Have you come down to the South-West U.S. in your travels? What's the closest you've come if not?
I haven’t ‘Heedtripped out west yet! But I’d like to on the next tour. I’ve been meaning to for ages, but I love the East Coast and I always seem to end up there. The furthest west I’ve gone is probably Nebraska… Haha.
My goal for this year (or next, depending when they come to the UK) is to go to my first Coheed show. On another note, I agree that a Coheed cover of "Achilles Last Stand" would be incredible. It's my favourite Zeppelin song. Hadn't considered it before, but now I REALLY want this to happen.
There’s a really good chance they’ll hit the UK in 2012. The album is coming out in summer-ish time, so there’ll probably be a little pre-touring in late spring and the rest of the year will be spent on the road. I hope, anyways.
As for “Achilles”, the line “The mighty arms of Atlas hold the heavens from the Earth” (and the ensuing whoa-oh chorus) just smacks of Coheed. We need this.
My goals are to travel to see the cobalt family more this year, start eating healthier, donate to charity water, work at a soup kitchen during a holiday, get a better job, buy a car, go back to school, and completely quit smoking *I stopped months ago but still smoke when I drink.*
I hope to be traveling a lot too, maybe our paths will cross.:)
Eating healthier is actually easy! Too many people think it’s about eating “less” when it’s really about eating “better”. It’s a great goal, and best of all you will definitely be able to accomplish it. Quitting smoking is a great too. I quit in August and I haven’t had one since (but some days I really, really want one…)
First off, you are a GODDESS. Thank you for this awesome blog.:) My favorite. Secondly, my new year goals can't compare to your epic plans, in any way, but here are a few: Grow my hair out. Continue to make a 4.0 average in my courses. Go to every single concert that my heart desires(at or near where I live). Start collecting The Amory Wars(because, being a broke college student, this is a big feat to accomplish.) Lol. I wish you the best!
These are awesome goals! It’s amazing that you’ve made a 4.0 so far; it’s not easy and continuing to do so is absolutely kicking some ass - with your mind. As for concerts and Amory Wars, I don’t know what I’d do without them, so I can get behind those goals 100%. Have a great New Years and thanks for sharing. Thanks for the love too!<3
Often I hear “New Years’ resolutions fail because you shouldn’t rely on a date to make a change. Start today.” This is undeniably true, but for me the first day of a new year is both symbologically relevant and more natural to observe. When a cycle begins anew, so do we.
I’d love to hear how you plan to improve your life in 2012. It can be anything, and you can post anonymously. If you need tips/advice/feedback/anecdotes, just ask; if you want a private answer, please specify. To make this less one-sided, here are my goals:
I’m going to work every day to become stronger and faster. I’m dropping the last 40 extra pounds and shaping my body into a lean mean ass-kicking machine to match my mind. I’m going to crowdsurf during IKSSE:3 at the first Coheed show with Josh Eppard back. I’m running the zombie 5K. I’m going to live positively and provide a wholesome influence just in case anyone views me as a role model.
1. It is not my intention to demotivate anyone with weight loss posts, nor is it my aim to seem judgmental of anyone who chooses not to take a step towards improvement.
2. It is absolutely not my intention to trigger/encourage those in ED recovery to lose weight. Patterns of disordered eating are gross, frightening, dangerous, and a seriously lame and ineffective way to lose weight.
3. It is 100% my intention to foster a strong community attitude of health, happiness, and living fiercely. (I don’t follow “thinspo” or “fitness” blogs, I follow PMA blogs.)
You're so awesome. I feel inspired and always have a different outlooks on things after reading your posts. Thanks for adding your touch of super-coolness to the internet with your beauty on the inside and out. :)
I do what I can to be a positive force in the social networks and I’m genuinely happy to have inspired someone today.
“So, my gf’s family just asked me if I’m gonna be able to play “Guns of Summer”? When I 1st heard that song I thought to myself…. Man, I wish I was in a band that played stuff like this. I was gonna make a vid of me playing it w/ what I would do. I am excited to put my touch on it. Chris ripped the balls of that song. And so will I. It’ll prob be slightly different w/ sum of the fills but I honestly can’t wait to get into that song. I think that won’t be the hardest song to translate to what I do. It’s funny that that’s the 1 I think I’ll rip the hardest. I guess we’ll see soon! Think Bonham “Achilles Last Stand”……”—
This is a gift from the Coheed family to us, and it’s honestly the best gift I’ve received in 21 years of holidays. It’s hard for me to explain just how I feel about Claudio’s acoustic covers - I know the guy, he’s a normal dude (albeit a brilliant and exemplary human being), and my love for his work is love, not hero worship or fangirling - but his acoustic covers are truly nothing less than magic.* Every time, I’m taken away… hauntingly beautiful.
I've been trying to figure out the lyrics to "Chamberlain" and I just can't get the Chorus figured. After looking it up, I've seen it written out two ways: "Having a nice day while we're swinging from gallows perched atop. Fool sit still, watch them, please take your number" and "Having a nice day while we're swinging from gallows perched atop. Fool, sit still watching priests playing god". I figured that you'd be the best person to ask :)
It’s a demo and there are no official lyrics specified, so your guess is as good as mine.
I was thinking of getting angel wings tattooed on my back. But I wanted them to be in the process of burning so that the top of the wings would be feathered and the bottom would be skeletal. Around the wings I was thinking of getting 'Dear Ambellina the Prise wishes you to watch over me' near the feathered parts and 'Burn your wings you'll know no better' near the skeletal parts. In the middle of my wings I was thinking of getting the Keywork. What do you think?
That’s awesome. In fact, I got the Keywork in between my shoulder blades with the intent of doing something similar later in life, but then I realized I’d neither be able to afford it or be able to pull it off the way I wanted due to my fat back. Absolutely go for it, but make DAMN SURE you get an amazing artist and realize it’s not gonna be cheap. (And please upload photos!)
I tell myself daily that I'm not ok. But, really, I think I am. It's a confusing thought, but as sad as I am, I'm quite happy. Especially compared to how I've been in the past. I don't know how to come to terms with it, as I've been severely unhappy for the past five years of my life. Every day, I hope that someone special will notice that I'm not as pathetic as I appear. I'm growing impatient though...
I almost cried when I read this.
For years I lived under the blinding, all-consuming weight of clinical and situational depression, severe self-mutilation, destructive anger, and misanthropy. I wasn’t okay. I couldn’t rely on anything - not family, friends, school, the establishment, or myself. But there was one thing that was always there, and that was the misery. I learned to take a strange sort of comfort from it because it was my identity and it was simply comforting to have an identity. And I knew I could trust it to always be there, as long as I left it alone.
Roundabout, it was Coheed that pulled me out of it even though I resisted in the beginning, although that’s a story for another day. A day came where for a few seconds I didn’t see everything through a haze of grit and blood - I panicked and did everything I could to kill the transient happiness just so I wouldn’t feel adrift. Those years spent in desecration to myself have only made me stronger and more determined to truly live.
As for your someone special, if you concentrate on yourself they will be attracted to your strength of person. Being happy doesn’t make you dumb and being positive doesn’t make you fake. Life is a time to love with ferocity and experience with intensity. Honor yourself. It’s okay to be okay.
Fire Deuce originated as a parody side project made up of members of Coheed and Cambria and 3. With Josh back in Coheed, the likelihood of more Fire Deuce entertainment is incredibly likely. Tonight, please enjoy this hilarious, shit-kickin’ pimp-walkin’ rocker of a track. (And see how many familiar voices you can identify.)
I'm terrified that I'm dying. I've had health problems for a while that my doctor has told me aren't life-threatening, but I'm in so much pain some days that it feels like I am just going to go any moment. It scares me even more that on those days, I almost wish I would die, just to be away from the hurt.
Next time you have those days, take whatever it is that keeps you alive and make it a tiny burning torch in your heart. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be in that kind of physical pain constantly, but no darkness is eternal if you refuse to let it be.
I am lovestruck with a girl who has no interest in me.
Story of everyone’s life. </3 In my case, I’ve been in love with people who don’t even dare talk to me for fear they’re interrupting serious business. And I’ve worked so hard to create a hard-shelled professional image that I’ve been in love with people who will never see me as anything but professional. Honestly, people like me are often the loneliest and “forever single” types because I’d take something like that to my grave rather than try and relate how I feel. We can all relate to you. You’re not alone, anon. <3
I had sex with my step sister on thanksgiving. We have felt like we have had some type of connection for a few years now and then that night we drank a little and ended up having sex. We are not blood related but we have know each other for about 20 years now.
… Not gonna lie, that’s bad. But it’s not as bad as most people think. If you’re related by marriage and not blood, it’s not the worst case scenario… just really awkward, like sleeping with your wife’s sister or your girlfriend’s mom. If you two haven’t talked about it, a discussion is definitely in order to decide whether you will quietly pursue said “connection” (although be advised that doing so is actually illegal) or if you will chalk it up to experience and never talk about it again. It’s not the end of the world, realistically.
Seriously you caught me off guard on this one. Thanks for sharing, though…
jess, as you can understand, i am comfortable with myself for the most part. and i do love myself as a whole. but, lately... the idea of becoming healthier for myself has become extremely appealing, to the point where i am sure i want to do it already. i am just have so much trouble how to start off or go about it. can you please, PLEASE give me any tips on how to do this? as if you weren't already a huge inspiration to me, your weight loss and happiness with yourself makes me love you even more
You’ve already said the only thing that matters when it comes to starting: you love yourself. I am personally doing it not to lose weight, but to overall be a better me. Exercise isn’t something I do because “I have to exercise to lose weight”, I do it to become stronger and faster. Eating right isn’t a punishment, it’s giving your body just what it needs.
Start with small goals, find some good foods, set a reasonable calorie limit and keep a mind to your nutrition. Keep track of these things if it will help you, with a site like Calorie Count (I use this one, it’s awesome) or MyFitness. Join a gym or find an exercise that you like - this is really important, because exercise doesn’t have to mean “jogging” (which I fucking hate) or stupid jazzercise classes, or wearing silly sweatsuits. For example, I’ve taken up kickboxing because I get to beat the crap out of something AND it’s good for me!
Every time I exercise, I put on an ass-kicking Coheed playlist and think of all the awesome times I’ve had that could have been better if I hadn’t been in such abysmal shape. Before I started, I would think of all the things that had been trusted to me, like Cobalt and KOTF, and I would hate that I couldn’t even take care of myself, so how could I ever be trusted with these important things? That’s been my biggest motivator - the Coheed universe as a whole. It deserves a better me than the me I’ve given in the past, so I’m becoming better.
Sorry for the rambling answer… All I can really offer is to think of whatever it is in the world that makes you want to be a better you. If you love yourself, show it! And remember, you don’t need to go any faster than you’re comfortable with because it’s not a competition.
wow jess, just wow, great job on getting down a comfortable weight, i've been trying to slim down but i either gain muscle when i lose fat and stay the same weight or lose muscle when i eat bad and stay the same, i'm in fitness limbo lol
Personally I think you look good the way you are, but it’s all about being comfortable in your own body and being able to do everything you’ve always wanted to do. Over the past nine months I’ve learned more about human physiology than I ever thought I’d need - I know enough to pass a personal trainer book test (although definitely not the physical test, lol). In the new year I’m going a little more public with this stuff now that I’m not ashamed of my body, so maybe there’s something I can help you out with. :)