Sylvan Points at Stuff: Favorite YouTube Channels

Been a while since I pointed at anything, so let’s have some videos!  

I am a woman of odd enthusiasms, as are, I imagine, many of my readers.  Looking at the channels I subscribe to on YouTube or the Instagrams I follow would be pretty instructive to those trying to figure me out – just, um, don’t read too much into my Tumblr, I’m really not *that* into gay porn.

I think the entire internet just gave me this face:

While Instagram for me is mostly pretty things and food, however, I actually use my YouTube for some practical purposes, including getting the hell to sleep.  I follow a number of meditation music channels and ASMR-related channels to help my anxiety and help me sleep, so they make up a significant chunk of what you’d see on my feed.  I also have several art-related folk I follow, particularly devoted to art journaling and the like, and remarkably few planner-related bloggers, although I used to follow a bunch. A lot of planner-related channels pay way more attention to things like dieting than I really want to hear about, not to mention some of the ones I used to really enjoy have stopped updating (the eternal YouTube struggle).

Here then are some of my favorite YouTube channels, in no particular order.  I’m not listing some of the more obvious ones, like Maru – I wanted to point out YouTubers you might not have heard of.

ASMR Rooms

This channel is brilliant – the creator has built a variety of “rooms” that are basically soundscapes, combining nature sounds, ambient sounds, occasionally voices, and the background noise of a particular location.  In this example she’s captured the Ravenclaw Common Room at Hogwarts, but she’s done rooms from Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, The Hobbit, and others.  They’re all incredibly soothing and evocative.

Peaceful Cuisine

Another ASMR-ish sort of channel, this one combines lovely cooking noises with vegan recipes.  There are usually two versions of each recipe, one with music and one just with the cooking sounds so you can listen as you watch.  I’ve always found cooking sounds – like dicing, pouring, and stirring – really soothing, and the videos are beautifully shot.  The creator is Japanese and occasionally appears on camera but the emphasis is always on the food and the process of prep and cooking.

YellowBrick Cinema – Relaxing Music

A prolific channel for meditation and relaxation music.  They post at least once a day.  Some of their posts are classical music, some acoustic, some ambient, and they range from 15 minutes to 6 hours in length.  There are also videos meant to help soothe babies to sleep, and music for reiki and healing practices.

Vicky Papaioannou

Vicky is one of my favorite art/craft YouTubers, partly because of her wonderful Greek accent, partly because I enjoy the bright exuberance of her style, and partly because her cat Ginger makes periodic appearances walking around on her work table.  I’m not into making handmade cards, but I enjoy watching her try new techniques and show off new supplies, and her art journals are a totally different style from what I originally found online.  It’s obvious how much she loves doing what she does.  

Yoga With Adriene

Adriene is from right here in ATX, which was my impetus for clicking on her “beginners’ yoga” video when I was tooling around YouTube looking for videos to start playing with.  I loved her almost immediately – her teaching style is a good combination of woo-woo and pragmatic, asking students to meet themselves where they are and “find what feels good.”

She’s definitely not a plus-sized yogini, and there are a couple of weight loss videos on her channel, but she typically doesn’t bring up that sort of thing unless that’s the subject of the video.  Since that’s not what I’m there for, I just steer clear of those and stick with what inspires me.  She has videos that focus on all sorts of needs, from yoga for your back and shoulders, to yoga for swimmers or cyclists, yoga for migraines, anger management, yoga for those in wheelchairs, you name it.  There are also meditations and some videos that focus on getting deeper into a particular pose.

I also love her dog Benji.  You know you’re watching an Austin yoga video when the teacher’s dog is in it.

Molly Roberts: HerSpeak

A relative newcomer to my lineup, I happened across Molly when looking for meditations, and I don’t know if it’s her voice, her enthusiasm, or just her flat out adorableness, but I was hooked.  I’m planning to go back to the beginning of her channel and watch anything that sounds appealing.

Molly’s a Pagan YouTuber, and does videos on magick, ritual, and some of my favorite subjects:  BoS/Grimoirekeeping and altar building.  To be perfectly honest it had never occurred to me to look for BoS tours and altar show-and-tell the way I’ve watched planner-walkthrough videos, and how could I have been so blind?!?  Those were always some of my favorite aspects of the Craft, and if I had a remotely video-friendly bone in my body I’d do a walkthrough of my old, hand-drawn BoS just to show how much work and love went into it way back when.

Anyway, thanks to Molly I have a whole new YouTube rabbit hole to fall down, and I’m looking forward to it.  But in the meantime I just love listening to her talk (her voice is an ASMR trigger at times, which only makes it that much more awesome) and love her ideas.  Not to mention she combines magick with something else I love hearing about:  Bullet Journaling.

Incidentally, do you have any mystical or spiritual YouTubers you love?  Pretty much any tradition, as long as it’s non-conservative.  I’m a soul-slut, as you know.  What I’d really love to see are more Pagan planners, bullet journalers, or BoS-keepers.  Recommend away in comments, on Facebook, or Twitter.  

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Planner Friday: Music!

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I was totally at a loss for what kind of theme to do this week, and in fact I didn’t even get this one made until Monday, when it occurred to me I wasn’t done with Favorites Month.

This week, then, we have some of my favorite musical artists, both of-the-moment and perennially.

I included two playlists, because that’s how I roll:  One is part of my “right now” playlist on iTunes, and the other is a list of my favorite songs by all the artists featured in the spread.

I really love how this one came out – it’s kind of sticker-heavy, but luckily my handwriting is so tiny I never use up all the available space anyway.  I love how the Dymo-label-esque font makes the whole thing look like the inside of a teenager’s locker.  It reminds me of my early teens when the walls of my bedroom were papered with “pinups” from all those magazines like Teen Beat – remember those?  I spent long hours in my room surrounded by New Kids on the Block (don’t judge me!), Christian Slater, and of course scenes from my then-favorite movie, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.

I’m not sure where the music washi came from, but tapes like it are pretty easy to find.  The font, Impact Label, was free on dafont.com.  Click for a larger view.

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Put a Ring on It, Part 2: Sylvan’s Ultimate Self-Love (Or Die Trying) Playlist

Pretty much what it says on the tin:  My great big long playlist of songs that make me feel powerful, beautiful, joyful in my skin, or just glad to be who I am, even if only for 3 1/2 minutes.

What songs make you feel amazing about yourself and your life?  Let me know in comments – I’m always looking for more.

POSSIBLE TRIGGER WARNING:  Video #15, P!nk’s “Fuckin’ Perfect,” includes images of self-harm.

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Last Post of 2015! A Few More Favorites

This time of year is the perfect excuse to make favorites lists, isn’t it?  I can’t help it – it’s in the Blogger’s Code, Article 12.31, Year-End List Regulations.

My Favorite Songs in 2015

I have a playlist in iTunes where I toss new music or whatever songs I feel like listening to, especially while working at a coffee shop with my earbuds in.  Over time I take out what I’m tired of and add whatever’s new.  Some songs, however, stay in for long periods of time.  Here are the songs that have stayed in the Right Now Playlist the longest in 2015.

(Said songs aren’t all from 2015.  They run the gamut from brand new to old and dusty. They’re also not in any particular order except “this should go here.”)

  1. Alessia Cara – Here
  2. Zella Day – Hypnotic
  3. Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran – Lay it All on Me
  4. Shawn Mendes – Stitches
  5. Amy Stroup – It Must’ve Been Love
  6. Lorde – Tennis Court
  7. Emily Hearn – Volcano
  8. The Strange Familiar – Painkiller
  9. Elle King – Ex’s and Oh’s
  10. Lena Fayre – This World
  11. Blake Perlman – Chameleon
  12. Rachel Platten – Fight Song
  13. The Chainsmokers – Roses
  14. Taylor Swift – Style
  15. Lea Michele – Cue the Rain
  16. Ed Sheeran – Make it Rain

Favorite Books Read in 2015

I read a lot this year – way more than I have in recent years.  I even read some fiction, which, if you’ve been around a while you know I don’t normally do.  I’m not going to go into detail on these – just assume that whatever it’s about, I thought it was awesome.  I’m planning to do a reading challenge this coming year that looks like a lot of fun.  I’m serious enough about it that I made a page in my planner for it.  *laugh* We shall see.

(In no particular order)

On the Threshold: Home, Heartwood, and Holiness by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Ravensbruck: Life and Death in Hitler’s Concentration Camp for Women by Sarah Helm**
Just My Type: A Book About Fonts by Simon Garfield
Things No One Will Tell Fat Girls: A Handbook for Unapologetic Living by Jes Baker
Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney
Girl at the End of the World: My Escape from Fundamentalism in Search of Faith with a Future by Elizabeth Esther
Fat Girl Walking: Sex, Food, Love, and Being Comfortable in Your Skin…Every Inch of It by Brittany Gibbons
Learning to Walk in the Dark by Barbara Brown Taylor
Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day by Gene Baur

Favorite TV Shows in 2015

You might be surprised at what’s on this list as well as what’s not on it.  Amazing how just in a few years almost my entire favorites list has turned over.

1.  Arrow
2.  The Flash
3.  iZombie
4.  Elementary
5.  Grimm
6.  Hannibal
7.  SyFy’s Face Off
8.  Marvel’s Agent Carter

(I’m planning to start Jessica Jones as soon as I catch up on the four or five shows I’m way behind on – honestly, I only got two eps in on The Vampire Diaries before I wanted to gouge my eyes out, but I’m planning to watch the rest before the season starts up again. I can’t give up on it yet. I just can’t.)

And with that, my dear readers, I leave you until 2016 – in fact there will be a Planner Friday post tomorrow, but I probably won’t keep up posting four times a week after that.  I do however have a lot of thoughts in my brain-go-round, and quite a few things to talk about, which of course makes me think of this, the best way to end anything:

** – Obviously a book about the Holocaust doesn’t really qualify as a “favorite,” but it was definitely one of the best books I read this year.

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A Picture of Words is Worth 1000…hmm.

I think, and I hesitate to say this at the risk of jinxing it, that my overall Bipolarometer might be tipping ever so slightly toward the more positive end of the scale.  There’ve been some wretched days and nights lately, but I keep getting little flashes and glimpses that remind me there are other ways to feel besides depressed.

Meanwhile, I started a new journal; Daisy Jane, my faithful art journal, was finally full.  So far this new one (as yet unnamed) is just ink and pasted-in pictures, but I’m sure it’ll be good and messed up before long.  I’ve been doing some self-analysis as it is a week (exactly) before my 37th birthday.  Thus we have one of the first pages, my “To Be List”:

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And just to show you I don’t believe in guilty pleasures (if your pleasures hurt no one, you should never feel guilty about them), we have my current playlist, a bunch of albums I threw together and have been jamming out to all week.

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I bought this notepad from Eclectic Notecards to go on the inside front cover of my planner. I love it – the paper is absolutely luxurious. Click on the picture to see more of her wares.

More soon – enjoy your Day of Humping!

 

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