A Completely Random Post About Music that has Nothing to do With Anything (And the Longest Blog Post Title in the History of Blog Post Titles)

Today, on the way home from dropping the kids off at school, a song came on the radio.  This song instantly relaxed every tense muscle in my body, washed away my stress, and gave me a feeling of inner peace.  It brought me into the moment, making my worries about the future move to the back-burner of my mind.  It made me feel like no matter what, everything is ok and it will always be ok.

Not that I have any serious problems or anything.  But we all have stress that we carry on a daily basis, and isn’t it wonderful when we have those moments where all our worries just float away?

I thought about this song, and realized that out of the millions of songs in the world, there are only a handful of them that seem to lift the burdens of life and just make me feel good.  I’d like to share them with you.

 

Soul to Squeeze by Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is the one from this morning.  *Sigh*

 

Thing for You by Hinder

I don’t know what it is, but that opening guitar and drum in this song?  Damn.

This song makes me think of my early days with my husband–before we were “a thing.”  The life that we’ve built together all started because way back when, he had a bit of a thing for me.  🙂

 

Sleep While I Drive by Melissa Ethridge

I first heard this song as a teenager in the 90’s, when I watched the movie “Where the Day Takes You.”  Loved that movie.  Now, when I hear it, I remember what it was like to have nothing but a car, and that one person who believed in me.  And it reminds me that having ‘stuff’ is irrelevant.  Because all we really need in life is love.

And–I think about road trips.  Road trips are fun when you’re young and free.

 

Rocket Queen by Guns N Roses

Okay…I was “that girl.”  I was the girl who held on to 80’s glam-rock/hair-band music a little too long.  I’m over it now, I promise!  But despite GNR being totally weird and a tad bit uncomfortable now–you know–in present day–I’ll always love this song.  It makes me smile.

 

XO by Beyonce

I played this song on repeat about 50 bajillion times when I first heard it.  It has such a unique sound.  And something about this song pulls me out of writer’s block.  Every.  Single.  Time.

 

Wait for Me by Kings of Leon

I can’t really put into words why I love this song so much.  I know, sucky writer moment, right?  Oh well.  I just love it.  Maybe it’s because it gives a feeling of hope.

 

Waves by Mr. Probz

The final (and most recently released) song on my list.  Such simple, poetic, lyrics with such a deep meaning that I think we can all relate to.

 

That’s it!  What songs make YOU feel like the weight of life is lifted off your shoulders?  Which song do you never get sick of?  Leave a comment with the songs that “do things” to you!

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My Self Publishing Journey…So Far

If you have read my previous posts, you already know that in early 2013, I spent some time thinking about what my real passions were.  I thought about whether I wanted to remain “comfortable” in my career, or if I wanted to take some risks and try something completely different.  I chose the latter.

At first, when I decided to write a book, I didn’t know if I would ever show it to anyone other than my husband.  In fact, I didn’t even tell anyone else I was writing a book until I was 2.5 months into it.  I found out in the very beginning that writing is an extremely personal experience where you must bare your deepest inner thoughts and emotions…Something I have always avoided at all costs.  Telling people was hard but I did it because I had become so passionate about it that I couldn’t not tell people about it.  I had come to a point where I needed to finish what I had started.   Initial reactions to my “writing confession” started with looks of confusion (I had never expressed any interest in writing before), to support and encouragement.   All I can say about that is I love my family & friends.  🙂

Fast forward a few months.  The book was edited, formatted, and finished.  Ready to be shown to anyone who wanted to read it.  Ready for people other than my husband and a few close friends.  It was ready for “strangers.”  My instinct begged me to keep it to myself…to not put my heart & soul out there for people to judge.  But I did it anyway.  Because being comfortable for the rest of my life would be fine–even great–but there is nothing more exhilarating than doing what you are passionate about.  And there is no reward without risk.

The book is out now, and I have had some phenomenal reviews!  The feeling of relief mixed with excitement when someone has expressed that they enjoyed my book is invigorating.  I have been pretty lucky in that each review has been a reflection of my writing strengths, and has provided me with insight to areas where I can improve for the next project.  I am so incredibly thankful to each and every person…every stranger…who has given my book a chance.  So far I have found the book world to be an encouraging and helpful group of people who are passionate about finding and reading new books by new authors.

I am slowly figuring out the “book marketing world,” though I’ll be the first to admit that I still have a lot to learn.  But I’ll get there.  For now, I have decided to finally put the social media on slow-mo to start my next book.  No more distractions!  (That means you Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads!)  My plan is to get into the habit of staring at a blank word document without having my mind wander.  I won’t quit the social media completely cold turkey…I’ll dedicate some time here and there for emails and promotions and such…but the rest of my free time will be spent writing.  (Or staring at a blank word document).  And now that I’ve told you all my plan, I have to stick to it!