Magic. It’s a word I love. One that conjures up images of beauty, mystery, wonder and awe.
And I think it’s the perfect focus for the month of July. A month that we all tend to slow down, or change gears, whether we are in the midst of summer or winter.
I somehow feel that this July is one big, long pause. Like a deep breath of fresh air. We may be snuggling under the blankets at home as winter surrounds us, or feeling as if we’ve been set free to wander and frolic about in our bare feet in the height of the summer sun. Wherever we are, and whatever we are doing, though, I think we need this month. We need this shift + break.We need the relaxation + free-spiritedness.
The first six months of the year are complete. And a lot has happened, much has changed. The rest of the year lays out in front of us. An unknown mystery. So all we have is right now. This month. This day. This moment.
And no matter what we do, or where we are this month, be it active or restful, at home or far away, July offers us ample opportunities to pause.
And to live in the midst of magic… allowing ourselves to be mindful and present.
It’s time to leave behind our regular routines and to fully exist in the mystical, dreamy, glowing, twinkling moments that come our way.
Living a magical life, for me, is simply living a life where I embrace the awe of the moment. It is being completely at rest and at peace with not understanding, and yet completely appreciating, all that is happening. It is feeling overwhelmed and grateful by what is happening right here, right now.
Magical living is mindful, mystical, cosmic living.
It is seeing and appreciating and getting wrapped up in the moment. Like being swept off your feet. Like feeling goosebumps all over your body. Like breathing deeply and knowing that this moment is special.
It is believing and trusting that which we cannot see, and yet, knowing that something meaningful is present.
It is living a life in which the most ordinary things become extraordinary, where every person and every moment is sacred.
So, to celebrate all of the magic in our lives, I’ve made an epic playlist. It is looooooong, my friends. And it is filled with music that is inspired by those things that are the most magical for me: nature, family, home, spirit, and travel.
It’s a gathering of music that encourages me to sit quietly + reflect, but it is also music that makes me go crazy + dance. It’s a celebration of summer, of life, and of the desire to live wild + free.
To get the playlist, just click on the photo above, and subscribe to the playlist on Spotify. If you don’t have Spotify, then you can create your own playlist by using the list of titles + artists below. I do hope you enjoy it!
Here’s to wishing you a laid back, restful, adventurous, magical July, wild ones. Take a deep breath + just let it all be. Magic is swirling all about you.
TITLE – ARTIST
In The Blue Hours Of Morning – The Oh Hellos
Dreamt of a Wave – Mirel Wagner
The Big Ocean – Ben Sollee
Blue Ridge Mountain – Hurray For The Riff Raff
Compass – Sierra Hull
Heartbeats – José González
Smoky Mountain Relapse – Blessed Feathers
The Lake – Fish & Bird
Summertime – The Head and the Heart
The American Dream – The White Buffalo
Howlin’ At The Moon – Sam Bush
100 Round The Bends – Missy Higgins
The Moon Song – Live – Karen O
Oak Tree – Mirel Wagner
This Is The Life – Amy Macdonald
Summer Vibe – Walk Off the Earth
Home We’ll Go – Walk Off the Earth
Old Ties and Companions – Mandolin Orange
What Does It Mean to Travel – Mary Chapin Carpenter
Ancient Sea – Elephant Revival
Never Come Back Again – Austin Plaine
Porch Light – Aoife O’Donovan
You Are Made of Stars – I Am The Sky
Hayloft – Nickel Creek
Don’t Let It Get You Down – Johnnyswim
Right Time – Nikki Lane
For A Better Day – Avicii
Flowers of Love – Pieta Brown
Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
Ain’t No Man – The Avett Brothers
Dark Road – Sarah Jarosz
Woodstock – Heather Maloney, Darlingside
New York – The Milk Carton Kids
Dearly Departed – Shakey Graves, Esmé Patterson
Somewhere Over the Atlantic – Joy Kills Sorrow
King of the World – First Aid Kit
Trees – The Oh Hellos
If It Takes a Lifetime – Jason Isbell
I Don’t Wanna Go to Work – Lissie
Peace Tonight – Elephant Revival
Perfect Day – Lou Reed
All We Ever Knew – The Head and the Heart
Perfect Day – Shovels & Rope, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Longest Day – Megafaun
For the Summer – Ray LaMontagne
Destination – Nickel Creek
You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
Luckiest Man – The Wood Brothers
Morning Song – The Avett Brothers
Feel Free – Bearfoot
No Shortcuts – Heather Maloney, Darlingside
Fireflies – Colin & Caroline
The Devil Is All Around – Shovels & Rope
I Must Be In A Good Place Now – Bobby Charles
Good Feeling – Flo Rida
Wildflower Honey – The Stray Birds
Come On Home – honeyhoney
Stay Gold – First Aid Kit
The Unclouded Day – from Sons of Anarchy – Audra Mae & The Forest Rangers
Hey Brother – Avicii
Hello My Old Heart – The Oh Hellos
NYC – Brolin
The Tide – The Lonely Heartstring Band
Emmylou – First Aid Kit
Ring Around The Moon – Elephant Revival
Silver Light – Trampled By Turtles
Brave World – Bowerbirds
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson, Bruno Mars
In the Aeroplane Over the Sea – Roma di Luna
Midnight Sun – The Pines
Long Hot Summer Days – Sara Watkins
Carolina – Jason Harrod
Fire By Night – Josh Garrels
Killing Me Softly with His Song – Fugees
Open Ended Life – The Avett Brothers
Orion’s Waltz – Milkdrive
California – The Lil Smokies
Old Magic – Mariee Sioux
Waiting Around To Die – The Be Good Tanyas
Shine a Different Way – Patty Griffin
Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers
Old Pine – Ben Howard
Gypsy (Early Version) – Fleetwood Mac
Morningside – Dana Sipos
Same Ol’ River – Sam Bush
Wild Animals – Trampled By Turtles
Living The Mystery – Paul Brady
In The During Of A Moment – The Lowest Pair
Hotel California – Eagles
The Sound Of White – Missy Higgins