The End Of A Long Day: Instrumental Music Playlist

Imagine coming home after a long day. You feel tired and spent. But it’s ok, you got the whole night to yourself, and it’s your favorite time of the day anyway. You go to your most beloved part of the house – the balcony – to listen to the sounds of the night. The town is slowly falling asleep, becoming quieter and quieter. Now you can hear cicadas, birds, and even the sound of wind grazing the trees outside of your townhouse.

It is time to reflect on the day you’ve had. Your mind drifts away, recalling all the people you’ve met and all the things you did today. Now that you’re home, safe and sound, everything that happened today seems so far away. You’re home; it’s time to rest.

Instrumental Music Playlist. The End Of A Long Day.

The visuals are from the game Elder Scrolls Online (ESO). It is player housing in Solitude, the Proudspire Manor, that is also well-known to anyone who has ever played Skyrim. Hope you enjoy the music, ambient sounds, setting, and character design!

If you want to learn more about the game, check out my Twitch account. I stream ESO content at least 3 times a week:

All music came from Epidemic Sound. If you need royalty-free music for your projects, videos, or live streams, check out Epidemic Sound .

Pets And Plants: Why Taking Care of Others Makes You A Healthier Person

Taking care of physical and mental health seems like a lot right now. We’re all scared, be it of getting sick or being broke. And yet I still think that we are better off having something or someone to take care of.

Taking care of something or someone else is a luxury – it requires time, money, mental health resources and ability to focus on someone else’s needs. But you also appreciate it so much more now that you’ve invested all this effort into it. A plant that you’ve had for 2 years is not just a piece of greenery in your house. It’s now a living and breathing part of your family that has needs, whims, and memories associated with it.

Also, a lot of us find it easier to act adult-like and feel responsible when someone depends on us, be it kids, spouse, pets, or plants. They help us cling to sanity when the world is as crazy as it is nowadays. That’s why so many people went out of their way to adopt a pet at the beginning of the pandemic.

And while being stuck with other humans inside a tiny apartment may sometimes cause more issues than pleasure, having company is still something to be grateful for.

On a personal note, I’m still struggling with keeping my plants alive over the long-term. There’s a beautiful tree that’s not doing too well right now in my living room due to who knows what reason. After all, it could be too much or too little water, not enough light, or just plain it could be the wintertime that’s getting it down (oh how I can relate to that!).

Cats, however, are warm and fuzzy all year-round. Cuddling with them is better part of my day no matter how amazing my day is. And while having pets certainly has its costs and certain inconveniences (like having a harder time moving and traveling), I still think that marrying the guy who had 2 cats was the best decision of my life. And of course, it helps that the adorable cats are not the only reason that makes me feel this way 😀

Overthinking How We Treat Content Creators

As I browse online spaces, it seems like many people seem to be utterly confused about what it means to be creative. Creativity, as well as art, gets divided into two categories – good and bad, worthwhile and a waste of time.

Honestly, it breaks my heart. So many creative people choose to stay inside a safe lane, showing less than they could have. If you’re not sure what I mean, let me give you an example.

A successful portrait artist may stay away from publishing pictures of herself because her online presence is typically all about her art and drawing techniques. Showing her face or, god forbid, her body will lose her followers and gain her a dozen of comments like “I subscribed for your art, not for the bod”.

I didn’t just come up with that story. This is exactly what happened to a fashion illustrator Victoria Kagalovska when she posted a more revealing than usual picture of herself in her Instagram stories. There were hundreds of unfollows.

Before I talk about this case in-depth, let’s take into assumption that no one ever owes anyone a follow on social media. Also, likes and follows on Instagram are not just vanity-driven. These numbers translate into income, a sense of fulfillment, and exposure to new opportunities. This blog is also not about featuring one’s body or not; rather, it’s about accepting that there’s a living human on the other side of the screen, the mastermind that has birthed the works of art that people enjoy (or used to enjoy) so much.

In my opinion, we are now living in an era when there’s a ton of free content available to you at the snap of your fingers. Do you want a free drawing tutorial? You got it, just find a video on Youtube or IGTV. Do you want to ask an artist you’ve been following for years a question about their unique technique? You can now slide into their DMs or ask them in the comments. No problem, easy-peasy. After all, artists want people to know their work and follow them, right? So they’ll do whatever it takes for their audience.

The problem is, the audience… is not exactly loyal anymore. Of course, there are still people who are so fond of their favorite content creators, they’ll follow you across various platforms, and they’ll be your loudest cheerleaders months and years down the line. However, not everyone by far is lucky to have that kind of fans.

Many followers view content creators as a function, for the lack of a better word. It’s fine and it’s understandable, to a degree. After all, you don’t really know this person anyway, right? You’re not attached to them in any way, you just consume their content. And if you see something you don’t like, you can always unsubscribe. Chances are, you’ll find many new content creators that you’ll vibe better with.

And while the paragraph above is factually correct, it is just so… consumerist. You consume artists’ work, you use their content for inspiration and ideas, and the second you don’t like something, you walk out on them. Possibly, after dropping a spiteful “Unsubscribed” message to show how disappointed you really are.

To me, it seems like it’s all take and no give. Instead, there should be a balance or at least something that resembles it. In the ideal world, followers on social media are meant to engage with the content they subscribe to see (i.e. likes, comments, shares, etc). In the perfect world, followers realize that they’re communicating with another human being who gets happy or hurt just like they do. And while I solemnly believe that we’re all responsible for our own reactions and emotions, I still see no good reason for people to openly provoke others by writing mean things online.

And if the content creator decides to come out of their shell just a bit more and show off their personality in a different light, I feel like their audience should be a little more understanding. People should remember that you’re dealing with a person, and a human cannot be simplified down to one function, one type of art, one tiny tight niche. We’re all more complex than that. We have multiple facets: hobbies, music preferences, type of humor, and even alter-egos. A content creator doesn’t owe you to be what you imagined them to be. Just like you don’t owe anything to them, really.

But we don’t live in the perfect world. Internet trolls drop their loads in people’s social media profiles, haters hate, and consumers consume. Gratitude is rare but priceless, and it’s always heartwarming.

Content creators work hard doing what they do. And just like everyone else, they are looking for appreciation, attention, and kindness in return for their work. Money’s also a great perk, but that’s a different topic entirely.

My point is, please remember that content creators are humans. Again, I’m not asking for devotion or following for life, but please don’t treat them like a vending machine either.

And just because you don’t consider selfies worthy of a serious artist (whatever that may mean), they don’t need to evoke a spiteful public response. Just because you hate reading a 500-word essay on the origins of the recipe you’re about to use, doesn’t mean that all food bloggers should stop doing what they’re doing (and what seems to be working well from the SEO standpoint since you have, in fact, found them through a search engine).

All I’m asking for is some slack. If you see a fashion blogger who inspires you to recreate their outfits, let yourself accept the fact that someone will want to advertise products with them. A painter may come out with a line of brushes under their own brand, and even use them regularly in their paintings and how-to videos. And if you have subscribed to an all-around creative person, don’t be turned off when they decide to explore a totally new field. Give the content creator a chance. If you really like their art and trust their judgment, you might actually get exposed to something different and wonderful.

gloomy forest color inspiration

Color Inspiration: Moods of the forest

I’ve loved a good hiking trip for as long as I can remember. My favorite way to hike is in a mountain forest. Some areas are dark and some are full of light, some are gloomy and mysterious, and some are bright and vivid. Sometimes I’m lucky to come across a river or a fast stream that formed overnight cause of rain. And sometimes I get even luckier and get to enjoy the ambient or violent sounds of rain hitting the leaves and the branches.

Although I’ve hiked in quite a few different places on Earth – to list some of them, tropical rainforest of El Yunque, snowy Bulgarian mountains, and dunes of Cape Cod, each trip has gifted me with a special feeling of freedom. My heart was racing from the track, my brain was full of breathtaking mental pictures, and my feet were buzzing from the walking up and down all day. Despite being physically exhausted, I felt like everything was possible. Like the whole world was at my feet – in both literal and figurative meaning.

So here are some beautiful images of forests. None are alike; they all have their unique character. Some are full of life and movement, some are still and silent. Now that we’re living through the epidemic, we start to understand the special value that the wild nature really has, and that it can’t be overshadowed by the fanciest country house or the most well-taken care backyard.

There is so much beauty in the wilderness of the forest. There is so much mystery, so much that is uncovered. There is always a room to go deeper, to look closer, to observe more. There is a way to pay attention to the smaller details or to perceive the bigger picture. So many ways to feel the essence with your soul.

Sometimes we get lucky to experience it just a little, to feel its immense power just a little bit. I’m so grateful that I live right next to the beautiful Beach Forest of Cape Cod, Provincetown, and that I get to hike and enjoy the outside world even in times like this without endangering myself or those around me.

I feel like a “Women Who Run with the Wolves” metaphor is overdue here, but I’ve prepared none. I simply hope that I’ve inspired you to step outside (as long as it’s safe for you to do so) and appreciate the gift of nature that Mother Earth has given us.

With love,

Kseniya.

Music Inspiration: Work From Home

I love deep house. I love how it takes me places without being too invasive and how it makes me flow and feel grounded at the same time.

So here’s another playlist that I’ve created. It’s lighthearted and it’s fun. You can work or study to it. You can also dance or get ready for yet another Saturday night in. The world is your oyster!

Work from home playlist by Creative Overthinker. Tracklist is in the video description on Youtube.

Personally, I love writing first drafts to this kind of music. For me, it’s an equivalent of drinking a hot strong cup of coffee. Deep house tracks of this playlist keep me going and don’t allow me to break up a writing session because of its “thick” composition.

Yeah, music has “thickness” and “thinness” to it in the way I perceive. Please don’t quote this sentiment to anyone who earned a music-related diploma, I won’t handle the ridicule))

Back in my college years, I used to listen to Lady Gaga’s “Marry The Night” song on repeat for the same exact reason. The outro of that song is pure perfection. It forces you to pump out anything that needs to be pumped out (oh gosh, what do I mean by that). It takes you out of a hole of overthinking (and any thinking, really) and pushes you to just get it out and done.

I’ve used this song countless times when I needed to just get the first draft finished, no matter the grammar, punctuation or coherence. That’s how my core ideas would surface, and this is how I don’t get stopped by minor obstacles such as “this word doesn’t exist” and “I don’t think anyone will get this reference”. If you’re a write a lot, you know exactly what I mean.

Now, my mix is far less intense that the part of the “Marry The Night” video that I’ve tagged for you, but it’s also longer, so you’re geared for a nice 45-minute session.

Get done whatever you need to get done. Work from home better and faster than you do at the office. Listen to kick-ass music and enjoy your day!

Another Late Night Cover Art

Music Inspiration: “Another Late Night” Instrumental Playlist

Sometimes I still can’t wrap my mind around how magical music is.

Music makes us feel a full specter of emotions. It changes mood in an instant, and you can use that power to your advantage.

When I was in college, I used to seek out random playlists on Youtube to learn about new bands and new genres. I had the greatest time listening to random bands, signers, and musicians. I don’t think anything contributed to me becoming the person I am today as much as that experience.

I also loved listening to ambient music playlists for studying and work. It helps me concentrate on my work better and creates a pleasant cocoon of background sound. Instrumental music allows my thoughts flow without obstruction while also creating a rhythm that keeps me on track without getting destructed.

Now I make this kind of playlists myself. Here is the latest one that I’ve created:

I’m a huge fan of staying up late. I do it to have “me” time when my husband is asleep and my cats are busy playing with each other (right around 3am). I like how quiet and dark it gets when computer screen with the night mode on is the only source of light.

I’m currently posting one video per week on Sundays. Follow me on Youtube to listen to the playlists!