her entire life. She views her life as mediocre because she can't let go of the past. So Dr. Tom allows her to go back in time to those moments that she regrets the most so she can change the outcome to see if that moment was really that big of a deal.

I've only seen two episodes of the show so I can't really give you a good review of it but just watching them today really made me think. Are those moments in our lives that we regret really a big enough deal to still regret them today?

I've lived my life with alot of regret and missed opportunities. Or at least I thought so. Today I sat and looked back at those moments that still make my stomach turn and wondered what would have been different. And would I like the difference?

Over the past 8 months or so I've realized that although I do have some regrets, all of those mistakes have made me the person I am today. All of those experiences-good or bad- turned me into the person that I am right now. And for the first time in my life I actually kinda like the person I am today. Because although I have that past, it's helped me find out that I don't have to have that same future.

I can honestly say I have learned a lesson from every single mistake I have made. Whether it be small or huge. And I also realized that half of the things I've held onto for so long really aren't that big of a deal. I don't want to hold on to those regrets and think of my life as mediocre. I want to live an extraordinary life with opportunities and positivity.

So if I learned a lesson from those mistakes, should I really regret them?

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Music Video of the Week

So this week I thought I'd have a little fun and use some friends as this weeks MVotW. David Crowder wrote and originally sang the song "You Are My Joy" which just so happens to be on my list of top 5 favorite songs ever. Although I love David Crowder I like this version better (i might be somewhat biased though :] )

You Are My Joy by the 3rd Format worship band.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Boredom vs. Tiredness


So, here's how it works:
1. Open your library (iTunes, Winamp, Media Player, iPod, etc)
2. Put it on shuffle
3. Press play
4. For every question, type the song that's playing
5. When you go to a new question, press the next button
6. Don't lie and try to pretend your cool...THIS CAN BE VERY VERY CREEPY

Opening Credits:
-Fame < Infamy: Fall Out Boy

Waking Up:
-Happy: Saving Jane

First Day At School:
-Sober: Pink

Falling In Love:
-We Get On: Kate Nash (CUTE!)

Fight Song:
-All We Know: Paramore

Breaking Up:
-I Slept With Someone In Fall Out Boy and All I Got Was This Stupid Song Written About Me: Fall Out Boy

-Pain: Jimmy Eat World

A Wolf In Sheep's Clothing: This Providence

Mental Breakdown:
-Ring of Fire: Johnny Cash

-If It Means Alot To You: A Day To Remember

-The District Sleeps Alone Tonight: The Postal Service

-So Much Love: The Rocket Summer

Birth of Child:
-Feel Good Drag: Anberlin

Final Battle:
-Every Second: A Change of Pace

Death Scene:
-No It Isn't: +44

Funeral Song:
-A Moment Like This: Kelly Clarkson

End Credit:
-Get Naked: Britney Spears