What are you currently into right now? Have you read a really good book, binge-watched an exciting TV series, or visited a cool place?

Here are three things I’m currently loving.

NEW MICHELLE BRANCH SONG “I’M A MAN”

New Michelle Branch song "I'm A Man"
Photo credit: Michelle Branch Instagram

Have you heard Michelle Branch’s new song “I’m A Man”? I love it! I think I’ve listened to it a thousand times since she announced her new single. It’s the first song I listen to when I go on my morning walks.

I’ve been a Michelle Branch fan since my college days in the early 2000s. I remember driving down I-65 South in Nashville to my internship blasting her albums The Spirit Room (2001) and Hotel Paper (2003).

“I’m A Man” is a powerful song about women’s rights and very fitting for the current times.

In an Instagram video post, Michelle said she wrote “I’m A Man” about “the pressures of being a man in our society and how far we still have to go to make sure that women are equal.”

Michelle Branch’s official video for “I’m A Man”

The “Breathe” singer’s new album The Trouble with Fever drops September 16th, and I can’t wait!

Michelle’s tour also kicks off in Nashville next week. I checked to see if she’s coming to Detroit, but I didn’t see any dates for Michigan. Bummer! Maybe she’ll come to the Motor City or metro area later this year…I hope!

BINGE-WATCHING CANDAIAN SERIES HEARTLAND

Heartland (Photo credit: Heartland (cbc.ca))

I know this is going to sound super cheesy of me, but I’m obsessed with binge-watching the Canadian series Heartland! I don’t know if it’s because the country vibes remind me of my home state of Tennessee, but I can’t get enough of the show.

Heartland is Canada’s longest running one-hour drama. (Does that mean it beats Degrassi?) There are a total of 16 seasons! Season 16 premieres later this fall, but in the meantime, you can catch up and stream the show on Netflix. Seasons 1 – 14 are on Netflix.

It’s a wonderful show to watch with the family. Think Parenthood, but it takes place in a small, rural town in Alberta, Canada.

The footage of the scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. It’s the perfect show to watch when you need to take a break from the chaotic news cycle and the craziness going on right now in the world.

Not only do I want to live on a ranch now, but I also want to learn how to ride a horse and one day have one of my own!

P.S.– Don’t make the mistake I did and look through current Heartland social media posts or any articles online. I did this last week and got a heartbreaking spoiler. Ugh!

SUNRISE MEDITATION

This summer, I started making more mindful intentions to practice mindfulness in my everyday life– slow down and focus on my mental healthcare.

One thing I’m doing that has made a HUGE difference in my life is doing what I like to call a sunrise mediation.

I wake up early before everyone in my family and I make myself a pot of herbal tea. Then I take my tea with me outside and sit, sip, and practice mindful breathing.

Sometimes I listen to meditation music. Sometimes I just listen to the sounds of the birds tweeting and the neighborhood waking up and beginning the day.

I wish I would’ve started practicing sunrise meditation years ago!


Feature image photo credit: Michelle Branch’s Hotel Paper album cover (2003)

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Jennifer Hamra

Good Life Detroit is a lifestyle blog created by Jennifer Hamra. The blog covers a variety of topics centering around culture, family life, and mindful living.

An introvert, she enjoys living a simple life with her family and she strives hard to practice mindful living.

In no particular order, Jennifer enjoys street photography, journaling, yoga, reading, gardening, thrifting, and collecting tattoos. You can find her at an art gallery, community event, farmers market, or enjoying some quiet time at home with a good book and cup of tea.

Jennifer lives in metro Detroit with her husband Travis and their six children.

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