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I really can’t find the words to say how thankful I am to all of you for your support for Pete  and I in the last week or so. While we came up a little short in the end, the fact that we ended up in third place is nothing short of amazing. We could not have gotten that far without all of you. SO THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH! And a huge thanks to Pete too. You’re awesome 🙂

As I posted once or twice throughout the contest, We all have a story. Every person that entered had their reason for wanting to meet Dave. One’s reasons for wanting to meet Dave no more important than the other. I’m proud of the way Pete and I went about things… We kept it classy and played it cool, minus a little begging from all of you to JUST CLICK THE LINK 😉

You all know how much I adore Dave, the band and their music (and if you didn’t NOW YOU DO!). It’s a crazy love affair that began some 17 years ago when I first heard the music… So to say that I (we 🙂 ) would have been thrilled to meet Dave through this contest would be an understatement. As Pete said, I do as well. It’s not just a band… It’s way more than that for me (us 🙂 ) and many others. The number of shows I’ve been to is irrelevant; having been to under 20 makes me no less of a “fan” than someone who has been to 100+. For me it’s my constant happy place. NO matter the day or mood, this music has been my constant. I love the message I get from their songs. I adore the people I’ve met from all over the world (some unknowingly right in my back yard) who share in this love. People that I’ve come to know and love. People that I consider to be my family.

Something I’ve learned from all of this… from the band… from the music… from this contest… from all of the friends I’ve made through this music… If there’s something you want to do… DO IT. “Take these chances…”

Do what makes you happy. Be with the people you love. If you’re not happy with some aspect of your life, do something about it. LIVE YOUR LIFE. If anyone would have told me a year ago I’d have had met Stefan, would consider Boyd a friend and be going to the Gorge in a few months I would’ve looked at them like they were crazy. BUT because of this music, I’ve had the most incredible year of my life. And I’m totally excited to see where else I end up. One thing I know for certain, I’ll continue sharing the LoVE all along the way.

“You’ve gotta do much more than believe if you really wanna change things.”



Care to share your time with us!

My friends…. I have a HUGE favor to ask!

Do you have a minute? Actually you know what? How about a second? That’s all it takes!

A couple posts ago I asked for your help in spreading the word about a contest to meet Dave Matthews…

I still need your help! My friend Pete & I teamed up and are now in third place out of about 400 people!

The contest ends tomorrow night just before midnight and we need your help to push us to the top for the win!

To vote is easy… Just click this link:


You don’t have to sign up. Just click.

You can share the link. Reblog it. Tweet it. Email it. Text it. Rent a plane & skywrite it! Every little hit helps!!!

Getting to meet Dave would be a true dream come true for Pete & I.

Thank you so very much for your help!!!

Lotsa LoVE❤


Keep It Positive

In life there are always ups & downs, goods & bads, chances & choices.

You have the choice to say what’s on your mind either good or bad.

You have the chance to make an impact in either a positive or negative manner.

In any case, why choose anything other than being positive?

Yes, life can throw you curve balls. You can encounter people or situations who breed negativity. It’s up to you to find the positives. It’s up to you to make the choice whether you’re going to let the negativity overshadow. There’s ALWAYS something positive to be found in every situation. Sometimes it just takes a bit longer to see it or find it. Sometimes it takes a bit of creativity to bring it to light, but I firmly believe you can & will find a positive if you TRULY want to.


It doesn’t always come easy. Be persistent. Take control of what you don’t like. If you see or hear something that bothers you you can ignore it or address it.


Within any given day, any given situation, you have the opportunity to voice your opinion. Say what you mean & follow through with it. Don’t say something just for the sake of saying it. If you don’t mean it, don’t say it. There’s no point in blowing smoke.


Staying true to your word is a way of living. What you say is a reflection of who you are. Be genuine, be encouraging, be supportive. Think before you speak. Your words can & will always leave a lasting impression. One that sticks around long after they’re said. Sometimes when nothing is said, the message comes across more clearly. Think about it.


This is where it becomes tricky. People don’t always mean what they say. I’ve learned that the hard way. Some mean it in that moment. Some say it because they think it’s what you want to hear. Some say it because they want to get something. Some say it without even thinking or realizing potential consequences. Just because you mean what you say, doesn’t mean everyone else does. At times that can be disheartening, I realize. But, as with anything in life, nothing and no one is perfect. My point is, What you say (or don’t say) and how you say it makes a difference.

I digress. Back to the original point of this post.

We only have this one life to live. It is what you make of it. You get out of it what you take from it. Look at the bright side of life and all it has to offer you.


Be honest. Keep faith. Life is for living and living brightly. Life is for loving and loving wholly.

Your words reflect your actions. Your actions influence thoughts. All of which have an impact on your path which also may impact those around you. If you have the choice to keep it positive, why choose anything other than that?


“Keep your head up
Try and listen to your heart
Be kind always, no matter
We all grow up
And someday we’ll say goodbye
So shine your light while you got one”
-Drunken Soldier by Dave Matthews Band

Be kind, always no matter. Be positive, always no matter. ❤

Kind, Caring and Generous

Birthdays are special days.

Some don’t care to celebrate them.

Me? I sure do.

It’s a day to celebrate you.

It’s a special day dedicated to celebrating those you love most.

It’s a day to acknowledge what a gift life is and how much better our lives have become due to the presence of those in our lives.

Today, I’d like to wish a very happy birthday to a pretty incredible person.

An individual who gives his heart to all he encounters.

An extremely talented individual who remains humble in the midst of our insanity.

An individual who is kind, caring and generous.

A most sweet soul I had the pleasure of meeting last fall, Mr. Boyd Tinsley, violinist of the Dave Matthews Band.

My life has been warmed by the pure goodness that emanates from his heart.

Today I celebrate this kind soul as he celebrates his birthday.

Those that have met him or have had interactions with him will tell you the same… You’d be hard pressed to find another to be as kind, caring or generous than he.


Happy, happy, happy birthday Boyd!

We all wish you the happiest of days & most beautiful of years!

Lotsa LoVE to you today & always!


Side note: Stay tuned for a post documenting the Boyd’s visit to Pittsburgh last fall as well as my trip to Charlottesville, Virginia

Have a beautiful day my friends! Keep the love in your heart today & always ❤

My Releases…

Everyone needs a release…

Those simple things that help you relax after a hectic day…

Things that calm you… sometimes even becoming its own brand of therapy for you.

A fellow blogger recently shared a post titled “Comfort is…” prompting me to take a minute to appreciate the “things” that have become my go-to, ever-ready, “bring me back to reality”, saving graces. (Thanks Rick!)

It did not come as a surprise to me once I thought about it.  There are FOUR things that I simply love doing no matter the mood, situation or circumstance… Four things that allow me to immerse myself, releasing all that can get at ya in the best and worst of ways, getting lost in each respective experience, allowing me to breathe once again.

  1.  Writing– Hence starting the blog.  I began writing poetry in highschool…way back when I thought that my world was coming to an end because a silly boy crush I had didn’t feel the same about me.  It seemed to just come natural to me…write about it.  I’ve looked back at some pieces that I wrote those 19 years ago and admittedly have to chuckle a little bit.  Life has definitely taken some twists and turns for the better and worse since then, prompting more writing to occur.  I used to be so private about all that I wrote… not wanting to share any of it with ANYONE.  Somehow, somewhere, that changed.  I slowly began to show and share my written thoughts with those closest to me.  The first time I can recall sharing a deep piece of myself through writing with MANY people was when my grandma died in 2001.  I wrote a poem which was read at her funeral mass…it helped me more than I ever thought possible.  Since then, I have become more comfortable in my “craft.”  For me, it’s all about getting those thoughts, good, bad or indifferent, outta my head and down on paper.  Once my thoughts have been emptied on paper, I always feel better… I can think more clearly, feel more freely and react and respond more rationally.  i’m still kinda surprised I started a blog.  If anyone would have told me I’d be writing and sharing all these bits ‘n pieces with people I’ve never met, I would have told them they were crazy… In reality though, I couldn’t be more happy with the decision I made last June in starting this blog.  It’s been the best, most liberating, rewarding experience I can account for to date. 
  2. Reading– I’ve always been a “reader” but haven’t been partaking in this release quite as often as I should… Have to make time for it in the near future.  I was read to constantly as a child…The Berenstein Bears, Little Critter Books and every Golden Book imaginable were read to me over and over as a kiddo.  I LOVED all things Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary plus the Boxcar Children and the Babysitters Club.  Now a days I love James Patterson ( with the exception of the Maximum Ride series), Jodi Picoult, Nora Roberts, Nicholas Sparks, the Twilight Saga, The Harry Potter Series and Jeffery Deaver to name a few.  The power of print is AMAZING to me… transporting you to another world or time away from the reality that consumes you on a daily basis.  In 32 years, I have read my fair share… and in that time there was one book that really hit me hard… I would recommend it to anyone and everyone. Randy Pausch’s book, The Last Lecture, left me rethinking and analyzing my life in every aspect imaginable, in the best way possible.  If you have not read the book or viewed his last lecture, I STRONGLY encourage you to do so.  Below is a reprise of his Last Lecture…
  3. Music– This should come as no surprise to most of you… For as long as I can remember music has been an important part of my life.  From growing up listening to my mom’s records playing, to my Aunt Sue playing the guitar and singing Puff the Magic Dragon, to road trips with the boombox and audio cassettes in the back seat of the car, to purchasing my first cd, to my “QUEEN” band dork days to now.  Playing music, listening to music, seeing live shows and discovering new music have all played an integral role in shaping me into the individual I am today.  A song can take you back to a special place and time…remind you of a certain someone… calm the most ravenous of storms…heal wounds or open them…send you into a silly, happy dance, singing so obscenely loud that others just look at you perplexed.  For me, music has played such a significant role in my life, that I honestly couldn’t imagine living without it.  I love that music spans generations creating bonds and ties with listeners of all ages and races…good music is timeless and has the power to transform me…I am so thankful for the gift of hearing…so very thankful. 
  4. Craftiness- This is an aspect I have not yet shared with my blogging friends.  I love being crafty… working with my hands, utilizing print, coordinating colors…. Ahhhhh, ya… that’s the good stuff.  I guess the best way to describe what I do is kinda like scrapbooking in a frame… Really though, I call my projects “Framed Home-Decor Designs.” 

    In my dining room...

 Seeing one would probably help… I started off making them quite a few years ago and have evolved

quite a bit.  For the longest time I only gave them as gifts to family and friends; Many of whom could open up their own “Megan Faith” gallery after having received so many as gifts over the years. 🙂  Don’t think any of them mind, I hope not at least!  In the fall I took a huge step and participated in my first ever craft show and was very pleasantly surprised by how well it went.  It could have something to do with the fact that I have the best family and friends in the world and they ALL came out and supported me, making a purchase or two.  I hesitated to begin selling my creations because I didn’t want this amazingly rewarding release to turn into something that became a “job” to me. So far so good… It’s fun for me and I want to keep it that way.  It helps me to share even more pieces of myself with those I love while also giving pieces to people outside of my circle. 

I spent this entire rainy day preparing for my next show which will be here in a few short weeks… Does that stress me out?  It does for a minute, until I sit down and submerge myself into my crafty haze.  It’s all good.  My little piece of heaven 🙂 Here’s a couple of my newest creations for the Spring Craft show.

Baby Girl

Pass * Dribble

The important stuff... Family


So there you have it… What I thought would be a short and quick post has turned into quite a lengthy one… THANK you for reading! 

What are your releases?  What keeps you sane amidst all the craziness of life?