I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

I Met Taylor Swift And It Meant So Much To Me

Did you think I would ever let this one go? Well if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.
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Did you think I'd ever let this one go? Well, if you thought I would, you were wrong. Very wrong.

Flashback to September 11, 2015, when I met one of the most influential people in my life. No, it wasn't my mom...that was when I was born 18 years ago, and she still sits pretty at number one; But if you're guessing who ranks in at number two, I'm sure, if you know me well enough, that you can take a pretty wild guess.

Although I remember the night almost perfectly and wish I could share it with the world, my better judgment tells me to save the details and cut to the chase.

On September 11, 2015, by some God forsaken miracle, I met Taylor Swift (!!!) with one of my very best friends, Elijah. Though Elijah and I aren't as close as we used to be anymore, I will forever cherish that memory I shared with him for the rest of my life.

A year and some months later, still shocked that it happened, I reflect on that period of time in my life and, refraining my excitement, I'd like to share with you all as to why it was so special to me and why it always will be.

So, if you could care less about Taylor Swift, or my experience meeting her, then that's perfectly okay and you can exit right out of this tab immediately, but if some ounce of you likes to read stories of joy and content, then feel free to continue on.

In the midst of 2009 during my crazed Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana days (don't tell me you all don't remember this because, of course, you do. I had the HM backpack and the jean skirt with the HM matching shirt...you remember), my computer savvy self got to work on finding the latest Miley Cyrus performance. Yes, I was that girl who spent hours on end searching for new music or performances with the small hope that there'd be one. I didn't pay attention to the media much, but if I had known back then what I know now, I could've saved myself a lot of time and effort. Anyway, after searching around a few different times, I stumbled across Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift's performance of "Fifteen" at the Grammy's. So basically, after God put that in my hands, my Miley days were over and the Taylor days were in.

Sure, I knew about Taylor before and I listened to her songs before. But, I think it was just the fact that I loved Miley Cyrus so much, and she performed the duet with my own name in the song that it got to me.

Come 2015, it was time for Taylor to sing her B-Stage song during the 1989 World Tour, which was a surprise every night because she chose it on spot by herself, and she chose "Fifteen." It hadn't been the first time I heard the song live, and it also wasn't the fact that I was hearing it live in that very moment from the front row, but something was different. About halfway through the song I felt an arm wrap around my shoulder and I turned around and it had been Taylor's mom. She asked me and Elijah if we wanted to meet Taylor after the show. And the rest went on from there.

Why that moment was so special to me is for many reasons. A song that I had accidentally stumbled across during my Miley years and led me into the world of Taylor Swift, will now forever be the song that I not only stumbled across, but the song that somehow, out of 20,000 people just enjoying the night, Elijah and I got the opportunity of a lifetime. I think it's pretty cool, and I always will. It probably sounds extremely cliche, and many of you would probably say "Oh, well that's just a coincidence." And sure, it might be. But to me, it's something more.

Not only is it special to me for that, but also because it will forever be my favorite Taylor song. "Fifteen" was always a song that I could relate to, and it always will be.

Thinking back to the short time we spent with Taylor, it will always hold a special place in my heart because she's always been a major influence on me. She not only carries herself well and accordingly, but she's made it easy for people to get through different things and know that it's always okay to be you and be true to who you are.

Of course, it's so cliche of me to say she's one of my role models, but as a matter of fact, she is. That's also why meeting her was so special to me. Whether it's her hundreds of love songs, her ability to make the best out of each situation, or her love for other people, I've always looked up to her and I always will...even if I don't know her and she doesn't know me. Meeting her was a once in a lifetime opportunity that I will forever cherish.

I cut it pretty short, but that's the whole gist of it. I've learned to cherish moments more preciously now from that point forward and have learned to live life to it's fullest because you never know when the chance of a lifetime may come about.


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What Your Hogwarts House Says About You

Get yourself sorted and find out where you belong in the world of witchcraft and wizardry.
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Sorting at Hogwarts is a big deal. Being sorted into a house is essentially being placed into a family while you are away from home learning about witchcraft and wizardry. Your house is made up of the people you will live with, go to classes with, play Quidditch with and everything in between. You basically spend 24/7 with them. Your Hogwarts house is your home away from home.

When you get sorted into a house, it is based on your personality traits. The people in your house are typically like-minded people who display the same characteristics as you.

When you’re a first year at Hogwarts, the minute you set foot in the castle you are swept into the Great Hall to have the ancient Sorting Hat placed on your head. This Sorting Hat decides which “family” you’ll be spending your seven years with.

For some, it is very obvious which house they will be in, due to certain personality traits they possess. For others, they may exemplify traits that fit a multitude of houses and are uncertain where they may end up.

To find out where you belong, you can take the official "Harry Potter" Sorting Hat quiz at Pottermore.com. For all you muggles out there, these are the characteristics that the houses possess and what your house says about you:

Gryffindor: The house of the brave, loyal, courageous, adventurous, daring and chivalrous. Those who stand up for others are typically Gryffindors. Brave-hearted is the most well-known Gryffindor characteristic, and Gryffindors are also known for having a lot of nerve.

Gryffindors are people who hold a multitude of qualities alongside the ones listed, making them a very well-rounded house. People who are Gryffindors are often people who could fit nicely into another house but choose to tell the sorting hat they want Gryffindor (there's that bravery). "Do what is right" is the motto Gryffindors go by.

Being a Gryffindor means that you're probably the adventurous and courageous friend, and you are usually known for doing what is right.

Ravenclaw: The house is known for their wisdom, intelligence, creativity, cleverness and knowledge. Those who value brains over brawn can be found here. Ravenclaws often tend to be quite quirky as well. "Do what is wise" is the motto they strive to follow.

Though Ravenclaws can be know-it-alls sometimes, they most likely do know what the wisest decision is.

If you are known for being the quirky friend, the smartest in the group or just great at making wise decisions, you're definitely a Ravenclaw.

Hufflepuff: This house values hard work, dedication, fair play, patience, and loyalty. Hufflepuff’s are known for being just and true. "Do what is nice" is their motto.

Hufflepuff is known as the “nice house” and believes strongly in sparing peoples feelings and being kind. This is not to say that Hufflepuffs aren't smart or courageous. Hufflepuffs just enjoy making others happy and tend to be more patient towards people.

If you ever find that you are too nice for your own good and cannot bear to hurt someone’s feelings, congratulations, you are a Hufflepuff.

Slytherin: This is the house of the cunning, prideful, resourceful, ambitious, intelligent, and determined. Slytherin's love to be in charge and crave leadership. "Do what is necessary" is the motto of this house.

Slytherin is a fairly well-rounded house, similar to the other houses. They are loyal to those that are loyal to them just as Gryffindors are and are intelligent as Ravenclaws.

Slytherin house as a whole is not evil, despite how many dark wizards come out of this house. That is merely based on the choices of those wizards (so if your friend is a Slytherin, don’t judge, it doesn’t mean they are mean people). Slytherins do, however, have a tendency to be arrogant or prideful. This is most likely due to the fact that everyone in Slytherin is exceedingly proud to be there.

What Hogwarts house you’re in says a lot about the person you are, the traits you possess and how you may act in some situations. But in the end, your house is really just your home that is always there for you. Always.


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5 Reasons Why The Saints Are Inbound To Win The Super Bowl

With the Saints rolling this year, there are 5 crucial reasons why they have a great chance to make the Superbowl.

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When you're reading this is February, you're gonna ask yourself, "How did he know?" I'm a wizard; that's why I know the Saints are going to the Superbowl this year. I'm just kidding, but in all seriousness, I can say with confidence that the Saints have one of the better chances in the NFL to make it to the Superbowl. Below are 5 reasons why they'll make the Superbowl in February 2019.

1. Breesus Christ

The Saints have Drew "freaking" Brees. I literally do not need to say more, but I will anyway.

Drew Brees is the best quarterback in the league period. He will break the record for most passing yards in a career this season, and he has the record for highest completion percentage. To all the people that say Tom Brady is better, you're wrong. Tom Brady has always had a defense to rely on when he needed; Drew Brees hasn't.

Whenever the Saints need Brees, he's always there. The Saints rely on him to get them out of big holes and us Saints fans know that he's the best QB in the league and will lead us to another Superbowl this year.

2. Lighting and Thunder

Alvin Kamara and Mark Ingram being the best running back duo in the league isn't new news. We saw all of last season that Ingram was a bruiser and Kamara was a shifty back. They form a lighting and thunder duo. This season, Ingram has been suspended for the first four games and the Saints were still able to go 3-1. Just imagine how great the Saints are going to be when Ingram comes back this week. It's going to be SCARY.

How do defenses stop Kamara, Ingram, Brees, and Thomas? Defenses beware because the Saints are marching in.

3. Can't Guard Mike

Michael Thomas has been unstoppable this year. No one can guard him. In my opinion he's the best receiver in the league, and while others disagree, they can't deny the impact Thomas has had for the Saints. With the best QB in the league, Thomas is in a prime position to lead a major push to the Superbowl for the Saints. When the offense is rolling, no one can stop the Saints. Cornerbacks can prepare as hard as they need, but they can't guard Mike.

4. Boonk Gang

The Saints defense made major strides last year and helped propel them to many wins. If not for a freak play that resulted in the Saints losing in the divisional round, I believe the Saints would have moved on to the Superbowl. While the defense has been pretty bad at the beginning of the season, in week three, the Saints defense showed what they are capable of. With Ingram coming back and controlling the pace of the offense, watch for the defense to get much better through the season.

5. "Put me in Coach Payton"

Sean Payton may be the second best coach in the league after Bill Belichick.

Coach Payton has had the Saints offense in the top 10 offenses every single year since he became head coach in 2006. With his offensive creativity and his ability to use players such as backup QB Taysom Hill in positions where no other coach would dare to use them, Coach Payton will be the driving force in leading the Saints to the Superbowl.

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