connect with your native soul

i decided that i wanted to make a special playlist for november. well, i have actually promised myself to make a playlist for every month throughout the entire year – up until my 41st birthday next september. – but i just had some sort of feeling about november’s playlist. i wanted something spiritual and grounded, but something that also honored the history of this land – but with a different focus. something not so traditionally  pilgrim-white man-eurocentric focused.

i was excited about creating my november playlist, but i had not really given it any thought at all. and here it was only a day away from november. well, i started gathering some songs on tuesday and finished thursday morning. in between, as i selected songs, i decided on a theme. i don’t remember how i came up with the idea of letting november become “native november“, but the moment that the word “native” snuck out of my mouth, i knew that it was perfect.

think about it: in both hemispheres we have beautiful natural transformations happening, with the autumn + spring giving way to winter + summer. so, i wanted to honor the earth. and i wanted to celebrate the thanksgiving holiday in a way that i never have before: by spending the weeks leading up to it by focusing on native americans rather than pilgrims, even if one of my direct descendants was one of the original pilgrims. but, this year, i wanted the focus of my thanksgiving, my november, to be natural, organic, ceremonial, spiritual, and wild + free.

then i began searching high + low for songs whose titles had something to do with nature – and/or native american culture and symbols. i gathered music that sounded a bit like bluegrass, or music that was clearly meant for the wild west., and, of course some native chants.

finally, it all came together. and i was so very excited. it felt so right. with the music part completed, i moved on to designing an image to capture the essence and the vibe of my native november. after that was done, all i needed to do was put it out there for y’all to find.

so here it is. i truly hope that you like it, and that it beckons you to a simpler, more grounded + grateful month.

click here to go to the playlist on spotify.

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may your november days be filled with simplicity, good food + drink, family + friends, and a natural, spiritual connection with all people + the earth.

light + love.

 

40 | a playlist + photo challenge for september

september playlist

happy september, all you lovelies out there! i love this month. i love how it is a transition month, moving us from the last long days of summer, to the colorful, cozy days of autumn (or vice-verse, if you live in the southern hemisphere. you know what i mean… winter to spring). this september is extra special to me. and here is your warning: you may be annoyed by me by the end of the month.

you see, i am turning 40 this month! and i am super excited. not scared, not upset, not anything, but joyful and grateful – and in the mood to celebrate all 30 days (and 10 more days into october. hehe.). it feels like this is a high milestone, bigger than the ones of the past. 16, 18, 21, 25, 30. they were all big, of course. rites of passage and such. but, this seems monumental. like a huge shift. and, while that may be scary for some, it feels exciting and overwhelming (in an amazing way).

therefore, i want to celebrate. all. month. long. poor lina. poor you, too, dear readers.

i want to celebrate that feeling of coming into my own. and the knowledge that it just just better (even if it gets worse or difficult). it’s always a journey of transformation and growth. ever-moving forward. never backward. always up higher and much deeper. and i welcome that. i cherish that.

september playlist

click on the photo above to be redirected to the playlist on spotify.

so, here’s what i’ve done. i’ve decided to make a playlist on spotify. yay! something that incorporates lots of new songs, but with a definite “liz” feel to them all. i found them mostly all on the radio – listening to a local, independent, channel that plays things that are as far away from top 40 music as possible. then, i just put them all together. all 40 of them (40 on purpose, you know. wink, wink.). i also decided that for the next year, until my next birthday, i will create a playlist every month – and i am super duper looking forward to capturing my 40th year in music!

click on the title or the photo above to go to spotify and follow the playlist (40 | september.14).

i’d love to share music with you for the month. if you have any suggestions for october’s playlist, i’m already beginning to assemble songs and ideas. just leave a comment and let me know!


i also did something else. i created a photo challenge for the month! i haven’t created a challenge since may (i think). it was so great to have a break, after about 3 years of photo challenges. and i ended up taking three months off. but, belovelive photo journeys are back starting today!

now, i’ve been racking my brain trying to some up with some kind of theme for weeks. knowing that i wanted to do this. but, nothing came to mind. at. all. until yesterday.

since i had this playlist, and it was something that i was going to use to set the tone/vibe for my september, i decided not to spread myself too thin, but to make my photo challenge based no the playlist. so, this month, we’ve got a music-inspired photo journey – and i am so excited!

i looked at my playlist and hit the “time” button to arrange the songs by time (that way they are also shuffled around a bit). and i went from there creating my photo challenge. so, all 40 songs are there. arranged from the shortest to the longest. and it just so happened that “setting forth” by eddie vedder is the first song! how crazy is that. talk about the universe lining up. hehe.

so, i simply used the titles as the word prompts for the day. now, this may be challenging, or irrelevant, or confusing for all of us. but, i thought, that if we are confused, we can simply listen to (or google!) the lyrics and see if the lyrics or music inspire us in anyway. that should help us decide how to photo something in our every day. this means that we all have bunches of creative freedom with our photos. so, just let the song of the day speak to you, and see what you want to snap for your photo. no pressure. just enjoy. and maybe, you’ll find a new song or two that you love. (remember, most of the songs are new for me too).

so, let’s get out there and take some photos! remember, to use the has tags #bllphotoaday and #mymonthofmusic if you are sharing your photos on instagram or Facebook or twitter. i would loooove to see what you come up with!!

september photo journey

| i have also included a list here of all of the artists and their songs, so you can search for them online, if you would like. just in case you don’t have spotify. they are arranged in the same order as the photo challenge. here, i’ve listed the artist first and then the title of the song. here you go! |

Eddie Vedder – Setting Forth
Leftover Salmon – Liza
Fred Perry – Our Day Will Come – Mashup Remix
Jason Isbell – Stockholm
Lucero – A Dangerous Thing
Tracy Grammer – Gentle Arms Of Eden
Pina – I Loved The Way
Mandolin Orange – Birds of a Feather
The Milk Carton Kids – Hope Of A Lifetime
The Wailin’ Jennys – One Voice
Leftover Salmon – Stop All Your Worrying
Chris Knight – House and 90 Acres
Frazey Ford – September Fields
Of Monsters And Men – Mountain Sound
Gregory Alan Isakov – That Moon Song
First Aid Kit – My Silver Lining
Sarah Jarosz – Build Me Up From Bones
Holly Williams – Drinkin’
Eddie Vedder – Society
Agnes Obel – Brother Sparrow
Keira Knightley – Lost Stars
Shovels & Rope – The Devil Is All Around
Shovels & Rope – Lay Low
The Gabe Dixon Band – All Will Be Well
Leftover Salmon – Mountian Top
Mandolin Orange – There Was A Time
Holy Ghost Tent Revival – Right State of Mind
Trampled By Turtles – Alone
The Milk Carton Kids – Years Gone By
Passenger – Life’s for the Living
The Honeycutters – Fancy Car
Ben Fields – Extraordinary Light
Lou Reed – Beginning Of A Great Adventure
The Head And The Heart – Down in the Valley
Pierce Edens – Montana
Pierce Edens – Wayfaring Stranger
Ben Howard – Old Pine
Lera Lynn – Out to Sea
Trampled By Turtles – Wild Animals
Gregory Alan Isakov – The Stable Song

peace, love, & music. xoxo

prime-time procrastination.

what i should be doing is packing. like for real. i mean, i’m moving to another country in 2.5 days for pete’s sake. so, i should be pulling out things, making my packing inventory list (so i know all the weird things i’ve packed when customs & border control questions me why i have 9 mugs in my carry on baggage, a big round tray, 2 wire baskets, pillow cases…), thrwing more things away, and cramming stuff into every nook & cranny i can find.

but, what i’m actually doing is this:

lizzie needs some new music! any suggestions?

moving

think usa, wandering, new chapter, adventure, life, nature, bliss. leave a comment with your suggestions! and then i’ll post the playlist. promise.

so, yeah. we are in that overwhelmed-so-let’s-ignore-everything mode. i’m making a playlist, and lina’s reading a magazine. like we have absolutely no care in the world. and nothing to do tomorrow or wednesday. at one point today, i curled up into a ball on the bed and just stared at the ceiling till i fell asleep. seriously. i need help. we need help.

eh… think i’ll try to skype my dad for a minute. and then go to bed and dream about all the possibilities and amazing adventures that await me on the other side of the ocean. so, how was your monday, dear friends?

rock on. peace.