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What We’re Listening To: July 2019 Picks

It’s July in New York and we’re wondering where the summer went. Also, how could we possibly be only 5 months away from 2020?! This year has truly flown by. When I’m not scheduling activities to make the most of the rest of the summer months, I’m finding solace through my air pods.

Here’s what I’m listening to:

City of GirlsThere’s nothing more enjoyable than a great coming-of-age story, and City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert is just that: an audiobook about girlhood, about the relationships between women, and also a nostalgic love letter to New York City. Like Vivian, I find comfort in knowing that none of us really know what we’re doing and that we all go through ups and downs and get a little lost along the way.



The Lion KingI don’t know about you, but I’ve been emotionally prepping myself for the premier of The Lion King movie by listening to the new soundtrack over and over again! (Petition to rename the movie Beyoncé Presents: The Lion King). Our queen of the jungle has stayed true to brand, delivering a regal, goosebump-triggering rendition of “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” alongside Donald Glover. The entire soundtrack is both comforting and brings me to tears at the same time. You’ll know where to find me on July 18th!

On PurposeWhen I’m in need of some soul searching, I’m most likely tuning into On Purpose with Jay Shetty. Jay is an award-winning storyteller, life coach, and monk dedicated to making “wisdom go viral.” The podcast is a series of interviews discussing positivity, passion, and purpose, and the episodes are full of valuable, actionable content that leaves me feeling motivated and rejuvenated. Seriously, I can listen to that man talk forever.


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