The Good Life

Hello, I'm Aaron.
Vanden C/o '13.
Family first, then friends.
Shotokan karate.
Snare drummer.
Key Club, D8 Ballers.
@karebeaaar. 10.29.11

June 14, 2012 11:19 pm

Protective or paranoid?

It feels weird posting on here.. It’s been waaaaaay too long. But I’ll make this short.
There’s this thing that I get from my dad.. Where I always assume the worst. It’s usually just with my sister Jelly, my girlfriend Kasey, and my “little sister” Adrienne. For some reason, I always think something bad is gonna happen. I hate when they’re out late, because I don’t know what could happen. I’m always stuck at home worrying and not being able to do anything.
What’s even worse is when you tell me not to worry, because it’s not exactly something I can control. It just happens.
I guess you could say it’s good because I’m protective of people that are close to me. It just shows that I care about you and wanna make sure you’re safe. But I guess it does get a little extreme sometimes..

May 24, 2012 10:21 pm

jellaaayyy:

ltelement:

Vanden High School Wind Ensemble performing ‘Shenandoah’ at Encinal Band Review 2012.

Watching the wind ensemble makes me miss performing in band. I even miss seeing the passion and fire in Mr. Tipton as he conducts any piece. As I was watching the wind ensemble perform this particular piece, I really felt the passion and emotions through the musicians. How can you cut the music program away from the schools? Do people not understand how much music means to us? How we feel the emotions of music? How we portray the music through playing our instrument? It’s more than just ‘playing’ music…it’s making the music come to life. 

I’m happy to see that the Vanden music program is still strong, but how much longer will that continue…? Ugh. I could go on a rant about this all day =.=…

This. This is what I live for.

May 13, 2012 9:01 pm
wildlifepeanut:

Happy hour with the fam bam on mother’s day = 11 fraps! ☕ (Taken with instagram)

wildlifepeanut:

Happy hour with the fam bam on mother’s day = 11 fraps! ☕ (Taken with instagram)

May 11, 2012 9:42 pm

My life & priorities

My life revolves around a few things that are really important to me. A few things that keep me so busy, that I don’t have time to be distracted. Even if I wanted to fool around like a high schooler, I wouldn’t be able to. And frankly, that’s how I want it to be.

Sure, everyone has been offered a smoke or drink, or been invited to a party. That’s part of being social in high school. But I just choose to stay away from that. I love to have fun, but I just interpret that differently than most teenagers. I could easily be caught up in all that other stuff, but staying busy has saved me from that.

All I need in my life is my family, music, karate, key club, Kasey, and my closest friends. That’s how I spend my time. Being so active in these positive organizations and having the support of my loved ones in everything that I do keeps me motivated. And that’s how I want it.

May 6, 2012 9:36 pm
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  • In Your Hands
  • By: Jason Mraz
  • Love Is a Four Letter Word (Deluxe Version)
  • 169 Plays

used2thepain:

“In Your Hands” - Jason Mraz

April 29, 2012 8:54 pm
Today, I celebrated the last 6 months of happiness with my girlfriend, Kasey. We didn’t do anything overly exciting, just walked around, enjoying each others company. We didn’t have to try to make it special, because any time we’re together is special. We understand that we don’t get to see each other very often, and make the most of it, regardless of what we have planned for the day. The fact that we had a whole day reserved to ourselves with no distractions was already special. Today was a perfect day. Happy 6 months!

Today, I celebrated the last 6 months of happiness with my girlfriend, Kasey. We didn’t do anything overly exciting, just walked around, enjoying each others company. We didn’t have to try to make it special, because any time we’re together is special. We understand that we don’t get to see each other very often, and make the most of it, regardless of what we have planned for the day. The fact that we had a whole day reserved to ourselves with no distractions was already special. Today was a perfect day. Happy 6 months!

April 27, 2012 10:20 pm

Key Club

I’m really happy with the way our new term as officers has gone so far. Although the whole board is new, I think we’re doing a great job. Our fabulous board full of dedicated and motivated key clubbers has already come up with several service & social events, doubled meeting attendance and active membership, and created our own new way of keeping the club organized through Facebook/website. Although we’ve been following the example that the previous officers set for us, we’ve also come up with our own ideas to try. I’m really proud of us for getting so far in such short time, and we’re having a great time, growing closer as friends as we accomplish all this. This is only the beginning. I can already tell it’s going to be a great year.

I don’t really want to address the drama with the President online, to avoid any kind of drama, but I just want to say we’re doing this all without an active president. We’re all stepping up to take greater roles, and nobody is complaining. I’m in love with the new board. And Key Club.

April 22, 2012 10:15 pm

quincyrobin3:

biaaamac:

limeaway:

christopheric:

RCC - “The Gift” Prelims performance

west is best

Wish I coulda seen this show at least once! Congrats homies, 5 years in the making

Im lucky enough to have a few homies and a brother in this show((:

Omg RCC… Will always be a favorite…

(via alllofmeee)

9:17 pm

My service filled weekend.

On Saturday, I woke up early and went to March of Dimes at Pena Adobe as a volunteer. I didn’t expect to actually participate, but there was not much work to be done, so I ran with my fellow key clubbers. We stopped to rest at this one bench right by the lake and it was so beautiful and peaceful. Then we finished the run and I helped with the clean up process for a while. When all the key clubbers joined together under the tent to help load/unload/clean-up, it really did feel like a family. A bunch of different people with the same goals & passion for Key Club. Everybody clicked instantly, and a large group of us ended up going to Fenton’s together. Then we played in the park and played hide & seek. I loved it.Such a chill, fun day, the kind of fun that most teenagers forgot about.

Today, I went to the train museum for NHS to serve lemonade and cookies to babies, children, adults, seniors, and even those physically and mentally impaired. It sounds kind of boring, and it actually was, but I admit, I did enjoy myself.

This weekend of 11 service hours reminds me why I choose to participate in these events. Not for hours, or college resumes, but actually for the people that I serve.

April 17, 2012 10:04 pm

Motivation

Karate was my first love. I’ve been doing it since I was 7. But since then, there were points when I had nothing to work towards and lost motivation. I found it when I started training for my black belt exams. Now, the world tournament.

This is a huge event. The biggest karate event in our system. Fighters from all over the world come and compete, representing not only themselves and their schools, but their countries. It was originally planned for Brazil, which would be too expensive to travel. But now it’s in Denver, Colorado this September. Perfect, since this is my last year before college. One more shot to be a world champion. Let the training begin.

April 16, 2012 7:36 pm

goddammitlonnie:

audrey-nicole:

Yee, D8 mobbin! any who, here are a few pictures from my amazing weekend. love these people!

i love our business attire picture and the one in the bathroom ♥

<3

April 15, 2012 8:29 pm

DCON 2012

This was my first, and probably last, DCON, and I loved every second of it. I don’t think it impacted everyone as much as it impacted me. Every workshop, every speech, and every moment inspired me more & more. I learned so much about the importance of my service, improving as a leader, and effective ways to run the club. I actually paid attention to what people had to say, and they inspired me as a leader and a person.

I also had tons of fun! I met so many amazing, friendly people. It was so nice being able to sit next to & meet a different stranger every time I got on the shuttle bus. I could introduce myself to random people and not feel judged. The environment was so friendly and inclusive, it was nice to actually feel like a part of something.

I haven’t been in Key Club for very long, but I really do love my school, division, and district “Ohana.”

April 13, 2012 2:34 pm
Ready for DCON with @willdoesnotrap! D8 Ballerssssss.

Ready for DCON with @willdoesnotrap! D8 Ballerssssss.

April 12, 2012 5:12 pm

Life

I’m always busy. It’s tough, balancing school with all of my extra curriculars. I don’t want to brag about all my accomplishments and leadership positions, but it gets difficult to keep my 4.0 while having band, drumline, Golden West, karate, and key club on the side. And everyone knows having a girlfriend takes time, haha. But I feel like I do a pretty good job with knowing my priorities and managing my time.

There’s certain points in the year where I start getting really busy, especially during winter season. But like I said, I need to keep my priorities straight and take care of everything I need to. If that means having less time to hang out or talk to my friends, then that’s what has to happen. I know it’s bad, and I’m ignoring the people that are there for me when I need them. But there just isn’t enough hours in the day to satisfy everyone when I have my own things to deal with. But even so, not talking as much as normal shouldn’t affect our (best)friendship.

This isn’t a post to make excuses for myself, but mostly to apologize for neglecting my friends and focusing only on myself. But now that it’s April, things will hopefully ease up.

April 5, 2012 8:44 pm
karebeaaar:

Found this app for BB kind of like Instagram and thought I’d test it out with pictures of us. (:

C:

karebeaaar:

Found this app for BB kind of like Instagram and thought I’d test it out with pictures of us. (:

C:

(via kassandratamayo-deactivated2013)