Monthly Musings: January

The first month of 2017 is already over, and all I can say is “What the actual heck?” I had no idea so much could happen in the matter of 31 days. Let’s start with the heavy stuff, shall we?

Let me begin by saying that I thought long and hard about whether I wanted to discuss politics on this platform. I hesitated because I wanted to try to avoid negativity, but I realized that avoiding negativity isn’t going to make it go away. I’m not going to preach my political opinions every other day, but I will let them be known when I feel it’s appropriate.

This month, it’s appropriate. On January 20th, Donald Trump was officially inaugurated as the 45th President of the United States. He was not elected by the majority, but his target demographic voted in the right places to make it happen. Now we all have to deal with the consequences. So far in his presidency, he lied about the size of his inauguration crowd, claimed he won the majority, reversed a policy that will result in more women getting unsafe abortions, placed a ban on people from largely Muslim countries entering the United States, need I continue? The thing is, this is not a surprise. His conservative congress is largely pro-life, his counselor coins terms like “alternative facts”, and he wanted a ban on all Muslims entering the country when he was still campaigning for his candidacy.

The thing is, we need to stop considering the United States to be the greatest country in the entire world. News flash: It’s not. There are safer countries, more politically stable countries, more prosperous countries, healthier countries. Don’t take it from me – watch this video.

I urge you to stand up for what you believe in and to protest what you do not. Don’t wait until 2020 to make a change because we have a chance in 2018. Hell, we have a chance every day. Don’t underestimate the power you have as a citizen.

Now that I’ve stepped off my soapbox, let me share my favorite things from this month!

Reading

I read two books this month! I  know it doesn’t seem like a lot, but since I only read two books for fun in all of last year, I consider this to be a success. I read The Lovely Bones (I know, I’m really late to the party on that one) and Talking As Fast As I Can by Lauren Graham. I was really excited about that one because, as you all know, I am recently OBSESSED with Gilmore Girls!

Listening

There are three songs I’m especially loving this month! Definitely take a few minutes to check them out!

Paris by The Chainsmokers

Quiet by MILCK – otherwise known as the anthem from the Women’s March on January 21st. It’s a beautiful, beautiful song.

Make Me (Cry) by Noah Cyrus ft. Labrinth

Watching

I binged a couple shows this month and I’m getting started on another. I gotta get my Netflix in while I still have time!

11.22.63 (Hulu) – James Franco travels back in time to try to save JFK from being assassinated. It’s based off the book 11/22/63 by Stephen King. I highly recommend both the book and the show!

Bate’s Motel (Netflix) – Although it takes place in present time, the show is meant to be the events leading up to the 1960 movie PsychoIt stars Freddie Highmore as a young Norman Bates, and it’s very creepy.

Orphan Black (Amazon Prime) – I haven’t gotten very far in this show yet, but the plot revolves around main character, Sarah, as she discovers she actually has multiple clones.

Blog posts

I really loved all my blog posts this month, but there are a few that take the cake!

Mother Daughter Tattoos

Black and Gold Elegance

This Look is The Bomb.Com

Finding My Own Neverland

What were your favorite things this month? Let me know in the comments!

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22 Replies to “Monthly Musings: January”

  1. The first time I heard Noah Cyrus’s song I could have sworn it was Miley! I think they sound so much alike. And you had some great blog posts this month!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    1. They do sound pretty alike!

  2. I LOVE that song by Noah Cyrus! Just like Annaliese said, I really thought it was Miley at first!

    1. I really love the sound of it!

  3. Bates Motel is such a good show! Also, I really want to read Lauren Graham’s book asap.

    1. I love Bates Motel!

  4. I had no idea that Lauren Graham wrote a book! I must read this asap!

    Xo,
    Courtney
    http://www.courtneyfashionista.com

    1. She’s also written a fiction novel called “Someday, Someday, Maybe” – I haven’t read it, but it sounds good!

  5. My boyfriend loves the song Paris, he was so excited when he heard it and had to tell me haha

    1. Haha it’s a great song!

  6. love that you’re actually addressing the political shitstorm that happened in january! It’s so important and at this stage I honestly don’t know how someone could NOT have an opinion on it. also i’ve heard such great things about lauren graham’s book… you’ve convinced me to read it!! x

    1. I feel like I have to! I hope you enjoy the book!

  7. I once went golfing with Lauren Graham’s dad! At the time, I didn’t know who Lauren Graham even was… Oops! I just watched the first Gilmore Girls episode the other day and I’m hooked already! So glad to have a “new” show to binge even though it’s not a new show at all.

    I’ll have to add her book to my list!!

    Xo / easilyinspired-blog.com

    1. Omg that is so cool! I hope you love it!

  8. OMG ‘The Lovely Bones’ OMG OMG and ‘Paris’ by The Chainsmokers is stuck in my head!

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlifeblog.com

  9. I am loving the Chainsmokers lately! Talking politics is always hard… end of story on that one!

    1. True that, but it needs to be done!

  10. I clearly have to go listen to Noah Cyrus’ song! Love the chainsmokers

  11. Such great monthly picks! I also enjoyed the mother daughter tattoo post! You did great!

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