Friday, January 1, 2016

Best Songs to Rock the Gym in 2016

    Hi everybody! So if your like 80% of Americans, your #1 goal for 2016 is to shed away those extra ten pounds. And, while I don't feel the need to lose any weight, I am going to be spending much more time at the local YMCA. Why, you ask? Well, I have a post on it's way about that. :0)
    Anyway, whether your lifting weights, running, or just dancing in the living room, here are some of my favorite workout songs!

1. 'Immortals' Fall Out Boy
     I have a serious soft spot for Fall Out Boy. Honestly, this song never gets old, I especially like running to it because I can spring out the chorus for an extra workout.

2. 'Satisfied' Renee Elise Goldsberry
     Okay, so this song is not really your average workout song, actually it's a show tune from Broadway's Hamilton. Along with 'Yorktown' this song is one of the best soundtrack tunes I have ever heard. Trust me, it's great for pilates.

3. "California Dreaming" Sia
    This song is originally done The Mamas and The Papas, but Sia does such an amazing job on this song, that I have to recommend her version over the classic. I know, crazy! But this song is so great for workouts, it just is!

4. "Victorious" Panic! at the Disco
     If this song isn't already on your workout playlist, it needs to be. I like to play it during the hardest part of my workout.

5. "Revolution" Diplo & Co.
     This song is perfection. I really want to choreograph a routine to it, but for now, I just, sing along while I'm working out.

6. "Next to Me" Emeli Sande
      This song speaks for itself. It is so amazing. AHHHHH!

7. "Elastic Heart" Sia
     I know, Sia again? But this song is the perfect thing to end your workout with, to inspire you to do those five more reps. Ya get it?

Talk to you soon!


Ali's Top Ten Good-News Articles of 2015

Happy 2016!
As I was reflecting on the year gone by I realized I wanted to put all my favorite bits of Good News in one place.  These are not in any particular order, somewhat diverse and hopefully interesting.  These are the things I want to talk about and carry positively through the darkness of winter.

1.  International Climate Agreement in Paris, December 2015.  The world really needs to stick together on this - 'tis truly a global issue. 

2.  Same Sex Marriage is Legalized by the Supreme Court of the United States.  We are closer than ever to equal rights, though we have a lot of work to do to assure justice and peace in our country. 

3.  Mismatched Socks is declared the Most Logical Fashion Trend Ever in All of HUMAN HISTORY.
*This is my own headline: not real news, but really good.

4.  Link between cancer treatment and the immune system is mysterious and absolutely exciting. 

5.  A meeting will take however long you give it - for better or worse.  It's known as Parkinson's Law and I wonder how many other "systems" follow this type of pattern... chores for instance... making dinner... homework... sleep?

6.  Policewoman decides not to arrest woman for stealing groceries. Instead...
This is actually an older article, but I'm sure there are lots of good people who did good things like this in all sorts of situations last year.  I'm looking forward to reading more of them this coming year.

Instead of arresting Robles, Miami-Dade Police Officer Vicki Thomas spent $100 of her own money to buy the woman groceries.

7.  Rebellions take many forms.  
I loved interview with Parker Palmer and Courtney Martin regarding rebellion and personal purpose.

8.  New antibiotics being developed from soil bacteria that might treat the most antibiotic-resistant of our modern infections.

9.  Imogen Heap is a musician from England and is just a freaking genius.  She is experimental, made a robot glove that works as an instrument, and might just change the way music is monetized and musicians are compensated with her ability to write code.