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:

365 Day Photo Challenge: September (+ Creative Juices)

Arrived back in the good ol' US of A after a fantastic vacation in St. Lucia * We grew a magical pepper in our garden! * Celebrated our second anniversary with a homemade dinner and dessert * Enjoyed some beautiful weather * Played florist for my friend Sharon's bridal shower ... * ... and then celebrated her soon-to-be marriage! * Visited the lake on a beautiful, windy Sunday * Was reminded why I eat chocolate when my wrappers gave me words of affirmation ;) * Photographed three beautiful September weddings * Had our street's annual block party * Coached some gymnastics at the Y * Obsessed over the return of New Girl * Had my office destroyed by Rosie vs. packaging peanuts * Went on a brewery tour with a wedding party * Started drinking hot drinks again! * Scouted photo locations for an upcoming Gervasi wedding (that place is beautiful!) * Enjoyed hot, fresh donuts (compliments of a donut truck) at a wedding *  Had a major unhealthy eating streak and put chocolate on everything (here Nathan is modeling melted chocolate chips on top of banana bread) * Gave in to Rosie's deli meat cravings 365 Day Photo Challenge

And to make sure I get my music inspiration to you this month, here's October's Creative Juices! I'm slightly obsessed with Lorde's Royals (i.e., I listen to it on repeat while I edit, and yes, I've memorized all the words thankyouverymuch), but I'm beginning to like Team equally as much. Take a listen. Do you have a preference?

Creative Juices: Next to Me by Emeli Sande

When I first heard this song on the radio, I couldn't figure out who the heck was singing (I totally thought it was Alicia Keys!). Then I saw Emeli on the Ellen Show and I was blown away. She is so good and the song has such meaning. I'm not sure exactly what she intended with the lyrics, but I like to think that's it's spiritual. I blast this when I need a little pick-me-up. Happy Monday! :)

Creative Juices: Silent Night by Priscilla Ahn

Because I've been listening to Christmas music for about three weeks now, I figured it's only appropriate to share one of those songs with you all. :) My absolute favorite Christmas album is The Hotel Cafe presents Winter Songs. It includes tons of my favorite female artists doing original and covered Christmas songs. I shared this one with you last year. Today it's Silent Night by Priscilla Ahn. This girl is sooo good (so good I've already shared some of her stuff!). Her voice is crystal clear and so sweet. I absolutely love this rendition of one of my favorite Christmas songs. If you haven't downloaded the entire album, do it now! Colbie Caillat, Lenka, KT Tunstall and Brandi Carlile also make the list.