Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Leon Bridges, Embracing Rest and Living in the Now  

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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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Oh such a busy week, lovelies. But I still managed to discover some gems along the way. Check out the inspiration from around the web:

Leon Bridges soulful Tiny Desk concert series. So much life! I couldn’t stop dancing or humming along. 

Every now and then, nourish yourself with an uplifting film

Out of the box ideas for quinoa at dinner!   

Returning to rest for Mamas is a really good thing. Oh how I can relate! 

Via LinkedIn Feed

So this popped up on my LinkedIn feed. It’s such a powerful reminder to live in gratitude and be present. 

During a few rare quiet moments yesterday, I discovered  Iyanla Vanzant’s audiobook, Finding Faith in Difficult Times. She gives us so much to think about and act upon as we hold fast to faith in challenging situations. 

How One Photo Quietly Says Black Lives Matter

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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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Photo Credit : Gordon Parks

Eloquent resistance. These two words somersault in my mind as I study Gordon Parks deceptively simple photographic portrayal of a mother and her daughter in segregated America, circa 1955.

In her own way, this striking and elegant woman refutes the American narrative about people of color – illiterate and undignified.

She and her daughter stand in subtle defiance, shattering  long  held  assumptions about black women and girls – unfeminine, ugly, and invisible.

Despite living under legal segregation, they assert, with their bodies, we refuse your vulgar categorizations.

We are here. We will not cower under the weight of hatred. We matter immensely.

This is the essence of  today’s Black Lives Matter movement; the right to simply exist, beyond the barriers of hatred and fear, because at the core, even within our differences, there lies a shared humanity.

When we refuse to see one another, genuinely see another person, we extinguish ourselves, our own light. If I tell you your life does not matter, I run from myself, constructing an identity that is married to your pain, struggle and subjugation.

Let us come to realize not only our own worth, but the value of other black lives and experiences who are marginalized, creating a world where no voice is silenced.

Soulful Sounds – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

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Photo credit: Laura Hanifin
Photo credit: Laura Hanifin

Are you over auto-tunes and studio artists? I stopped listening to commercial radio years ago. Give me the authenticity of genuine performers any day. It’s why I love Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, a band effortlessly blending nostalgia of the mid 1960s and 1970s, with their own sensibilities.  

They make kick-your-shoes off and party-hard kind of music. It’s an auditory feast, fusing gospel, jazz, and classic rhythm and blues. Their fifth album hits stores on January 14, and this blogger cannot wait.

Go ahead, enjoy, y’all; turn it all the way up. You can let those Monday blues go, starting now.

Live in COLOR! – Emelda