Happy Birthday to me!!! On May 12th I turned 19. Here's how I celebrated!
Michelle and I have always talked about going on a road trip together. We always thought NYC would be fun, and it's not too far away from where we both used to live. Our favorite artist announced a show in NYC, scheduled on my birthday! I can't express how perfect that was. So, she drove the 16 hours from her state to go to the city with me!!
We ended up missing most of the concert, but we made it eventually and it was awesome!
After the concert we went to grab some food. We had an AMAZING margherita pizza- so fresh!
We stayed at the most charming hotel, Hotel Giraffe, which is on Park Ave. in lower Manhattan. It was a beautiful hotel, I'm so glad I found it! I'm definitely going to stay here again when I'm back in the city. The staff was genuinely friendly and they always had a huge smile on their face.
Some other perks:
Free snacks/wine & cheese hours
Free bottled water
Booking age is 18+!!!
One other note: Check out is at 1PM, which is completely amazing.. we didn't want to carry our bags around all day after we checked out so they stored them for us while we explored! It's great that they offer that service even after you check out.
With nothing else planned the day after the concert, we went everywhere!!
The Statue of Liberty....
"If I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere" -Frank Sinatra
More pics of my trip!
Here's to being 19!! I'm so excited to see what this year of life brings me to!
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Last week I had the amazing opportunity to attend Camp Electric in Nashville, TN! For those of you who have no idea what Camp Electric is, it is a rock and roll music camp started by the one and only Toby Mac. It was awesome! I have been wanting to go for a few years, and this was the year it finally happened, after a lot of hard work and tons of planning.
One of my new favorite songs from the week:
New friends, many, many concerts... getting to hang out with artists like B. Reith, Bernard Harris, and Mikey from 7eventh Time Down.. it was so amazing! Such talented musicians just walking around, eating lunch with the campers, and joining jam sessions.. too cool. No paparazzi, no bodyguards. Just a bunch of musicians, on every level, coming together in worship and music and learning/experiencing everything together.
NF, KJ-52, Mr. Talk Box, Sarah Reeves, Toby Mac, Crowder, Veridia, 7eventh Time Down, Worship Together Band... so many artists to admire and relate to ! Check them out when you get the chance!
My new favorite artist!!! All of his music is so deeply personal and EPIC. I LOVE NF.
I am so grateful that God gave me this opportunity to learn from the very best. John Nix, Tom Jackson, and so many others poured their hearts into this event and I am so blessed to have been a part of it. Workshops, concerts, more concerts, great friends, morning worship sessions, lanyards, artists, cameras, great food.... and a million instruments in sight whichever way you turn your head. SO crazy and amazing!! Defininitely worth the money. If you're interested, check out their website here. Thanks for clicking on my site!
A few more pics from my trip:
This was one of the greatest and most epic events of my life. So excited to see what God has for my future, in music and otherwise!!