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By Lauri Mackey — 2 years ago
I don’t know what I’d do if I lost my music that I have collected for years and cultivated into so many playlists. I have lots of music and lots of playlists! Motivate, Meditation, Melancholy, Bike, Gym, Run, Smile, Time to Sing, and Work Faster!
Not only do I have lots of songs and lots of playlists, but the songs within each playlist are about as random as you can get! When I hear a song I like, I buy the song. Not the album, just the song. It’s just my method and I like it.
I collect songs about as randomly as the playlist itself. Shazam is my go-to app. I bust it out at movies, during bike videos on YouTube, in restaurants, or stores. Shazam doesn’t cost a dime…try it out!
Today, I’d like to share my favorite workout playlist with you: Bike!
Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That by Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Boom, Shakalaka, Boom Single (Instrumental Only) by Stigmata Party
Shake ‘Em On Down by North Mississippi All Stars
I Bought My Eyes by Ty Segall Band
Reservoir Park by The Dutchess & The Duke
New Blood by Zayde Wolf
Thunderstruck by AC/DC
True Believers by The Bouncing Souls
Born This Way by Lady Gaga
Viper Rims by Marc Adamo & Tico Zamor
Bad Reputation by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Get-Together by Tim Myers & Serengeti
Do Your Thing by Powerman 5000
Ya Mama by Fatboy Slim
Shatter Me (featuring Lzzy Hale) by Lindsey Stirling
Cashbox by Big Head Todd & The Monsters
Random Hearts by Tom Gabel
Send Me a Postcard by Shocking Blue
Immortals by Fall Out Boy
Write It All Down for You by Elliott BROOD
On the Floor (Featuring Pitbull) by JLo
The Rhythm Method (Move!) by Flobots
Roundtable Rival by Lindsey Stirling
Greenlight (Featuring FloRida & LunchMoney Lewis/TJR Radio Mix) by Pitbull
Bad Girl (Featuring Marilyn Manson) by Avril Lavigne
Run Boy Run (Instrumental) by Woodkid
Back In Black by AC/DC
Love Don’t Die by The Fray
Right Place, Wrong Time by Dr. John
Let Spirits Ride by Black Mountain
Lose Yourself by Eminem
Howlin’ for You by The Black Keys
The Monster (Featuring Rihanna) by Eminem
Cobrastyle by TeddyBears featuring Mad Cobra
Sabotage by Beastie Boys
E-Pro by Beck
Dougou Badia (Featuring Santigold by Amadou & Mariam
The Core by Uppermost
Cloverland by Ki:Theory
Geronimo by Sheppard
Come With Me Now by KONGOS (one curse word in this one)
Daybreak by OVERWERK
Eyes Down by Eels
Gold on the Ceiling by The Black Keys
My cycling coach I hired last year commented that he thought I was a good Christian girl and was surprised to see all these songs on my playlist, but I assure you other than one sh** in the one by the KONGOS, I only bought clean versions of these songs and they’re awesome!
Next time you listen to these songs just picture me out on my mountain bike trying to grind up hills and not crash bombing downhill!
How do you collect songs? What is your favorite song you’re listening to today? I would love to hear from you!
By Lauri Mackey — 3 years ago
The Gift IS The AnticipationAs I have mentioned numerous times before, I am a complete movie nerd. I’m not good at movie trivia or remembering actors or actresses names or what year this or that movie came out, but I can watch them until the cows come home (and secretly I hope they don’t!). The movie industry has me hooked with anticipation.In my phone is a list called “Movie Fun”. At the top of the list are movies coming out that I want to see. I’ve seen the trailer, loved it, and it goes on my list along with the day it hits theaters. Next comes the movies on my wishlist for my home library. If the movie isn’t out on DVD/Blu-Ray quite yet, the day it does come out is listed right next to it with eager anticipation!What is it that gets us hooked? The excitement leading up to our birthdays. The eves of holidays, especially Christmas. The sequel to your favorite book or movie. The sequel to your favorite television series (even if it’s Lost and the ending really didn’t tie up all the loose ends that they had promised).
Anticipation is PowerfulThe more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is almost more exciting than the actual event. Anticipation is powerful. Inevitably, the actual event is much shorter than any waiting I did leading up to it. I literally have a movie on my list right now that doesn’t come out until Summer and it’s already been on there a couple of months! That is a HUGE anticipation period considering the movie will be less than two hours.
I’m spent weeks preparing for Christmas. Even if I counted the full 24 hours of Christmas day instead of the 16 or so hours I will actually be awake, it’s a lot of prep time in comparison to the actual celebration.
Anticipation IS our JourneyIf all of what I said holds true, than the excitement of anticipation is our journey. What is your current journey that fills you with anticipation? Are you embracing your journey towards your ultimate goal? What is your ultimate goal? How far away is it? Can you see it as a trailer in your mind of your very own movie?The journey can require hard work. Learn to love this work. It is our anticipation journey to be embraced, loved, and smiled at. I believe anticipation is the motivating factor for me trying so many things in my life. I have done so many awesome things. I am collecting experiences. It has been an incredible journey and I can hardly wait to see what’s around the corner for me. I can hardly wait to see where your journey takes you.May your journey be filled with anticipation. Enjoy it, set a goal to achieve, start your journey now. May it be a healthy, happy road less travelled.
By Lauri Mackey — 4 years ago
Ditch the Negative Self-Talk by Listening to Your Best FriendIt took some practice to put this theory into motion for me, but like I always say, “if I can do it, anyone can do it!” I have issues with negative self-talk about my weight. I am not overweight, but I am hyper-conscious about my body shape. I am a grandmother after all and body parts that were once perky are now sadly stretching for the ground and have declared gravity as their best friend. As a friend of mine used to say, (who has since passed on, losing her battle with cancer), “I used to be a 36D, but now I’m just a 36Long”. Once I applied the “best friend advice” theory however, – it helped me start down the path of positive self-talk and ditch the negative Nelly ones. Let’s try it out, shall we?Take the first thing that pops into your head when it comes to your own personal negative self-talk. It could be anything, but usually you are able to think about it right away because it has been your constant companion for as long as you can remember. Now I want you to imagine that you’ve graciously gifted this negative thing or idea to your best friend. She is now you. (This works great if you do this in front of a mirror). Your best friend is now telling you that she hates the shape of her body and that dimples are only cute on baby bums, and that rolls are meant to be eaten not worn. What do you tell her?To put this in context, let me share an experience. I recently did this exercise in a group of about 40 women and I had the leader of the group as my “best friend”. She was telling me how she was overweight and hated the way she fit in her clothes. I then asked the audience what advice should I give her? I panicked as the silence dragged on for just a little bit longer than anticipated. I worried that people would actually start giving advice on weight loss ideas, diets that never really work, to fast, or to exercise like a maniac. One woman in the front row saved me with the perfect answer: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!! There have not been a lot of perfect moments in my speaking career, but this one I will always remember. She said the answer that I had written down in my notes and she said it out loud and clear: YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! I have given this talk several times since I originally wrote this blog and guess what? The first answer is ALWAYS – YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!Ladies, try it out right this second. Take that negative self-talk and hand it over to yourself as your own best friend. What advice would you give that best friend? It changed the way I view myself forever. I am beautiful. And not in some egotistical way, but truly beautiful inside and out. Why? Because that is how my husband sees me, how my children see me, and how my best friend sees me – and now? How I see myself. My best friends would all come and tell me the same thing – YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!Want to dive deeper into how negative self-talk relates to over-eating? Jump on over to my friend, Samantha Russell’s blog where she even offers a free downloadable workshop for you!