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Taking Time for Yourself is Important

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So, I’ve been here in New York City for about a month and a half now, and it has been one hell of a whirlwind.

Working on my thesis, and interning in TV, and writing for a magazine, and editing for a literary journal – It has been non-fucking-stop. And I love it. I absolutely love how busy I am and how much fun the work I do is, and how there is potential for my future now.

It’s amazing. It’s like I’m finally getting the things I want. My hard work is paying off!

 

However, having said that…

I’m definitely also working a little too hard. I’m working 7 days a week. (I’m even feeling a little guilty for taking a few minutes to write this blog post rather than do editing for the literary journal). And that’s a problem. 

I’m starting to feel the effects of burn-out.

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I wake up in the morning, even after a 7-ish hour sleep, and I can feel that I’m only recharged to maybe 80%. I can feel the sluggishness setting in. I can feel the bags under my eyes forming. The dreaming and yearning to go home for a little vacation where I drink grandma’s ice tea and play Minecraft and ride my bike. I can feel the wanting a break. A rest…

 

AND THEN I WAS WALKING THROUGH CENTRAL PARK ON MY WAY HOME FROM WORK ONE DAY…

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And in Central Park, you can dedicate park benches and write little messages to loved ones, remembrances to deceased loved ones, and all that general plaque type stuff that you see on benches around the world.

And for some reason, I’m walking passed this one bench, and I happened to look at it, and it said,

“If you could just learn to slow down…”

 

And then my name was written right after that.

No joke.

Not kidding. 

I stared at the bench. I’m not one to believe in secret meanings or the universe sending me messages, but something about this.  It was like exactly what I needed to hear at the exactly the right time. It was so surreal.

 

So now, It’s Sunday, and I’m going to work…but I’m also going to take breaks. I’m taking some time to write this blog post, because I love my blog and it makes me happy to write it! I’m also going to go for a little walk at some point this afternoon too.

In short, I’m just going to slow down a little bit. 

Now, I was going to add a GIF into this post about writing. Something to show that I was taking time to write or whatever… and then I found all these horrendous Bradly Cooper GIFS that are just tragic, and make me laugh.  So, for your pleasure, I think I’ll showcase some wonderfully bad Bradly Cooper typing GIFS.

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Ok, so here’s Bradly in some sort of writing rainfall.  WHAT IS THIS EVEN FROM? Is this from that movie where he plagiarizes everything from Shakespeare or something? Wasn’t he in some movie called The Words? Or something like that?

 

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FULL BLOWN LITERARY HURRICANE! 

This is the type of shit that could life Dorothy’s house right up out of Kansas.

 

Alright, enough Bradley bashing. Remember to work hard, but to also take time for yourself. Your career is only one component of your life and only one component of happiness. Remember your health and your social life are important too!

 

~ The Dark Horse

 

 

 

 

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8 Amazing Songs For Relaxing That You May Have Never Heard

Alright, so a few weeks ago I did a list of some songs that would be really good for helping to get you energized and excited, but now its time to go the other route and give you some songs that I use to calm down.  And Im going to try to give you songs that you may have not heard of before.  obviously, I could sit here and list Return To Innocence and stuff by Enigma, but I’m sure every list of calming songs will have them in it, so here are some you may not know, but should! 

1.) OKLAHOMA SKY, Miranda Lambert 

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So this is the last song of Miranda Lambert’s Four The Record Album and its just amazing.  Nothing but Miranda, an acoustic guitar, and a deep but subtle layer of background.   I listen to this song in the winter because it reminds of just looking out over a frozen cornfield or sleepy small town.  Its also an amazing song to play in the shower at nighttime when you turn all the lights off in the bathroom

 

2.) BLESS THE TELEPHONE by Kelis

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Yes…. the annoying and ridiculous Kelis who sang “Milkshake” has a new album out called FOOD…. and its actually amazing and sounds nothing like kelis.  But this acoustic duet cover of the 1970’s classic is standout for me. Im already playing it to death.  Unofrtunately its not on Youtube (I bought it via iTunes) but heres a link to a tumblr page where a bunch of people have uploaded the audio

Bless The Telephone:http: //www.tumblr.com/tagged/bless-the-telephone

and why not, heres the original on Youtube (But listen to the Kelis version, its much calmer)

 

3.) SILVER STALLION by Cat Power 

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Another amazing acoustic song.  Probably one of the easiest songs to both cry and fall asleep to.  I started listening to this song Autumn 2012 right after I had gotten back from a big trip up in Canada where I had lived off the land.  This song, mixed with the autumn leaves falling, and the comfort of being home safe and sound has made me love this song, and I probably always will

 

4.) ACOUSTIC NUMBER 3 by The Goo Goo Dolls 

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I do love the 90’s, I will say it forever, and I love 90s music!  Remember this amazing album?  Well heres a song you might have not heard off of it, but its great! The downside, with a runtime of under 2 minutes, it leaves you wanting more! 

 

5.)  GOODBYE MILKY WAY by Enigma 

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A haunting and calming song thats able to tell a story, make you think, and it even discusses the end of the galaxy! 

(Oh yeah…. stuff to go to sleep by)

 

6.) RED RED RED By Fiona Apple

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As with all Fiona Apple songs, the lyrics make all the difference.  Just relax and let Fiona…. well… kind of depress you… but also kind of ease the depression…. just don’t question Fiona ok? 

 

7.)  THE GHOST OF VIRGINIA By Justin Townes Earle

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Justin… ugh.. Justin, what happened to you?  This song was so nice and peaceful and great!  And then… you went hipster…. Like you went so hipster I really want to hurt you.  Hurt you really badly.

Don’t believe me? Heres him now:

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SEE?  That boy deserves a good smack across the face.

But anyway this song is good so listen to it! I love songs that tell a story 

8.) PYRAMID (ACOUSTIC) By Charice

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Remember that song Pyramid that came out way back in 2010?  Well the acoustic version is actually great! And it shows her amazing voice.. Charice has also gone through some well… changes… recently.  She came out as a lesbian and has become what we in the gay community call a “bull dike” 

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Again… what the hell happened?  But anyway, the song is good, give it a listen! 

So there you have it!  Hope you guys have a good time chill in out! 

~Dark Horse out! 

Tea Always Makes Me Feel Better

Image So, I got a package from home today.  From the States.  For Easter my mom sent me some tea… which I’m obsessed with.  Opening up that box and knowing my mom had sent me something to cheer my up made me feel good. Maybe people aren’t so bad huh?  (Well lets not go that far…)  But still, it was good to open it up, and on top of that, its super cloudy and rainy and misty out right now.  Its amazing. I live down the street from the tallest building in Melbourne called Eureka Tower, and its literally gone.  The clouds are so and fog so dense the building is seriously gone.  I love it. Its perfect tea drinking weather…. Oh, and what a coincidence! i have some tea!  Mwuahaah!  Image But lets get down to this.  Why should any of you care?  BECAUSE TEA IS BLOODY FUCKIN’ AWESOME!  1.) A study 5 year from the Netherlands reported that drinking tea reduced the chance of heart attack by 70%!  2.) Tea contains phytochemicals, which keeps minerals in the bones, which in result leads to better bone health!  3.) Did you know tea even contains fluoride? It also con taints tannins, these help keep your mouth nice and healthy!  4.) The plyphenols in tea can keep cancer at bay by inhibiting its ability to grow!  5.)Drinking tea reduced participants chances of having high blood pressure! Between 50% and 70% depending on how often they drank! So come on people!  When were feeling down tea can only help right?  Plus there are TONS and TONS of teas to choose from.  If you don’t like one, you’re bound to like another!  If you live in Australia i recommend visiting T2 for your tea, Image and if you live in the states I recommend trying to find your tea through The Republic Of Tea which can be found online and in certain grocery stores. Image

So come on folks!  lets drink up!  Want to leave with a smile?  just look at the picture below: 

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~Dark Horse out!

http://www.today.com/health/top-10-health-benefits-drinking-tea-2D12052713

http://healthland.time.com/2012/09/04/13-reasons-to-love-tea/

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits

Keeping Calm, Feeling Good, and the Donkey Kong Country Soundtrack

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So, for real, if you have never listened to the music from the video game Donkey Kong Country, its about damn time you start! 

Honestly some of the best music ever made… Not just for video games, but ever.  The best part about the music is that its all very natural.  Like you just feel really good when listening to it.  In fact back when i was living in the middle of the woods in the Northwest Territories, I used to put some Donkey Kong on as the sun went down and did stretches overlooking the lake.  The music, paired with the sunset, the loons, and the ripples in the lake was probably the most relaxing experience of my life.  So here are a few of the songs you should put on your chill out, meditation, before bed, in nature, or.. well… I love this music, so I think it works on any playlist… but I’m sure I’m biased on that. 

For starters, the quintessential Donkey Kong Country song is Aquatic Ambiance.  Any DK fan will totally hands down tell you this was the best song from the whole game. This song paired with how beautifully the water levels look (Have I mentioned that even though Donkey Kong Country came out in 1994 on Super Nintendo, the game looks and sounds amazing.  Like its a living picture.  Seriously worth a play. Go on YouTube and just see the million of renditions of this song, including a symphony performing it live! 

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Aquatic Ambiance: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LDvKwSVuUGA

The next song that should go on the playlist is actually from Donkey Kong Country 2 and is called Stickerbrush Symphony. This again is a song that is all over Youtube with accapella versions and extended remixes and stuff.  But totally worth a listen to.  

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Stickerbrush Symphony:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J67nkzoJ_2M

And heres another good Youtube Version where its cleaned up a bit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Og9kHWcusOM

Another good song that I find to be really relaxing is called Voices Of The Temple.  For those you who didn’t play this game, this level had these giant wheels and these little beavers were in them and they chased you.. for those of you who have played this game, I HATED those beavers.

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Voices Of The Temple: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ah0d1asVhMQ

And a great pick-me-up song is the Ice Cave Chant.  its fun and bubbly and just makes ya smile.  Give it a listen, a good way to describe it is… Perky?  ya, I like Perky.  (Also, was another really cool looking level)

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Ice Cave Chant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEjZgTmVCg4

and another more modern cleaned up version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2MbiV24llCM

For another really chill and calm song, we go back to Donkey Kong Country 2 for Web Woods.  Its got a cool little woodwind thing going on that I think is really nice. 

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Web Woods: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5o_XqDmS1c

Finally, at the end of the first game, you have the Credits Concerto.  You get to see all the characters, and then the credits roll.  its great, and the music is great as well… good way to end the game! 

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Credits Concerto: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSwbr0voBtM

 

Some other honorable mentions I think you should check out if you liked these,

Life In the Mines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcklfVCEAcg

and a cleanup version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-1L-jKc0ZA

Cavern Caprice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-FuBRhQfzKk

Rockface Rumble: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qntu2QvHQRE

Arctic Abyss: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Z8T3skJkE

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See Ya Guys Later! 

~The Dark Horse