summertime

How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

“I’m just trying to live my best life” is something I started saying heavily before leaving for Hangout Fest. My friends and co-workers love it just as much as I do. It’s probably because some of our “best life” decisions are questionable. Either way summer is almost officially here, and the only life I want to live is my best one!

How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17 - The Palmetto Peaches

How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17

Be consciously selfish.

It’s okay to say no to things that don’t benefit or interest you. This doesn’t mean to ignore your loved ones to sip sangria at the pool– at least not everyday. If your family is as big as mine, your calendar is already 50% booked with events. Make sure to make time for the fun and/or productive things you want to do.

Wear the bathing suit.

I know first hand this is easier said than done, but I also know that self consciousness and the heat don’t mesh well together.

Unplug.

If you didn’t Snap about it, did it even happen? Yes. Yes it did. Nothing says summer like a good drink-in-the-air picture, but sometimes we forget to live in the moment. Not to mention that a break from the 24-hour news cycle is good for the soul. Being on your phone too much takes away from quality pool and/or nap time. (Please note that I love a good drink in a float picture just as much as the next person.) How to Live Your Best Life #AllSummer17 - The Palmetto Peaches

Don’t apologize for living the life you chose.

You’ve earned whatever you’re celebrating. What other people think of your idea of fun has nothing to do with you. Maybe your best life is washing your hair and reading a book–maybe it’s drinking wine out the bottle. If it makes you happy and isn’t harmful to yourself and others–DO IT. Worry about yourself fam.

Here are things I plan to check off my list to help live my best life this summer.

launch my summer arts camp.

This is the year I’m FINALLY beginning the journey of sprinkling art into the lives of Charleston’s youth. The 2-week camp launches in July, so stay tuned for more details!

Take a solo day trip.

A day to myself in a different city would be adventurous, even in a city I’ve visited before.

Attend (at least) 3 festivals

Hangout Fest is 1 out of the 3. Music Midtown is on my list, but I’d like to attend a food or culture related festival too.

How do you plan to live your best life this summer, and every other day of the year?

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Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist

Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist - The Palmetto Peaches - palmsinatl.comOfficially, Memorial Day is the federal holiday in which we remember the people who have died while serving in the country’s armed forces. Unofficially, it typically marks the start of the summer vacation season and the day of the cookout. Today your social media timelines will be full of people asking to “save them a plate”.

In honor of cookout season, I’ve put together a summertime flavor or cookout playlist, if you will.  Now there are a lot of super throwback songs on this because when I first started curating the playlist, I thought off all the songs an uncle (in a white tee and leather sandals) would jam to as he’s making his famous barbecue (Frankie Beverly and Maze, Earth, Wind and Fire), but then there’s some classic rap songs (hello, Summertime by the Fresh Prince) that have to be included. And then personally, I love to dance, so I had to throw in a few dance jams.

I hope you all enjoy your day off and enjoy the flavor of the playlist. There are a few songs that Spotify didn’t have that are linked below.

Summertime Flavor: Cookout Playlist

  1. Lil Wayne – Mrs. Officer
  2. The Notorious B.I.G. – Going Back to Cali (Viceroy “Jet Life” Remix)
  3. Jennifer Lopez feat Fabolous – Get Right
  4. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
  5. Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly – Before I Let Go
  6. Tupac Ft. Shock G & Money B – I Get Around
  7. Kanye West Ft. T-Pain – Good Life
  8. Nelly – Hot In Herre
  9. Carl Carlton – She’s a Bad Mama Jama
  10. UGK – Int’l Players Anthem (I Choose You)
  11. Cameo – Candy
  12. Brick – Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody
  13. Lorde –  Royals (Magnifik Remix)
  14. Le Roux – Bulletproof
  15. Bob Marley – Stir it Up (STYTE DUBSTEP RMX)
  16. Kool & The Gang – Get Down On It
  17. Isley Brothers- For the Love of You Pt 1 and 2
  18. Earth, Wind and Fire – September
  19. Justin Timberlake – Let The Groove Get In

What songs will you spin at your cookout? Leave a comment below or tweet me at @donnicakelsey.

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