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Music: Spotify: Music has always been a huge thing in my life, and by far the most productive and organized thing to happen to my interest in music has been Spotify. I’ve been able to store all of my music cohesively and reliably, and the user interface is so intuitive and user-friendly that it makes even just listening to music an engaging and motivational experience. My favorite part about it is how easy it is to make, store, and access playlists from the app. Recently I’ve been keeping playlists of the music I listen to during any given month and naming the playlist that month’s name so that I can easily go back and tap into whatever things I was thinking or feeling at a specific time. I find that music or certain songs can take you back somewhere as effectively as a smell can summon certain memories.
App: Neko Atsume: Life is stressful. Period. I love this app because it offers an escape that isn’t prolonged or stressful in its own ways. Neko Atsume is simple: you have a yard and you put out food and toys for little cats that will come visit you. The app offers a simple and short respite from whatever is on your mind, and you get to see these little animated cats playing with toys or eating sashimi. By far one of the best parts of this game is the cute little cats' buttholes which are aptly represented by a little "x." Plain and simple, it’s just cute shit and sometimes you need some cute shit.
Website: 750Words: I’ve developed habits both beneficial and crippling throughout my life, but the most meaningful and crucial habit I’ve developed is journaling and free-writing. No matter what you’re up to, there is something on your mind. The therapeutic value of putting it down on paper to either immortalize your thoughts or get it off your mind is unparalleled. 750Words is a lovely and simple way to implement free-writing in a structured and habitual way into your day. Furthermore, it offers an analysis of your word usage and mood based on your use of passive or positive language. It is very minimal and has stayed that way for the last four years I’ve been using it; it tallies my streaks of writing and only emails me when I happen to miss a couple days.
Podcast: Night Vale: I’ve always been a fan of science fiction and quirky imaginative stories or settings. I also like things to maintain some kind of order or organization. With the podcast Night Vale I get both. I commute about 30 minutes to get to school every day and most of my life and responsibilities are in and around Towson, so I do a lot of driving. This podcast is structured like a daily news report in the town of Night Vale. It can be hard to get into at first because any semblance of plot or linearity is stripped and the only substitute for it is in the organized and structured nature of the daily reports. It’s just quirky and strange enough to not get mundane and to hold my attention while driving.
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The image above is "Flight" by Gillian Collins.