January Favourites 

Welcome to 2023! Hope everyone has been enjoying their Christmas and New Years (or a bit of a holiday if you don’t celebrate!) and getting out in amongst Summer and all the things this time of year has to offer. 

This month we shine a spotlight on musician Tom Grennan, psychologist Gwendoline Smith is set to release her latest book, music superstar Lizzo’s new live concert film and some tunes to add to your playlist! 

Music: Tom Grennan
UK singer-songwriter Tom Grennan had a big 2022 with a number of top-charting releases including All These Nightsand Lionheart with Joel Corry. Tom most recently released a new tune, You Are Not Alone, which he shared was the most personal song he has ever written – “I want these lyrics to help other people as much as writing them has helped me”. Tom is also set for another stellar year with the upcoming release of his new album What Ifs & Maybes, due out in Spring (UK time), so keep an eye out for that. Image: Tom Grennan

Book: Gwendoline Smith – The Book of Feeling Blue
Clinical psychologist Gwendoline Smith, who for her services to mental health was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, returns this month with her latest book. The Book of Feeling Blue: Understand & manage depression is set to cover a range of questions people could have around depression and treatment options. “Depression knows no bounds. It is oblivious to gender, race, age, religion, sexual orientation. Just try to understand and be kind” – Gwendoline says. The Book of Feeling Blue is due out on the 17th. Image: Whitcoulls

Film: Lizzo – Live In Concert 
Musical superstar Lizzo has had a big year and to celebrate, she’s released a special live concert film, recorded on her Special tour. Lizzo – Live In Concert has just dropped via Neon here in NZ and it brings together an incredible performance of her tunes including hit songs 2 Be Loved (Am I Ready)GrrrlsRumoursGood as Hell and About Damn Time. The special show also has appearances by Cardi B, SZA and Missy Elliott. You can check out the high energy spectacular on NEON now. Image: NEON

Playlist: I’ve been listening to… 
* You Don’t Get It by Avya
* You Know What I Need by PNAU and Troye Sivan
* Lionheart by Joel Corry & Tom Grennan* Eyes On You by Nicky Youre* Girl Like Me by Dove Cameron
* Take It Away by L.A.B 
* Move Ya Body by Lance Savali 
* Only Wanna Be With You by Amy Shark 
* Never Not Gonna Dance Again by P!NK
* ugly by Dylan Conrique* All These Nights by Tom Grennan
* Bejewelled by Taylor Swift
* Smooth It Over by Foley
* Loyalty by Paige 
* Pointless by Lewis Capaldi 
* Golden Hour by JVKE (Ruel Remix) 

* 10:35 by Tiesto & Tate McRae
* The City by RIIKI REID

Quote: @alex
I saw this post being shared around a bit online this week and I wanted to share it here. “I intend to feel nourished and nurtured in 2023. I will do my best to create a more peaceful and joyous life. I am focusing on relationships that are healthy, loving, and reciprocal. I am keeping promises to myself because I am worth it. I will stay close to people who want to see me do and be my best. I am showing up and claiming the joy that I deserve. As this year comes to an end, I’m feeling more clear, grounded, and hopeful about myself and my life.” – Alex Elle