Music Monday! NEW Drake, Pitbull, Dr. Dre, and Tough Love

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Happy Monday!

This week’s Music Monday features a few new songs that I am totally in LOVE with!

Of course, after the Meek Mill vs. Drake debacle, it was only right to include Drake’s new single, which I am sure is going to be a hit.

Let’s get started!

Drake – “Hotline Bling”

I am so in love with this track! I went to visit my family this past weekend and my little sister introduced me to this song. I have been playing it on repeat since then. I really think that women are going to make this song a hit. It appeals more to women with it’s clever lyrics and simple flow. Even Lorde agrees! Forget about the beef with Meek Mill, you NEED to listen to this track. It is now available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, and Soundcloud.

Pitbull – “Piensas” ft. Gente de Zona

If you have attended one of my Zumba classes before, you know I am OBSESSED with Pitbull. I have been a Pitbull fan since the tender age of 14 when Pitbull released his debut album M.I.A.M.I., lead single being “Culo” . It was the soundtrack choice of quinces and parties for the next few years. If you remember this was before Pitbull put on a suit and became the AMAZING artist and business man he is today. Piensas, the second single released November of last year from Pitbull’s album Dale, is a smooth reggaeton mixed with salsa beats from Gente de Zona. A Spanglish version of the song with Shaggy was released on July 24, 2015 on Spotify. Dale is now available on iTunes, Apple Music, and Spotify.

Dr. Dre – “Talk About It” ft. Justus & King Mez 

After a 14-year hiatus, Dr. Dre is back with a soundtrack for the biopic, Straight Outta Compton, based on the life and times of N.W.A. For a person of his success and status, I expected the album to be well thought out, but mediocre in overall delivery.The album is surprisingly good and it really elevates Dr. Dre as a producer and overall artist. My favorite song so far on the album is Talk About It, which features up-and-coming rapper King Mez and little-known Dallas rapper Justus. Dr. Dre is known for finding new talent and transforming them into legends. I love this song, because in simple terms, it goes HARD. Dr. Dre’s new album was released on Friday, August 7, 2015 and is available now on iTunes.

Tough Love – “Pony (Jump On It)” ft. Ginuwine

With Tough Love’s rendition on Ginuwine’s Pony, it is clear that the late 90s/early 2000s are making a comeback! I don’t know about you, but I miss me some R&B. Tough Love mixes the original Pony with EDM elements to create a song that appeals to today’s generation without losing the “sexiness” of the original. I love this mix and will definitely be adding it to my workout playlist this week!  The single was released on Friday, August 7, 2015. You can find the song on iTunes and Apple Music.

These were my top picks for the week!

What new songs are you loving this week? Let me know in the comments below!

Stay in love,

Anali

#HugsShouldntHurt: My Relationship With Running and Falling in Love

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This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

One night after going out with my girlfriends and dancing, I met up with my ex boyfriend. When he came in for a hug, the pressure of the hug pushed into my chest and caused the worst pain I had ever felt. When I told him about this, he told me it was because I had gained weight and that only “girls with something wrong” get that kind of pain.

What? haha

Soon after that, I started running. I felt ugly and unfixable. I really thought there was something wrong with me. After my period came and went, the pain went away. I was convinced that the running I was doing was the cure to my breast discomfort.

I became a runner in a matter of months and I loved it. My ex ended up breaking up with me because he fell for his class project partner and told me, “She likes to work out and is super fit. And that is something I really want in a girlfriend.” Cool. Continue reading

My Journey to Loving My Body: Day 5

It has been 5 days since I started the journey to loving my body.

It hasn’t been too difficult. Portion control and cutting out beer and extra bread.

It was a little difficult yesterday, since my mom was in town and decided to take me to P.F. Chang’s for lunch. I ordered the lunch portion of a chicken plate and only ate half of it. I had to ask for a to-go box right away because if it would have sat there in front of me any longer I would have ate it. I was full and that is why I stopped eating, but growing up Latina my parents always told me to “finish everything on my plate” or not I would get in trouble. Growing up that way, it has always been hard to control my eating. I over-indulge out of habit.

But, lately it’s been getting easier to ignore the voice in the back of my head telling me to eat everything on my plate. Baby steps. At least that is what I keep telling myself. Continue reading

My Zumba Journey

My Zumba Journey began in January 2012.

Just fresh out of my latest breakup, I found that working out made me feel better. I started running again and began weight lifting in an effort to lost weight, tone up, and potentially catch the eye of my ex again. I stumbled upon a Zumba class on accident when I was at the university gym one day.

In high school, I took Salsa classes at a local gym and also started attending a “dance fitness: Rumba” class. Looking back on it now, I realize it was basically a Zumba class without the name or the structure. I also took the high school curriculum dance class because I wanted to be on the dance team more than anything. I tried out for the dance company every year and didn’t make it even though  I knew that I danced better than some of the girls that did. I am not cocky about a lot of things, but I KNOW I am a great dancer.

Once I discovered Zumba, I was hooked. Not only did I feel better because I was working out, but I felt sexier. It gave me the confidence boost I needed to get over my ex and realize that it really wasn’t me that was the problem. Continue reading

Twitter Tuesday: Twitter Responds to Jay-Z vs. Solange

In case you missed it (which I doubt because this has been the IT story on social media other than the #BringBackOurGirls campaign).

TMZ leaked security footage of what is supposedly a Solange (Beyonce’s sister) and Jay-Z having an argument in the elevator. Solange goes ahead to slap and kick Jay-Z.

There hasn’t been a public statement made from either party and no one is really sure if it actually happened. And if it did happen what was the reason behind all the rage?

Here is the TMZ video again for all of those who have yet to see it.

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Valentine’s Day Post: Drunk in Love

Valentine’s Day. That day of the year when most of the women in relationships set really high expectations, only to be disappointed. That day of the year that all the single women post about how amazing it is to be single and secretly envy all those in relationships.

Two years ago I was that single woman. I pretended I hated the holiday. I went to eat wings (MY ABSOLUTE FAVORITE) and beer with my single friends. We laughed and talked about how stupid educated women are for getting into long term relationships at our age. We kept saying, “You don’t NEED a man to make you happy.” But, I went home that night and cried myself to sleep thinking, “But, it would be nice to have one.” Continue reading

I’m A Grown Woman

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“I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want
I’m a grown woman
I can do whatever I want

I can be bad if I want
I can do wrong if I want
I can live fast if I want
I can go slow all night long…”

Grown Woman(click for video)

All my life, or ever since I can remember, I have done what my parents told me to do. I rebelled  a little between the ages of 14 to 16, but nothing too major or out of this world. I was taught that in order to be PERFECT, I had to be perfect at everything. That included being the perfect daughter.

When I finally graduated from college and started my journey in the real world, my boyfriend pointed out how I still seek my parents’ approval for everything I do. He was right. Anything I bought, my 401K, my apartment, my job, etc. all had to be approved by my parents before I went on with it. It seemed really silly to my boyfriend and even to my coworkers that I basically couldn’t make a decision without them. Continue reading