Playlist Must-Haves

In my last post, I mentioned how I recently decided to start training for the full marathon for the Ky Derby Festival. This commitment, in combination with the upcoming opening of UofL’s new Rec Center have got me seriously analyzing the condition of my current workout playlist.

I had to make some critical decisions on who would ultimately get to stay on this playlist, and I must say, I did some definite de-bulking on my Ipod in the process. I also made a lot of new additions, though too. I had to add a lot of the songs I always feel like I’m missing during my workouts. It was a long ordeal, but I can say I’m happy with the end product. Here are my top 5 songs on my workout playlist that really get me up and moving…. and some honorable mentions as well.

1. Diet Mountain Dew (Lana Del Ray)

2. Demons (Imagine Dragons)

3. Itchin’ On A Photograph (Grouplove)

4. Gotta Have It (Kanye West and Jay-Z)

5. Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis)

Some other quality get-goers: Doin’ It Right (Daft Punk), Laid (James), Bad Romance (Lady Gaga), Slow Down (Selena Gomez), Beez In the Trap (Nicki Minaj), Swing Swing (All American Rejects), Homecoming (Kanye West), Off to the Races (Lana Del Ray).


Goals and Such

A huge part of life is having hopes and dreams right? Without these, we would just live life, seamlessly going through the motions day in and day out.  What would we have to work for or even look forward to in the future? Not much.  So what gets us to our hopes and dreams? Because they sure as hell don’t just walk up and knock on our door, when life deems us “ready.” At least that has yet to happen in my life, but I will let you know if it does. What actually makes us able to achieve our aspirations is hard-work and goal setting.

Now, having been a horse rider since the young age of 5, I can honestly tell you that nearly ALL of my hopes and dreams have revolved around the equestrian world. What levels I had hoped to reach in competition, what areas of the world I would travel to for shows, what my dream barn would look like when I had the money to own one for myself, etc. However, in March of this year, I decided to sell my horse. I had come to realize that I was a little out of touch with where I currently was in my life. Coming up on my senior year of college, I needed to shift my priorities from my long time sport of choice (which realistically would not be my profession, despite how much I could hope) to where I would go next. I wanted to focus on finishing school strong, and working on myself for the first time in a long time. It was a hard decision, that did not happen over night, but a much-needed one at that.

Needless to say, it has been an adjustment. Recently, I have not been able to shake the feeling that something is missing. It may seem obvious, that HELLO?!?  The thing missing is the 1000 pound animal you are used to taking care of everyday and competing on regularly. That’s not the case, however. I have still made time to visit the barn and even ride horses for several friends of mine upon occasion. The thing that I have been lacking is new goals and a new direction to point myself in. It may seem silly, but it’s true. The past several months, I have been sulking in this perpetual state of post-horse grievance.  And up until this point, I have justified my feelings by saying, it’s okay to do nothing now, you just sold your horse. You’re still in the moving on process. The problem is, I haven’t actually taken any steps to move on and find a new area to set goals for myself (aside from staying on course to my intended graduation date of May 2014, of course.)

So I decided I should start. I wanted to have something that would allow me to challenge myself but not require immense responsibilty and still allow me to focus on me. What better way to do that than by lacing up the sneakers and getting back in my running game. I used to be really into it, even did several 1/2 marathons. I remember enjoying the alone time and the long morning runs that would let me start my day with a clear mind. So that’s where I’m starting.

Knowing myself a little too well, I figured that simply saying that I will try and run three or four times a week might not be enough to get me out on the pavement. I needed a goal, something to work for… so I decided to sign up for the full marathon for the Derby Festival in April. That’s right… six months to prepare myself for the 26.2 mile trek.

It’s a bold choice, I know. But, that’s how I roll. I’m excited for the challenge… no matter how in over my head I may be.

So there you have it. Hopefully this has got you thinking about what you’re working for. And if not, maybe I have inspired you to set some new goals for yourself… one can only hope.

My Top Study Spots

Although studying is not always number one on my to do list, I do make time for it. Living in an apartment not too far from the University of Louisville, I often find that it’s too full of distractions to get anything productive done there anyways.

When I say distractions, I’m largely referring to the two goons I share my space with.


These crazy things. However, other distractions I often encounter are my ever present tendency to procrastinate and my current addiction to several shows on Netflix.

When it gets to be crunch time however, and due dates creep up on me, there are two places where I do my best work: coffee shops or the great outdoors. Here are some of my faves.

Vint on Frankfort Ave.


Vint is a great spot to go, studying or not. They make a killer cappuccino and have an awesome outdoor area if there aren’t any tables open inside. They also serve a wide selection of beer and wine if you really need to get the creative juices flowing during a study session.

Other coffee shops I admire which also serve as great, quiet study places for me include Sunergos on Preston and Heine Brothers at Eastern Pkwy. and Shelby St.

Probably my favorite place to study though, is outside. Weird right? I find it good, though especially for technology free homework and studying. Being outside generally just has a way of relaxing me. Cherokee Park here in Louisville is definitely my favorite outdoor study spot. Lately it’s been the dog park at Cochran Hill (due to my previously mentioned roommates.)

I get a lot of good reading done here, and it doubles as fun time for my dogs too, multitasking at its finest if you ask me.

Well there you have it. My favorite study spots around the city, when I’m having trouble finding enough peace and quiet in my apartment. Check them out next time you need a new place to study!

Film for Thought

Recently, I watched the roast of one Mr. James Franco. Personally, I’m a Franco fan so needless to say it did not take much convincing to get me watching. However, that’s not what this is about. The roast had me thinking about one of Franco’s endeavors that I had yet to see.

Exhibit A: Spring Breakers


Now, believe it or not. Being a young woman, movie posters with a bunch of ladies done up in skimpy bikinis aren’t usually the movies I’m picking to watch. However, I did enjoy the film. And I will tell you why.

If you haven’t seen it, don’t jump to conclusions just yet. The film is definitely crude, definitely has some trashy elements to it, but definitely it’s well done nonetheless. Obviously, I’m not suggesting you pull out Spring Breakers at your next family fun night, however. Mom and pop might not love it.


The movie is of a darker variety, and was done in quite an artistic way. While most aspects of the film are likely very unrealistic, I’m willing to bet you will find yourself able to relate to a character or two.

Keep it in mind, as film for thought. I asked around and got mixed reviews of the film before watching it, so I decided I should just jump right in and decide for myself. My verdict is, if you like obscure films, you’ll probably enjoy Spring Breakers. It’s action packed and will definitely get your attention, and the fact that the soundtrack is pretty killer, also doesn’t hurt.