“Words are everything. Words give wings even to those who have been stamped upon, broken beyond all hope of repair.” 

“Hope is the lifeblood of revolution. Without it, we are nothing but ash, waiting for the wind to take us.” 

“You cannot kill death. What fire can scald the sun? Who can drown the ocean?” 
― Samantha ShannonThe Bone Season

TBR | 12.13.15

My super wimpy TBR (to be read) pile :/
Books shown from left to right:
The Mime Order by Samantha Shannon
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir
Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
The Maze Runner by James Dashner (I've tried to read this many times...still working on it)
Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien
The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien (not pictured because I'm currently reading it!) 

Favorite Summer/Fall Reads

     It's been awhile since I've done a book post so I thought I would share some of my favorite reads from the summer and fall.  I've been super busy with school and music so I wasn't able to read a ton of books (there goes my 50 book reading challenge!), but the ones that I did get read were really good! I did post a video talking a little about this on my book youtube channel (Wistful and Wandering), so this post is to just reiterate that and to link all the reviews that I made for these books! If you're looking for a good book to read, any of these books are fantastic choices!
Here are links to any reviews I posted of these books:

Nashville | Fall 2015

     If you follow me on any of my social media pages you've probably seen that I spent 10 days down in Nashville.  I typically venture down there a couple times a year to play some shows, record, and work with Lighthouse Music.  This time around my focus was on playing shows so I played a show almost every night I was there and it was fantastic! I met so many great people and musicians, got to share the stage with wonderful writers, and got to really explore Nashville more in depth.  It doesn't even feel like I was down there for over a week, the time flew! It's really true what they say, time flies when you're having fun! (cheesy, I know) Anyway, I thought I would put all the pictures from my trip in one place for your viewing pleasure.  There are pictures I posted on my social sites while I was there plus some extra ones!
     Big thank you to everyone who came out to the shows, all the musicians who let me share the stage with them, all the venues for hosting live music, and huge thanks to Lighthouse Music (aka Michelle) for booking all those shows for me. I had a blast!

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival | Show Times

Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is happening this weekend! I'll be playing 5 different shows alongside tons of other amazing songwriters!  If you're out at the festival stop by and say hi :)
Show Times:
2-2:45pm @ Barber Shop
4:30-5:45pm @ Mazama Coffee Co.
12:30-1:45pm @ The Mercantile  
3:30-4:45pm @ Mercer Street Dance Hall
6-7:30pm @ Mazama Coffee Co.

Noah Gundersen Concert | The Waiting Room | Omaha

Last night I got to see one of my all time favorite musician perform and it was AMAZING! It was hands down one of the best concerts I've ever been to.  Their musicianship was outstanding and Noah's voice sounds even better live than it does on his recordings.  The band that opened for them was Ivan & Alyosha who are also an amazing band.  The bottom picture is of them.  The lights were behind them so it was hard to get a good picture of anyone on stage because their faces were always covered in shadows, but I tried my best!  I'm sure it would have helped if I had my actual camera, but all I had was my phone. Anyway, enough about the pictures, the music was amazing, the atmosphere was great, and I got to hear all the songs that I loved performed live and I sang along to every single one! It was a great night and I will definitely be seeing Noah again in the future!

Lake Superior | Ontonagon, Michigan | Porcupine Mountains Music Fest

This weekend I had the opportunity to perform at the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival in northern Michigan and it was beautiful up there! It was right on Lake Superior, which I had never been to before, so I obviously had to take some pictures!

Birthday Book Haul!

     It was my 21st birthday on August 1st, so of course I had to go and buy a bunch of new books because what's a better gift to yourself than new books?! Well that was my thinking anyway so I purchased 7 new books off of Amazon and I cannot wait to read them all! If you follow me on Goodreads or on my blog here you have probably seen that I have already read The Bronze Horseman, and loved it, and am now starting The Assassin's Blade which I'm am super stoked to read!  I've been on a huge fantasy kick lately, thank you Sarah J. Mass, so as you can see most of these books are fantasy.  Here are the books I purchased along with their summaries so if any of them tickle your fancy you can pick it up as well and maybe we can share our thoughts!

The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons | Thoughts

My rating: 

This book was such an emotional roller coaster. It tore my heart open and sewed it back together too many times, but that's what made it so good too! It was really interesting to read about how life was in Russia during WWII and just how much they went through. The love store between Tatiana and Alexander was just beautiful as well, so many obstacles but they still found their way to each other in the end. The way it ended made me want to cry, but considering that the 2nd book is titled Tatiana and Alexander, I don't doubt that things will work out. I can't wait to continue the series!

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard | Thoughts

My rating: 

So good!! I really liked the plot of this book as well as the characters. I didn't even see that character twist coming at the end, and frankly I just want to punch him in the face...like really hard! Overall all it was a really easy and fun read and I can't wait for the next book to come out!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas | Review

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas
My rating:

     I'm just going to start off by saying that I absolutely loved this book and it was most definitely the best book in the series so far! There was so much world building and character development and it was just fantastic!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas | Review

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

My Rating:

     At this point, I think  I could read anything that Sarah J. Maas has written and love it.  She has definitely become one of my favorite authors! This book is full of action, romance and fantastical fantasy and will leave you wanting more after you read the last page.  
A thrilling, seductive new series from New York Timesbestselling author Sarah J. Maas, blending Beauty and the Beast with faerie lore.
When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution for it. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she only knows about from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin—one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world.
As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow grows over the faerie lands, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin—and his world—forever.


Super excited to announce that I'll be one of the performers at this years Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival in Texas! It will be held from October 16th-18th in Dripping Springs, Texas.  For more information you can visit their website at http://drippingspringssongwritersfestival.com

Top 5 Favorite Books | Spring 2015

     If you're on Goodreads than you have probably heard of, or are participating in a reading challenge for 2015.  Back in January I set my goal at 50 books for this year.  At the time I thought it would be super easy because I had been flying through books like crazy.  Unfortunately I hit a rather large reading slump back in February and am just now getting out of it! Crazy I know, but I have Netflix to blame for that! Anyway, as of today I only have 11 books read this year and as Goodreads has informed me I am 14 books behind schedule! I have little bit of catching up to do.
     As I was looking over the books I read this spring I was reminded of how hard it was to pick my favorite books of 2014 because I couldn't really remember the books that I had read at the beginning of the year very well.  That thought led to my decision to make a post about my top 5 favorite books I read in the spring.  By doing a top 5 favorite after each season it will be so much easier when January 2016 rolls around for me to pick out my favorites!
So here are my top 5 favorites!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas | REVIEW

  "Why has it taken me so long to read this book!?" is what I kept asking myself as I flew through the 404 page epic fantasy that is Throne of Glass.  I have been hearing about this book for quite a long time and for some reason kept pushing it farther and farther back on my reading list.  I finally picked it up back in January (before I hit my reading slump :/) and it has been sitting on my book shelf waiting to read until yesterday when I finally plucked off the top shelf, dusted it off, and cracked it open to the first page.  Let me tell you, all of the praise for this book I have seen is well deserved.  It was one of those books that I could not put down.  It literally took all the strength in me to put it down in the wee hours of the morning so I could get some sleep before work.

South Dakota

This past weekend I traveled to South Dakota for a show and it was gorgeous there.  I was in Spearfish which is in the Black Hills and the scenery was just breathtaking! I kind of went crazy with the pictures so I thought I would share a couple of my favorites.

Film Photography

Fridays are for FILM PHOTOGRAPHY! I own an old Minolta film camera, so I'm going to be sharing pictures that I have taken with it.  This week the pictures are from Valley Junction in West Des Moines.  A street filled with quirky little shops and graffiti art everywhere.

Shakey Graves

I am a musician/singer-songwriter myself, so it's kind of a given that I am also sort of a music junkie. I could spend hours searching the internet to discover amazing new bands. Since I love music so much, I thought I would share what I love. I will be sharing what I have been listening with you guys, whether that is a new artist or just a handful of songs that I've had on repeat.  So without further ado, here is my first recommendation for you!

The past couple of weeks I have had Shakey Graves on constant repeat.  His music is addicting, and I'm not exaggerating at all!!  He has such a unique sound and his lyrics are just amazing.  There are a lot of his songs that aren't available on Spotify or iTunes or anything, so on Youtube there is a compilation video of his best live performances and not even kidding, I think I've listened to the whole thing like 50 times! If you want to check out the live compilation click here.

The current album he has available right now is called "And The War Came" so if you want to check that out or buy it you can visit his official website.