Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Purposeful Prayer to Courageous Women and Soulful Music 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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Reflection is so critical for our growth. I spent quite a bit of time listening and reading content which nourished my soul.

Here’s this week’s list:

Spoken word artist Prince EA on living in the now.

16 Courageous Women (from around the world) Stand Up to Violence in their communities.

Gregory Porter’s new soulful song, “Holding On” from forthcoming album, Take Me to the Alley.

Overcome fear with faith. This empowering post from (in) courage me blog is transformative.

Priscilla Sheer’s moving book, Fervent: A Woman’s Battle Plan for Serious, Specific and Strategic Prayer is my latest good read.

How did I only now just discover the fabulous Christian artist Beckah Shae? Her upbeat song “Be Alright” will have you singing every problem away and proclaiming victory through faith!

Mary J. Blige’s encouraging song “Doubt” is the anthem for every woman someone dismissed. These lines give me life: “They said I’d never be a leader, never be a Queen… Now you are looking at a leader, now you are looking at a Queen.

Enjoy your weekend, lovelies!

Why Leaving Our Cell Phones Home Some Days is a Good Thing

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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“I imagine a world where we smile when we have low batteries, cause that will mean we’ll be one bar closer to humanity.”
– Prince EA, “Can We Autocorrect Humanity?”

The other day I left my house in a flurry, chasing a luxury which eludes me mostly (and many other women) –  a few hours for myself. Then I did something which is rare for this organized Mama – I left my cell phone home.

I panicked, y’all. You know the tense feeling that floods your gut, nearly overtaking you. Yep, there I sat, in rush hour traffic, praying for a red light so I could continue digging for my phone.

I remembered packing my Kindle, but soon discovered that battery was nearly dead, too. I know. I am an addict. Did I just type those words?

Finally, I made peace with the silence, and became present. No checking my apps or scanning for music. I simply sat, surrending to contemplation.

Funny thing happened along the drive to the salon… I noticed buildings previously ignored, rolled down my window and heard  the natural rhythmic movement of city life anew. Ideas for blog posts filtered in one after another – and all because I allowed my mind to rest.

Perhaps we should all leave our cell phones and mobile devices home more often; digital fatigue is real. And in many ways, friends, this push and pull to stay connected is changing us. Rest is becoming a mirage in a world obsessed with productivity and multitasking.

We fill our moments with checking emails and social media, jumping to answer text messages, and apologizing for late responses. Is it really that awful if we take a few days to reply to someone?

Spoken word artist Prince EA has a line from his song “Can we Auto Correct Humanity?” that comes to mind in this moment: “Did you know the average person spends four years of their life looking at a cell phone?”

Let’s take our years back now.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Young People Exploring to Women of Color Creating Their Stories, and Embracing Gratitude 

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Mother, wife, sister, friend, writer / blogger / creative organizer, budding photographer... These are just a few of the many hats I juggle each day. I believe creativity is oxygen for the soul. I created Live In Color blog to celebrate the beauty in every moment, from faith to inspiration and motherhood.And it is soon becoming Pray with Our Feet blog which will focus on the intersection of faith and activism. Follow the inspiration on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/praywithourfeetblog/
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I took a break from Instagram this week (for reflection and prayer), and scaled back on my other social media, too. I have enjoyed reading about activism and art, and listening to empowering words of faith.

Here’s my weekly list of inspirational content – from articles to videos:

Poverty is tragic in many ways, the most striking is its ability to make folks feel isolated. This amazing program is changing that – Chicago Youth Explore Life Beyond the Hood

Who says celebrities are all self-absorbed? I love that so many actors of color are boycotting the Oscars and demanding #JusticeForFlint with this free event.

Letting go is an art, and once we learn to flow with change, it’s liberating. This insightful post from author and professional organizer Bettina Blanchard lays it all out simply.

My blogging bestie Afrotastic Lady is a wonderful writer who shares from the heart. She tells readers what 6 things she’s grateful for each month (usually in a video). For February it’s everything from connecting with other bloggers / writers (like your girl! I was so flattered!) to her love of chicken wings! Lol!

The interior lives of “ordinary” women of color, particularly black women, are usually ignored.  Multimedia artist Njaimeh Njie has captured these rich nuances  with her recent photo  series, ‘Power (ed) by Grace.’

Actress Danai Gurira got tired of not seeing the complexity of African women in stories, so she wrote her own. Her latest play is Eclipsed.

Minister, motivator and author Cindy Trimm spoke to my soul with this talk on declaring victory over our circumstances with words of faith.