#MondayMotivation

How fast this Christmas break FLEW BY!!! Back to the grind and here’s the first #MondayMotivation quote of 2021 from Oprah Winfrey to get this year started! Let’s GO.

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#MondayMotivation

I love this quote from the legendary Oprah Winfrey! I hope using this as a #MondayMotivation quote gives you encouragement and a push to get through this week.

When I was younger, I never saw my challenges as “gifts.” I saw them as annoying obstacles to what I wanted. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized just how much they taught me. They forced me to step away from what I knew, and find new processes, skills, and perseverance to power through. Like Oprah shares in this quote, I had to find a new way to stand. I still do when new challenges arise.

Obstacles to the life we desire or the goals we have are inevitable. I know you know that. But, instead of always looking at them as hindrances, consider what you may have to change and how you can adapt. Consider how they can help you. Think about how you can come out better because you went through it. Find your new balance, and press on.

Words of Wisdom: “Take Responsibility For Your Life”-Oprah Winfrey

This Words of Wisdom video comes from none other than the legendary Oprah Winfrey!

I see quite a few people online who have businesses, music, or whatever that still get upset when people they know don’t support you. This clip from Oprah is very appropriate to kindly but honestly remind you that NOBODY OWES YOU ANYTHING. “If you’re sitting around waiting on somebody to save you, to fix you, to even help you, you are wasting your time,” Oprah boldly stated in the clip. You have to do the work on yourself for yourself often BY YOURSELF.

It’s really easy to point the finger at other people for your circumstances. It’s easy to get mad at people for not supporting you or helping you when you thought they should’ve. I know because I’ve done it. But, after a while, I had to get honest with myself. Why was I expecting other people to automatically help me with MY life and issues? What was is that I needed to be doing myself to get better? Was I actually doing those things? I had to get to a stronger level of personal accountability, and take full responsibility for my own life! 

The same goes for each of you. Sure, it’s nice for people to help you and you should show appreciation for that. But never automatically expect things from anyone, or get mad at other people for not helping you. It is what it is. You do what YOU have to do, and everything else will fall into place. 

Watch Oprah’s powerful advice below!

Words of Wisdom: “Live Beyond the Expectations of Others”-RuPaul

I love me some RuPaul. I have ever since I saw him as Connie the Bodega woman in Crooklyn. Beyond drag and music, I always loved the fact that he seemed comfortable being himself regardless of what others may think. And I’m sure he had a rough time along the way, but he stands tall in who he is. That’s why I love these Words of Wisdom from him!

We really can get caught up in what other people think and expect of us. Family, friends, and even strangers on the internet. However, over time, I’ve learned to pay most people no mind if they don’t agree with my look, my words, or whatever else. I can’t be worried about what other people want me to be or what they think I should do, especially when it’s just negative criticism. If it don’t apply, I really let that mess fly. Mean and rude comments say a lot about the other person, and not me.

Watch RuPaul discuss his own experience with the one and only Oprah Winfrey

 

Oprah, Beyoncé,and More Celebs Help Raise Over $44 Million for Hurricane Relief

Talk about using star power to make a difference! A multitude of celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Beyoncé, Stephen Colbert, and so many more came together last night (Sept. 12) to raise money for hurricane relief.

With Hurricanes Harvey and Irma both having massive devastation to not only parts of America but also in the Caribbean as well, relief efforts have sprouted all over to work towards rebuilding. A lot of big names came out for the Hand In Hand telethon, helping to raise over $44 MILLION for those affected by the hurricanes!

Throughout the night, celebs like Justin Bieber, Kerry Washington, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon, Dwayne Johnson, and so many more hit the phones and the TV screen to encourage people to donate to the cause. Stevie Wonder, Usher, and Blake Shelton, among others, also performed at the hour-long event.

Watch behind the scenes action below!

 

In addition to others, it was shared during the event that big names and companies had made pretty big donations to help. Apple donated $5 million, Albertsons Cos. and Merck each gave $1 million, and the NBA Players Association, which already donated $500,000, also stated that they would match any professional basketball player’s donation up to $20,000. All proceeds are going directly to charities directly working towards this hurricane relief including the Rebuild Texas Fund, ASPCA, Best Friends, Direct Relief, Feeding Texas, Feeding Florida, Habitat for Humanity, Save the Children, and United Way.

Amazed at all of the good that was done in just one hour! Of course, this doesn’t erase the damage and the loss that so many have endured in this terrible time, but hopefully it gives them hope and encouragement, as well as a starting place for rebuilding. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to those affected.

 

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