my favorite things // 01-18-2014

-boots. i haven’t a clue what it is, but i swear putting on a pair of boots can make you feel about fifty times more legit. preferably if they have at least a little tiny bit of a heel.

-subway for lunch. if you haven’t tried the sweet onion chicken teriyaki sandwich at subway before, you better get yourself over there today and have a go at it. subway in general is pure deliciousness, but that particular sandwich pretty much made my day earlier this week.

-my maroon 5 pandora radio station. sometimes pandora just gets it right, ya know? this station has a history of performing amazingly just for me, and this week was no exception. lots of perfect-song-at-just-the-right-time moments happening over here!

i hope everyone’s week went fantastically!

what were your favorite things this week?

inspiration // music lately

music, for me, is synonymous with inspiration. lately, my music preferences have gravitated toward songs that have bit of an off-tone to them…nothing too jumpy or pop-esque, but nothing too absolutely and totally monotonous either. when a song has a singing melody and a deep, real message to it – that, right there, is beauty.

anyway, here are the songs that have spoke to me the most lately. the moment any of these come on, it’s like an instant breath of peace and soothing, and they put me in my “writing mood.” this music speaks of hope, and love, and – most importantly – reality.

“Sort Of” – Ingrid Michaelson – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f_4utiBscIE

“Lovely” – Sara Haze – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fyfMZSaw0i0

“What If” – Five for Fighting – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XT3zXs7eI0I

“Boston” – Augustana – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ASJBXu8tNo

“Demons” – Imagine Dragons – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mWRsgZuwf_8

“Beautiful Goodbye” – Maroon 5 – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKnqkFeJbFU