This One’s For the Girls

Do you remember this song? It’s an old one but it’s one that every time I hear it come on the radio, I have to turn it up and sing along. It’s not a Monday, but we’re looping back with more music today because I know that I need it and maybe someone else does too.



This one’s for all you girls about thirteen

High school can be so rough, can be so mean

Hold onto, on to your innocence

Stand your ground when everyone’s giving in




This one’s for the girls


This is for all you girls about twenty-five

In a little apartment, just trying to get by

Living on, on dreams and spaghetti-o’s

Wondering where you life is gonna go




This one’s for the girls

Who’ve ever had a broken heart

Who’ve wished upon a shooting star

You’re beautiful the way you are

This one’s for the girls

Who love without holding back

Who dream with everything they have

All around the world

This one’s for the girls




This is for all you girls about forty-two

Tossing pennies into the Fountain of Youth

Every laugh, laugh line on your face

Made you who you are today




This one’s for the girls

Who’ve ever had a broken heart

Who’ve wished upon a shooting star

You’re beautiful the way you are

This one’s for the girls

Who love without holding back

Who dream with everything they have

All around the world

This one’s for the girls




Yeah, we’re all the same inside (same inside)


This one’s for the girls

Who’ve ever had a broken heart

Who’ve wished upon a shooting star

You’re beautiful the way you are

This one’s for the girls

Who love without holding back

Who dream with everything they have

All around the world

This one’s for the girls

Yeah, this one’s for the girls




This one is for ALL of you. Anyone who needs the reminder of how beautiful you are – on the inside AND out. Anyone who needs that extra bit of love and inspiration in her life today, this week, this month, or this year. This is for YOU.



I’m still living in the summer of country music. I switch it up from time to time but some days, I just can’t get enough. I know country is either loved or hated so for some of you, this just won’t be your thing but for others, you may enjoy this…so give it a shot.


This week I’ve been loving the new one by Florida Georgia Line called “Dirt”… (careful the video is a bit of a tear jerker)



My favorite lyric that really just sticks right out and touches me is “You know you came from it, And some day you’ll return to it.”


For me, it’s a simple reminder where we come from, that life is precious and simple and that we don’t need to take everything so seriously, just enjoy this life and all of the simple pleasures.


And maybe, once and awhile play in the dirt.

Proof from last year's PrettyMuddy run ;)

Proof from last year’s PrettyMuddy run ;)


What are you listening to this week?

The Lonely Wild

I haven’t been sharing a ton of the campaigns that I’ve been working on with my job. Mostly just because while music is a huge part of my life and obviously also my career, this is also a personal blog, personal space and I want to make sure I’m finding that balance and not bringing too much of my job into this space. I don’t know if any of my coworkers, my boss or clients have stumbled across this space and give it a good read from time to time (hello, if so!) and while I have no intent of sharing anything negative, I guess I just always feel like there’s a line and I want to make sure I don’t cross it.


With that said, I HAD to share this band with you. Not just because they’re good and worth knowing, but because they had this marvelously hilarious campaign video that is so worth every second to watch it fro start to finish.  No joke.



Hilarious, yes? Honestly, one of the best campaign intro videos I’ve seen!


Anyway, the band (The Lonely Wild) is more than their video, they’re incredible musicians. And you all know that I know good music, right?




With the new album in the works, I quite honestly can’t wait to get my ears on the new tunes!


What are you listening to this week?

Tell me all about your fabulous weekend!


Before we get to this week’s Music Monday pick, I must admit I took this baby out of her case last week…

1513808_10100187058155959_3832712065505634204_nDon’t get excited for any performances soon, I’m basically starting from scratch trying to re-teach myself how to play. In fact, I broke out the book I used when I first started learning and have started making my way through that again. We’ll see how much I can actually do myself before recruiting my musician friends to help but I’m determined to at least get to a point that I don’t get super angry by how awful I am just by holding the guitar. ;)

10455772_10100189995893709_2597298321841848125_nThe good thing is, my guitar is super pretty and even after all these years, we still look good together. HA!


Anyway, at this point, I’m sure you all realize I love a variety of music – rock, country, pop, folk and pretty much everything in between. There’s definitely some genres that I don’t listen to as much as others, but at the end of the day, I believe I listen to music that I believe is good regardless of the genre it falls into.


One song I’ve been enjoying lately is from Nickel Creek called “Destination.” While I’m not a huge fan of some of their other and older songs, I do really enjoy this one. It’s definitely worth listening to.



Do you have a favorite genre of music? Or one that you don’t ever listen to?

Can you play guitar? Will you teach me? ;)

Turn the Radio Up, Roll the Windows Down…

And turn the radio up

Roll the windows down

She got a full tank of gas

Ain’t no stopping her now

I’ve mentioned this before but I grew up listening to country. That was all that my dad would listen to so any time he was driving us around, you could bet that’s what was on the radio. I’ve gone through stages of enjoying it more than other times and obviously there are some songs I can’t stand (as with all genres!) but for the most part, I’m not one of those people who hates on country.


I don’t often love the music on the radio but I do find it important in my industry to at least know what’s out there – the good, the bad, and the ugly so I do listen to it while I’m driving around. Lately, I’ve found myself in a pattern – local station in the mornings, Chicago rock station in the afternoons and evenings, and Chicago country station on the weekends. Of course this changes up a bit everyday but this has been a basic schedule anytime I’m driving somewhere lately.


A couple weeks ago as I was driving around I heard “Dust” by Eli Young Band and found myself immediately drawn to it. I turned up the radio, I rolled the windows down and jammed out. After hearing it, I wanted to hear it again…and every time I got in my car, I hoped it would come on. This song just speaks to me and in a way, it also tells my story.


Do you ever just want to get in your car and drive? Just drive with no agenda, no timeline and no destination? Just see what this world has to show you?


A friend asked me the other day what I do when I’m upset or mad. It was an interesting question but I said “I listen to music, I run or I drive.” He asked where I go when I drive and while I always give myself a destination (usually a coffee shop, errands, etc), I always wish I could just let myself drive and see where I end up. I know it’s a little crazy, but guess what? Sometimes that’s me.


Sometimes you want to just roll the windows down, turn the radio up, let your hair blow in your face and feel alive. I think that’s why I love it so much, it rejuvenates my spirit in some way that helps me feel alive.



Is there a song that makes you feel alive?

Any song that tells your story?


I heard this song on the radio the other day and immediately fell in love with it. I hadn’t ever heard if before and made sure to look it up later. I needed to hear it again and I needed to hear more just like it. Those harmonies make my ears so happy. Like SO freaking happy!


Johnnyswim released an album, Diamonds, earlier this year so of course I had to listen to it. I recommend you do too. I’m pretty sure you’ll thank me for it later.


What are you listening to today?


It’s no secret that I love music and if you haven’t noticed, I have a huge soft spot for musicians. Particularly, musicians that are working their butts off to make it. As I often say to my friends, this will either be my rise or fall within the music industry.

1546412_10100114978978209_871985270_nOne of the cool things about my job right now is that I get to work with and meet many of those musicians who are working hard to make ends meet through their music. Many may have other jobs, many may not; many may just be starting out, many may be a bit more established; regardless, they’re all trying to fulfill their dreams and this reaches to the core of my being.


I feel so blessed that one of the campaigns I was given to look over was for Mia Dyson, an Australian singer-songwriter, who’s also charging her way through the U.S. Mia had an awesome campaign, surpassing her goal, engaging with fans and releasing a seriously awesome record just last week.


Her manager sent me the record a few weeks earlier as a first listen and I found myself immediately connected to the album. From start to finish I was tuned in and immediately found myself replaying it from the beginning once it was over. I’m so excited the album is out so I can finally share this with all of you!



I emailed her manager back and thanked them for sending it to me. I let them know that I really enjoyed it and think it’s a fantastic record. The response I got was that knowing I’m listening to different musicians all day, they appreciated my kind words about Mia’s album and know that it means a lot. But they really don’t know just how much it meant to me in that moment. Music has a way of reaching out and touching our soul. It gives us something to connect to, often in a way that nothing else can.



I hope you all check out Mia Dyson, her new record and truly enjoy it as much as I do.


What are you listening to lately?

(Linking up to Katie’s MIMM)

Let’s Get to the Music…

This weekend was busy – fun, but busy! It’s not that it’s necessarily a bad thing but as I write this up Sunday night, I’ve got zero energy. I left my parents before dinner, drove home, ate some celery with hummus and climbed into bed by 7pm. I’m aware that probably sounds pretty ridiculous. But regardless, it was the situation so let’s skip the funny business and just get to some music, mmkay?



How was your weekend? Do anything fun?

What music are you listening to this week?

Put Your Headphones In (This Will Be On Repeat)

I hope everyone is enjoying their long weekend while also taking time remember why we have been given this day off from work. A thank you to all who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. Everyday we thank you and we salute you, but this day is especially for you.


I can’t totally ignore the fact that I finished my third half-marathon yesterday but I’ll tell you more about the race tomorrow. ;)


Anyway, as you all read this I’m probably on a plane headed back to Chicago after the last week in Boston. That week flew by and I can hardly believe I’m headed back home already. But with an afternoon of hanging out with friends ahead of me, I’m definitely looking forward getting back home.


But while I’m flying, I need some music to listen to and obviously, so do you! ;)


I’ve got a great one for you today that I’m particularly excited to share. You better break out your headphones because you might find yourself just letting it go on repeat for hours.



What are you listening to on this long weekend?

Any fun plans for your Memorial Day?

5 Songs to Add to Your Running Playlist

With my 3rd half marathon a week away, it’s prime-time to get my playlist in order. I’ve been removing some old worn-out songs and adding in some new ones to help freshen up my playlist. Today, I thought I’d share 5 of the new songs that made my playlist…yes, I listen to a variety of music while I workout (some that I would never listen to outside my workout).

5 new running songs

1. “Crystalized” Young the Giant

2. “Recover” CHVRCHES

3. “Sleeping with a Friend” Neon Trees

4. “Let’s Go” Tiesto

5. “Ain’t It Fun” Paramore

Now tell me – what are your new favorite running or workout songs?