Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Valerie June to Writer Roxane Gay & Women Creating Change  

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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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In honor of Women’s History month, I would like to highlight even more amazing women artists and change makers as part of this regular series, starting with singer Valerie June.

I discovered her work a few years ago – what a sound! Her latest album, The Order of Time, is beautiful. Workin’ Women Blues and Somebody to Love are always on repeat.

From Standing Rock to Oakland, CA women organizers are standing up and creating change.

Loving this article about great books for creatives to read.

Roxane Gay is such a phenomenal writer. I started Difficult Women yesterday, and the richness of these short stories…


Have you seen her TED talk on feminism and embracing all of the diverse ideas about what this means for all kinds of women with varied experiences?

The podcast Don’t Keep Your Day Job is always full of wisdom. Check out some of the latest episodes here – including a recent conversation with fashion designer Susan Lazar on unlocking our potential.

Nina Simone lived from her truth, and she had a deep desire to create change. I am always empowered listening to her speak. This clip, about the beauty of celebrating blackness, is timeless!

These young women are organizing to impact their communities, one day at a time.

Viola Davis reminds us all that every voice and experience matters.  And of course, we must never underestimate the power of imagination.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Women Standing Up to Street Harrassment to Breaking Barriers 

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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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Venessa Marco performs her poem, “Patriarchy” Video by Button Poetry, Austin Texas, Image via YouTube Screenshot

The days are busy, but taking in inspiration nourishes my soul. This week you’ll find a mix of articles, music and sermons which are stirring my heart. I am filled with a desire to heal – spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

I hope these links resonate with you as well. Here is the latest list of uplifting online content: 

Street harassment is widespread and dangerous, but women artists are standing up to it through powerful work (see poetry videos at end of the piece).

Kayla of I Feel Pretty, Inc. a digital marketing / branding building co., has an amazing blog series about women walking in their dopeness and power. I was honored to be part of it, alongside Sakena Sampson (founder of Girls Empowerment Circle).

Please also check out these other ladies amazing interviews (EL’lise of High Healed Hearts; Karley, lifestyle blogger and founder of Karley.com  and Elsina Mensah of Crazy Haute and Sasha of Eden Publications.

Bishop T.D. Jakes tells us God can turn our mess into our message!

Francesca Battistelli’s liberating song, “If We’re Honest,” has me in near tears. She sings: “Truth is harder than a lie… I’m a mess and so are you… Bring your brokenness and I’ll bring mine.”

Joel Osteen on shattering barriers and walking into grace.

Celebrate spring with this lovely photo essay by writer / photographer Tammy Strobel, Shades of Pink.

Photo Credit: Tammy Strobel
Photo Credit: Tammy Strobel

 

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!