Tuesday Tunes: Good Morning Smiles

Morning Smiles and Gratitude

Last night on Dancing With The Stars Andy Grammer and his pro partner Allison Holker received a standing ovation and a perfect score of 10’s across the board from the judges for their tribute to “Good Morning” from the legendary musical Singing in the Rain.

The new reinvented version choreographed by Holker captured the essence of joy and playfulness that was exuded from Donald O’ Conner, Debbie Reynolds, and Gene Kelly despite lacking the intricate energetic tap steps that the original was known for.

Start your day with a dance in your step celebrating the blessings in your life!

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Wednesday Wonder: Cinderella Courageous Kindness

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People are unreasonable, illogical, self-centered…
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives…
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies…
Be successful anyway.

The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow…
Do good anyway.

Honest and frankness will make you vulnerable…
Be honest and frank anyway.

People love underdogs but follow only top dogs…
Follow some underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight…
Build anyway.

People really need help, but attack you if you try to help…
Help them anyway.

Give the world the best you have…you may get kicked in the teeth,
But give the world the best you have anyway!

You see, in the final analysis, it’s between you and God.
It was never between you and them anyway.

(Anonymous: found in Mother Teresa’s Calcutta office)

I love how this current film version of the story of “Cinderella” embraces the theme of courage and kindness that transforms the soul.  The butterfly is a visual image of many transformations.

Check out my Pinterest board to the wonder that is Cinderella!

 

Thursday Television: Limitations, Challenges and Glee

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Limitations are just guideposts.  They may signal different routes or different ways to reach a destination.  But they won’t prevent us from getting there, unless we empower them to do so.  -Patrick Lindsay

Outshine Your Limitations

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Gina Rodriguez won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a TV Comedy for her work as Jane in The CW’s television show “Jane the Virgin.” She is a shining inspiration for her refusal to accept limitations potentially placed on her by Hollywood’s vision of what audiences want to see and expect. She pursues her craft with integrity and dares to tell stories that connect and inspire.
Jane the Virgin is renewed for season 2 on the CW! You can catch up on all the episodes this week or online!

Find Glee in Being the Best You
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The sixth and final season of Fox’s television Glee started to air last week. The show has been known for spotlighting the underdogs with their endearing vulnerability and bright personalities as they overcome expectations and difficulties together. They go for their dreams! Last week’s episode was filled with memorable quotes such as what the character Will said to Rachel.

“Have you ever seen a guy shoot a bow and arrow? The power is created by the bending of the bow. The more the bow bends, the more potential energy is created. Life’s challenges age not just bending of the bow. The bigger the challenges, the more the bow bends, the more potential you create to do something amazing. All you have to do is find a purpose, find the arrow that you’re gonna put in that bow.” Will to Rachel from Glee

Catch Glee tomorrow! Friday at 9pm on FOX

Happy Thursday!
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Thankful Tuesday: Golden Moments

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Golden Moments of Gratitude…

Every day is an opportunity to live with gratitude! Here are some ideas to spark your vision and curiosity to find those golden moments of gratitude.

-Write a handwritten letter to someone you’ve never properly thanked. Send by mail or hand-deliver to make a connection in person.
-Create an appreciation calendar, journal or jar. Each day, write something you’re grateful for and put it on the calendar, in your journal or in a jar to read at the end of the year.
-Turn everything into an opportunity to be grateful. Instead of your normal morning coffee, think of that cup as the gift of coffee. The gift of laughter. The gift of a smile.
-Focus on something you’re looking forward to and be grateful with hope.
-Enjoy the little things. With a small task you do today, such as washing your hands or texting a friend, ask yourself how your life would be without it.

 Post inspired by MindyBodyGreen’s “14 Creative Ways to Practice Gratitude

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.”

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!