Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From John Legend to Self Care, Kindness & Love 

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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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There is always such inspiration around us – an abundance of light and joy. We simply have to tune in and remain in a place of openness to receive it all. I am excited about the depth of music many artists are offering, along with all I read about folks around world committed to change.

Here is your mid-week inspiration round up, lovelies:

John Legend’s recent song, I Know Better  on personal growth is amazing. Love Me Now, a beautifully shot video, speaks to me so deeply about being in the present moment and appreciating love, because tomorrow is not promised.

My friend Kami’s heartfelt blog post on sharing kindness with a struggling man, and how this ultimately transformed her own perspective: “And there, in the middle of a parking lot, I placed my hand on his shoulder and prayed a short, simple prayer that he would feel loved and be provided for. I asked for him to be shown kindness in the days to come.”

Artwork by Ainsley Jordan

Have you heard of the 5 love languages? Seems like everyone is in the know! My bestie Chel mentioned it to me years ago, and I was reminded again when checking out my girl Joi’s blog, she has a whole fab. series going, connecting it to self-care. Head on over!

I love the SideHustlePro podcast! Since listening last year, I have learned so much from Nicaila Matthews and all the fab. guests! Christina Brown of LoveBrownSugar was on recently and dropped so many jewels about turning your blog into a profitable biz! Yasss! Let’s get these coins, ladies!

Take the guesswork out of fashion with this post from Kevya Jo on the Pretty Entrepreneur blog about style staples for the entrepreneur. And then peep Vee’s post on self-love and self-care – although written for Valentine’s Day, the message is relevant year round.

Listening, even when we disagree with folks – a thoughtful read from Yes! magazine about doing just this in the era of Trump.

Black history is year round! Such an uplifting blog post on the richness of the African-American experience from my girl Monica (afrotasticlady).

Gratitude, the practice of seeing what we often overlook, is beautifully written about on Life with A View. Peep Lynda’s recent blog post and leave inspired!

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: From Poetic Singers Adia Victoria and Gregory Porter to Faith in Action 

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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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We could all use a little inspiration these days, huh? Here is what I am breathing in this week: 

I love discovering singers of color who break out of the traditional R&B / Hip- Hop box. Adia Victoria is not interested in anyone’s limitations; I recently started listening to her, and I am feeling the gritty, authentic  blues / rock / soul mix of  this music.

Gregory Porter brings so much depth and light to this NPR Tiny Desk concert series. His song “Take Me to the Alley” about seeing those among us who are suffering, truly seeing them, and extending genuine freindship, nearly brought me to tears.

Such a beautiful poem from Arielle Estoria on God’s boundless love for us at Inkfully, a lovely online magazine and community dedicated to empowering all  women to tell their stories and unique truths. I also loved Arielle’s piece on finding her voice as a woman of color.

Yes! Such an uplifting post (by ShaVaughn Morris) about tenacity and entrepreneurship on the blog of I Feel Pretty, Inc., a digital marketing & branding co. run by my girl Kayla.

Therapists helping folks heal from recent racial trauma.

The first-ever Olympic team made up entirely of refuges!

Check out this awesome series, “Blogging in His Light” from my girl Monica over at her blog, afrotasticlady. There are many gems in all of these interviews with bloggers of faith and divine purpose.

Inspiration For Your Ears & Soul: Singer Andra Day, Finding Your Writing Voice Matters and Upsetting Rape Culture 

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Inspiration, creativity, these are my oxygen, y’all. As always, I take in a lot – music, sermons, faith-based writing, social justice! Here is my weekly round-up from the online world:

Andra Day is such a unique and powerful talent. Loving her vintage vibe, too! “In Southern California, there is a big rockabilly sub-culture. So when I would go to car shows, I would see women dressed like this. I had a teacher in high school that always had her Bette Paige bangs. And then the music that I studied was jazz—I love Billy Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald. The way they dressed, everything that was mid-century ‘40s and ‘50s, I was always drawn to. Eventually, I just started putting things together and adding my own flair to it and it just exploded into all of this.”

Ashely Coleman is awesome sauce! If  you haven’t checked her out at Write Laugh Dream, head on over now. These two posts about overcoming our four biggest fears as writers and living out loud are everything!

Amazing work that Hannah Brancato and Melani Douglass (co-organized the performance at the BMA) are doing through The Monument Quilt (FORCE: Upsetting Rape Culture. The organization joins several other artists competing for the Janet & Walter Sondheim Artscape Prize, a program of the Baltimore Office of Promtion & The Arts.  “The prestigious competition which awards a $25,000 fellowship to a visual artist or visual artist collaborators living and working in the Baltimore region.  An exhibition of the finalists’ work will be featured in the Thalheimer Galleries of The Baltimore Museum of Art” (according to the Artscape website). Peep this post on their performance at the exhibition opening.

Photo Credit: Bill Hughes, Baltimore Post-Examiner
Photo Credit: Bill Hughes, Baltimore Post-Examiner
My wonderful friend Jimmy Jean’s recent blog post on embracing the journey and not letting the hustle dominate everything!

Jesse Williams inspiring BET speech (that it feels like everyone is talking about!) and his longtime commitment to activism.

Keep the bugs away with these awesome alternatives to the toxic chemicals found in most common sprays.

Madam C.J. Walker’s (first woman millionaire in the U.S.) beauty line is being revived by Sundial brands. Yay! Read about it all on In Her Shoes blog.