Create a Playlist

I love listening to my music, and I really enjoy creating my own playlists.

Creating a playlists for music legitimately can take a chunk of time. Let me walk you through my process.

I think about these questions.

  1. What type of playlist do you want to create? Do you want your music to be just one genre? Do you want there to be a theme?
  2. How many songs do you want there to be – 25/50/100? In my opinion, the longer the better.
  3. Once I decide genre or theme, I start scrolling through my library and adding songs.
  4. I can get lost doing this. It can take up to an hour or so to add all the songs that I desire into one playlist.

Steps for Creating a New Playlist in iTunes

1.ย  Open iTunes

2. To create a new playlist – Go to File > New > (Click on) Playlist

4. Name your playlist

5. Once you name your playlist, it is automatically added under ‘Music Playlists’ under the left side panel.

6. Now, click on the playlist name.

7. (Optional Step) I suggest clicking on the blue circle with 3 centered dots (to the right of the playlist name). Select the ‘Open in New Window’. Then you can drag and drop songs/albums into your playlist.

8. If you do not want to open your blank playlist in a new window, you can continue to select/add music by left clicking and adding to your new playlist, or you can drag and drop to the playlist name on the left side panel.

Podcasts

Some days I prefer listening to podcasts rather than my music.

Did you know you can create a playlist for your podcasts?

It is the same steps as above to create a new playlist for listening to your podcasts.

 

Hope you have some fun creating some new playlists!

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

 

 

 

Gratitude is the Best Attitude

This post is tied in with my last blog post, Start to Journal.

Having a gratitude journal is great way to recognize the many blessings that we possess.

I’m not talking about just the big things. Keeping a gratitude journal is a great way to enjoy the little things in life.

  1. Tea
  2. Roses
  3. Computer glasses
  4. Playing cards
  5. Lapdesk

The challenge is to think of 5 things everyday that you are grateful for and write them within a journal.

Stay well!

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Start to Journal

During this time I have started to nurture the habit of writing in a journal. Over the years, I do not know how many times I have received a journal as a gift. I stock piled a good number of them for the longest time. In the last two years, I decided to use each journal for a different purpose.

Currently, I am using seven journals. I do not constantly write in all seven.

  • I have one that I use like a diary. This is the one I use the most.
  • One I use for career related ideas, goals, or writing.
  • Another for list making – On days that I need a distraction, I come up with fun subjects like ‘My Favorite Spring Flowers’. Then I sit and list as many items as possible.
  • One of my other journals I use to write down songs that inspire me. There are certain days when certain songs really tug at my heart strings. I want to remember those moments.

Recently, I started writing in another journal. @artist.and on Instagram posts daily writing โœ๏ธ prompts for songwriters (No, I am not a songwriter.). Hosted by @christawellsmusic. Y’all, I love the challenges that she gives. I do not use these prompts to write every single day. On random days, I look up what her writing prompt of the day is and use it to journal about whatever comes to mind in relation to that prompt. I love that she always shares what inspired that particular prompt.  (@artist.and on Instagram)

#WednesdayWisdom

Did you know that keeping a journal is a great way to reduce stress?

Check out this article. – Journaling for Mental Health

 

Why do I journal?

I am an introvert. I can get easily stressed out and anxious. Sometimes, I do not even realize I am stressed or anxious until I journal. The nice thing about journaling is no one has to read your journal except for you (if you want to) later on. There is no need to worry about perfect grammar. Afterwards, I feel like a load has been lifted off of my shoulders.

& Why do I have so many journals?

There are some days that I do not need to strictly write out what is going on in life. I have other journals like the one I use for my lists. This still takes a little bit of brain power. It is fun to think about certain things like, what are your dream vacation spots? or What are going to do when Covid-19 is gone? Like I shared, I may learn how to be more like an extrovert.

I encourage you to consider starting a habit of journaling.

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

 

One Day At A Time

Happy Friday everyone!

I have enjoyed writing this series. I had a handful of ideas left to write about and realized each post would amount to a few minuscule blog posts.ย  That is why I chose to combine them into one post. When I saw that this would my tenth post, I thought this would be a great way to end this series.

More Ideas for ‘What To Do’

Breakfast

Normally, the limited amount of time before the work day begins provides little time to fix a nutritious breakfast. Usually, I would grab and go. What about you? Now, there is plenty of time to fix a normal breakfast.

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Reading

When you work a normal 9 to 5 job, there is not as much time to allow for reading. How many books do have on a ‘To Read’ or ‘Want to Read’ list? Now there is a little bit more time to catch up and read some of the books that you have on your list.

Audiobooks

Personally, I spend a lot of time working on the computer.

My prefered method of reading is on a device like my Kindle. When my eyes are tired after a long day of work, the last thing I really want to do is look at another screen so I listen to audiobooks.

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Play Games

Have more game nights. There are tons of card and board games to be played.

My top favorites:

  1. Skip-bo
  2. Clue (There is also a Downton Abbey version of Clue.)
  3. Sequence
  4. Gin Rummy

iPhone/iPad games

I have my normal games that I play on my iPhone and iPad.

  1. Angry Birds – any version
  2. Asphalt 9 – easier to play on an iPhone
  3. Covet
  4. Design Home
  5. SimCity
  6. Legendary – Yes, this is an RPG game. Bottom line, if you like matching games with deeper strategy I highly recommend it.

 

I encourage you to take each day one at a time. Keep moving forward and don’t stress. Hope this series has given you some ideas for ‘What To Do’.

I was inspired to created a simple, bright, and cheery design piece to add to my Motivation Collective store.

‘One Day at a Time’ design in my MotivationCo Shop

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Tea or Coffee?

I love taking time for tea. Gives me the time to sit and relax.

Taking a tea or coffee break helps to give your brain a break, which results in less stress.

I encourage you mid-morning and mid-afternoon to try and take a tea or coffee breakโ˜•๏ธ for at least fifteen minutes.

  1. Sit in a quiet place
  2. Take time to slowly sip
  3. Breathe in and breathe out

 

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚

Find a Creative Outlet

Everybody needs one!

Developing healthy rhythms in everyday life includes creativity. What better time than now to discover what your creative outlet is?

For me: Basically creating anything.

For example, I have really been loving Procreate. I have had a lot of fun experimenting with all the different brushes. Creating lots of graphics.

Obviously, this is not something that you have to do too. You may be thinking…Bethany, I have no artistic bone in my whole body.

I beg to differ. Maybe you are not an artist that paints, designs, sculpts, etc… Let me help you figure out how you can be creative, or maybe you already are and do not know it.

Here is list of creative activities:

1. Writing
2. Painting
3. Cooking
4. Coloring
5. Acting
6. Singing
7. DIY Projects
8. Interior Design
9. Graphic Art
10. Sketching
11. Playing an instrument
12. Flower Arranging
13. Gardening
14. Photography
15. Baking
16. Learning another language
17. Up cycling furniture
18. Creating a different workout routine each day

Hopefully, this list will help you figure out what you can do to get creative.

Think of what you do everyday and make a list. Seriously, try it. What on that list takes creativity? Yes, cooking counts. Personally, cooking stresses me out unless it is a super simple recipe.

Until next time…

Bethany ๐Ÿ™‚