The last two weeks were absolutely insane! Cory, Hallie and I had an amazing time in Florida! We spent some time at my dad's timeshare which was, for the most part, relaxing! I got to spend time with my family which doesn't happen too frequently these days. We had an absolutely incredible time at Universal Studios! All of this was great and good and all of that, but my favorite things about the trip were the time we spent at the beach and all of the insanely delicious food we got to try! Check out my Instagram to see some of the pictures!
This week was crazy, as well. Things were all over the place personally and professionally, but I made it through my vacation withdrawal. I realized this week how much I love my job. Retail is always a challenge, but it's helped me open up as a person. It's helped me keep myself in check. If for some reason I'm feeling overly entitled to something, I think about some of my customers and, BAM, I'm back to being as humble as possible. I will aiming for a store manager position (hopefully in Florida) by this time next year. This week also inspired some new music and new motivation. That being said, I have officially put together a playlist for my first EP that I hope to release at the end of this year into early 2017.
All I can say about "DeepLove" at the moment is that it took me quite a bit of time to get the tracklist together. I wanted to introduce myself in a more upbeat way, but I decided to take a more honest approach. I designed the listing to tell a story about me giving away my heart. The tracks include Growing Pains, This Bed, Used to Be, Downfall (What Do I Do) and a few others. This portion of the album discusses lying, cheating, mental abuse and neglect. The transition comes in with Drifting, Recognition and No Longer Made of Stone. These tracks discuss self-love, self-respect, and recovery. They are important songs to me because I've spent, and still spend, a lot of time investing in bettering myself and learning what I will and will not tolerate in my life. The last section rounds out the album with Heartbeats, DeepLove, and The Way You Did Last Night. I needed to end the album with these songs directly following No Longer Made of Stone because of that song's message. Even after being mistreated, run down, and devalued, I am above that. I will not let someone turn my heart into stone. I will love again, deeply and completely - which is quite true. I am with someone that is truly amazing and inspires me every day.
Keep an eye out for more information about "DeepLove" in the coming months. I'm excited to officially release this record!! Stay tuned!