Happy TunesDay: Collection 59

I’m back in the USA and am back on track (TRACK, get it? Because music.) with TunesDay!

It was an intense two weeks for me in Madrid.  I don’t know how to explain it, but I had a lot of emotions that I just wasn’t dealing with while there.  I was too preoccupied with project development and trying to be present.  I think with all my “be present, be patient, be your BEST SELF!!!” thoughts, I was actually doing myself a disservice in not really being my critical and engaged self that I usually am.  I’ll probably, maybe, write a more self-reflective post about my time there and with the WISE Learner’s program in general after a couple more days of thinking about…life.

It’s dawning on me that I’m leaving California in less than 2 months.  And to be frank, I’m freaking out.  Time is running out and I feel like I need to do a billion and one things, see a billion and one people, and also have time to eat, sleep, do laundry, and wash dishes.

I guess that’s a typical feeling for people who are about to make serious life changes.  But, even though it’s typical and normal, I don’t like it.  What happened to being carefree and youthful–throwing caution to the wind and diving into new adventures?  I like my caution and I don’t like diving.  But, I guess I’ll have to learn to get accustomed to it.

Until then, I’ll be listening to this pop-synth-electro playlist to slow my mind down from 190320138913 km/hr to a solid 45 mi/hr, because we’re in the USA and the metric system is silly.

sending you all calm hearts and strong minds,
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 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 13

A long weekend always gets me in some type of mood.  I’m anxious for the upcoming weekend, but know I shouldn’t be since I just had such a good break.

This past weekend was full of quality Galentines fun. For those of you living under a rock and/or have not ever been exposed to the wonder & awe that is Parks & Recreation, Galentine’s Day is celebrated the day before Valentine’s Day and is supposed to celebrate friendship with your best and closest gal-pals.  Seeing as I don’t have a typical romantic Valentine, I spent the long weekend amongst my close friends.  I gave myself some proper self-care and rejuvenated myself in the presence of those I love.  We ate good food, drank coffee, shopped, strolled the beach, and fell asleep lulled by the simple company of truly wonderful people.  I am, for lack of a better term, lucky.  I don’t know how else to explain the reasons for why I am surrounded by magnificent and good people–like truly good and brilliant people. (s/o to my roommate and old roommates and their friends and sig. o’s.)

Despite the hardships that come and pick at me, weekends like this past one remind me to be grateful and to take advantage of the time we have together with our friends.  They are, after all, the family we get to choose.

This TunesDay, I put together some feel-good tunes that hopefully get you through this minimized work week so you can spend the upcoming weekend fully present with those you love.  I know Valentine’s/Galentine’s Day is over, but that doesn’t mean the lovin’ has to stop!

How will you keep the love going this weekend and beyond?

xo,

Christina

Big thanks to the lovely Piper Winston for the simply wondrous background image.