Pause, repeat, fast forward…

Most weeks, inspiration for inanutshell is abundant. As someone who is very active, rarely missing out on a night out or fun activity, my varied interests keeps material flowing pretty steadily.

But, when reflecting on my past week and looking for a little motivation for this post, I realized, I’ve been just a little out of it.

Everyone has weeks where despite going through the motions of a normal routine, your head is just in another place. So it may be a little unlike me to do a music post but in times of great contemplation music can often be the most therapeutic. When you don’t have much left to say, solace can sometimes be found in the words of others.

This song is by no means new and will have been hard to miss with live performances on both the 2011 BRIT Awards and MTV Music Awards, but if you have somehow been living under a rock, it is worth a listen.

Adele has emerged as one of the most talented female singers of our generation, with the majority of songs off of her latest album, 21, describing one influential relationship.

Searching for a second listen, I stumbled upon this version of Someone Like You performed in Adele’s own home. I think the sincerity of the setting is heartbreakingly moving and Adele’s introduction to the song shows such honesty in what I think can be the biggest fear when saying goodbye to someone you’re not quite out of love with, yet.

I am such a sucker for piano-driven ballads, and with this song finally making it to the radio I feel that little lurch in my stomach whenever the opening cords catch me off guard on the road.

So my apologies, party animals, but every wild woman has a sometimes-sensitive

No matter what your current situation is, I think at age 20-something most can relate to that one relationship that begs you to walk away holding your head high, attempting to welcome change and constantly needing the strength of those around you.

If you take one thing away from this little, sentimental post, I hope you keep this Plato quote in the back of your head, it’s one of my favourites: Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.

Happy listening … in a nutshell.

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About Catherine Kitts

Catherine (@catkitts) has been known to put her party dress on at the drop of a hat and will rarely say no to a new adventure. After completing her Bachelor of Journalism at Carleton University, she worked at the editor of a local newspaper for three years before trading hard news for the world of communications, marketing and advertising. Constantly juggling hectic work and social schedules, she always makes time for some of her biggest passions: news, sports, pop culture, cuisine, literature and many others. You can expect her to cover a wide variety of topics, keeping her finger on the pulse of Ottawa, her hometown - a city she's grown to love. *Bad Habit: never wanting to miss out *Favourite Food: pickles *Favourite Restaurant: El Camino *Wine of Choice: whatever Kate is drinking *Favourite Band: (solo artist?) Justin Timberlake *Favourite Song: Dancing in the Dark - Springsteen *Fashion Icon: Lauren Conrad *Political Affiliation: none *Favourite Movie: Back to the Future, Kindergarden Cop, Jurassic Park, Drive. *TV Series: Seinfeld *Sport: Hockey / Football *Team: Ottawa Senators / Seattle Seahawks *Favorite Book: Great Expectations - Charles Dickens, Freedom - Jonathan Franzen. ** To contact Catherine write her at :

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