Inspiration For Your Ears: Mama Power,  Building Your Brand & Self Acceptance

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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 spend lots of time listening to inspirational content. Do you know what I love even more? Sharing it with you, lovelies! 

Here’s my weekly round up:  

Travis Greene’s uplifting song, “Intentional”  about how God brings forth beauty, working all things out for our good, will have you pressing repeat. My baby girl Nai and I rock out to it everyday! 

As Mamas, taking care of ourselves often comes last, but it doesn’t have to be that way. This awesome podcast from MOMentity breaks it all down.

My bestie Shan, creator of The Free Gurl Club, has an awesome  YouTube show. This week she unpacked self acceptance and love. It’s all about celebrating you, and realizing you are enough! 

Abiola is the truth! The writer / speaker / go-to-lady for empowering yourself has an awesome talk on getting clear about your brand and what you have to offer.

Blog Chat: Grammy-Nominated Singer Carolyn Malachi

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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 you ask most people how they are doing, they usually mumble ok, Carolyn Malachi will likely say amazing. Obviously, the great-granddaughter of jazz pianist John Malachi is not most people. Malachi possesses an ethereal grace; down to earth and warm, the Washington D.C. native and Grammy-nominated independent artist greets me on this frigid January day with a genuine hug and easy smile.

Her style is diverse, fusing Jazz, Hip Hop and Spoken Word into a veritable musical gumbo. From “Revenge of the Smart Chicks”(2008) to “Revenge of the Smart Chicks II”(2009) and “Lions, Fires & Squares” EP (2010), she remains committed to presenting her artistic truths. In 2011. Malachi received a Grammy award nomination for the single, Orion (“Lions, Tigers & Squares”) as Best Urban / Alternative Performance.

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Microsoft featured Malachi’s motivational song and video “Beautiful Dreamer” in its Windows Media Guide. Her “Free Your Mind” video imbued with motivational gems (“You on that doubt, I got these dreams”) supports The School Fund’s efforts to provide education for the world’s poorest students. 
Check out the first Live In Color blog chat with this dynamic artist and humanitarian!Video and editing by Keystone Productions (follow on Twitter @ KeystoneProd) or on Facebook (Keystone Productions).
 
 

Speak to your Mountains

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Everyone of us is living with a mountain, a significant hurdle or obstacle. Where we differ is attitude. Does the mountain embolden you, fueling determination to rise above it, or stifle progress?

The bible says “As a man thinketh, so is he.” The genesis of progress evolves first within our minds, therefore the messages we tell ourselves internally have far reaching implications.

Begin speaking to your mountains – break down those pernicious obstacles one by one, instead of saying “I can’t” declare defiantly “I can.” As a child sometimes I would grow frustrated with small things, mumbling to myself, “I can’t do this,” and my father, in his encouraging way would say: “Take the word can’t out of your vocabulary.”

Affirmations might be dismissed by some as a “new-age hippie” panacea for lack of confidence, but immense power lies in the words we repeat to ourselves.
According to noomii, the professional coach directory using affirmations, defined as “words or phrases that evoke a positive state of mind,” is an age-old practice which is also rooted in science, also known as neuro-linguistic programming, essentially training your mind.

So, the next time negativity and self-depreciating thoughts spring forward push them back with affirmations and visualize yourself overcoming your dilemma with phrases such as:

Obstacles are opportunities in disguise.

There is nothing I cannot accomplish.

The word “can’t” does not belong in my vocabulary.

I am worth the life I seek.

My dreams can become a reality.

Let’s move mountains together. What affirmations will you begin saying daily?