the getting to it list

January 13, 2016

In the same way that some people put off tasks, and goals, (including myself) I put off listening to new music. I get so comfortable listening to my select golden, set of songs and realize I end up never venturing quite far from those few. Making myself completely oblivious to any new songs I could end up liking. This happens to me a lot with new albums by old favorites, recommended songs from friends, people I’ve heard a lot of buzz about, and many other times. So, I think this will be the first edition of my “Getting to It” playlist. These songs are very diverse in their natures and recommendations to add would be greatly appreciated. Some notable favorites on this list include, "Monsters" and "Candles" by Thelma Plum, "You're the One that I Want" by Lo-Fang, "22" "Book of Love" and "Coming Home by Gavin James, and a few delightful songs that will become lifetime favorites, "Love is a Losing Game" and "Valerie" by the legend, Amy Winehouse.


The New Year

January 10, 2016

With the New Year we can take time to reflect on a year past, and take in the rush of the year to become. I used to be huge on resolutions, and the millions of larger than life promises I could make to myself. To forget in the weeks coming, but I think I understand them finally. A new year can be a time of rebirth and resurgence of hope for change and actualizing of goals. These goals that we set can be large or small. But, they have to do something we actually want to do, and actually will put our minds to. It's kind of a quality, over quantity kind of thing. If you have a few golden resolutions that you feel really great about, and 15 dull but 'obligatory' goals, the few would always win out. Without all the 'fluff' resolutions those few crisp goals will stick, and follow into a New Year of happiness and movement forward. With this new mindset I created a few broad goals for myself that I have great faith in carrying out in the coming year.
  • learn more and accomplish more musically
I'm very passionate about music, but it easily becomes something I push off for more 'practical' things and I really want to change that.
  • get my license
It's part of growing up and it can't be a thing I push off, it needs to happen!
  • treat my body better
This is an overall reminder to myself to sleep more -and at the right time- , drink water, eat healthier, and exercise more. 
  • time manage better
I've been trying to work on this for about forever, but it's an important skill and I really want to hone it in. 
  • take writing and blogging seriously
This is another thing I am very passionate about, and I want to devote more time to writing and get more serious about it in this new year.
  • decide major and colleges
These are some more huge growing up things to do, and I want to focus down on them and figure them out now because it would make my next few years exponentially easier.
  • do well on acts -30 or higher- and Sats
Can we guess it? Even more grown up things to tackle and get out of the way. Definitely not fun, but necessary. 
  • read at least 30 books
I love to read but I often forget about it and reading helps keep me in a good headspace so this will hopefully keep me on a good schedule. The book I am reading now is It's Kind a Funny Story  and I really like it so far. It reminds you to not let your passions get overlooked in the playing the game of life, and those steps you have to take. That's all for now.Mary



the want

January 06, 2016


I think the first time I said I wanted to be a writer was in the first grade. I probably called it an author at the point, before I knew the innumerable ways writing manifests itself in the world.  That’s what I decided that day.

I Want to Be An Author.

I told my teacher right then and there, too. He gave us a celebratory second recess as a welcoming to the first grade, and every other normal  first grader was instantly animated, working together to construct the lines we had perfected to a tee in kindergarten. Except little Mary. And, as a response to the teacher’s befuddlement at the lack of excitement to why any child would willingly turn down a free recess the little girl donning the long brains said “Can I stay inside and read this? I’m going to be an author”. This earned her a kind chuckle to the enigma that was this first grade girl. She likes to read?? And a bit of showing off to the other teachers along the same lines.

She likes?? to read??

But, she, over time, was pushed along, and nudged into more and more books and attempts at writing on her own by her mentors until she was a bigger girl. A young woman really, who still loves to read, still loves to write, and still like to be just a tad different than her expectations, and she will write in the form of a blog, or novels, articles, anything.


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