My Favorite Throwbacks: Part 1

There’s nothing like pure nostalgia. It reminds you of the good ole days when you had little to no responsibilities. You felt like you had all the time in the world.

Life was easier when there wasn’t a goddamn pandemic.

Last Saturday afternoon, I pulled out my exercise step, threw on a long t-shirt and a pair of old shorts from 2008, and listened to my favorite throwbacks while doing some much-needed step aerobics.

I couldn’t help but smile. I wasn’t thinking about my anxiety nor my frustration with a family member. I was enjoying a 60-minute party.

If you’re experiencing feelings of loneliness and anxiety during quarantine, I highly recommend listening to your favorite throwback songs. It can motivate you in more ways than one.

For more resources on the positive influences nostalgia can bring to your self care routine, check out this Shine article.

Need some throwback motivation?

Check out my Saturday Playlist!

  1. You Know You Like It – AlunaGeorge
  2. To U – Skrillex & Diplo ft. AlunaGeorge
  3. Beats Steady Knockin – Skrillex & Diplo ft. Fly Boi Keno
  4. Jungle Bae – Skrillex & Diplo ft. Bunji Garlin
  5. Express Yourself – Diplo ft. Nicky Da B
  6. Calabria – Enur ft. Natasja and MIMS
  7. Tambourine – Eve
  8. 1991 – Azealia Banks
  9. Body Pump – Aluna
  10. Luxury – Azealia Banks
  11. Hey Baby (Jump Off) – Bow Wow & Omarion
  12. Together – Kaytranada ft. AlunaGeorge and GoldLink
  13. I’m in Control – AlunaGeorge ft. Popcaan


What’s your favorite throwback song?  What are you listening to in quarantine? Comment below or tweet me your favorite throwback song @belladour on Twitter.



How to Stay Productive During COVID

We’re all processing the coronavirus. Everyday, news stations are reporting on both the rising number of COVID-19 cases and the death toll. We’ve all had plans delayed amid the pandemic. However, we can still be productive.

Think about hobbies or passions you want to spend more time on. Think about the things you’ve been pushing back for days, weeks or months. In a world where it seems like there’s not enough time to accomplish everything we want, it now feels like we have nothing but time.

Here are some ways I am using my time and some ways you can use yours.

Health in Her Hue by Jovonni R. Spinner

Create a Vision Board

As a creative dreamer, I always fantasize about different stories I want to tell via blogs, films and television series. Since I wrote down my desires, I found pictures that mirrored my short-term and long-term goals including travel, screenwriting and my cultural influences.

If you are still figuring out what you want for yourself, write down what comes to mind. Find pictures in magazines or search Google Images. You can purchase a poster board at your local Walmart or Target store. You can also purchase it for $1 at Dollar Tree. If you have an empty box laying around, cut a piece off and use it.

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The Song That Motivates Me

Last night, I was driving down I-285 West from my commercial real estate course with my SoundCloud playlist on shuffle. After pressing the Forward button on my Honda CR-V sound system, Upgrade by Logic filled my car. Interestingly enough, it reminded me of several phases in my life.

It took me back to January 2016. I was sitting at my desk in my Winston Salem apartment during midnight listening to Logic’s entire The Incredible True Story album. I had written a 9-page poem about family pathologies, how it forms and how it affects current generations.

I listened to Upgrade as a self-affirmation. The song motivated me throughout my Spring semester of graduate school. It highlighted Logic’s rising success monetarily and his new, heightened perspective on his own life.

I’ve upgraded while they’ve waited
Will they love it, will they hate it
Never fade it I evade it
Cause I never really want to complicate it


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