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The next mission for 2016:
Have a theme song

Make it your mission to find a song (or 2 or 3) that would be the opening or closing song to the movie about your life.
OK, so we are not all going to all have movies made about our lives (and I fear that mine would be a bit boring) but never mind – you still need a theme song.
Your theme song is the music that inspires you, or makes you cry (in a good way), smile or jump with joy.  It shouts out “THIS IS ME!”

Researchers at McGill University in Canada showed through brain scans while participants were listening to music that people release dopamine (a feel good chemical) when they listen to music and even when they anticipate listening to music.
That is good enough for me but we don’t need research to know that music makes you feel good and it is often a tool to help you express yourself with words and emotions that you may not easily express on your own.

I gave my kids their theme song before starting the new school year:
Brave by Sara Bareilles because I want them to know that they can speak out and let others know how they are feeling and importantly not let anyone walk all over them (the issue that every nice, kind, people-pleasing person has)

“Say what you wanna say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave

With what you want to say
And let the words fall out
Honestly I wanna see you be brave”


Find your own song and (with apologies to your neighbours) play it out loudly again and again as many times as you need to until you find that you need a new song.
And then play that song again!