There is no doubt that music has the power to heal.
Nine years ago, I got into Korean Pop (K-Pop) music. At first, it was fun. Flashy outfits, iconic dances, cute boys…so many cute boys.
No literally – 13 people in ONE group? …Insane.
Then it became not only appreciating the music but actually connecting with it. While I have yet to learn Korean (working on it!), there are many songs that I have looked to for comfort and joy. No matter what language you speak or don’t speak, music is truly a universal language. It has the power to connect and to heal.
Today, I present you with five of my favorite inspiring Korean songs that remind me to trust myself, shine bright, keep going, be proud of myself and remember that I am worth it and things will always work out in the end. Continue reading “MUSIC | 5 INSPIRING K-POP SONGS”→
It’s April! April marks new beginnings, rain showers, re-affirming one’s worth, completing goals and setting new ones, music from old and new faves, coffee and tea dates with friends, starting new ventures, realizing fears and turning them into accomplishments, learning how to love me so I can love others better, dates, kisses and being the best me I can be. Oh and starting to blog again. I hope you’re ready. 😉
There are times when there is something I want. Whether it be a career move, a personal move or something that is more material, such as more Fenty Beauty. I get excited and I foresee it in my future. I imagine how my life would be if what I want were to happen. Then all of a sudden, doubt creeps in. I stress out. I talk myself out of something good. Have you been through this before?
Today I want to inspire you to take the risk.
There are times where there are things that aren’t for us. That God puts a stop or a hold on. This is not for you. This is not the goal right now. Revisit it. Stay the course. Sometimes we hear these things and we get discouraged. Sometimes we receive news that makes us doubt, question our faith. Sometimes we give up. We get mad. We cry. We wonder Why me God? AGAIN? Will this ever work out?! The answer is…
Yes. Maybe. Possibly. No, girl. Not now, not ever. Listen, I’m not God, so I can’t give you a definite answer. What I do know is that God knows the desires of our heart and He knows what is best for us. I can tell you if it is meant for you, no devil in hell or person on earth can stop you from your blessing. I can tell you that your faith is what is going to get you through. I can tell you that you have to trust God when you can’t track him. I can tell you that your praise and prayer is what will keep you going.
I can tell you that you have a purpose and you are worth it.
Take the risk.
No matter the outcome, go for it. Don’t be the person that wonders What if…? Do it. Go for it. Work for it. Get your courage up. Build your faith. Take that risk! If it’s going to help you get to the next level, do it. If it’s going to build confidence, do it. If you know it’s a God thing, do it. If you know it’s a good thing, do it. Take the risk.
Let me know in the comments below what you’re doing to take the risk.
I truly believe that being positive is the key to success. Sure there are other things, such as passion, motivation, speaking things into existence, but it all starts with having the right mindset. As someone who has experienced depression, I am quite aware of how the smallest inkling of doubt can turn into a massive plague that can start to destroy your mind. During these times it can be hard for me to find peace. Peace is so important. It’s important to be able to tune out the chaos around you, focus, and find your center. While I haven’t figured out the key to always obtaining peace (or how to get airlines to give me plane tickets for free…), I do know that relying on my faith is the way that I weather the storm.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes, scriptures, “reminders” (as I affectionately title them) that I use to help create a peaceful atmosphere when I feel the waves are crashing around me.
There have been times in my life where I was scared and didn’t do the work.
Scared to go places, scared to write, scared to talk to people, scared to speak up for me – basically scared of everything. As a result of this, I wouldn’t grow. I wouldn’t challenge myself to move and learn and be the best me that I could be. In 2015, my life was at a low. I was still making some sort of moves, but overall I was the epitome of existing. I followed my routine of going to school, going home, and going to work. At that time, the spirit of depression was also taking a toll on my life. I was unhappy, unsatisfied and plain tired of being stuck in the same routine year after year.
It was around the spring time when I started to contemplate about the idea of spending my summer in Georgia at a community college taking a couple of classes to refocus and determine what I was doing with my life and what I wanted to do with my life. I spoke with my Mom about the idea and she always encouraged me to go. In fact – she was the one who suggested it. She could see that I was struggling with so much and she didn’t want to see me not reach my full potential. I remember sitting with her on the couch in the living room having a heart to heart. I told her that I didn’t want to regress, I didn’t want to be mediocre but yet I didn’t want to regret not giving myself a chance – a chance to be great.
Do you know what I did? Right after my spring semester at UT Arlington ended, I moved to Georgia.
It’s been over a year and I have my associates degree, I am now two semesters away from graduating with my bachelor’s (!!!) and although there have been bumps in the road, I am on the path to living a life where I’m not just existing but actually living!
SCARED? DO WORK.
Write a list of where you are now and where you want to be. What is stopping you? Are you scared to move? Are you scared to commit to yourself? What is hindering you from moving forward and being the best you that you can be? We only have one life to live – I know you may be scared, but girl do work. Make your dreams your reality.