In light of my 23rd birthday today, I thought it would be nice to share with you guys 23 things that I’ve learned this past year and throughout my life in general thus far.
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In no particular order:
Always put yourself and your happiness first, no matter the person or situation.
2. Don’t be afraid to take risks.
3. Not everyone is going to have the same mentality as you (regardless of in a positive or negative way).
4. Always make time for yourself at some point in the day, whether you’re reading, writing, going to the gym or doing something as simple as a skincare routine, it’s necessary for you to take care of yourself first to many extents.
5. Be grateful for everything in your life, whether big or small.
6. Don’t take things so seriously in life or personal.
7. Sometimes its okay to just walk away (from a person or situation).
8. Not all friendships are meant to last, no matter how long you’ve had them.
9. It’s okay to spend and enjoy time by yourself sometimes, in fact, it’s kind of necessary.
10. Don’t be afraid to lean on the people around you, whether that’s family, a significant other, or your closest friend(s). I 100% get not wanting to feel like a burden to people with your problems, but there are people around you who genuinely care about you and want to be there for you (even if it may be a handful or select few of people, they ARE there).
11. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and fail.
12. Give yourself credit when it’s due, no matter how big or small the accomplishment, task, etc. is.
13. Treat yourself occasionally! Obviously try not to go overboard, but everyone deserves to be treated sometimes. Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you, do it for yourself. Get a mani/pedi, do some retail therapy, whatever it is that you want. If you know you’re a hard-worker and you deserve it, then why not?
14. Don’t ever be sorry for who or how you are. Unless you know it’s a bad habit or something that you need to change, but don’t ever let someone make you feel bad for being a certain way because chances are, you’re that way for a reason.
15. If you never try and put yourself out there, you’ll never really know what you’re capable of (in any/all aspects).
16. The type of energy and vibes that you send out towards people and to the world in general, is exactly what you’re going to get back. Nothing more, nothing less.
17. It’s okay to not always be okay. You don’t always have to be strong all the time, no matter what people or society in general may say or make it seem.
18. Everyone does things at their own pace, “Just because you took longer than others, doesn’t mean you failed or aren’t good enough.” Therefore, don’t compare yourself to anyone else.
19. Don’t let your issues and/or mistakes define who you are because they don’t. Learn from them and move forward with your life (to the best of your ability).
20. Make the best out of everything currently in your life, whether it’s a situation you’re dealing with or material things you may have (or lack thereof).
21. Hard-work NEVER goes unnoticed (believe it or not), someone will always recognize it and give you credit for it, trust me.
22. Have fun and do things that make you genuinely happy, because life is too short to do anything BUT things that make you happy.
23. It’s just a bad day/week/month/year, not a bad life. Don’t take a shitty day(s) and make it seem like you have a horrible life. Take whatever’s happened to you on that day(s) and use it to have better days later on.
Hi Guys, today’s post is going to be about my recent Demi Lovato concert experience. Yes, I realize that this may not be a post that many people will be interested in, but if you know me you know that I am absolutely in LOOOOOVE with Demi Lovato, so I figure it would be a cool way to document and share my experience with you guys.
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What a lot of people don’t know is that as much as I love Demi, the days leading up to and me actually going to the concert were really hard. It was hard because every time I thought about it, it brought me back to the exact day I bought my tickets and meet & greet package which was November 3rd. That day started off beyond amazing because I got the front row seats that I was DYING for and of course the meet & greet with Demi herself! Little did I know, however, that the best day that I had in a long time was going to turn into the worst day of my life real quick. If you read my “Paw Prints on Our Hearts” post, my cat and long time best friend, died on that day. I won’t go into the specifics of that because I already wrote an entire post about it, which you could check out if you’re interested and I’ll leave linked here: Paw Prints On Our Hearts.
The point is, all of that was really hard on me and although I was super excited about the show, I also felt really guilty about being happy for it. After months of going back and forth about it, I finally had told myself that I’ve been waiting to do this for nearly 2 years, if not more, so I deserved to be happy and excited about it. So that’s what I did, I stopped being sad about it and started to get excited, which was good because time flew by and before I knew it, it was concert day.
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Concert Day: March 16, 2018
The entire day leading up to the time of the show was INSANE; so much going on and so much to do! Diego and I both took off from work because we knew there was going to be a lot going on and a lot that had to get done (more for me than him, but still lol). I was packing for the weekend, getting my nails and hair done, and had to go to the city to check-in to our hotel before the meet & greet, and even had to do my makeup!
Both Diego and I had meet & greets (me for Demi, him for DJ Khaled), so we had to be at the venue way earlier than the time of the show. My check-in time was between 4:30-5:15pm, and his was at like 6:15pm. I had to be there first but made sure to ask them beforehand if it was okay for me to bring him inside the venue just to hang out until it was his turn so he wouldn’t be alone somewhere outside and freezing (shoutout to Karla from Host for making that happen!!).
To say that I was shitting bricks the entire time I was waiting up until I was finally face to face with Demi is a COMPLETE understatement. I WAS FREAKING THE FUCK OUT!!!!!!! I mean seriously, I was about to meet Demi Lovato! If you know me, you know how ridiculously overdue me meeting Demi has been.
The overall waiting process was about an hour and a half. I know that may seem like a super long time, but 1. I was super nervous so it didn’t even feel that long, 2. while waiting we got to hear Demi in soundcheck, and 3. I had made a friend on the line. It was cool because I had never done anything like that before, and she had done it one other time, so we were talking for a while about her experience, what I should expect, etc. it was nice, I had someone to freak out with lol. And before I knew it, the meet and greet sessions were starting.
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It all went so freaking fast honestly. There was this divide between the line we were on and the little space that Demi was in. The divide was a curtain. So every time someone would go in, you would get the tiniest glimpse into where she was and seeing like her jacket or her hair but not fully her!!
The one thing that did kind of suck was that beforehand, someone from her team came out to tell everyone that Demi was put on voice-rest before the show, so if she didn’t happen to say much that was why. And I know a lot of people were upset about that because they wanted to be able to speak to her and do all these different things (understandably so) and get what they paid for. So when everyone heard that, they were kind of disappointed (again, understandably so). Personally, yeah it was a lot of money, but since it was my first time and I love Demi so much, just being in her presence alone was fine for me. And I know that may sound weird or stupid, but it’s the truth. I was in Demi’s presence for a total of 5 minutes more or less. As soon as they opened the curtain and it was my turn to go, I was literally like 😨😵 OH.MY.GOD. and I just kept staring at her. I swear it felt like a dream and like I was floating. To be honest I don’t even remember telling her my name. What I do remember telling her is how fucking beautiful she is. She couldn’t say much, but she whispered “hi, how are you?,” and “thank you so much.”
After that came the picture…. I was TERRIFIED about the picture because I didn’t want to look fat or gross, or have my eyes closed or anything dumb like that and you only got one professional photo! So if it was fucked up, that was it. **Spoiler alert!! If you haven’t seen it, it looks AMAZING (I think anyway)** Scroll down to see it!
Once I left the meet and greet, I was dazed the fuck out and couldn’t believe I just met Demi Lovato. Somehow or another though I managed to direct myself to the merch table and bought a t-shirt and sweatshirt, which was good because I wanted to be able to do that at some point. Now, the meet and greet was over, I got my merch and food and it was time to hear bae sing her fucking heart out!!
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The show itself started at about 7:30pm and opened with Kehlani. If I’m being honest, before the show I had never heard any music by her; I knew a bit about her, but not her music. So Diego and I were pretty much going in blind for her performance while everyone else was hyped af. But trust me when I say that by the end of it, we were definitely fans. Her style, her voice, her dancing, and the way she hyped up the crowd was all great. She really is a great performer with an amazing voice, and at the moment, there isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t listen to CRZY. My absolute FAV right now.
After Kehlani came DJ Khaled. Now again, if I’m being honest, although there are a lot of great songs that he’s apart of, since he doesn’t actually sing or anything, I really didn’t expect much from him. I didn’t even actually know WHAT to expect from him because of that. But honestly, he did his shit and his set was great. He’s like the greatest hype man ever lol. He played and danced to all the hype hits like Turn Down For What, All The Way Up, Wild Thoughts, and his new song Top Off.
He also brought out 2 special guests which was pretty dope, A Boogie and J. Balvin. They both played great songs of theirs; A Boogie rapped My Shyt and Drownin’, and J. Balvin sang his hit Mi Gente. It was awesome. To end his set, he hyped the crowd up to see Demi finally and gave us one of his usual motivational speeches about life and his upcoming album. And then finally before he left, Asahd came waddling out and everyone freaked tf out from how cute he is (which btw, he’s like the calmest baby EVER).
Finally for the main act, Demi came out (or up I should say since she came from below the stage)!! Of course, she killed every single song that she performed (which was a total of about 18, relatively back to back too with maybe 5 minutes (if that) in between like 7 songs for the sake of wardrobe changes). I absolutely loved every minute of her set, especially being as close up as I was. I had seen Demi live one other time about 2-3 years ago on her Future Now tour with Nick Jonas, and my seating was nowhere near as close as I was this time, but they both put on an amazing show so there wasn’t a doubt in my mind the same thing would happen this time, if not better on her own tour. Which was exactly what happened. She played a ton of songs from her new album Tell Me You Love Me, including a handful from previous albums like Heart Attack and Give Your Heart a Break. She also brought her own little special guest out, Iggy Azalea, and they performed one of Iggy’s songs called Savior. I had never seen or heard her perform live before so that was pretty cool too.
However, I think the absolute best part of the show was somewhat towards the end when DJ Khaled and Kehlani stopped the show to give a speech and congratulate Demi on 6 years of sobriety (which was actually made official the day before on March 15th). And yes, for those of you that aren’t aware, Demi was an avid user up until 6 years ago. She is now completely sober of any and all drugs and alcohol. The entire thing was extremely emotional. She cried, which made me cry, and then she made little jokes to try lightening the mood up a bit. But before leaving the stage, Dj Khaled and Kehlani had the entire audience sing happy birthday to Demi, to which then followed by everyone chanting “Demi! Demi! Demi!” It was sad, but overall extremely inspiring. Once she finally collected herself, she gave a little speech thanking all of us and them and then went on to play two of what I think are probably her most emotional songs, one about overcoming her struggles (Warrior), and the other about her father who passed away and was an addict himself (Father). She had also never performed Father live before, which was really cool to be able to see (it came out in 2015).
To close out the show, Demi performed two of my favorite songs from her newest album, Sorry Not Sorry and Tell Me You Love Me. It was such a great and fun way to close out the show honestly, everyone was singing along and not a single person was sitting down. Demi really knows how to finish things with a bang!
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One of the BEST shows I’ve ever been to hands down, I mean granted I’ve only ever been to 2 other concerts before and one of them was another of Demi’s, but still. From the setlists, to all of the special guests, the outfits, special effects, etc., overall truly a great show. And I feel like Demi has been SO slept on as far as her voice, style and how she is as a person; people are only now starting to truly recognize her for the star that she is. Meanwhile, she’s always been this person, the only difference is that she’s more open, edgier and sexier.
10/10 would recommend her and her shows to anyone, she’s an amazing performer and will not let you forget it. Oh and meeting her was obviously amazing too 😍😍 she looks like a freakin doll (in a good way!!) and is 10 times more gorgeous in person!!! And obviously Kehlani and DJ Khaled were great to see live as well. Overall great tour and show, and if I could, I would totally go to another show from this tour to do it all over again.