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

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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.

 

Five Instagramers Who Inspire Me

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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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It’s been a while since I blogged about who inspires me on Instagram. Nearly everday, it seems, I connect with people whose creativity, curiosity and vision challenge me to think about the world in new ways.  

Here are a few of my favs. Every month I’ll highlight five.

 If you’re on IG, pop on over to their pages. You’ll leave full of inspiration, and what better way to kick off 2016? 

@trentsdinnerandashow -Beautiful photographs of eclectic food, philosophy and stimulating conversation all in one  
place? Yep. When you follow Trent. His down-to-earth personality and warmth make you feel right at home. 

@queensbabies – Any Mom who consistently creates earns my admiration and respect! Her lovely gallery overflows with unique handmade creations like colorful cowls, and of course, two adorable kids with infectious smiles. 

@thefreegurlclub – Okay, so full disclosure, Shan, the founder of The Free Gurl club is one of my besties but it’s not why she made the list. 

Her awesome new page is an encouraging space for women with daily empowering affirmations. And The Free Gurl Club is also on YouTube, with weekly shows to keep the motivation going! 

@bettysblankets – Artful blankets, big doses of love (touching photos of grandkids and family, plus  fuzzy pet kiddos) and inspirational posts make following Betty a no brainer. 

@highhealedhearts – Domestic violence is a serious issue and High Healed Hearts, Inc. reminds us daily that we all have the power to stop it. I always feel uplifted reading and listening to survivors stories of overcoming abuse. It’s a magnificent tribute to loving and honoring life! 

Inspiration For Your Ears: From Following Your Bliss in Business to Freedom of Spirit

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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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When we are true to our passions, the world opens. It’s such a refreshing way to live. 

I enjoyed another Jess Lively podcast learning about one of the founders of the Simple Green Smoothies, Jadah Sellner. 

There are moments when we all feel alone, as if God has abandoned us. Plumb’s profound song, “Need You Now” urges us to call out and rest in our creator, even when it’s tough. 

Love, love, love her energy! This webinar by Hilary Ruthsford of Dean Street Society about leveraging the power Instagram to propel your business forward rocks!

Awesome short NPR weekend edition story about how one man, musician Franklin Bell, created a home for the blues and community in his South Central, LA garage.