Monday, August 29, 2016

The Self Love Encouragement Playlist

Music has always been an extremely important part of my life. And I don't just mean that in a my-dad-was-a-band-director sort of way.

The childhood memories are flashing through my mind as we speak. Running around the living room with maracas at age three, contributing to Mannheim Steamroller's version of Deck The Halls. Forcing my dad to let me stand on his feet so we could dance to sappy love songs by Chicago. And every time we climbed in his truck, it was time for a two-person Broadway show. The soundtracks of Lion King and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat still get stuck in my head to this day.

I still have to turn on my music before I buckle my seatbelt; I'm a creature of habit. When I am cleaning, I've got iHeart radio blaring through the TV. When I am writing, I have a relaxing playlist floating in the background on Spotify. Shawn Mendes's acoustic track is gracing my presence as we speak. I can't even walk to class without my earbuds in. Music isn't just an escape for me; it's background music to enhance the life I live in the moment.

I've said this before, but I'll say it again. I don't write about beauty distortion because I've conquered it. I write about beauty distortion because I struggle with it. I have a playlist for when I'm working out, when I'm angry and frustrated, and even when I'm sad and lonely. Why would I not have one for when I am feeling inadequate?

I have one, dear sister, and it's been private until now. But if I'm being completely honest with you, this playlist has accompanied me all week as I dealt with the stresses of school, work, life, and more. It has rocked me to sleep when I was weary with exhaustion, and has soothed me as I took a much needed self-care weekend. Don't get me wrong, these aren't songs to empower, or even to get you built up in confidence. They're just songs to encourage you on your darkest days, and remind you that you are beautiful, worth love, and certainly not alone.

iTunes, Spotify, whatever you use... Go download them right now. I know they're getting me through my week, and they just might be able to help you get through yours. Besides, everyone can use all the help they can get on a Monday.

Have a great week, beautiful. And remember... No matter how stressed, overwhelmed, or lonely you might feel, you are taking on life exactly the way you were designed to: in your own way, on your own time, in your own skin.

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