52-Week Blog Challenge: The Music of My Heart

Hi, everyone!  Sorry, I haven’t posted in awhile, but I’ve had some medical issues (that can be addressed) coupled with anxiety.  Those two go hand-in-hand and making writing less than easy.  So I took the time to unplug for self-care.  

As you may know…

The  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just Live. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the banner at the top of the post and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!  

 

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The music of my heart…  I chose a few songs that always make me feel something special when I hear them.  Music offers a great way to practice self-care in lifting our moods and promoting relaxation.  Music unites, holds memories, and enhances moods.  

Whether writing, walking or driving music accompanies many of us.  As I’ve gotten older I’ve gravitated toward relaxing music.  My nerves simply aren’t as tolerant, but if I hear the music I grew up with, I’m all ears!

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The music of my heart is infinite.  The music selected below is eclectic, random, and popped into my head quickly, no rhyme (pun intended) or reason, for the emotions and memories they evoke.  

inspiring-music-phillipsWhen I need to feel at peace and cheerful, I like listening to Phillip Phillips Home and Gone, Gone, Gone from the album The World From The Side Of The Moon.   As someone who suffers from anxiety, it’s the kind of extra boost I need.

Hearing those songs readily makes me happy.  Happy like when I just a young girl in the 70s listening to songs about putting flowers in your hair.  And also because I miss home! 

                                                 If you’re willing to throw it back further, I would go to Neneh Cherry’s Buffalo Stance. What is a buffalo stance? 220px-neneh_cherry_raw_like_sushi_cover 

According to Urban Dictionary, it means to stand with your arms tightly crossed looking over to the side at somebody. This comes from the pose struck by Bruce Smith of the Buffalo Bills in the late 1980’s.The song came out in 1989 on Cherry’s album Raw Like Sushi.  

Why is this the music of my heart?  It was released just before the end of my junior year in high school.  My best friend introduced me to it when we were road tripping to the metropolis of Des Moines to go shopping.  In a nutshell:  We were young, skinny or skinnier than we thought we were, spring had sprung, and as everyone at that age, we felt invincible!

                                           For music of my heart to inspire writing, I turn to my favorite female artist, Steve Nicks. She writes some of the most enchanting lyrics. images

Filled with heartfelt emotion, I can’t help but be inspired to write when I listen to her music especially songs like If Anyone Falls In Love or Rooms Are All On Fire.  If you haven’t listened to her box set, Enchanted, you really should.  Now I’m going to throw it way back to a couple of songs my late grandma and I used to sing while on drives in the country.  They’re from the early 70s, and although far from vogue, whenever I hear them I’m transported.  

I can feel the wind coming in through the windows as I sit beside Grandma without a seatbelt singing our hearts out without a care in the world.  Fittingly, one song is Take Me Home, Country Roads by the late John Denver.  The other is Rhinestone Cowboy by Glen Campbell who now sadly suffers from Alzheimer’s. 

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Music Playlist – Music of My Heart

I  could go on and on listing songs that touch a chord whenever I hear them, but by far, the music of my heart is the sound of children laughing and playing outside.  It’s the sound of youth and freedom.  A reminder of a long-distant memory of our innocence.  

Or the sound of laughter of family and friends.  To live is to know struggle and strife making all the more precious the sound of joy from those we hold close to heart.  

Whether big or small, the sounds of nature including the rolling of waves crashing to birds singing their songs, make my heart happy and soothe my mind.  

What is the music of your heart?  

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For more of the 52-Week Blog Challenge Posts:

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Also, check out 6 Ways To Explore Creativity!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

52-Week Blog Challenge: Week 10 – Oh To Win A Million Dollars

The  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just Live. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the banner at the top of the post and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!  

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Many of us don’t have the luxury of spending at will.  There’s bills to pay, obligations, and incidentals that life throws our way.

Oh to win a million dollars…we’ve all had that dream about a million times, but it’s always fun to dream.  

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Here’s a list of my top 6 things I would do if I won a million dollars (after being smart by saving and investing: 

New car.  If one didn’t have to worry about a down payment and monthly payments, a new car would be OUTSTANDING!  My hubby and I work from home so thankfully we currently only need one vehicle, however, it’s getting old and showing its wear.

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Move.  Let’s get the ball rolling.  While spending winters in Tucson are nice, I’m looking forward to moving back home to be near my family.  Heck, let’s just fast forward to being snow birds.  Buy a house back home and buy a condo in Tucson!  Nah, let’s make that a condo somewhere near a beach.  Win-win.

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Buy a house.  Since moving back to the Midwest is on my to-do list, let’s add buying a home to the list.  I haven’t been a homeowner for a few years and it would feel good to have a bigger space of my own.  A charming home like the one below looks like a cozy, comforting retreat from the world. 

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Travel.  Travel like there’s no tomorrow, baby!  My hubby and I have a European travel wish list that we’d like to tend to sooner rather than later.  As noted in the post Top 5 Places I’d Like To Visit, a tour of England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain sound like a dream come true.  

Treat others.  Sometimes it hasn’t been easy to buy presents for family members and friends.  However, I would love to give to others by treating them to an event, a weekend away, or activity.  Memories made while together are the treasured.  Those moments are the true gifts in life that a tangible gift cannot compare.

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Donate.  There are always worthy causes that are in need of donations.  One cause close to my heart is the elderly.  I  would donate to a local care center(s) and to elderly shut-ins that don’t have family or friends to look out for them, to provide needed items they would find much needed or comforting.  

Again, spending time with someone is often the most beneficial, but also those who cannot get out on their own, also deeply appreciate someone looking out for them and their needs. 

To read more about how caring for the elderly is a gift check out the post, Pay It Forward By Doing Good.

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52-Week Blog Challenge: Week 9- My Biggest Pet Peeve

The  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just Live. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the banner at the top of the post and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!

52-week-blog-challengeWhile I have a proverbial laundry list of pet peeves, I decided my biggest pet peeve revolved around the modern convenience we would all cringe without, our cell phones.  No doubt, they are wonderful. The world figuratively at your fingertips, but damn, they can be annoying.  Below is a roundup of cell phone curses.

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A roundup of our most loved nemesis:

  • The battery always is low when I’m about ready to go out the door.  (yeah, #firstworldproblems)

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52-Week Blog Challenge – Week 8!

 

The  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just LiveThey welcomed anyone to link up with them. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the banner at the top of the post and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!

52-week-blog-challenge-guideWeek 8 of the 52-Week Blog Challenge prompt is an unforgettable day in my life. There are so many little moments that were BIG, memorable moments.  Isn’t that what life’s about?

 

However, I would have to say that meeting the man of my dreams at the Minneapolis Airport is right up there!  How does that happen?  Facebook.  People really should be more careful about social media, says the girl with a blog.  Heh.

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John flew to Minneapolis from Tucson for our first “date.”  Not the usual first date, but we had gotten to know one another well with long talks about what we find important in life.  We covered more ground there before he clocked the over 1,000 flight miles.   Continue reading

52-Week Blog Challenge: Week 7!

It’s time again for the 52-Week Blog Challenge!  What I love about the blog challenge is that it affords the opportunity unwind, ponder, and reminisce.  If we were to sit with a favorite cup of coffee and chat, I’m sure we’d touch on many of these topics in getting to know one another.

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Week 7 is My Childhood Memories

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Where, oh where, to begin?  That’s the question, my friends.

The thing is, I was pretty damn lucky in the childhood memories category.  Thanks, Mom and Dad!  

The highlight reel would include vacations whether to amusement parks in the Midwest such as these pics from Worlds of Fun in Kansas City.  My dad won company trips via sales and when my brother and I got to tag along, we were always pretty excited.   Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Ambience

Downtown Tucson has some outstanding restaurants that are a photographers dream and at the top of my list is the award-winning Elvira’s Restaurant located in the old Saint House location at 256 E. Congress.   Elvira’s was originally established in 1927 the border town of Nogales before opening a restaurant in Tubac, AZ.  

The exposed brick, lighting, and colors are captivating.

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Looking directly upward was this installment of glass teardrops which made me think of Purple Rain.  I cannot wait to return to the restaurant in the evening to see the installation against darkness. Continue reading

52-Week Blog Challenge: Week 6 – Ten Years From Now…

Due to a host of factors, I’m late to writing the post for this week.  Hey, it was the holidays, after all, work calls, and I’ve literally had a pain in my neck.  

As you may now know, the  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just LiveThey welcomed anyone to link up with them. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the below banner and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!

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It’s befitting this week’s prompt is taking a look into the future.  Ushering in a new year tends to get people motivated set goals.  Let’s take a look at ten years from now.

  • Ten years from now I see myself owning a home again (how I miss that except when something needs to be repaired – I just call maintenance and viola!).  It used to be I could picture exactly what I wanted in a house, but now more than anything, it’s important to me to be near my family.  Time and distance have a way of putting things into perspective.

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18 Pop Icons We’ve Lost In 2016: Their Legacy Lives On

We know we’ll miss them when they’re gone, but they’ll always be there in the cultural fabric of our lives and for future generations to rediscover through the timelessness of film, TV, song, and literature.

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1. Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

 

No motive is pure. No one is good or bad but a hearty mix of both. And sometimes life actually gives to you by taking away.

The sudden passing of Carrie Fisher is sobering.  (Pun intended.  I think she’d even appreciate it).  Seeing her return as Princess Leia last year in The Force Awakens was heartwarming and inspiring.  For those of us who saw the original Star Wars movies in the theaters in the late 1970s – early 1980s, it was especially poignant.

Fisher is of Hollywood royalty.  Her dad was singer Eddie Fisher and her mother is actress Debbie Reynolds.  Fisher made her big screen debut in 1975 with the movie Shampoo starring opposite Warren Beatty.  In 1977, she filmed the first Star Wars film in what would become her iconic role of Prince Leia.  She also appeared in the film The Blues Brothers. Continue reading

52-Week Blog Challenge: Week 5 – My Favorite Holiday

The  52-Week Blog Challenge was started by Britts Daily Dose & Sit Back And Just LiveThey welcomed anyone to link up with them. I’m enjoying the challenge as a way to get myself into blogging consistently and it’s fun!  If you want to participate you can too!  All you need to do is 1. post the below banner and 2. link both of their blogs in your post!

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My sweetest memories are those surrounded around the holidays and by that, I mean pretty much every holiday.  But there is always something special about Christmas that touches my heart.

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What makes Christmas my favorite holiday?

  • Celebrating the birth of Christ and accepting his grace into our lives.  It’s the reason for the season!  As the years go on, there is far less emphasis on gift giving and more focus on appreciating all that we have in one another.

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