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 25

As usual, I forgot it was Tuesday.  I need to get some kind of system that alerts me of what day it is.  Like…a calendar…on my phone…which is something I already have.  So just ignore that entire train of thought.

Ugh.

This week, it feels like I’m a college student cramming for finals.  I present my research on Friday for UCI’s Ethics Center.  Even though it’s pretty low-key, I am nervous because I don’t even remember the last time I spoke in public about my own work.  It’s a weird thing to be searching for academic definitions to use in my presentation when I know what the definitions are, but because I don’t have a Ph.D yet, my own definitions aren’t valid enough.

But alas, it’s part of the process and I’m just trying to go through the motions so I can prove that this work is worth it.

This week’s playlist is a mix of soothing, poppy beats to help me get through this grind.  I don’t know what genre you’d categorize it as, but I dig it.  There’s also a little bursting surprise of k-pop goodness in there.  Dedicating it to my good friend, Seonyoung who got married this past weekend to Jung in a beautiful ceremony.  Love to you both!

Tell me your thoughts!

xoxo,

Christina “I’m not Korean, but my Uncle told me I was so I thought I was adopted” Ong

Background image from Pinterest.

 

 

Happy TunesDay: Collection 18

Spring has officially sprung!

This week, I’m trying to keep busy as can be with research, scheduling interviews, and catching up on some reading.

With a new season, I’m feeling more focused and refreshed.  But maybe it’s also because I bought new natural face products from Lush. (Can I just say how much I love that store?  If they ever want to give me free things, I’m totally fine with that).

To keep my motivation going, this week’s playlist is packed with electro-pop fun.  I’m especially fond of track 3, Madeon ft. Passion Pit.  I forgot how much I enjoyed Passion Pit.

What kind of music keeps you motivated?  Sound off & let me know!

A big ol’ spring thank you to Brit + Co for the pretty floral background.