Monday Moments: Misty Copeland

Misty Copeland delivering fierce femininity and demonstrating that strength is beautiful. Image Credit: Under Armour's Will What I Want Campaign that "celebrates the will to find inner strength"

Misty Copeland delivering fierce femininity and demonstrating that strength is beautiful. Image Credit: Under Armour’s Will What I Want Campaign that “celebrates the will to find inner strength”

Misty Copeland—prodigy, performer and passionate person paving paths for the next generation!

Misty is a shining inspiration for her graceful strength amidst adversity. It is not only her dance accomplishments but life outlook that helps us see the world of a ballerina through a different lens.

According to Misty’s website she “made history by becoming the third African American soloist and first in two decades, at American Ballet Theater.”

Her journey included growing up with a single mom bouncing between living locations including a motel with her 5 siblings, starting ballet at the age of 13 at the local Boys and Girls club, en pointe within three months, and joining the American Ballet Theater at age 17.

“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”-Nido Quebin

I am amazed at how she extemisty copelandnds her energy through every part of her body in dance and right into making a positive difference for her upcoming artists. She embraces her identity and uses it as a platform for outreach.

The American Ballet Theater’s diversity initiative, Project Plié seeks to “increase racial and ethnic representation in ballet and diversify America’s ballet companies” through partnerships between the community and industry. In addition to Misty’s involvement with Project Plié she gives back with her time to Boys and Girls club children, is on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition and embodies a role model who pursues her passion.

Misty breaks boundaries on what is a typical ballerina and is only 5ft 2! Her focused power and grace is only matched by her shining spirit to go after and work for what she loves. She actively practices her art and the discipline of seeing positive possibilities of growth!

Read about her personal challenges and her persistence in her book Life in Motion, an Unlikely Ballerina or check out her new children’s book “Firebird” released on Sept. 4, 2014.

Ready to be a standard breaker? Ready to see positive possibilities? Ready to pursue your passion?

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”-Harriet Tubman

Happy Monday!

Misty inspired me to create a Pinterest board dedicated to “Avenue of the Arts.”

http://www.pinterest.com/shineandinspire/avenue-of-the-arts-events/

Monday Moments: Translate Beauty

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Claude Monet: Translator of Beauty

“I love how Claude Monet, a French impressionist who brought us an entirely new way of seeing reality, literally turned his back on the Louvre to put his focus on nature. During the early years in Paris, while other painters would go to the Louvre to imitate the paintings of the greats who had found their way into this gallery, Monet would go to the window an begin to paint what he saw outside. Monet’s internal narrative was deeply rooted in the wonder and beauty of nature. He brought with his perceptions an astonishing use of color and movement.

Monet was mesmerized by the beauty around him. His work is the expression of a man drowning in a universe of overwhelming beauty. He saw the beautiful everywhere. He once wrote in his journal, ‘Every day I discover more and more beautiful things. It is enough to drive one mad.’”

-Erwin Raphael McManus, The Artisan Soul

Do you discover beauty every day?  How do you choose to love?

The Language of Flowers

“Flowers always make people better, happier and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the soul.”-Luther Burbank

Amaryllis: pride, splendid beauty, determination

Camellia: admiration, gratitude, perfection

Gladiolius: strength of character, moral integrity, love at first sight

Iris: faith, hope, wisdom, courage

Larkspur/Delphinium: beautiful spirit, open heart, big-hearted

Peony: happy marriage, good fortune, compassion

Pink Rose: love and compassion, gratitude, perfect happiness

Sweetpea: delicate or blissful pleasure

*Inspired by livehappy –Kris Wetherbee

I was recently inspired by the art of Claude Monet and how you can be fully present and inhabit every moment to discover beauty. Below is a pinterest board dedicated to artisan Claude Monet events.

Happy Monday!

Monday Moments: Never Dim Your Light

Happy Monday!

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Never Dim Your Light

“As you launch into the world with your own personal trajectory seek that which makes you comfortable even if it is not what others would choose.  Admit your mistakes with grace, find the power in humility as you revel in your accomplishments.  Spill kindness onto the world, don’t let forgiveness be a stranger, know that you are loved unconditionally, and never, ever dim your light.” -Marilyn Maciel

Monday Moments: Turn Your Light On

Happy Monday! I hope you are enjoying the beginning of summer!

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“You have a gift to give.  It doesn’t take lots of time or extra money or concentrated effort, because that gift is a simple one, and you give it every day.  That gift is your spirit-the brightest and truest part of you.  You give your spirit when you make time for delight, when you cherish yourself and the people you love, and when you see wonder in the everyday.  You give your spirit when you bring out the best in yourself, when you let yourself play, and when you revel in the present.  And every time your spirit shows, you give a gift of brightness and warmth.  You illuminate the world. So give that gift.  Elevate your spirit.  Turn your light on.” -“M.H. Clark

Monday Moments: Cultivate Gratitude

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“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.” –William Arthur Ward

This Memorial Day count your blessings, seize the small joys of life, relax, remember and cultivate gratitude.

Today we honor the men and women who have bravely served in honor of our freedom. We are deeply grateful for your patriotism and sacrifice.

Happy Memorial Day Monday!