#MondayMotivation

Welp, another Monday is upon us. Tired, but I’m up and at ‘em, ready to take on another week. How about you? Here’s some #MondayMotivation to get you moving today!

The past few weeks have been crazy rough for me. Balancing my current 9 to 5 along with the site, other writing projects, and everything else in my life is hard. A bunch of you have the juggling act going on too, so I know you feel me on this. Writing is my true end game, so I push myself to go further and do all that I can, but good Lord it’s a mess sometimes. It’s physically and emotionally EXHAUSTING.

I have this quote on my desktop computer as a reminder when I’m down, but I’ve been going through the motions lately, so I haven’t noticed it much. However, this past Friday, I looked at it and reminded myself that everything I’m going through is preparing me for what I want. What I asked for. What I prayed for. All of the hard work, the sacrifices,  the tears and moments of doubt, dealing with craziness from people, and everything in between is truly getting me ready for the new levels that I am working to get to and prayed for.

The same goes for you guys. In order for you to be successful at what you want, you have to be built up for it. So yeah, it may be hard right now (and it may be hard for a while to be honest), but everything that’s going on right now has a purpose. At the end of it all, you’ll be stronger. More determined. More courageous. Simply better. Keep pushing through!

Aspiring Eagle Scout Raises $10,000 For Foster Care Kids

A teen out in Missouri recently used his project to become an Eagle Scout to help out kids in the foster care system in a great way!

To earn a spot as an Eagle Scout, you have to create this in-depth project showcasing your leadership skills. So 15-year-old Malachi Saint decided to use his to give back. He made plans to raise money for the Central Missouri Foster Care and Adoption Association (CMFCAA),  setting a big goal of $10,000. However, he had to get his idea approved by the Eagle Board of Review before moving forward.

Though the board was hesitant at first, they eventually agreed after seeing just how much this project meant to Malachi. See, Malachi himself grew up in the foster care system, and wanted to help other kids going through it. His project to becoming an Eagle Scout opened that door of opportunity for him.  “I feel like my whole life I’ve wanted people to have better than I’ve had,” he said in an interview.

Malachi has reportedly already passed his goal and was working on getting even more money raised! All donations are going towards CMFCAA’s Begin Again Backpack program, which provides kids who are transitioning in and out of foster care with backpacks filled with basic needs like clothes and school supplies. “Because of his experience and strength he was able to connect with others from the same situation,” DeAnna Alonso, President and CEO of CMFCAA, said of this amazing teen. “Malachi is a true child advocate and his genuine desire to be a conduit for hope is contagious.”

I’m telling you, these kids out here are incredible. They see problems or issues in their communities, and, instead of just talking about it, they decide to go out here and try to help how they can. Great job Malachi!

Inspirational Jam: “No One”-Aly & AJ

“And I ask myself
Who do I wanna be?
Do I wanna throw away the key
And invent a whole new me?”

                                            —Aly & AJ (“No One”)

Sister duo Alyson and Amanda Joy Michalka (known together as Aly & AJ) had some great success back in the mid-2000s under the Disney banner. I definitely enjoyed some of their music as a young teen, but their song “No One” always stood out for me.

The acoustic track was the second single from the group’s debut album, Into The Rush, and was also featured on Disney’s Ice Princess soundtrack. “No One” has a simple message, really.  It’s about reflecting on who you are and who you want to be, canceling out outside voices or circumstances that may tempt you to be someone different. 

I share this song, because the battle to not compare myself to others is a constant struggle. Some days I do pretty good, but, other days, I find myself wanting to be like other people and tempted to even conform my ways. However, who I am, just as Brittany Shawnté, flaws and all, is just fine. I have more growing to do, but, whatever I do right now and in the future, I want to be completely myself.

So, if you’re struggling with finding or truly listening to your own voice, this song is for you. Know that who you are and what you bring to the table is unique and great, and walk confidently in that! Watch the music video below…

Words of Wisdom: “How Bad Do You Want It?”-LL Cool J

Happy November y’all! I’m hoping that, as we wrap up 2017, this month and the next are amazing for you guys!

As we kick off this month, I want to pass along these Words of Wisdom from the one and only LL Cool J! As he was honored at the I Have a Dream Foundation – Los Angeles‘s 2014 Dreamer Dinner, the rapper turned TV host encouraged kids to keep working hard towards their goals, even though they may have people around that don’t believe in them. He asked them, “How bad do you want it? How hard are you willing to work for it?” In SPITE of anyone who doesn’t understand or believe in you.

It’s bigger than that though. Sometimes it’s outside voices. Sometimes it’s our circumstances. Sometimes it’s our own voices and excuses that take our eyes off the goals. Whatever dream you have, you HAVE to be willing to put the work in, in spite of everything going on and other people sounding off around.  On those days when you don’t want to, ask yourself, “How bad do you want it?” And then get to moving! I’m going into this month with this mentality. When it comes to my writing career. When it comes to my weight loss goals. When it comes to better relationships with others. I want more for myself. Don’t you?

Watch LL speak below!

#MondayMotivation

Good morning people…another Monday is here and it’s back to the grind. Here’s some #MondayMotivation to get you moving!

Today’s quote from John C. Maxwell was an important lesson for me to learn. You have to shake things up in your daily routine in order to get to where you want to be.

For me, when it came to my fitness, I began to eat better and meal prep 1-2 days throughout the week so that I wouldn’t fall into temptation. When it came to my writing, I began putting in extra work at my desk during lunch most days to focus more on my projects instead of going out somewhere.

In order to change where you are, you have to change something you do on the regular. What small changes can you make today to help yourself get to a new level of success?