An Open Letter To R5 For Their "New Addictions" Tour

An Open Letter To R5 For Their "New Addictions" Tour

Thank you for the music, the friendships, and the memories.

The day was March 20th, 2013. It was late in the afternoon and I, a fourteen year old high school freshman, was making my way to the Bluebird in uptown Denver whilst looking up at the unwelcoming skies of the Denver cold. On any other day at this point in my lifetime, I would certainly not be found in the midst of the winds and rain of the dirty city streets. However, this day was no ordinary day. Today was the day of my first concert-a day that would change my life forever. Today was the first day that I saw my you all.

The night was as special as I had interpreted it would be. I was given the pleasure to meet the you before and after your show and was able to claim at spot directly in the front row. I was in awe of your passion, talent, and the simple fact that they you were real people in the same place as me. Being a naive fourteen yer old girl, I assumed this would be the last time I would be able to see you incredible people. I couldn't of been more wrong.

Fast forward five years to my sophomore year of college after recently moving to downtown Denver-less than a mile away from the venue in which I originally saw you. I have now been to every Denver show since and am still just as in awe of you as I was when I saw them that first time in 2013. During June of this year, I was given the absolute pleasure of seeing you all open your New Addictions tour in Denver. This experience was so incredible, that it prompted me to travel for the first time in my adult life to see you all an additional two times on this tour, and it was the best decision of my life. I am so grateful for the experience, the friendships, and the memories.

I don't think you truly understand how meaningful the friendships we have made through you all are. In 2014 during your Heart Made Up on You tour run, I met one of my very best friends Sophie. This year, I flew out to Portland with her to see you close the New Addictions tour. There, I had the pleasure of meeting my friends, Natalie, Julia, Rebecca, and Kimmy. I was able to Oklahoma with two of them to meet even more friends while seeing one last time you before your European show run. Thanks to you, I have connections with friends across the country, and across the world. In addition to all these wonderful girls, I have so many more pals I haven't even met yet, but I'm still closer to them than you know, and I can't wait to see there smiling faces on future tour runs. So thank you for the travel buddies, the late night conversations, and the unbreakable bonds that I wouldn't have if it wasn't because of you and this tour.

Additionally, thank you for not only taking the time to say hello to us, but to have good intentions when you do it. Between touring, traveling, writing music, making films, and doing everything that you do in your incredibly busy lives, we are so unbelievably thankful that you still make time to chat with us. Thank you for stopping at the airport. Thank you for stopping before and after the shows. Thanks for coming to the barrier to say goodbye. Thanks for buying my friends drinks at the clubs. Thank you for constantly going out of your way to not only know us as fans, but to know us as people.

Riker, thank you for learning my hometown, for always giving me extra love at your Denver shows, for recognizing me at the other shows I travel to. It makes me happier than you realize.

Ellington, thank you for learning my last name and for going out of your way to learn all my friends' names, too. Thanks for making sure that we all left your Portland show with a drumstick. Thanks for simply going above and beyond to create meaningful memories for me and my friends this tour.

Ross, thank you for the lasting conversations about movies, traveling, and music. You have such interesting ideas and its a pleasure to listen to you share them. The fact that you stop to chat with us and want to have real conversations with us makes us happier than you know.

Rydel, thank you for going out of your way to make sure that every fan feels special even though you make your way through meeting hundreds of people at meet and greets. Thanks for always giving the best hugs, and thank you for being the big sister we never had.

Rocky, thank you for going out of your way to say thank you to me and my friends each time we come and see you. We notice it, and we appreciate you and your kind heart more than you realize.

Thank you for the new music. Thank you for the passionate, high energy shows. Thank you for always reciprocating the energy that we send you from the crowd. I've been to a lot of shows, and I've made friends in a lot of "fandoms" but nothing compares to seeing you guys and to experiencing the love that comes with being a part of the R5 family. We are so grateful for you and from the memories we've made from this tour.

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7 Reasons Why Literature Is So Important

"Literature Is One Of The Most Interesting And Significant Expressions Of Humanity." -P. T. Barnum

Today, there are too many people who believe that literature is simply not important or underestimate its abilities to stand the test of time and give us great knowledge. There is a stigma in society that implies one who is more inclined toward science and math will somehow be more successful in life, and that one who is more passionate toward literature and other art forms will be destined to a life of low-paying jobs and unsatisfying careers. Somewhere along the line, the world has come to think that literature is insignificant. To me, however, literature serves as a gateway to learning of the past and expanding my knowledge and understanding of the world. Here are just a few reasons why literature is important.

1. Expanding horizons

First and foremost, literature opens our eyes and makes us see more than just what the front door shows. It helps us realize the wide world outside, surrounding us. With this, we begin to learn, ask questions, and build our intuitions and instincts. We expand our minds.

2. Building critical thinking skills

Many of us learn what critical thinking is in our language arts classes. When we read, we learn to look between the lines. We are taught to find symbols, make connections, find themes, learn about characters. Reading expands these skills, and we begin to look at a sentence with a larger sense of detail and depth and realize the importance of hidden meanings so that we may come to a conclusion.

3. A leap into the past

History and literature are entwined with each other. History is not just about power struggles, wars, names, and dates. It is about people who are products of their time, with their own lives. Today the world is nothing like it was in the 15th century; people have changed largely. Without literature, we would not know about our past, our families, the people who came before and walked on the same ground as us.

4. Appreciation for other cultures and beliefs

Reading about history, anthropology, or religious studies provides a method of learning about cultures and beliefs other than our own. It allows you to understand and experience these other systems of living and other worlds. We get a view of the inside looking out, a personal view and insight into the minds and reasoning of someone else. We can learn, understand, and appreciate it.

5. Better writing skills

When you open a book, when your eyes read the words and you take in its contents, do you ask yourself: How did this person imagine and write this? Well, many of those authors, poets, or playwrights used literature to expand their writing.

6. Addressing humanity

All literature, whether it be poems, essays, novels, or short stories, helps us address human nature and conditions which affect all people. These may be the need for growth, doubts and fears of success and failure, the need for friends and family, the goodness of compassion and empathy, trust, or the realization of imperfection. We learn that imperfection is not always bad and that normal can be boring. We learn that life must be lived to the fullest. We need literature in order to connect with our own humanity.

Literature is important and necessary. It provides growth, strengthens our minds and gives us the ability to think outside the box.

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5 Quick Tips To Improve Your Focus And Time Management Skills

Here are five easy tips that helped my sense of productivity along the way.


Lately, I've been pretty disappointed in my time management skills. I've been struggling to not only maintain all of my obligations but also my sense of joy while completing each task. And although I'd love to rain check on my responsibilities, I know that extended mental vacations are not a beneficial solution for long-term purposes. With this in mind, I've recently observed the ways that I manage my time as well as the methods I use to better improve my work ethic.
As a result of my personal inventory, I decided to make a brief list of tricks that I use to better improve my time management skills and focus.

1. Find articles that encourage organization

I've been reading articles about managing obligations and discovering cool methods to better organize my life. A specific blog post that I've found helpful is "Get Your Life Together Tools" by Mariah Dyson. This brief article is extremely easy to read and filled with useful apps to help readers stay focus on their tasks at hand. The link to this gem is below:

2. Listen to a podcast that you enjoy

If you're anything like me, you probably work best with background noise. Now, while I love my Netflix account, I've recently discovered that binge-watching my favorite shows is only a distraction when I'm trying to meet a deadline. So, instead of compromising my focus I've recently decided to save my favorite podcasts episodes for when I'm bogged down with work.

3. Approach your 'to-do' list with positive perspective

THIS IS A MAJOR ONE FOR ME! I have a terrible habit of complaining about my workload. And while it's easy to murmur about my obligations the effects of my comments are detrimental. I've been purposely replacing the phrase "I have to" with "I get to," to remind myself that every obligation is a blessing. I'm blessed to have a job and opportunities to fulfill.

4. Color-code your planner to better prioritize your day

I learned this trick while working on my bachelor's degree and honey, please believe me when I say that this tip alone saved my undergraduate experience. I'm a huge advocate for visual representation, and having my planner organized by color is a quick way to check in and manage my priorities throughout a hectic day.

5. Manage your progress

Lately, I've been taking great joy in checking off tasks from my "to-do list." Again, being a fan of visualization, it's rewarding to know that I've completed yet another task. This technique also serves as a healthy dose of encouragement to keep on trekking along, because the reality is if you could buckle down to achieve your goals once before, you can certainly do it again.

If anything, I hope that this list leaves you with healthy options to consider, when trying to tackle a stressful day.

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