#MondayMotivation

I have this simple but real #MondayMotivation quote pinned up by my desk. I hope that it motivates you all to keep moving too.

Between my 9-5, writing gigs, working on this site and other outside activities, I’ve been running all over the place. And recently, I’ve been mad about it and complaining to myself. It’s tiring sometimes for real and I’ve been wanting to just quit it all. Especially on the days when things don’t pan out how I think they should. I make excuses that I’m oh so tired when, a lot of times, I’m just being lazy.

The audacity of me.

When I saw this quote, it reminded me that I asked for all of these things. I really want to make some big changes for my future and that requires serious time and effort, even when I don’t feel like it. I can make excuses if I want to, but that’s not going to get me to where I want to be. You either. We can stop and rest when we need to, but we can’t slack off and fall back. We’ll never get to our end goals that way.

Instead of complaining or finding a reason not to do something, push yourself to get it done. Find a way. Not an excuse.

Inspirational Jam: “Bigger Than Life”-Nipsey Hussle

“In order for me to grow, I had to let go of some habits
And it’s easy to say I’m on now cause you see it, and it happens
But before it ever did I had to believe and get it cracking”

I love this song from the late, great Nipsey Hussle and wanted to share it as an Inspirational Jam for you all today. I hope it motivates someone going through the trenches right now on the way to their goals.

On “Bigger Than Life,” which is featured on the 2013 compilation mixtape Nip Hussle The Great: Vol. 2, Nipsey takes us through his journey as an artist and how he had to hustle to get to where he was even at that point. And it wasn’t easy. He had been making music for several years before that. He had to let go of some bad habits. He had to plan and work to find his place in the industry. The results weren’t given to him; they were earned.

This song serves as a serious motivation for me. It reminds me that it’s okay to toil and even struggle for your purpose. Nothing great comes easy. Rest in peace, Nip.

Take a listen to the song below.

Words of Wisdom: “You Deserve Nothing You Didn’t Work To Create”-KevOnStage

When I tell y’all, I FELT this Words of Wisdom clip from comedian KevOnStage. I just had to share it with you guys.

KevOnStage first shared this video a couple of years ago and reposted it recently. In the clip, he talks about how people can be entitled and feel that they deserve more than they’ve actually worked for. As a comedian, he has put YEARS into his craft and has just recently become popular in the past few years. Yes, sometimes people blow up overnight, but often people who seemingly have risen up out of nowhere have put in major work behind the scenes for a long time to get there. You deserve what you’ve really worked to make happen. It’s not just going to fall in your lap because you’ve been working at it for a short time.

It’s a real sentiment. You deserve nothing that you didn’t put in the work to create. AND, even with your hard work and sacrifices, it doesn’t mean that things will pan out for you right away. I’m a living witness to that. I’ve been writing for YEARS. Literally since college, so it’s been a little over a decade. I’m just now getting new and better opportunities. And I still have a ways to go. It all takes time, persistence, perseverance, and GRIND.

Check out Kev’s words below!

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Surgeon Creates Hand-drawn Bandages To Cheer Up Young Patients

I really needed some good news today. This story is several that did it for me.

Dr. Robert Parry is a pediatric surgeon at the Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio. He regularly performs surgeries on children going through a variety of health problems, which can be overwhelming and traumatizing for kids and their families. However, he’s managed to turn a stressful situation into a happier occasion by using one of his other talents to make a recovering kid smile.

Dr. Parry regularly draws cartoon characters by hand on the bandages for these kids after their surgeries are over! The surgeon told InsideEdition.com that he was inspired to draw by his mother, an art historian and amateur artist, and finds it to be a small escape from reality. “I have a little bit of downtime, but I don’t want to leave the room until I know the kid is OK, so it just fills that time in perfectly,” Dr. Parry said. “It’s fun for everyone, and it’s selfishly fun for me. I love doing it. I love the reactions of the kids and parents and the staff.” 

Mom Heather Vincent was surprised to see a picture of Buzz Lightyear on her son Jackson’s belly after surgery to treat his high-risk neuroblastoma, with which Jackson was diagnosed when he was just 2 years old. She smiled at the idea, knowing how happy Jackson would be to see his favorite character when he woke up. “It was awesome,” seven-year-old Jackson said excitedly.

Over the years, Dr. Parry has drawn over 10,000 bandages in his career and is still going! He loves the thought of kids finding beauty in the midst of a hard situation. “Kids are incredibly resilient; they’re strong and they can still enjoy beautiful things, even when some stuff around them really isn’t that great,” he shared. “Children are just eternally optimistic. They’re just born that way. Things can be 90% bad in their lives and 10% good, and kids go to the 10% good. For the selfish side of me, it’s good to be around that optimism.”

This really made me smile. Something so small means so much to these kids and their families, especially with all that they’re going through. Check out more of Dr. Parry’s artwork in the clip below!

#MondayMotivation

I, along with most of the world, am in shock and truly heartbroken by the tragic passing of NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his 13-year-old daughter Gianna, and seven others in a helicopter crash. Though I’m not big on basketball anymore, I grew up watching him on and off the court. My heart breaks for these family and friends impacted. In the midst of confusion and sadness, it’s only fitting that today’s #MondayMotivation quote comes from him. Rest in peace to all nine of these souls.

I’ve been praying and meditating over my life lately that my life and my work touches people and pushes them to be great. This quote reminded me of that mission. I realize just how much impact matters over money or fame. And it’s not for your own glory. For me, it’s all about God and his love and light showing through. I don’t always get things right. I’m obviously imperfect in thoughts, words, and deeds. But, overall, I hope and pray that, when I leave this earth, I will have impacted someone to do more with his or her life. To be the best that they can be. Kobe did that for millions but as long as it’s one person, I’ll be at peace.