I’ve been feeling down about myself lately. Why are we sometimes our own worst enemies, listening to the negative self-talk we hear inside our heads? I am a firm believer that self-love is the most important kind of love, and the best way to remember you are beautiful is to do beautiful things for the world.
So “sprinkle kindness around like confetti,” give a compliment to a stranger, volunteer, contact an old friend you’ve lost touch with, conquer a fear, help your family, clean your apartment, start flossing. Oh–and a good playlist to start the day off right doesn’t hurt either.
Here’s a pick-me-up pop playlist to help you wake up with a smile. Dance, and remember: you are perfect just the way you are.
1. Taylor Swift, SHAKE IT OFF!
First off, I love this detour T-Swift is making into full fledged pop music. But this song is great because Taylor Swift is letting the world know that SHE HEARS WHAT YOU ARE SAYING and guess what, SHE IS IN ON IT. Haters are gonna hate. She’s shaking it all the way to da bank.
2. Mika, BIG GIRL (YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL)
How adorable is Mika. It’s all in the title. BIG GIRL, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL. I love this song because it is such a celebration of women.
3. Jessie J, WHO YOU ARE
“It’s okay not to be okay.” Sometimes we put on a facade of “fine-ness” because we think we have to be perfect for the world. It’s okay to be figuring things out, working things through, still in the thick of it. Being honest and authentic and saying you need help or are going through a hard time is sometimes the most beautiful thing a human can do.
4. One Direction, WHAT MAKES YOU BEAUTIFUL
5. Beyoncé, RUN THE WORLD (GIRLS)
I mean….do I need to explain?
6. La Roux,BULLETPROOF
Thisssss timmmeee babbby, I’lll beee bulletttprooooffff
7. TLC, UNPRETTY
“But if you can’t look inside you, find out who am I to, be in the position to make me feel so, damn unpretty?” If we don’t have self-confidence, then we are always going to be judging ourselves by outside conventions and standards of beauty. Don’t let magazines, your friends, actresses, dates, or other’s opinions dictate your own opinion of yourself.
8. Len, STEAL MY SUNSHINE
FEEL GOOD SUMMER (AND ALL YEAR LONG) SONG ALERT
9. Outkast, HEY YA
Blast this getting ready or in your car with the windows down and it is a recipe for a good day.
10. Ashlee Simpson, L.O.V.E
Old school Ashlee Simpson is VERY powerful, I miss her reality show every day (does anyone know where I can watch it?) and this video is all about having fun with your girlfriends. Yes on all fronts.
11. Michelle Branch, BREATHE
Going through a real Michelle Branch phase rn.
12. Sara Bareilles, BRAVE
Let’s face it, sometimes being yourself can be hard.
Whether we’re just having a bad day or our harsh little inner critic is acting up a little bit too much, we can all use a little reminder at times that we’re enough, just as we are.
And there are all kinds of things we can do to get a little “Be yourself” pick-me-up, but I personally lovemusic.
1) Because you can dance to it…and it doesn’t even matter if you dance badly.
2) Because you can sing to it…and it doesn’t even matter if you sing poorly. And…
3) You can take it with you…so you can get your “Be yourself” pick-me-up on the go.
Seven Songs That Remind You To Be Yourself When You’ve Forgotten How…
But what songs, you ask?
Here are some of my favorites…
1:Try, by Colbie Caillat
With such a beautiful melody, this song reminds us that we don’t need to try so hard in order for people to like us. We don’t need to change. We just need to be ourselves.
As the song says –> “You don’t have to try so hard…you just have to get up, get up, get up…you don’t have to change a single thing…”
Download the song on your iPod and watch this powerful video below…(around 1:31 is especially poignant!).
2:The Middle, by Jimmy Eat World
I love this song…
While originally targeted toward a young audience, for whom popularity and fitting in matters, I think the message can apply to all of us — you don’t have to be the same as everyone else to be liked or accepted.
As the song says –> “Live right now. Yeah, just be yourself. It doesn’t matter if it’s good enough for someone else.”
Listen to it here…(and make sure that you DO what’s suggested at 1:01 and that you DON’T DO what’s suggested at the 2:00 mark!)
3:F**ckin’ Perfect, by Pink
It’s so easy to say negative things to ourselves. To bash ourselves for who we are (or are not), or the choices we’ve made, or the things we haven’t achieved…which ultimately results in our seeing ourselves as less than perfect.
If you’ve ever felt this way, listen to this song by Pink over and over again.
As the song says –> “Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel like you’re less than f**ckin’ perfect.”
4:Who You Are, by Jessie J
This song may be my favorite on the list. Such a great tune and lyrics that remind us that ‘who we are’ is enough.
And in this age of lip synching and auto-tuned singers, I think you’ll not only love the song, but find it refreshing to see an artist actually sing live…click below to watch the video and remember…
As the song says –> “Sometimes it’s hard to follow your heart. But tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising. There’s nothing wrong with who you are.”
5:Brave, by Sara Bareilles
I think there’s little that’s more beautiful than someone growing the courage to finally use his or her voice in the world. To finally have the courage to show the world who they are.
Sara Bareilles’ song is the anthem for being brave.
As the song says –> “Say what you wanna say. And let the words fall out. Honestly I wanna see you be brave.”
This is one awesome video – I promise it’ll bring a smile to your face! (Make sure to watch it to the very end!)
6:Like It Or Not, by Madonna
To me, Madonna is the Queen of being herself. You may not like her. She doesn’t care. And I find that truly awesome.
As her song says –> “This is who I am. You can like it or not. You can love me or leave me. Cuz I’m never gonna stop.”
Skip to :29 to get past the instrumental part and to the real start of the song…
7:Be Yourself, by Audioslave
Hey, I love all of the pop songs reminding us to be ourselves, but sometimes a little rock and roll is just what we need.
And this is one cool song (love the drums and guitar on this one).
As the song so simply says –> “Te be yourself is all that you can do.”
If you like any of these songs, I’m sure you can download them on your iPod – because I have them all on mine!
Tell me…which songs would YOU add to this list?
Share them in the comments below!
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To being yourself (with a little help from a song),
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