I started this blog back in 2011. My girls were five and seven years old at the time. This alone totally blows my mind but I won't go down that road today. I looked back to see if I could find what they had on their wish lists that year but I guess I didn't write it down or save it; something my mother-in-law always tells me to do and now I know why. I vaguely remember Grace, my youngest, asking for a ladybug and a rainbow, the real thing in both cases. That was a tricky year. In 2014, I crafted my first RWM Holiday Gift Guide and that is also when I started making a note of what the girls' were asking for. If I'm being honest, I would often incorporate their choices into this annual post as it usually made for great content. Yes, I'm shameless. Some of the more interesting items through the years included a spy kit, a magic eight ball (damn, those things are timeless), a reaching stick (yes, the one from the top shelf of CVS), a book of fairy spells (but, a real one with real spells that really work), a magicians outfit and set of tricks; the girls were quite crafty and creative back then. This year they are fourteen and seventeen years old. Grace wants to dye her hair and Rosie wants clothes and shoes. And obviously I'm supposed to know what specific clothes and shoes she wants. Anyone out there with teenage daughters, feel free to chime in here. I do love the holiday season, though. I say it every year, but it's hard not to get a little giddy when December rolls around and people seem to take a deep dive into the holiday spirit of their choice. Even with all the stress and chaos of the season I find that happiness and good moods prevail. Who doesn't love that? So, gift giving. Whether you're on the hunt for family and friends or making your own list, below is a group of items that I think are worth a second look. Because, in my humble opinion, they're awesome. And I've tested, and in most cases own, all of them so you can trust me on this. As I do every year, I tried to mix it up and add something for everyone. Hopefully I have succeeded and there is something below that catches your eye. They are all great gifts but I confess that I do truly love everything on this list so I am a bit biased. Check them out for yourself. Then take a second to enter the 7th Annual RWM WINTER GIVEAWAY both here and over at RWM on Instagram. And, most importantly, have yourself a merry little whatever it is you celebrate!
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"I got into music at a super early age. It’s always been something I was drawn to in so many aspects. It started with a love for singing, but it’s turned into so much more, such as performing, writing, music theory, playing, etc. When I was about 13.... I began writing music with Shannon McAuthor, a songwriter based in Nashville, and this is where my love for songwriting began. I’ve only been growing since but I am so thankful I had such a grounding start to my journey."
She recently moved out to California to focus solely on her music career. And she is currently on a fall tour as the opening act for Indie Pop band, Transviolet. Just....really?? She's freaking doing it. Making it happen. I am so thrilled for her. And so excited to follow along as she builds what I am sure will be an insanely successful career as a musician. Without further ado, let's meet Lorelei Marcell, a RUNNER WHO ROCKS.
Name: Lorelei Marcell
Where you're from: Lexington, MA
Where you reside now: Los Angeles - West Hollywood
Age: 18 (about to be 19!)
What do you love most about running?
Running. Ah. Besides my music and my art, it is one of the things I am most passionate about and one of the things I feel most connected to. It makes me feel alive and it is always there for me (as cheesy as that sounds.) It’s something you can do for 5 minutes or 3 hours, and it still leaves you feeling better than you did before. It gives me a chance to connect with mind and my body and separate myself from life for a bit. I find that I bond with runners in a similar way to how I bond with musicians. We understand the struggles that follow, we understand the reward that follows, and lastly we can understand the beauty in watching yourself become better.
What do you love most about music?
I love music for so many reasons. It’s my friend, my partner, my annoying sister, you get the point. But the most important thing about it is it’s always there in times of discomfort, or grief. When I feel alone, it is the first thing I turn to ALWAYS. Music is also so versatile, and it’s everywhere. Everyone loves music. Some more than others, but everyone can connect to it in some way or another even if you don’t really understand it, which I think is very powerful. I also love music because no idea is a bad idea. That’s something I’ve spent a long time learning as an artist! I used to get so wrapped up in thinking I had to fit a mold, but that is far from the truth. Overall, music makes me feel free and loved. Both reasons why running and music are truly the perfect pair.
Band (current, all time or both):
All time: Hozier
Current: Marc E. Bassy
Album (current, all time or both):
All time: Case study 01 by Danile Caesar
Current: Deadpan Love by Cautious Clay
Race venue: Probably Hayward Field. I’ve never run/been there, however after watching the Olympic track trials on tv I’m hooked. I have some friends who got to run there this past year as well, so that was super cool.
Music venue: House of Blues, Boston. On the tour I’m currently on, however, probably the Constellation Room in Santa Ana. But the House of Blues is my dream place to perform!
Race distance: 5k
Show you've seen live: Hozier, Gary Clark Junior, Transviolet, Macklemore, Post Malone, Kelly Clarkson, Jacob Collier, Tod Rundgren
Ice cream flavor: Coco Joel from Rancatores!
Coffee or tea? Coffee 100%
Summer or winter? Fall. (But if I had to chose, summer)
Which band or artist (wait...but no longer alive or playing together) would you go see tonight if you could? The Beatles or the Mamas and the Papas
Which band or artist would you like to have dinner with tonight if you could? Hozier - I’d love to talk about how he writes and forms lyrics.
Which band or artist would you like to be playing alongside you during your next race (or long run)? The band Arizona. I absolutely love their music for long runs!
1. Same as - Marc E. Bassy, Mozzy
2. Freaking out - Arizona
3. Drove you away - Fly by Midnight
4. Door - Caroline Polachek
5. Jeremiah - Brockhampton
1. Angel baby - Troye Sivan
2. Decade of hits (Matt Nathanson)
3. Simple times - Kacey Musgraves
4. If this was a movie - Kacey Musgraves
5. Pamela - Live, TOTO