Happy TunesDay: Collection 60

Okay, I decided.  I’m posting TunesDay playlists every other Tuesday.  I just can’t keep up with the weekly deal.  Sorry to disappoint the 3.67 people who listen to my playlists regularly!

Anyway, this week is a little hectic (as per usual).  Does anyone else turn into a sluggish, sloth-like creature when a ton of deadlines and tasks are piling up?  It’s like the more I have to do, the stronger my urge to curl into my bed and eat chocolate whilst binge-watching Freeform TV shows (aka Young & Hungry) on Netflix becomes.  Also, can we talk about how ABC Family rebranded themselves into Freeform.  I mean, what is that?  Is that supposed to make them seem young & hip with all the teens?

I have a little over a month until I embark on life’s next great adventure– 7 years studying social injustices and writing papers in Pittsburgh!  Okay, well I’m actually really excited about it, but I’m also terrified of leaving the comforts of my home.  And by “home”, I’m not just referencing the house I’ve lived in my whole life in NorCal or my apartment in SoCal.  “Home” means the friends, family, memories, laughter, tears, everything that has made me into a semi-normal, self-sustaining human person.  And all those things are in California.  How do people make new homes and still feel a constant sense of self?  It’s been 24 years and I feel like I just got a hang of things here.  And it’s really scary to think that in a small amount of time, people and places can change dramatically.  In seven years, we might as well just be completely new people.  California might be an entirely different place…country even. HAH. Jokes, but really, these next 3 years are going to be B-A-N-A-N-A-S.

So, I’m excited and terrified.  Terrifyingly excited?  Excitedly terrified?  A combination of the two.

How do you cope with moving and finding new homes?  Let me know, because I don’t have time to read a gazillion thinkpieces and self-help books.  I need the basics told to me in person.

With love as always,
Christina

Happy TunesDay: Collection 55

This week has kept me insanely busy, but that’s nothing really new.

Today, my friend, Lili, invited me onto her radio show, Where’s The Chase? It’s a fun talk show about dating and relationships–why she asked me on again…I have no idea.  But, it’ll be cool to chat about how I relate to friends in relationships and me being ready for a serious relationship (cue the shock & awe).  Her show is on KUCI 88.9FM for those in Orange County.  But, you can listen online here.  I’ll be on from 4-4:30PM PST!

And in other news…

Tomorrow, I am launching my podcast, Seats At The Table!! I am way super excited to finally be sharing this with everyone.  But, in preparation for the launch, I decided to have an impromptu launch party at the behest of my friend, Meymuna.  So, I’ve been frantically cleaning my apartment and rearranging furniture, because of course that’s a great idea the day before you’re hosting people at your apartment.

It’s become an intensive spring cleaning of sorts, but it feels good to dust and physically clean the clutter out of my life.

I’ve lived in this place for about two years, and I’m just finally getting around to making it home-y for myself…three months before I’m leaving California.  I have the worst timing, but better late than never, right?

Anyway, I hope that you can tune in tomorrow to Seats At The Table.  It’ll be available on Soundcloud and I’ll launch on iTunes in the next couple of weeks after I have more sessions uploaded.

And now, to the music, which is probably why you came here in the first place.

This week’s playlist is a soothing mix that lowers my heart rate, because to be honest, my mind is moving so quickly and I need to take some time for myself to be present and focused.

What are some songs that help you relax?

Sending you all peace and inner calm,
Christina

Happy TunesDay: Collection 52

Okay.

Before you get all dramatic and say, “Christina, what happened to TunesDay? You left me hanging for two whole weeks!” Let me explain.

I HAD IT ALL PLANNED OUT.  I set up a whole month of TunesDay Takeovers. But, unfortunately it didn’t pan out.

This is what happens when I give people very loose guidelines and don’t follow-up with them.

So, from the bottom of my heart, I profusely apologize to the approximately 8 people who listen to my playlists on a regular basis.

I’m back in the US of A, so you can count on me to crank out some hip n’ happenin’ playlists. For those interested, I’ll probably write a good, old reflection about my time abroad in Greece, but until then, let your petite lil’ ears feast on this week’s playlist.

*segue to playlist*

Thanks to Love Design Fest for the background image.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 46

Happy TunesDay!

This week’s set is a melding of happy, upbeat, synthpoppy goodness.  Some are new tunes I’ve just stumbled upon and some have been sitting in my “likes” portion of Soundcloud, waiting for their time to shine.  I thought I’d dust some of them off and put them into a little list for your lovely ears!

What are some songs you keep coming back to even if you first heard them years ago?

Happy TunesDay: Collection 43

Attention, everybody.

It’s November!!

Time really isn’t doing me many favors.  I am simultaneously excited for and dreading the end of 2016.  Partially because although the year is nearing its end and I’m almost done with grad apps, I am no where nearer to knowing what the next 6-7 years of my life will look like.  Just because I finish applications and its accompanying stress-inducing personal statements, doesn’t mean my life path is set out for me.  Will I even get into a good grad program? Will I wilt away and wallow into the comfort of my queen-size bed and personalized quilt?  The latter seems like a pretty decent short-term option.

And today’s TunesDay just happens to coincide with the day of my GREs. Approximately 4 hours of second-guessing my judgment and realizing that I don’t remember any basic math or grammar functions from high school.  It’s sure to be a great time.

Anyway, whenever November rolls around, I get a warm, comfy feeling.  Despite the horrors of my most recent existentialist crisis, November is comforting to me.  Aside from being my birth month, November means crisp Autumn weather and lounge-y scarves, loading up on carbs, and spending much-needed time with family.  Y’all.  I cannot express enough how I long to be nestled along a pillow of mashed potatoes and a barricade of yams, with fatty marshmallows toasting along the top.  It’s the stuff of dreams.

…and now, I have successfully made myself hungry whilst writing.  Annnd, back to last-minute studying!

I hope that this week’s playlist gets you where you need to go.  And for me?
It’s getting me across I-5 North to LA so I can take this silly exam.

Love to you and yours,
Christina

Background image from Pinterest.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 42

The past two days have been mighty glum.  Rain and thunder make me want to curl into a ball and sleep the day away–pretty much the opposite of what I need to be doing this week.

This TunesDay list is my attempt to get my mood back up in tip-top shape so I can be as productive as humanly possible.  It’s a mesh of upbeat, jovial beats, with deceptively melancholy notes mixed in.  What can I say…the gloom of the previous days is still mulling in my bloodstream.

What songs do you listen to in order to boost your productivity? I know some people who listen to instrumentals, but this girl needs lyrics.

Background by Sarah Faucette for Design Love Fest.

Happy TunesDay: Collection 27

 

Sometimes you just need to sleep 12 hours, eat food you know isn’t the best for you, pet a cat, and spend time with people who you love and who love you.  Fight past your initial, cerebral worries that you aren’t doing what you should be doing, because maybe our needs and our cognitive “shoulds” don’t always match up.

Try as we might, not everything we do and not everyone we spend time with will be good for us or will help us “in the long run”.  But, I think that that’s okay.  We can’t always be moving forward–sometimes we have to take steps back in order to make our progression more meaningful.

And maybe the feeling of things ultimately working out and being okay can be attributed to my youth.  I feel like I have time on my side, though I know that life is unexpected and days move by much more quickly than I’d like.  At twenty-three, I think I’ve experienced quite a lot, and still nothing at all.  Despite so many forces working against me as a womxn and as a person of color, I am privileged in so many ways, and that’s probably another reason for my air of confidence in time.

Regardless of what it is, I’m sure that even in our crazed panic to get things done, we can accomplish a lot more if we take the time to consider what we really want or need each day.

I hope that this week’s playlist can help you do that.  Try to set aside ten or fifteen minutes for you to just think–not about the tasks you need to finish before 5PM rolls around, but about how your body and mind is feeling.  You also deserve the time and care you put into the things and people around you.  And if you want to start a new Netflix series instead of “being productive”, maybe you should do it, just this once.

Background daisy globe image comes from Pinterest.