March Music Suggestions

Hey there everybody! Some months I’m super into music and some months I’m just mildly super into music. This month is one of those super months. As such, I thought I’d share with you some of what I’ve been listening to! Here’s a short list because I’m too lazy to type up paragraphs. Don’t worry, I’ll still add my two cents in.

Albums:

  • Divide – Ed Sheeran (!!!)
  • Silhouettes – Aquilo
  • Oxenfree Original Soundtrack – scntfc (This one’s a video game soundtrack that’s great for homework music. I highly recommend the game, too! Just came out for IOS)
  • Western Expansion- Jared & the Mill (It gets a little twangy, but there are some good ones. I suggest Breathe Me In and Messengers in particular)
  • Night in the Woods – Alec Holowka (This is another video game soundtrack. Again, great game, great homework jams!)

Some Individual Songs:

  • All I Want- Echos
  • Say Yes- Johnny Gr4ves
  • Believer- Imagine Dragons
  • Ooh – Jon Bellion
  • home – morgxn
  • Higher – Linney

That’s a good list, I think. Let me know if you have an opinion on any of these or if you have a suggestion for me. I seriously love finding new music. If you want to keep up with what I’m listening to, check out my Spotify account here! I’ve got a playlist going where I continually add good stuff I find.

I also just made a video about some of my favorite artists this month on my YouTube channel! It’s stop motion, who doesn’t like a good stop motion? You can check that out here if you’re interested in seeing my face.

That’s about all I’ve got! I’ll be seeing you when I see you, and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole

 

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Expectations Suck

Hey there! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on here. School, you know?

I just spent the last four hours working on a video for my YouTube channel. This idea came to me that I thought would be doable given my skill level and the materials available, so I went for it. I’ve been piecing together the part I have for the past while, and I’m not super happy with it. Which sucks.

It’s not bad! It’s good enough. The thing is, I know I can do better. But since I just spent my afternoon working on it instead of doing homework, I feel like I need to upload it anyway once I get the rest filmed.

I realize that it really isn’t any sort of deal. I doubt my two whole subscribers will bat an eye, but it’s frustrating to see anything you devote your time to come out as less than you had envisioned. There’s no way I’m going to try to recreate what I did (I don’t have the patience, light, or spare time to do that) so I’m going to have to work with what I’ve got I suppose.

I guess this turned into a complaining session today? I’ve been working on coming up with more ideas for videos on my channel, and I was super excited when I came up with this one. Obviously, I’m a little less enthused now. Oh well! I’m sure this is really enticing you to go check out my channel.

Anyway, I promise the next time I post it won’t be quite so complainy! What’s more cathartic than typing away my woes into the void? If you do by some chance want to go check out my channel, you can click here!  I’ll see you when I see you. I hope you have a nice day today and thanks for reading through my whiny mess.

–Nicole

 

Top Travel Tips I’ve Learned So Far

Hey there everybody! I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about traveling recently. I want to study abroad next year, so now’s the time to start thinking about applying and arranging my schedule for it and all that terrifying/exciting business.

I thought today I’d leave some of my travel tips here for you to peruse. I’ve been coast to coast, North to South, and even abroad, so I’ve gone on a trip or two in my time. Wow that sounds pretentious, I’m just going to get into it. Let’s do this!

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New York, New York

When I went to France, I sat next to this mom and daughter from my group on the long flight. It was an airbus, and those suckers are big, so obviously it took a good while to fill up. They didn’t have the plane on as everyone was getting on, so it was pretty warm. These two would not stop moaning and groaning about how hot it was, and all I could think was man, you are on a plane to France! Calm down! The moral of this story is don’t sweat the small stuff! Things are going to go wrong, or at least not how you expected, but that’s just part of the adventure. Sometimes you just have to roll with it and hope that the air conditioning comes on soon!

 

 

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Nîmes, France

I’m one of those people that doesn’t do their packing until 10:00 the night before they leave. Questionable tactic, I know. Now I don’t endorse my packing strategy, but I do think you should wait to do your packing until two to three days before you leave if it’s a trip that lasts five days or less. My theory is if you do your packing closer to your departure date, you’re going to have a better idea of what you’ve got in your bag and what you’re missing. If you do it a week before (like my mom is always pestering me to do,) I feel like you have a better chance of forgetting those items you have to pack later like chargers or straighteners. Also, if you’re like me, you might not be able to last that long clothes-wise if they’re all packed up a week before.

 

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Paris, France

There are four things that I always brings with me: band-aids, chapstick, ibuprofen, and headphones. Of course, you can always get these at the drug store or the airport, but I can never really justify buying these when I know I have multiples of them sitting around at home. I also suggest either bringing or buying a water bottle that you know won’t leak. Seriously, check the quality of the cap before you buy one. The last time I flew, I got a big water bottle from the airport then discovered a damp surprise in my purse mid-flight. It’s important to keep yourself hydrated when you’re on the go, but your possessions don’t need the same treatment!

 

 

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Gulf Shores, Alabama

If you’re bringing a camera with you, bring an extra SD card. Or two! Those things are slippery. If you just plan on using a device to take pictures, I would take some time either before you leave or on your way to free up some space in your device’s memory! You don’t want to whip out your phone to snap a photo of the crazy huge rat on the tracks in the metro just to find out you’ve used up all available space.

 

 

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Chicago, Illinois

Take a second before you leave to get some apps that will make your life easier. I suggest Uber, Google Maps, and Venmo for starters. If you have any other good ones, please let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

 

 

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Estes Park, Colorado

This is my last, and arguably most important, nugget of wisdom! Just say yes. Even if you’re not sure if it sounds like something you’d usually be interested in, just do it! Obvious caveat here is if it’s dangerous/illegal. In that case you have my blessing to say no. I had to apply to go on the New York trip I just got back from, and I almost said no to it for various reasons. But this has been my philosophy since I hit college, and I knew I would kick myself if I didn’t go, so I agreed to go without knowing anyone on the trip. Thank goodness I did, because I gained some new friends, saw parts of New York I’ve never visited, ate some amaaazing food, and got some job insight that has already helped narrow my idea of what I want to do with my life. Saying yes can be scary, but sometimes you just have to go for it.

So that’s all I’ve got for today! If you have any good travel tips leave them in the comments! I’d love to hear some more. I’ll see you when I see you, and I hope you have a nice day!

–Nicole