Kicking this week off, as usual, with some #MondayMotivation! I hope it moves you all to get to work towards your new goals.

This quote is a simple but powerful one from novelist George Konrad. As we all know, starting anything new is very scary. Even with talent and experience, you’re stepping into the unknown. You’re not sure if your feet are going to hit something solid or if you’re about to fall into a dark, neverending hole. Or you’re on this murky path where something can jump out at you and take you down at any moment. That’s my wild imagination at play. Continue reading “#MondayMotivation”

Inspirational Jam: “Smile”-Kirk Franklin (Virtual Music Video)

“It’s so hard to look up when you look down
Sure would hate to see it when you give up now
You look so much better when you smile, so smile!”

Today’s Inspirational Jam is one of my favorites!  Kirk Franklin‘s “Smile” is such an incredibly encouraging song to listen to, especially when I’m feeling kind of down.

In these crazy times, Kirk recently recorded a virtual video for the song with artists like Kelly Price, Fantasia, Jonathan McReynolds, and more. I’ve heard this song so many times but seeing this video put not only a smile on my face, but also brought a few tears to my eyes!

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#GreatRead: “More Than Enough”-Elaine Welteroth

“If I didn’t define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people’s fantasies for me and eaten alive.”

— Audre Lorde

It’s been a long, LONG while since I’ve done a Great Read. A really, really long time. I’ve been reading now and then but not as regularly as I’ve wanted to. I began reading Elaine Welteroth’s memoir, More Than Enough: Claiming Space for Who You Are (No Matter What They Say)at the beginning of the year. Yes, I’m just now finishing it. I’m working on getting my reading back up. Judge me not. But I’m getting back to them and I also want to put them on YouTube as well soon.

Anyway, for those who don’t know who Elaine is, she is known for her journalistic work, particularly in the beauty world.  After stints at Ebony and Glamour magazines (among other publications), Elaine became the Beauty & Health Director at Teen Vogue in October 2012, the first African-American in the magazine’s history to hold this title. Four years later, she became editor-in-chief of the magazine at just 29 years old. After resigning from Teen Vogue in 2018, Elaine moved to LA and signed with the Creative Artists Agency LLC. She’s since written this book and has been a judge on Project Runway.

Her memoir details her story from the very beginning of her journalistic career and the lessons she learned along the way when it came to her personal and professional life.

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Another Monday! Looking forward to the start of a new week…how about you? Here’s a #MondayMotivation quote from inspirational author Orison Swett Marden to start the day off strong!

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Inspirational Jam: “Here’s Where I Stand”-Tiffany Taylor

“Here’s where I stand, here’s who I am…love me, but don’t tell me who I have to be…”

I love this Inspirational Jam from Tiffany TaylorCamp is one of my favorite movies (and the first time I saw Anna Kendrick), and this is my favorite song from that movie. The song is all about standing confidently in yourself, in spite of how others may feel. 

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