Motivational quote for March 20th 2015

Building for Success

The impossible is often the untried. Jim Goodwin

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286. Music City New Year’s Eve Bash on Broadway

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It’s the party of the year. Well, it’s kind of the party of two years – technically. It all starts at 6:30pm on Dec. 31. Striking Matches will take the stage at 1st & Broadway. The 15-foot-tall red music note will rise 115 feet at 7pm. And the rest of the music plays on through the night. Kopecky Family Band, Blackberry Smoke, Brett Eldredge, and Hank Williams Jr. are playing for FREE at the Bash on Broadway. Robert Randolph will join Blackberry Smoke and Hank Jr. for a bit as well. There will be lots of people, free live music, fireworks, confetti, a midnight “Music Note Drop,” and so much more. It’s truly where you’ll want to be as we rock out 2013 and ring in 2014 on the streets of downtown Music City. You need to start the new year off on the right foot. That right foot is…

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173. Food Truck Festival

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Musicians Corner is kicking off their fall season today at Centennial Park. And in addition to the music and family fun, there’s a Food Truck Festival! 30, that’s right THIRTY, local food trucks will be on site serving their deliciousness to hungry patrons at the park. This is your chance to go back to your favorite or try something new. There’s definitely no shortage of options! Burgers, grilled cheese, crepes, Thai, wings, juice, ice cream, coffee, doughnuts, pie, and more. Something for every age, every taste, and every appetite. Participating trucks include:
Riffs Fine Street Food, Grilled Cheeserie; Smoke Et Al; Hoss Loaded Burgers; Crepe A-Diem; Deg Thai; Delta Bound; Just Like Nannie Fixed it; Two Guys in a Lunch Box; Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream; Jonbalaya; Music City Pie Co.; Wrapper’s Delight; Pazze Italiano; Slow Hand Coffee;  Sum Yum Yum; Smokin’ Thighs; The Mobile Chef; The Rolling Feast; Yayo’s OMG; Mean…

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A friend still loves you

As told by CatMan, The Rose Bandit

“A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you.” – Elbert Hubbard

No matter what you do in your life (good or bad) a true friend will see you through it all. It is that sort of love and loyalty we all seek in this life.  Life is about relationships with God, our family, friends, casual relationships, strangers, etc.  Life is the culmination of interactions for better or worse and the events, emotions, and over all cultivated lesson over time.  That is what creates a life.

Sometimes it takes giving up our selfish dreams to see what God’s purpose is.  It is hard to think we don’t have control over our life in that regard, but that is where the mystery and excitement comes in to play!  Control is a hard concept for us humans.  God’s plan is much bigger than we could ever know!  The…

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164. Taste of Opryland Dine-Around Tour

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You’ve probably heard of or been in the immense Gaylord Opryland Resort, right? It’s beautiful – inside and out. 2,700+ rooms, 170+ suites, meeting rooms, meeting space, 9 acres of indoor gardens, a spa, pools, a golf course, shopping, 12 restaurants, and the list goes on. Whether you’re actually sleeping there or not, it’s definitely something that everyone should experience – walking through, shopping, eating, browsing, looking. But with 12 restaurants, how do you choose where to eat? You don’t! You take a Taste of Opryland Dine-Around Tour! On Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights from 4pm to 6:30pm, the resort offers these special tours. A tour guide leads you through the hotel stopping at several of their restaurants to sample unique food or drinks. And between bites and steps, you’ll also learn a bit about the resort’s history as you make your way from one lovely site to another. So…

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167. Tennessee State Fair

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It’s Fair season! The Tennessee State Fair is September 6-15 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. This is the 107th TN State Fair. 107! And there’s so much to see and do. A craft beer festival (stay tuned for that one!), Traditional Championship Wrestling, a Nashville Rollergirls roller derby bout, The Flying Houndz Frizbee Trick Dog Show, Fairest of the Fair Pageant, Hedrick’s Racing Pigs (yeah, racing pigs), Kenya Safari Acrobats, Curly the Kid and Colonel Phil Good (a Western comedy show), Ice Cream Eating Contest, Mr. Bond science guy demonstration, Volunteer Village with free pony rides, barnyard animals, and craftmaking, McDonald’s Kids’ Country fun zone, Tennessee Craft Demonstrators, live music (of course!), carnival rides, celebrity cow milking (yes, that’s right, celebrity cow milking), cornhole, karaoke, livestock shows, and MORE! Really, that’s not all. There’s a lot to do – whether you like to eat cotton candy and ride the ferris…

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Love is not premeditated

Love is not premeditated, it is spontaneous, i.e., it bursts up in extraordinary ways. There is nothing of mathematical certainty in Paul’s category of love. We cannot say – “Now I am going to think no evil; I am going to believe all things.” The characteristic of love is spontaneity. We do not set the statements of Jesus in front of us as a standard; but when His Spirit is having His way with us, we live according to His standard with out knowing it, and on looking back we are amazed at the disinterestedness of a particular emotion, which is the evidence that the spontaneity of real love was there. In everything to do with the life of God in us, its nature is only discerned when it is past.

The springs of love are in God, not in us. It is absurd to look for the love of…

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Is it Okay to Live for Today?

Eyes Wide Open


God surprises me all the time. Just when I think I have “come a long way” with some certain issue, He helps me to see that I still need Him in that area too. I am grateful for that.

Over the last year, I have let go (or thought I had) of a lot of what I call my “control issues.” I left a very stable job that I’d  had for a decade, lots of great relationships there, to move on to….well, I didn’t know what.

For a planner, the unknown is a dark place.

After yielding to His will, and praying a lot, I thought (twice, actually) that He had led me to the place that I was meant to be job-wise. Both of these places were wonderful, and everything just seemed in line with what His will is for me, and my family, when I accepted those positions.


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