Why Spotify Is So Important

Why Spotify Is So Important

A PSA to those who are skeptical of music streaming.
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As a music lover, Spotify has been important to me ever since it came out. Spotify is a part of my daily life, especially because I have Spotify Premium. There are so many perks to having Spotify which of course includes the accessibility to an abundance of music 24/7.

So what is Spotify all about? Spotify is a streaming service that contains tons of music to listen to. Spotify can be used for free and with a paid subscription. There is a few differences between the free use and paid subscription use of Spotify. With the free version of Spotify, you are stuck with advertisements, music only being available with an internet connection and standard quality streaming.

Premium, which has a variety of cost options, you can listen without advertisements and you are given the ability to download playlists to any device so you can listen anywhere at any time without the hassle of needing an Internet connection. Premium also gives you the ability to have high quality streaming. The one thing I like the most about Premium as a college student is the price. Spotify gives a 50 percent off discount to college students if you use an ".edu" email address when signing up for your college premium account!

The music is the real reason why we use Spotify though. I enjoy being able to make my own playlist of songs that I like and to also be able to use the playlists Spotify and other users make as well. Playlists keep my music organized by genre, mood or just the songs I am listening to a lot right now. Other playlists, especially the ones made by Spotify, are great for me because many of them update over time. This makes it easy to find new songs by people you may have never heard of before. Spotify also is great because whenever an artist releases new songs, but not an album, they show up as well, just like they would on iTunes and you don’t have to pay to hear the new song!

Speaking of new songs, Spotify is almost perfect with their new music Fridays. Every Friday all the new music is on a specific page so you can see it and listen to it. I like this feature because if there is an album or song I anticipated coming out, then I know where to find it. I also like this feature because I can listen to artists I’ve never heard of and possibly find a new favorite song for the week!

The only issue I have had so far with Spotify is some artists don’t have their music on Spotify. Specifically, Taylor Swift does not have her music on Spotify and the latest Beyoncé album is not on Spotify. This is the only bad thing about Spotify because there is only so much they can do to get an artist to put their music on Spotify. Artists like Beyoncé delay the release of their album for some time before they put them on Spotify while Taylor Swift puts absolutely nothing on Spotify. While this is a downfall, it’s not a huge one considering how many other artists and other music is on Spotify. This also is not a huge downfall because if you really love an artist, then you will end up buying their music somewhere else anyways.

Overall, I believe Spotify is in a position that cannot be beat. While some people may be swayed to other streaming services because of exclusivity of certain artists being on their platform, I don’t think other platforms have as much content or accessibility for everyone as Spotify does. I’ve been using Spotify for years now and I do not plan to stop any time soon!

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

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10 Things You Will Never Pay More Than A $1 For Again

For the couponer in all of us, here’s the best savings.

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10. Gum

Gum is usually on sale with rewards card 3 for $3 or $0.99!!!

9. Candy

Pharmacy's almost always has the candy near the register on sale for under a dollar!!!

8. Soup & Can Foods

Around thanksgiving most stores have name brand can foods for $0.99 especially Campbell's soups!!!

7. Face Mask

Face Mask is usually excluded from deals and coupons but every so often they will have a sale or coupon that doesn't. Clean and Clear, Yes 2, Leftover Holiday Store Brands and more. Just keep up with my post for the deals and always check the clearance aisles!!!

6. Eyebrow Pencils

Eyebrow pencils are usually not excluded from deals and coupons especially Covergirl I've actually made ECBs buying them. But have a limit I got so many I can't even give them away!!!

5. Shampoo/ Conditioner

Garnier, L'Oreal & Pantene usually are in the spend so much deal or coupon special of the week, A lot of times before rewards cash back it comes out $1 each usually at CVS but sometimes Walgreens and Target!!!

4. Mouthwash

Mouthwash is something like shampoo you can usually find in spend so much deal or coupon of the week, But a lot of times around the summer it's under a $1 or free before and/or after rewards cash!!!

3. 2 Litter Soda

You can ALWAYS find name brand soda for $0.99 or 3 for $3!!! They usually rotate what store gets that deal so always check all your weekly ads!!!

2. Movie Rentals

If you have amazon prime you've probably seen the ship within a week get a $1 prime video credit at checkout. You can save them up to rent the latest movie available on amazon prime or if your a Fandango VIP member you can use your $5 credit you earned from buying 4 movie tickets to get a movie rental for $0.99!!!

1. Toothpaste

Toothpaste is something you should NEVER pay for more then once. If you coupon at CVS or Rite Aid they usually give out coupons to get it free or pay $1 get $1 in rewards. If you roll your rewards every week, you will NEVER pay for toothpaste again!!!

And if none of these tips work for you theres always the Dollar Tree!!!

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