Summer Concert Review - July & August

September 28, 2018

Welcome to part 2 of my summer concert review! (If you missed part 1, click here). The end of the summer gave me two big arena shows, a small in-store acoustic set, and my first (and the very last) Warped Tour! 

7/25/18 - Panic at The Disco
I’ve seen Panic! At The Disco so many times, and they’re always incredible but if I’m being honest, I’m not sure when I’m going to pay to see them again. I hate to be the person who’s like mad at bands for “selling out” but Panic’s shows are so elaborate and flashy now that I miss when I could see them just play for free in Boston. The tickets are crazy expensive now and the experience isn’t the same. Brendon Urie is still, and always will be insanely talented and puts on an amazing show, but seeing them 1-2 times a year isn’t going to happen again for a while. 

7/27/18 - Warped tour
Honestly I should have written an entire post about warped when it happened but I didn’t so here we go. First of all it was my birthday, and also my first ever warped tour. It was PERFECT. It was hot as hell, but after a week of rain I was so relieved. The only bad thing that happened was The Maine and Grayscale playing at the same time first thing in the morning. I shockingly made the decision to skip The Maine to get barricade for Grayscale, and it was beyond worth it. They have been my newest obsession and being front row for their set, as well as meeting and hanging out with all they guys throughout the day was awesome, and pretty much why I love discovering smaller bands. I was able to see every band I wanted to, go to every signing I wanted to, meet all the bands I wanted to meet, made it on to Charles Trippy's Instagram story, and ran into so many friends that I hadn’t seen in forever. It was a long day but it was a perfect day and I wish I could relive it over and over.
8/11/18 - With Confidence 
So I only got to see With Confidence play a few songs at Warped which kinda bummed me out, so there was no way I was going to miss their FYE in-store show. I drove over an hour in the craziest rain ever but it was so worth it. The guys are beyond sweet and seeing them play such a chill set was really great after the craziness of Warped. 

8/31/18 - Fall Out Boy / Machine Gun Kelly 
Similarly to Panic, I don’t really go out of my way to see Fall Out Boy all the time now that they play huge arena shows. But my brother and I drove to Connecticut to see them and it was one of the best shows we’ve gone to together. I was worried that they would only play their new stuff but they played all of my favorites! I also have a huge crush on MGK and dancing to LOCO with black lipstick and a beer in my hand was a MOOD but even funnier to see the judgmental looks from all the parents sitting in our section. oops?

So now that summer is officially over, it's my favorite time of year. Fall is the best for a lot of reasons, but Fall tour season is always my favorite and I don't even know why. So here's my current list of fall shows I have tickets for:

10/23/18 - Good Charlotte / Knuckle Puck 
10/26/18 - Twenty One Pilots 
11/10/18 - Mayday Parade 
11/14/18 Real Friends / Grayscale / Boston Manor (in Philly)
11/15/18 Real Friends / Grayscale / Boston Manor (in Boston)
11/25/18 - Emo Night hosted by 3oh!3 
12/1/18 - With Confidence / Broadside / Sleep On It 


Summer Concert Review - June

September 27, 2018

Anyone who knows me knows that the two things that mean the most to me (next to my family and friends obviously, I’m not a monster), would be Disney and music. Going to concerts has been a staple in my life since I was 6 years old and I’ve been to over 100 shows in my lifetime. I’ve been on stage, side stage, front row, back row, and everywhere in between. I already have at least 5-7 shows coming up in the next few months but today I want to talk about the shows I got to see this summer! But because I went to so many, this is going to be broken up into two parts. click here to read part 2!

6/10/18 - Thirty Seconds to Mars / Walk The Moon 
So I don’t know when it happened, but my mom has recently discovered Thirty Seconds to Mars and is totally OBSESSED. Which is fine with me honestly because being the emo trash that I have always been, I always wanted to see them but never thought it would happen. Their tours used to be crazy expensive and sell out so fast that there was no chance. So when my mom found out they were coming this summer, of course I was on board. Walk the Moon opened which was amazing because I’ve never been able to see them live either. The weird thing was that they didn’t sell this show out - they didn’t even come close. So our tickets were upgraded from the lawn to much nicer seats. I got to see The Kill live, which made 14 year old me very happy, and I got to see Jared Leto in person which made 23 year old me very happy. The show was so good that my mom bought us tickets to go see them AGAIN 8 days later in New Hampshire! So if anyone wants to know where my concert obsession came from, this should make it pretty obvious that I got it from my mama. 

6/17/18 - I Don't Know How But They Found Me
OKAY this one was a big deal. I’ve obviously been a Panic at The Disco fan for 13 years since their first album came out. I’ve seen them so many times (including this summer) and they’ve always been one of my favorite bands. BUT I’ve always been a huge fan of Dallon Weekes, like a bigger fan of him than I am of Brendon Urie (oops?). I was always a fan of his first band The Brobecks, and i’m obviously a fan of his new project IDK How But They Found Me so when I heard he was coming to MA to play a tiny room, I was beyond excited. I don’t fangirl anymore, but I full on fangirled for this show (even though I was one of the oldest people there). They played new stuff and some of my old Brobecks favorites, and I got to meet Dallon after the show! (and then thanks to the many beers I had before, during, and after the show I may have cried in an alley after meeting him - its FINE).

6/19/18 - Thirty Seconds to Mars / Walk The Moon
Like I said before, my mom is obsessed with 30 seconds to mars, and our tickets to this show were so close we were both losing our minds through the whole show. Still so good - I need to know what kind of which craft is keeping Jarred Leto so young and beautiful. 

Part 2 is coming soon with the shows I went to in July/August and my (current) list of shows I'm going to this fall! 


You Can't Fix Everything In a Day - Life Update

September 27, 2018

What you're about to read is a post I wrote in June when I had just moved home from Florida and was struggling. At the time I was too afraid to post it because it’s pretty real and not as positive as the content I usually post on this page. I’m posting it now because I think it’s important for myself and for you guys to understand why I disappeared this summer. I will also be including an update at the bottom of the post about what I have been up to for the past few months, my big girl job, and what I’m hoping to do with this blog in the future.

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From June 1st 2018: 
Trying to transition from a Disney-centered blog (and life) to a normal adult(ish) life is tough guys. But one thing I want for the blog now is to be 100% totally honest. I can honestly tell you right now that i’m struggling to adjust to being home in Massachusetts and away from all of my friends and the life I had in Florida. I feel like I now have more bad days than good ones, and that’s okay! I’m working on myself and it’s not always easy, but it’s important.
Something I’ve never really talked about before is the fact that I have struggled with an eating disorder for almost 10 years now. And while I thought I had it under control, it’s been a rough few months fighting with that devil on my shoulder and not really telling anyone. But I’m finally seeing a therapist and getting help. I want to make a whole post about this one day but I’m not totally ready for that yet.
What I want to get across in this post is that I’m a work in progress. While I used to joke about “post-dcp depression” I’m realizing now that it may be a very real thing. But I’m going to push through and beat it! This is a temporary thing and a huge transition in my life. I’m starting a new job next week, planning amazing trips to visit my DCP friends all over the US in the fall, and then who knows what could happen! My future is totally up in the air right now and while thats stressful and scary, I’m ready to tackle it head on like a new adventure.
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I’m not going to pretend that the past few months have been easy and I’m still working on self improvement and working towards my future. But shortly after this post was written and never posted, I was offered an incredible opportunity to work as an Event Coordinator at a local golf/adventure course/event space. I was thrown right into it in the craziness of the summer event season and I have loved it! I have my own desk, clients, and lots of responsibilities. But I’m learning so much and I’m happy. I still miss Florida and wish I could be with my Florida family everyday, but now that I have this job I have already been able to go down and visit for a week! (post coming soon from that trip obviously).
While I’m still not ready to fully dive into the specifics of my eating disorder, I have been benefitting so much from therapy. I’m also working with a personal trainer and have fallen back in love with the gym and living a more healthy life.
I have found new ways to be happy while living away from my happy place. I filled my summer with incredible concerts and have many more shows and trips planned for the fall and winter!
I’m still a work in progress and I’m not going to hide that, BUT I’m excited for the future and I’m excited to bring you guys along with me.
So while this blog may not be totally Disney-centric anymore, I will still be posting occasionally about it, but this was always supposed to be about me figuring out the “real world” it’s time for me to focus more on that.

Thank you as always for your support during all this craziness!


Disney College Program: Dear New CP's

June 18, 2018

I’ve made a post like this before about preparing and starting your Disney College Program. It was simple and more about the logistical stuff, but now that I’m a 2 time washed up alumni, I want to be more real with you. So pull down on your lap bar, and get ready, cause I'm feeling nostalgic.
Dear new CP’s,
CONGRATULATIONS! Seriously, you’ve been accepted to an extremely competitive internship program and now you get to eat, sleep, and breathe Disney. The hard part is over, you’ve survived the interview process, you’ve read my post on how to pack, and you’re here! Now it gets real. So I’m gonna tell you some of the things I wish people had told me before I started both of my college programs.
First of all, I'm going to be 100% honest with you. I need you to realize that not every day is going to be the most amazing day, and that’s okay! Florida weather, long training weeks, unhappy guests - it's all gonna happen. And while “a bad day in Disney is better than a good day anywhere else”, there are going to be days where you are going to cry, miss home, wanna rip your hair out, or just not get out of bed. There are also days where you wont believe that this is your real life. Days where everyone you meet is amazing, and the pixie dust is STRONG. As with any job, there are highs and lows but luckily for you, you have an advantage - your DCP Family.
You may not realize it at the time, but I promise you will create your own Florida Family. They’re an amazing support system full of people who are either going through the same thing, or have already gone through it. Seriously, I never would have made it through my Christmas shifts without my MouseGear family.
To be honest, the College Program is evil. It forces you to create these amazing friendships and bonds with people from all over the world. You’re all experiencing this weird and wonderful world together, the kind of weird and wonderful that you can’t really understand until you’ve been in the middle of it.
Example: you're all working 36-40 hours a week in one of the most iconic places in the world, dealing with some of the most amazing and most difficult guests, working harder than you’ve ever worked, playing with bubble wands, dancing with characters, and then you're all gonna go to Ale House IN COSTUME after work for margarita pitchers and $5 apps, only to be surrounded by tables full of other in-costume cast members from the parks and resorts. But this is normal, trust me.
It’s weird. It’s amazing. I miss it every day.
So my advice for you as you start your program? Embrace the weird and awkward. If you have a car, offer to drive people home after work in your first few weeks! That’s how I met my best friend. Make a group chat for the CP’s in your work location, you don’t have to be best friends with everyone but be involved* with the people you work with! *(but also do your best to stay out of drama, cause it will happen).
Make weird traditions; get dressed up one day and just take tons of pictures, go see the Frozen Sing A Long for the 25th time that month, eat giant slices of pizza in Disney Springs.. I could honestly make a list of all the little traditions that my friends and I made, (and one day I might make a post about it).
But the biggest tip I can give you is to keep in touch with these people once the internship is over! Make travel plans to visit people and stick to them! Have FaceTime dates, keep each other updated on your lives. I promise is makes the post-dcp depression far less painful.
So was this an excuse to talk about my friends? Probably. But like I said, you’ll understand where I’m coming from when your program is over. I’m going to try and keep making posts about the things I wish people told me before my internships, but for now I’m going to leave you with this last bit of advice:
Don’t wear your blue ID/cast lanyard around the parks PLEASE.   


Falling Back In Love With Boston: Part One

June 13, 2018

I fell head-over-heels in love with Orlando during my internships. I never wanted to leave and found myself dreading even the thought of moving home, like it was a prison sentence. Which is totally insane considering I come from a pretty amazing place. Growing up in a small town in Massachusetts, and going to school just outside of the city, I’ve come to realize that I have been taking Boston for granted. So my mission this year is to be a tourist in my own city as much as possible. I want to find new places, meet new people, and try the “touristy crap” I’ve avoided for years. While we may not have world famous theme parks, and amazing weather all the time like Florida, Massachusetts has plenty of things to brag about too. 

To start this series, I want to show you one of my new favorite spots in the city that I discovered this weekend! *(I will admit now that I was too busy having fun that I forgot to take a ton of pictures so bear with me)

 One of my coworkers from Frontierland was in town visiting before she moves back to Australia so I of course had to show her around the city.
We started the day in the Commons, walked up Newbury, back down Boylston, we stopped at a farmers market in Copley Square and then made our way to Quincy Market to grab a quick bite to eat before heading home. We chose to take the T to Government Center because we were feeling lazy from walking everywhere else, and that was how we stumbled upon the The Wachusett Brew Yard at the Patios in City Hall Plaza. 
At first we just thought the Boston wall outside was cute to take pictures in front of (of course), and it was only about 3:45, so the bar wasn’t open yet. We ended up just going in to see what it was.
I was instantly obsessed. 
I don’t even know how to explain why I loved it so much. The decor was like every “dream backyard” I’ve pinned on Pinterest, the bar was an old converted airstream trailer, even the layout was perfect, and never felt too crowded even when the line was out the door. 
I’m not a beer drinker, so when we first got there I was a little disappointed that the menu was mostly different Wachusett beers, BUT I fell in love with the spiked rose Nauti Seltzer! It was light and fruity, practically made for day drinking on a patio or beach. 
We ended up meeting some new people and stayed for a few hours just talking and enjoying the amazing summer weather. Spontaneous afternoons like that are always the best and getting to experience something new in a city I’ve been to so many times was perfect. 
I'm more excited than ever to explore little places like this in the city this summer, and I hope you are too!