Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Alabama Shakes, James Baldwin, and Podcast, Black Girl In Om

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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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Lately, I am listening to lots of podcasts (informational, spiritual & inspirational), and of course, music! I also discovered some beautiful writing this week, too. Here’s what is resonating with my spirit lately:

How appropriate is a song about not wanting to fight anymore in today’s world of strife and pain? This video, all of the soul and beauty it captured, is stunning.  I enjoyed the short interview on NPR from last year about their current album, Sound & Color, and why Alabama Shakes does not play it safe.

Great podcast from Marc Steiner celebrating the prolific writer James Baldwin’s birthday, Aug. 3.

Speaking of amazing podcasts, have you listened to Black Girl In Om? I am not sure how I discovered this awesomeness, but I am all over every episode now. It is so affirming to find an online space that celebrates wellness, beauty and the intellect of women of color. Check out their website and digital magazine, too. Life, y’all!

I absolutely connected so much with Jennifer’s beautiful blog post about prayer life for busy parents.

My new friend Kami (a fellow writer at Our Words Collaborative) has a profound post on her blog, “Learning the Art of Letting Go.” These lines: “As real and necessary as it is to learn to hold on through the hard and often mundane moments in life, there are circumstances that instead call for us to let go. Over these years of illness, one of the hardest things for me to let go of is the idea of my former self.”

This arresting and prolific essay, “Confessions of a Little Black Girl” from the creator of the lovely online magazine, Inkfully, about the challenges of growing up as a brown girl in America.

Artwork by Bethany Joy

I ❤️ this artwork from  Bethany Joy, this month’s artist for Our Words Collaborative, a Christian online devotional where 30 of us share our faith journeys daily.

This Thursday’s devotional by Ari Heick about God refining our rough edges really spoke to my heart!

Inspiration for Your Ears & Soul: From Global Music to Sustainable Shopping & Mompreneurs 

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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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Lianne La Havas performs at the North Sea Jazz Festival

 

The language of music is universal. Don’t you love that?

I spent lots of time listening to artists on NPR Tiny Desk series. One of my new favorites is Lianne La Havas! I get chills listening to her.

I also discovered Concha Buika from this amazing NPR Music Tiny Desk concert. She sings with such intensity and passion! Christine Salem is another new find; listen to her spirited performance here.

Esperanza Spalding is back with a unique sound and style. Loving her flow. Check out this performance at the White House of the jazz classic, “Sunny Side of the Street.”

What if we could purchase sustainable products? It’s a reality over at Buy Me Once where they are saying no to our throw-away culture.

Successful Mompreneur Lakesha Cole on creating a thriving online business in spite of challenges.

You can find lots of awesome content on The Trailblazers Podcast which highlights prominent entrepreneurs of color.

Productivity tips from Mompreneurs.

Ernestine Johnson’s empowering poetic remix of Beyonce’s Formation.