New Year’s Resolution (SINGULAR!)

This year I will make one resolution. Only one. Because as I looked over my 2015 resolutions, plural, it went something like this:

In that order.

But, seriously, guys. One of my goals was to get a 4.0. A 4.0!!!

If you know anything about how school went for me this semester . . . well . . .

Actually, looking at my grades, I did get a  4.0 one semester. At least, I got a whole semester worth of A credit from a Spanish exam after I got home from my mission. So, hey, I didn’t fail as badly on my goals as I once thought!

Let’s look at some other ones! Exercise, scripture study, eating habits . . . yikes never mind let’s not.

Anyway, that’s what starting a new year is all about, right?!

And since I have never, ever remembered or cared enough about my New Year’s resolutions to actually fulfill them, I have a new plan this time. No-chocolate November was surprisingly attainable, and no-soda December has been a breeze (I’ve only been really tempted a couple of times). So what if I just give up one thing each month for all of 2016? It’s almost like having 12 resolutions, only at different times, so I will actually remember them. And if the internet holds me accountable, I might actually care enough to achieve them.

We’ll see how it goes. But for now . . . I need to decide what to give up in January! Vote below and I’ll maybe take your opinion into consideration (if I feel like it).

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The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 10

Day 10: Thursday Dec 24th

I will always associate Christmas Eve with singing “Silent Night.” My favorite part of the night is when the whole family is gathered, the kids reenact the Nativity, and we sing “Silent Night” at the end. Here’s my favorite version of it this year.

“Silent Night” by Ryan Innes

And another of my favorites right now. It just kind of captures the cozy Christmas feeling for me. Kudos to Pentatonix once again.

“That’s Christmas to Me” by Pentatonix

And that concludes my Ultimate Christmas Playlist! I wish everyone a very happy, merry, lovely Christmas. Do your best to avoid food comas and may you enjoy (and not be driven crazy by) whatever family craziness may ensue.

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 9

Day 9: Wednesday Dec 23rd

You’ve got nowhere to go (unless you’re skiing) and you just hope that the snow-dusted yard stays picturesque enough for you to snap a the perfect Christmas day Instagram selfie.

You just might be browsing the internet long enough to stumble across this:

And then you decide it’s time to do something productive. If you’re like me, playing the ukulele (and pretending to play the guitar, but we don’t really need to talk about my lack of skill there). I decided to do something different for y’all today and include a song of my own in the playlist! Except . . . I haven’t really written any songs . . . so here’s a little ditty I didn’t write.

And, just so you still have a normal, real, good, real good, normal song, here’s “Let it Snow by Michael Buble. (I warned, you didn’t I? I love his Christmas music too much).

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 8

Day 8: Tuesday Dec 22

There’s no explanation or theme for today. Just songs. Because for some reason, Tuesdays always seem to be crazy and scattered. (And there I go, finding a theme anyway).

“We Three Kings” by Sam Tsui
He is one of my favorite youtubers of all time. His voice amazes me.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Sam Smith
If you like Sam Smith, you’ve probably already heard this. If you don’t like Sam Smith, you probably won’t like this either. I love it. I think this song fits him so well.

“I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” by Echosmith
Did you know they’re siblings? *hint hint* siblings we should start a band . . .

“El Primer Noel” by Gaby Moreno
Gaby Moreno is sooooo good. I like her even more now that I know Spanish (ha ha, but really. But even if you can’t understand what she’s saying, I promise she’s worth listening to.

ONLY 3 MORE DAYS!

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The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 7

Day 7: Monday Dec 21st

If you’re working, you can hardly stand it by now. You want to be outside in the snow, or at home sipping hot cocoa while watching Elf.  In fact, you keep laughing to yourself like a crazy person because you’re remembering this part:


Which leads me to today’s first song. I love Idina Menzel’s version with Michael Buble. Not only is the video adorable and innocent, but the song is extremely well-done by two of my favorite singers.

But after all the lighthearted entertainment, you remind yourself that you should remember the true meaning of Christmas. (I love this video so much. Last year when it was released, I watched it approximately 80,576 times and cried for 80,570 of them). At church recently someone pointed out that people live the Gospel of Jesus Christ more during Christmas time, but without realizing it. They call it “Christmas Spirit” when they do more service, give more gifts, and focus more on their families. That’s what the Gospel is all about—charity and families. I also love this video because it’s a reminder that all the traditions should make us remember Jesus. Giving gifts is only a minute symbol of the greatest gift that was ever given to us—the life of our Savior.

Even though it’s not technically a music video, the music in the background of that video is pretty amazing. But here’s some more music anyway to finish off today’s playlist. I have so many songs that I want to include and the days are numbered (seriously though if I do this again next year I’ll have to start on December 1st). Here are a few cool spin-offs of really old songs, and then one new song telling a really old story.

“Lo How a Rose E’er Blooming” by Fictionist
This. Is. So. Cool. And. I. Love. It. The members of Fictionist are Provo’s favorite hipsters (or should be, anyway).

” O Holy Night” by Shane & Shane
Their voices blend sooooo nicely. And I’m always a fan of anything acoustic. I’m not, however, a fan of the middle guy’s beard. Then again, this was in 2012. So hopefully that beard is long gone by now. I dunno though because I’m too afraid to look at any new stuff just in case it’s still there. Anyway the song is still great.

“Joy to the World (You are my Joy)” by Rend Collective
A fun spin on a classic hymn.

“First Christmas Story” by The Strike
I just love this. It’s so pretty. And I love the story it tells. Just all around great.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I did (and do, because when I find a song I like I simply can’t stop listening to it). I also hope they help you remember that someone loves you enough to sacrifice everything just for you, and that’s why all these people can’t stop singing about it.

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 6

Day 6: Sunday Dec 20

Sunday is a day of prayer, after all, so you listen to my bff David on repeat while you’re getting ready for church.

“The Prayer” by David Archuleta and Nathan Pacheco

And then you sing “Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful” at church and you’re like “this song is the GREATEST” and it really gets you in the spirit so you listen to it the rest of the day.

“Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful”by BYU Vocal Point and BYU Noteworthy

And then you’re like oh yeah, a bunch of YouTubers also did an awesome version of this hymn:

“Angels from the Realms of Glory” by all the cool Mormon people and Peter Hollens!

Church is so great at Christmas time. And so are Sundays. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day always kind of feel like Sunday to me as well. I guess it’s the spirit of the whole season.

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 4

Day 4: Friday Dec 18

IT’S FINALLY FRIDAY!!! Finals are over, you have time to actually think aoubt  and it’s party time.You listen to Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas is You” on repeat while driving around and belting in your car all day, obviously. And then when you come home, you watch this duet version with Michael Buble.

 

You listen to all the upbeat, party-feeling holiday songs, like “Shake it Up Christmas” and “Feliz Navidad.”

Then, once you realize how much free time you have without school (theoretically, anyway), you decide to see how many other versions you can find of these classics.

 

“All I Want for Christmas is You” in a minor key


And a more low-key cover. If you like male falsetto you’ll love this one.

 

And of course, we need to bring Michael Buble back into the picture.

Or if you like metal . . .

 

If you haven’t heard of Los Huracanes del Norte, well, I hadn’t either until I served a mission in South America. Anyway. If you know Spanish or if you’ve heard of Google Translate you’ll enjoy this one. It’s a medley with a couple other songs.

 

And, as promised, “What Christmas Means to Me”

 

And the original 🙂

Happy weekend!!!

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 3

Day 3: Thursday Dec 17

You’ve nearly reached the weekend before Christmas, and you can almost taste the peppermint hot cocoa and cheese log with Toll House crackers. You’ve worn the same Christmas sweater for a few days now, and your diet has consisted primarily of gingerbread house candy that gets harder with each passing day (just like your frozen, stress-ridden heart). The lighthearted holiday songs just aren’t doing anything for you anymore. You’re starting to turn to more reflective, religious music, because if you’re going to survive one more day of this, seriously, you’re gonna need divine help.

“O Come O Come Emmanuel” (many, many versions)

IF THAT LAST VIDEO ISN’T ENOUGH TO GET YOU THROUGH FINALS I DON’T KNOW WHAT IS. Seriously though. Watch the Lindsey Sterling one if nothing else from this. And watch it, though. The story is the most important part.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ultimate Christmas Playlist: Day 2

Day 2: Wednesday Dec 16

The last few days of school are nothing but pure drudgery, and you need something to keep you upbeat. If you’re in college, finals week has nearly melted your brain. You’re not quite ready for Frank Sinatra and Perry Como yet, because they just make you think of sitting by the fire at your parents’ house, and you need to focus for just a little bit longer. Thus, some not-so-classics that you discover as you procrastinate.

“It’s Christmas and I Like You” by the National Parks

“Hey Guys! It’s Christmas Time!” by Sufjan Stevens

Good luck with studying! And if you’ aren’t in college, enjoy whatever it is you’re doing!