Inspiration For Your Ears: From Enjoying Life to Overcoming Anxiety

Photo Credit: Samantha Sophia
Photo Credit: Samantha Sophia

Ok, y’all, it’s so cold I barely want to leave my house! What I am loving these days is curling up on the couch (when Nai naps), and listening to inspirational content. Shan and I talked last week about self love and how important it is to feed yourself with encouraging words!

Here’s what I am loving this week: 

Jump and release anxiety! Awesome reminder from Shan of The Free Gurl Club about walking in your power and surrendering all to faith. I had the honor of sponsoring this show, too!

This week she urges us to enjoy life and embrace our unique truth. 

Shan of The Free Gurl Club

It’s Already Done by Big Daddy Weave is such a lovely ode to trusting God fully, allowing Him to guide our steps.

Cornel West dropping philosophical gems such as why the courageous among us examine ourselves.

Lucille Clifton’s poetic anthem for strong folks everywhere, “Won’t You Celebrate With Me.”

Alice Walker’s striking poem “Broken Things” on honoring beauty.


Blog Chat: Cultivating Self Love with Shan, The Free Gurl Club

Shan & Emelda, Live In Color Blog, The Free Gurl Club

Every other month, Shan and I are going to dish all things inspiration in our  blog chats. 

This month seemed fitting to explore love, especially  self love, as we are often taught, particularly women, to love everyone but ourselves. 

Shan and I are both on paths of healing, love and discovery. We are seeking to honor the light within ourselves, and want those same feelings to manifest for everyone, especially women.

Shan is the creator of The Free Gurl Club, an awesome online space dedicated to empowering women. She hosts a weekly show on YouTube and shares life affirming daily affirmations via Instagram


Listen to today’s blog chat on Soundcloud. Tomorrow we’ll share on YouTube.

Audio editing by Keystone Productions


Check out our show notes (including 3 core ways to cultivate self love – listed below first), followed by links to books and other resources we mention: 

1. Make healing yourself (from wounds, past experiences, etc.) a priority! This could be tied to your faith (for me it’s inextricably linked) and include daily and / or frequent time alone (5-10 min.) for reflection. Even if you its initially one minute alone, begin there!  

2.  Post positive self affirmations around your home and work space, or even on your phone. Say them aloud throughout the day.  These may include statements like “I am beautiful. I am worth the life I seek. I am created in the image of God and my life matters. Abundance and joy are my birthrights.” 

Check out this powerful daily affirmation from The Free Gurl Club:


3.  Say NO to what drains and depletes you as these people, places and / or choices are creating feelings of being overwhelmed. 

When we are overwhelmed,  we often self medicate in unhealthy ways – excessive drinking, working long hours, overeating, etc. 


Further Reading:

Salvation: Black People and Love by bell hooks 

Peace from Broken Pieces: How to Get Through What You’re Going Through by Iyanla Vanzant 

Imagine Being More Afraid of Freedom Than Slavery by Pamela Sneed 

Commanding Your Morning by Cindy Trimm

Adalmar Life by Nellie Russell (insightful blog) and piece on the importance of self care and healing. Nellie is one of my blogging besties!  


The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightment by Eckhart Tolle  

The Audre Lorde quote I referenced on self care. You might also enjoy this blog post about Audre and her intellectual work.



Inspiration For Your Ears: From Healing to Helping Others

Photo Credit: Annie Spratt

It’s been a hectic week, so I have not listened to as much, but what I have heard has moved me immensely. 

Here’s my weekly list of inspiration for your ears: 

This Cindy Trimm healing prayer is utterly moving. She covers every possible illness, declaring freedom from fear and pain. 

T.D. Jakes’prolific sermon about being grounded in your faith… its an essential part of walking in your purpose. 

Documentaries open us to new worlds. Check out The Drop Box, which  follows South Korean Pastor Lee and his dedicated efforts to rescue abandoned children. Folks leave unwanted babies in his “drop box”, and he and his ministry team welcome and care for them. 

Animals hold a special place in my heart. When I came across this beautiful video about a program connecting inmates with abandoned dogs, I could barely contain the tears. When we come outside of ourselves, liberation is possible. 

Michael Franti makes music that speaks to you in profound ways. His song Same As It Ever Was (Start Today) about police brutality and inequality call on us to create the change we seek. “A revolution is a battle between the future and the past…, he sings. “…you and me can make that change.” 

Screenshot via Michael Franti music video, “Same As It Ever Was…”
Screenshot via Michael Franti’s music video, “Same As It Ever Was…”