Creative Juices | Spring Playlist

We might not have leaves on the trees yet, but it's 60 degrees. And sunny! I'm calling that spring. And I'm about to go for a run. Outside. Without a jacket. Hallelujah! If you're in the same joyful, spring-is-here! mood as me, take a listen to my spring playlist. It's on repeat in my office, and I'm especially playing that first song overandoverandover. I can't get enough! (Those of you who watch Fixer Upper on HGTV might recognize the duo Johnnyswim. They sing Home, the opening song on the show!)

What are your favorite tunes this season? I'm always looking for more songs to add to my playlist and would love to hear what you currently have on repeat.

Spring Music Playlist

August Goals + Creative Juices

It's August?! How is it August?? This summer has gone SO quickly, and if I'm being perfectly honest, I'm having a hard time keeping the balance I was determined to stick with at the beginning of the year. Summers are always filled with lots of shooting--weddings, newborns, families, engagements--and I always want to do it all! It's a tough lesson for me to learn that I'm just one person and can't say yes to everything while still staying balanced in my personal life. I suppose I'll always deal with this struggle. It's one that reminds me I'm human and helps me appreciate the little moments in the midst of the crazy. And August will be just that … CRAZY! Nathan and I get to escape to the UK in September (YAY!), so August will be reminiscent of exam week in college--cram as much in as you possibly can and somehow, some way it will all get done. Here's to a productive month!

I've been obsessing over So You Think You Can Dance this summer (it's my first season ever!), and I was captivated by Jessica and Casey's performance last week to Hozier's Like Real People Do. This song is beautiful, and I especially love the folksy + waltz feel. Check it out:

Anyone else loving SYTYCD or another show this summer? I've also been watching season after season of Survivor while I edit. It's so not something I ever thought I would get into, but I'm loving it!

Creative Juices: Client Meeting Playlist

I meet clients in my home office these days, but way back when, I would travel to coffee shops all over Cleveland meeting brides and grooms and hearing about their wedding days. There were pros and cons to that. Pro: I looove the vibe at almost all coffee shops. The music and the atmosphere perfectly complement a steaming latte. Con: It can be impossible to have a conversation over all the other conversations happening in that one space. See what I mean? So now I bring my favorite parts of a coffee shop to my cozy office: hot drinks, comfy chairs and soothing music. That plus no background noise is really a win-win for me! Since it's been awhile since I shared a Creative Juices, I thought I'd share the playlist I use during client meetings. These are some of my all-time favorite songs, combined with some new favorites. I could listen to this every day (and sometimes I do)! I hope it inspires you today. :)

Creative Juices

Creative Juices: Stay Alive by Jose Gonzalez

Have you seen The Secret Life of Walter Mitty yet? If you answered no to that question, I encourage you to make your way to the closest movie theater stat! Walter Mitty has made its way onto my List of Favorite Movies Ever. The cinematography is just so gorgeous and the story is uplifting and encouraging. For a lifelong traveler, it touched my heart and made me want to pack a bag and get on the next plane to Iceland. (Go see the movie. You'll know what I mean.) As we were leaving the theater and the credits were rolling above us, this song by José González was playing. It was the perfect end to a beautiful story, and I downloaded it as soon as we got home. Enjoy the sweet tune!

And in case you're in need of a new playlist, I thought I'd share my 2013 Creative Juices picks: