Music is the key to life….

Dramatic, I know, but there’s nothing like a good song to lift up your spirits (or sometimes bring them down, if it’s a sad song) and make you feel as if you’re floating on a cloud. Music makes the world go round! What brought on this post today, you ask?

Well, I was listening to my iPod on the way to work this morning and two songs really stood out for me. The first is a classic (albeit a little cheesy), but it’s one of my “go to” songs when I need to tell myself that I am worth knowing, that I can overcome things I’m struggling with or simply that I can achieve anything I really put my mind to. It’s Des’ree ‘s “You Gotta Be”, and here are some of the lyrics that really stand out…

“Listen as your day unfolds
Challenge what the future holds
Try and keep your head up to the sky
Lovers, they may cause you tears
Go ahead release your fears

You gotta be bad, you gotta be bold
You gotta be wiser, you gotta be hard
You gotta be tough, you gotta be stronger
You gotta be cool, you gotta be calm
You gotta stay together”

Here’s the YouTube video of the song for those of you who might not know it. Have a listen and tell me what you think….

The other song is from a band I’ve recently discovered. A bit more on the “techy” side that what I usually listen to, but it has an awesome beat and it’s actually impossible to walk down the street listening to this song without a skip in your step. It instantly cheers me up! Also, I’ve seen the guys in this video and they are all smoking hot so the mental image helps too…..Don’t tell the boyfriend! Hahahaaa! 🙂

It’s a band called Foster the People and the song is called “Pumped Up Kicks” and it’s awesome! Here’s the YouTube music video of their song……ladies, pay attention! 😉

I know both these songs aren’t necessarily my usual taste, but they’re awesome and they make me smile. That’s all that should count, right?

So, what song makes you want to boogie down the sidewalk??

xxx

 

Things I’m grateful for.

A friend recently pointed out that as much as she loves reading my blog, there seems to be a lot of negativity that I write about. At first I was a bit surprised, but after giving it some thought – and as much as I hate to admit it! – she’s right.

So, I’m going to start with little steps and work my way up. By the way, these are in no particular order…… 😉

I am grateful for so many things in my life, but am guilty of not reminding myself of them each day. I really should try harder.

So, what am I grateful for?

1. MY FAMILY

We are close in a very non-obvious way. 😉 I miss them terribly, and   talking to them on Skype at the weekends doesn’t really cut it. I miss my Dad’s wisdom, my Mom’s infinite patience and my annoying brother who’ll never admit he actually kinda likes me. I am who I am because of them. There’s no “thank you” that can ever convey that enough.

2. GREG

I love this man more than anything. And after all the crap he puts up with from me, he’ll still give me a hug, a kiss and make me smile. He makes me laugh more than anybody I’ve ever met. No words. As the Beatles to eloquently put it…”All you need is love.” 🙂

3. MY AMAZING FRIENDS

I don’t have many friends, but those who are my friends, mean the world to me. I can’t think of anything I’ve ever gone through in my life without their constant support and understanding. I know all I need to do is pick up a phone and they’ll be there for me. What more could a girl ask for?

4.  BEING ABLE

There are many days when I genuinely feel sorry for myself. I hate having those days, because they seem so silly in the grand scheme of things. I am able to do anything I want, in the sense that I’m not held back by any physical or mental disability. I should be more grateful and aware of this everyday.

5. MY SENSE OF HUMOUR

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the regular “funny guy”, but I have a very weird and dark sense of humour. Very few a privy to this dark side, but I know I can make people laugh. I don’t take myself too seriously and I can give just as good as I get. Laughter is the spice of life, isn’t it?

6. PUDDY

For those not in the know, Greg and I have the most beautiful kitty kat.We named her Puddy, which is short for Pudding, because she has a rather junoesque physique and therefore looks like she’s scoffed her face full of puddings and pie. I love going home to her every single day. She’s a little crazy, but I like it that way. She makes me so happy (even when I get woken up at 4am for scratches)!

7. A JOB

I know this seems a bit silly, but almost every time I open a newspaper, I read a story about current levels of unemployment. I am just so grateful just to have a job (although it’s not my dream job), so that I can afford a roof over my head and dinner to put on the table.

8.  MUSIC

I don’t listen to music the way most people do. At least, I don’t think that I do. You want to understand me? Listen to the music I listen to. It cheers you up, it gets you down, it takes your across the rainbow of feelings. It’s more important than people think. I love listening to music – all kinds – but really listening to it. With your heart and with your soul. What other way is there?

9. BOOKS

Again, a bit of a weird one. How can I explain? When I walk into someone’s house and look at their bookshelf, it tells me the kind of person they are. I love that. I love that I can get completely immersed in a book and some will even stay with me forever. I love my imagination when I read a good book. It knows no bounds. My Dad taught me the importance of reading and it’s one of the best lessons I ever learned.

10. ME

There are a lot of things that I want to change about myself. My weight -which is the reason for starting this blog – being one of the main things at the moment. I’m impatient, stubborn, have no willpower, etc. However, I like that I’m the kind of person who sticks to what I believe in. I have my own set of morals and values which I believe are right for me. I know that I will never falter from them and they are what define me.

Well, that’s all that my heart and my brain can handle for today. I hope I’ve made my friend proud…..you know who you are! 😉

Now, what are you grateful for??

xxx