As cliché as it sounds, the beginning of a new year always challenges me to reassess my goals and aspirations. I'm excited to take this year as another opportunity to grow and better myself in small and big ways. Music is one of my favorite ways to motivate myself on a daily basis, whether it's while I'm working, exercising or socializing. This installment of Musique du Mois is all about empowering yourself to be more assertive, something I personally want to work on day by day.
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Some of my favorite curated cuts on this playlist are "Feelings" by Hayley Kiyoko, "On The Regular" by Shamir and "I Got It" by Charli XCX—they all put me in a fearless mood to take on the day's challenges. Whether it's pushing through another set at the gym, not leaving a bar without introducing myself to a cute guy or extending my creative talents at work, being assertive is a characteristic that serves me well in a lot of situations. Finding the confidence though to fight for what you want in any given moment is not always easy, that's why I like stepping into a "I don't give a —" mindset sometimes. A handful of tracks on this compilation are full of sharp-edged beats with equally sharp-edged lyrics that will put you in the headspace to be as badass as you want to be.