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What I’m Listening To, Volume 5

I know monthly around this time I drop the themed mix of my choosing, but October is going to be a little different. Halloween is probably my second favorite holiday because it really combines two of my best qualities: being dead inside and my love of (some) holidays. So it really goes without saying that making my yearly Halloween mix is one of my favorite things to do. A lot of work goes into handcrafting my mixture of horror scores, creepy songs and popular favorites not to mention the search for the ideal creepy image to accompany it. Halloween is fast approaching so that mix will be out in the next week or so (hopefully). I just hope I get to add some of the new Stranger Things soundtrack into this year’s mix since the show’s return coincides with this most frightful time of year.

Since the Halloween mix has yet to reach my high standards (standards no one else cares about), I decided to just throw together a playlist of what I’m listening to a lot right now. This 5th playlist in a series of who knows how many to come features a bunch of new releases and some classic Tom Petty. Of course it had to have some Tom Petty on it because the classic rock station around here played nothing but blocks and blocks of his work after his passing. There are just so many good Tom Petty songs.

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This weekend I have a little fall break and I use that term loosely. While I have a “break” I’m not much of a break person. I just find something to do or get ahead with so I’m not stressed later. Unfortunately I’ll likely be cleaning or organizing, but hopefully I’ll get to make some yummy food (or some sea salt chocolate chip cookies at least).

As usual here are some really interesting and, hopefully, fun things from around the Internet. Sorry it’s a little design centric this time, but those were definitely some interesting reads over the last week or so.

Enjoy!

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Sorry for the sparse posting as of late. I’m lacking a bit of motivation and inspiration right now. I’m also working so incredibly hard on so many things all at once. I’m a bit of an overachiever I’ll admit. Most of the things I’m being bogged down by are almost over, so hopefully now I’ll be able to post more regularly.

That said this weekend I’ll be attending a sip and see for my friend’s new baby. Apparently sip and sees  are a real thing and not just something seen on the Real Housewives franchise. While I find the concept utterly baffling, I guess that’s a thing I will be doing. Hopefully with far less drama than an episode of the Real Housewives of whatever. I also hope it doesn’t begin to stir any sort of baby fever within me because babies are the most fun when they aren’t yours and you get to pass them back. But one thing is for sure, getting older sucks when everyone reminds you where you should be in life, but just aren’t.

Talk about being a Debbie Downer. Instead enjoy some fun things from around the internet, and have a great weekend.

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Mix No. 10: #MOOD

Sometimes I just get in a #mood I can’t explain, but when making this playlist it became pretty clear just what was causing the feeling. I constantly battle with how personal to be on my blog because it’s really scary to just put all your feelings out there into the void. Despite that being the entire point of a blog in the first place, right? It doesn’t have to be some fake, robotic, heavily curated space. It should be personable and real. That said, you never really know whose reading it, but here goes nothing.

One of my favorite things to Snapchat or Tweet is #mood. It’s usually some incredibly dumb (but funny) GIF or just a snapshot of real life. I realize I do it most often when I’m sad, annoyed, or frustrated. When I set out to make a playlist I really didn’t know where I wanted to go, but I knew I was just feeling down. Anyone within earshot of this playlist can see exactly what was getting me down: love and relationships.

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Before I take off for what hopefully will be a fun but relaxing weekend, I thought I would share some stuff from around the internet I found interesting. There’s tons of different stuff. Maybe you’ll need some fun conversation starters over the weekend so check out the stories below. There’s a flashlight made of paper, the grossest Instagram account, and even insights into mindful meditation.

PS: Looking for some weekend tunes? Check out the Labor Day Playlist Extravaganza

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Mix 09: White Hot Summer + Labor Day Playlist Extravaganza

It’s time to say au revoir to summer. Well kind of anyway.

Seasonal playlists are my favorite to make because they can soundtrack certain events, holidays, or even days. They can evoke sentiment years later when we stumble upon them or just songs that remind of us times gone by. That sounds pretty eloquent, but I can’t tell you how many times I hear Yeah! by Usher and remember the summer of 2004 (for better or worse). Summer just has a much happier vibe to it and playlists really reflect that. Playlists also offer us an escape from the radio (aka hearing Despacito for the 6,000,001th time). There’s so many different playlists to make for summer. Ones to soundtrack BBQs, road trips, and even floating around the pool doing absolutely nothing.

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What I’m Listening To, Volume 4

Summer is winding down which makes me feel a little low key #blessed. No more looking like a sweaty tomato all the time. No more feeling uncomfortable in my own skin because I can layer upon layer my clothes. But no one wants to hear about that so onto the music. I set out to make another blissful summer playlist, but just didn’t have the heart to finish it. It just never felt right when I would listen back to it. So instead I went with a trusted go to: what I’m listening to right now.

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