Monthly Archives: March 2018

Current Music Favorites

Anyone else like making playlists, discovering new songs, and just great music in general? ‘Cause I certainly do.

I have a lot of favorite songs, but I thought I’d share ones that are more recent (from this year and last year). A lot of my favorite bands released albums in 2017 and 2018, so to make sure they didn’t take up this whole list, I only chose 1 song from each – NOT easy. Plus, I wrote a post in December on my favorite albums of 2017 so I didn’t want to have too much repeat.

Let me know if you give any of these a listen!

  • “Told You So” by Miguel
  • “Flowerss by HalfNoise
  • “Homemade Dynamite – REMIX” by Lorde, Khalid, Post Malone, and SZA
  • “Passionfruit” by Drake
  • “What Lovers Do” by Maroon 5 feat. SZA
  • “20 Something” by SZA
  • “Winterbreak” by MUNA
  • “The Last of the Real Ones” by Fall Out Boy
  • “Almost Had Me” by Lights
  • “Don’t Come Down” by The Maine
  • “Little of Your Love” by HAIM
  • “Sparking” by Eisley
  • “Rose-Colored Boy” by Paramore
  • “Ground Control” by All Time Low feat. Tegan and Sara
  • “Love So Soft” by Kelly Clarkson
  • “Get Out” by CHVRCHES
  • “Motion Sickness” by Phoebe Bridgers
  • “Party on Apocalypse” by New Found Glory
  • “Sit Next to Me” by Foster the People
  • “Lustration” by Circa Survive
  • “Dangerous Night” by Thirty Seconds to Mars

Okay, guys, now it’s time for you to tell me songs you’re currently loving! I’m always looking for new music, so let me know!

The Simple Practice of Gratitude

Hi, friends!

Last time we spoke, I mentioned there was a nor’easter happening. Now, we have welcomed Winter Storm Quinn into our neighborhoods! Man, I am so ready for summer.

Anyway, I wanted to talk to you guys today about gratitude. Living in our digital age while following hectic schedules can cause us to forget that sometimes, it’s good to slow down and look around. We need to remember the value in the things we already have or acknowledge what comes into our path on a daily basis.

Practicing gratitude isn’t something we should only do once a year on Thanksgiving. We should be doing it every day, or as often as we can. It’s such a simple act that brings you back down to earth and helps you appreciate life. It can help your overall well-being, allowing you to feel more happiness, relieve you from stress, and help you to be more patient.

I’ll be the first to admit that I am one of the many who can get lost in schedules, stress – just everyday life – and I often forget to realize that there are always things to be grateful for. Heck, I forget to be grateful because I do get so caught up in stress.

To help relieve me from getting lost in my own head, I decided to start a Gratitude Journal. Each night, I reflect on what I was grateful for that day and choose 3 things to write down. The best part is that I don’t need to mention some huge event. I might list something as simple as “Trying out a new recipe.” I personally believe that’s one of the most important pieces to practicing gratitude: you really appreciate the small things in life. You don’t need to buy a new car or get a raise at work to be grateful. I’m not saying those things shouldn’t be celebrated or appreciated because they should! But it’s also good to recognize the small things as well as the big things.

I’ve only started my Gratitude Journal about a week ago, but I wanted to share some of what I’ve written:

  • I am grateful for starting a new book, The House at Riverton by Kate Morton. (Side note: go check her out!)
  • I am grateful that we didn’t lose power during the nor’easter.
  • I am grateful for signing up for yoga and taking my first class!
  • I am grateful for seeing a friend who I hadn’t seen since summer.
  • I am grateful that my husband is on his school break and we’ve been able to spend some more time together.

Remember, there’s no right or wrong to this because you’re doing it for you. Aside from writing, you can also practice gratitude by telling someone in your life that you’re thankful for them. I’m sure it would make them feel good 🙂

Does anyone else practice gratitude? How has it helped you?

My First Experience Taking a Yoga Class

Happy Friday!

I’m one of the many people currently experiencing this wonderful nor’easter. I need to go to Target, but that’s probably going to have to wait until tomorrow or Sunday. So for now, I thought I would share with you my first ever experience taking a yoga class!

The only yoga experience I have is attempting some poses at home. It’s completely different trying it on your own compared to being in a class with an instructor. I wanted to try classes because I knew it would give me guidance on how to do the poses correctly without hurting myself. Plus, being at home can easily distract you.

Last night I went to my first class, which was called Evening Flow. I admit I was a little nervous beforehand because I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect. The class instructor, Victoria, was super nice and helped me get situated. I had to rent one of their mats, and she also showed me the blocks and straps that are sometimes used for assistance with poses.

Once the class got going, my nerves went away. Victoria led everyone in a quick warm up before going into a variety of poses, such as downward dog, tabletop, child’s play, warrior, butterfly, and boat pose. She made sure to show the class how to position themselves, occasionally going over to individuals to help them correct their pose.

For me, it was a little overwhelming because I was trying to focus on my breathing along with making sure I was doing the poses as best as I could. I know it’s going to take take time and practice, but I could tell my body was getting a great workout. I do go to the gym, but yoga was another reminder that I’m not very flexible. One girl in the class was like Gumby, bending in all kinds of directions. As I continue, I’m looking forward to achieving different poses without losing my breath!

After class, Victoria told me I’d done a good job for my first time. That was very encouraging to hear! She said I had good alignment, which I was surprised at because I don’t have the best posture (one of the many reasons why I’m trying yoga). I also took a few minutes to speak with her, asking if she had any suggestions for me on what to work on. Apparently my downward dog pose needs improvement (see, going to a class helps!). She also said it’s important to power through holding the poses, something I definitely struggle with.

I can see why people enjoy yoga. Besides the workout your body is getting, it’s a nice way to take a break from the rest of the world so all you’re focused on is what you’re doing in class. One of my goals is mindfulness, and yoga will be a great help with that.

For anyone who’s never taken a yoga class and is considering it, I encourage you to try! I’m really glad I did, despite my nerves. I’ve already signed up for my next class and I’m excited to continue learning more and improving my flexibility and physical strength.

I’d love to hear about any of your experiences with yoga! Share with me in the comments 🙂 Also, for anyone else getting hit by this nor’easter: stay safe and warm!