9 Inspiring and Motivational Photos That ‘Should’ Help You Get Through The Day


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How To Tell If You Like Indie Music

indie music part 1 According to Wikipedia (a website everybody knows, loves, trusts– including your teacher) there are many types of Indie music– Indie dance, Indie electronic, Indie folk, Indie hip hop, Indie pop, and Indie rock– all of which sometimes blend together. I know when I think of Indie music I think of either really slow music where they sing about death and the world ending (same difference) or I think of fast music with kooky beats where they sing about death and the world ending. But as I went on my quest to finding new music to listen to I found that this is far from the truth (with most of them, anyways).

Indie music is just that, independent music. Music- separate from major producers. It’s an alternative way for artists to express themselves through their craft.  There is also indie art, design, literature and a more widely known indie film. There is a whole indie-verse. Like a buffy-verse but not…

When I first started my search I thought that I hadn’t heard and liked any indie music. Ever. But it turns out a lot of the songs that I listen to and like a lot are indie. Examples being Do I Wanna Know? by Artic Monkeys , Fitzpleasure by Alt-J (∆) and Eyes on Fire and Equilibrium by Blue Foundation. You’d be surprised to find that a lot of the music you listen to is also indie. More mainstream examples would be Pumped Up Kicks by Foster the People and Somebody That I Used to Know by Gotye.

Speaking of the past, the above mentioned songs are both categorized in the genre Indie Pop– which is just like regular pop except more indie. The beats are ones you don’t hear in everyday songs–they were catchy yet smooth and velvety–which is why they were so popular in 2010-2011.

I found a website that posts new indie songs everyday in all of the above mentioned genres. It’s called “Indie Shuffle” and has been so, so  sooo so so so so so helpful in my search that it’s floetic (see what I did there? Probably not…). I am going to go through all of the indie genres (before moving onto a different type of music, like hip hop or something), starting with Indie Pop to see which one I like more, if any– which there will be one, but just in case there isn’t I said that. 😉

I found a lot of songs that I liked in this genre so this will be a part 1 part 2 post showing you some of my favorite songs.

I liked this song because her voice sounded magical. The beat reminds me of a happy scene in a movie where the couple are lazily rolling around in the bed and laughing  as the sun just comes up. If you can’t understand a word she’s saying, like I couldn’t when I first heard it, the actual song on sound cloud has the lyrics.

This song is a little more up beat and slightly more like a modern version of indie. It’s catchy and though I am not too sure what she’s saying, it gives me serious Janet Jackson in the eighties feel.

This song is ambient which I love. When it gets to the chorus it becomes very inspirational and soothing at the same time.

I realized, writing this, that indie music (well at least indie pop) has the tendency to make their lyrics incoherent and run on like a new language– but I think that gives it it’s ethereal “indie” feeling which I have a feeling I will come to love if I haven’t already.  Also, all of their covers have images of girls with missing faces so…yeah.


Was I able to introduce you to some music you haven’t heard before? All you gotta do is say yes (guess the reference). If I have or even if I haven’t talk to me about it in the comment section. I want to know what you liked about it, if anything. What you didn’t like about it? What it put you in the mood for and/or reminded you of.

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For more on what’s going on here visit “The Idea” and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit “The Suggestion Box” or comment below I would love to hear what you have to say!

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DANG: Halloween Got Here Fast and CrEATivity

One minute I was getting fruit and the next I was getting candy. *sigh* How time passes. Anyways, I am going trick or treating this Halloween. Usually, we don’t, but my 4-year old sister really wanted to go so we are. I’ll post pictures after. Until then, enjoy these fruit Spooky-isms.

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Look at how creative I got. Man, I’m so proud of me… Keep going!

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Note: I am writing a surprise that I will post ASAP, I have not forgotten about the cookies, and have a Fruitful Halloween! Kisses and Kombuchas! 😀

You’re not bored – “Only boring people are bored.” Things to do When you’re Bored

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photo courtesy: redshirtsunited.tumblr.com, pinterest

Are you bored? Don’t be. What to know why? Well, you’re in the wrong place because I don’t know why. Okay, let’s start over… Happy New Year! Okay, no, that’s so 2012. Happy Valentines Day, to you and your lover! Okay now that’s just weird. Hmm… are you bored?

I currently live in this little place called the middle of nowhere. To getanywhere fun is literally over an hour away. So most of the time, to entertain ourselves, my sisters and I make up our own games, and these wonderfully magical games are what are going to cure your boredom the next time you find yourself about to die with lack of anything fun to do. But so that I don’t blow your mind with awesomeness we are going to take this in steps and because I announced games first, let’s start there.

Make Up Your Own Game

Your game does not have to come from thin air; it can derive from a game that maybe you’ve played or heard about before. I came up with a game one night while I was bored called Shout. Now, I don’t know if this game is original or not or if it’s even really called Shout (I just made up the name, on the spot… just now) and to be frank I don’t really care. The rules of the game or simple. It’s a two player game and all you have to do is think of a random word, it can be anything varying from hair to elephant—the possibilities are endless. Once you’ve thought of a word, shout it out to the person you are playing it with then, let’s call him/her Player 2, is going to say the first thing that comes to mind when you say that word. For example if I was playing with my sister and I yelled out Psych she might say You or You out in the end (which is not one word, but you get the gist) because our favorite show in the world right now is Psych, because it is amazing.

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picture courtesy: pinterest

Option 2: play Would You Rather. My sister and I play this game all of the time. You can think of your own or you can look up a site that has a list of them. But I warn you, not all sites are safe and some of the ‘Would You Rather’ options are inappropriate so choose a good one unless you like inappropriate things.

Option 3: play a variation of Marry, Boff, Kill which I first heard of watching 30 Rock, but to me this game is one in its own so we will save it for another day on another post.

Listen to Music

Let’s face it, music makes everybody happy. There’s not one person on this Earth that doesn’t like music, whether its polka or elevator music somebody has a type of music that they like. If you say you don’t like music, not any type of music, just to prove me wrong, well then we can’t be friends. Anyways, if you’re bored try grabbing your laptop or cell phone or ipad/pod and listen to music. Put together a new play list and turn it up on blast! You can learn the lyrics to that song you’ve butchering or look up a song that you haven’t heard in a long time. Maybe that song that goes like this: boom, pow, chika chicka bang bang, pop, move your body ooohhhhhhh. Google it. You can also try out new music. Maybe music in a different language such as Korean or French or in a different genre that you probably never would’ve thought you’d like but then you find an artist that is flipping amazing.

Read a Magazine

I know this may sound weird and totally boring, but not the way I do it, the way I do it turns a drab beauty magazine to the cure of world-weariness. Okay, so, grab a magazine it can be any type of magazine, but I would suggest one with a celebrity on it and/or one of those teeny-bopper ones that have all of the popular boy bands on the cover. You know those ones that you thought they stop making in the 90s but didn’t (the ones that had ‘n sync and Eminem when he still called himself Slim Shady on the cover). I don’t know if you’ve ever played this before, but in these magazines they have quizzes or picture mazes or something. Now, I’m not sure if they are really called that so allow me to explain. In magazines they have these question mazes (yeah, let’s call it that) and they ask you a question, then depending on your answer you go to another question bubble. For example this one to see whether or not you have long legs:

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Take these, they’re fun and really easy and usually don’t cost more than two dollars. Another activity you can try with magazines is giving an interview. If you flip to the section with the celebrity that’s on the cover where they ask them all of these random questions you can ask the person you are interviewing, the interview-ee, or in this case the celebrity, the questions that they ask the famous person in the magazine. For example:randomcelebrity_sagedandconfused2

If in the magazine you chose they refer to guy the person is dating switch it out so that it is they guy/girl you friend has a crush on or is dating.

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Don’t know what Marry, Boff, Kill is? Click the picture below to get a taste of what I am talking about.

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Happy Valentines Day to you and your Sweetie,
Sage