Month: March 2014

The Fiercest Warrior

To be honest, I’m referring to Demi Lovato.

Demi Lovato's Twitter account picture. Follow her at @ddlovato.

Demi Lovato’s Twitter account picture. Follow her at @ddlovato.

Yeah she is a celebrity – she is an incredible singer/songwriter, an actress and a New York Times Best-Selling Author – but she is so much more than that. She is an inspiration to anyone who has suffered from bipolar disorder, an eating disorder, self-harm and a drug addiction. It does not matter if you are a fan of her music, her style, her hair color or not, there is no denying that her story is amazing.

Demi is only 21 and already her life has been flipped upside down and turned around. She went from what looked like having a perfect life as a teen singer/songwriter and actress to being willingly exposed to the world as someone who suffers from so much darkness, back to being a happier and healthier person.  Not everyone has the courage to accept and admit that they need help and then put their life on hold (Demi left the international tour she was on with the Jonas Brothers in 2010) to go to rehab to get better. I know she didn’t do it alone, but she still did it.

“People think that I’ve got myself together by I’m actually still a work in progress.” – Demi Lovato

Although she went to rehab and is now living a better life, Demi still struggles from day to day. She continues to be open and honest with her fans about what she is going through – one quality that sets her apart.

Her music: 

Demi has four albums and has headlined three tours.

Albums:

  • Don’t Forget (2008)
  • Here We Go Again (2009)
  • Unbroken (2011)
  • Demi (2013)

Headlining Tours:

  • Demi Lovato: Live in Concert (2009-10)
  • A Special Night with Demi Lovato (2011-13)
  • Neon Lights Tour (2014)

I have all of her albums and they are great. They are all so different, which shows Demi’s style, creativity and range. Demi writes about real things that she is going through and things that her listeners can also relate to.

I have seen Demi live in concert four times, and the girl rocks!

  1. Neon Lights Tour – Nassau Coliseum (2014)
  2. Jonas Brothers Live in Concert World Tour – Jones Beach (2010)
  3. Demi Lovato: Live in Concert – Nassau Coliseum (2009)
  4. Jonas Brothers – Burnin’ Up Tour – Jones Beach (2008)

[Instagram] Mar 11 - @jlattanza: @ddlovato was AMAZING tonight at Nassau Coliseum! She literally brought me to tears during Nightingale. She is such a brave and bold individual who inspires so many people. <3 #NEONLIGHTSTOUR

[Instagram] Mar 11 – @jlattanza: @ddlovato was AMAZING tonight at Nassau Coliseum! She literally brought me to tears during Nightingale. She is such a brave and bold individual who inspires so many people. ❤ #NEONLIGHTSTOUR

Not only does she sing her heart out, even when she is sick and has been on vocal rest for the whole day, she also dances, plays the guitar and the piano. One thing I love about her, is that she takes the time to talk with all of her fans in between songs at her concerts.

Fifth Harmony and Little Mix were the opening acts for Demi’s Neon Lights Tour at Nassau Coliseum. Demi hadn’t been feeling well and she was on vocal rest all day, but when she got onto the stage, you couldn’t even tell. She sang her songs without holding back and she hit every impressive high note.

 

 

 

Other reasons to love Demi Lovato:

  • She doesn’t care what anyone thinks.
  • She stands up for what she believes in, especially on twitter: @ddlovato 
  • She cares about her fans. Her book Staying Strong: 365 Days a Year is a book of some of her favorite inspirational quotes, one for each day of the year.
  • Her hair. Demi has had almost every hair color, and she can pull off each one. She currently has bright pink hair with a part of her head shaved!
  • Her tattoos. Demi has a lot of tattoos, and they’re all pretty cool! See here.
  • Her personality. Demi is serious, goofy, funny and passionate and she portrays this live on stage and on social media (especially Twitter and Instagram: @ddlovato).

 

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Today is the day.

To be honest, I get inspired when I go to physical therapy.

Physical therapy is not easy, but I knew that when I signed up. I knew that it would take time out of my busy schedule and I knew that the therapist would bend and flex my foot in ways that would kill. But I also knew that I would be surrounded by supportive people and that I would see great results. And I was right. All the staff members are very nice and accommodating and my foot is feeling so much better. I see more and more progress after each one of my appointments.

When I first walked into the training room at Physical Therapy & Beyond two weeks ago, I immediately noticed posters, signs and magnets around the room. Some are funny and some are serious, but one thing I love about them, is that they are all inspirational.

Even the one that looks like this:

No matter what exercise I am doing, whether I am balancing on a board or stretching my calves, I have something to look at that reminds me why I am doing what I am doing. Why I am committed to making a 100% recovery from my surgery; why I am trying my best to fight through the worst of times; and why I am not giving up.

My favorite sign is hanging up right in front of the elliptical.

I make sure to read this at every appointment because the messages within it are so powerful. I think everyone should read this at least once a week because I am almost certain that at least one of these lines, if not all, will resonate with everyone who reads it.

One of the lines that is really important to me, is Be generous and truthful.” It’s not every day that you meet someone who possesses both of these qualities. Qualities that many were taught in Kindergarten to have. There are so many people in the world who are not happy with their life and who take it out on others. Being rude to others is going to get you nowhere, nor is it going to make your life better.

Truthfulness is one of the most attractive qualities someone can possess. It is such a nice feeling to know that you can trust someone, but there is nothing more disappointing then discovering that someone who you thought you could trust turned out to be someone different than who they said they were.

Going to physical therapy has turned into something I really enjoy. I like setting aside 4 hours during my week to relax and focus on me and what I need to do to get myself better. Physical Therapy & Beyond provides that for me and I am so grateful!

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