Week In Review – May 25

Happy Friday, everyone!

I hope you’re all doing well. I’m wrapping up my first full week of my summer job today, which is kinda crazy to think about. It’s been a great week though, with a lot of different projects to work on and new things to learn. I also got moved into my summer housing assignment over the weekend, which was a relief. I have a room to myself for the next few weeks, and I’m enjoying it so far!

This week, I shared my sophomore year soundtrack, filled with awesome songs from the past semester. This one was a little trickier to put together, to be honest, but it’s always fun to share my favorite songs with all of you.

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Freshman Year Soundtrack

First year of college? DONE. Now I only have three more to go…

Anyway, this past year I listened to a lot of music. I mean, I don’t have over 500 songs on my phone for nothing! Plus, I think music can often provide motivation, encouragement, and support all through life, and it expresses things that sometimes can’t be described in just words.

This week, I wanted to share a handful of songs that I’m calling my Freshman Year Soundtrack. Although I listened to much more than this list, these are the songs that I think most describe my year and are also some of the songs that most encouraged me all through the school year. You can listen to the whole playlist on Spotify, but if you want to hear my explanations of the songs, keep reading!

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A Case for Christian Metal

You probably know by now that there are many things I’m passionate about – books, writing, video games, stories, mental health, photography, the list goes on and on. One of those things is music.

I love all kinds of music – everything from the poppy electronic beats of The Jellyrox to the rapping of Manafest to the heavy riffs of Wolves At The Gate. This is also evidenced by some of my previous posts, like my favorite music videos (Part 1 & Part 2) and my favorite lead vocalists (Part 1 & Part 2).

As a Christian, I tend to listen to music that has a Christian message, or is at the very least appropriate and not disrespectful. One of the genres I’ve learned to love over the past year or so is Christian metal which is a vague term, but I basically mean metal/metalcore music that has a Christian message (if you’d like a longer explanation of my thoughts on “Christian music,” you should read my Beginner’s Guide to Christian Rock). Even though I dislike using “Christian” as a genre, I’m going to use it in this post because it will (hopefully) clear up any confusion.

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Nick Detty of Wolves At The Gate

Christian metal bands are often the recipients of a lot of criticism because of the style of music they play. Forget the message. I’ve seen everything from “How do you know it’s honoring God if you can’t understand what they’re saying?” to “The music is too worldly.” Responses to these comments will wait for another day. Today, I’d like to explain to you why I think Christian metal is important, and why, even if you detest the musical style itself, you can at least respect these bands for what they do.

It all started when I went to see Memphis May Fire a few weeks ago…

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Monday Morning

Hi there, wonderful readers. I wasn’t really feeling up to blogging this weekend, so I don’t have anything ready for today. One of these days, I’ll write up a backup post for days like this, but today, I just wanted to say I won’t be having my regular Monday blog post.

I thought about cranking out something within the next few hours, but I have an essay to revise before a class tomorrow morning – It’s at 900 words, and the limit is 750 – and to be honest, I feel like I’m cheating myself and you out of a good blog post when I rush through them. Plus, I’m tired. Not like, gotta-take-a-nap tired (though that would be nice) but just feeling drained today.

Good news is, I’ve been working on my contribution for the Beautiful People linkup this month, and that’s set to go out on Wednesday (once I get this last question answered…) And of course, I’ll have my usual WIR post on Friday.

Thanks for sticking around as always! I hope you have an awesome week and enjoy your Valentine’s Day (regardless of whether you have a significant other – I wrote a post about this a year ago, if you’re interested).

Finally, I’ll leave you with this song. I told you I bought Matty Mullins’ solo album a few weeks ago, and this song has become a favorite of mine. The lyrics have been very uplifting lately.

Week In Review – Jan 20

Hello readers! I hope you had a fantastic week – mine was pretty great, if I do say so myself.

I wrote a blog post about my bullet journal on Monday, in case you missed it. I talked about what I use, some of my favorite pages, and share a few ideas. If bullet journaling is something you’ve wanted to try, I definitely recommend it and hope you’ll take a minute to check out my post!

As for the rest of the week…

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Week In Review – Jan 13

Happy Friday! Congrats on making it through another week! I hope all of you wonderful readers had a good week. Over here, there have been a few rough patches, but overall I’ve been doing pretty well.

By the way, in case you missed it, I wrote about INTJ Stereotypes in Fiction this past Monday. It’s all about personality types, so if you didn’t get the chance to read it earlier, now’s your chance!

And now on to the rest of my week…

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Week In Review: Nov 18

Happy Friday! Welcome to another weekly wrap-up! I’ve been doing pretty well since last week which is a good thing. As I mentioned previously, my school hosted the artists NF and Canon last weekend, so I got to see them. I had a really good time, though I ended up sitting in the bleachers because I couldn’t see from the floor. But I got to take some pictures, so whenever I end up sorting them, I’ll be sure to share a few!

Also, in case you missed it, I put out two blog posts this week: Judging a Book By its Cover and The Six Question Character Challenge. I’d love it if you took a look at them if you haven’t already!

Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for… my week in review!

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