September Goals…

“By all these lovely tokens September days are here, With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer.” -Helen Hunt Jackson

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  • do yoga much more often
  • start decorating for fall
  • gather more Halloween decorations
  • only order take out once in a while
  • paint on a canvas
  • keep my gpa up
  • stay on top of my bullet journal
  • stop putting so much pressure on myself
  • make time for myself during the week
  • try new recipes (baking and cooking)
  • try to walk 10k steps a day
  • hang out with friends more often
  • blog a lot more
  • find a way to make moola
  • EAT! ALL! OF! MY! MEALS!
  • plan an amazing homecoming
  • read pride and prejudice!
  • try outfits that are outside of my comfort zone
  • listen to new music
  • be happy

when you’re in need of a pick me up…

“Music is the greatest communication in the world. Even if people don’t understand the language that you’re singing in, they still know good music when they hear it.” -Lou Rawls

  • come on eileen- dexys midnight runners
  • this must be my dream- the 1975
  • no matter what- badfinger
  • come and get your love- redbone
  • parking lots- plums
  • love my way- the psychedelic furs
  • my girl- the temptations
  • 1999- prince
  • out of my league- fitz and the tantrums
  • dog days are over- florence and the machines
  • sleepyhead- passion pit
  • sunflower- rex orange county

 

Let’s Talk About Creative Outlets…

“I think as long as I have a creative outlet, I’m happy.” -Nat Wolff

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There are times in life when we realize that everything is simply too much. It seems as if everything awful that could possibly happen is hitting us like a tidal wave all at once and there is nothing we can do about it. In those moments, when everything is just too much to handle, what are we supposed to do? How are we supposed to take a deep breath and calm down? I’ve learned over the years that when life is far too overwhelming, the best way for me to take a breather is to turn to one of my many outlets and creative outlets. Some people have a very hard time finding what can calm them down, what can make them feel free, so I’m going to share some of my favorite outlets in hopes of giving some of you some ideas!

  • Painting- Even if you’re no good, pick up a brush and paint a picture. Get those creative juices flowing.
  • Sketch/doodle- If painting isn’t your thing, doodle or sketch a little picture that’ll make you happy.
  • Bake something- I absolutely love baking. Seeing the end result, going through the whole process of creating something, it’s amazing.
  • Re-Decorate your room- If you’re ever stuck in a rut or feel overwhelmed, changing your space is an amazing way to change things up and start with a clean slate.
  • Journal/write- If you’re overwhelmed, you most likely have lots of thoughts circulating throughout your head. Pick up a pen or pencil and write down what you’re thinking, it’s very therapeutic.
  • Take some pictures- Grab a camera, whether it be a DSLR or just your phone camera, go outside, and take pictures of things that interest you.
  • Listen to music- This is probably the most calming outlet in my opinion. Sitting back and listening to your favorite music, tuning out the world for a bit, nothing beats it.
  • Go on a hike/take a walk- Getting out and going into nature is so blissful. Take a second and enjoy the outdoors.
  • Dance- This goes along with painting, whether you’re good at it or not, get some endorphins out, have fun, dance.
  • Talk to a loved one- This might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I know for me, talking to someone I’m close to helps to relieve some of the stress of life.

Having a creative outlet is needed, because without it, life is much too hard. We are supposed to enjoy life, we are supposed to live, not just be alive, and if our lives are just full of stress, we aren’t doing it right.

Let’s Talk About My Current Favorite Songs…

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.”
― Bob Marley.

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Music is the best way for me to unwind from a stressful day, to pump up and get hyped for my workout, to channel my happiness, or let out all of my emotions when I’m feeling down. While my music taste constantly changes, and I always have to be on the hunt for new songs, these are the ones that I have been absolutely loving lately:

  • Blood Bank by Bon Iver
  • Roslyn by Bon Iver and St. Vincent
  • Holocene by Bon Iver
  • Like To Be You by Shawn Mendes ft Julia Michaels
  • Why by Shawn Mendes
  • Fallin’ All In You by Shawn Mendes
  • Why by Sabrina Carpenter
  • Dive by Ed Sheeran
  • Barcelona by Ed Sheeran
  • Drive by Oh Wonder
  • Without You by Oh Wonder
  • Body Gold by Oh Wonder
  • Cherry Wine- Live by Hozier
  • From Eden by Hozier
  • Like Real People Do by Hozier
  • Everytime by Boy Pablo
  • Ready/Problems by Boy Pablo
  • You’ve Got a Woman by Whitney
  • You Were My Girl by Palmas
  • I Want To Know (Your Love) by Palmas
  • Gooey by Glass Animals
  • Already Gone by Sleeping At Last
  • Saturn by Sleeping At Last
  • Anchor by Novo Amor
  • Promise by Ben Howard
  • Love It If We Made It by The 1975

These are my current song obsessions, but I’m open to all different types of music and would love to branch out a bit, so I would highly appreciate song suggestions!

Let’s Talk About My Morning Routine…

Summer is usually the time for most teenagers to catch up on their much needed rest, but let’s start off by saying that I’m not like not like most teenagers.

My mornings start off at 6:30 A.M. when the calming sounds of Oh Wonder play through my phone, waking me up from my usual eight hour slumber. After getting out of bed, I’ll normally go through a series of three minute stretches that starts with a pike stretch and ends with the lotus (which, by the way, took me about a year to learn how to do). Once my morning stretches are complete, my workout clothes are thrown on, the hydro flask is filled, the sunflower backpack is prepared, and I head out the door to my community gym.

I’m one of those rare species that actually enjoys using the elliptical. Every time I say that to anyone, I get a series of strange looks followed up by an “absolutely not”. When I get to the gym, the first thing I do is turn on inspirational videos (ex: how to stop comparing yourself to others, how to be confident, etc,) because it allows me to get into the right head space, then it’s time to use the elliptical for about twenty-five to thirty minutes. Once that is complete, I use the bike for thirty, then it’s weights, legs, and then it’s time to go home!

Getting home from the gym is probably the most peaceful feeling because it’s usually around 7:50, I’m able to open all of the windows, light some candles, and just be. Making breakfast, my go to being egg whites, mushrooms, whole wheat toast with vegan butter, and a cup of cinnamon coffee with coconut milk creamer, with music on allows me to wind down from the gym and clear my head for a bit. After breakfast then comes my shower, but I’ll spare the details.

After my shower is usually the time I like to sit down with my laptop and start to write for my blog. I’ll either have music or a video playing in the background, being that I’m not one to work in silence, and write my new post for the day, which then concludes my morning routine!

 

 

Let’s Talk About the Power Of Music…

What is music to me?

Music is the peace you feel while walking through a field of flowers listening to smooth piano classics.

It’s the everlasting childhood glee you feel when you’ve stepped foot onto Disneyland territory and the sound of the Esplanade music fills your ears.

It’s the overwhelming comfort you feel when you’re curled up with a cup of coffee on the nightstand, a book on your lap, the pitter patter of rain ricocheting off the window, and your favorite acoustic indie songs softly playing through the speakers.

It’s the devastation you feel as you constantly re-read the final “it’s over” text with the lyrics of every break up song Beyoncé has ever written playing in your head.

It’s the pride you feel watching the youngest soul in your family take their first piano lesson and play Mary Had a Little Lamb successfully.

It’s the anxiety you feel as you slow dance with your first love at the senior prom, the cheesiest of love songs playing in the background.

It’s the euphoria you feel as the DJ at your wedding plays the first dance song, and you realize your life is forever changed for the better.

It’s the confidence you feel when you hear a positive, upbeat song and you realize; I am a badass.

And it’s the feeling your heart gets when you hear a song for the first time and you know, you just know that this is your new anthem.

Music is the expression of life. It is what allows people to feel and express the emotions that they other wise don’t know how to express. They are not just words, it is not just music, it is deep seeded emotions and feelings that are being bloomed and brought into the real world.