Inspirational Jam: “High Hopes”-Panic! At The Disco

“Had to have high, high hopes for a living…shooting for the stars when I couldn’t make a killing. Didn’t have a dime but I always had a vision…always had high, high hopes!”

This track from Panic! at the Disco is a great Inspirational Jam to encourage us all on the road to reach our goals. I love it so much that it’s actually a warm-up song for my Zumba class that I teach!

High Hopes,” a track from the album Pray For The Wicked, really is a story of perseverance and drive. The song is lead singer Brendon Urie‘s story of persistence towards his musical ambitions in spite of the rough times. Continue reading “Inspirational Jam: “High Hopes”-Panic! At The Disco”

Inspirational Jam: “Glorious”-Ella Henderson

“Can we quit paying attention to opinions and perfections before we run out of youth? Oh, ’cause we got flaws in all of us, but that’s what makes us glorious…”

I wanted to share this Inspirational Jam from singer Ella Henderson for those like me who struggle with loving themselves as they are. I hope this uplifts you today and beyond!

When the official video for “Glorious” was released, Ella shared this on her Instagram which I think perfectly sums up the gist of the song:

“Self love & acceptance is something that I am still on my own personal journey with & I feel it’s so important for my fans & anyone to know that we will only ever be the best versions of ourselves once we fully embrace every part of who we are. Appreciate what you have, don’t dwell on what you haven’t. Surround yourself with real people who are only there for your best interests. Try to shush your inner critic & begin celebrating your strengths!

We make mistakes. We have flaws. We have physical, mental, and emotional things about us that we don’t like. I know I pick myself apart worse than any other critic out here ever could. I’m working on loving myself and learning that, even the things I consider flaws have their beauty. I have things to work on for myself, but I’m learning to love where I am right now. This song reminds me to continue that work.

Watch the video for “Glorious” below!

Inspirational Jam: “Ay Yo”-Melanie Fiona

If you have a light then hold it up and let it shine…would you make the choice to meet your destiny or let this lifetime pass you by?

I really needed this Inspirational Jam from Melanie Fiona today. I hope this song is a beacon of hope and empowerment to someone else too.

“Ay Yo” is a song about going after your dreams and making the most of your life while you have it. It can be easy to get caught up in other people’s opinions on your goals or even your own doubts. I know all too well.

However, I believe in myself and where I’m going. I know that God has a plan for me to be better than I even imagined. I’m not letting my light dim for anything or anybody, not even my own issues and insecurities. This song serves as encouragement for me to keep pressing forward. I hope it shines a light in your life today too.

Watch the official video below!

Inspirational Jam: “Better When I’m Dancin'”-Meghan Trainor

I like a lot of Meghan Trainor‘s music because it’s empowering and positive. I heard this Inspirational Jam from her a while back in a Zumba class and absolutely loved it. Figured it might cheer somebody up today!

“Better When I’m Dancin'” was featured on The Peanuts Movie soundtrack and the gist of it is right in the title. Dancing always puts me in a better mood, whether I’m teaching at Zumba or dancing around in my living room. It allows me to forget about my problems for a minute or an hour, whatever, and just have fun.

This is my mood today (which just happens to be one of the days this week I have Zumba). So I encourage you to take a moment when you get home to just dance it out real quick. Helps to keep the stress down a bit.

Watch the official video for “Better When I’m Dancin'” below!

Inspirational Jam: “I Know God”-Dee-1

“I know God got a plan for me but I don’t know what it is…I’m just out here tryna handle my biz…”

I’ve become a fan of New Orleans rapper Dee-1 over the past year or so. I don’t remember how I found out about him, but he has a lot of positive messages in his music and this Inspirational Jam is one that really stands out for me.

“I Know God” is a single on Dee-1’s latest album, God and Girls, and it’s a message that I rock with heavy. On the song, he rhymes about his life and career. Though he’s not completely clear on where his life path is going, he’s content in following and doing what he’s been called to do, because he believes that God has it all under control. It’s Scripture—Jeremiah 29:11 says “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

I know that not everyone is religious or even spiritual, but I believe that God has a plan for all of our lives, even if we don’t completely see it yet. Even now though, I see how certain circumstances, wins and losses, rejections, and hurt have all led me to where I am now. Looking back, I’m grateful for the lessons I’ve learned and growth I’ve experienced in those moments. It’s all a part of a divine plan orchestrated by Someone much greater than me.

Watch the official video below.