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Motivation Mondays: Dream

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” Walt Disney

Motivation Mondays: Dream

Motivation Mondays: Dream – Dream it quote by Walt Disney

Dream – Motivational Video

Motivation Mondays

I’ve been following the Blogging 201 course on WordPress and Monday’s assignment struck a chord with me: Today’s assignment: create a recurring blogging event on your site, and/or make plans to attend a blogging conference. I’ve been thinking of ways to strengthen the Motivational theme of this blog and the assignment gave me courage to take a leap of faith and add a weekly event to my blog. Since this blog is called Mirth and Motivation, I thought it would be a good idea to start the week with a motivational quote or two. So welcome to Motivation Mondays! I invite you to jump in and add your Motivation Mondays post and I’d do a round-up of them for us and others to enjoy.

“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” C. S. Lewis

Motivation Mondays: Dream

Motivation Mondays: Dream – Never too old quote by C.S. Lewis

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.

Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for November below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join  and add your voice.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

“The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Walk With Me.

Walk With Me…

Jill Scott “A Long Walk”
Colbie Caillat -Try
Chaka Khan I’m Every Woman
Musiq – Halfcrazy
Anthony Lewis – Looks Like Me (In Studio Performance)
Stay With Me – Sam Smith
All About That Bass – Meghan Trainor
The Staples Singers Come Go With Me SoulTrain
Fela Kuti – Water no get enemy
Staple Singers – Let’s Do It Again
Drake, Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Eminem – “Forever”
You And Your Friends- Wiz Khalifa Featuring Snoop Dogg & Ty Dolla $ign

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Pedicab Tales; So What?

Pedicab Tales: So What?…

Mary J. Blige – No More Drama
Erykah Badu – Other Side Of The Game
Lauryn Hill – Doo-Wop (That Thing) (Official Video)
Rick James & Teena Marie Fire & Desire
Erykah Badu – Tyrone (Live)
Marsha Ambrosius – Hope She Cheats On You (With A B-Ball Player)
HOT CHOCOLATE – Brother Louie
Dr Dre Feat Eminem & Xzibit – Whats The Difference
DJ Khaled – Hold You Down ft. Chris Brown, August Alsina, Future, Jeremih
Tupac – Only God Can Judge Me

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art:- Working on this photo challenge took quite a bit of time but it was fun. The idea was to use photographs we took and create album covers. We could then choose a set of songs for each album cover we created and share them with the group.  Creating my covers was hard work but fun. I felt like I had taken a journey into one of those Throwback Thursday prompts, and started digging up songs I love: some old and some new. In my teen years and early 20s, I was a big club-goer. I would dress up, hook up with friends, and head out to some club somewhere in town to dance the night away. Even when I moved to New York, I was still big on clubbing and had tons of fun keeping late nights and sweating off the stress and worries of the day.

“Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.” Thomas Merton

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Happy. Inspired. Loved.

Happy. Inspired. Loved…

What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong
The Isley Brothers-Who’s That lady
Bobby McFerrin – Don’t Worry Be Happy
Pharrell Williams – Happy (Official Music Video)
Janet Jackson – That’s the way love goes
Sade – No Ordinary Love
Drake – Take Care ft. Rihanna
Bailando – Enrique Iglesias Featuring Descemer Bueno & Gente de Zona
Sam Hunt – Leave The Night On

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Cool Nights, Cool Beats.

Cool Nights, Cool Beats

[Soul, R&B, Jazz Music] Maxwell- Urban Hang Suite( HQ)
Autumn Leaves” by Eva Cassidy
So What – Miles Davis
‘Round Midnight Thelonious Monk
A Love Supreme – John Coltrane
Body and Soul – Coleman Hawkins
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat – Charles Mingus
Take Five – Dave Brubeck
Take The A Train – Duke Ellington & Count Basie
Interlude(A Night in Tunisa) Dizzy Gillispie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art

Weekly Photo Challenge: Album Cover Art – Route 66

Route 66

“Route 66″ by Nat King Cole
“Girl From Ipanema” by Stan Getz & Astrud Gilberto
Misty” by Sarah Vaughan
“Strange Fruit” by Billie Holiday
“My One and Only Love” by Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane
“My Baby Just Cares For Me” by Nina Simone
“One for My Baby” by Frank Sinatra
“Blue Skies” by Ella Fitzgerald
All Of Me – John Legend

When I saw this assignment, I was immediately drawn to music; especially music from the yester-years that I think are timeless. I considered magazines and book covers, but went with music Album covers because that’s what called me the most.  To create the albums, I took a few pictures from my folder and used 2 photo editing tools: Pixlr Express and PicMonkey, to re-frame\rework them and make them into album covers. I selected a bunch of songs from my favorites list on YouTube and voila!  I’ve created a series of albums to help express the mood of the music. Share a song or two and let’s reminisce about the music we used to love and the music we now enjoy… It’s all good.

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Enter: Saving For The Holidays Sweepstakes

Enter: Saving For The Holidays Sweepstakes

Enter: Saving For The Holidays Sweepstakes

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Mirth and Motivation
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