When I think back about the things that have impacted my life, it’s kind of weird to say that music is right up there. Many of life’s important occasions, whether it be my wedding or celebrating my daughter’s birthday are punctuated by very distinctive background music. There are also certain bands and songs that take me right back to a specific time and place. Like when I listen to Rusted Root, I’m immediately transported back to the summer of 2001, riding around town in my best friend’s Jeep.
Growing up, I was surrounded by music. My dad used to sing me to sleep every night and Sunday afternoons were fully devoted to dance parties where we would blast Supertramp and Lionel Richie and then calm things down with some Simon & Garfunkel or James Taylor. It was amazing and looking back now, I realize how lucky and blessed I was to have such a rich, lovely childhood.
Now that I have children of my own, there are certain things that I want to pass on to them and one of those things is a love of music. I definitely wouldn’t consider myself to be a music snob – I actually feel like all types of music have a place in this world. My musical mentality tends to lean more towards the “If it feels good, listen to it”, hence why I like to listen to a little bit of everything. Life is just too short to listen to music that you don’t love.
So today’s list focuses on the music that I love and that I want my children to experience. The list is by no means a rundown of the greatest musical acts in history (although some of the best are assuredly on this list) and it is in no way shape or form a complete or finished list. This list is more a compilation of the soundtracks that have helped shape my life. If these musicians can help to shape the lives of my kids too, then that’s one more link that we’ll have and I’ll have passed something delightful on.
List #3: Music My Kids Must Experience:
- The Beatles
- Elton John
- Bob Dylan
- Beethoven/Mozart/Chopin/Hayden/Bach/Debussy…Classical Music
- Carole King
- Rolling Stones
- Louis Armstrong
- Garth Brooks
- The Eagles
- Billy Joel
- The Temptations
- Billie Holiday
- Black Sabbath
- Jim Croce
- James Taylor
- Johnny Cash
- Dave Matthews Band
- John Mayer
- Taylor Swift
- Blues Traveler
- Hootie & The Blowfish
- Britney Spears
- Eric Clapton
- Al Green
- Pink Floyd
- Janis Joplin
- Jimi Hendrix
- Van Morrison
- Paul Simon
- Michael Jackson
- Smokey Robinson
- The Who
- Rusted Root
- Marvin Gaye
- Stevie Wonder
- Led Zeppelin
- The Beach Boys
- Bob Marley
- Ray Charles
- Aretha Franklin
- James Brown
- Lady Gaga
- Andrew Lloyd Webber
- The Supremes
I’m just going to put this out there – posting your business goals out there for everyone to see is ridiculously scary. Once it’s out there, it just feels so permanent and so public that if you accomplish anything less, you’re going to be considered a failure. It’s almost one of those things that you want to throw out a softball for just so that you can have a nice, tidy little public victory.
But here’s the thing – no one ever accomplished big things by setting small goals. Yes, small, achievable goals will get you someplace in the end, but it’s not going to generate the powerful motion you need to make a real sea change in your business or in your life. If you want to make big changes, you’ve got to set some big goals, and that’s what I’m doing with my second list. This list is all about the things that I want to accomplish for Pink Bulldog by the end of 2014. Some of these goals are more achievable than others, but they are all important to me making a big change for my life.
List #2: My Business Goals for 2014:
Pardon the handwriting (and the doodles). If you don’t want to take the time to make sense out of my messy handwriting, here’s what it says:
- Create at least 100 high-quality graphic prints
- Set up a website and a blog where I post at least 4 times per week
- Launch an Etsy shop
- Grow website traffic to at least 1,000 uniques per month
- Generate at least $1,000 in sales per month (1st tier of success)
- Launch social media for Pink Bulldog to help support/drive traffic
- Create a brand and business that I am proud of and that my family will respect
Like I said, it’s not going to be easy and it’s going to take time, but I also think that with the right level of commitment, it’s all totally doable. Watch for List #3 coming at you tomorrow!
So for those who don’t know my husband (and let’s face it, most of you don’t know my husband), he’s kind of amazing. When I tell people that I am a lucky woman, I’m one of those people who mean it with all sincerity because he’s one of those guys who you want in your corner every time.
Now I’m not saying that there aren’t things that drive me crazy about him. You just can’t be in a real relationship and be married for any length of time and be 100% enamored with your spouse all the time. Believe me when I tell you that I could do a list just of the things that drive me crazy, but because I like to think of myself as a positive person and because it is our anniversary (5 years today!), I’m going to take the high road and my first list in my 30 Lists in 30 Days Challenge is all about Mike.
And while it seems like an unnecessary step, I’m also going to write each list out by hand. I know it seems a little stupid, but I feel like it makes it more personal for some reason to see my handwriting there.
And so, without further ado, here is List #1: Things I Love About My Husband:
For those who can’t read my chicken scratches, here’s the typed version:
- His laugh – literally the most infectious thing you’ll ever hear
- The way he adores his babies. Best. Dad. Ever.
- The way he cooks dinner, and lunch, and breakfast. So good!
- The way everyone drives him crazy, but his heart is so big, he can’t help but be nice.
- His brain. He’s a really smart guy.
- How hard he works. He’s a guy who can’t help caring and he works really hard.
- He’s open to adventures and new things – it’s so much fun to try new things with him.
- That he claims he doesn’t like snuggling, but I know he secretly likes it a lot.
- The fact that he’s an adult, but he still knows how to play.
There are many, many more things I could have added to this list, but that could end up being a really long post. In closing, I’d just like to say thank you to my awesome hunk of man – you are the best partner a girl could ask for.