14 Empowering Bops You Need To Get Through Valentine's Day As A Single Lady

14 Empowering Bops You Need To Get Through Valentine's Day As A Single Lady

You can get through this with a little help from Beyonce and Ariana Grande

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Valentine's Day can be a doozy to get through, especially if you're single. Just because someone isn't loving you, doesn't excuse you from loving yourself. You can get through this, because if you can't love yourself how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?

1. "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande

Instead of going through your ex's Instagram and Snapchat this Valentine's Day, why not be thankful for what he taught you. Ariana came through with this self-love love song and we could not be more grateful. One taught you love, one taught you patience, one taught you pain. You're so amazing. Always remember that!

2. "Lady Powers" by Vera Blue

This song is so underrated and one of my favorites. Vera Blue's lyrics are so empowering and her voice is so unique. Listen to this song to recognize the power you hold as a woman and celebrate it this Valentine's Day.

3. "Love Myself" by Hailee Steinfeld

This one is pretty self-explanatory.

4. "Independent Women Pt. 1" by Destiny's Child

Before Beyonce was singing about single ladies, she was still empowering girls. This song spreads a message of providing for yourself and being independent. You're doing amazing, sweetie!

5. "Perfect to Me" by Anne-Marie

This song might just perfectly describe your Valentine's Day but, that's perfectly okay. This song spreads a really fantastic message that exceeds one to just get you through this holiday. Listen to this song and feel great about living life the way you want.

6. "Hard Times" by Paramore

Whether you consider the week of Valentine's Day to be full of hard times or the winter months in general, it's important to remember that those times will pass. This song is a great reminder as well as a bop.

7. "Army of Me by Bjork

Bjork is one of my favorite female artists. This song is all about leaving toxic people in your life and standing up for yourself. I mean... how much more empowered can we get?

8. "Seashore" by The Regrettes

This girl band is one of my favorites. This music video was recommended to me on youtube one day and it honestly changed me. I love the message this song spreads and it is a total girl power song. Listen to this and tell me it's not something Kat Stratford from "10 Things I Hate About You" would listen to in her room. Is it asshole day or something?

9. "Armor" by Sara Bareilles

You cannot go wrong with Sara Bareilles. She's been coming through with the girl power bops since "Love Song" and this new release from her is nothing short of fantastic. She's a total force to be reckoned with and so are you!

10. "Pretty Girl Rock" by Keri Hilson

Practice self-love this Valentine's Day like a boss lady. This song is so easy to dance to and its lighthearted lyrics are perfect to dance in your room to as well. This song is still a bop!

11. "Loser Like Me" by The Glee Cast

If you were a "Gleek" in your middle school years, then you definitely remember this song. I must have listened to this song like 200 times in 7th grade. Listening to it now is a nostalgic experience but, it's still a fun song with a good message. And that's what you missed on Glee!

12. "High Horse" by Kacey Musgraves

This disco country bop comes off of the Grammy Award-winning Slow Burn. It's a banger and Kacey Musgraves is the 2019 queen of empowerment. Sister snapped!

13. "You Don't Own Me" by Leslie Gore

The original queen of empowerment was way before her time. This song was redone recently but, nothing will beat the original version of this song.

14. "God is a Woman" by Ariana Grande

Ariana Grande really outdid herself with this one. The powerhouse vocals, the lyrics, the message, everything! I'm so happy that this song exists. Put this song on every day, not just on Valentine's Day. It's too damn good.

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Bonnaroo Is Unlike Any Other Music Festival

4 days of camping, 150 performers, 10 stages, and the most incredible experience you'll ever encounter in the middle of Tennessee.

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The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival takes place in an enormous 700-acre field -- nicknamed "The Farm" -- in Manchester, Tennessee. Festival-goers from all over the country fly, drive, or walk into the festival to experience 4 days of music, activities, and food. This past weekend was my first time going, and I can without a doubt say that it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. One of Bonnaroo's common sayings is "Radiate Positivity," and the 4 days spent there are factual evidence of the saying. At Bonnaroo, there is no stress, no worry, and not a care in the world. People of all kinds come together each year to celebrate life, love, and music without judgment. Each person's authenticity was something I noticed as soon as I stepped foot into the festival.

You can embrace your true self without apology. Each person is there to lift you up, too.

The atmosphere is much different than anything else I have experienced before. Even when my friends and I felt tired, or if the sun was just too hot to bear, we still did not mind being on our feet for hours on end. We enjoyed being exactly where we were, despite the minor inconveniences we may have faced -- like sitting in 5-hour traffic to get into the campground! I may sound crazy for saying this, but time truly did slow down while we were on The Farm.

My friends and I pulled up to the campground at 6 a.m. on Thursday morning as The Farm buzzed with people. We were too excited to go to sleep, so we spent the morning exploring the place instead. Day or night, everyone was alive with smiles that were contagious. We heard the words "Happy Roo!" from friends and strangers alike.

No matter where you came from, everyone was family at Bonnaroo.

One thing I noticed this past weekend was that everyone was there to help one another. If we needed help with setting up our tent, our neighbors who camped next to us were there to help in seconds. If someone tripped and fell, three people would be there to help the person up. If someone needed a few bucks for water, there was someone in line who was more than willing to cover the cost. I felt so at home there, as if I was a part of this community consisting of all types of people. I felt like I belonged there.

Alongside incredible people and a fulfilling community, there was stellar music as well (of course!). Headliners such as The Lumineers, Post Malone, and Kacey Musgraves rocked The Farm with new and old hits that hyped up the crowds.

Each performer reminded us that Bonnaroo is a safe place and does not discriminate against any person.

Hearing these words so often gave me so much hope for this world and the changes we can make. Bonnaroo is known as a Music and Arts Festival for a reason because it also promotes and sells eco-friendly living and handmade creations all throughout the festival. The activities that are available to attendees set the festival apart from other music festivals.

Bonnaroo connects us all through music, acceptance, and love. I can't wait to go back next summer!

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Poetry On Odyssey: The Light That Is Manhattan

A poem about anticipation.

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Almost there.

The subway station is cold and narrow

But the staircase is just ahead.

No more corners, maps, or the like,

Just the light at the top of the stairs.


They say this city is filled with dreams.

Desires that may not even exist yet.

Dreams that have yet to be achieved,

or so the glow in front of me says.


The wonder builds as the ambiguous light at the top of the

Subway station stairs get brighter.

These steps are a two way street of

Excitement up

Fulfillment down.


May this light soon turn into

Roaring streets

Calm corners

Tranquil parks, and

dreams obtained.


The bright light I see in front of me is the glow of the city.

32 steps and I'm home.

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