through sunshine and rain…baby, we keep on smilin’

The announcement that the New Kids were going to have the honor of playing Fenway Park came in late January. I’m not going to mince words or dance around the truth: had I not been $800 into my cruise payments (or, even so, had I had the option of finding a roommate replacement without jeopardizing the reservation for both of my girls), I probably would have had to think long and hard about cancelling my spot on the cruise just to be at Fenway. Why? Simply because, as excited as I was about the cruise, I felt fairly sure that there will be (at least) one more to come in the future. Fenway, however…not so much. Of the seventeen concerts that have taken place at Fenway Park since the first in 2003, only one artist (Dave Matthews Band) has been honored to play it twice. NKOTBSB? Perhaps, but that’s quite a gamble. (more…)

Edited: June 22nd, 2011

i’m livin’ swell, and now you wanna be down?!

step off!!

I have to preface this post by saying that I learned at a young age to try to be positive as often as possible. (Thanks, Wahlberg!) Somewhere in my mid-20s, I really did start practicing that, rather than just preaching it. (Turns out, he’s right…positivity is about being smart!) It’s easy to give into negative urges, and to many, it’s even fun. But…I think it’s a lot harder and more fulfilling to go against the grain and suppress that. To be genuinely positive is more of a challenge and therefore more rewarding. Others get more from their relationships with you, which feeds you as well. Simply put, I strive to be the best me I can 90% (or more) of the time.

This post, however, will not be one of those times. I really need/want to get this off my chest, and yes…it involves some negativity. It’s not immature/jealous/”I-suck-at-sharing” negativity, exactly. You’ll see. Or maybe you won’t. Maybe you shouldn’t read it. I leave the choice to you, hence this whole disclaimer in the first place. I think that getting this off my chest will allow me to move forward from it and be open-minded to the source of it all. Rather than letting it fester, I’m putting it out there, in hopes of working through it. If you’d rather keep the negativity away, I understand & respect that. Turn away now. Otherwise, read on, but you’ve been warned! Please don’t consider me a hater of any kind…that couldn’t be further from the truth… (more…)

Edited: November 23rd, 2010

i was givin’ up and you walked into my life

Just a quick post to let you guys know I’ve decided to start a new section of the page called Neighbors (as in, you know…we all live on the block, so we’re neighbors. Get it?) 😀

Anyway, what I’ve been wanting to do for a while is collect other amazing, inspiring, touching stories about how the New Kids have made significant impacts on the lives of my BH sistas. While it’s cool that my story is here for all to see, I think it’d be even cooler if there were others available to read as well. One of the best things about being a BH is the unshakable bond we share because of the New Kids. More often than not, when a girl is touched by my story, she says, “thanks for writing that! I can so relate” and/or that she’s never been able to put her similar story into words. I want to either help you guys do that, or at least have a place where we can put the really beautiful ones.

So…I’m officially open to submissions. Show me what you got, and let’s make the guys proud! Send me your story! Can’t wait to read ’em! Keep keepin’ on! Love you all!

Edited: September 7th, 2010

baby, you make my dreams come true

Since I first wrote Life on the Block years ago, a lot has changed. I didn’t really realize until recently how out of date the ending was. Every once in a while someone would comment (mostly on Twitter or Facebook) that they hope I get to meet the rest of the guys or something, and I’d realize it needs an update. Well, this is finally it! (Thanks to the personal story contest at Glamour magazine, I had to actually edit the thing & am motivated to set the record straight!) (more…)

Edited: September 6th, 2010