If you haven't heard of this memoir, you've probably been under a rock the past few months. On April 4th, 2022, Jennette McCurdy took to Instagram to announce the release of her brand new memoir, "I'm Glad My Mom Died." At the time, the title seemed appalling out of context. It still does, but only because it's a bold statement. Since reading it, for her sake, I'm glad too.
It's been two years since the release of Kelsea Ballerini's third self-titled studio album "kelsea" and the subsequent "ballerini." Since then, she opened the "Remember This Tour," with the Jonas Brothers and won a CMT for "Performance of the Year" for "The Other Girl" with Halsey. She also won a CMAA for "Musical Event of the Year" and "Video of the Year" for "Half of My Hometown" with Kenny Chesney. In November 2021, she wrote and published "Feel Your Way Through," a poetry collection. However, in April of 2022, "Heartfirst," the first single off her fifth album, "Subject to Change," was released into the world, and on September 23rd, the album followed suit.
It's been a year since Olivia Rodrigo's debut album "Sour" was released. I knew of her thanks to the Disney+ show "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series'” and her song "All I Want '' that had subsequently blown up on TikTok. When her single "driver's license" dropped in January of 2021, the anticipation for the song was incredibly high. Olivia did not disappoint. Her songwriting portrayed the intense heartbreak she had gone through as a result of this breakup, and the pain resonated with listeners. Olivia connected with her audience emotionally, and we were all hooked. By the time her album dropped, in May of 2021, after having heard a few singles since "drivers license," like "deja vu" and "good 4 u," she was a household name. When she finally announced a tour for the spring of 2022, there wasn't a single person I knew that didn't want to attend. I was one of the lucky ones that got the chance to see her live at Radio City Music Hall on her first-ever tour.
It’s finally April!! March seemed like the longest month, and technically it is, but it seemed to drag on this year. That may be because the beginning of the month was slightly eventful for me, and after that first weekend, I had no other plans. I am also entirely over the winter and ready for one of my favorite seasons: spring! I adore spring, the sunshine and flowers, and the happier mood I’m in when April and May roll around. But, before I get ahead of myself, let’s dive into some of the things I enjoyed during March. (I skipped February favorites because I didn’t feel I had enough to write about, but I’m back.)
On August 27th, 2021, English singer-songwriter Maisie Peters released her debut record, “You Signed Up For This.” Though her debut album was only released last year, Peters isn’t technically the new kid on the block. She started uploading videos of her music to Youtube in 2017 at fifteen. Then accumulated half a billion streams worldwide and sold out iconic venues in London, all before she released an album. She released two EPs with Atlantic Records, “Dressed Too Nice for a Jacket” and “It’s Your Bed Babe, It’s Your Funeral,” and, before the pandemic, was lined up to open for Niall Horan on tour. But, with the worldwide shutdown, she had the opportunity to work on her album. “You Signed Up For This” charted at number 2 in the UK, and on March 1, 2022, Peters began her month-long North American tour.
It’s been a while since I’ve updated you on some of my favorites of the month. Though January was a doozy, I started it by testing positive for Covid, and a few things helped get me through. Spending the first week stuck at home, thankfully only with cold symptoms (thanks to modern medicine and the Moderna vaccine!), gave me a chance to revisit some favorites and encouraged me to make better habits.
Girls Trip: Nashville Edition
If you know me, you know I am usually down for an adventure. So, back in April, when a friend of mine reached out about planning a trip to Nashville for a long weekend, I couldn't resist. After a year and a half of quarantine, masks, and then the light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine, it felt good to spend a weekend away with a longtime pal. I've been to Nashville a few times, always for quick weekend trips. It was usually for Taylor Swift concerts or Taylor Swift-related events, so it was exciting to be going just to explore. Based on flight prices and our work schedules, September ended up being the best time for us both.
The original plan was Thursday to Sunday, but I remembered I had a rescheduled concert Thursday night. So, Thursday night, I went to see Dan + Shay as they headlined their first show at Madison Square Garden with my sister. And then got on a flight the next day to meet my friend Andrea for a girl's weekend in our favorite place, Nashville, TN.
Since the end of January is practically here, I feel I've had enough time to fully reflect back on the year we've left behind. I wasn't sure how to approach this post, I don't want to reiterate the same thoughts and feelings the entire world has been saying: it hasn't been easy. For the first time in my life there has been a universal feeling of relief over the wrap up of what is quite possibly the worst year we could have imagined. It's a shame, I had some incredible expectations for myself in 2020. I was ready to forge a path for my future. I was ready to be inspired and to take on the year despite my anxieties and my doubts. And then March said: "Hold on I have some darkness you need to experience first."
On October 17th, I had the absolute pleasure of attending my dear friend Morgan's wedding to the love of her life Cory at Nickajack Farms. It was a beautiful day, with a slight chill in the air, and as it was a farm, we were surrounded by a lovely fall aesthetic. The trees were full of color, and there were corn fields and horses everywhere. The farm even had two cats on the property, Pumpkin and Claire, both which were sweet as could be, and I fell in love with them instantly. But, I'm getting ahead of myself, the weekend actually started on the 15th.
27th Birthday Weekend
Another September has come and gone, and I am another year older. I love birthday's, but I often feel like mine is forgotten or overlooked. I usually have expectations, where they stem from I'm not quite sure, but it reminds me of the episode of New Girl where Jess's enthusiasm isn't always reciprocated, specifically on her birthday, and she's left disappointed. So, this year I planned ahead. My brother, his girlfriend, and my sister and I ended up spending the day enjoying each other's company. It was a relaxed day where we didn't necessarily have to be anywhere at a certain time so we kind of let the day lead us.
Stories have always been my safe haven. I hope my words can be the same for you.