Top 3 Concerts I Have Attended

Top 3 Concerts I Have Attended

Who needs a party when you have a concert!

I have always been one to jump at the words 'concert tickets'. My summers have been filled with many adventures of attending and traveling to concerts. Every dime I have spent on this has been worth it! The people I have gone with have made it even more enjoyable. Thanks to my wonderful friend and my parents for attending with me! So without further to do here is my top 3 concert list.

1. Ed Sheeran

July 3rd, 2015 I attended one of the best concerts I have ever been to. Ed Sheeran's talent and inspiration shined bright that night. I would have never experienced anything like this if I passed up this opportunity. Many artists have back tracks and audio music behind them as they sing but Ed Sheeran, on the other hand, did it all in front of us. From b-boxing to singing into the microphone and recording it. He played it on repeat as the background to the music as well as playing the guitar. If that isn't talent then I don't know what is. I am still casually waiting for him to release a tour headline for the US for this coming year!

2. One Direction

Yes, I am a 'directioner' hardcore and even though they might be on a break right now I have every bit of hope in me that they will make a comeback. Until then I will appreciate the solo tracks they have been releasing, it is better than nothing and not to mention really good! Anyways, I attended a grand total of 3 One Direction concerts! Let me tell you have much I missed them this past summer! These concerts become my summer tradition. I attended the Take Me Home Tour July 14th, 2013, Where We Are Tour August 29th, 2014 and the On The Road Again Tour August 25th, 2016. The first two tours were in Chicago and I had really good seats. They might not have been floor seats but I was grateful to just be able to go. I'll always remember the concert on August 29th because it was Liam's Birthday and all I remember was Harry coming out saying, "Welcome to the Where We Are Tour and LIAMS BIRTHDAY PARTY!!". Then on August 25th, the tour was finally in Wisconsin at Miller park! That night I will always remember. I actually had floor tickets and was closer than I had ever been to the boys. The energy from the band and the crowds were absolutely insane. I loved when the crowd would sing along and bring out the lights waving them into the air. That was a perfect way to end the One Direction era for now. Even though they are on break I am still one of the biggest fans!

3. Shawn Mendes

August 2nd, 2016 was a long wait coming for my best friend and I. We had talked about Shawn Mendes tickets for a good year and then finally he released tour dates. We jumped right to it and purchased tickets for St. Paul Minnesota. We spend a good two and a half days down there. This was a month before we moved away from each other to college. Shawn Mendes was everything we expected him to be. It was a smaller concert nothing too crazy but worth every cent! His vocals were on point and I practically cried throughout the whole thing I was so excited. His back drops were perfect and well put together as well. I'm happy to say I have tickets for this summer too!

Even though this is not even a quarter of the many concerts I have attended, these three concerts were my top three. If any of these artists are your favorite or if you have a different favorite artist, I would highly recommend you take advantage of going to at least one of their concerts in the near future!

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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.

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 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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Poetry On Odyssey: I was I am

A poem for those struggling with who they were.


it seems almost like a page

in someone else's book now

how there was

a time that i thought

i could have been happy

with someone like you

a million years before

i knew who i was

and that i should mean so much more

than i ever did to you

i almost can't remember

the way you held your elbows or

the way you said the letter o or

the way you told me goodnight

it seems now

that all i can recall

are my relentless tears and

the fear that this was the love

that everyone spoke about

the fear that this

was what id have to live with

for the rest of my life

i remember those late nights

just you and i

you always got what you wanted

i was always too afraid to upset you

looking back i wonder why

i couldnt leave you then

but you kept me

my misery maintained until

i felt like nothing

that night was the record scratch

When I knew my life

Shouldn't be like this.

It wasn't until I finally broke our ties

That I started to remember

Who I am.

But my mind is clear now.

I can remember

How strong I am,

How perfectly happy I am

On my own.

It seems almost like a page

In someone else's book now.

You're finally fading away.

I just wish my scars could fade as quickly.

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