Sweet Beats // August 2014

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve been a bit of a stress-case these days. Maybe it’s my end-of-summer melancholia? Whatever the reason, soothing folk/indie kind of music just has a way of easing my nerves and bringing me back to reality. Few things make me happier than a long walk in late summer with warm sounds ringing in my ears.

Hope you all find this month’s playlist equally tension relieving.

01. northern sky // nick drake

02. gentle moon // sun kil moon

03. humiliation // the national

04. watching the wheels // john lennon

05. all the king’s horses // robert plant and the strange sensation

06. photograph // ringo starr

07. keep me in your heart // warren zevon

08. wide world // blessed feathers

09. loved/dark // alison may

10. the light (her hands her leaves) // alexi murdoch

11. that stable song // gregory alan isakov

12. one red thread // blind pilot

13. ghost // jeremy messersmith

14. blood // the middle east

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New Years Resolutions

gm_2014 Resolutions can be tough to take seriously when you set the bar too high. This year we tried setting some realistic goals that we always find ourselves wanting to improve on.

1 // Be more creative

We got a head start with this one this year when we made our blog. We were dying for a way to vent our creative energy by doing something fun and carefree together. It’s been a big motivator to do a lot of projects we’ve had on our lists but never set the time for, as well as a way to step outside of our comfort zones with ideas we may have been too nervous to pursue in the past. We’re planning on picking up old hobbies and gaining new ones for 2014.

// Read more often

Reading calms your nerves and allows you to unwind while removing yourself from the daily bustle we deal with. This year we want to make a point of regularly putting our phones and computers in one room, and ourselves and a book in another. Cuddle up with some cocoa and a blanket and take it easy.

3 // Stress less

Speaking of unwinding from daily bustle…we’re actively making a point in 2014 to stress less all together. Becoming an adult has proved to be pretty difficult, and our bodies and minds are taking a toll. Whenever we find ourselves tense this year, try to remember that in the grand scheme of things, this little bump is most likely a microscopic blip on the radar.

4 // Wear more sunscreen

So important yet so underutilized! This is the only skin we have, and it’s our responsibility to be kind to it. We’ll thank ourselves years from now when we’re still healthy and supple.

5 // Travel more

This can be tough when we find ourselves in financial pickles, but it doesn’t need to be an extravagant get away in order to be worthwhile. This past summer, we went camping with a friend to Cape Cod. We had all grown up in New England, yet only 1 of the 3 of us had ever been! That trip was a hot mess, and totally worth it. We also had one of the most amazing things we had ever eaten…a hot buttered lobster roll that had been caught that morning. If you’re ever in P-town, get one here.

6 // Stay in better touch with family and old friends

There have been some major life changes going on around here, and sometimes it can be really difficult to keep in touch with the people you love. This year we want to reach out more, try to let go of grudges, and just become stronger with communication overall.

Six resolutions might seem like a lot, but these points are just guidelines for things we should have been doing all along…and even if we only briefly touch some of these we’ll be happy! We hope your resolutions are as exciting and attainable as ours, and 2014 is your best year yet!

*ps – I saw this list of the top 10 best designed Champagnes & Sparkling Wine bottles featured on The Dieline (a packaging design website) to celebrate the New Year and had to share! Drink up!

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