music to release your troubles

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We are at the airport gate waiting to board right now, and they're playing island music.

I had a moment just now - just standing there listening. I feel in awe of my life. I can't believe I'm here. I've been so hesitant and scared about this move, and now that it's here, I feel like I can finally take a deep breath and let go.

Island music always makes me feel this way.

It reminds me to let go of expectations, let go of how I think things are going to look, let go of what this move means, let go of what all the other stuff happening in life right now means...

And just go with the flow.

You can't hear this kind of music and not want to move, dance, sway, smile. You can't help but imagine the swish of the breeze in the palm trees, smell the salty ocean in the air, and feel the sun warming up your skin.

I had Spotify on island music all 4 months that I lived in Portland a few years ago with my brother. We were there during the dreariest, coldest, wettest winter months, and left before the sun came out to play. It was a special time, but I'm a girl who loves sunshine, so island music helped me out a lot.

During these moments of deep appreciation, I am reminded of how much I hold my worries, fears, and troubles so close to me. It feels like they're suffocating me sometimes, but it takes these kinds of moments to realize that I'm the one suffocating myself, not outside circumstances.

And this morning, no matter what is happening in your life, know that you deserve to be happy. You deserve to feel joy. You deserve to experience fun. You deserve everything you want. Most of all, you deserve to feel peace.

In case you're curious, here's the link to my Spotify playlist that I had on repeat in 2013 in Portland. Time for me to take it back out to curate it and enjoy it!

What kind of music do you like to listen to that helps you release your troubles?

Wishing you so much peace and joy,




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