Top Ten Songs That Have Helped Me Through Depression

A couple of days ago I posted about my story dealing with depression and music and art saved my life and helped me turn my life around. These ten songs are the ones I listen to every morning and I remind myself to be strong, love myself and start again and turn it all around. This list is ordered in how many times I listened to it not which one is better or helpful. Let’s begin!

Honorable Mentions:

Obsessions by Marina and the Diamonds

Human by Christina Perri

The Rest of My Life by Less Than Jake

You Stupid Bitch from Crazy Ex Girlfriend

Reborn by Wynter Gordon

#10. Get It Right by Glee Cast

Just the title of the song makes you open your eyes. Filled with so much despair and pain, it helped me fight to make things right. Someday all this pain will pay off and I’ll be ok.

Most empowering lyric: “But if I get stronger and wiser, I’ll get through this.”

#9. Shake It Out by Florence + the Machine

It’s about not being able to live your life with your inner demons haunting you and how you cut them loose and be free. So anthemic and a great song to sing out loud.

Most empowering lyric: “Why the hell did I let it happen to me?”

#8. Greatest Love of All by Whitney Houston

“The Voice” giving us one of the most empowering song, a song about loving yourself and spreading that to younger generations and that needs to be done otherwise there would be more depression and suicide. Like the last lyric says, “find yourself in love”, and when I feel down, that’s what I’m doing.

Most empowering lyric: “Learning to love yourself, is the greatest love of all.”

#7. Unwritten by Natasha Bedingfield

Another anthemic song. A song about living for the future since nothing is written and everything happens for a reason. This song is special to me cause my friend, Will always told me that my future is mine and nothing is set in stone. Every time I hear it, I think of him and the words he told me.

Most empowering lyric: “Live your life with arms wide open.

#6Man In The Mirror by Michael Jackson

Honestly I’m not a big fan of MJ but this song has really helped me. Changing yourself for the better is always something that should be done and this dong is the best one to listen to. Looking in the mirror and telling yourself to change and love yourself needs to be done. I’ve lost many friends and I lost the best one and when I did I knew I had to get better and change.

Most empowering lyric: “ Take a look at yourself and make that change.”

#5Through The Rain by Mariah Carey

Wanna give a nod to her other song Can’t Take That Away for also being an empowering song. But this one is the one that has helped me when I’ve been in the turmoil. The song has helped me find my inner strength again and encouraged me to go through the turbulent times in my life.

Most empowering lyric: “I live one more day and I make through the rain.”

#4. Beautiful by Christina Aguilera

A song about self acceptance and have a stronger self esteem, accepting every flaw and loving it. Always seen an empowering song throughout all these years and still holds up. The lyric “words can’t bring me down” has really helped me, I’ve been told I was worthless, that the world would be better off without and I even said that to tell myself and I need to stop doing that and not let the words hurt me.

Most empowering lyric: “Words cant bring me down

#3. Skyscraper by Demi Lovato

This is the song I’ve linked to the sexual assaults and the physical abuse I’ve endured cause all these men treated me so bad and made me feel worthless but when I hear this song, I always realize that I’m still standing and those men are no longer in my life and I’m safe as long as I have my head up.

Most empowering lyric: “Yeah, it’s a long way down but I am closer to the clouds up here.”

#2. Extraordinary by Mandy Moore

Recovering from depression is a hard thing to do, insecurities are still there and you still feel blind to all the good. This song makes me feel good, that I can be all that can be and I will someday. You don’t need anyone to tell you this, you need to tell yourself the and you need to believe you can do it.

Most empowering lyric: “And now I’m ready, and now I’m ready, and now I’m ready to be, extraordinary.”

#1. A Dying Star by In This Moment

The song that saved my life and helped me turn it around. I cry every time I hear this song. I listen to the song many times during the day and I feel better each time. This song is my anthem and it really made me think of all my problems and how I need to resolve them.I wish I listened to this song sooner so everything that went down didn’t happen. Wanna give a nod to The Fighter for empowering me as well.

Most empowering lyric: “I can mend my wings.”

*I want this lyric tattooed on me

What songs have empowered you when you felt down? Comment below

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10 Favorite Kanto Pokemon

Today is the 20th birthday of Pokemon so Happy Birthday! I remember my dad buying me the Blue version and the Red Version for my older brother. We both were absolutely surprised he bought it for us. I still have many memories of catching Pokemon and battling the Elite Four. I was only about 6 when I got the game and didn’t know everything about type effectiveness and the proper way to train Pokemon. When there was an announcement about the remakes, I asked my parents to get it for Christmas. I was a bit older and much smarter on Pokemon. Whenever I play old Pokemon games, I pick the ones I love over strong ones. This list is all about my favorite Kanto Pokemon. Now in this list, if there is an evolution line, I’m gonna add all the Pokemon in it, but mostly talk about the final evolution since that’s favorable of the evolution. I began nicknaming my Pokemon in FireRed so I will be including the nicknames as well. Now let’s get to it!

Honorable Mentions:

Butterfree (Isabella)
  
I’m sure everybody who played the original Blue and Red games had their first fully evolved Pokemon chain with Butterfree or Beedrill. Mine was Butterfree and it was an awesome feeling to have a final evolution of a Pokemon in the beginning of the game.

Ponyta/Rapidash (Firecharge)
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One of the fastest fire Pokemon out there. With strong attacks like Fire Blast and Stomp, it can cause a whole lot of damage. Also, I love horses.

Psyduck/Golduck (Duckers)
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Believe it or not, the dopey duck, Psyduck can evolve into a versatile Pokemon. Look at it, it’s such a cool duck!

Vulpix/Ninetales (Amber)
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If I didn’t have a Fire Pokemon in my team, I would always get Vulpix and evolve it cause Growlithe wasn’t in Blue and Magmar was rare to find. It’s such a elegant Pokemon, so pretty. Would love to have one as a pet.

Staryu/Starmie (Aquarius)
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Take your time to train your Staryu so it can learn Hyrdo Pump. With it being part Psychic, it has a great Special Attack stat and do great damage. So glamorous as well.

#10. Hitmonchan (Punch-out)
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To this day, I’d still choose Hitmonchan over Hitmonlee. It was pretty sweet to have him learn Mega Punch, Submission, Strength and Counter and annihilate trainers. But in Gen 3, man it was awesome for him to learn strong Fighting moves.

#9. Oddish/Gloom/Vileplume (Petals)
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While I couldn’t get one in Blue, I would ask my brother to trade one for a Bellsprout. He loved Victreebell and I love Vileplume so it worked out great. Was very happy when my Gloom learned Petal Dance and then I evolved into a Vileplume. So glad I could get one in FireRed.

#8. Articuno (Avalanche)
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Such a pretty bird! Didn’t have many moves leveling up but doesn’t need much since it has a powerful Blizzard with 90% accuracy and a strong Ice Beam. Would also teach it Fly cause usually Farfetch’d was my Flying slave. Love defeating Lance with it. This is the only legendary Pokemon I would use to fight the Elite Four

#7. Gastly/Haunter/Gengar (Spooky)
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The only Ghost Pokemon in the game. I caught a Gastly to fight Sabrina like in the show and used it in the Elite Four but was a Haunter, found it would evolve into Gengar by trading when I traded it with a friend which was ironic cause he traded his Kadabra for my Haunter so we traded back. Their sprites were very creepy but that’s how ghosts should be.

#6. Lapras (Plessie)
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Wasn’t it great getting a free Lapras at Silph CO.? If I didn’t use Articuno to defeat Lance, I would use Lapras. Besides Speed, it’s stats were pretty good. Teaching it Thunder as well, I could use Lapras to defeat Lance’s whole team.

#5. Charmander/Charmeleon/Charizard (Pyro)
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Let’s be honest, with the tough choice in the beginning, you would either choose Squirtle or Charmander. While it might be the number one choice for a lot of people, it isn’t mine but if I would start a game over, I would choose it. Though he has strong attack and speed stats, there isn’t much use for it in a whole lot of the game. But I would say, it’s design is the most badass.

#4. Dratini/Dragonair/Dragonite (Draic)
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“Dratini comes first when you choose Dragon, but evolution’s the solution if you’re gonna win!” This evolution is the only Dragon type in the game. You can get one either by using a Super Rod in the Safari Zone or exhange coins at the Game Corner. I did the former and it’s rewarding to catch one and level it up to evolve to Dragonite.

#3. Horsea/Seadra (Oceana)
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Seahorses were and still are my favorite animal. So when I saw Horsea, I had to go find and catch one. I actually like Horsea more than Seadra cause it’s cuter but that being said, Seadra is such a cool looking Pokemon and love having one in the later games. When I decided to make Pokemon out of Play-Doh, Horsea was the first one I made.

#2. Eevee/Vaporeon (Marina) /Jolteon (Electro) /Flareon (Fluffers)
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Of course the Eeveelution was gonna be high on this list! No question that anybody would use any of them in their team and loved them. The choice on which was much more harder than choosing which starter Pokemon. I usually would choose Jolteon since I already had plans on which Fire and Water Pokemon I wanted in my team. The Eeveelutions are some of the best Pokemon in Gen I.

#1. Squirtle/Wartortle/Blastoise (Aquablast)
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Yes, the first Pokemon I ever got js also my favorite which it should be. It’s very rare that I wouldn’t choose Squirtle as my starter. It was my favorite Pokemon from the show as well cause of The Squirtle Squad. Squirtle is so adorable and can be useful during most of the game. When it evolves into Blastoise, it’s such much easier to defeat Blaine and Giovanni. You can teach it Ice Beam and defeat Lance as well. I have loved the Squirtle evolution and always will. There’s so many memories of using it and love making new ones with it.

Happy 20th Pokemon! Thank you for the memories and I will ne with you all the way. So what are your favorite Pokemon from Gen I? Comment below. And expect lists from the other generations as well.

Top 20 Favorite Color Palettes In Smash Bros. For Wii U and 3DS

Now that all the Smash characters are released and there will be no more, it’s time to make a list. This one will be on my favorite color palettes in the game. Since there are so many good ones, I’m doing one from each character and only doing 20. And I’m just gonna say the color, not the reference it’s based on.

20. Orange Kirby

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Nice, deep orange color and Kirby looks so much cuter.

19. Pikachu with Blue Goggles
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Evolved Pichu from Melee? Either way, very cute.

18. White Peach
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Very elegant and classy.

17. Purple Yoshi
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Purple is my favourite colour and Yoshi looks the best in it. The boots are cute too.

16. Gray Olimar
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Kinda looks a real astronaut and it looks cute on Olimar.

15. NES Open Tournament Mario
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Though overused, I can see why, it looks great. But..why doesn’t Luigi have his?

14. Black and Yellow Little Mac
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His skin is lighter, the black, yellow and orange combination look great. He looks very hot too haha.

13. Jigglypuff with Hibiscus
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Jigglypuff in Hawaii? Very flirty and looks cute on her.

12. Blue Link
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In OoT, I always have Link in the Zora Tunic, the blue looks so good with his dirty blonde hair.

11. Green Megaman
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Beautiful deep green and the small yellow brings it all together.

10. Red Female Wii Fit Trainer
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A deep red and as a tank top, it looks very badass.

9. White Zero Suit Samus

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It’s shiny with silver panels and just looks awesome.

8. Green Roy
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Seeing Roy in this makes me swoon, looks hot and courageous.

7. Black and Gold Corrin
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Man, she looks like such a badass, the way a protagonist should look.

6. Black Ike
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Another Fire Emblem that makes me swoon, so masculine and would want him to fight for me. Wish I was his friend.

5. White and Red Rosalina
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Damn, that white and red combination looks the best on Rosalina. The faded red stars look gorgeous as well.

4. Green Samus
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On the character sesct screen, it doesn’t look as great, but when fighting, it’s gorgeous. The best green palette in the game.

3. Medusa Palutena
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Man, that color is just gorgeous and with Palutena’s pale complexion and light green hair, stunning.

2. Pink Robin
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Just amazing. Looks better than the default palette, it’s how she should’ve looked in Awakening.

1. White Zelda
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Of course my main would be number one, but with good reasons. It’s just stunning. Beautiful. Classy. The gold with it is great and makes it more beautiful. When you use her Final Smash, lightning kicks and other special moves and pause on her, you’ll see how amazing she looks. Beautiful, wise and sassy, perfect dress for her.

Now what are your favorite color palettes in the game? Comment below

My Top 10 Anticipated Video Games of 2016

Like 2015, there are going to be great games coming out this year. From indie games to iconic franchises, it’s going to be a great year for gaming. Here are my top 10 anticipated games of 2016.
Honorable Mentions:

Telltales: Walking Dead Season 3

Release Date: TBA

Yooka-Laylee

Release Date: October 

Fire Emblem Fates

Release Date:

Birthright/Conquest – February 19

Revelation – March 10

Chronicles of Teddy: Harmony of Exidus

Release Date: TBA

Mirror’s Edge Catalyst 

Release Date: May 24

#10. Star Fox Zero  Been awhile since we’ve seen this animorphic fox and his team take the sky. Going back to 64 gameplay. I can’t wait to fly an Arwing and control Walkers. We’ve missed you, Fox!

Release Date: April 21

#9. The Last Guardian  Been so long since this was announced and stuck in development hell. So glad to see it reemerge and hopefully have a release this year.

Release Date: TBA 

#8. Telltales: Batman While not much has been shown or been told, just the thought of a Batman game in the way of Telltales is enough to be excited about.

Release Date: TBA

#7. Street Fighter V A whole new chapter in this iconic fighting video game franchise will be released very soon. With new characters, improved graphics and a well received beta gameplay, Street Fighter keeps getting better.

Release Date: February 16

#6. Mighty No. 9  A couple of spiritual successors are coming out this year. With Capcom basically sealing MegaMan away, this game will bring back the old fashion MegaMan gameplay and I can’t wait.

Release Date: February 9

#5. Allison Road  While it’s still upsetting about Kojima’s Silent Hills cancellation, Allison Road will be carrying the spirit, atmosphere and scares into the game. With this being said, this game might be the scariest of the year.

Release Date: October

#4. Cuphead  With indie games getting popular, it can be hard to stand out, but this game got my full attention with its gorgeous 2D action and 1930’s style artwork. I would love to see some DLC with some famous cartoon characters with the ink blot animation like Betty Boop, Felix the Housecat, Popeye, Steamboat Willie, wouldn’t that be cool?

Release Date: TBA 

#3. Shantae: Half Genie Hero With transformations back and being able to play as Risky and Shantae’s friends, it’s going to be a great fun experience to have different play styles. Pirate’s Curse was great, looks like this one might be better. Beautiful graphics and cuter character designs, can’t wait for the next chapter of Shantae.

Release Date: Winter 

#2. Pokken Tournament  When it comes to Pokemon spinoffs, this one might be the most anticipated. With the makers of Tekken as the developers, this Pokemon fighting game looks like the anime. With a nice roster of Pokemon, the possibility of DLC, exciting gameplay and hype , this might be the fighting video game of the year. Would love to see this at EVO or any major tournament.

Release Date: March 18

#1. The Legend of Zelda Wii U Of course LoZ will top the list of anticipated video games. Having a big open world, this will be the biggest Zelda game with long lasting gameplay. The graphics look absolutely beautiful and pleasant, Link’s outfit looks great and perfect for cosplay (just saying). When it comes to LoZ, you just have to be hype for it no matter what.

Release Date: TBA

So those are my anticipated games of 2016, what are yours? Are you gonna buy any of those games? Comment below.

Other Top Favorite Lists of 2015

I have other top lists, but due to the holidays and work I didn’t have much time to write descriptions for these top lists so I’m just gonna list them.

Top 5 Favorite Music Videos

#5. I Bet by Ciara

#4. Downtown by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis feat. Eric Nally, Melle Mel, Kool Moe Dee, and Grandmaster Caz

#3. High By The Beach by Lana Del Rey

#2. Black and White by Kylie Minogue feat. Shaggy

#1. Borders by M.I.A

Top 5 Favorite Albums

#5. Breathe In. Breathe Out by Hilary Duff  

#4. Honeymoon by Lana Del Rey  

#3. Kylie Christmas by Kylie Minogue 

#2. Froot by Marina and the Diamonds  

#1. The Desired Effect by Brandon Flowers  
Top 5 Favorite New TV Shows

#5. Clipped  

#4. Empire  

#3. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt  

#2. Into The Badlands  

#1. Jessica Jones  

What are your favorite music videos, albums and TV shows of 2015? Comment below

Top 10 Favorite Songs of 2015

2015 was a great year for music, so many great surprises and fulfilling songs. These 15 songs were my favorite.

Honorable Mentions:


Everyday’s Like Christmas
by Kylie Minogue  So magical and heartwarming. Gives you bubbly cheer and deserves to be a Christmas classic.


Levels
by Nick Jonas  A funky dance jam that will get you in a club/party mood. Wish it was longer, but I still love you, Nick!


The Other Boys
by Nervo feat. Jake Shears, Kylie Minigue and Nile Rodgers   Gay anthem of 2015? This disco infused track is a dance floor riot. Kylie and Jake are perfect in the song. Want more collaborations by these 3 musical artists.


Love Me Like You Do
by Ellie Goulding  Ellie Goulding’s best song so far. So sultry and sensual. It’s a beautiful power ballad with Goulding’s dreamt vocals and Max Martin’s swelling synths.


Honeymoon
by Lana Del Rey  Emotionally thrilling. Cinematic. Epic. Lana released a heart stopping ballad that’s more aspiring than anything any other artist has released this year.

#10. Inhale Exhale by Tynisha Keli  My girl came back and she completely slated this song. This soulful, elegantly produced pop/R&B ballad really tells the truth and relatable. Fused with lyrical wittiness and amazing instrumental, this is an aural masterpiece.

#9. I Bet by Ciara  Another strong comeback from one of my favorite artists. Showcasing an honest and open side of Ciara, it’s a new heartbreak anthem. Smooth and triumphant, Ciara released one of her best songs to date.

#8. Just Getting Started by Hawk Nelson  This fun hand clapping sing along song is so catchy. Lyrically, it’s about no limit in which what we can accomplish. It’s a theme anybody can use and be inspired by.

#7. Can’t Deny My Love by Brandon Flowers Amazing pop tune! It’s very unique and Flowers sounds amazing in it. It’s bold and one of the best songs Flowers has written and released.

#6. Gibberish by MAX feat. Hoodie Allen  With witty lyrics and smart production, MAX and Hoodie Allen released a wicked song. The distortion of the word ‘gibberish’ really makes the song sound very fresh and should’ve been a hit.

#5. I’m A Ruin by Marina and the Diamonds  My favorite song from Froot. Marina’s songwriting and vocals are absolutely in a league of their own. The chorus flows with energy and lovelorn, it’s sad and guilty showcasing how real Marina is.

#4. Bleeding Out by Wynter Gordon  A heartfelt pop ballad about love and loss sing by Wynter’s haunting vocals. Really touches your heart and makes you shed a tear. Saddest heartbreak song of 2015. Adele take notes.

#3. Confetti by Hilary Duff  So summery and glittery, it’s a fun dance pop song. The sample of Belinda Carlisle’s Heaven Is A Place On Earth really fits and makes the song special.

#2. Better When I’m Dancing by Meghan Trainor  A very breezy summery song that gets you in a dancing mood. So catchy, Meghan really made a surprising track that’s harmless and just pure fun.

#1. Black and White by Kylie Minogue So unconventional, it’s bizarre pop collaboration with Shaggy that is amazing. With a banging chorus and great chemistry, this song is addicting, bold and a bit strange, but it’s one of the best pop experiments of 2015.

What songs were your favorite? Comment below

Top 5 Favorite Movies of 2015

It’s also been a great year for movies. I very much enjoyed laughing, getting exciting and crying at these movies. These 5 movies were some of the best and favorite of mine.

#5. The DUFF

When it comes to teen movies, they’re usually bad, but this one was actually funny, relatable, quotable and amusing. Mae Whitman is so charming and gave a fantastic performance. I’ll be watching this movie years from now.

#4. Mad Max: Fury Road Remarkable film! Charlize Theron and Tom Hardy give wonderful performances. With thrilling action and eruption of craziness, this post-apocalyptic franchise is brought back to life flawlessly.

#3. Pitch Perfect 2  A comedy musical having a sequel and it’s actually great?! I was bit skeptical myself cause I absolutely love the first film, but this one gladly surprised me. Has a solid amount of humor, drama and musical numbers that entertain you. Aca-awesome!

#2. The Peanuts Movie  Beautifully animated film that respects Charles Schulz iconic work. Full of spirit, warmth and charm, this film is suitable for the whole family and keep them entertained. It’s a film that shows us the importance of being kind and noble, all embodied in Charlie Brown.

#1. Inside Out  Pixar really hit it out of the park with this film. So inventive, gorgeously animated and emotionally moving. Defying the conventions of family movies, this film changes the way people think about the way people think. I watched this film about 30 times already and I cry every time. Best film of the year!

What movies did you enjoy watching this year? Comment below