yung j is back with the jams, and I’ve missed sharing music with you! Stay tuned for the continuation of this playlist series, and I’m also starting to scheme up a couple of other fun music series and features.
This volume features artists I’ve been blasting through my stereo all summer. I could have chosen to put “Despacito,” a new summer favorite, on this playlist 11 times, but I figure variety is a good way to go, right?
Listen below and find your vibe in this summer heat. Would also love to hear about your current favorite artists and/or songs in the comments xx
I am sprung for spring. Warmer weather is approaching and the sun is up later in the day (three cheers for daylight savings). Soon I’ll completely stop wearing three layers to shield myself from winter chill, and you’ll find me walking around Echo Park and Silver Lake ogling revived greenery and beautiful blooms. I’m feeling the effects of this seasonal change. Life feels brighter.
I haven’t been the happiest person the last couple of months, and took time away from people to identify how to deal with this. But today I feel good. Life is moving forward, and I’m along for the ride to new destinations, new adventures, new people, and a new perspective. Keep up with the journey on my Instagram where I post much more frequently!
Now for the tunes. Do as I do and hit play, dance around your apartment, and listen closely to the lyrics, especially the first song “Different Now” by Chasity Belt. I relate to every single line of it.
Strange times over here with me and my brain. I’ve been so busy that when I had an abundance of time for myself last weekend, it made me anxious and my mental health took a nose dive. Completely random. A trillion million percent frustrating.
But I always bounce back.
Turns out it was necessary for me to have a quiet weekend, where I could really relax and sort out my life after being on the go for a few weeks. I visited some of my favorite neighborhoods, read more, watched more of Chandler, Joey, Rachel, Phoebe, Monica and Ross for the laughs, and danced while cooking some new receipes.
I also thank the ridiculousness of Twitter during the Oscars for making me LOL, pulling my Debbie Downer self back up.
This volume of the playlist series is a bit moody, but then again, that’s typically the kind of music I listen to anyway. Enjoy the feels.
Every year there are several moments when I plan to turn right, and then life is like “tut tut, we’re going left instead.” There is no way in telling what my life will be like in 3 months, 3 weeks, or hell, I don’t even know what 3 hours from now could hold for me. All I can do is hope for the best and make moves. I’m a planner so the uncertainty can feel a little uneasy, but I’m learning to take things on as they come.
I purchased my first instant camera yesterday, and I like that it’s an unpredictable tool. What I snap is what I’m going to get. I’m calling her Patsy. She lives in the moment, wears a glitter case and I adore her already.
Here are some photos I took yesterday at the Beating Lights kick off show in East Hollywood. Great jams, good company and the best vibes.
I put together a 2k17 mood board on Pinterest and playlist (below) to set the tone for this year. Maybe if I put a bit of my spirit, hopes and desires out there, some of it will stick.
Liberated by new beginnings, new challenges. Liberated by the desire to focus on my growth. Liberated by thriving.
There were a couple low points in August. They were times that forced me to hit the brakes in multiple areas of my life to process exactly what I was feeling, why I was feeling it and how to shatter the glass ceiling to move beyond it all. It worked.
I realized I was living in a cycle and it’s impossible to thrive when you’re looped back into the same situations and mindset. Life had become a subpar circus ring, and now it’s the right time to mosey/skip/leap down an unbeaten path.
In short, #liveyourbestlife.
After leaving you with that vague account of my life, here are the jams that soundtracked the very complex, eye-opening month of August. Enjoy, and please comment with any music suggestions! You know I’m always on the hunt for the new good-good.
I like stability, and I’ve finally regained it. After a rocky June ended and July began, I exhaled the biggest sigh of relief. I’ve spent the majority of this month settling into my new apartment and turning my room into a personal haven. Let me tell you how good it feels to sleep in my own bed again. REAL GOOD. And it’s brand new and not twin size. I guess this is growing up.
Aside from reveling in the simple, yet glorious, situation of having a home again, I’ve spent my days working on Create & Cultivate, sorting out my feelings (you know ya girl has a lot of them) and celebrating birthdays. I’ve gathered a pretty great collection of memories from July.
Forewarning, my ’16 Soundtrack for this month is kind of heavy (with the feels) and admittedly a reflection of what’s going on in my noggin. But these tunes are class A, so listen up and just let whatever you feel happen. Your ears and soul will thank you.
I want to add – please go see Mitski at some point in your life because I watched her perform this month at the Echoplex and she blew me away. In addition to her being an absolute treat to listen to, it was refreshing to be a part of an attentive crowd that didn’t fill the room with chatter or spend the entire set filming shaky videos.
Now dive into the playlist below and enjoy! Please post some artists and/or tunes in the comments section as well because I’m eager to listen to something new.
I’ve experienced the worst month of my life, but I am here and moving forward. I’ll save the details for a much more in-depth blog post about how I came to be homeless (don’t worry, I’m crashing at a pal’s place). Long story short:
+ I had an apartment, then I didn’t. My belongings are currently scattered between three locations. I’ve cried in public. Multiple times (ugh). I’ve gained a lot of knowledge about California tenant laws. My friends and I fought to get our money back from a slumlord. I receive daily invites from so many incredible friends and acquaintances in Los Angeles, offering their couch for me to sleep on. I’ve lived in three different places within the last two weeks, and my mind, body and soul is completely exhausted by this. But, let’s end this short story on a high note – I started a dope new job at Create & Cultivate.
Now that you probably have a bunch of questions that I won’t answer at this time, it’s time for the music. Since life has been so messy lately, I couldn’t put together a soundtrack at the end of May, so here is a joint soundtrack for May and June!
It’s kind of a moody playlist, but nonetheless, there are jams. Enjoy, and keep well.