#GratitudeChallenge: 21 Things I’m Grateful For


Last week, I was tagged by Emma over at itsemmaelise.com to list three things I’m grateful for each day for seven days beginning on Thursday, November 20th and ending on the eve of Thanksgiving.

I posted the three things each day on my Facebook profile to keep track. It felt kind of nice to see it all in writing.

Here is the compiled version of the 21 things I’m grateful for!

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Just a few of the things I’m grateful for. (Clockwise: Male cast of Pretty Little Liars, my “daughter” Abigail and I, Chipotle chips and guacamole, me wearing a beret my aunt crocheted for me, Forever 21 jewelry)

1. A fulfilling life
2. My “daughter” Abigail
3. My amazing Hofstra colleagues
4. My family
5. The awesome professors at Hofstra
6. Soundcloud mixes 

7. Coworkers and networking connections made over the years
8. Chipotle chips and guacamole
9. 1iota.com
10. My health
11. The challenges that make me stronger
12. Forever 21 jewelry
13. Celestial Seasonings Cinnamon Apple Spice Tea
14. Tangle-free headphones (best invention EVER!)
15. My aunt’s crocheted hats
16. The male cast of Pretty Little Liars
17. Condescending Wonka memes
18. The PicsArt Photo Studio editing app
19. Passion fruit bubble tea with tapioca from CoCo Fresh Tea and Juice
20. My amazing The Whisper Box readership (love you all to pieces!)
21. And last but not least, my handsome boyfriend ❤

What are you grateful for this year? Leave a comment below!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving 2014!

This Week in Music: Taylor Swift’s “Sweeter Than Fiction”

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Taylor Swift has a new song featured on the One Chance soundtrack called “Sweeter Than Fiction”!

If anyone is going to write a sweet little song about life, Taylor Swift is your girl for the job.

The film about Britain’s Got Talent winner Paul Potts, directed by Simon Cowell, comes out in the UK on October 25th, 2013.

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One Chance Movie Poster

Luckily, the song “Sweeter Than Fiction” is already out for your listening pleasure.

“Sweeter Than Fiction” is a medium tempo tune with lots of guitar and drum beats.

The intro is a lovely melody of major chords that sound full of triumph and hope.

The instrumentation of the rest of the song is nothing out of the ordinary, but the lyrics are heartwarming.

The lyrics of “Sweeter Than Fiction” take listeners through the doubts and triumphs of success. The second part of the first verse is beautifully written, as she sings,

Seen you fall, seen you crawl on you knees (eh, eh)
Seen you lost in a crowd, seen you colors fade
Wish I could make it better
Someday you won’t remember,
This pain you thought would last forever and ever (Verse 1, Part 2)

The bridge of the song reminds us all why we love Taylor’s voice so much, as the beat slows down a bit and she drags some of the words out legato:

I’ll be one of the many saying
Look at you now, look at you now, now
I’ll be one of the many saying
You’ve made us proud, you’ve made us proud, proud

And when they call your name
And they put your picture in a frame
You know that I’ll be there time and again
‘Cause I you loved when… (Bridge)

The way the drum takes over in the instrumentation of the last few lines of the bridge brings a nice touch of sentiment to finale of the song, in which Taylor sings the first part of the first verse again.

I hope this song actually plays during the film and not just the end credits.

Or worse: I hope its not just for the soundtrack. That would be a shame to waste such a beautifully written song when it could well be played in the film itself.

Enjoy the track!