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Since I was out of town last week and didn’t get a chance to post, I wanted to make this week’s Music Monday a double feature. I’m dedicating it to a singer who inspires me in many of her songs: Sara Bareilles.

[spotify https://play.spotify.com/track/6Uy6K3KdmUdAfelUp0SeXn]

“Brave” was arguably a little overplayed this year, but I still sing along every time. Speaking up for myself has always been a little tough for me, and I love how bravery is boiled down to something that seems so simple, but often feels so tough. It doesn’t hurt that this song also has a great beat that makes me want to dance around.

[spotify https://play.spotify.com/track/3VA8T3rNy5V24AXxNK5u9E]

“King of Anything” is another one that always helps me to feel more empowered. A few years ago, I actually had an angsty teenager moment with this one, after my mom got mad at me for getting a tattoo on my wrist. Definitely felt more “adult” when I would sing along, “Who cares if you disagree? You are not me.” (Sorry, Mom!) But as someone who tends to put way too much importance on what others think about what I do (and is constantly asking for advice before I take any sort of action), this song has been a great perspective-changer for me.

What songs have helped change your life, or gotten you through a tough time? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!