Hi! I'm Becca, a creative of all trades, hoping to utilize Vocal to brush up on my creative writing skills. Thanks for reading!
Dear Rebecca: One Day at a Time
Dear Rebecca, my dearest self, I see how you've arrived in 2021. You're exhausted and overwhelmed. You've made it through your most challenging year yet, and you're scared and uncertain of what this year will bring. You have found yourself tempted to dust off the same old goals you make every year and hang them on your pristine, blank calendar: finally lose those extra pounds, start that website, drink more water, maybe actually focus on yourself for once...Every year, you focus on how you want to "better" yourself and "do more."
My (Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad) Year in (Amazing, Wonderful, Really Good and Not At All Bad) Music
At the end of every December, Spotify comes out with a fun "Year in Review" curated playlist for each member based on the songs they streamed the most. I'm sure many, if not most, of you have seen people (myself included) sharing their results across Instagram and displaying their niche genres and superfan badges with pride (I'm in the top 0.01% of Charli XCX's listeners. Beat that!).
The Best List of Gift Ideas for the Artist in Your Life
Most gift guides meant for artists are unambitious at best. They are painfully and obviously authored by non-artists who are under the well-intentioned but incorrect impression that a cheeky reference to Mona Lisa's smile or a tapestry/mug/anything of Starry Night is the pinnacle of an art-themed gift. If the artist in your life is anything like me, they're probably hyper-specific and super-picky about the type of supplies they use - the type or brand of acrylic paint that has a specific drying time, or the correct brush cleaner for their oils, or they're a three dimensional artist (where the heck do you even buy clay?) - and a gift card just lacks the sparkle if you want to make it special.
The End of Mindless Gifting
Every year for Christmas, my mother asks for nothing. And every year, my siblings and I have failed her. To be fair, she specifically asks for no gifts for every birthday and holiday each year. I think that, in the past, my siblings and I fall into the mindset that many of us do around the holidays - for most of the year, we are busy trying to make things happen for ourselves. Sometimes it's hard to remember to show gratitude outside of the holiday season. My mother, like so many others, has sacrificed so much of her desires and life for the sake of her children. I will never understand that kind of sacrifice, and neither will my siblings, until we have children ourselves. So, in Christmases past, we have tried to show her our thanks by trying to find a meaningful gift for her.
Hindsight is 2020
I know this entire story is going to seem like I'm trying to convince you why I had it the hardest in 2020. I'm not. And I didn't.
Three Flexing Bicep Emojis
Making Spotify playlists is an absurd, minor passion of mine. I have a playlist for every season, every mood, "best of" compilations of my favorite artists, as well as various activities such as painting, getting ready in the morning, hooking up, and of course, working out.
I'm So Grateful for My Ex Job
I discovered my holy grail skincare product - The One, my ride or die, my deserted island product - approximately four years ago. I was working at a well-known beauty retail store at the time as a part-time assistant manager. I mostly did behind the scenes work, such as unloading truck shipments or changing marketing at ungodly hours in the morning before opening hours. Being a manager in a beauty store has its perks - including many, many pieces of gratis gifted to me that I wouldn't have been able to afford even with my employee discount. However, this isn't an expensive cream or foundation. My holy grail skincare product wasn't even for sale at this retailer. And it still isn't. And it probably never will be. But because I was a manager at this store, it led me to discover that I needed this product in my life and it changed the quality and feel of my skin almost immediately. There is no going back.