My heart beats to a good song.

I believe that music has the opportunity to say what words can’t, make you feel what people cannot, and lift you up higher than a spaceship. I think that when two people have the same taste in music, they have the potential to have a really strong relationship (friend or more). Therefore, I’m cutting off a chunk of my life and handing it to your ears in hopes that you and I can make a connection and become friends (or maybe just feel a little less lonely in the world).

One Republic Concert. 2014. How can you not feel incredible in this moment?

One Republic Concert. 2014. How can you not feel incredible in this moment?

I don’t know if you feel this way, but for a while, I was really protective of my music taste. I wouldn’t really share my favorite songs with people because they were always really different than the majority. Strangely enough, when I started jamming out to my favorite genre- which I could best describe as Indie/Indie Pop- I was shocked to see how many others would come to love some of the songs I did. It was the beginning of some of the best friendships I have, including one of those friendships turning into my relationship I am in now.

I am sure you could think of at least 5 songs that make you super happy and comfortable when you listen to them. They take you to a place that just gives you familiarity and content- both things that I really enjoy. So here we go, get your ears ready and take a little dip into who I am and what I love.

My top five favorite songs in order as of this moment are:

5. Luck by American Authors (my belt it out because I want to sing song)

4. Reflections by MisterWives (my dance around the room singing into a brush song)

3. Unsteady by X Ambassadors (my mellow/sad mood song)

2. Luna by Bombay Bicycle Club (my long-time favorite that makes me feel adventurous)

1. Geronimo by Sheppard

I have literally been listening to Geronimo for the past few days non-stop. Not only do I love the lyrics but I love the feel of the song and the female vocals that sneak in. Chills. It has been my obsession and I am so very unashamed.

What do you think?

Here is your challenge. If you can, pick five songs that you really love right now. Write them down (or not) and think of why each one speaks to you. Is it the feeling you get? The lyrics? Is it catchy? Whatever it is, try to understand why you love the genre you do and how that relates to your experiences and reasons.

Do you have it?

Share it with me. I’d love to hear what songs makes your heart beat.

Have a good weekend and watch out for my Monday post!

Anna Marie

Traveling is my Religion

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Property of Anna Marie. Maya Bay, Thailand 2015.

If a stranger was to ask me what makes me happy, the first thing that would spit from my lips is the word “travel”. This is the moment I usually get a brief nod or non-committal “ah” because quite often, people aren’t sure what that means. Or on the opposite spectrum, they wish they could climb in my backpack and tag along.

 

It all started with the idea that college was the one and only time for me to travel. Every spare penny went towards a savings account that would be drained every couple months for another trip across the nation or world. When I graduated, it wasn’t enough- I realized I wasn’t done.

So  I decided that traveling is something that I want to continuously do throughout my life.  I went for it. I made budgets and started saving as much as possible. I did research on how to travel cheap and started talking to relatives and friends around the U.S. Since then, I have traveled with family, worked at a summer camp in a different state, jumped on board an all-inclusive trip,  went with a tour group to the other side of the world and more! It takes research, time, and saving.

I decided the “some day” for traveling is right now. I fell in love the all of the steps it takes to go on a trip. The planning, the coordination, the patience while counting down the hours until the plane leaves the runway… it makes your travels feel like a goal you just smashed your fist through.

Traveling is my religion. I commit to it because I know it will give me insanely wonderful rewards. From traveling, I learn culture, acceptance of others, and how to communicate with people who are not quite like myself. You never know what to expect and sometimes you fall in love with the place you are and sometimes it makes you appreciative of the home you have.

Property of Anna Marie. Phitsanulok, Thailand 2015.

Property of Anna Marie. Phitsanulok, Thailand 2015.

Here is how I can help you. Plan yourself a little vacation. It doesn’t have to cost you much; you can even plan a trip to a nearby city. Plan what you want to do there (concerts, shows, tourist attractions) and commit yourself! Look on websites like airbnb.com for cheap places to stay and Trip Advisor if you are not sure what to do there. Of course, if you need any help in planning your mini-vacation, let me know! I’d be happy to help!

Taking even just a little trip can refresh your mind and body and give you the excitement or relaxation you need to recharge yourself. You can’t put a price on the experience traveling gives you. So buckle up your budget and planning skills, and let’s see where your mind can take you!

Anna

 

No Fashionista’s Allowed

To the fancy and the fashion-forward, this post might make you cringe.

I don’t claim to have style because, let’s face it, my idea of casual dress is a pair of leggings without holes and a cotton shirt that is one size too big. Therefore, when I put a pair of jeans on, I feel like a Kardashian primping for the paparazzi (minus the make up).

This is why changing out of dress clothes into comfy sweats is what I am recognizing as my daily quirk that makes me happy. Seriously, how good does it feel to be comfortable? Don’t get me wrong; I love fashion. I really do. I like seeing what the new trend is and trying new things out although I only do it three (if I have to) days out of the week.

But what is the point of loving fashion if you feel uncomfortable in your own skin for 10 hours of the day? This is when I began to change my “style” if you will. Instead of the heavy earrings and itchy fabric, I started to aim for the comfy chic style. Oh, that just sounds ridiculous doesn’t it?

The picture below shows you the difference between my something and nothing look. Something being my actual style when I try to dress up for an event or occasion and my nothing meaning I’m going to class and eating mac and cheese for supper.

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As you can tell, yoga pants are my go to comfort for the day time and my black skinny jeans are my go to dress up piece. I wear my skinny jeans way more than I should for a girl with other options but it’s way too simple to pair an easy shirt with and so I shall blame the pants themselves.

I have realized that being comfortable is a secret weapon for me to feel good. I love being able to  just slip off my shoes when I get home and feel ready for bed. Let’s be real, taking off skinny jeans sucks when you just want to crawl in a blanket cave.

So here we go. Think of what you wear when you want to be at your absolute comfiest. Take that fashion mindset you usually have and set it free this week because your wardrobe deserves a break. I challenge you to wear your comfiest clothes all week to break the expectation so many people uphold. After that week is up, I guarantee you that the next time you wear the same old jeans and v-neck you will feel so much more like a diva. It will give you a whole fresh start to beginning another fashion streak (if you’re up for it).

Let the yoga, the sweats, and the over-sized sweatshirts come crashing into our wardrobes this week and cheers to feeling comfortable in the midst of another cold winter.

Until next time!

-Anna Marie

The Why and the Reason

Today is the day. I am starting a new adventure on this blog and I can’t wait to see where it takes me. Every hint and trick to starting your own blog tells you that you need to find your niche that your passionate about and go from there. Well, here it is.

The reason I am starting “Inspired She Lives” is actually quite personal. I find myself lacking the stimulation and excitement I feel I need to thrive. I don’t know if its from being stuck in a small town or being stuck in a mind set. My gut tells me it’s a little of both. Therefore, I am going to be searching for inspiration in every day routine. Since I am not feeling as excited as I once did about this place I call home, I want to start recognizing little things in my life that made it so exciting to start a new chapter here. Hopefully, I will be able to share with you how you can start to flip your mindset as we go down this road together. Basically, I’m blogging about happiness and where I find it in my life.

I can’t promise you that I will not stray from that topic, because sometimes there’s just a great story waiting to unfold in your life that you have to share with the world. However, I am quite passionate about becoming happier for my well-being and hope you will join me as I share what makes my glass half full.

Click that follow button and let’s get started.

-Anna Marie