A Playlist to Be Your Badass Self

Earlier in November, I took a trip to visit my family. It was the first time I’d been to their home in…two years, maybe three, and I was pretty nervous, especially since the last two visits back had been filled with PTSD shit. On the way there, I developed a kind of “Be Your Badass Self” playlist to help remind me of my courage and keep me grounded in who I am now rather than being dragged into who I was back then. Below, I share some of my favorites. What are the songs that would be on your “Be Your Badass Self” playlist?

  • Brave—Sara Bareilles
    Truly one of my favorites. I think I listened to this song about fifty times before my job interview and grad school interview.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QUQsqBqxoR4
  • Shake It Off—Taylor Swift
    A new one, and a bit of a silly one. But damn if it doesn’t have a good message…not to mention that it’s a great song to really shake to. At some point, I swear I’m going to figure out how to use this song for belly dancing.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfWlot6h_JM
  • Don’t Rain on my Parade—Glee
    Glee’s version of this song is one where I will say it was better than the original. This rendition gives me goosebumps every single time.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BLTYh2RM4pA
  • Unwritten—Natasha Beddingfield
    An older song that beautifully reminds me that it’s okay to make mistakes and be unsure of where I’m going sometimes. Being happy to be me and to be in the moment is enough.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b7k0a5hYnSI
  • Into the Blue—Kylie Minogue
    The chorus says it all: “When I got my back up against the wall/ Don’t need no one to rescue me.”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fL6FaI-wJxs
  • Let It Go—Frozen
    How could I have a playlist about being yourself without some Disney? Especially without the song from Frozen!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moSFlvxnbgk
  • Raise Your Glass—Pink
    The “be yourself” song when you’ve just had it and need to revel in the fact that people are freaked the hell out by who you are.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XjVNlG5cZyQ
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