Love this quote from poet Ezra Pound, so I definitely had to share it for this week’s #MondayMotivation!

This one is real, real simple. A little too simple, but real. In this life, you either make moves or you’re gonna get moved around. Pushed around really. If you don’t make plans towards your own career, your health, your finances, etc., you’ll be moved by something or someone else for the rest of your life.

If you don’t start making progress towards bettering your health, and keep eating whatever you want with no exercise, it’ll catch up to you. If you keep spending however and wherever on whatever you want, you for sure will be struggling out here. And career? Pshhh. Settling will get you pushed around at dead end job after dead end job.

So, if you haven’t been making moves of your own to better your life, get started TODAY. Don’t wait until next week,  or even the New Year to try to get your life together. Start now. Or don’t be upset when things don’t go like you want.



Taking this #MondayMotivation quote from Hillary Clinton to heart!

So many of us HATE criticism from anybody, so often calling it as “hate” because it’s not in our favor. And, sometimes, it very well is, and we should let it roll of our backs.

However, a good amount of time, a “hater” is merely somebody trying to offer you constructive criticism that you can use to become better at whatever it is you’re doing.  Case in point, in my early writing days, my blog posts truly showed my age and immaturity. I wrote using a lot of “LOLs” and other internet slang and abbreviations. There’s nothing wrong with it every now and then, but I was doing it a lot and, looking back, it makes me cringe a bit. One day, a reader schooled me saying something to the effect of, “Great post but cut out all of the LOLs…it’s like reading my daughter’s text messages.” Well, dang!

But that reader was right. In order for me to be taken seriously as a writer, I had to up my game. That one little comment in my first year of The Spotlight forced me to take my writing to another level. I have done so ever since, learning new things when it comes to creating content each year. If I had dismissed that person as a hater, I don’t think I would’ve gotten as far as I have as early as I have when it comes to my freelance career.

None of us are perfect, and, sometimes, we need to be made aware of mistakes we don’t even know we’re making. If you really feel like there’s absolutely no merit, then no sweat. Let it go in one ear and out of the other. But, if you can reflect and find even an inkling of truth in another person’s criticism, try your best to take note and learn from it. Constructive criticism will ultimately make you better if you allow it!


Today’s #MondayMotivation quote from Benjamin Franklin is a strong piggyback off of this previous post about actually executing your dreams and plans.

In life, your word is bond. Or at least it should be. When you promise someone you’re going to do something, unless something big comes up, you ought to follow through. Even more important, I’ve realized, when you promise YOURSELF you’d do something, you ought to find a way to make it happen. Words are just words…plans are just plans. It’s the follow through that stands out. It’s the completed work that gets you ahead. It’s the actions that bring you the results.

So, simply put, don’t just talk about it. Be about it. Stop talking so much about what you’re going to do, and just get it done. Actions speak louder than your words ever could.



Good morning y’all and Happy Monday! Here’s some #MondayMotivation to help kick off the week!

This quote from Nancy Hale is dedicated to self-care. Over the past few years, I’ve learned that it really is okay to be selfish, and look after yourself. It’s necessary to make yourself and your happiness a priority, no matter what others make think in your family, on the job, or around the neighborhood. Stretching yourself thin trying to take care of others, without really looking after yourself, does no one any good. Sometimes, you have to say no, and be perfectly fine with it. You have to look after yourself first, and then you can help other people.

So commit to that this week. I know I am. Take care of you!



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