“I might be young….I know who I am
So I don’t follow like a marching band, so give it up…” —Little Mix
Little Mix has some strong and empowering music, especially for the ladies, and I truly respect that about them. One of their tracks, “A Different Beat,” falls right in line with their motivational lyrics, which is why it’s perfect for today’s Inspirational Jam!
Like the title suggests, the song focuses on standing out from the rest of the crowd, instead of just following behind what other people do. That’s not only inauthentic, but it’s boring as hell to just be the same as folks around you, copying their looks, their opinions, and their way of doing things. “A Different Beat” celebrates being unique, and standing strong in your opinions and how you make moves in your life. I’m all for it!
Listen to the track below…
Oh lawd, this poor dad was stunned after finding out the sex of his fifth child, he couldn’t even speak!
Mark and Angel Taylor of Arlington, TX, are already parents to four girls, Jordyn, 12, Juliyn, 9 Jaxsyn, 3 and Jestyn, 9 months. Needless to say, after finding out that Angel was carrying their fifth child, Mark was probably hoping for a little boy! I can’t imagine how the ladies of the house probably gang up on him now.
Welp, sadly, Mark didn’t get his wish! Angel recorded his reaction as he walked through the door to pink balloons on his living room floor, revealing that baby girl #5 was on the way. According to the mom, Mark was quiet for a full two hours after he got the news. “He just wouldn’t talk,” she revealed to ABC News. After the two suffered a miscarriage, Mark held out hope. “My husband’s thinking, ‘This is a miracle baby, so this has to be a boy,” Angel added. “He always wanted to call the baby [boy] Tre. I already came to terms that this was a baby girl.”
Watch the funny video below!
Mark’s shock did eventually wear off, and he expressed excitement over having another girl in the family. “Five is my favorite number, so five girls is fitting,” he said. Baby Jazlyn is set to arrive on May 3, so the family has some time to prepare, especially Mark. Sending up some special prayers for him, especially for when these ladies get older LOL!
Happy Monday everybody…wishing you an amazing week! Ready for some #MondayMotivation?
I love this quote from Anne Sweeney, former Walt Disney exec and a current director for Netflix. It’s a powerful lesson that I had to learn for myself. People in your life may advise you on what you should do in life, and you may be pushed or motivated by words or posts online from other folks you follow. However, it’s completely up to you what you decide to do with your life and how you go about achieving that.
Everyone really has a different idea of from success means. Some people may focus on making money, while others adopt a minimalistic mindset, happier with the little things in life. A few folks may think it revolves around growing and teaching their family. Currently, I’m focused on doing what I love full-time while making a good living from it. Success is relative. No one idea is the only answer.
Whatever you believe success to be, whatever rules you want to create, go for it! Create your own list of goals and how YOU plan to achieve them. It’s cool to listen to and take the advice of others, especially older people with a little more experience, but don’t let your own ideas and terms get lost in the midst of it. It is your life after all!
“Who is this I’ve tried so long fight?
Filling my heads with lies that I’m not good enough
Then I heard something in my ear
Tell I’m perfect, now that I know the truth
Time to show and prove…”
—Jazmine Sullivan [“Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)”]
I LOVE Jazmine Sullivan! She’s an incredible talent, and also seems like a cool person in real life. Today’s inspirational jam, “Masterpiece (Mona Lisa)” is one of my favorite songs by her, and I hope you enjoy it as well.
This song is about finally seeing the beauty and abilities within yourself, realizing that every part of you is beautiful. I know I lose confidence in myself, not only physically, but in terms of my skills as well. There’s this small voice in my head that I have to constantly fight, telling me that I’m not good enough or I’m not pretty enough. That I’m simply not enough. Hard as it is, I have to shake off those lies, and believe in myself regardless.
That’s what I want and hope for each of you! We’re all truly perfectly imperfect, and that’s fine. We should each stand confidently in what we bring to the table! Beyond just our appearance, but also our individual gifts in life.
Watch Jazmine perform the song below…
These Words of Wisdom from the late, great Maya Angelou were definitely words I needed a refresher on when it comes to how I treat others.
In the clip below, the poet and activist stressed the importance of being kind to people that you come in contact with, which we don’t always do for whatever reason. Sometimes we’re tired and just want to be left alone. Sometimes we see people who look different or act different, and we turn up our nose on the inside. If you’re like me, you may not rock real heavy with people who’ve shown their true, ugly colors, either.
This video was a reminder to me to continue to be nicer to those I meet along the way, to share joy and positivity with those people and even you all who are reading this site. Even those who may not look like me, or believe in the same things I do. Even those —UGH—who do wrong against me. I’m working on that, but the way my petty is set up….
Sometimes it’s difficult. REALLY difficult. But I’m working on being a better rainbow to possibly brighten up somebody else’s day. We don’t always know what others are going through, and how we treat them can have a lasting impact on them for the good and the bad. Let’s make a point to be rainbows in other people’s clouds today.
Watch below (I know the link may look broken but it’s not…promise)!