6 Songs to Motivate and Inspire You
do you ever have those days when it’s hard to feel motivated to do anything? zero motivation to even take a shower let alone trying to chase your dreams? i have those days and i’ve been having a lot more of them lately as i prepare to revamp and restructure what i want ‘the new wifestyle’ to be. if you need a reminder, let’s recall that doing big things and chasing after dreams (and even exercise) isn’t supposed to be comfortable.
remember when ben folds and i became bffs and i remembered that music has a large impact on me? well it does. music can make feel deep emotions, bring me to tears, make me dance like in the middle of the street or
scream sing at the top of my lungs. it can even even motivate me to do things that i’m not that excited about-it’s true.
i created a playlist of power songs that i’m currently listening to and they inspire me to keep believing in my dreams, goals and pursuit of capabilities.
these are songs that i currently run to, sing to, dance to, and listen to so that i may find inspiration to take the next step (in running and in chasing these dreams). they instill that extra boost of confidence that allows me to believe i can take on the world.
here they are:
sara bareilles “uncharted”
[blockquote source=”sara b”]i’m already out of foolproof ideas
so don’t ask me how to get started,
it’s all uncharted…
who doesn’t love sara bareilles? she’s so amazing and inspiring and this music video includes some other solid artists that makes me happy to watch and see them all be friends!
taylor swift, “shake it off”
[blockquote source=”t. swift”]and the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate…
baby, i’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
i shake it off, i shake it off[/blockquote]
maybe it’s starting to be overplayed but this song quite literally makes me shake off my bad mood and dance furiously. did anyone else think she said “and the bakers gonna bake bake bake bake bake” at 0:57 in? i 100% did until my husband said “i think she’s saying fakers.” whatever, i say bake because those bakers should bake. bake. bake…me things.
lenka, “everything’s okay” (no music video just song)
[blockquote source=”lenka”]keep giving me hope for a better day
keep giving me love to find a way
through this heaviness I feel
i just need someone to say, everything’s okay[/blockquote]
my friend beki (who also inspired me to put these songs together) put this song on our road trip album when we moved to texas for 6 months last year. it was amazing and i love it. sometimes you just need to hear everything is okay.
iggy azalea, “impossible is nothing”
[blockquote source=”iggy izzz”]keep on living, keep on breathing
even when you don’t believe it
keep on climbing, keep on reaching
even when this world can’t see it
no, impossible is nothing
got to hate to not have it more than you’d love to obtain[/blockquote]
while i don’t love all of her songs, i sure do like this one and it’s definitely gotten me through my last mile of a run. i love the line of “got to hate to not have it more than you’d love to obtain.” quite powerful and true!
ingrid michaelson, “girls chase boys”
[blockquote source=”ingrid michealson”]let’s not make it harder than it has to be
i got two hands, one beating heart
and i’ll be alright[/blockquote]
the beat to this makes me feel like i can do anything! i love that she’s flipped the gender roles from the ‘simply irresistible‘ music video. she also makes me want to wear bigger and cooler glasses. songs with clapping are always winners in my book.
sara bareilles “brave”
[blockquote source=”sara bareilles”]say what you wanna say
and let the words fall out
honestly I wanna see you be brave
everybody’s been there,
everybody’s been stared down by the enemy
fallen for the fear
and done some disappearing,
bow down to the mighty
don’t run, just stop holding your tongue[/blockquote]
yeah, sara gets to appear again because she’s a badass woman.
give these songs a listen when you need an extra boost of inspiration or motivation to accomplish those dreams and goals you have to take over the world.
what songs make you feel this way? i’m always looking for more to add to my playlist so please share songs that make you feel inspired!
ps. check out my tips today on amanda’s blog for traveling with your spouse!