12 Songs To Pick You Up When You’re Down

12 Songs To Pick You Up When You’re Down

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Not all days are great, and sometimes we just need a pick-me-up. I find that music is a great way to inspire a better mood!

In no particular order, here are twelve songs I’m sure to pull up on my phone when I’m feeling down.

1. Try Everything (Zootopia)

Let’s face it, knowing me, you’d be surprised if there wasn’t a Disney song on this list. This Shakira – I mean, Gazelle – single from Disney’s Zootopia combines an upbeat tune with a great life philosophy. “I won’t give up, no I won’t give in, til I reach the end, and then I’ll start again!”

2. Young and Positive (Sweet Honey in the Rock)

Speaking of great life philosophies, this is a rap that goes way back to my childhood. I probably didn’t understand all that it was about back then, but it’s definitely a great mantra for people of all ages – “I am young, I am positive, I am the future, I’m gonna tell it like it is, I won’t let anything stand in my way, my eyes are on the prize and gonna stay that way!”

3. Stronger Than You (Steven Universe)

Steven Universe is a cartoon I’ll keep in mind to show my children if I don’t like what’s on TV when I have them. This is a powerful song from that show, and a great bop in its own right. But it’s even better for putting the scene it’s from in my head – no spoilers, but it involves a great character kicking a bigoted villain’s butt. “I am made o-o-o-o-of lo-o-o-o-ove, and it’s stronger than you!”

4. Level Up (Vienna Teng)

I stumbled across this song on Tumblr one day and have loved it ever since. I’ve imagined up so many music videos for TV shows I like to this song; it just applies to so many contexts! “If you are afraid, come out. If you are awake, come out. Come out and level up!”

5. To Life (Fiddler on the Roof)

And now we begin the Broadway portion of this list. Again, knowing me, you’d be surprised if they weren’t here! Fiddler on the Roof is a family favorite and this song is just so fun to sing along to. “To us and our good fortune! Be happy, be healthy, long life! And if our good fortune never comes, here’s to whatever comes! Drink – l’chaim! – to life!”

6. The Impossible Dream (Man of La Mancha)

If I were to ever get over my dislike of pain and desire for professionalism and get a tattoo, it would very likely be a quote from Man of La Mancha, and very likely a line from this song. The trickiest part would be choosing just a few words! “This is my quest, to follow that star, no matter how hopeless, no matter how far…”

7. I Sing the Body Electric (Fame)

This song made me feel good even before my English geek brain realized it’s full of Walt Whitman references. “And in time, and in time, we will all be stars!”

8. Little Wild One (That Thing You Do)

My parents tell me that when I was a toddler and they played this song in the car, I would belt along to it. I definitely didn’t realize what it was about back then, but the memory brings me up anyway. I even had it as my alarm in the morning for a while, and I still like it! “Little wi-i-i-i-i-ld one!”

9. The Gorilla Song (Raffi)

Again, back to songs from my childhood! This one’s just plain cute and puts a smile on my face. “’Cause it don’t matter to me, whatever you happen to be… as long as you’re you, I will love ya!

10. We Go On (IllumiNations)

This song is the finale of the Epcot fireworks spectacular, IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth. The entire show gives me warm fuzzy feelings about the world and the future, and this song sums it up nicely. “We can see a new horizon built on all that we have done, and our dreams begin another thousand circles round the sun!”

11. Happy (Pharrell)

I really do think that no list of uplifting songs is complete without this one. It really speaks for itself. “Because I’m happy…”

12. The Middle (Jimmy Eat World)

Of all the songs on this list, this is the one I’m least likely to ever skip when it comes up on shuffle. It came into my life right when I really needed it, during a bad summer camp experience, and it’s still very special to me. “It just takes some time, little girl you’re in the middle of the ride, everything, everything will be just fine, everything, everything will be alright, alright!”

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I Went To "The Bachelor" Auditions

And here's why you won’t be seeing me on TV.
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It’s finally time to admit my guilty pleasure: I have always been a huge fan of The Bachelor.

I can readily admit that I’ve been a part of Bachelor fantasy leagues, watch parties, solo watching — you name it, I’ve gone the whole nine yards. While I will admit that the show can be incredibly trashy at times, something about it makes me want to watch it that much more. So when I found out that The Bachelor was holding auditions in Houston, I had to investigate.

While I never had the intention of actually auditioning, there was no way I would miss an opportunity to spend some time people watching and check out the filming location of one of my favorite TV shows.

The casting location of The Bachelor, The Downtown Aquarium in Houston, was less than two blocks away from my office. I assumed that I would easily be able to spot the audition line, secretly hoping that the endless line of people would beg the question: what fish could draw THAT big of a crowd?

As I trekked around the tanks full of aquatic creatures in my bright pink dress and heels (feeling somewhat silly for being in such nice clothes in an aquarium and being really proud of myself for somewhat looking the part), I realized that these auditions would be a lot harder to find than I thought.

Finally, I followed the scent of hairspray leading me up the elevator to the third floor of the aquarium.

The doors slid open. I found myself at the end of a large line of 20-something-year-old men and women and I could feel all eyes on me, their next competitor. I watched as one woman pulled out her travel sized hair curler, someone practiced answering interview questions with a companion, and a man (who was definitely a little too old to be the next bachelor) trying out his own pick-up lines on some of the women standing next to him.

I walked to the end of the line (trying to maintain my nonchalant attitude — I don’t want to find love on a TV show). As I looked around, I realized that one woman had not taken her eyes off of me. She batted her fake eyelashes and looked at her friend, mumbling something about the *grumble mumble* “girl in the pink dress.”

I felt a wave of insecurity as I looked down at my body, immediately beginning to recognize the minor flaws in my appearance.

The string hanging off my dress, the bruise on my ankle, the smudge of mascara I was sure I had on the left corner of my eye. I could feel myself begin to sweat. These women were all so gorgeous. Everyone’s hair was perfectly in place, their eyeliner was done flawlessly, and most of them looked like they had just walked off the runway. Obviously, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I walked over to the couches and sat down. For someone who for the most part spent most of the two hours each Monday night mocking the cast, I was shocked by how much pressure and tension I felt in the room.

A cop, stationed outside the audition room, looked over at me. After a brief explanation that I was just there to watch, he smiled and offered me a tour around the audition space. I watched the lines of beautiful people walk in and out of the space, realizing that each and every one of these contestants to-be was fixated on their own flaws rather than actually worrying about “love.”

Being with all these people, I can see why it’s so easy to get sucked into the fantasy. Reality TV sells because it’s different than real life. And really, what girl wouldn’t like a rose?

Why was I so intimidated by these people? Reality TV is actually the biggest oxymoron. In real life, one person doesn’t get to call all the shots. Every night isn’t going to be in a helicopter looking over the south of France. A real relationship depends on more than the first impression.

The best part of being in a relationship is the reality. The best part about yourself isn’t your high heels. It’s not the perfect dress or the great pick-up lines. It’s being with the person that you can be real with. While I will always be a fan of The Bachelor franchise, this was a nice dose of reality. I think I’ll stick to my cheap sushi dates and getting caught in the rain.

But for anyone who wants to be on The Bachelor, let me just tell you: Your mom was right. There really are a lot of fish in the sea. Or at least at the aquarium.

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However, all good things must come to an end. Some series have been planned out and are going to be finished while others have been cut short. Sadly, here's a list of TV series to say goodbye to this year.

1. The Big Bang Theory (CBS)

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12 Seasons//279 episodes

2. Orange is the New Black (Netflix)

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3. Jane the Virgin (CW)

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5 seasons//100 episodes

4. Games of Thrones (HBO)

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Final Date: Summer

8 Seasons//73 episodes

5. Broad City (Comedy Central)

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Final Date: March

5 seasons//50 episodes

6. VEEP (HBO)

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Final Date: Spring

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7. Homeland (Showtime)

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Final date: Summer

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8. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (Netflix)

Final date: January 25

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9. The Affair (Showtime)

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Final Date: End of 2019

5 seasons//42 episodes

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Final Date: End of 2019

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