Favorite Things Right Now #2

Autumn 2023

Janna Barrett
7 min readDec 6, 2023


Hand lettering by Janna Barrett

This is the second post in a series directly inspired by writer Laura Tremaine. She runs this feature on her podcast, 10 Things to Tell You. This is a seasonal exercise in gratitude for the top 10 things in my life; a way for me to mark my current chapter and to reflect upon some of its highlights.

None of these are affiliate links. In no way is this an advertisement or sponsorship. These are simply things I’m enjoying at the moment, which may or may not be interesting. I’m sharing anyway.

01 — Separation by Balance & Composure

Album art for Separation by Balance & Composure, courtesy of the artist page on Spotify.

This is the album I’ve chosen as the soundtrack for my current chapter of life. It’s only been a little more than a year since I started listening to this artist, but I’ve been devouring their content consistently. (So much, in fact, that they’re my top Spotify artist of the year, and the band behind my top song.)

Something about their sound really resonates with me, especially during autumn and winter. I don’t have the industry vocabulary of a music critic, but I’d describe them as melodic alt-rock with an emo flavor.

Some of my favorite tracks on here are “Quake,” “I Tore You Apart In My Head,” “More to Me,” and “Patience.” (That last one starts out super intense, but the energy fades if you stick it out—which I find a really interesting parallel to the title. That had to be intentional.)

You can listen to this album on Spotify, or on Apple Music, or on YouTube. And here, you can read more about the artist.

02—Niacinamide Serum

Image via Glow Recipe

I bought something at Sephora during my birthday month, and the cashier reminded me that I was entitled to my birthday gift. It was a sampler of Glow Recipe niacinamide serum, as well as their toner.



Janna Barrett

Artist and Flight Attendant based in DC. I write and draw about my experiences as a travel professional. Follow for adventure and emotion!