Drunk Driving;

 

It is one of those things you think will never happen to you, your family, or your friends. Nick Townsend never got to walk the line at graduation because a drunk driver caused a tragic wreck that would take his life. Drunk driving is a huge problem in this society. It destroys the lives of everyone involved, it is something that could easily be avoided, and it is something the world needs to stop viewing as an “accident.”

Drunk driving does not only affect the driver who chose to get behind the wheel impaired, it affects everyone they may or may not come in contact with. Nick was on his way home that night when a random woman he probably never met chose to drink and drive. Her choice changed Nick’s life and the lives of everyone he knew forever. The woman made a choice not only for herself when she got behind the wheel drunk, but she also made a choice about how Nick’s life would go. Nick had family who loved him more than anything, and he had friends who thought the world of him. Their lives were ultimately destroyed by one selfish decision a person chose to make.

Nick Townsend was and always will be a wonderful young man. He had big plans for his life. He wanted to go into the National Guard and when he finished with that journey in life, he wanted go come back to Portland and work for the police department. All he ever wanted to do was protect and save. Even at the end of his life, he was still able to do what he wanted by being an organ donor. This fact alone proves so much about the kind of human being he was. He was such an outgoing and selfless person. He was a wonderful friend to anyone he came in contact with. He always wanted to put smiles on our faces. He was hard working. He always fought toward his goals. He loved his family and God more than anything. He was never ashamed to admit he was a warrior of God. My heart truly believes Nick is up there in Heaven right now with his shield of faith and sword of light that he rightfully earned.

The definition of the term “accident” is an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally. Drunk driving is not an accident nor is it unintentional. When you make the decision to get behind the wheel impaired, you are doing so intentionally. Using the term accident minimizes the situation. It takes away responsibility from the person who decided driving while intoxicated was a good idea. Words have power; Nick did not die in an accident. He was coming home from an event he attended with his girlfriend and her family when a car crossed into their lane and hit them head on. An accident implies nothing could have been done to save his life. This simply is not true, had this woman chose not to drive while impaired, Nick would still be here with us today. People need to be held responsible for the choices that they make and society should not downplay drunk driving crashes by referring to them as accidents.

Even though Nick is no longer with us, he will always live on in our hearts and minds. He had such a huge impact on our small town in Portland, TN. I watched my brother’s life change significantly on that day in May 2015. I watched his heart shatter when he found out his best friend was gone. My brother would be the first to tell you what an amazing person Nick was. They had some great memories together. Anyone who ever came in contact with Nick was better for it. His family suffered a great loss, but his mother has fought from day one to keep his memory alive. She has been so strong and brave through all of this. She speaks out about his story often in hopes it will save lives and help people realize drinking and driving is never worth it.

 

Lauren

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Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce & Jim Lavene;

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My mother is a huge book lover, without a doubt who I inherited my love of reading from, she let me borrow this book and I could NOT put it down! I read it in a day and a half.

This story is based in a town called Diamond Springs, North Carolina, the main character is a sheriff named Sharyn Howard. She is going through a lot with trying to be reelected as the town sheriff when a series of crime sprees hit her small town. The senator is shot, an unidentified woman’s body is found in a local hotel room. Just when you think you have figured things out, the twists begin!

I definitely recommend reading this one if you enjoy crime/mystery novels, it is definitely one that will grab all of your attention and you won’t want to put it down until you know what happens!

I’ll share the link from thrift books and if anyone snags it, let me know what you think!

Always,
Lauren

https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/dreams-dont-last-a-sharyn-howard-mystery-avalon-mystery_joyce-laven_jim-lavene/611848/#isbn=0373268483

I haven’t forgotten about my blog, I promise! My son has had some issues arise with his health. But he’s doing perfectly fine now! Thank God.

I am currently reading two books. One is the second book in the Ice and Fire series by George RR. Martin, Game of Thrones for those who don’t know! I am also reading Dreams Don’t Last by Joyce and Jim Lavene. I have a book for home and a book for work! Hopefully I’ll have some more review content up soon. 

Happy 2018 everyone! 

Tearing Me Apart;

I walked away from all of my social media today, minus this blog. Simply because I need somewhere to use as an outlet. I have so much going on lately but I don’t even want to burden someone talking about it.

You know how cars freak out when they get backed into a corner? That’s what I’m feeling currently. It’s the best way I can describe it. My life is going in so many directions, some good and some scary. My depression and anxiety are really getting to me.

“Why do you feel backed into a corner?”

I’m stuck in this corner, my life and mental illness are in front of me. Opposite sides, but both there. They keep pushing me back and pushing me back. But now I am in this corner.

My life wants and needs to battle these demons, but here I am, cowering in the corner hoping one day it’ll all just balance itself out or go away.

It gets better right? 

Always,

Lauren

Stuff Happens;

Hey guys! 

I promise I haven’t forgotten about my blog. My current reads have actually been comics and I wasn’t sure if anyone would want reviews on things like that. I have picked up The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and will hopefully finish it soon!

Don’t give up on me, I’ll have reviews back up again soon! 

Always,

Lauren

Looking for Alaska by John Green;

Hello guys! Another book review for you today and I think everyone will love this one as much as I did! Ever since reading The Fault in Our Stars a few years ago, I have become really fond of John Green. He is one of my favorites, next to JK Rowling and Nicholas Sparks. His books have so much emotion and lessons can be learned from them. Looking for Alaska is nothing short of amazing. It is actually his FIRST novel, published in 2005.

The main character in the book is Miles Halter, a sixteen year old boy living a boring life and wanting to find more. He is seeking for the “Great- Perhaps” as he likes to call it, so he goes away to a boarding school. This is where he meets Chip, the guy that becomes his best friend. Then he meets Alaska Young and instantly falls in love with her. Alaska is a girl that lives on impulse and you never can guess what kind of mood she will be in from one day to the next. But, I can promise you’ll love her as much as Miles does.

The book is destined for heart break and you won’t know what to think at some points. But, it all makes some sense in the end. I loved that the characters were genuinely good people – even the principal ended up being decent – and they were all there for each other, working through the hard times, and learning from each other. There were a lot of serious issues covered, but they were covered with such wit and humor and such an amazing choice of words, that by the time you finish you feel as if you are a changed person. You feel as if you learned something important about the world – which I believe is the test of a really good book. Needless to say, I loved it and highly recommend it.

“I don’t know where over there is, but I know it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/looking-for-alaska-by-john-green/248032/#isbn=0142402516

 

 

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay;

 

Ever since I was a little girl and the Holocaust was taught to me, I had always had a huge fascination with the stories and history from that time era. Sarah’s Key taught me about an entirely different moment during the Holocaust that I had never been taught in school.

On July 16th, 1942 the great Vel’ d’Hiv roundup took place. This roundup involved all of the French policeman taking the Jewish families, nearly 10,000, to camps before shipping them to die at Auschwitz. Acting under orders of the German Gestapo, Jews endured physical indignity while the French police stood by. Sarah was one of the little girls taken that day, ripped from her family, and fighting to find her way back to her little brother.

Julia is an American journalist living in Paris. Her life becomes intertwined with Sarah’s when she has to research the roundup for an article her boss gave her. Julia learns much more about her own family when learning all she can about Sarah.

If you are into stories like this, I highly recommend it. I cried more than I have over a book in sometime. It is truly heartbreaking what this young child endured, even sadder what she becomes later on. 10/10 would highly recommend!

“It will make you cry and remember.”

Always,
Lauren

Thriftbooks Link: https://www.thriftbooks.com/w/sarahs-key-by-tatiana-de-rosnay/249851/#isbn=0312370849

 

Stay at Home Mom Rant;

Two years ago today, I became a stay at home mother. I stepped away from my job at Wal-Mart because I felt it was the best thing for my son. I am still a stay at home mother and I know a lot of people judge me or look down on me for that.  It hurts knowing that I’m being judged for doing what I think is the best thing for my son.
I babysit, I clean houses. I’m not living off of anyone. I may not be working a 9 to 5 job, but I still bust my ass to make sure my son’s life is a good one. Yes, we live with my mother currently and that’s perfectly okay. Guess what? Two years ago, I had dreams and goals I wanted to achieve and I threw every single bit of that away because I got my heart broken. I gave up on myself, I gave up on everything I had begun.
 
But for those judging me, I hope you know I’m going back to school. I reapplied for every single goal I once had. I plan on staying home with my child until he starts school, just like I planned before. I found my strengths again, and I’m going to prove every single one of you ugly humans wrong. Being a stay at home mother going to college makes me no less of a good mom than those of you working long hours at a job. Don’t judge me for doing the best that I can with what I have.
Always,
Lauren

You Don’t Know Me by Faleena Hopkins;

Hello again, readers! I know I said in my last post that I was reading Sarah’s Key, but I recently finished one of my Kindle books and just had to rush over and do this review because this book was AWESOME!

Rue is an orphan and aspiring dancer who just found out that her father was an extremely wealthy man whom left behind $50 million of inheritance money to her when he died. Guess who showed up to tell her these things? Two brothers she never even knew existed!

Love, heartbreak, friendship, betrayal- four words to describe this book.
Anger, sadness, fear, happiness- four words to describe the emotions I dealt with while reading it.

From start to finish, this book drew me in. I never wanted to take breaks or see it end. Such a fantastic read! I recommend you find it for your ebooks, and give it a chance. Many reviews I found made me not want to read it but I am so glad I did!

Always,
Lauren

Amazon Link (cheap read also!): https://www.amazon.com/You-Dont-Know-Faleena-Hopkins-ebook/dp/B071GPDL67/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1500960696&sr=8-1&keywords=you+don%27t+know+me+faleena+hopkins

 

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