I ended the first week of the year kinda bummed. It was a super long Friday. A day that saw me making mistake after mistake and really doubting stuff. My husband kept telling me to just take a breather. To work on other things instead the project in front of me. Of course I didn’t listen because why would I? First of all, when I’m in a stubborn mood and he tries to tell me what to do I do the exact opposite. Secondly, I was so down on myself I was too afraid to do anything lest I screw that up too. 

That morning was a disaster. As lunch came barreling down the afternoon looked so forlorn. Remorseful and dark. Regretful and un-confident. Inflexible and burden ridden. If you can’t tell I was in a woe is me kind of mood. I needed to find a way out of it and so I threw my headphones on and blasted music.

Music is a big part of my life. When I write I have music playing. When I shower I have music playing. When I sleep, cook, exercise, clean I have music playing. It is every part of my DNA as my skin. Here are some of the music that I hit play on when life is unsettling one way or another.

How Great Thou Art – as done by Carrie Underwood. I love Carrie’s voice. And listening to How Great Thou Art helps me find a solid foot in a lot of iffy situations.

Amazing Grace (My Chains Are Gone) – performed by BYU Noteworthy. I love listening to a cappella thanks to Pitch Perfect and Pentatonix. This song reminds me that no matter what God’s amazing grace gets me through.

It Is Well With My Soul – sung by Kristene Dimarco and Bethel Music. This song has brought me out of so much darkness these last two years. Easily one of my most favorite worships songs, especially when I’m alone.

Worthy of It All + I Exult Thee, as sung by Kalley Heiligenthal. In the mornings I drive to work listening to this song. I love starting my morning being able to let God know how thankful I am. And when I am so out of it, this song has even more meaning.

Mercy Said No by CeCe Winans. There have been many times I thought I was alone. This song reminds me that God’s mercy said no I’m not.

Then of course there are times when all you need is a laugh, or a smile, or a fond memory to kick yourself out of the ditch. That is when I put on songs like these:

Uptown Funk. Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars. There is something about a Bruno Mars song that gets me awkwardly dancing with my dogs. I can’t get happy? Don’t believe just watch…!

Undo It – Carrie Underwood. I didn’t lie, I love this girl. It’s always fun to listen to semi angry chick music.

Go Your Own Way by Fleetwood Mac. Honestly every time I hear this song now Glee will always pop into my head. But, an oldie is always a goodie. Especially when you  need a pick me up.

Animal by Neon Tree. By the time I’m done with this post I’m gonna wanna watch a Glee marathon (yes, don’t judge). Doesn’t this song just scream dance with me!?

I Kissed A Girl performed by Katie Perry. I get a good laugh with this song. It reminds me of my crazy sister.

What songs do you listen to that get you out of a funk? xoxo