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Goal #10 for my 13 in 13 is to go to bed by 10pm.  This doesn’t mean that my light will be off by then, but that I’ll get into bed, read, and hopefully fall asleep at some point thereafter.  Which is a huge improvement over what I’ve been doing: staying up until after midnight watching t.v. or YouTube videos and then heading to bed.

As I was going through my Google Reader yesterday (Goal #8), I came across this “40 Minutes to Snooze” playlist from FitSugar.  I’ve never been one to listen to music while I try to sleep, but 2013 is about trying new things, and since I love music, I figured why not incorporate this into my nightly routine.  Or at least give it a try for a week and see what happens.

Since I know a lot of you also need to be better about getting more sleep, I figured I’d share.  Sweet Dreamzzzzzzzzzz.

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Throughout the month of December, I’ll be participating in #reverb12: celebrating the successes of 2012, honoring the challenges of 2012, and planting the seeds for a rich and rewarding 2013. December is the perfect time to reflect on the year that has passed and start to manifest dreams for the new year.

Day 11What was music to your ears in 2012, literally or metaphorically?

Music is a huge part of my life! I’ve come to learn that I do my best work (grading, cleaning, working out, etc) when I have music in the background. As someone who’s iTunes collection is so big that I had to buy an external hard drive to house it all so that it didn’t overtake my laptop’s memory, it’s interesting that in 2012, most of the music I’ve listened to wasn’t music that I purchased.

I’ve been really getting into music sites like

  • 8tracks where you can listen to pre-made playlists based on mood. Cleaning + upbeat and rain+indie are favorite searches of mine.
  • Spotify where you can listen to whole albums from artists you like or you can make playlists to share with friends. I’ve become a big fan of the FitSugar playlists.
  • Rock My Run where you can download DJ mixes to match the bpm you want to sync your workout to. I have downloaded tons of Rock My Run mixes and use them to help me get through especially challenging workouts.

My musical tastes are eclectic, but if it’s 80s, alternative, Madonna, or indie pop, you can be it’s in my earphones.

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This month I’m participating in 30 Days of Thanks (#30DaysofThanks) by writing a blog post about 30 things I’m thankful for. To join in, go to the link above. The best part is, you don’t need to have a blog or even be on social media to take part in the project; you just need to be thankful. I can’t wait to see how my life might change by spending the 30 days in November giving thanks for things in my life — every single day.

Today I am thankful that my sister and I found some time in our busy schedules to slip away and go to see The Perks of Being a Wallflower before it left theatres.  If you didn’t get to see it, do.  If you haven’t read the book, read it.  Go buy the soundtrack, it’s fantastic.  Or, if you want, just go listen to it on Spotify:

The movie was beautifully done.  I think it helped that the novel’s author, Stephen Chbosky, wrote the screenplay and directed the film, too.  As much as I loved the book, I think this film might have been even better.  Although that might have been because the actors were so endearing.  It was truly one of the best movies I have seen in recent memory.

Afterward, LC and I went to Starbucks for a bit of an afternoon pick-me-up, and to take advantage of their “buy one holiday drink, get the other free from 2pm-5pm deal”.  I treated myself to a Grande Skinny Peppermint Mocha for 130 calories.  It was a delicious treat.

Weekends like this one, where my sister and I get to spend a lot of time together (we lounged around for much of the day yesterday, too) are all too rare, making them all the more precious.  I’m so grateful that my sister is my best friend and that she and my nieces live right next door.

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