Guess who got her driver’s license this week?!? MEEEEEE!!!
You’re probably wondering why I’m just getting it now, at 19, and not right out of the gate… Well, when I was 15 ½ (Old enough to get my Learner’s Permit), I was getting signed to Warner Bros Records. Then at 16 through age 17, I was on Idol getting chauffeured around (Which was pretty cool I must say 🙂 – “Oh there’s a car for you out back” 😀 LOVE). Then I went on tour from age 17 through (the beginning of) 18. The next few months, I was recording and constantly working, non-stop, and was hardly even going out anywhere because I needed to embrace my inner Hermit Crab. Now, here we are in present day – I got my Learner’s Permit about 3 months ago, and 2 days ago I took my first driving test and PASSED!!! So as you can see, it was never NECESSARY to get my license until now, so I just never got around to it.
Ok, and, I have a confession to make. I don’t get nervous singing in front of thousands, or pretty much anything that most people would cringe at the mere thought of, but I get REALLY nervous with tests. ANY kind of test and I’m so nervous I can barely stand up. It’s terrible. I can study and practice so much that I could literally repeat things sleeping, but as soon as I realize I’m being tested – I PANIC. So I was also kind of putting off getting my Permit and License because I knew I’d have to endure a lot of tests… :-/
So here’s what happened. As I was driving to my test with my parents, (in SUNNY California) the sky clouded up and it started raining. Literally the second time in 6 months, of all days. And it didn’t help that I just started reading the book, “H2O” which is about this post-apocoliptic world where practically everyone dies because of the rain being toxic and deadly. So that helped my nerves. 😉 I got there, checked in and waited in a designated spot. As soon as my instructor walked up to my car (well my parents car TBH), I couldn’t comprehend a word he was saying. “Blinkers” – I stared at the wheel in front of me, my mind COMPLETELY BLANK, and after a while, turned on my blinkers. “You don’t have to turn them on, just point.” Oh, ok. “Horn” I definitely knew this one. “Left Turn signal” I stared blankly at him, my mind so filled with nerves that I actually COULDN’T understand what he was saying. He said it 2 more times, about to mark a ding when I practically yelled out that I had it, I was so proud of myself. OMG. And then, I looked to my left and peering through the window were both of my parents, grinning with this hysterical look on their faces (like that look when proud parents hold up signs at a ball game and are telling everyone around them, “That’s MY daughter out there!!!”). I nearly died. Now, not only was I shaking from nerves, now my ‘I have to impress them’ instincts revved up. I took a really long deep breath and calmed down as much as I could. I got through the initial pre – check list, and he got in. I had one more goofball moment where I tried to pull forward without turning the car on – OMG – SO EMBARRASSING. But the second I pulled out of the driveway, I knew that I had to get ahold of myself entirely, not only for myself and my licence, but for the safety of others around me. I took another deep breath and zoned in on the task at hand. It’s just like what I’ve been doing everyday for months. I can do this. I drove.
After what seemed like under 10 minutes, he told me to turn back into the DMV. I panicked, because I had been told multiple times that it would take a long time, some people had even told me that they were on the road for 30 minutes! So, of course, my enedirac reaction to that sentence was that I had failed miserably and we were returning because I had been so terrible. I knew I had made 2 small errors, to which I was so mad that I did the second it happened, but as I pulled in to park I started second guessing every single decision I had made on the road. Wait – were you supposed to stop at a stop sign for 2 seconds or 3? Did I go TOO slow through that school zone? Should I have stopped so that I could see the wheels of the car or the pavement below? I couldn’t remember what they recommended. Meanwhile, the tester is telling me my areas of improvement, and suddenly I hear him say (through my racing thoughts), “You’re a really safe driver though overall”. Now I completely tune in and I wait for the “But you didn’t pass today” – and instead he says, “Congratulations, you passed!”!!! I actually had him repeat it 2 more times saying, “I passed?”, “Really?”, before I took yes for an answer! LOL. I thought that for sure my nerves had caused me to fail, but they didn’t and I got my licence!!!
So, for those of you who get test anxiety, like me, just believe in yourself and you can achieve anything you set your mind to. (Also, try deep breathing – it’s literally the only thing that helps me!!!)
I’m so excited to be on the road, and I wanted to let you know that I’ve taken the pledge to not text and drive, because distracted driving is a VERY serious issue and I value my life and the lives of others WAY too much for something as small as a text. Here’s a crazy statistic for you; those who text while driving are 23 times more likely to be in a crash. So please, take the pledge today and STICK to the promise you’re making to yourself and others. If you HAVE to get in contact with someone while driving, either ask a companion you may be traveling with to do it for you, or pull over. No text is worth someone’s life. 🙂
Alright, that’s all folks! Until next time! Safe driving!
Hello! Me again… This week was so much fun! We mainly spent our time in the recording studio – recording the next 2 songs that will be coming out soon!! It’s so exhilarating to finally be getting to hear my songs – that started with a mere thought in my mind – come to life! I want to share a story with you about my songwriting, and how it came to where I am today….
So, I first started writing songs when I was around 4 – but let’s be honest, those songs like, “My Mommy Went To South Africa” and “Fairies in the Trees”, are hardly album worthy… My first real turning point with my songwriting was when I was about 8 or 9, when I realized that songwriting could actually be a way to express my most complex of emotions. On a trip to LA back then (I was born and raised in Boulder, CO until about age 10) I saw a homeless person on the street, with her whole life in a shopping cart, and a sign saying, “Please Help Me, I’m homeless.”. I asked my mom if we could bring her home, and help her. Now, I had seen tragedy before and at that point had already traveled around a lot of the world with my parents, but somehow this was my first time registering the fact that there were people without a home, and those without love or someone to turn to for help. We watched as countless people passed her up without even glancing for more than a moment, meanwhile, she was pleading for help. I practically begged my mom to let us take her with us, for we had a home, we had clean clothes, we had food – so why not share those luxuries with someone in need? When my mom tried to explain to me why we couldn’t, I felt filled with knots and wanted more than anything to help. We gave her as much as we could, and then we left, with me in absolute tears.
I was distraught, confused, filled with questions about our human nature, and quite frankly – angry with the world.
When we got back to our hotel room, I could hardly think straight, and all I could talk about was this woman we had seen. I kept asking, “Why?”, and even now, I still come across that thought. Why can’t we help every person in need? Why is our world filled with people only out for themselves? But now a question that comes to mind is, “How can I change this?”.
I decided to put my complicated thoughts into an outlet – a song. It was called, “Love in Our Hearts” and it somehow encapsulated the exact feeling that I was trying to express, even though I couldn’t find the words. I realized that songwriting could be a tool used for good, and it could potentially make change in the world.
Soon after writing that song, I was chosen as one of the Colorado Best Of The Best Young Artists, and they asked me to perform at their Benefit concert, raising money for the charity Cherish Our Children International which benefited the Bridge for Peace program in Israel. For the benefit, they asked the children performing to help raise money for the charity, so of course, it became my absolute mission in life to raise as much money as humanly possible. I raised over $2,000, (which as a 9 year old, was a nearly insurmountable amount of money) and I ended up raising the most money, helping over 60 children for a year! We were then asked if they could use my song, “Love in Our Hearts”, as the theme song for their charity, Cherish Our Children International!
It soon occurred to me that my experience in LA, and my song that I wrote simply to help myself cope with what I was feeling, had expanded into helping others and therefore made a difference in the world. Not a lot of people have the opportunity to see this, and I thank my lucky stars that I did – for I saw the Power in Music.
Hi Roxstars!!! It’s Olivia!
Welcome to my FIRST EVER Sunday Blog Post!!!!! I’ve wanted to do a blog for a really long time, and I figured that the first week in 2018 was the perfect time to start!! Writing is my favorite thing in the world to do, whether it be songs, books, journaling or my new medium; blogging… I always feel so free when I’m writing something new, so I’m excited to finally have a designated place to voice my opinions and write to my heart’s content. I wanted to start something that I can post once a week – every week – no matter where I am in the world or what I’m doing. Sometimes I get too busy to post on Social Media, but here on my blog, I will be posting every Sunday, regardless of my schedule! Also, I get a lot of questions asking if it’s really me writing, so I just wanted to let you know that every blog post will be written by ME every week, so you’ll be hearing it straight from the horse’s mouth! 🙂
My life is an ever-changing revolving door of new information. One week I could be on tour, the next filming a music video, then in the studio, or at home spending time with my family and animals. One thing that is constant though, is my love for living every moment to its fullest, and I’d like to share that zest for life with you. Every blog post will be different, focusing on many subjects including (but not limited to) Music, Fashion, Exercise, Food/Recipes, Travel, Weekly Recaps, Health, Beauty, Quotes, and more. I’m an avid learner, so some weeks I’ll post about new things I learned that week, books I’ve read, life observations, or just about anything in between….You’ll basically be taking a trip inside my mind every week – so pretty much anything goes! 😉
If you would like to visually watch what I’m up to each week, go ahead and subscribe to my Youtube Channel (OliviaRoxMusic) and watch my Roxumentary. It’s a documentary series that follows my family and I through life that we started posting in 2015…
I’ll keep this first blog post short and sweet… See you next Sunday!