February 2016 - Simply Avalon

Friday, February 26, 2016

A Loss that Could've Been a Win
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Written: 2/26/15
We loss. What should've been our 5th soccer game quickly became our 2nd after a few weeks of rained out games and pure cold weather . Now I'm not sure about you, but I have figured out that Alabama weather is extremely bipolar. Just this past week our weather began at high 60s just to end the Friday at a "beautiful" low 40s. Either way back to our loss. I have experience in this department playing on both the varsity and junior varsity teams last year at my old school. We loss every game with the exception of 1 when I played on the JV team and won all games with the exception of 2 when I played on the varsity. I've slowly learned throughout my high school career that you have to stop and smell the roses. Maybe God was preparing me last year with a season littered with losses for yet another season of losses or maybe He was giving me a chance to check my ego and become apart of a team.
This may sound like the biggest cliche but life is not always about winning...(unless you're like me and am interested in playing at college.) This soccer season has already given me something that my last season never did.
The makings of plenty of lifelong relationships which for me being a pretty shy person is a pretty big deal. Last year my focus was on my skill and fighting for a spot on that starting lineup. I didn't have time to become friends with the girls on my team partly because of my competitive nature. My excuse always a form of "they were way older than me..."
here's an away game selfie
or "we're fighting for the same starting position..."
This year just as our season opened I've learned that not only can I have friends I can be a friend. I can be a leader and mentor to girls on my team not just because of my experience in the game, but because I know there's an all inspiring God who will never leave nor forsake me. 
To quote Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." 



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Friday, February 12, 2016

Dealing with Bad days
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I'm one of those people who will get upset at the slight change of plans. If you've ever had a bad day I hope this story will help you get through whatever trial you are going through cause girl (or guy) you got this!

Yesterday, I played in my first soccer game of the season we ended up losing a heartbreaking 2-1 loss. it was hard not to go hard on myself even though it wasn't truly my fault I placed the blame on myself. The majority of the game had been played on their side we had the momentum, but still our team missed multiple shots including a penalty kick and I alone missed 3 easy shots. That alone was enough to trap me alone in my thoughts (and a seemingly endless conversation with one of my best guy friends) with muscle cream and two ice packs. My first mistake was placing ice over the areas I had placed muscle cream according to the friend I was texting that causes it to speed up and believe me I felt the burn. :P

The very next day I hit rock bottom I had made a mistake in a lab on the day it was due and had to redo it as a result. When I noticed in the morning I burst into tears I seriously had no idea what I was going to do one F and my grade would be sliced in half. As I write to you I am drinking some water and trying to keep my allergies at bay with some meds (which have yet to kick in).

As I was crying in the bathroom of my high school I remembered one of my favorite verses from the bible, "Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you, he will never leave nor forsake you." Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV. Although I still physically cried in that stall mentally I was at peace. Somehow God laid on my heart the fact that he would never ever allow me to go through a situation I was ill-prepared for. He will never ever give us more than we can handle and that mere fact was enough for me to get out and continue with my day.

Somehow I've tricked myself into thinking that I have to live up to society's standard of perfection when I have a Lord and savior who will take me exactly how I am. Although I still consider today one of the lowest points of my high school career I can feel happy in the fact that even though I will have bad days God will never give me more than I can handle.

With much love,
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Monday, February 1, 2016

Grease Live! Rotten or Sweet
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Firstly, before we jump into the review of NBC's Grease Live! I want to offer up a short review of where I have bee
n and my new posting schedule. I have been searching for a video editing software for the past two weeks and that has taken the majority of my time away from blogging. As some of you may or may not have known my family has been in the process of selling our iMac, meaning I will no longer be able to edit on iMovie. *insert crying emoji*

After more than 24 hours of my life in front of the computer I think I may have found a replacement so that I can "restart"my YouTube channel. Anyway sorry for that blurb onto the review!!
I saw Grease for the first time this past January so to say the least, it was fresh on my mind. With that being said I had some pretty high standards that just weren't met with this 3 hour broadway style version. Firstly let me back track and say that I wasn't expecting a perfect depiction of the movie that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. 

The Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit duo just did not cut it for me, both actors fell short on their lines and the singing was bleh even when not comparing it to the original movie. I would have preferred someone else to have been cast for both parts, but hey the director didn't ask me. The best performance by far was by Vanessa Hudgens who 'shined bright like a diamond' despite the death of her father this past Saturday.

Jessie J and KeKe Palmer also impressed me with their singing skills. Jessie J opened with Grease is the Word! and I'm very surprised in how much I enjoyed her take of the classic. We also had a few surprise performances (for me since I didn't look up the cast list ahead of time) from Boyz to Men II and Joe Jonas's new band, DNCE.

The one liberty I'm happy the director took was in diversifying the cast. The additions of Mario Lopez, Wendell Pierce as the football coach, the secretary of Rydell High, and others really added to the production.  

In the end I believe this performance would've been ten times better if it had a few more extras which may come as a surprise considering the crew totalled to around 600 people, but the dance scenes were empty looking when watched on the screen.

Sadly, I must declare this a miss for me. If you enjoy bleh performances on top of bleh dancing routines and singing then yes you would love this, but if you're looking for something with a little more substance I suggest watching the original. 

Overall Rating: ✶/✶ (3/5)

With much love,

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