The Evanoff Experience | The Fox | 5.18.2018 | Boulder, Colorado |

It has been a while since a went to a great concert, let along a concert, in which the performers and artists hold a special place in my heart.

I have been trying very hard to do my best to see this band, but every time the time came I always had excuses up my sleeve as to why I was not coming.
The greatest thing about this band that I saw last night was that this band is originally from my hometown Boulder, Colorado. Even cooler fact? I have known him since high school.

It is always important to support local talent everywhere, especially those whom you have known for a significant amount of time. The last Evanoff show I attended was their very first show, in which they headlined the Cervantes Theater in Denver, Colorado. The crowd was significantly smaller than the crowd that they drew only four years later. It was incredible to see how much progress, success, and fans they have gained over the past four years. The difference between the growth in the complexity and the structure of the sets that they played in 2014 versus the set that they played at their most recent show.

This band deserves all the success and support in the world, as they truly are passionate, humble, and incredibly creative individuals. Their set was perfect, incorporating a mix of both high-energy songs with more low tempo songs. It was far from boring and easy to dance to. This band managed to get every single member in the crowd jumping, grooving, and feeling what they were throwing down. The incredible part about this band is their use of their instruments, which makes their music a little more soulful. The incorporation of real musical instruments makes me appreciate a band, or a set much more. It adds another element of creativity and beauty.

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The night out at the Fox Theater was extremely exciting, groovy, and full of good vibes. The lights were incredible.

This was one of their shows that I just could not miss out on, as it was their hometown show! I was informed prior to the show that this show was going to be an uber special show, with insane light shows. I had a lot to look forward to!

The opening acts of the Evanoff also were exempleray. Nobide, the first opener artist, is a good friend of mine from high school, who also is another Boulder local native.

The summertime begins my concert season, as concerts become my ultimate source of fun, excitement, and socializing.
My favorite venue in the entire world is Red Rocks Ampitheater. Red Rocks brings me so much happiness and is a place that I consider very close to my heart.

Get out there and support your local talent! Supporting local talent only strengthens your sense of community and allows you to connect with your hometown.

What are your favorite concert venues? What is your most recent concert?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

“Go Take A Hike”

The phrase “go take a hike” is a phrase often used by people to communicate to someone that they should go, or otherwise check their attitude, because their presence is no longer being appreciated. This phrase is generally is meant to pretty rude.

Today, this phrase truly resonated with me, as I should have taken a hike about six months ago before I fell out of the routine of going to take regular hikes. Often, I go take a hike, because I find that my attitude often needs to be checked, or reset.

According to Urban Dictionary, “take a hike” can be defined as a phrase to “get lost.”
This is not necessarily a bad thing, because every single one of us should truly “take a hike” more regularly than we even realize.

While this phrase has a negative and rude connotation, do not take it so personally. “Getting lost,” despite the context, is never a bad thing, especially when spend time getting lost in nature.


In Boulder, Colorado, there is not a shortage of hiking trails. In fact, it never fails to surprise me how many trails there are to go get lost in, all over the Boulder County area. I would be surprised if someone has ever managed to find every trailhead in Boulder, or has hiked every trailhead in Boulder.

My favorite spot to hike in Boulder is Chautauqua Park, which is one of Boulder’s historic landmarks and one of its’ biggest tourist attractions. The historic park has many trails, that even branch off into more trails, making Chautauqua Park the hardest place to get bored of. The different hikes all vary in levels of difficulty, however, every hike that I have completed has left me panting, drenched in sweat and nearly breathless. But, the view is always worth it.



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My favorite trail to hike at Chautauqua Park is the Ampitheater Trail, which leads up to Green Mountain. This trail which tends to be more secluded than some of the other hikes that Chautauqua offers. Not many people know of this hike, or hike this trail, which makes this the perfect place for me to “take a hike,” especially when my attitude is out of check and my friends, and probably myself, honestly want me to “get lost,” figuratively and mentally, so that I can reset my entire existence. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset

While I do not dislike the other hikes that Chautauqua offers, what I love the most about the Ampitheater Trail is the serenity of the hike and the beauty of the entire hike, which offers a variety of scenic landscapes that will always keep you mezmerized and in permanent state of awe.
The moment you begin the hike you feel completely isolated from the rest of Chautauqua Park and you feel like you are entering another county, universe, country, etc.
Talk about “get lost,” right?

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The views were spectacular, the weather was even nicer, and the foliage was even greener. As Spring is in full swing, the new season allows for an abundance of flowers to flourish in every which direction. The florals compliment the green foliage perfectly, all while adding some visual stimulation to your all natural background.

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There were so many dogs at Chautauqua Park, as well! I even got to know this Shetland Husky mix pretty well! She was full of smiles and would not stop following me, which I was not complaining about ♥

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To truly celebrate this hike and commemorate the end of the hike, I packed myself an essential that I could indulge in, at the end of the hike.
THERE IS NOTHING I LOVE MORE THAN DONUTS. I FIGURED THAT SINCE HIKING IS ONE OF MY FAVORITE HOBBIES AND THAT DONUTS ARE MY FAVORITE THAT I SHOULD PROBABLY COMBINE THESE TWO FAVORITES OF MINE INTO ONE EXPERIENCE, IN ORDER TO EFFCIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY FEEL THE MOST AMOUNT OF SATISFACTION.

“Donuts The Explorer”

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Donuts and nature are one way to spend your day, without any regrets. In fact, donuts are the best companion for the excursion.

Sometimes, you need to “just take a hike,” or “get lost,” not just for the sake of others, but yourself.


xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Winterful Boulder, Colorado

Boulder, Colorado is a magical playground all the time. Even if Boulder tripped into a puddle of mud and poop, it would still look better than me most mornings.

Most days, I cannot even believe that I live in such a breathtaking city, as it is truly unreal. Every day, I at least spend about half an hour of my life wishing I could look as good as Boulder does when it is covered in snow.

As winter rolls around, the beauty of Boulder only becomes intensified, as you begin to witness snow perfectly coating every inch of the city. It is as if you are experiencing a snowglobe from inside the snowglobe, rather than watching it from outside of the snowglobe. It is quite an experience.

Chasing beauty in Boulder, Colorado is a task that never gets old, as there is natural beauty every where you look.

While no camera can truly capture Boulder’s breathtaking views, Boulder’s beauty will always be present in photographs, even the lowest of qualities of photographs can depict the beauty that is within Boulder.

To withold Boulder’s magical winters from the public would be selfish, as EVERYONE deserves an opportunity to experience this paradise.

I have included a collection of memories captured through my camera lense during my winters in here, in Boulder, Colorado.
KEEP SCROLLING TO GET A TASTE OF THIS PARADISE.
(Brace your eyes for extreme beauty)

Through My Lense: Winterful Boulder, Colorado

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The camera lense of my iPhone(s) may be sick and tired of me constantly trying to capture Boulder’s beauty, but that does not mean I am.
I blame Boulder’s extreme beauty as the primary reason why many of my iPhones broke. You know you are living in paradise when even new age technology simply falls apart, cannot keep it together, and suddenly breaks when you are attempting to capture a fraction of its’ beauty all in one photograph.

The #NOFILTER policy should always be enforced to its fullest extent when it comes to photographs of Boulder, Colorado, as there truly is no need to enhance Boulder’s natural beauty. Its’ natural beauty just exists, and therefore, it just is.

If I had a Tinder, I  would swipe right for Boulder, Colorado. What about you?

Boulder, Colorado is my winter wonderland. Where is yours? 

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Growing Up In Colorado

What I blessing it is to be able to say that I am born and raised in Boulder, Colorado, who has been infamously ranked as the most happy and most fit city in the world. National Georgraphic was one of those who ranked Boulder the happiest and healthiest city in the United States.With views like the Flatirons and trails galore, there is never a shortage of activities in this city. One thing I truly love about Boulder is its’ sense of community. No matter what is going on in the world for some reason, Boulderites can seemingly gather together and still learn to have a good time. In addition to this, we have the most, unique and interesting Thursday night tradition, called the Thursday Night Cruiser Ride, which unites whomever, in and around the Boulder County area, to take a long bike ride around Boulder. This bike event is held weekly every Thursday – definitely, something that sets apart Boulder’s activities from other cities. Similarly, there is never a shortage of active things you can do, including biking, climbing, hiking, yoga, etc. People would rather spend their time outdoors, rather than  indoors. I also do not ski anymore, but as Colorado tradition, grew up skiing. I hear the mountains over here are great, and the ski resorts are even greater. This is a hobby I am trying to pick up again. Snowboarding should not be excluded in this equation, as snowboarders have equally the small opportunity to shred the gnar properly, and adequately here. The community here is very tight, and though there are so many people moving into this city, you are generally always bound to see someone you know while you are out and about. This is something that seperates Boulder from most towns, making it a pretty friendly place to go. Just by working at a restaraunt on Pearl and a few other places on Pearl Street (the iconic outdoor mall), I have made so many connections with others that have worked there a while and many friendships were made. Similarly, I have kept old connections, as Pearl Street is a place that most Boulderites visit during winter, though mostly during the summer. Most winters are spent in mountain towns, and throughout most of my skiing career as a child, I spent them at Loveland Ski Resort or Breckenridge Ski Resort. Even if you do not ski, there are other activities, such as snow-shoeing that may suit your needs. Simply, going up to a cabin up in the mountains, during the winter is a great, fun activity that  I got to utilize, while growing up here. We are truly blessed with some of the prettiest mountain ski resort towns, such as, Telluride, Steamboat Springs, and Breckenridge. These places are gorgeous, during every season. Also, on top of all this, we have great sight-seeing locations, such as Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park, Colorado, Maroon Bells, in Aspen, Colorado, all of the hot springs, both in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, and the Strawberry Hot Springs in Steamboat Springs, Colorado…All I have to say is that we have a lot to offer. The environment is very calm, and while it is a totally different experience going to the University of Colorado, Boulder, I still have a lot of love for it. Chautauqua Park offers me the calm I need to get through every stressful day. But, there’s something about Boulder, Colorado that just keeps calling me back – it is, as though, I can never leave. There is a sense of comfort in having a community surrounding you and supporting you, as Boulder can be seen as a happy place to grow and thrive. I think it is the nature that keeps me coming back. Or, maybe it is the amazing music scene that we have been blessed with here in Colorado. Plus, we are close to the most magical venue and most iconic venue, Red Rocks Ampitheater, where I have experienced a multitude of amazing shows.

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I’ve attached pictures from my own limited amount of hikes at Chautauqua Park and more below, as well as some of the mountain towns. You can easily tell that we have been blessed to be able to experience every season visually; this is something that not everyone gets to experience.

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I have experienced so much beauty and there is still more to be explored. I cannot wait to see what more I can see and discover during my time on this Earth. This ColoRADo place is a dope spot.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

A Lil’ Segment On What…I am majoring In.

I am beginning a new segment, called “a lil’ segment on what…” where readers can find out a little bit more about me and what I do. I obviously get to pick the topics, but a little less about me and more about what I am majoring in at the University of Colorado Boulder, why I am majoring in these field studies, and what my dream career goals are.

I am currently not in school, however, will be picking up classes once again during the summer, in order to be able to make the May 2018 graduation ceremony. Honestly, finding my major was almost hopeless for me, and at the end of sophomore year, I had to make a big decision. My initial decision was to join the Journalism school at the University of Boulder, Colorado. Unfortunately, I did not get in on my first try. But, hey! Second time is the charm. I finally after two attempts got into my dream school, however, I made the bold decision to stay enrolled in the Arts & Science’s school, as well. I am currently pursuing a Double Degree in both Advertising & Marketing and Psychology. It is a hard feat, but these are things I am truly passionate about.

I had to pick my Psychology major in a room full of angry, frustrated freshman trying to get enrolled – and I looked lost. As they finally called my name, as I had a hold on my account and could not sign up for classes until I declared my major, I soon found out that I had to decide my entire future in about five minutes on a iPad, in the next three seconds. Pain, panick and sweat passed over me, as I had found out that the counselor I was seeing no longer was my assigned counselor. I chose Psychology – it seemed pretty cool at the time, I did not know much about it, and I did not know how much I could learn and relate to my classes. Psychology has now become one of my biggest passions, as I hope to one day solve the global issues of addictions of many, to handle the mental evaluations of many patients, to make medication accessible to all, and most importantly, help bring light to a subject that is often ignored and overlooked in our society.

So much crime, addiction, and problems within our society would be solved if we were all put on correct medication, molded to each and everyone’s unique biochemical makeup of their brain. Wouldn’t that be something?

So many of us neglect getting diagnosed. Beyond that, many individuals are afraid to receive proper medication and treatment, or do not have the means to meet the overpriced treatment plans or to buy medication. This is a sad thing for me, and I believe that with more knowledge of our neurological systems and our brains, we can all learn so much about what is going on, why we feel the way we do, and how to stabilize even the slightest unstabilized part of your brain.

Accessibility and knowledge of all aspects of psychology, including therapy, disorders, medication stabilization, long-term treatment, social aspects of psychology, cognitive aspects of psychology, aspects of abnormal aspects of psychology, among many other things are some aspects of psychology that I would like to unlock.

Similarly, I would like to have more research done to the correlation of crime rates versus mental well-being, more specifically serotonin levels. Most recently, I learned in my Social Psychology class that most “hardcore” criminals, such as those who rape, murder, etc. have very low levels of serotonin in their brains. Similarly, I learned that drug abuse or long-term use can be linked to an undiagnosed disorder that went on too long.

So much about Psychology is unknown and I would like to make it known, during my path towards treatment and a proper medication regiment.

My second major includes the field of Advertising and Marketing, where I learn how to manipulate people into being interested in what I would be selling at the time. I have been told I have a way with words, art, etc. that make it easy to make things relatable, and appealing towards the masses. I have finally decided to use my hardcore manipulation for the better good and start combining my knowledge in Psychology, in order to learn more about humans, in order to then sell the product that I will be trying to advertise so carefully.

Advertising and Marketing is often not paired with Psychology, and I do not see why. The majors go hand-in-hand, as I discovered that the more I learn about people, how they react, how our bodies function and work, the more successful I could be at selling my advertisements, and being successful at it.

Advertising and Marketing involves a lot of thinking, and a lot of time spent in your head, as you try to come up with the next new idea or way to sell your product. I believe that my ability to be an excellent problem solver will help me in this career, as I know that advertising and marketing relies a lot on your problem solving skills. Some may say it’s a dying business, but advertising and marketing is now growing on another platform – social media. With our latest technological advancements, advertisers have to spend less time working with print, and spend more time working digitally.

In order to fully embrace the digital age and my inner nerd, I decided that being in the creative field of advertising and marketing would perhaps be my forte. I channel a lot of my creativity out through blogging, coloring, and photography, in order to help myself find creative solutions to problems, using the right side of my brain! I actually believe that advertising and marketing, as well as psychology, allows you to access both parts of your brain, letting me entertain logical, yet creative solutions to problems.

I am also using my strong, thorough knowledge of popular culture and worldly news to my advantage, because staying informed in the best way to stay ahead of the game in the advertising and marketing world, as it is an extremely competitive field. Especially in recent years, with the use of advertisements on social media, being a social media guru and growing up in the social media age helped me. This market is extremely profitable, only if your ads sell and people are buying the product. I guess I kind of like the uncertainty. My dream is to run an advertising campaign for a major fashion enterprise, such as Vogue, Cosmopolitan, YSL, etc. I would truly enjoy working for a large fashion corporation, as fashion has become my world. I believe when choosing your major, tapping into your skills and interests are key. And then, once you figure that out, it’s easy peasy from there. Dream jobs and goals come up in your head, as you try to make something different and unique out of yourself.

I have yet to make a portfolio, but I have seen so many genius one-liners and excellent fake ad campaigns completed by my own peers. The target audience is constantly craving for something new and fresh to catch their attention, so it’s truly competitive since most of my peers have the same access, interests and life goals as me.

The last reason why I chose these majors, beyond the fact that I am completely mindblown by both topics, is the fact that it is a versatile two majors to have. If I get bored working at an advertising company, I can switch back and forth between career paths. Call me crazy, but one, singular career path is not the life for me. I want to do more than just sell things and catch people’s attentions, I want to help people.

Similarly, my psychology major will hopefully open some doors for me to work for nonprofit organizations, where I would like to work. I would love to do a bit of both volunteering, as well as volunteering my services towards ad campaigns, and marketing. Running an advertising campaign for a great non-profit with a good message is also one of my lifelong goals. It would be incredible to be selling a product that does good for the world. With my psychology major, I can also work with people directly, not just working behind the scenes. And, after this semester of social psychology, I learned how much I truly love being around people, getting to know people, and working with people. My dream in life is to make a stance, make a difference, and get a little noticed for my work!

Ideally, in order to set myself apart from other projected advertisers and marketers, I started this blog. Don’t get me wrong I mostly started this out of simple boredom, a need for release of creative thoughts, and because it had been one of my goals for this year. I hopefully will still have this blog up and running in ten years still. Talking mindlessly about shit I only care about…but hey, whatever 4ever, right?

I want to hear from others, what are your goals, aspirations, and career goals? What are you current majors at school and why did you chose that? With these new gadgets, and robots, we have so many outlets for information and ways to receive information that our society has developed a need for more specialized, unique job openings that require specialized skills and majors. I am interested to see how you believe you can change the world!

I believe college should be filled with fun times, but it should also be filled with a purpose and motivation to want to get your certificate and graduate with the major, or majors, you so desire, so you can be let out into the world and be living out your dream job.

I am a leap and a half away from all these goals, but I am finding that after two years of deliberation, I am finally happy with my major.

Feel free to share your thoughts, DON’T BE SHY!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

The Road Less Traveled

Some days you feel lazy, challenged, a little unmotivated, angry, frustrated, bored, sad, and irate about this crazy world we live in. This is quite alright, actually.

What is your ultimate vice to cover up the guilt, anxiety, and pressures of modern day society? I have countless, and as the saying goes, old habits die hard. I used to cope with the abuse of a variety of illicit narcotics, but now have turned my unexerted, and unlimited energy towards other habits, such as blogging, hiking, coloring, shopping and working full-time.

It is not easy to turn away from your old, toxic habits, as they are cyclical parts of our day-to-day life. The simple act of going to Starbucks every morning and drinking a Venti Caramel Macchiato can be categorized as an old toxic coping mechanism, as none of us really should be drinking 3 shots of espresso in our coffee every day.

The key to success is maintaining composure, and a level-head, when you are stressed. Turning your unexerted stress towards positive habits, such as your health, new found hobbies, staying on top of your school work, and hanging out with positive influences can be a way to take the road less traveled.

You see, none of these old, toxic habits are serving you any good. Though it is alright to slip up a few times, as I have time-and-time again, recognizing, addressing, and acting upon being aware of your old habits is the key to success.

Some days I find myself bored, and unsatisfied with life. I am constantly doing the same thing every day, working full-time, coloring and shopping. I also attend therapy once a week to switch up my routine.

By taking the road less traveled on, and working hard to combat these habits, you will begin to lead a life of happiness and simplicity. All things that every human being craves. The key to understanding why you must take the road less traveled on is thinking about more than “the now.” You must learn to think long-term and think about your long-term goals before deciding to be impulsive and reckless. These small habitual toxic habits that you engage in are a big part of who you are as a person, but learning to persevere through the tough times, especially when you are overwhelmed, is a skill that cannot be taught or mastered. We all make mistakes sometimes.

The road less traveled on is much more difficult and time-consuming than one would hope, which is why it is the route that is traveled on much less. In the long run, however, the outcomes will be enormous, and will be self-fulfilling. The best feeling in the world is learning how much your hard work pays off, even through the thick and the thin. Not every day is easy, and not every day is fun, especially when you’re traveling in the opposite direction than others. Chances are very high that you will feel lost, uncomfortable, vulnerable, unstable, emotional, irate, sad, happy, relieved, etc.

This is all natural. Life is supposed to be challenging, so why not take up the challenge now? It is never too late to change. Today is a new day – another day for you to change.

Validation from others is the reason why others turn their cheek and travel in the most traveled on road. Sometimes we can be prone to take this route, however, take small steps towards change and rewards will come in surplus.

Appreciate the challenge and embrace the challenge. As Nike exclaims, “JUST DO IT!”And, as 2Chainz most famously stated, “I’m different, yeah, I’m different!” Embrace being different and taking a different route than everyone, because no one is the same and the route that they may decide to take is probably drastically different from yours.

Change your perspective ad shoot for the stars, loves. Aim high, work hard, and keep your expectations low. Do not rush the process, as it is a lifelong process. Adapt to your current situation, whatever it may take, and begin there. Make a list of things you wish to change about yourself, and then most importantly, make changes and take action! Actions always speak louder than words.

Lastly, do not do this for anyone other than yourself. After a while, doing the same shit for years becomes a bore. This is simply just a sign that you are growing and maturing. Figuring out what you like and do not like, standing up for yourself, and loving yourself are all things that become incredibly uncomfortable, as you will find yourself spending more and more time alone. Uncomfortable is good – it simply means you found some inspiration to grow, mature, and take action against your old habits.

Do not be so hard on yourself, but take up this challenge, and do things you do not normally do. Make yourself uncomfortable, in order to face the uncomfortability. Remember those who mind, do not matter.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade